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Virtual Medical Interviews: 3 Tips For Success

The COVID-19 / coronavirus pandemic has resulted in several changes to medical school admissions. A significant change has been the move from in-person medical interviews to virtual interviews. Several medical schools have already confirmed that medical interviews will take place virtually (for example over Zoom). These include Monash University, Adelaide University and Charles Sturt University.A virtual interview is very different from an in-person one, and requires an understanding of how to best present yourself on a teleconferencing platform.Here are three tips for success:1.  Familiarise yourself with the technologySome universities have already confirmed the teleconferencing platform that they will be using to...
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MEDENTRY MEDICAL INTERVIEW TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry Medical Interview Training sessions are now available to book!.The two elements to your medical interview successThis year, MedEntry Medical Interview Training will consist of two parts, in order to provide students with holistic, comprehensive and targeted preparation:Strategy Day with Dr Ray: in this day-long session, students will learn the strategies needed to excel in medical interviews. The session will cover topics such as how to best present yourself during interviews, how to engage with interviewers and how to answer common and difficult questions. It will be presented by Dr Ray Boyapati, a Consultant Gastroenterologist with 20 years of experience in...
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MedEntry's Comprehensive UCAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

MedEntry's brand new, 120 page, comprehensive UCAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, UCAT, medical interviews and university admissions.The handbook is divided into four parts:Part 1: How to get into medicineThis section covers how to get into medicine and dentistry in Australia and New Zealand. It includes the criteria used, various entry pathways, what you need to do now to secure your place in medicine, and a suggested timeline. Part 2: The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)This section covers everything you need to know about UCAT. It includes information on structure, timing...
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5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now

1. UCAT Situational JudgementThe UCAT Situational Judgement section tests similar skills to the medical interview. Unlike the other parts of the UCAT exam, the Situational Judgement subtest analyses your ability to handle potentially difficult situations. This is an excellent foundation with which to begin your medical interview preparation.You don’t want to significantly disrupt your UCAT preparation with these recommendations but it is worth briefly considering the following:When you look at a Situational Judgement question, think about further questions you might be asked if the scenario was posed to you in a medical interview setting. UCAT Situational Judgement scenarios are very possible...
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Interview Offers Are Being Released

Getting into medicine and dentistry is a complicated process. Part of this includes navigating the various university interview offers that are released at different times. MedEntry can help!Below is a table of the various universities offering interviews for medicine and dentistry undergraduate courses around Australia, the interview type, interview offer dates and actual interview dates.If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff in the office. 2019 dates (for 2020 entry)UniversityInterview Type  Interview Offers  Interview DatesUniversity of Adelaide (Medicine & Dentistry)  Panel  29 October 2019 *Late November, through DecemberUniversity of Auckland MMINot Specified (early November in 2018)19-29 November 2019Bond UniversityMMI ...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Choose MedEntry For Your Medical Interview Training

Medical interviews are a vital criterion for entry into medicine and dentistry. They can be as important, or in some cases more important, than UCAT and ATAR in determining entry. Therefore, it is vital that you prepare for your medical interview, and that you choose the right medical interview preparation provider. Here are three reasons why you should choose MedEntry.1.  Unrivalled expertiseMedEntry has been helping students enter medicine in Australia and New Zealand for two decades. Over that period, we have developed an intricate, intimate and unrivalled understanding of medical interviews. We know exactly what each university is looking for, the...
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Why are medical interviews so important?

Medical interviews are perhaps the most underestimated part of the medical entry admissions process. Many students do not prepare for them, either because they do not recognise the importance of medical interviews, or do not understand how difficult they are.At many universities, medical interviews are worth as much, if not more than your high school / university performance and your UCAT!For example:At Adelaide University and Curtin University,  medical interviews are worth 40% of the admissions criteriaAt Monash University, UWA and UNSW, medical interview is worth 33% of the admissions criteriaThe Newcastle University medical interview is the only criterion used for selection...
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Medical Interview Training Dates Released!

Dates for MedEntry’s highly sought after Medical Interview Training Sessions have been released, with over 40 workshops taking place across Australia and New Zealand.Medical Interview Training sessions are tailored to the specific interview for which you have received an offer. You will be exposed to the specific questions that will be asked in the medical interview, and will have the opportunity to practice and receive personalised feedback.You will understand what the interviewers are looking for, and will leave the session with the skills required to present yourself as a motivated, enthusiastic, genuine and insightful medical school applicant.Interviews are a vital, yet...
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UCAT ANZ Score Advice: What Should You Do Now?

 With UCAT summary test statistics released, students now have more information about how their score compares to other UCAT candidates. This blog will help you interpret your score and provide advice on what you should do now.You can convert your UCAT score into a UCAT percentile using MedEntry’s UCAT score-percentile calculator, available here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat-score-percentile-calculatorScores above 2800Interpretation Students scoring above 2800, in general, have a good chance of receiving an interview offer, provided they meet the minimum required ATAR for the particular university and course. A score of 2830 equates to 90th percentile, which is generally required at most universities for a...
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Presenting yourself in interviews

 Many of you may be well into preparing for interviews. Practicing how to answer tough personal questions and scenarios are vital. However one aspect of doing an interview that people may not focus on is how to present yourself in front of the interviewer. Presentation is just as important as the content you say in an interview. Now you might be thinking, ‘there’s no way that’s true’ however let me put it in perspective for you. In an MMI, the interviewers are sitting in a room by themselves for an entire day asking many different students the same question/s over and...
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How to answer the big question

First things first, congratulations on getting an interview! That’s a massive achievement all on its own! Now is the time to be prepping for that interview as it’s not the sort of thing you should be winging. There are already a couple of blogs on how to ace an interview (all of which you should read!) so this one is just about how to answer that one big question.So why do you want to be a doctor?Every medical school will ask you this in some shape or another. Here are a couple of ways it might be phrasedWhy do you want...
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Tips for Medical Interviews

By now you may have finished your year 12 exams. For those who sat the UCAT this year, it almost seems like the end of the road. However, there is one crucial component for entry into medicine that many major universities require – the interview. It is important you prepare and practice for this last step, especially because this time, you are competing against a tough cohort: all those students who performed outstandingly in both the UCAT and ATAR.The first step to preparing for any interview is to start practicing. Whether this be attending the MedEntry Interview Training sessions, practicing with...
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Three Common Interview Questions and How To Approach Them

You have made it through the UCAT, found out your Year 12 results... now it's time for the interview! Not sure where to start? In this blog, I have outlined three common medical interview questions, and how to prepare for them. Why have you decided to study medicine and not pursue another field where you can help others, such as pharmacy, education, nursing or social work?This question is designed to reveal your motivation for studying medicine, and to avoid the common answer of "I want to help others." Whilst this is a valid part of your reason for entering the medical field,...
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Interview Tips and Advice (Part 1)

In preparing for something as mammoth as a medical school interview, there are a lot of things to consider. When preparing you have to understand what type of language the interviewers might use, what to include in your answers and how you can respond both verbally and through your body language. General advice for medical interviews• Walk into the room with a big smile.• Be confident, honest, friendly, understanding, respectful and empathic.• It doesn’t matter which side of the argument you decide to adopt, take your stance and defend your arguments until the end. Give reasons to justify your actions and argument.•...
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One on one with a medical school interviewer

I was fortunate enough to have jumped through the hurdles that lie on the way to medical school, and there are quite a few benefits on the other side. One of these is being able to talk to doctors, health professionals or community members that have had previous experience as interviewers. The following is an excerpt from a conversation I had with a past interviewer to understand what they are looking for in medical interviews.  1. As a community member are you concerned about the medical/dental focus of some of the scenarios?“The scenarios in the MMI (multiple mini interview) have been carefully...
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What Interviewers look for in prospective medical students (Part 1)

Many of the skills that the UCAT aims to assess in prospective medical students are the same qualities that are required to be a good doctor. Whilst the UCAT can only assess what you put on a paper in multiple choice format; the medical interview that will follow, can look for these qualities in person. Your choice of words, body language, attitude and way of thinking will all be up for examination in the medical interview. Without some internal self-reflection, you will not be able to paint a detailed enough picture of yourself. A lot of these qualities we take for granted...
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MEDICAL INTERVIEW TIPS: WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?

Delivering coherent answers in a medical interview is no easy feat, but unfortunately, that is only half the battle. The interviewer is trying to see if you have the qualities that would make a good medical student and more importantly, a good doctor. These qualities can include being resilient, motivated and self-aware. And thus, the questions and/or activities they ask of you are all trying to assess if you possess these qualities. The first step in you presenting desirable qualities to your interviewer is you being aware that they are looking for them instead of blindly answering each question. A good...
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Preparing for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Receiving an interview offer brings you one step closer to gaining a spot in medical school. The hard work, however, is not yet over! Interview preparation will maximise your opportunity to secure a place as a medical student.Some applicants believe that there is no point in doing preparation for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), as they believe that performance in the interview is solely based upon your personality. Although your personality will affect your interview to some degree, practice can improve your ability to express yourself and your thoughts. Practice will allow you to showcase to the interviewer those characteristics that...
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Tackling the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is now used by several universities, alongside the UCAT and ATAR, to determine entry into medicine courses. Unlike traditional panel interviews, the MMI features multiple stations, in which you are marked by different assessors. Therefore, the ideal approach to the MMI is different to the approach for a panel interview.Each station in the MMI has a strict time limit. Many applicants may find the process rather rushed, as you are spending a short time in each station, before being quickly moved on to the next. There are a set of questions which are designated for each...
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Sample MMI question: A Contemporary Issue Scenario

Scenario:Vaccinations are an important part of an individual’s immunity and keeping a community safe from disease. It is ideal that all children get immunized at the appropriate age to prevent contraction of preventable diseases. However, there are some in Australia that oppose vaccination. They argue the harm of vaccinations outweigh the benefits, and the lack of freedom of choice in how their children should be raised. Their claims often have no scientific basis, and create unnecessary fear in society. You are on the advisory board of the Australian Government looking to change the laws on how to deal with improving vaccination...
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