Hello everyone! This thread is a preparation thread for JCU Interviews and also a place where I'm happy to answer general questions as much as I can. For some background: I'm a PGY2 resident who graduated from JCU in 2016. I spent 3 years in Townsville living at Uni Hall and then moved to Cairns for 4th, 5th and 6th year. Despite the fact that I'm written up as a "Staff Member" I gain absolutely nothing from writing these threads. Previously I offered a fair bit of subjective information about On-Campus Colleges/Accomodation but I'm not so sure that I'm happy to do this anymore as it's been some time since I lived there and things have changed significantly - I will however be happy to provide some general information if asked. This thread is built on previous contributions from students who went to the JCU interviews and sent me PM's with their reflections/interview questions/ethical topics - if you send me this I promise I will not distribute anything until this time next year. Without this help the thread will quickly become out of date and useless to everyone. PLEASE SEND ME YOUR QUESTIONS AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW, YOU WILL GET A SMILEY FACE AND MY GRATITUDE IN RETURN! This thread will be split up into a number of sections: my personal interview reflection from 2010 (some time ago, I know!), a clear framework of the interview & a list of past JCU questions, general information about the JCU MBBS course (slightly out of date) & some information about rural+indigenous medicine. I will continue to add to it as I write replies or as I come up with more useful information. My interview reflection was written on the drive back from my actual interview and is from 2010. It is therefore old but remains consistent with all of the interview questions / experiences I have been informed of over the years. The JCU interview has not changed significantly since this time & has retained the same format. Ben's 2010 Interview Reflection First of all, everyone at the JCU interview – i.e. staff and medical students that were there to help – were phenomenal. Almost everyone was as excited as I was and they really had a great attitude towards interviewees. The interview panel itself was very engaging, though it seemed to be a response to singular people when it came to questioning. What I mean is, the first two questions were asked by the academic from the uni, whilst the other two panel members completely ignored and avoided any eye contact. They then passed the question over to the next interviewer and the other two avoided eye contact. For me, there was nothing that could be done to engage the other two interviewers that were not asking the question. Saying that though, the interviewer that was asking the questions seemed at all times entirely focused on me and didn’t hesitate to weigh in their opinion on things or ask further questions. It was very much like a legitimate discussion where the interviewers were clearly interested in what I had to say. My interviewers were an academic from the university or the area, a physiotherapist and a GP who was by far the most engaging. The JCU interview was very informal compared to other universities (Monash, UNCLE, UNSW etc), I actually tried to stop halfway through my first question to try and get into a more formal mindset but when I asked for a moment to collect myself one of the interviewers just started talking about cricket with me. So here's me, in my mind thinking "God damnit must be more formal, must not be so relaxed, must think about what I say more" and he pipes up, "So do you watch the ashes? We're getting slaughtered, it's terrible" and then the whole panel joined in and we spoke about cricket for about 3 minutes. It was honestly the most confusing situation of my life. Interview Questions I had: 1. What is it about you that would make a good medical practitioner? 2. What do you know about the course? I just made mention that it was all integrated, had an emphasis on rural health that was meshed in with the stock-standard medical course. They asked me to clarify what I knew about a normal medical course and whether I knew about placements and what I had to do after I graduated etc. 3. Got passed over to the GP here, who asked me to give him an example of when I’d worked in a team. 4. Thus, he asked me a follow-up question about when teamwork had gone badly for me and how I coped with it. Scenario 1: “You are the captain of a successful sporting team that has just won their finals. Everyone in the team works together really really really well. After winning your finals, the whole team goes out for celebratory drinks and at the end of the night, two people get into a car and drive home. The driver crashes the car and suffers minimal injuries, but the passenger and other team-mate is severely injured. Following the incident, the team ceases to stop working together well and begins to fight over seemingly unrelated or irrelevant issues. The driver of the car is noticeably more distraught and possibly depressed. As the captain of the team, what do you do?” I spoke to people after the interview and some of them simply got “A team of 4 is not working well together, you are the leader, what do you do?” 6. Next, I got passed onto the Physiotherapist who asked me to describe when I’d been in a new situation and how I’d dealt with it. There wasn’t much clarification as to what they meant by a new situation. Very vague. 7. She then followed that up with how I cope being away from family/independence etc and asked for an example. Scenario 2: “You are on a 4 week rural placement as part of your medical degree. You have been on placement for a week and don’t know many people; the doctors in the hospital are not very friendly. Some of the nurses are but you haven’t made any friends yet. You live in a small flat behind the hospital on your own, you have no car and your mobile phone does not work. After a week of placement you are beginning to feel that you cannot stand the place any longer. What do you do?” Keep in mind that this is a very, very real situation.. You may well be faced with this exact situation at the end of second year on your 4 week rural placement. 9. I’m sure there was another question, but I have no idea what it was. Debating We then got onto the debating, which strangely was still a single interviewer on interviewee thing, as opposed to a discussion between me and the three interviewers. I got passed back to the GP again. My topics: Gay Marriage, a self-abortion case that occurred in Cairns where the couple was acquitted in court, and the mining of coal in Australia to export internationally(somehow related to global warming). Other debating topics: Euthanasia, Schoolies, Nuclear power instead of coal, Opt in or Opt out organ donation, Wikileaks and the ethics behind it, drink driving. Interview Overview The JCU interview starts with typical medicine interview questions (why do you want to be a Doctor/study medicine/what do you know about the course) then shifting through assessing your experience with rural areas and health, independence & team work through scenario situations and finally debating topics to determine how well you respond to pressure and logical argument strategies. Potential Interview Questions: These are a list of questions that either have been asked in the past and/or are very good questions to be able to answer quickly & with a good structure. They may not be the exact interview questions but certainly cover the basis of JCU's interview. General Questions: -Why do you want to be a doctor? -Why do you want to study at a uni with rural health as the main focus? -Why do you want to study at JCU? -What activities have you done to show your motivation to study med here? -What qualities should a good doctor have? -What are the most important of these qualities? -Give an example of when you worked in a team & what you enjoyed about it? -Give an example of a conflict in the team & how you worked it out? Did it work & if not, what did you learn from it. -Have you ever been away from your family & what was hard about it? -How did you cope with staying away from family? -How do you think you will cope with the course? -How did you cope with staying away from family? -How do you think you will cope with the course? -This is an integrated course, how do you study & how do you plan to change it in uni? Questions about your goals: -How would you describe yourself? -Tell us a bit about yourself? -How would a stranger describe you? -How would your friends describe you? -What is your purpose in life? -what things do you value most? -What qualities do you value in others? Questions about your achievements/influences: -What have you learnt from extra-curricular activities. -What sort of sportsmanship do you have, competitive, giving up, gracious, backing away? -If you were head of health what would be your priorities & what problems might you encounter? -What strategies do you use to deal with stress? -What is your most valued achievement & why? -What kind of achievements do you take pride in? - Tell us one event in your life that shaped you? - What people have influenced you & how. Questions about self-reflection: -What are your strengths & weaknesses & when are they most apparent? -What would you like to improve about yourself & why? -What do you think you will get out of the medical course? -If you got into the course What would you change about yourself? -How do you handle criticism? -Describe a time that you had to make an important decision & how did you go about it? -Give a time when you had to make a quick decision based on incomplete information? -Toughest decision ever? -Can you tell when you are stressed? -Is there anything in medicine you think you will have trouble with? -Describe a difficult time in your life? -Have you had any disappointments & how did you cope? -Any failures & how did you cope? -What is the worst thing that ever happened to you & how did you deal? Questions about teamwork: -What qualities do you need to be a good worker & to be a good leader? -Which role do you usually take in a group? -Do you like working in a team or alone? -What would you do if some one was not pulling their weight. -How do you bring the best out of people in a team situation? Crow's 2018 entry interview questions: - What do you know about a career in medicine? - What about you would make a good doctor? - If you were about to go on a rural placement, how would you prepare for it? What would you bring with you? - What have your experiences with teamwork been like? How would you delegate tasks to others in a team? What's something you find difficult about teamwork? - What is your greatest non-academic achievement and why? What sort of things did you need to do to reach this achievement? - Have you ever been in a new/unknown situation? How did you deal with / adapt to this? Scenario question: - You go to a party at the end of your placement in a remote area and your friend wakes you up during the night, wanting to go home. Both of you are still intoxicated. How would you deal with this situation? What are the issues involved? Debating topics: - Child crime from school students caused by neglect from parents/guardians - why do you think neglected children are acting out and how would you deal with this problem? - The prevalence of mental health issues is increasing in today's Australian youth. Why do you think this is? How would you go about tackling this problem? Debating topics others were given: - Gay marriage - Should vaccinations be legally enforced? Interview Questions from 2017: Opening questions: - What do you know about medicine as a career - What qualities do you think a doctor needs to have - How are you suited for a career as a doctor - Give examples of times you have demonstrated these qualities - If you had a team of four people what leadership qualities would you want them to demonstrate? - Why rural medicine in particular - What do you know about rural medicine - How would you cope with rural areas / what are the issues with working/living in rural areas & how would you specifically deal with them - Describe a situation where you encountered difficulty and how you dealt with it - What do you know about the JCU course - Where do you want to work in the future? Would you work in a rural area? Scenarios: You are on rural placement & go to a party with another medical student ~50km away. He drives you & at the party you both have a fair few drinks & decide to sleep it off before placement the next day. In the middle of the night the other medical student wakes you up and tells you he is going to drive home & wants to go now - what are the issues involved in this & what would you do? You are the chair of a school board and have recently been given money to erect a flag pole by a local community group. On announcing this to the school there is some disagreement about what kind of flag should be flown - Australian / Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islanders. Some people are stating there needs to be an Aboriginal flag for equal representation but others are saying there aren't enough people at the school to justify a Torres Strait flag. How would you approach this situation? You have been asked to prepare a presentation about Aboriginal customs and traditions for school students at a local high school. What do you think you would need to do in order to prepare for this and present it appropriately? You are 4th year medical student on a camping trip with 2 friends in remote North Queensland. During the camping trip one of your friends falls ill but there is no local doctor & your other friend wants to continue camping. The only healthcare worker nearby is a small community pharmacy. How do you deal with this situation? Discussion Topics: - Growing depression / suicide in teenagers - Importance of Aboriginal language preservation - Abuse in children causes higher crime rates - Refugee crisis in Australia and overseas Anonymous user's reflection from 2017: In terms of my interview, I felt that it was actually quite relaxed. Some of the main questions I got asked in my interview was: Why do I want to study rural medicine in particular, how well would I be able to cope up in rural/remote locations, what are some of the personality traits needed to become a doctor, a situation where I overcome a difficulty etc. I can't remember every single question but I knew these ones stood out to me. I also got some scenarios in the middle of interview. The first scenario I got was that I had to prepare a presentation about Aboriginal customs and traditions for school students at a local high-school. They asked me what I would do to prepare for this presentation. In terms of my answer (if you needed it as well), I just said things around consulting an Aboriginal elder about the content of my presentation to make sure there is no offensive material, consulting a senior teacher at the school to make sure there is no sensitive material which could impact certain students etc. The second scenario I got was that I was on a camping trip with 2 friends. In the middle, one of my friends fell ill, however there is no GP around (only a pharmacy). The other friend still wants to continue camping -- so what should I do to resolve. I simple said (in a very quick summary), ask my friend what symptoms they are feeling (to gauge whether they feel like they are going to faint or whether they can remain conscious), take them to the pharmacy and consult the pharmacist even though there is no GP, bring them back and compromise with the other friend to come back next week etc. I also got asked some questions about the future speciality I was thinking of pursuing. The final debating scenario I answered was about refugees, and whether they should be allowed into the country and given employment opportunities etc. However, another scenario that was given was whether Aboriginal languages should be included as a compulsory part of the school syllabus. Furthermore, whilst this wasn't my scenario, another friend told me that one of their scenarios was about the participation of women in sport and whether that should be encouraged etc.