Med/Dent Interview Preparation

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  1. Rhidian

    Rhidian New Member

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    Hi Everybody,

    I have trawled through the interview questions prep threads and grabbed the all the practice questions I can find and put them into a document. Sometimes the threads can get a little messy so I thought since I had gone through the effort you may as well reap the benefits. It starts off with your usual "why do you want to study at this school" kind of questions and finishes with ethical dilemmas and the like.

    Here is the link: Medstudents online .docx

    Feel free to use this new thread to discuss the questions and anything else related.
     
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  2. shadowduke

    shadowduke Monash MD I

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    What a legend! This is hands down the most extensive free prep material that I've seen :)
     
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    Myst New Member

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    That was nice of you! Will def help everyone =)
     
  4. Halcyon

    Halcyon Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist...

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    What a top bloke. :D
     
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  5. A1

    A1 Admissions Speculator Moderator

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    We have never heard of such concerns. It's most unlikely you get the same interviewers and besides, it'd be crazy of them to think that about applying for both.
     
  6. Q3

    Q3 Regular Member

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    I see where you are coming from with your concern. To the extent that applying for both could limit your answers, eg what will you do if you don't get into med?, it could pose a minor issue but even if you got the same person I don't think it would matter that much.

    And it definitely wouldn't be grounds for terminating an application.

    But I definitely see where you are coming from, because you don't want it to to seem as though dentistry is your fall back option.
     
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    A1 Admissions Speculator Moderator

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    Naahh ... the UNSW Admissions team, and I believe same at other unis too, are at pain to point out your chance of getting a place is generally low and actively encourage you to have a fallback option.
     
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  8. Q3

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    I agree with this and that it is a good thing, I think it is unrealistic for anybody to have their eye on any goal and insist that it has to happen. Personally I think that's neurotic, obsessive and unhealthy. It's great that Unsw encourages having a fall back.

    But at the same time unis stress so much that they want people who are passionate, so it makes people feel as though having a fall back is akin to lacking passion. I don't agree that fall back equals lack of passion but I can see why people would think that. Anyhow, I don't want to steer this thread off course. Lol
     
  9. Mana

    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    As an interviewer, I highly encourage all applicants to medicine to have a well thought out backup plan for the eventuality that you don't get in.

    It shows that you have good insight into the system and does not diminish your passion for it one iota. I guarantee that having a good backup plan can score highly even if the backup is not medically related. It's much better to state this backup than to say you are going to just keep trying (this is unrealistic) or go do something for the purposes of getting higher scores to get in (this is short-sighted).
     
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  10. faysapprentice

    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    if you're in a provisional medicine course, but still did umat for to try for unis in your home state, should i just tell them that im sorta already in med even if they reject me or do I just say that id do gamsat etc?
     
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    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    Nothing wrong with being honest. If your fall back position is that you have a guaranteed place in another state, you can state this; you can then also state why being in your home state is important to you (strong community ties, the importance of family support, how awesome this uni is, etc) and you can ALSO finally show your insight by saying that if you hypothetically did not have a fall back position in medicine you would do X as an alternative career. All bases covered!
     
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    faysapprentice Regular Member

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    oh beatiful thankyou for the insight!
     
  13. biom

    biom Regular Member Supreme Overlord of the Chatbox

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    Really good answer from Mana. It covers all the bases.

    As a general rule, you take a big risk if you attempt to deceive (strong word) any interviewer. The likelihood that you will be tripped-up by a follow-on question is high. If that happens, it is very hard for an interviewer to have a positive impression of you.

    There is absolutely no need to highlight all of your perceived weaknesses or flaws..... but don't tell porkies.
     
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    yeah yeah i wholeheartedly agree - i was just wondering because i dont want to come across as cocky by basically insinuating the fact that im already in med
     
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    Just on this, if I am asked a question about a backup and I tell them the truth - which is that if I don't get into med this time I will continue with my current degree AND keep trying - will this seem bad in terms of what you've said ("this is unrealistic") ?
     
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    biom Regular Member Supreme Overlord of the Chatbox

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    Try and anticipate what the follow-up question might be. Perhaps, "is that realistic?" or "For how long would you keep trying?" or ... build the response into your original answer. Eg "I will try one more time because of x. In case this doesn't work out, my plan would be to do y".

    This shows that you have considered the question, appreciate reality and are not blinded by "but I want to be a doctor"
     
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    Mana Resident Medical Officer Administrar

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    I think this is a good answer provided you have a good rationale for your current degree choice. If you are studying nursing for example, you would explain that you would finish your nursing degree which would then enable your career in that field. It's then perfectly reasonable to say you would try again for medicine knowing your plan B is set in stone.

    On the other hand, if your current degree is hard to justify as a backup in and of itself (e.g. you are doing something very general, like an Arts degree) then you will need to have some idea about your career trajectory ('I am going to use my economics degree to find work in the financial sector as an advisor and perhaps later to manage investments for people to help them gain financial security').
     
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    Hi there, similarly to the above question in relation to having a dentistry and medicine application at the same university, how would you approach scenarios where the Med interviewer asks ‘so why is it that you have chosen medicine as your preferred career choice?’, yet then in your interview with dentistry afterwards at the same university, the dentistry interviewer may ask ‘why is it that you’re so passionate to do dentistry as a career?’ Or something along those lines. Personally, Medicine is my number one goal and passion, and dent would be my fall back. I do not want them to know this when interviewing as they will rule me out immediately, but I do not want to lie and be dishonest with my responses. Any further elaborations would be appreciated, thank you :)
     
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    For the "what if you don't get into med this year" question at an interview, I would honestly go to UQ if I can't get into med elsewhere, unless I somehow totally bomb out and don't scrape a 95 (99 with bonus points) needed at UQ. Is it even wise to mention UQ specifically (not even in my home state)?

    Or are the interviewers looking for what I'd do if I don't get into UQ?
     
  20. Bell210X

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    I'm currently doing a B Psych (w Hons), with a second major in anatomy & histology (chosen because I find the body so incredible).
    I was always conflicted between pursuing med or psych, so it is genuinely my backup, but it requires post grad study for the career I would want. So would I mention this? It does lead to specific post grad study which leads to a specific career.
    And should I leave out my second major?
     

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