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Take part in academic research about medical school admissions and win up to £500

Are you applying to medical school this year? Win up to £500 in Amazon vouchers by filling in surveys for an academic research study about medical school admissions.

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The UK Medical Applicant Cohort Study aims to help future applicants from all backgrounds apply to medical school.

Taking part will not affect your medical school application, but you may find it helpful to reflect on the application process.

The UK Medical Applicant Cohort Study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Grant Reference Number CDF-2017-10-008). The views expressed are those of the researchers and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.
The study is led by Dr Katherine Woolf at UCL Medical School. For more information click here. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited by medical schools for interview. There are several types of interview so it is recommended that applicants learn about the different types used. For a guide on what to expect from interviews and how to prepare, see our interview prep website.

Panel interviews

These usually involve a panel of two or three interviewers. The interviewers can be a mixture of clinical and faculty staff, a senior medical student or a ‘lay’ interviewer (a member of the public). Panel interviews can be either structured, where specific set of questions are followed, or semi structured, where questions can be influenced by the interviewee’s answers so the process is more conversational. Panel interviews can be 20–30 minutes long and some medical schools require two interviews to be completed over two days.

Multiple-mini interviews

These are often referred to as MMIs and consist of seven or eight different ‘stations’, or small interview scenarios. Each station will assess candidates for specific attributes and will only last for a short time. Stations can range from discussing personal statements and experience (like in a regular panel interview) to more practical scenarios that involve candidates interacting with an actor who will be playing a role. Before MMIs, candidates are briefed on the structure of their interview and given an opportunity to ask questions. It is worth researching or contacting the medical school before an MMI to find out what information is available about each station.

Assessment centre

These involve a variety of interview formats and tasks, and can take up to an entire day. Tasks might include completing written work, group interviews, and individual panel interviews. Medical schools should provide applicants with all the relevant information before the interview, but finding out as much information as possible from the medical school is advised.