Why do Universities conduct medical interviews?
While your academics and personal statements give the universities some insights into your ability to succeed in university, they do not paint a complete picture. By conducting interviews, medical schools can gain a better insight into whether you are suited to become a doctor.
How do I get a medical interview?
Most medical schools receive far more applicants than they can actually interview — let alone admit! As such, your academic results (i.e. your A Levels, IB, or equivalent) and your standardised test scores (i.e. BMAT or UCAT) are often the first benchmark universities use to select whom to invite for an interview. It is thus paramount that you do well in your academics! You can contact IvyPrep to learn more about preparing for the BMAT and the UCAT.
What formats of medical interviews are there?
Medical school interviews have two main formats.
In this format of interview, you are given 15-30 minutes to speak with a panel of interviewers. The interviewers you face can range from admission tutors, professors, to even current medical students.
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
As the name suggests, this format of interview consists of multiple stations (around 6-10), and you are only given a short amount of time at each station (typically around 5 minutes). You will be given a variety of tasks at each station, ranging from answering simple interview questions, role-playing, or even conducting a physical demonstration.
Traditionally, these interviews were conducted in-person in the UK, meaning that candidates had to fly to the UK to complete the interview. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many universities have now switched to remote online interviews. For the most updated information, refer to the university website.
Medical school interview details
The following list is restricted to the Singapore Medical Council approved universities, and is accurate for the 2020 admissions cycle. Information about the 2022 admissions cycle will be included when more information is available.