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    (Original post by laurie:))
    i don't think theyre expecting us to know as much as andrew lansley, but i think as long as we know the main principles of what is going on, the expected implications of the changing and why so many people are objecting to them, we should be okay.

    i think med schools would be missing out on a big opportunity if they didn't involve it in their interviews
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    Ah BBC you have saved me :love: Can't believe I've actually been on bbc news-health page (almost) everyday for the past 3 months and two of the very few days I missed actually had nhs shake up stuff on that would've helped me understand it ages ago :facepalm:
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    Ah BBC you have saved me :love: Can't believe I've actually been on bbc news-health page (almost) everyday for the past 3 months and two of the very few days I missed actually had nhs shake up stuff on that would've helped me understand it ages ago :facepalm:
    same i only found the pages when somebody linked them in this thread!

    im so scared im going to say something stupid and muck up the rest of the interview
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    (Original post by laurie:))
    same i only found the pages when somebody linked them in this thread!

    im so scared im going to say something stupid and muck up the rest of the interview
    I'm exactly the same I'm afraid they'll ask me "So what inspired you to be a doctor?" and I'll reply something like "Scrubs", freeze at what I just said and not expand and then they'll think I'm an idiot Whereas I could talk more and explain and make it not sound so stupid as long as I don't freeze in shock lol

    I'm sure they're not going to mind too much if we make little mistakes (especially over something so confusing as the shake up).

    Last year in my interview I was asked about what I think on dissection and I replied something like "I think it's a great idea because... you can... like... see where everything... goes" whilst doing hand actions of me sort of squishing an imaginary ball. They sort of laughed at me but I then went on to explain myself better and I think I redemed myself a bit :P
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    (Original post by Quackers93)
    Last year in my interview I was asked about what I think on dissection and I replied something like "I think it's a great idea because... you can... like... see where everything... goes" whilst doing hand actions of me sort of squishing an imaginary ball. They sort of laughed at me but I then went on to explain myself better and I think I redemed myself a bit :P
    I'm on the same boat, or at least I would be if I had at least one single inteview... Moreover English is not my first language and I'm afraid I' going to misundestand a fair half of their questions... Ready to simulate a heart attack, just in case....

    Anyway what would you suggest reading? It's better focusing on specific topics or having a clear general idea?
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    I'm on the same boat, or at least I would be if I had at least one single inteview... Moreover English is not my first language and I'm afraid I' going to misundestand a fair half of their questions... Ready to simulate a heart attack, just in case....

    Anyway what would you suggest reading? It's better focusing on specific topics or having a clear general idea?
    Ah cool, what's your first language? I'm sure they'll allow some exceptions if it's not your first language particularly if it is something that doesn't translate well (although don't take my word for it because I have no idea :P )

    Erm bbc.co.uk/news/health is a really good website to use as it has loads of different articles. I'm sorry but I'm not really sure what you mean, a general idea of what? I think there are some uni's that will ask you "What have you read recently that has been of interest?" In which case having one article that you are interested in and can talk about would be a good idea. They are (probably) not expecting you to have a great depth of knowledge about complex medicine but I think it'd be a good idea to have something you like and could talk about

    Where have you applied to?
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    (Original post by Quackers93)
    I'm exactly the same I'm afraid they'll ask me "So what inspired you to be a doctor?" and I'll reply something like "Scrubs", freeze at what I just said and not expand and then they'll think I'm an idiot Whereas I could talk more and explain and make it not sound so stupid as long as I don't freeze in shock lol

    I'm sure they're not going to mind too much if we make little mistakes (especially over something so confusing as the shake up).

    Last year in my interview I was asked about what I think on dissection and I replied something like "I think it's a great idea because... you can... like... see where everything... goes" whilst doing hand actions of me sort of squishing an imaginary ball. They sort of laughed at me but I then went on to explain myself better and I think I redemed myself a bit :P
    i'm scared they'll say something and i'll automatically respond with 'thats whats she said' without thinking! i say it so often now, i don't even realise im saying it until i do
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    (Original post by laurie:))
    i'm scared they'll say something and i'll automatically respond with 'thats whats she said' without thinking! i say it so often now, i don't even realise im saying it until i do
    hahahahaha I'll have my fingers crossed for you that you don't say that! ut I am curious with how that would go down with them lol
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    (Original post by Quackers93)
    Ah cool, what's your first language? I'm sure they'll allow some exceptions if it's not your first language particularly if it is something that doesn't translate well (although don't take my word for it because I have no idea :P )
    I doubt they'll allow exceptions for non-native speakers, if you're in medical school/a hospital they would expect you to know the words for medical terminology in English, I don't see why that wouldn't extend into an interview situation. If you apply for a course as communication-based as medicine is you need to be able to fully speak the language.
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    (Original post by Normandy114)
    I doubt they'll allow exceptions for non-native speakers, if you're in medical school/a hospital they would expect you to know the words for medical terminology in English, I don't see why that wouldn't extend into an interview situation. If you apply for a course as communication-based as medicine is you need to be able to fully speak the language.
    Hmmm true. But I more meant say if they threw in a word that didn't translate at all that they would have never come across before. I've had a doctor before that didn't understand what I meant by some word (can't remember what, but it was a relatively common word I think - because I thought afterwards that they should've known it) Meh, I don't know anything about it really, but you'd tihnk they'd allow one slip up if it wasn't a major one.
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    I actually feel so under-prepared. I don't even know where to start! :sigh:
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    I actually feel so under-prepared. I don't even know where to start! :sigh:
    same :sigh:

    i need major help. im buying that isc medical interviews book and im going to my tutor tomorrow to beg him for another mock interview. i'm thinking the more mocks i do the better i can get so im gonna ask some of my subject teachers too.
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    (Original post by ViceVersa)
    I actually feel so under-prepared. I don't even know where to start! :sigh:
    Thats been me for the past month You've still got a little while before your interview haven't you? Just keep doing little pieces, like reading through their course content and stuff, and going over what you did in your w/e and what you learnt from it and stuff. You could try making a list of questions they might ask you and just answer them every so often. Every little helps Some of the best answers are said to be those that are spontaneous so if you can't come up with an answer to one question, you might just come up with something in the interview That's what I'm hoping anyways because I still can't answer "So, why do you want to do Medicine?". So far my answer consist of "because, I know it's right for me, I can't explain why, but I just know it" lol And this is me having spent the past 45minutes trying to answer that question... lol
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    (Original post by laurie:))
    same :sigh:

    i need major help. im buying that isc medical interviews book and im going to my tutor tomorrow to beg him for another mock interview. i'm thinking the more mocks i do the better i can get so im gonna ask some of my subject teachers too.
    Fingers crossed for the both of us. I need help too I think I'll do what you're doing and do as many mocks as possible. I've already ordered the interview book it just hasn't arrived yet. I'm also stuck at what medical stuff I need to research (apart from the reforms) :sigh:

    (Original post by Quackers93)
    Thats been me for the past month You've still got a little while before your interview haven't you? Just keep doing little pieces, like reading through their course content and stuff, and going over what you did in your w/e and what you learnt from it and stuff. You could try making a list of questions they might ask you and just answer them every so often. Every little helps Some of the best answers are said to be those that are spontaneous so if you can't come up with an answer to one question, you might just come up with something in the interview That's what I'm hoping anyways because I still can't answer "So, why do you want to do Medicine?". So far my answer consist of "because, I know it's right for me, I can't explain why, but I just know it" lol And this is me having spent the past 45minutes trying to answer that question... lol
    Haha thanks that was helpful and made me feel better && no I only have 10 day s left :afraid: I'm trying to just note bullet points to some questions so it doesn't sound at all rehearsed.

    Lol I know how you feel, I still can't answer the question 'so what is your motivation for medicine?' :sigh:
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    I was wondering since I am Scottish would I need to talk about the NHS reforms in an interview (at scottish universities) since they wouldn't really apply to me or the scottish nhs? I don't want to spend too much time revising something that won't come up.
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    (Original post by ViceVersa)
    Fingers crossed for the both of us. I need help too I think I'll do what you're doing and do as many mocks as possible. I've already ordered the interview book it just hasn't arrived yet. I'm also stuck at what medical stuff I need to research (apart from the reforms) :sigh:

    Haha thanks that was helpful and made me feel better && no I only have 10 day s left :afraid: I'm trying to just note bullet points to some questions so it doesn't sound at all rehearsed.

    Lol I know how you feel, I still can't answer the question 'so what is your motivation for medicine?' :sigh:
    I have 3 days left :eek: I've had a month to prepare but I've completely wasted it because I'm an idiot I think I've always worked better close to deadlines and am almost always better thinking on the spot (I'm hoping this will make up for my lack of prep :P) Maybe I could use this as a talking point? Something about how things are unexplected then bam! I think well on the spot with the unexpected - but in smarter more doctor-ish sounding words haha

    My answer to that would be: "Erm, let me think... I'm gonna have to say Scrubs!" But then explain it so they don't tihnk I'm just a JD wannabe. Another answer of mine could be "Well, I've become more or less nocturnal now and I always seem to work well at nights, and I like working with and helping people, so I thought medicine with all the night shifts would be a great idea " lol

    In a way I'm almost lucky, no matter how much prep I do or what I practice, I NEVER seem to stick to what I've planned so *I hope* it doesn't sound rehearsed Although it does make my prep feel pretty much pointless

    With what to research, I'm not sure either, but I'm going to make sure I have an article that I have found interesting and could talk about if they ask me questions. And maybe have a back-up article just incase

    (Original post by laurie:))
    same :sigh:

    i need major help. im buying that isc medical interviews book and im going to my tutor tomorrow to beg him for another mock interview. i'm thinking the more mocks i do the better i can get so im gonna ask some of my subject teachers too.
    If theres anything I can do to try and help both you guys just PM me and I'll try and help
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    (Original post by Somerandomstudent)
    I was wondering since I am Scottish would I need to talk about the NHS reforms in an interview (at scottish universities) since they wouldn't really apply to me or the scottish nhs? I don't want to spend too much time revising something that won't come up.
    It'll be useful to have at least some knowledge of the changes. I don't think it would make a very good impression if you did happen to get asked a question about the reforms, and you couldn't answer because they don't directly affect you.

    Personally, I have done my research on the off chance that it will come up in a interview. It's up to you though!
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    Still no interview
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    (Original post by Quackers93)
    I have 3 days left :eek: I've had a month to prepare but I've completely wasted it because I'm an idiot I think I've always worked better close to deadlines and am almost always better thinking on the spot (I'm hoping this will make up for my lack of prep :P) Maybe I could use this as a talking point? Something about how things are unexplected then bam! I think well on the spot with the unexpected - but in smarter more doctor-ish sounding words haha

    My answer to that would be: "Erm, let me think... I'm gonna have to say Scrubs!" But then explain it so they don't tihnk I'm just a JD wannabe. Another answer of mine could be "Well, I've become more or less nocturnal now and I always seem to work well at nights, and I like working with and helping people, so I thought medicine with all the night shifts would be a great idea " lol

    In a way I'm almost lucky, no matter how much prep I do or what I practice, I NEVER seem to stick to what I've planned so *I hope* it doesn't sound rehearsed Although it does make my prep feel pretty much pointless

    With what to research, I'm not sure either, but I'm going to make sure I have an article that I have found interesting and could talk about if they ask me questions. And maybe have a back-up article just incase



    If theres anything I can do to try and help both you guys just PM me and I'll try and help
    :eek: What interview is it? I'm usually a last minute person too lol, I definitely work better closer to deadlines :yep:

    I also have an article, and a back up one. Although my first article is about Viagra and I'm worried they might look at me thinking I'm weird

    If we could practice asking each other questions will be great, and telling each other about any news we've heard about :yes:


    GOOOOOOOD LUCKKKKKK!
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    (Original post by ViceVersa)
    :eek: What interview is it? I'm usually a last minute person too lol, I definitely work better closer to deadlines :yep:

    I also have an article, and a back up one. Although my first article is about Viagra and I'm worried they might look at me thinking I'm weird

    If we could practice asking each other questions will be great, and telling each other about any news we've heard about :yes:


    GOOOOOOOD LUCKKKKKK!
    It's at St. Andrews I'm hoping it goes ok, cause that was the only place to give me an interview last year and it seemed to do well in my interview it was just my ukcat and lack of grades that mucked me up.

    Haha I'm sure it'll be fine, as long as you can talk about it and stuff. If it was an advert for it more than an article about it, then it might be considered weird haha

    Yeah sure that's fine pm me whenever if you like. If you've not already seen this thread it's really useful for good articles:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1815919
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    (Original post by Quackers93)
    It's at St. Andrews I'm hoping it goes ok, cause that was the only place to give me an interview last year and it seemed to do well in my interview it was just my ukcat and lack of grades that mucked me up.

    Haha I'm sure it'll be fine, as long as you can talk about it and stuff. If it was an advert for it more than an article about it, then it might be considered weird haha

    Yeah sure that's fine pm me whenever if you like. If you've not already seen this thread it's really useful for good articles:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1815919
    My other one is on Parkinson's disease, which is a little more sensible :lol: but yes, its an article, and its link to angina and stuff :yes:

    St. Andrews is lovely, hope it goes well

    && Thanks for the thread
 
 
 
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