Oxbridge Medicine Interview - Q&A | Summary and Q&A

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November 21, 2017
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Oxbridge Medicine Interview - Q&A

TL;DR

In this video, a medical student answers specific questions about the Oxford and Cambridge medicine interviews.

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Key Insights

  • ❓ It is unnecessary to learn all A2 biology and chemistry topics for the interviews.
  • ❓ Basic understanding of topics in the personal statement is important.
  • 👾 Recent news within the past year is fair game for interview questions.
  • 🧑‍⚕️ Mental health topics are scientific and should be treated seriously.
  • ❓ Mock interviews can be helpful in preparing for the interviews.
  • 🤔 The interviews assess thinking ability, teachability, and personal qualities.
  • 😥 Answering questions effectively involves structuring answers with a clear point, evidence, and summary.

Transcript

hey guys welcome back to the channel if you're new here my name is Ali I'm a final year medical student at Cambridge University and in this video I'm gonna be answering specific questions that you guys have sent over the last few days about the Oxford and Cambridge Medicine interviews there's a video on the channel already about experiences of the ... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Should I learn all of my A2 biology and chemistry?

It is unnecessary to learn all of your A2 biology and chemistry, but it is important to be well-versed in the topics you have covered so far.

Q: How much depth do I need to know about topics mentioned in my personal statement?

You should have a basic understanding of the topics mentioned in your personal statement, being able to explain them and answer related questions.

Q: What qualifies as recent news for interview questions?

Recent news within the past year is generally considered fair game for interview questions. However, major events from previous years may still be relevant.

Q: What should I do if I have a mind blank or they ask about a topic I haven't covered?

If faced with a topic you don't know, politely inform the interviewer and approach the question with an open mind. The interview is more about your ability to think and reason than knowing every topic.

Q: Does mental health count as scientific?

Yes, mental health is considered scientific, and it is important to be knowledgeable about mental health topics mentioned in your personal statement.

Q: Is there any other way to prepare for the interviews?

Apart from revising AS-level content and watching interview tips videos, conducting mock interviews with friends can be helpful in preparing for the interviews.

Q: Is there a catch to the interviews?

The interviews primarily assess your ability to think and reason, as well as your teachability. There is no specific catch, but being personable and confident can also make a positive impression.

Q: How should answers about current affairs topics be structured?

Answers should follow a structure of stating a point, providing evidence to support it, and ending with a concise summary. The structure should vary depending on the question asked.

Q: What are the most common medical topics asked about in Oxbridge interviews?

While it varies by college, general current affairs topics, such as the state of the NHS, were not commonly asked. However, having knowledge of recent medical news within the past year is still advisable.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The interviewer advises against learning all A2 biology and chemistry topics, but it's important to be familiar with the subjects you have already covered.

  • It is recommended to have a basic understanding of the topics mentioned in your personal statement, such as dialysis and diabetes.

  • Recent news within the past year is considered fair game for interview questions.

  • If faced with a topic you haven't covered, it is acceptable to let the interviewer know and approach the question with an open mind.

  • Mental health topics are considered scientific and should be taken seriously in interviews.

  • The best way to prepare for the interviews is to revise AS-level content, watch YouTube videos about interview tips, and conduct mock interviews with friends.

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