Cambridge Medicine: Mock Interview Practice With Example Questions

The best way to prepare for Cambridge Medicine Interviews is through mock Interviews. We explain how to use mock Interviews and some questions to practice before the big day.

Author: Zayra Morales

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The Cambridge Interview stage is one of the most important parts of admissions, and having a good knowledge of how the questions may go is vital.

One way to get an idea of the Interview process and the type of questions you could be asked is through Cambridge Medicine mock Interviews. It will certainly put you in a good position to do the best you can!

Today, we will go through the thought processes behind a Cambridge Medicine mock Interview and why it’s useful for you to practice before the actual big day.

Cambridge Interview Structure

Cambridge uses the traditional method for Interviewing its students, rather than the modern multiple mini-Interview technique. The Interview will consist of at least 2 separate Interviews in which the applicant will talk to one or more Interviewers for around 30 minutes.

What is Cambridge University looking for?

The official criteria that Cambridge University state they look for in a candidate is listed as follows:

The Clinical School states they look for the following attributes in potential students:

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Mock Interview Questions Examples to work through

The following list gives you an example (in order) of how a Cambridge Medicine Interview might go. You can use them to create a mock Interview scenario. While this should be taken as a mock only, it incorporates the main types of questions expected in the real Interview. The questions are as follows:

Take a look at a Cambridge Medicine mock Interview in progress.

We’ve broken down how to answer a medical question through extra reading and how demonstrating a knowledge of modern medicine in the wider world can benefit your Interview:

Tips for approaching a Cambridge Interview to practice during mocks

A Scientific Approach

Cambridge prides itself on focusing mostly on the scientific aspects of Medicine for the first few years of its Medical Degree. Candidates being Interviewed need to be up to scratch on their A-level Chemistry and Biology, as they might well be expected to show some basic knowledge on the subjects.

Cambridge asks for some of the highest grades for applicants, especially in scientific subjects, so do be ready to employ the knowledge that you already have. Sometimes questions may not seem immediately applicable to your A-level subjects, but there may yet be a connection somewhere. Just take your time and think about each question before diving right in.

Practice Questions About Ethical Medical Scenarios

Some questions may ask the applicant what they would do in an ethically ambiguous scenario, such as choosing one patient out of 5 to receive a life-saving operation based on various criteria. They need to remember to approach these questions keeping the 4 pillars of medicine in mind; Autonomy, Non-Maleficence, Beneficence, and Justice.

Applicants must always show respect for the patients in any medical scenario that is given. This is one of the most important aspects of a doctor’s job, and Cambridge feels no different about this.

It is well worth doing some research into the ethical ‘policies’ of the NHS and modern medicine, as sometimes it may seem surprising what is considered standard and mandatory responses to certain situations in real medicine today.

If you know how these situations are approached in medicine today, you will do much better in answering ethically ambiguous questions yourself.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Sometimes applicants will be asked questions they do not know the answer to. At this point, applicants should not be afraid to ask for help. It is better than floundering hopelessly and shows an eagerness to learn.

Remember that tutors will be looking for students that they want to teach! Candidates should not feel like they have automatically failed if they are unable to answer a question without some help from the Interviewer(s).

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