In this advanced, highly interactive masterclass, students explore how to demonstrate their potential to be good doctors, vets or dentists, present themselves as true scientists, give balanced arguments yet still hold and defend a view point, and discuss ethical issues using objective reasoning.

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  • What kind of questions will they ask me?
  • Why do they ask those kind of questions?
  • What skills are they looking for in my answers?
  • How do I show that I have a scientific mind?
  • How do I avoid clichés but still say what I mean?
  • What should I do if I can’t think of an answer?
  • How can my personal statement help my interview?

Exploring scenarios likely to come up at interview and MMIs, students gain new insight in a challenging yet supportive environment. The day is packed with tips about interview technique in the context of discussion and skills-based workshops.

In this advanced, highly interactive masterclass, students explore how to demonstrate their potential to be good doctors, vets or dentists, present themselves as true scientists, give balanced arguments yet still hold and defend a view point, and discuss ethical issues using objective reasoning.

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  • What kind of questions will they ask me?
  • Why do they ask those kind of questions?
  • What skills are they looking for in my answers?
  • How do I show that I have a scientific mind?
  • How do I avoid clichés but still say what I mean?
  • What should I do if I can’t think of an answer?
  • How can my personal statement help my interview?

Exploring scenarios likely to come up at interview and MMIs, students gain new insight in a challenging yet supportive environment. The day is packed with tips about interview technique in the context of discussion and skills-based workshops.

To be pitched appropriately for realistic applicants for medicine, So, you want to be a doctor..? leaves little room for passivity. Whilst we do give plenty of guidance interspersed throughout the day, the large majority of the course is taken up by student participation. We raise the bar and ask lots of challenging questions to stretch their thinking and draw out the complexity of any issue under scrutiny. No one gets away with waffle! By the time they come through the door for the start of this course, most students know that it’s not just as simple as having excellent grades. So as a group, we spend the day identifying, discussing and practising all the elements that make up that “extra something else”, contextualising their importance by reference to situational challenges they can one day expect to encounter in their career.

A typical day would include:

  • An ice breaker to get everyone into the spirit of volunteering ideas, selling themselves with a little originality, and coaxing information out of people (an essential skill for any good doctor!)
  • A Wiser Words extended presentation task exploring how to take simple core questions and give complex, advanced answers, which will set them apart. This activity also covers how to draw upon case studies or examples from work experience to illustrate points and identify the questions and dilemmas that lie within them.
  • A Wiser Words ‘station communication’ game – this highlights the link between decision making and communication skills and mirrors the ‘thinking on your feet’ element of the MMIs. It’s rare for this not also to generate a fair bit of laughter! This session leads into….
  • A Wiser Words question-making task to reveal the network of dilemmas and contentions about which a medic must be aware. We collect and record the questions which can then serve as the starting points for further discussion activities after the course.
  • An open mock interview workshop where students gain from listening to and reflecting upon each others’ answers. This includes a few clever tips for how to come up with some more original answers without sounding contrived. It also tends to have the effect of helping students to realise just how much some independent study will strengthen their interview!

Students frequently comment after this course on how the activities are original and don’t go over material already covered at open days or on other courses.  We don’t allocate time for imparting information that they can easily access for themselves with a bit of research and initiative. We do however, emphasise the importance of researching and using your initiative!

For students to get excited about doing their own further research, it usually isn’t enough to just tell them to do it. They need to see and experience how that extra depth and breadth will enable them to give the full, rich, colourful answers that will set them apart. That’s why there are no lectures in this course – it’s all about student participation, fuelled and challenged by tough questions.

Whilst much of the real learning from So, you want to be a doctor..? is most likely to happen post course upon reflection of all the many skills, points and topics we dip into, fundamentally we aim to help students grasp what admissions tutors are looking for and why they’re looking for it. Through the experience of participation and listening to each other, we hope that applicants will get a feel for how they can use every opportunity to demonstrate their aptitude and attitude. That in turn leads to confidence and the ability to cope under pressure when engaging in intellectually rigorous conversation.

To summarise, this course will help students to:

  • Understand what the interviewer is looking for
  • Express themselves confidently using excellent interpersonal skills
  • Support their answers with evidence, case studies and objective justification
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the issues and realities of a career in medicine
  • Find original angles for discussion to stand out from the crowd
  • Realise how much some independent study will strengthen their interview!

As for all our courses, we start with a chat on the phone with you to understand as best we can how your students need to be challenged and for which areas they need more support. We’ll then tailor the course accordingly and remain flexible on the day as we get to know them. So, do get in touch to tell us the times that suit you best for a phone appointment.

 

“Interesting, informative and inspiring! It has given me a lot to think about and helped me to really understand what medical schools are looking for.”

Student from Brighton College

“I liked the practice interviews because it gave me lots of ideas for appropriate and original responses. It also really got me thinking about ethical dilemmas.”

Student from Oundle School

“The best part was that it wasn’t the same information given to us before but something unique. Very interesting and useful.”

Student from Bradford Grammar School

“Helped me feel more confident about my interview and helped me to understand how a doctor should be thinking.”

Student from Harrogate Grammar School

“I enjoyed exploring the ethical issues and the mature level of discussion.”

Student from Ilkley Grammar School

“I know this has really helped me and made me aware of what I need to do to prepare for my application. Thanks very much!”

Student from Prince Henry’s Grammar School

“The whole day was packed with helpful tips.”

Student from Bingley Grammar School

“Well worth it! It has shown me how much more in-depth I need to consider things.”

Student from Epsom College

“I liked the variation throughout the course. It was all enjoyable and directly helpful to my application. It helped me develop some ideas and gave me some new ones. Thanks very much!”

Student from Ipswich School

“Incredibly helpful and worthwhile! I enjoyed having the opportunity to have stimulating, interesting and intellectually challenging conversations with others who aim to achieve the same goal.”

Student from Exeter College

“Gave me a greater awareness of interview questions and also challenges faced by doctors. It was good to work in a team with people I didn’t know and also to see how I compare with other candidates. Good fun and very well presented.”

Student from Blundells School

“The whole day was amazing! I loved the interview part and the different scenarios that really made you think. It was great to hear so many different ideas and to challenge each other.”

Student from Taunton School

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course as it was fun, informative and interactive. The topics were deep and challenging. I think it has given me a real advantage as it has opened my eyes and made it clear what they look for and how I can help myself. It has made me more confident and determined to do well.”

Student from Coopers Company and Coborn School

“It inspired me to do more background reading. I’m now really looking forward to reading Karl Popper and researching the philosophy of science!”

Student from Marlborough School

“The course covered a wider range of questions I had come to ask which were answered very well. It has helped me to understand what I need to do for the interview but also the skills I already have and how to use them to my advantage.”

Student from St Edwards School

“An enjoyable and thought-provoking full-on experience that deepened my understanding of what is expected and gave me a lot to think about in the future.”

Student from The Royal Grammar School, Guildford

“Definitely one of the most useful courses I’ve been on and very friendly too. It’s made me more confident, inspired me and given me so many new ideas.”

Student from Guildford High School for Girls

“I has inspired me to think more deeply about why I want to study medicine. I enjoyed the section on communication skills where we had to think logically and quickly under pressure.”

Student from Woldingham School

“It brought up many new ideas and didn’t repeat things we’d already been told about by teachers or on other courses.”

Student from Oxford High School

“Informative, interesting and extremely relevant.”

Student from Epsom College

“It was great – there should be more courses like this! I loved debating issues that matter to medicine. We were made to think much deeper than usual.”

Student from Franklin College

“It has enabled me to identify which aspects I need to work on and where my strengths lie.”

Student from Haileybury School

“I thought the course was excellent and would definitely recommend it to others. Thank you!”

Student from Newman School, Carlisle

“I thought it was really inspiring and much more useful than other events I have been to.”

Student from Ipswich School

“I liked the challenging questions, debating, looking at different scenarios, hearing people’s opinions, and being made to think.”

Student from Keswick School

“I feel like I have learned a great deal. The course has helped me to consider situations I never thought of. I enjoyed taking an active part.”

Student from Westcliff High School for Girls

“Very mentally stimulating and worthwhile. A lot of knowledge and insight gained.”

Student from Prior Park College

“It was great fun – please come back next year!”

Student from King James School

They say…

“Now I can definitely win arguments against my brother! It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possible answers.”

Student from St Swithun’s School

“This was brilliant compared to all the other courses I’ve had in my 17 years. Truly inspirational, I have no higher praise.”

Student from Warlingham College

“It made me excited to challenge myself more. Very well managed and structured leading to a brilliant course.”

Student from Farmors School

“I was constantly motivated and recharged with varying discussions and tasks.”

Student from Gordons School

“Enriching, and I’m now more aware of the complexities of questions and the intellectual debate that could follow.”

Student from Eastbourne College

“I found this day exciting, exhilarating and full of new ideas and things for me to enjoy.”

Student from Merchant Taylors’ School

“The puzzles were thrilling to solve but also very clever and challenging.”

Student from Newbold Community School

“We got to do everything ourselves and think for ourselves without being spoonfed.”

Student from Sibford School

“I enjoyed getting up to lead. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do it but I felt really good when I did.”

Student from Pocklington School

“Amazing and a huge learning curve for me and the whole of my year group. It really developed my communicating skills.”

Students from Blackheath High School

“It was just fantastic. I loved it! The best bit was seeing everyone’s amazing designs.”

Student from Oakham School

“100% the best course I’ve ever been on. A great experience and I would love to do it again. Every activity was amazing.”

Student from John Fisher Community College

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