Medical student interviewers
Is there a role for medical student interviewers in selection for medical school?
- By: Sandra Nicholson, Ayodeji Jaiyesimi
Applying to medical school is a demanding and daunting process for students. Applicants must tackle and overcome hurdles, such as taking exams and aptitude tests, writing eye-catching and insightful personal statements about why they want to study medicine, and undertaking work experience related to medicine.
The final hurdle often comes in the form of an interview, with most medical schools in the United Kingdom currently using a short, typically 15 minute, semi-structured format to interview candidates.1 Other interview systems include the group interview format used as part of the process in Manchester, team exercises used to assess graduate entry students at Barts and The London,2 and the multi mini interviews used at St George’s in London. Interviews seem to be a commonly used tool for selection internationally.3
Multi mini interviews resemble an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in their structure. Students are interviewed on a topic at a set of