Do we need interviews?
Interviews are a widely used method to gauge applicants for medical school. But are they managing to help find the best candidates? Hamed Khan investigates
You can recognise them a mile away. They sit in the waiting room wearing the pristine suits that are usually worn by the most senior consultants and professors, with shoes polished and hair neatly combed. In their hands there is usually a copy of the latest edition of a prominent scientific or medical journal, its pages turned over ritualistically, without seemingly a word being read. What gives them away, however, is the expression on their face, usually one of apprehension and nervousness, and above all the slight immaturity of an adolescent who is trying hard to act like a mature adult.
I am of course talking about the interview candidates for the MB BS course in medicine. They're an interesting lot, coming from different places and different backgrounds, and the only thing uniting them is the admission to medical school and eventually becoming doctors. I have interviewed about 50 or