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  1. Careers Advisors Open Day Dr Austen Spruce

  2. Studying Medicine at Birmingham • Integrated course • Excellent clinical experiences – local • Immersed in research environment: • Opportunity for own research in: • Medical Sciences • Clinical Science • Population Sciences and Humanities

  3. Entry requirements for medicine: Selection for interview

  4. Medicine: Academic Profile • GCSEs: • Preference for A* in Science (all), Maths and English (Language or Literature) • Not possible to predict how many applicants with grade A in one subject will be considered • Overall GCSE performance may also be considered • International Baccalaureate – 36 pts • Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level • Core points not included in offer

  5. Medicine: Academic Profile • AS-levels: used for selection • Final result at end of year 12 (not unit marks) • Expect that AAAA will be normal requirement • Certificated and non-certificated results required • Maths and Further Maths not considered separately • A2-levels: • Standard offer: A*AA (including Chemistry and Biology) • A* in any subject • No advantage with four A-levels

  6. 5-Year Programme: Non-Academic Factors • Contextual data • Used to identify additional cohort of interviewees • Average school performance at GCSE and A-level • Thresholds defined for each measure (once applications are received) • If applicants meets threshold for either, requirements in relevant qualification relaxed (still competitive) • Separate, non-overlapping mechanism to the University’s widening participation scheme: Access to Birmingham • Evidence of motivation for medicine • Evidence of engagement with society

  7. Selection for Medicine: The interview and getting the right work experience

  8. Medicine: Work Experience • Evidence of commitment to a “public servant” role • Health care experience: Long-term; caring for vulnerable people • Paid work may also be relevant • Direct clinical observation not required • Not used to full advantage • Investigate the career • Information from news media

  9. Medicine: The Interview • Multiple Mini-Interviews: 1-to-1 discussions • Six stations – 6 min at each • Assessed Characteristics and Format: • Communication – via role play with medicine student • Motivation and insight – work experience • Ability to understand and interpret data – presented with graph used in healthcare practice • Self-insight and reflection – in relation to own qualities and experiences • Ability to interpret and evaluate information – e.g. debate topic • Reasoning skills – including considering ethical scenario

  10. Interactive Task • Role play • Year 4 medicine student • Very simple scenario • Candidate given scenario outside room (2 min) – same information inside also • Listening, questioning, engaging and responding appropriately1

  11. Data Interpretation • Graph and introductory information provided outside room • Interpret a graph. The type of graph will be one that relates directly to healthcare practice. • Explain a numerical concept in simple, jargon-free language, as you will need to be able to explain such concepts to patients who may not have the same level of education as you. • Undertake basic arithmetic without a calculator, which is an essential skill for a doctor to avoid making serious mistakes.

  12. Debate Task • Short introduction to a topic relevant to health care (outside and inside room) • Identify the relevant issues • Discuss these - highlight why this topic is subject to debate • Present arguments for possible courses of action

  13. Motivation and Insight into Medicine • Discussion of specific aspects of work experience • In particular, the management of patients by professional healthcare workers • Able to relate experience to information about healthcare practice in the media

  14. Ethics Task • Presented with a clinical situation that has obvious ethical aspects (information available outside and inside room) • Identify and discuss the ethical issues that may and may not be relevant to making a decision • Reach a decision on the best approach (no correct answer)

  15. Dealing with Difficulty and Doing the Right Thing • Asked to think about own experiences • Given an ethical problem relating to being a student • Demonstrate personal qualities important for coping in a demanding career