You have been asked to attend an interview, Great! With a few weeks to prepare, there are certain books to read before your medical school interview that will help strengthen your interview skills and provide you all the necessary techniques, information and motivation you will need to perform well.
If someone was to ask you “why do you want to study medicine?”, or “What is the worst mistake that you have made?”, would you fall apart or answer with the same cliche as the next candidate? We spoke with a few first year medical students and complied the 4 most popular books to read before your medical school interview:
1. Medical School Interviews (2nd Edition) by Olivier Picard and George Lee
This book contains all the tools you need to answer all the questions you can expect on the big day. The authors have analysed over 150 questions and provided easy to read guides to answering them effectively. The book also has invaluable information on the history of medicine, the NHS, ethics and other key issues. The authors cover everything from handling MMI stations to motivational questions.
2. Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction by Tony Hope
This is another highly recommended book focused solely on medical ethics. The book covers the core issues in medical ethics and provides an invaluable tool with which to think about the ethical values that lie at the heart of medicine. The author really digs into issues such as euthanasia and the morality of killing, and also explores political questions such as: how should health care resources be distributed fairly? Each chapter in this book considers a different issue: genetics, modern reproductive technologies, resource allocation, mental health, medical research, and discusses more controversial topics.
3. NHS Plc: The Privatisation Of Our Health by Prof. Allison Pollock
Although a bit dry, this book is extremely interesting and the one that most shaped my understanding of the NHS. The book examines how the NHS has gradually become more and more politicised and privatised since it’s inception in 1948. Pollock applies remorseless logic to provide an almost irresistible argument about how rotten the core of the NHS actually is. A must read in my eyes – I found myself bringing it up numerous times in medical school interviews.
4. Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor by Max Pemberton
In my opinion, the most entertaining book on the list . If you are applying for medicine (and even if not), read this book – it will open your eyes to the life of a foundation year one doctor. The blurb says that it “reads like Scrubs: the blog” and this is certainly true – the writing flows from page to page with incredible wit. I cannot recommend it enough – a harrowing, humorous account of what it’ll be like as a brand new doctor.
5. This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.