Kent and Medway medical school is, in fact, a mix of the highlights of a few universities and medical schools: The medical course is carried out jointly by the University of Kent and the University of Canterbury and is based on Brighton and Sussex’s integrated MBBS curriculum. How cool is that?
The BM BS programme at Kent and Medway puts a large emphasis on clinical exposure and a patient-centred approach to practising medicine. For this reason, in between lectures, tutorials and PBL lessons, you’ll get to a lot of clinical activities, which will start as early as the first semester of Year 1.
Moreover, Kent and Medway is one of the cosiest medical schools, enrolling just over 100 medical students a year. This, in conjunction with the peaceful surroundings of the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University campuses, will offer a pleasant, calm environment to study medicine. You can read more about the course structure at Kent and Medway under this link.
Achieved Grades: Academic screening is the first part of the selection process at KMMS. Those students whose achieved grades (GCSEs or A-levels for gap year students or degree for graduate students) surpass the minimum entry requirements will pass on to Stage 2 - selection by UCAT score.
Predicted Grades: Not considered at all in the selection process. Only achieved grades are taken into account.
Personal Statement: The personal statement is not considered at any point by KMMS when selecting students for medicine interviews.
UCAT: Each year Kent and Medway set a UCAT cut-off score, depending on the average scores and score distribution of all students applying to KMMS in a given year. Candidates who pass the year’s UCAT threshold will be considered for contextualisation (a process where your achieved grades are converted to a score relative to the average scores at your school/region). Since all applications are contextualised by Kent and Medway, a higher UCAT score will not automatically translate to higher chances of getting invited to an interview.
Under this link, you can find more details about the selection for interviews at Kent and Medway.
Preparing for Kent and Medway medicine interviews isn’t an easy process. It goes far beyond just reading an article, skimming through an interview book or doing a mock interview. It requires good organisation, gathering loads of knowledge and working on your confidence. Luckily, with Medfully it is simpler and more efficient than ever:
🇬🇧 Home Students: In the last few years, the UCAT cut-off at Kent and Medway was set to 2430, which was the equivalent of approx. 40th decile. However, the average UCAT score for students invited to Kent and Medway medicine interview was 2623 for 2021 entry.
🌍 International Students: The same UCAT cut-off was used when inviting international students to an interview.
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Historically KMMS has sent out most medicine interview invitations in December of the application cycle.
For the 2022 entry, Kent and Medway MS has received 1463 applications and interviewed 404 students (28%). This number includes both students with the home fee status and international students.
Most likely, medicine interviews and Kent and Medway MS will be held between December 2023 and January 2024.
In the past years, Kent and Medway Medical School had conducted fairly long and unique MMI interviews. The MMI was comprised of 6 stations, each lasting 7 minutes (+ 2 minutes of downtime between stations) and a 42-minute group station, where students are asked to do a task or discuss a scenario with a group of other candidates.
During the group station, you’ll be observed and assessed by the interviewers on your interpersonal skills, such as your ability to work efficiently in a group, communication, empathy etc.
According to Kent and Medway’s official website, in the past years, Kent and Medway MMIs revolved around the following topics: data handling, problem analysis, situational judgement, roleplay, task and values-based stations. However, KMMS also points out that they reserve the right to change the topics and timing of the MMI stations each year.
The entire medicine interview at Kent and Medway, including briefing, all of the stations and debriefing, will take approximately 3 hours.
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Below you can find a short explanatory video prepared by Kent and Medway MS, outlining what you can expect on the day of your interview:
For 2022 entry, 404 students were interviewed for medicine at KMMS and 207 (52%) were offered a place (this data includes home students, graduates and international students).
KMMS usually sends replies in batches between January and March of the application cycle.
Although Kent and Medway hasn’t yet published what topics will be covered in this year’s MMIs, here are the topics from past interviews:
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Please note that these aren’t questions that have been asked at Kent and Medway in past years. Publishing such information would be against Kent and Medway Medical School’s policy. The above questions are adjusted for the interview style at Kent and Medway and are meant to give you a broad sense of the questions you may face.
Dedicate Extra Time To Prepare for The Role Play
For those of you who are just starting to prepare for your medical school interviews, role play stations are MMI stations where you have to play out a scenario (provided to you before the station) with the interviewer (who will usually be a trained actor).
Roleplay stations test your interpersonal skills, such as communication, empathy or teamwork in action and allow the admissions team to check if you have them only on paper or in real life too. For this reason, most students find role-play the scariest and most daunting station.
However, although you cannot predict the exact scenario that will come up, you can still prepare for a role play. You can use one of the scenarios listed above and get a friend or family member to play the other party. Convince them to try to show the characteristics of the other party and exaggerate a little bit (don’t change your mind immediately, get furious, let them shout at you etc.).
And most importantly, be yourself during the role play! Make sure your personality and your personal values shine through.
Strike A Good Balance On The Group Task
The 40-minute group task is a significant and demanding element of the Kent and Medway medicine interview. During the station, you will be assessed by interviewers on your soft skills, including your communication, leadership and teamwork abilities.
On the one hand, remember to take the initiative and be an active member of the team (don’t just sit there silently waiting to agree with someone’s solution). However, wanting to be an active team member is a double-edged sword - it’s easy to overdo it and be dominant (which is something you’d want to avoid, even as a group leader). Remember to let others speak, to listen actively to their ideas and evaluate them. After all, it’s called a group task.
Know How To Apply The Four Pillars Of Medical Ethics
Since the Kent and Medway medicine interview is heavily focused on situational judgement and clinical scenarios, the four pillars of medical ethics (and the 3 C’s - capacity, consent and confidentiality) will be your best friend. Make sure you not only understand but can also apply each of the four pillars (beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy and justice). In our free medicine interview guide, you’ll find tips on how to dissect any medical scenario using the 4 pillars.
Furthermore, have a look at GMC’s Good Medical Practice guidelines for doctors, which will give you a general overview of how a model doctor should act at their work.
🤞 Fingers crossed for your Kent and Medway medical school interview! You’ll smash it 💪