The UMAT and the ATAR scores are not the only selection criteria for undergraduate Medicine and Health Science Courses. Many courses around Australia also involve an interview component as part of their selection process. Depending on the institution, interviews could take the form of a traditional panel interview, an oral assessment or as a Multistation/Multiple Mini Interview. UMAT Interview provides a list of all of the universities in Australia and New Zealand that offer undergraduate Medicine, and the type of interview structure they use for selection.
It is just as important to prepare for the interview as it is to prepare for the UMAT and your final year exams. Medical Interview Training Sydney assists students in anticipating the types of questions/scenarios they will be exposed to in an interview, practice their responses and also take part in a mock interview. The sessions are conducted in small groups of between ten to twenty students, allowing personalised feedback and interaction to occur. An expert will facilitate the session and provide feedback on everything from interview technique to the intricacies of students’ answers. Preparation like this is extremely valuable as most students exhibit anxiety in anticipation of challenging questions that may arise and have difficulty formulating logical, cohesive, polished answers in an interview situation or within the allotted preparation time prior to the start of each station (during an MMI). Some quality UMAT preparation organisations will include Medical Interview Training as part of their packages or services.
Medical Interview Training Sydney provides an example of and details regarding such Medical Interview Training Sessions in Sydney.