- Be calm
- Be confident
- Be yourself
- Smile 😊
- Go through the emergencies given in the Oxford handbook of clinical medicine
- Practice at least once the obvious questions which could be asked in any interview like where do you see yourself in 5/10 years etc
- Dress formally
- All the best 👍🏻
19/03/18 (job offered)
ST1 Newcastle trust Hospital
1- Management & teaching:
Q1: you are in the operation theatre and your consultant told you that we can only operate one patient and we have to postpone the other in the list. What will you do?
Ans. I will inform my senior in the ward that we can only operate one patient. Then we will priorities which patient’s operation to postpone. After the final decision I will go to the patient, will apologise him and explain him the situation that this is the reason for not doing the surgery right now. I will try to clam him down as he would be upset and frustrated.
Q2: which patient will you postpone?
Ans. I have to look into the condition of both patients. Will compare the pros and cons for both patients of the delay. Will assess the risk. Then will priorities accordingly.
Q3: what will you tell the patient?
Ans. I will inform the patient that the surgery will not be done today because of this reason. I will apologise and I will ensure him that he would be operated in the first possible time. I will be around him for any help, he needs.
Q4: is it fair?
Ans. well it’s not fair but sometimes it’s because we can’t really do anything about it. e.g if anaesthetist is not available.
Q5: is it common?
Ans. I am not sure about the situation here in UK but these things do happen in my home country. Then he said the situations are also same here, to be honest.
Q6: why such delays happen?
Ans. there are different factors which contribute for example lack of team members, lack of beds in the ward, lack of time e.g one surgery took more than the expected time etc.
Q7: tell us one of your experience of teaching someone, what you did, what was the feedback?
Ans. Once during my final year, my junior colleague came to me and asked me to demonstrate her how to do abdominal examination. I said her okay, I will teach her tomorrow. I reviewed the whole examination myself , organised the way to demonstrate and gave it full read from the book.
Next day, we went to the ward and I first explained her the things verbally. Then I performed the examination in step wise way and showed her each step. Then I asked her if she’s unsure about anything and asked her to do the examination in front of me. She made few mistakes which I corrected and at the end she was happy and satisfied.
Q8: you are teaching 1st year medical students, one of the student fainted, what will you do?
Ans. I will rescue the student who fainted, I will inform the management and will calm down the rest of the students. After making sure the fainted student is safe and is with management team, I will continue my class.
Q9: It’s the first day for the students to go in the dissection Hall and dissecting the dead bodies, how will you handle the situation?
Ans. I remember my first day in the dissection Hall, I was so scared thinking that the dead body might start talking. However, I will demonstrate my students the whole plan first, where we are going what we are going to do there etc. Then I will take them there and will keep the environment light making jokes like dead body is not gonna talk to any of us.
2- Clinical station:
A-Q1: Patient had a fall from 10 feet height, complaining of abdominal pain and is having tachycardia. How will you approach this patient?
Q2: what are you suspecting in this patient?
Q3: Which investigations will you do ?
Q4: this patient is in a cubicle, are you happy with it?
Q5: what are the nice guidelines regarding such patients?
Q6: What is modified ABC approach?
B- Q1: A patient had hip replacement surgery, your nurse colleague told you that your patient’s BP is dropping. How will you approach this patient?
Q2: How much fluid you will give him as bolus? (500ml)
Q3: How will you monitor your fluid is sufficient or helped the patient?
Q4: what should be your patient’s Urine output? 30ml/kg/hour
Q5: what could be the possible causes of hypotension in your patient?
3- Portfolio station:
1- Go through your CV
2- why we should select you?
3- Any distinctions or prizes you have got so far?
4- Is it important to have Certifications for the achievements?
5- do you have plans to do courses like ATLS from UK in future?
6- Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
7- tell us about your research project? ( I have done one during my graduation, so I talked about it briefly described each step)
8- tell us about the skills you got during your house job
27/03/18 (job offered)
FY1 level 2 rotation general surgery
North tees trust foundation
1- Tell me about yourself?
2- What you have learnt during your internship?
3- what do you think will be your responsibilities as FY1 ?
4- you are on call in the ward and you are seeing a patient. You have a bleep and nurse tells you it’s urgent come and see the patient. What will you do?
5- you are the only dr in the ward. Then
6- what will you ask about the patient’s condition, considering that you are talking to your nurse colleague?
7- what is your greatest weakness and strength?
8- How difficult it would be for you to work here in UK?
9- How will you manage to overcome your weakness?
10- anything you want to ask from us.
3rd interview: job offered
ST1 Trust grade Neurosurgery
RVI, Newcastle Trust Hospital
04/04/18(Will write soon 😊)
- Go through your CV
- What did you do after your internship
- Hoe long have you been out of clinical practice
- Where do you see your career after few years
- A patient is operated for the excision of meningioma, 6 days ago. She has left leg weakness. Nurse comes and tells you that the patient is febrile, tachycardias and O2 saturation is dropping. How will you approach this patient?
- What are your differentials?
- If it’s Pulmonary embolism, what investigations will you do?
- Any Questions for us?
###Here are some questions regarding difficult colleagues, I’m sharing it here because the thought of being involved in such situation scares us. So here you go, give it a read and be confident about it 😎.