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(14-15 Mar in 2009)
(Prev 1st April)
GCE 'A' Level
- Best four content subjects (ie. 3 H2 and 1 H1 content subjects, with at least 1 contrasting subject)
- GP or KI grade taken in the same sitting
- H1 Project Work
IB diploma (computational criteria not released)
NUS High School Diploma (computational criteria not released)
(Prev early april)
1) Sbmission of a portfolio (?still required?)
2) Focused Skills Assessment
3) Situational Judgement Test
- Testimonial, 2 letters of reccomendation, 1 resume/cca list, 1 personal statement.
- It is highly advisable to start on the portfolio even before you're confirmed for the interviews because "in my case, I received the notification of shortlisting around 14 April and the portfolio was to be submitted by the 20th. It'll be very rush cos teachers need time to write the recommendations too." (Yanyi)
- Interviews & Essay replaced by FSA and SJT
- Conducted in one day
- Portfolio + FSA + SJT make up the other 50% of the admission score
- 8 to 10 standardised stations over 90 minutes.
- Mini-interview or standardised scenario of a focused task.
- Aim to evaluate thinking, skills, emphathy, judgement and teamwork.
- Similar to the Multiple Mini-Interview format used by Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCSOM)
- Pen and paper test over 45 minutes.
- Multiple-choice answers based on scenarios.
- Aim to assess judgement in medicine-related situations
- Prior medical knowledge should not be required.
The below were used prior to 2013 and are for reference only
- First round - Faculty staff from NUS.
- Second round - Mix of medical doctors, nurses, alumni, current students.
- Question will be announced on the spot.
- 45 minutes
- No medical knowledge is required. (The 2006 question was something about defining good professional behaviour and whether it should be a prerequisite for studying medicine.)
|7 May 09|
|Other ways of getting into Medicine|
Exceptional Individual Scheme (EIS)|
From the NUS website:
|2005||Exams as assessment tools|
|2006||Professionalism in the medical career|
|2007||Justification of sacrifices|
|2008||Propose a change in the medical profession|
|2009||Write about a book you have read and how it has changed your perception about team work, etc.|
|Questions courtesy of : Terence (thanks Terence!!)|
- May include dentists, administrators, researchers, etc. so don't slime those people! (i.e. Stay clear of the "I put Medicine 1st and Dentistry second coz it's more glamourous to save lives than look at stinky smelly teeth" and the "I think Health Administrators are a waste of time and money that could be spent on patients" and the "Research is a waste of manpower that could be deployed in the wards" type of replies.)
- Facts about singapore's and maybe even other countries' healthcare standards and policies.
- Current affairs in Singapore Healthcare! know at least 1 health policy! (shameless plug: I have a section on this in my website)
- Know about at least 1 disease that Singapore has encountered or is dealing with. (Bird flu, SARS)
- Why do you want to do Medicine?
- What if you can't get into Medicine? (Don't get discouraged here)
- What makes you think you'll be a good doctor?
- They like to ask random questions like what you like to do, done anything intellectual lately etc....
Questions from 2007
(Thanks to : Mavis, Wendy, Yee May & Ze Hao (not in any particular order))|
The second interview was excellent. Probably the best interview I've ever had. They told me they were very impressed by my determination and what I've done in my gap year at the end of the interview. Here, they asked about my experiences and what I would do after I become a doctor. haha"
As for Round 2, these are the questions I can hitherto remember:
Tell me your greatest strength. What about weakness?
What makes you think you will be a good doctor?
A patient suspects that he has a cyst growing on his large intestine, and that he wishes for an operation to be carried out on him to see if he really has it. He denies on other alternatives like having an X-ray done, and insists that he trusts the doctor’s keen eyesight more than technology. He is willing to fork out the money required for the (likely unnecessary) operation as he is able to afford it. As a doctor, what will you do?
Other links regarding the interviews|
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