Day 85 - Back to Work (ish) (18/12/2017)

Started on with learning some very basic neuroanatomy and filling in the first page of the Block 3 workbook. What actually transpired was I drew the C1 vertebra (Atlas) from many different angles, trying to capture the various surfaces properly. Now that I've got a bit more time it's nice to slow down and be a bit more leisurely with my revision material prep.

Had two mock interviews today, one graduate applicant and one for undergrad entry. I wasn't sure how these would go, but both candidates engaged really well and seemed to find it at least somewhat useful.

The point I really want to stress here is (and have done so on my YouTube channel) is that I am absolutely no black-belt when it comes to interviews (I don't even have a belt). Nor do I pretend to be one, and I remind people of that whenever they ask my thoughts on the process. It all comes down to the fact that I, like many other people, ended up tackling the process very much on my own, and it doesn't need to be that way.

To prepare for my solitary interview I drafted out all the possible questions I thought I could be asked, and wrote out answers to them all using guidance from Tomorrow's Doctors, Good Medical Practice and the like, trying to continuously refine down my answers. I'm not sure this was the best way to approach it, but I felt happy going in to my interview and actually enjoyed it.

What I try to do with these mocks is ask people difficult questions that force them to think a bit differently and answer from first principles of ethics and good practice (as laid out in the aforementioned guidance) rather than rote learning. I guess I can't really be sure if this interaction does make a difference to an applicant, but I'd certainly have leapt at the opportunity if someone was offering the same thing when I was applying.