undergraduate

undergraduate

Physician Associate interview tips from current students and graduates

Our Physician Associate students and graduates understand how you may be feeling about coming to an interview. Read their tips for interviews and find our more about their experience of the day.

Lydia Wharton - Year 2 Physician Associate student

"Never assume the interviewers have read your application, don’t be afraid to repeat yourself and have an idea of your strengths and weaknesses, with situational examples.

"Also, do your research. Look up information about Hull and York NHS Trusts and be aware of the current challenges facing the NHS. It’s great to have experience in health care and to show as many examples of communication, organisation, teamwork and problem solving skills as possible.

"My top tip for interview would be to let the interviewers know how great you are and why you deserve a place on the course. Smile, be confident and be yourself!"

Lydia is from Wakefield, and before starting her studies Lydia complete a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Hull.

Tony Cosgrove - 2018 graduate

"Sometimes it’s not enough to know what you’d like to pursue as a career, you have to be able to demonstrate that you have some idea of the challenges you might face, and what you can do to prepare yourself for them.

"My advice to anyone preparing for interview is to demonstrate your understanding of the role of the Physician Associate as part of a medical team, especially how the role contributes to the delivery of care.

"My top tip would be to show how you can empathise with patients and deliver great patient-centred care in the interview. At the end of the day you are training to help patients, so demonstrating how you will empathise with them along their journey is so important."

Tony graduated in 2018 and is now a practising Physician Associate in Urology at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull.

Ebony Gregory - Year 1 Physician Associate student

"My advice for interview would be to understand the role of a Physician Associate and the qualities you need as an applicant that will translate into the role. It’s also really important to know about the nature and structure of the course, so you know exactly what you will be studying and how you will be learning.

"Just be honest about who you are as a person and I don’t think you can go wrong. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses but showing how you’ve learned from these is a great example of reflection skills."

"My top tip for interview preparation? Read up on your current affairs in healthcare and the world of Physician Associates. You’ll really stand out if you know what’s going on currently and why."

Ebony is from Grimsby and before starting her studies completed a BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Hull.

Declan McHugh - Year 2 Physician Associate student

"I would say to anyone coming to interview make sure you have an understanding of the role of a Physician Associate in the NHS. Also tell the interviewer(s) why you want to be a Physician Associate and why you would be great at it!

"My top tip would be to dress appropriately, how would you as a patient want a Physician Associate to look? Just be friendly, confident and interested."

Declan is from Stoke and before starting his studies completed a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Hull.