I am sharing my experience on CMT Interview so that it help others who have been striving to get into
medical training in the UK.
First off, it wasn’t an easy road since I have been working in Accident & Emergency for last couple of
years and had no formal understanding of medical pathways, patient management in wards and
disposal after discharge. Needless to say that doctors who have worked as trust grade SHO’s/FY1 or 2
in medicine have a definite edge.
Accident & Emergency can be quite demanding and hectic due to NHS pressures, not to mention that
other specialties get equally affected but A&E is the first in the line of fire.
I didn’t get the chance to order the most anticipated book everyone talks about in the UK,
link to book
I rather used an online portal which was extremely helpful. Subscription is for 75 pounds which can be
a bit expensive but totally worth it. It has enough guidance to give you a good insight in all 3 stations
Examples of all the scenarios are a must read and it is advisable to follow similarly structured answers
in the interview as well.
Each of the station during the interview runs for 10 minutes.
Formal dressing on the day.
Reach at lest 45 minutes before the given time to get acclimatised and finish the registration process.
Don’t try to talk or indulge with other candidates prior to interview as this is strictly prohibited.
I was asked about the recent audit I’ve done with the conclusion and action plan. I loved talking about
the audit since the results were quite astounding and I could tell that the interviewers were keen on
listening about the details.
I was then asked about my commitment to specialty where I told them about passing MRCP 1, planning
for next part, my mini CEX’s, CBD’s and DOP’s were critically centred upon medical cases and
I was asked about my teaching experience and plan to continue teaching as a medical professional.
I was asked why I wanted to join medicine as a specialty as well future plans for ST if I were offered
A young female with left calf swelling and admitted to ward with right sided chest pain.
I was asked about initiating management.
How to adjust the dose of LMWH.
Treatment options Warfarin vs NOAC.
Next part of the scenario was communication with the patient where I was asked to speak to the
patient and tell her what has happened and what are we going to do about it. (10 minutes at this point
so I couldn’t actually answer this bit but was given marks based on overall performance)
Old lady recently diagnosed with Colon Ca which is operable but she doesn’t want to disclose the
information to her husband. Husband is in the ward and has been furious. Speak to the husband.
Kept patient confidentiality
Showed empathy towards the patient and found out that the husband is recently diagnosed with AS
and was advised surgery so the wife is horrified and doesn’t wish to worry her husband.
Proper escalation done and scenario went well.
Other part of station was,
Cardiology ward round with registrar who is writing notes with normal clinical examination without
actually examining the patients.
Scenario went well.
Hope it helps and good luck to all those who are planning to apply next!