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Cambridge University student returns to College to inspire hopeful Medics

Former student Munaib Chowdhury returned to College to help current science students reach their goal of getting into Medical school.

Munaib, who left Havering Sixth Form College in 2015 with 4 A* grades in his A Levels, is now studying Medicine at Cambridge University. He came back to give hopeful students some hints and tips about how to be successful during the challenging interview process for Medicine degrees.

Along with his Cambridge University colleague, Tony Lopez, Munaib gave a presentation on ‘dos and don’ts’ and then gave the eight potential Medics some practical training exercises.

Chemistry tutor and Medics Leader Gursewa Harrad said: “Munaib particularly focussed on the selection process called Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), which many medical schools are now adopting. This can consist of anything from about five up to 12 different 'stations' that the students have to go to and they are given a set timed task to complete at each one.

“For example, it could be an ethical dilemma to discuss or a role play to take part in, or a medical science question to answer.  It is obviously quite a daunting prospect for students and so we thought it would be beneficial to invite Munaib and Tony in to College to give the students an idea of what to expect and how to tackle the scenarios they are presented with.”

The students who took part in the day’s sessions, from 11am to 4pm, were: Precious Anekwe, Barbarah Derkwa, Deividas Lipinskas, Joseph Plant, Lia Racovita, Ryan Tennyson, Elizabeth Oladipo and Abigail Opoku Amankwaah.

One of the students said: “I found the workshop really useful. Making us think of and note down different examples of where we have shown specific skills was good and teaching us the basics of what medical students can and cannot do in a medical environment helped a lot as well.”

Another student said: “Overall the workshop helped me a lot. The breakdown of each question type and detail of what you should know about, for example NHS regulations, was useful. In fact that came up at my interview at Exeter.”