NHS Hot Topics
Series 2

NHS hot topics for interviews UK 2018-19

This course is designed to help you prepare for your medical school interviews. We hope to equip you with the skills you need for a career in medicine. Over the last 6 years, theMSAG team have guided over 1000 students to get into the career of their dreams. Out of the students who have attended our medicine interview courses , 98% of the applicants have received a place at medical school. Our team have collaborated to create this e-learning resource for you. We’ve used all of our knowledge that we've developed in our physical course. Each video is around 20 minutes long. You can start as early as you want. You can learn at your own pace. Feel free to set your own goals to achieve success at your interview.

What to expect

NHS Hot Topics 2018-19

  • Professionally filmed for a better learning experience
  • Hours of interactive footage featuring high-quality videos ~20 minutes long
  • Created by real doctors and interview experts with over 15 years of experience
  • Start as early as you want and learn at your own pace
  • Fully mobile and tablet responsive, so you can access the videos from anywhere.
  • Set your own goals along to way

Course curriculum

NHS Hot Topics Series 2

  • 01
    Why do you think some A&E departments had to close this winter?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • The Function of A&E
    • Challenges faced by A&E departments
    • Example answer & Conclusion
  • 02
    Should we have specialist A&E departments in the UK for patients aged over 80?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • The challenge of an ageing population and potential solutions
    • Is there a need for specialist A&E departments for over 80 year olds?
    • Summary
  • 03
    What are the causes and consequences of increasing primary care pressures?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • Why is there pressure on the primary healthcare system?
    • Consequences of these pressures
    • Using your experience to make your answer unique
    • Summary
  • 04
    The Hadiza Bawa-Garba Case: what are the implications on junior doctors?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • Timeline of the Bawa-Garba Case
    • Arguments in favour and against being struck off
    • The future implications on junior doctors
    • Summary
  • 05
    How can social media impact healthcare?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • GMC Guidance
    • Benefits of Social Media on Healthcare & the medical profession
    • Risks of Social Media on healthcare & the medical profession
    • Summary
  • 06
    What do you know about the Harold Shipman case?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • The Shipman Inquiry
    • What is appraisal and revalidation
    • Summary
  • 07
    Would you volunteer in an area affected by the Zika virus?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • What is the Zika virus?
    • Pros and cons of volunteering in an area affected by the Zika virus
    • Approaching this answer at interview
    • Summary
  • 08
    Do you feel the modern Healthcare system has become too reliant on information technology?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • The role of IT in the NHS
    • The advantages and disadvantages of technology in the NHS
    • Example answer
    • Conclusion & Summary
  • 09
    Why do you think A&E waiting times have increased recently and is the A&E 4-hour target a good idea?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • A&E waiting times
    • The reasons underlying the growing pressures on A&E
    • Pros & Cons of the 4-hour target
    • Structuring your answer
    • Summary & Conclusion
  • 10
    Were doctors right to go on strike over the junior doctor contract?
    Show Content
    • Objectives
    • The government's perspective
    • The junior doctor and public perspective
    • Advantages and disadvantages of the contract and approaching this question at interview

Our guarantee

We value your learning experience

  • Essential content

    We have separated the videos into important topics that we feel are fundamental to interview success. We go through the "hot topics" questions that you may come across like primary care pressures, social media impacts on healthcare, the Zika Virus and even an insight from real life examples like the Hadiza Bawa-Garba case.

  • Interactive features

    Being interactive is key to medical school application success! We will ask you relevant questions throughout the course. You will be asked to pause videos to take notes and to look up additional information.

  • Track your progress

    As you go through the course, you will be able to track and monitor your progress.

Message from Dr Dibah Jiva

CEO & Founder of The Medical School Application Guide

Over the last 11 years, I have successfully guided students to become the doctors of tomorrow.

Based on my experience, I created theMSAG interview course. It has been running across the UK for the last 6 years. Last year, we had a 98% success rate among our interview applicants getting into medical school. My team of MSAG guides have taken the best of this content from the course. We have then distilled it into this fantastic e-learning resource.

Students do so much hard work to attend open days and get excellent work experience. But when I speak to admissions tutors, they tell us that students don’t deliver strong answers at interview. We find that this comes down to not knowing how to answer medical school interview questions. They have not received good advice on medical ethics, communication skills or duties of a good doctor. They may spend time on an interview question bank but don’t know how to deliver answers in a medicine interview.

So, I urge you to follow the advice of our guides in order to get the most out of the videos. It may be help on ethical scenarios or maintaining eye contact in role plays. Remember, that your questions will never be left unanswered, we are here to support you by answering your questions too. Please feel free to send us an email and we will always get back to you promptly. If you feel as though you would like further support, check out our website for all that we can offer you. 

So, I think it’s about time to let you crack on with some videos. We appreciate that your journey towards a career in Medicine can be tough and lengthy. Don’t despair! Remember to continue working hard and staying committed. theMSAG will be available to guide you through the process.

As a doctor, it is my pleasure to help welcome new students into this rewarding career. I hope that you will enjoy watching this video series. I wish you the very best of luck on your journey!

Meet the team

Medical school admissions experts

TheMSAG has 11 years of experience in medical education & wrote the book on medical school admissions. We’ve helped thousands of students over the past 6 years. Several of our Online Interview Course scriptwriters have sat on interview panels at various medical schools across the UK.

Dr Rony Sanyal is the Online Interview Course Manager at theMSAG. He is currently a GP specialty trainee. He works in the city of Birmingham. He sat on the interview panel for MMI stations at the University of Nottingham. 

 Dr Kate Drewek, our Interview Course Manager, is a paediatrics trainee working in London. She has 2 years of experience in organising and leading our successful interview courses across London, Birmingham and Manchester. She is a trained MMI interview for St George's University. She loves teaching about ethical scenarios.

Dr Paul Grant is a Health Technology Consultant and Medical Educationalist and works at Brighton and Sussex medical school. He is one of our guides at interview courses and MMI circuits. He has carried out interviews for doctors and medical students at all career stages.

Dr Hannah Pierce is an expert in Medical Education having completed a masters degree in this topic area at Keele University. She is currently a clinical teaching fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is one of the leads at theMSAG interview courses.

Dr Ashish Mandavia is the Products and Services Director of theMSAG. Having trained at Bristol Medical School, he sat on the interview panel at the University of Bristol for 2 years. He has completed his foundation training in hospitals across London. 

Dr Hrush Vyas is a F2 doctor in Birmingham with a clinical interest in Anaesthetics. Having trained at Birmingham med school, he sat on the interview panel at the same university. He is one of the leads at theMSAG interview courses.

Mr Jasen Soopramanien is one of the Personal Statement managers at theMSAG. He is a fourth-year medical student at King's College London. He has 2 years of experience as one of the guides on our interview course.

Miss Manushri Jain is a final year medical student at the University of Birmingham. She is one of the Personal Statement managers at theMSAG. She has 2 years of experience as one of the guides on our interview courses.

Mr Graeme Larkin is a senior policy advisor in medical education for the British Medical Association. He is an experienced MSAG guide on our interview courses. He is also our in-house expert on the latest updates for the NHS.

Mr Laksh Soni is a fourth-year medical student at King's College London. He is one of the leads for our interview courses and he is the MMI circuit manager for theMSAG.


  • What if I don't understand part of a video?

    No problem! Whether it's a particular topic or medical school interview answer, just pop your questions into the comment box underneath the videos and a dedicated MSAG team member will get back to you with an answer ASAP.

  • My video won't play!

    Technical issues happen to the best of us: head over to our technical helpdesk/tutorial and we’ll get you back online and ready to ace that medical school interview!

  • Can I access the videos from my phone?

    Absolutely! You can access our videos via your mobile web browser or the Thinkific app.

  • Can I save videos on my hard drive?

    Unfortunately, because of copyright, you can’t save videos at this time: but, you are more than welcome to replay videos as many times as you need

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