Ever wondered what Medical Schools look for?

Here at Swansea University Medical School, there are 5 key competencies that we believe make a good doctor…

Requirements - Communication Can you communicate clearly and appropriately with people from all walks of life? 

How would you tell someone something life-changing?

What about your written communication? 

Communication is absolutely key to success in medicine, both as a doctor and for the patient.  

Requirements - coping  

How would you cope with balancing conflicting pressures without compromising patient safety? 

How would you also make sure you look after your own wellbeing?

Having someone else's life in your hands is a great responsibility and you need to be ready for that.  

Requirements - Insights


Diagnosing conditions is often like working out a riddle or a 1000-piece jigsaw. 

Have you got the skills to work through complex information?

Requirements - problem solving




Honesty is the best policy. 

How would you react if something had gone wrong? 

Can you learn from your mistakes?

Requirements - passion



A career in Medicine is not for the faint-hearted. 

What is driving you to become a doctor? 

If you were unsuccessful, would you pick yourself up and dust yourself off?

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