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( Medical Doctor Interview Questions )

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Basic Physician

Your patient is a lady that has presented with community acquired pneumonia. She has a background of metastatic ovarian cancer. Discuss goals of care with her. Family is very keen that she should be for everything.

  • Clinical Question
Basic Physician

You are called by your intern after hours when you are the most senior person in the hospital. The intern is with a post operative patient that has collapsed. What would you do in terms of further management? What is your differential diagnoses list

  • Trainee Level
Basic Physician Training

Scenario: You are a medical registrar on the haematology team. You are currently looking after a NESB patient with end stage myeloma who has severe back pain. The patient's family are refusing opioid analgesia because they feel this will hasten her death. How would you manage this situation?

Basic Physician Training

You have just diagnosed a patient from a NESB with terminal pancreatic cancer. A family member approaches you, insisting that the diagnosis remain kept from the patient. How do you manage this situation?

Basic Physician Training

Scenario: You feel your consultant is being unnecessarily harsh to your intern. Your intern is very upset about this. How do you manage this situation/what steps do you take in broaching this with your consultant?

Basic Physician Training

All of us have made mistakes in our careers. Give an example of a mistake you made and what you learnt from it.

Basic Physician Training

Why do you want to do BPT in the [xx] network? What do you have to offer for our BPT program?

Basic Physician Training

As part of the BPT training at POW, BPT candidates are required to go, for at least 3 months of their training, to a rural location. Are you willing to go to our rural hospitals and why/why not?

Basic Physician Training

Scenario = You are a medical registrar on the cardiology team. A patient of yours is having an arrhythmia. Your consultant wants to give amiodarone, however the advanced cardiology trainee has reviewed the patient and feels sotalol is sufficient. How would you manage this situation?

Basic Physician Training

Scenario = You are a medical registrar on night shift. You are asked to review a stroke patient on the neurology ward. He is having new fevers, is not responding now to voice and has no advanced care directive in place. On reading the progress notes, you note that this patient has been steadily deteriorating during hospital admission. How would you further manage this patient?

Basic Physician Training

Why do you want to do BPT at [xx]?

Basic Physician Training

What qualities do you possess that make you a good leader?

Basic Physician Training

What have you done to manage stress?

Basic Physician Training

Scenario = You notice your fellow BPT is coming in late to work, being depressed in mood and not managing their patients effectively. Describe to us how you would handle this situation?

Basic Physician Training

Scenario = You are a medical registrar working an afterhours shift. You are called to review a renal patient (60yo) on the ward during a clinical review call for reduced urine output (PACE, RACE). You notice that their renal function has deteriorated significantly from baseline. The patient is also hyperkalaemic, clinically dry and an ABG reveals a high anion gap acidosis. He is also complaining of chest tightness and palpitations on further questioning. The patient has no advanced care directive in place and he is not previously on dialysis. Talk us through your management of this patient. (The interviewers then kept asking questions during your answer, like patient is now hypotensive, what would you do (ie: escalate to rapid response call/ICU involvement), what would you say to ICU when they arrive. Family has arrived, describe to us what you would say to them. How would you discuss the advanced care directive with the patient? What are your differentials?)

Basic Physician Training

Why have you chosen the [xx]network to do BPT at?

Basic Physician Training

How do you handle stress?

Basic Physician Training

What skills/qualities do you possess that makes you capable of becoming a good physician?

Basic Physician Training

How do you deal with/manage stress?

Basic Physician Training

Clinical scenario = Metastatic colorectal cancer presenting with shortness of breath – What are your differentials and management of this patient?

Basic Physician Training

Clinical scenario = Metastatic prostate cancer patient presenting with lumbar back pain, constipation, abdominal pain and confusion – What are your differentials and management of this patient?

Basic Physician Training

Name a time that you’ve dealt with conflict and how you handled the situation?

Basic Physician Training

Why have you chosen to do BPT in the [xx] network

Basic Physician Training

What would you change about the healthcare system?

Basic Physician Training

Which medical professional, whom you have worked with, do you admire most

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