At The Future Medic, we provide many services in order to help you become the best possible medical student you can be, offering tutoring and mentoring and more with our expert staff ready to guide you.
Situational judgement is a critically important skill to have refined as a medical professional and is an assessed criteria when taking your UCAT test.
Studying medicine can open the door to a wide list of careers, all of which contain the need to use the skill of situational judgement, so it is understandable why it is so imperative to have this skill in order.
Explaining the UCAT
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is one of the many forms of admissions tests that is used by a selection of Universities within the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
The test must be completed in addition to passing A-Levels for those who wish to study medicine. Over twenty seven thousand people took this test as of 2018.
The A-levels needed for medicine studies are just one part of a very complex application process to secure a spot for studying. With less than 16% of applications to study medicine in 2022 resulting in an offered place, the application process is very highly competitive.
The UCAT is designed to support a strong academic record by testing various situational and skill-based areas that a student would need to possess to make it in the world of medicine naturally. The scoring is split across five categories which all make up individual parts of the test. These are:
- Verbal Reasoning
- Decision Making
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Abstract Reasoning
- Situational Judgement
You can access UCAT question banks on the UCAT website, which we have highlighted below:
- Verbal Reasoning Question Bank
- Decision Making Question Bank
- Quantitative Reasoning Question Bank
- Abstract Reasoning Question Bank
- Situational Judgement Question Bank
Click here to access the UCAT practice tests on the UCAT website. Want to know how to calculate your UCAT score from your practice test? Click here
Choose from anywhere between 1 hour of UCAT tutoring to 20 hours, to help you unlock your full potential.
It doesn’t matter how far along you are in your Medicine journey– whether you are applying during your A-Levels, or if you have previously been rejected for Medicine and you need a higher UCAT score– our UCAT online course is sure to help!
What is Situational Judgement?
Situational judgement is the ability to make informed and clear decisions in relation to your current situation. This is a skill we carry out in almost all aspects of our lives.
A basic example of this is something as simple as deciding on what clothes you are going to wear for the day. Should you dress warmly because it’s cold? Is it raining or windy? You then use your judgement based on the weather situation to know what to wear.
So how does situational judgement apply to the medical field?
On a base level, dealing with any patient requires situational judgement, how bad are their symptoms, are they physically resilient or healthy enough to have an operation? Are they allergic to the medicine you were going to prescribe for them?
On the other side of the spectrum, is the patient being aggressive or threatening towards you? Do they struggle to speak English or a language you communicate in? All of these scenarios will test your situational judgement.
So how is this tested on the UCAT?
Essentially you will be asked a series of hypothetical questions based in a clinical setting or during training for a dental or medical centre.
You will be asked to respond to the scenarios in question by rating the importance of statements that are responding to the scenario.
Situational judgement is essentially the organisation of priorities in relation to any given situation, within the UCAT test you will be judged on your ability to understand the best course of action to take in the given scenarios.
So how can The Future Medic help with your situational judgement?
The Future Medic & Situational judgement
So how exactly will The Future Medic help you?
As part of our UCAT preparation we offer online courses designed for you to take at a time that suits you, alongside this we offer personalised 1 to 1 sessions with our highly qualified tutors with years of experience in the medical field as well as tutoring for UCAT tests and much more.
We are proud to share the fact that we have an average mean score for UCAT tests at 743, whilst the average UCAT results (of those not taking our courses) is 607. This only highlights how we can help you achieve more than the average through our courses.
Regardless if you have failed your UCAT once before, we are happy to help you excel and retake your test with more knowledge and confidence than before.
We ensure that we cover the required subjects within your UCAT, in regard to situational judgement, we will share with you the does and dont’s, process of situational judgement along with practical examples that show you how to implement this skill effectively.
So book today to help develop your skills, understanding and essential skills needed to be a thriving medical professional.
Medical school interviews
Is it not your UCAT test that you’re worried about? Maybe you struggle in interview situations, we can also help you thrive in interviews, we cover every aspect you need to be aware of during a medical school interview, including:
- Body language
- Rate & Tone
- Mirroring Posture
- Clarity of Articulation
- Minimising Jargon/Waffle
- How to use words you don’t understand
- Breaking bad news
- Communicating your thought process
- Active Listening
Lateral thinking / Problem solving:
This section deals with questions that seem unrelated, may cause you to fluster and lose your focus or train of thought. These are a common reason why students fail their interviews.
NHS & Hot Topics:
It is crucial for a medical applicant to have an understanding of the NHS and its structure. You may not know what you want to specialise in, but you should be aware of how GPs link to specialties, and understand the links between the public and private sector.
In this section we tackle the hardest part of the interview – Medical Ethics. We help you integrate terminology such as the medical pillars and GMC Guidelines into your answers as well as showing you how to approach common ethical scenarios such as confidentiality, organ donation and abortion.
To see our full list of interview subjects we cover, click here.
This mentoring programme consists of monthly live sessions where study timetables and action plans are made according to what is most relevant at the time.
For example, at the start of Year 13, the sessions are heavily focused on applying the finishing touches to your personal statement. However, in Year 12’s summer, we help you get your balance right by starting your personal statement, coaching you for the UCAT, as well as helping you reflect on your work experience.
The very first session is based on exploring your aspirations for medicine, your personality, any apprehensions you may have and your strengths and weaknesses.
Ultimately, this is so that we can create a profile based on all of these factors so that we can generate a two-year plan specific to your needs which accounts for all aspects of the UCAS process.
We always stress the importance of live sessions, as the interaction helps to develop richness of feedback and allows you to obtain a higher degree of critique from non-verbal communication.
Each live session is audio-recorded which helps in numerous ways. You can use the recordings to review your performance and the feedback given and use this as a tool for continued improvement outside of the sessions. The recordings also help us to measure your progress. It is a confidence booster to see how far you have progressed!
As this is our most popular, most in-depth and detailed service, we ensure each student receives the quality guaranteed. As such, spaces are extremely limited and are appointed on a first-come, first-served basis. So book now to avoid disappointment!
Contact The Future Medic today
Our team at The Future Medic understand the responsibility to provide our country with the next generation of bright minds who will innovate, revolutionise and excel in the study of medicine.
That is why we have made it our mission to supply you with all the knowledge, skills and resources you could possibly need to enter this competitive yet rewarding field of expertise. We hope to have highlighted the need to have an excellent and refined situational judgement which can be supplemented by our courses.
So what are you waiting for? To access the very best in medical school interview tutoring, head to our website now. Alternatively you can contact us directly, got a few more questions? Our blogpage may be able to help.