Recall 2018 Monash University - Undergraduate

4. Physics project . You have been appointed the leader - 3 students not cooperating .. are very late or absent . You are getting angry and frustrated about this.

What will you do to encourage them?

What are you going to do about this?

What qualities must a good leader have?

Aside from the academic benefits, what are the benefits of working in a team?

Can you give an example where a health practitioner may work in a team? 

5. There may be drugs in future that may raise life expectancy to 150yo.

Should they be available to the public or to certain patient groups?

What population group have lower life expectancy? Why?

If his drug was made available What would be the impact on society?

6. Woman has had a plastic tube removed from the abdomen- been there for 3 years. Been complaining of abdominal pain for 3 months .    Meant to have follow up appointment but missed it . It appears the hospital made no effort to contact her. 

Was there a case of negligence in this situation? 

What are the economic and social issues ?

What do both parties need to do next time to avoid a situation from happening again?   

The husband of the woman is angry and looking for someone to blame- how would you explain the situation to him and what would you say to him to discourage him from suing 

7. You drove 3 friends to another friends party 10km away with your brother as a supervising driver. Your brother came back 2 hours late and he is drunk . The law requires that your supervising driver needs to be legally fit to drive .

What would you do in this situation?

What are your options in this situation?

Why do Govt have laws regarding learning drivers?

Do you think that young drivers are influenced by the penalties they will face?

Some reckless and dangerous drivers get away without being punished by law - what are the consequences of that ?

What can be done to change the attitude of people who dangerously drive 

8. You are giving a talk at your high school. You have just done a year in undergraduate medicine. You remember sitting in that position last year .

What advice would you give about choosing a career?

What do they need to know about medical school ?

What would you tell them about managing stress in the final year of high school?

Also what advice would you give so that they maximise their potential?

If you don’t get into medicine what else would you do ?

  1. Rachel is in Year x of medicine . Offered exchange program to America. She is concerned about her mother . After her divorce , she barely goes out to shop . Rachel is worried how her mother would cope for the next 6 months. Father is interstate . No relatives .

How might Rachel feel about her mother’s increasing reliance on her?

Should opportunity always be taken?

Should one always choose family over person goals?

What might the consequences of Rachel moving be for her mother?

2. Grocery store - this person has been promoted to be evening shift manager at the store. Interstate student and his new job pays just enough to meet his essential bills. A friend Theresa who works at the store she had a previous back injury and has just had another back injury . Also another person with back injury. Previous manager dismissive . He is worried about speaking to the manager as he may lose his position.

What are his options?

Why would he have mixed feelings about listening to Theresa?

What would be the consequences of ignoring Theresa?

How should he approach the manager ? 

3. Plagiarism Your friend who is a PhD student let’s you to look over the PhD thesis . As you read through it , you realise that you have seen this before . Your supervisor had send you an unpublished paper from a distinguished colleague. The copies part is at least 10 pages long .

What may have motivated the student to copy the work?

Should the PhD be rejected if a large amount is copied? Is the supervisor to blame?

Are students made aware of the issues of plagiarism ? Would the situation be easier or harder to handle if you have the same supervisor?      

      (Recall by someone who scored 100th percentile on UMAT whose only practice was the one online practice paper provided by UMAT on registration. Hence it is possible to score well without paying huge amount of money for commercial UMAT courses.  Please contact Melbourne Surgery if interested in a private tuition from the student)

2017 Recall


  1. Why do you want be in this career?

  2. What do you think will be the challenges in this career?

  3. Tell me about your life outside this career path

  4. How will you maintain these aspects of your life once you become a doctor?


  1. Describe an important decision you’ve made in the recent past, one that involved others

  2. How did this decision affect others?

  3. Who did you consult when making this decision?

  4. What are the positive and negative aspects of this decision?

STATION 3 - You are working in a group assignment consisting of 5 people, worth 35% of your total marks for the particular subject. One member of your group isn’t contributing as well as they could.

  1. As a team, how would you deal with this situation?

  2. If your first efforts weren’t fruitful, what would you then do?

  3. What would you do if this particular member said that his mother was ill?

  4. Didn’t get to the fourth question

STATION 4 – Acting scenario involving me (a first year medical student) sitting in a bus with a physiology textbook, being approached by an elderly woman. She claims to have memory problems, and she has been invited by her son to go over and stay with them for a while. She is anxious that her son’s plan is to send her to a nursing home. Had to talk with her for the 5 minutes.


  1. How do you identify your any issues there might be in your learning?

  2. What are some important approaches to address these issues?

  3. How do you think your learning will change as a medical student?

  4. What would you do if you failed a unit in your subject?

STATION 6 - Scenario about a paraplegic man in his 20s coming to stay in your apartment block. He needs the assistance of two carers who come visit him twice a day. Other residents aren’t too happy about him coming to stay there, but you’re fine with it.

  1. In a residents’ meeting (which the man doesn’t turn up to), this man is mentioned in a negative context. What would you do?

  2. Second question: do not remember

  3. Third question – Something to do with the main doors to the apartment block being left open and the residents think it’s the man’s doing. They ask you to do something about it since you live right across from him. What would you do?

  4. What could the man do to get some support?

Station 7:

  1. Tell me about child vaccination program in Australia

  2. Why are vaccines important?

  3. Why might some people be against to vaccination?

  4. Did not get to the fourth question

Station 8: Situation involving racism at a workplace. A supervisor discriminates my friends for having a different ethnic background.

  1. What general guidelines would you give for dealing with situation like this?

  2. A new employee joins your team. Would you tell the issue?

  3. Cannot remember

  4. Cannot remember

University of Melbourne 2016 recall

Station 1: motivation for medicine as a career (standard questions)

Station 2 (Decision making and ethics): A school council has set up a $5000 fund to feed Indigenous students, who do not eat breakfast. Breakfast is good for brain development, nutrients etc. A new school council president is appointed, who wishes to use the fund to purchase new books for the school library, as it will advantage all students.  - how would the parents of the indigenous students feel if this decision went ahead? - cant remember - cant remember - what would be your proposed/alternative solutions? 

Station 3: Explain a scientific term in layman's terms (choose from fermentation, momentum, immunity and something else), can use whiteboard and should interact with interviewer to ensure that they understand at all points, don't use jargon etc

Station 4: -Describe a situation in which you were given feedback

How did you react/was it expected feedback

How has it helped you change

Did not get up to question


Station 5: Kate's mother has remarried due to father passing away at age 10, the stepfather and two daughters of the father do not seem to pay much attention to Kate

How will Kate feel?

What should her mother do?

What should stepfather do?

-didnt get up to last question 


Station 6: Describe a situation in which you worked in collaboration, advantages/disadvantages, etc


You have two patients requiring a heart transplant, both equally suited to the organ which has become available. Patient 1 is a 25 year old man who smokes 3 packets of cigarettes a day. Patient 2 is a 50 year old woman who has always looked after her body, has three children in their late teens/early twenties and husband. Both patients are in urgent need of transplant and will subsequently die if they do not get one.

­ Who would you choose to give the organ donation to?

You are kidnapped. You find yourself in a room with a child and your kidnappers. They tell you that you either kill the child in front of you (you yourself must be the one to pull the trigger) or they will kill you both (abseiling or something and a person below you has their rope break so they attach to yours, it can't take the extra weight so you either both fall from the rope breaking, or you cut them off by cutting the rope below you (or jump off yourself I guess).

­ If you do nothing then both patients will die; if you turn off life support against the parents' wishes then you can save a life. What do you do?

1) A man has been responsible for taking care of his wife who is in a vegetative state for 6 years after a car accident. She can breathe on her own but that is the extent of her abilities. He requests that her feeding tube be removed. What should you, as her physician do? Why?

2) A student is working in a clinic where the office double books aboriginal patients. The student asks their reasoning and the receptionist replies that “Those people never show up for their appointments.” How would you deal with this situation?

3) You are working on a group project with 5 other students. One of the students doesn’t show up for meetings or if they do show up – they are late and leave early. They have put no effort into the group project but show up on the day of the presentation and try to take credit

for the project. What do you do in this situation?

4) Mrs. Jones has signed a donor card indicating that she is willing to donate her body to science without notifying her husband and son. She gets into an accident and it is determined she is brain dead. The family doctor, who is on call that afternoon, reviews the chart and determines that she would be perfect for medical students to practice the removal of organs for transplantation purposes. The doctor then talks to the family to discuss the procedure and to confirm their consent. They both oppose the procedure and refuse to allow their doctor to move forward. The doctor points out that Mrs. Jones could be helping hundreds of people by educating the medical students and that technically consent has already been provided. The husband understands how beneficial the educational experience is but is too emotional to allow them to continue. The son, a medical student, refuses because he knows the bodies are not treated with dignity. If you were the doctor, how would you proceed? Why?

5) You are spending your evening as a JURSI in the hospital. It is late and you see a member of the staff duck into the supply closet with an empty bag and reappear in a few minutes with it appearing full. You have heard other staff members discussing that supplies are missing on a regular basis that can not be accounted for. After observing the actions of the other staff member, what do you do?

6) You are a second year student shadowing a doctor in the O.R. Once the patient, an obese female has been given general anesthetic and the procedure is underway the doctors start to make comments about her weight and call her names that you find inappropriate but most of all unprofessional. Do you talk to the doctor about his comments or do you keep your comments to yourself? Why?

7) Two patients need a liver transplant, but there is only one liver available at the time. Tell the interviewer how you would decide between:
a) a 64­year old retired politician who happens to be an alcoholic, or
b) a 26­year old mother of three who is on welfare.

8) You are part of a committee to decide where the money for health care in Geelong is spent. It is your turn to inform the committee of your opinion on what you think is the single most important area requiring funding.

9) Discuss the social, legal, medical implications of a needle­exchange program with the interviewer. Follow up question: What are some viable alternatives?

10) What is the most brilliant idea you've ever had?