Key Medical Principles for the UCAT Situational Section

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The Situational Judgement section (STJ) is different from the other subtests; technically there is no right or wrong answer when you think about how it is marked.

When preparing for the UCAT situational Judgement section it is a good idea to pay close attention to the medical principles that you are being tested on. You want to review what you already know, but spend more time targeting the areas you know you’re weak in, but don’t neglect anything. So if you’re weak at problems that require an understanding of your responsibility as a medical student, then spend more time building on this.

To help you pinpoint the area/principle to in the UCAT Situational section use the list below to recognise areas to review:

1. Integrity

2. Teamwork

3. Dealing with Patients

4. Professional Behaviour

5. Confidentiality

6. Dealing with mistakes

7. Resilience

8. Coping with Pressure

9. Safety and Quality

10. Raising concerns with collegue

11. Raising concerns with Patient

12. Responsibility as a medical/dental student

13. Responsibility as a doctor/dentist

You are expected to have a basic knowledge of the above medical principles. These principles are set out in the Good Medical Practice document issued by the General Medical Council (GMC). After you have covered the above principles, take it to the next level with the character role play from the GMC.

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