What to Expect in your Medilink Clinical Interview

29/11/2018

Medilink relies on the dedication and expertise of a corp of remote medics who are our daily interface with our clients in the field. Remote medicine is among the most challenging medical service sectors to be engaged in, yet it brings with it immense personal and professional rewards.

In an earlier post, we covered what it takes to be a remote medic and the kind of support, CPD and atmosphere you can expect working with us at Medilink. We also took a look behind the scenes at what it takes to deploy to a remote location covering the personal strengths, not just professional qualifications and experience required to embrace as routine the demands of peripatetic work away from friends and family. Our case study provided examples of best-practice strategies remote medics employ to ensure they remain at peak performance during assignment in the field.

Understandably, recruiting the right people for the job is of critical importance to both us and our clients who rely on our remote medics for emergency and primary medical services and care in extreme locations where often the local health infrastructure is unavailable or inadequate for their needs.

Our recruitment process is therefore rigorous and challenging but at the same time open, fair, transparent and two way to ensure candidates are fully informed about what a role with us entails and what we offer in return. In this post, we provide some insights into the Medilink clinical interview process and offer advice to help prospective remote medics prepare.

Medlink Clinical Interview - candidates' guide

Helping you plan for your Medilink Clinical Interview

Introductions and Preliminaries

First, we ask you some preliminary questions about your background and your specific qualifications and the personal qualities you feel make you suited to remote medicine. In addition, we expect you to have researched Medilink and be familiar with our sphere of operations, our global reach and typical clients.

We ask you what attracted you to our organisation and about your strengths as well as any areas you feel you need more training or experience in. What perhaps singles us out among others in our sector is our willingness to look beyond candidates on paper to assess their personal and interpersonal skills and their aptitude to be trained in areas in which they need further experience or qualifications. Our aim to help our staff grow with us, and foster long-term working relationships which prove a win-win for both our remote medics and our organisation.

What we look for in our candidates

Typically, our remote medics work as our lone representative alongside our clients’ teams in the field. Depending on the nature of the assignment, a remote medic may also work with a small team of counterparts carrying out specialist roles such as occupational health, aero-medicine or emergency extrication.

The Medilink clinical interview looks for evidence that a candidate is not only equipped with the qualifications and competence to act decisively and professionally in emergency medical situations but is also comfortable being a team player. In addition, the remote medic must understand how to handle cases sensitively and confidentially and keep their own counsel even if living day-to-day on site alongside our clients’ staff.

Clearly, experience is extremely helpful as remote medics may be called on to make split-second decisions that have immediate impact on patients’ welfare and the clinical outcome. Candidates with paramedical backgrounds are often well placed to fulfill this criteria and we certainly look for medics who are specialised in emergency care and pre-hospital care.

However, that is not the whole story. Confident, responsible, professional clinical decision-making may also involve knowing when to call for a second opinion drawing on the expertise of our senior clinicians available 24/7 through Medlink’s topside support.

The Medilink clinical interview therefore assesses candidates’ flexibility and their ability to adapt their clinical decision making case by case. The balance of personal skills and clinical experience is one to which we pay close attention.

Test Scenarios in the Medilink Clinical Interview

Our selection process is designed to assess clinical skills working in given remote locations. To do this, we present the interviewee with test cases in which they are required to put forward diagnoses, a treatment action plan as well as the rationale underpinning their decisions. We also look for evidence that the interviewee is aware of the role clinical governance plays in determining the best possible patient outcomes.

In outlining the scenario, we provide clinical data on the patient as well as other background information to enable the interviewee to determine the course of treatment. We interject with questions and prompts to guide candidates to explain or reflect on their clinical assessment and decisions. Typically, we ask: “What would you do in this situation with these clinical data readings?”.

As mentioned, we assess interviewees’ aptitude to reflect on the scenario and explain their decisions as well as their decisiveness and competence in determining treatment. At Medlink, our aim is during our clinical interviews to bring out a candidate’s best, and to enable them to demonstrate the multiple aspects of their experience that can help them in a career in remote medicine.

Our sector does require a unique skill set, however some of our most capable remote medics have come to us from a diversity of medical sectors and bring with them differing experiences. No two clinical interviews will therefore be the same as we pride ourselves on finding, recruiting, training and retaining a unique team of remote medics.

Interested in Joining us as a Remote Medic?

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