Situational Judgement Question Bank 1 Instructions

Use this question bank to practice Situational Judgement questions.

You will be presented by a set of hypothetical scenarios based in a clinical or educational setting and may involve a student or clinician at their center. You will be asked to make judgments as to the appropriateness or the importance of a series of statements in response to the scenario.

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A group of five second-year medical students are undertaking a group project which forms part of their grade. One of the group members Alex has turned up 20 minutes late to their third team meeting. He has been late to every single meeting. Sarah, the team leader is becoming slightly frustrated as Alex’s lack of punctuality is disrupting the group’s progress. 

How appropriate are each of the following responses by Sarah in this situation?

1. Report Alex to their tutor
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is D.

    By reporting Alex to their tutor before trying to address the issue, Sarah is unnecessarily escalating the situation. Remember, you should always try and address the issue before escalating it further. Therefore, this action would be very inappropriate.

    Top Tip: When you have concerns about a colleague, you should always try and address them directly first before escalating it to someone more senior.

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    J Medicmind Tutor

    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:56:29

    WHY NOT INAPPROPRIATE BUT NOT AWFUL. Sarah isn't doing something very wrong. She is just trying to get to the root of the problem of Alex's poor attendance and if that involves in her reporting him to the tutor, she as a group leader, should be able to do that.

    A group of five second-year medical students are undertaking a group project which forms part of their grade. One of the group members Alex has turned up 20 minutes late to their third team meeting. He has been late to every single meeting. Sarah, the team leader is becoming slightly frustrated as Alex’s lack of punctuality is disrupting the group’s progress. 

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Sarah in this situation?

    2. Speak privately with Alex and ask why he is turning up late
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is A.

    This is the ideal course of action as it allows Sarah to address the issue of Alex’s punctuality whilst being respectful to him. This is in line with GMC guidelines which states “Persistent inappropriate attitude or behaviour [for medical student includes] poor time management [and] non-attendance]” (Achieving Good Medical Practice: Guidance for Medical Students, p48) and “You must treat colleagues fairly and with respect” (Good Medical Practice, p14). Therefore, this action would be very appropriate.

    Top Tip: When you have concerns about a colleague, you should always try and address them directly first before escalating it to someone more senior.

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    A group of five second-year medical students are undertaking a group project which forms part of their grade. One of the group members Alex has turned up 20 minutes late to their third team meeting. He has been late to every single meeting. Sarah, the team leader is becoming slightly frustrated as Alex’s lack of punctuality is disrupting the group’s progress. 

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Sarah in this situation?

    3. Wait and see if Alex turns up on time for the next meeting
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is C.

    This action does not address the issue of Alex’s punctuality. This violates GMC guidance which states “It can be difficult to raise concerns about fellow students, who may be people you work with on projects or placements or your friends. But as a student choosing to join a regulated profession, it is your duty to put patients first and this includes patients you see on placements and those treated by your fellow students in the future.” (Achieving Good Medical Practice: Guidance for Medical Students, p21). However, you are not unnecessarily escalating the situation or doing nothing, so this action is not very inappropriate. Although, since it does not address the issue, this action is inappropriate but not awful. 

    Top Tip: When you have concerns about a colleague, you should always try and address them directly first before escalating it to someone more senior.

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    A group of five second-year medical students are undertaking a group project which forms part of their grade. One of the group members Alex has turned up 20 minutes late to their third team meeting. He has been late to every single meeting. Sarah, the team leader is becoming slightly frustrated as Alex’s lack of punctuality is disrupting the group’s progress. 

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Sarah in this situation?

    4. Speak to another group member and ask for their advice
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is B.

    This action is appropriate as it allows you to seek advice from a peer. However, you are disclosing this issue to another member of the group unnecessarily. Therefore, this action would be appropriate but not ideal.

    Top Tip: When you have concerns about a colleague, you should always try and address them directly first before escalating it to someone more senior.

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    A group of five second-year medical students are undertaking a group project which forms part of their grade. One of the group members Alex has turned up 20 minutes late to their third team meeting. He has been late to every single meeting. Sarah, the team leader is becoming slightly frustrated as Alex’s lack of punctuality is disrupting the group’s progress. 

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Sarah in this situation?

    5. Send a group text message, reminding everyone of the importance of turning up on time
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is C.

    This action would help address the issue by reminding Alex to turn up to the meetings on time. However, this is not addressing any underlying issues Alex may have which is being disrespectful to him. This violates Good Medical Practice which states “You must treat colleagues fairly and with respect” (Good Medical Practice, p14). Therefore, this action is inappropriate but not awful.

    Top Tip: When you have concerns about a colleague, you should always try and address them directly first before escalating it to someone more senior.

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    James and Kim are two 4th year medical students currently on their hepatology placement. James is making TikToks on the wards, sometimes in the view of patients. Some of the TikToks are making fun of patients talking about alcohol use. Kim can see that some of the patients are looking uncomfortable and she feels that James is acting in an unprofessional manner. 

    How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Kim when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    6. That patients may be feeling uncomfortable
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is A.

    Patient safety, comfort and dignity must be your top priority. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must take prompt action if you think that patient safety, dignity or comfort is or may be seriously compromised” (Good Medical Practice, p11). Therefore, if patients are feeling uncomfortable, you must act. Therefore, this consideration is very important.

    Top Tip: Remember, your number one priority MUST ALWAYS be patient safety, comfort and dignity. 

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    James and Kim are two 4th year medical students currently on their hepatology placement. James is making TikToks on the wards, sometimes in the view of patients. Some of the TikToks are making fun of patients talking about alcohol use. Kim can see that some of the patients are looking uncomfortable and she feels that James is acting in an unprofessional manner. 

    How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Kim when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    7. That reporting James may jeopardise his degree and future career
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is D.

    Remember patient safety, comfort and dignity maybe your top priority. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must take prompt action if you think that patient safety, dignity or comfort is or may be seriously compromised” (Good Medical Practice, p11). Therefore, any impact on yours’s or someone else’s career must not be considered. Therefore, this consideration is not important at all.

    Top Tip: Remember, your number one priority MUST ALWAYS be patient safety, comfort and dignity. 

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    James and Kim are two 4th year medical students currently on their hepatology placement. James is making TikToks on the wards, sometimes in the view of patients. Some of the TikToks are making fun of patients talking about alcohol use. Kim can see that some of the patients are looking uncomfortable and she feels that James is acting in an unprofessional manner. 

    How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Kim when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    8. That she feels James is being unprofessional
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is B.

    It is important to express concerns that a colleague is being unprofessional. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “If you have concerns that a colleague may not be fit to practise and maybe putting patients at risk, you must ask for advice from a colleague, your defence body or us” (Good Medical Practice, p11). However, professionalism may be subjective and so this factor would not be considered as important as patient safety. Therefore, this consideration is important.

    Top Tip: Remember, your number one priority MUST ALWAYS be patient safety, comfort and dignity. 

    Post Comment

    James and Kim are two 4th year medical students currently on their hepatology placement. James is making TikToks on the wards, sometimes in the view of patients. Some of the TikToks are making fun of patients talking about alcohol use. Kim can see that some of the patients are looking uncomfortable and she feels that James is acting in an unprofessional manner. 

    How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Kim when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    9. That James is filming the TikToks on the ward
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is B.

    By making TikToks on the ward, James might be making patients feel uncomfortable and therefore Kim should act. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must take prompt action if you think that patient safety, dignity or comfort is or may be seriously compromised” (Good Medical Practice, p11). The reason, this is just important and not very important is because regardless of whether James is making TikToks about patients on the ward or off the ward, it is still unprofessional. Therefore, this consideration is important.

    Top Tip: Remember, your number one priority MUST ALWAYS be patient safety, comfort and dignity. 

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    Rosie

    Fri, 09 Jul 2021 18:29:46

    I do not understand why this is not very important?

    MM Tutor Medicmind Tutor

    Hi Rosie, thanks for your comment! In this case, it's not very important because the distinction of the TikToks being on the ward is, in relative terms, insignificant. James would be bringing the profession into disrepute whether he was making fun of patients on social media on or off the ward.

    Joseph Medicmind Tutor

    Sun, 18 Jul 2021 13:26:36

    I was wondering if the fact the tiktoks were on the ward would make it more important as it could be considered a breach of confidentiality?

    Jacob is a 1st-year medical student, currently living in student accommodation. Following, his exams, Jacob decided to host a party. At around 2 am, the police are called due to noise complaints. When the police arrive, they find a small quantity of cannabis and ketamine in his room and Jacob is arrested for procession of a controlled substance. The next morning, Jacob is charged for drug procession and released. He is unsure whether he needs to inform the medical school.

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Jacob in this situation?

    10. Never inform the medical school
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is D.

    It is your professional responsibility to inform the medical school or the GMC if you are charged with or convicted of a crime. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must tell us without delay if, anywhere in the world: you have been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence” (Good Medical Practice, p23). Therefore by failing to inform the medical school, this action would be very inappropriate.

    Top Tip: Remember, actions are not taken in isolation. Multiple actions can be very appropriate as you are not ranking options.

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    Jacob is a 1st-year medical student, currently living in student accommodation. Following, his exams, Jacob decided to host a party. At around 2 am, the police are called due to noise complaints. When the police arrive, they find a small quantity of cannabis and ketamine in his room and Jacob is arrested for procession of a controlled substance. The next morning, Jacob is charged for drug procession and released. He is unsure whether he needs to inform the medical school.

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Jacob in this situation?

    11. Not inform the medical student unless found guilty
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is D.

    It is your professional responsibility to inform the medical school or the GMC if you are charged with or convicted of a crime. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must tell us without delay if, anywhere in the world: you have been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence” (Good Medical Practice, p23). Therefore, if you wait until you are found guilty, this would be violating Good Medical Practice and would be very inappropriate.

    Top Tip: Remember, actions are not taken in isolation. Multiple actions can be very appropriate as you are not ranking options.

    Post Comment

    Jacob is a 1st-year medical student, currently living in student accommodation. Following, his exams, Jacob decided to host a party. At around 2 am, the police are called due to noise complaints. When the police arrive, they find a small quantity of cannabis and ketamine in his room and Jacob is arrested for procession of a controlled substance. The next morning, Jacob is charged for drug procession and released. He is unsure whether he needs to inform the medical school.

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Jacob in this situation?

    12. Seek advice from a medical defence organisation
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is A.

    By seeking advice from your medical defence organisation, it would enable you to get legal advice and ensure you are represented at any fitness to practice hearing. This is contained within GMC guidelines which state “If you have any questions about what you should declare to the GMC or to your medical school, you can get advice from your medical school, a medical defence organisation or the British Medical Association (BMA)” (Achieving Good Medical Practice: Guidance for Medical Students, p46). Therefore this action would be very appropriate. Remember, these options are not done in isolation, so it would still be possible to seek advice and inform the medical school at the same time.

    Top Tip: Remember, actions are not taken in isolation. Multiple actions can be very appropriate as you are not ranking options.

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    Jacob is a 1st-year medical student, currently living in student accommodation. Following, his exams, Jacob decided to host a party. At around 2 am, the police are called due to noise complaints. When the police arrive, they find a small quantity of cannabis and ketamine in his room and Jacob is arrested for procession of a controlled substance. The next morning, Jacob is charged for drug procession and released. He is unsure whether he needs to inform the medical school.

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Jacob in this situation?

    13. Immediately inform the medical school
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is A.

    It is your professional responsibility to inform the medical school or the GMC if you are charged with or convicted of a crime. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must tell us without delay if, anywhere in the world: you have been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence” (Good Medical Practice, p23). Therefore, by immediately informing the medical school, this would be consistent with Good Medical Practice and would be very appropriate.

    Top Tip: Remember, actions are not taken in isolation. Multiple actions can be very appropriate as you are not ranking options.

    Post Comment

    Jacob is a 1st-year medical student, currently living in student accommodation. Following, his exams, Jacob decided to host a party. At around 2 am, the police are called due to noise complaints. When the police arrive, they find a small quantity of cannabis and ketamine in his room and Jacob is arrested for procession of a controlled substance. The next morning, Jacob is charged for drug procession and released. He is unsure whether he needs to inform the medical school.

    How appropriate are each of the following responses by Jacob in this situation?

    14. Inform the medical school at the start of the next semester
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is C.

    It is your professional responsibility to inform the medical school or the GMC if you are charged with or convicted of a crime. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must tell us without delay if, anywhere in the world: you have been charged with or found guilty of a criminal offence” (Good Medical Practice, p23). Therefore, by waiting until the next semester, you are not informing them ‘without delay’, so this action violates Good Medical Practice. However, as you are still informing the medical school, this is not very inappropriate. Therefore, this action is inappropriate but not awful.

    Top Tip: Remember, actions are not taken in isolation. Multiple actions can be very appropriate as you are not ranking options.

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    Jonathan, a fourth-year medical student, is having a drink with his tutorial group from medical school in a local pub. They are joking about things they have seen on placements including making some offensive jokes about some of the doctors and nurse they are working with. Jonathan is feeling uncomfortable about this but is unsure what to do.

     How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Jonathan when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    15. Members of the public might overhear the conversation
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is A.

    If members of the public overhead jokes about colleagues and/or things that happened on placement, this could damage trust in the medical profession. Trust in the medical profession is a key principle of Good Medical Practice which states “To maintain your licence to practise, you must demonstrate, through the revalidation process, that you work in line with the principles and values set out in this guidance. Only serious or persistent failure to follow our guidance that poses a risk to patient safety or public trust in doctors will put your registration at risk” (Good Medical Practice, p05). Therefore, this consideration is very important.

    Top Tip: Even your actions in your private life must still be professional. If your actions in your private life are unprofessional, this can still give rise to fitness to practice procedure. Therefore, these factors should still be considered as important. 

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    Jonathan, a fourth-year medical student, is having a drink with his tutorial group from medical school in a local pub. They are joking about things they have seen on placements including making some offensive jokes about some of the doctors and nurse they are working with. Jonathan is feeling uncomfortable about this but is unsure what to do.

     How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Jonathan when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    16. The jokes are regarding their colleagues
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is B.

    By making jokes about their colleagues, the students are not showing respect for their colleagues. This is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states  “You must treat colleagues fairly and with respect” (Good Medical Practice, p14). The reason, this is just important and not very important is regardless of the jokes are about their colleagues or just placement in general, it is still unprofessional. Therefore, this consideration is important.

    Top Tip: Even your actions in your private life must still be professional. If your actions in your private life are unprofessional, this can still give rise to fitness to practice procedure. Therefore, these factors should still be considered as important. 

    Post Comment

    Jonathan, a fourth-year medical student, is having a drink with his tutorial group from medical school in a local pub. They are joking about things they have seen on placements including making some offensive jokes about some of the doctors and nurse they are working with. Jonathan is feeling uncomfortable about this but is unsure what to do.

     How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Jonathan when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    17. Their colleagues are unlikely to hear them
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is D.

    Regardless of whether their colleagues can hear the jokes, the students are still not showing respect for their colleagues which violates Good Medical Practice which states  “You must treat colleagues fairly and with respect” (Good Medical Practice, p14). Therefore, this consideration is not important at all.

    Top Tip: Even your actions in your private life must still be professional. If your actions in your private life are unprofessional, this can still give rise to fitness to practice procedure. Therefore, these factors should still be considered as important. 

    Post Comment

    Jonathan, a fourth-year medical student, is having a drink with his tutorial group from medical school in a local pub. They are joking about things they have seen on placements including making some offensive jokes about some of the doctors and nurse they are working with. Jonathan is feeling uncomfortable about this but is unsure what to do.

     How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Jonathan when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    18. They are talking about things they have seen on placement
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is C.

    Talking about placement is not necessarily a problem as long as the students are being respectful and not breaching patient confidentiality. However, as they might be breaching confidentiality, this factor could be considered but does not have to be. Therefore, this consideration is of minor importance.

    Top Tip: Even your actions in your private life must still be professional. If your actions in your private life are unprofessional, this can still give rise to fitness to practice procedure. Therefore, these factors should still be considered as important. 

    Post Comment

    Jonathan, a fourth-year medical student, is having a drink with his tutorial group from medical school in a local pub. They are joking about things they have seen on placements including making some offensive jokes about some of the doctors and nurse they are working with. Jonathan is feeling uncomfortable about this but is unsure what to do.

     How important is it to take into account are the following considerations for Jonathan when deciding how to respond to the situation?

    19. Whether they are breaching confidentiality
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    Explanation

    The correct answer is A.

    Confidentiality is a key principle of medical ethics, this is outlined in Good Medical Practice which states “You must treat information about patients as confidential. This includes after a patient has died.” (Good Medical Practice, p17). Therefore, this consideration is very important.

    Top Tip: Even your actions in your private life must still be professional. If your actions in your private life are unprofessional, this can still give rise to fitness to practice procedure. Therefore, these factors should still be considered as important. 

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    Olivia is a first-year medical student. She has to complete her ePortfolio by the 30th March. However, she has been very busy and has not yet completed her ePortfolio and only has a week until the deadline. She understands it is her professional responsibility to complete the ePortfolio and it is required for her progression to second year. She is very stressed and is unsure what to do. 

    Choose both the one most appropriate action and the one least appropriate action that Olivia should take in response to this situation.

    20. You will not receive any marks for this question unless you select both the most and least appropriate actions.
    Most Appropriate
    Least Appropiate
    Email her tutor and explain the situation and ask for advice
    Miss the ePortfolio deadline
    Email her tutor and say she will miss the deadline
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    Explanation

    Most AppropriateEmail her tutor and explain the situation and ask for advice

    Least Appropriate – Miss the ePortfolio deadline

    Option 3 is the most appropriate option. You have a professional obligation to complete all aspects of your medical school course. This is outlined in GMC guidelines which state “You must engage fully with your medical course by attending educational activities, including lectures, seminars and placements, and by completing coursework” (Achieving Good Medical Practice: Guidance for Medical Students, p9). Therefore, if you cannot complete any coursework on time, you should seek advice from your tutor. This makes option 3 the most appropriate option. 

    Option 1 is the least appropriate option. You have a professional obligation to complete all aspects of your medical school course. This is outlined in GMC guidelines which states “You must engage fully with your medical course by attending educational activities, including lectures, seminars and placements, and by completing coursework” (Achieving Good Medical Practice: Guidance for Medical Students, p9). This option would violate GMC guidelines and shows a lack of professionalism. This makes option 1 the least appropriate option.

    Option 2 is neither the most appropriate nor the least appropriate option. This option still breaches GMC guidelines which state “You must engage fully with your medical course by attending educational activities, including lectures, seminars and placements, and by completing coursework” (Achieving Good Medical Practice: Guidance for Medical Students, p9). However, by informing your tutor, you are taking some steps to remedy the situation. Therefore, this is neither the most appropriate nor the least appropriate option.

    Top Tip: You have a professional responsibility to engage in all medical school teaching. If you cannot, you should seek advice from tutors or advisors. 

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