What is the complete list of MMI Schools?
Before we ask which are the registered MMI schools, we will first check that you understand what an MMI actually is.
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) is an interview format being increasingly used by several UK medical schools as an alternative to standard medicine interview styles. First developed by McMaster University in the US, the idea behind the interview style was to better predict applicants performances in medical school as well as more accurately test interpersonal skills and professionalism.
What does MMI involve?
MMI interviews are structured as a series of short stations, usually five-ten minutes. Each involves a scenario where applicants are asked to take the role of a doctor or medical student, testing an interpersonal or communication skill. Other stations may also involve a discussion with an interviewer. A mark is given at each station which is then aggregated together with the other marks to provide a sum score. Some examples of stations may include:
- Breaking bad news to a ‘patient’
- Supporting a friend who is having difficulty at medical school
- Talking to a patient about their belief in alternative medical practices
- Discussion on your personal statement with an interviewer
- Discussion of an ethical dilemma with an interviewer
What MMI Schools are there?
MMI has become increasingly used by universities as an interview format, such that now most medical schools use it as their interview format. The table below includes information on all the MMI schools for undergraduate admission.
|Medical school using MMI||Further information|
Rotate around 7 minutes per each station and lasting for a total of one hour.
|Anglia Ruskin|| |
10 stations, each 7 minutes
7-10 stations that each test various aspects of communication, listening, problem-solving, team working skills and more.
7 stations, 6 minutes each with 2 minutes to prepare for each one.
|Brighton and Sussex|| |
MMI interviews held during admission days which will focus on how an applicant may refer to his/her own work experience, skills, and valuable attributes.
Takes place between December and April.
|Buckingham (private medical school)||They aim to test personal attributes through a series of tasks.|
10 stations, each at 6 minutes per station. The focus here is on exploring the personal qualities and attributes in possible candidates.
10 stations, each at 7 minutes per station. Most stations are fairly traditional one-to-one interviews. The other stations are more interactive. It might involve a bit of role play or completing a task with a helper.
7 stations, each 5 minutes long.
3 minutes stations. Candidates could be required to role play at one station with the test of the stations being Q&As.
|Hull York|| |
Group exercises, personal qualities interview, issues in medicine interview, scenario stations will all be included in Hull’s MMI.
75 minutes in total for the complete MMI; 5 minutes per each station
|King’s College London|| |
MMIs are used to analyse an applicant’s personal and professional qualities and attributes that would make them competent in the medical world.
12-14 stations, each 5 minutes long. This will also include a 20-minute group task as well.
These MMIs are an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and interest in the subject of medicine and for the course itself.
Lasting just over an hour, applicants will be tested at a number of stations on their communication, motivation, empathy, numeracy and comprehension attributes, a similar process to other MMI schools.
12 stations, each 5 minutes long. 20-minute group task as well
7 stations, each lasting approx. 7 minutes
7 stations at 7 minutes each
8 stations which last about 5 minutes each
Comprises 8 stations. Applicants for Lincoln will have one minute to read instructions at each station. The first station is usually an ‘ice-breaker’ station which will help to prepare for the rest of the stations. The rest of the stations will last 5 minutes.
7 stations, total 50 minutes. It is not used to test medical or scientific knowledge, but rather to explore an individual’s attitudes, outlook, and way of thinking.
|Queen’s, Belfast|| |
9 stations assessing empathy, problem-solving, moral reasoning and communication skills
8 stations; each 8 minutes
|St Andrew’s|| |
6 stations, each 6 minutes
|St George’s, London|| |
8 stations, each 5 minutes
|University of Central Lancashire|| |
8 stations, each 7 minutes
As you have most likely recognised, most MMI schools follow the same process in their interviews. That means preparing for the MMI can be relatively simple. Read the top 10 common medical school interview questions for further examples.
Practice Your MMI Techniques
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Start Preparing for your Medical Interview
You’ve been invited for an interview and you know the exact date in which it will be held. However, when should you start preparing for your medical interview? Really preparation should begin as early as possible (even as soon as you’ve sent off your personal statement)! But if you want to the complete top tips for when to start preparing, read this article.