What are Multiple Mini Interviews?
Why MMIs are Used and Example Scenario Questions
Multiple Mini Interviews (aka MMIs) are a fairly recent edition to the medical school admissions process, but they’re a great way for the medical school to test a wide range of skills in a more creative way.
WHY ARE THEY USED?
There is evidence to back up the idea that Multiple Mini Interviews are reliable ways for assessing the non-academic aspects of potential medical students. By “non-academic”, they mean the kind of skills that will make a good doctor. These can include the ability to emphasise or sympathise, communication skills, and your ability to make decisions under pressure.
WHAT DO MMIs ENTAIL?
Multiple Mini Interviews normally take 2 hours, and each station in a Multiple Mini Interviews will normally last 10 minutes, and there might be around 10 stations.
WHICH MEDICAL SCHOOLS?
The following medical schools use Multiple Mini Interviews in their admissions processes:
King’s College London
Brighton and Sussex
EXAMPLE SCENARIOS IN MULTIPLE MINI INTERVIEWS
Example Number 1:
You are on a desert island. You have a table of random objects in front of you and have 20 seconds to pick the 3 objects you think are the most important. Candidates must also give reasons for your choices.
Think about what situations each item would help you in. Is it going to be a hindrance in any situations? If you have time, you could mention why you have picked this object over another similar one.
Example Number 2:
A 70-year-old man comes to you, as his GP, because he has just been diagnosed with Dementia. He wants advice on how he and his family should cope with the diagnosis, as he thinks there is a lot of stigma about the disease in the healthcare service. Whilst talking to you, he begins to cry.
Questions such as these in Multiple Mini Interviews not only give you a scenario that you could expect working as a doctor, but are also looking to test your ability to deal with patients. You should, of course, try and console the patient, listening to his concerns and addressing them. You could advise him on the options available for support, such as support groups or charities. You should also reassure him that there is generally a lot less stigma nowadays.
Example Number 3:
An actor pretends to be your friend whose cat you have been looking after while they are away on holiday. Unfortunately, the cat has been run over and when you tell the friend, they become angry and blame you.
How should you approach the subject and react to one of these questions in Multiple Mini Interviews? You should first make small talk, and talk to your friend about their holiday to make them comfortable. Then, prepare them for the news and say that it may be upsetting. Make sure you are apologetic and empathetic when you depart the news, and stay calm. Consider asking if there is anything you can do to make the situation better, such as organising some sort of burial. This will highlight your problem-solving skills.
These are just a few of the example scenario questions you could expect from your multiple mini interviews. As you may be aware, the MMIs are usually split up into different sections and each will ask questions that target a certain skill/aptitude required of a doctor. For example, at one interview you may have to know how to apply the four pillars of ethics in answer to an interview question.
It’s also a useful tip to be able to quote some essential medical terms in your interview. Using terms like the ones presented in this article will help to make your multiple mini interviews go a long way.
Get Answers to More MMI Questions
Would you like more answers like these to your Multiple Mini Interviews? Would you like to receive specialist tuition to help you pass the MMIs at your chosen medical school? UniAdmissions can help! We have a dedicated medical school interview course which can help you with answering the many different interview questions.
With so many stations to prepare for, extra guidance like the support you’ll get from the expert medical tutors at UniAdmissions is invaluable if you want to secure your place at medical school.
The Medical Journey: Do You Really Know It?
How much do you know about the medical pathway? While it might seem a long way off now before you know it you’ll graduate from medical school and you’ll be in the wide, wide world. Discover the path that your medical journey will take and read the article. Remember that it is likely in your interview that the tutors want to see you have a general knowledge of what this career will lead into.