What are common MMI stations and scenarios?
MMIs are becoming an increasingly popular way for medical schools to assess potential candidates. A number of MMI stations and scenarios will come up on the day, so it is vital to prepare for these in order to maximise your chances of success.
How do MMI stations work?
In an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview), you will be assessed at a number of interview stations back to back, with around eight minutes each in each of the 6 – 8 stations (exact timings etc will, of course, depend on the medical school).
What are Multiple Mini Interviews? MMIs are used because it allows the schools to assess you in many different ways, by having each different station asking you to do different things. For example, one of the stations may be dissecting your personal statement, with another questioning your commitment to studying medicine, and a third asking you to interact with a ‘patient’ (an actor) to examine your communication skills.
Whilst there is a wide variety of what stations could come up, there will be some common questions across the universities which candidates should make sure they have prepared for.
Common MMI stations
Commitment to studying medicine
This is a classic medical school admissions interview question, whether it is used at an MMI or not.
It can be very tempting for candidates to write out a perfect script and rope learn this in order to answer the question. However, interviewers are very aware that this is done, and as such are good at catching out candidates who do this.
Instead, it is best for candidates to have a good think about why they do want to study medicine. You should have the building blocks of an answer ready in your mind, so that you can (to some degree) speak freely from the heart, instead of repeating an obviously pre-prepared answer.
To some degree, almost all candidates are going to have an answer somewhat based on “I like science and helping people”, so don’t worry if you fall into this group. As long as you’ve shown that you have a genuine passion for the medical sciences and would like to have the opportunity to use this passion for the good of other people then you should be fine.
Interaction with an actor
Medical schools like to throw you into the deep end with this somewhat uncomfortable MMI station scenario. Whilst it can seem very unusual to role play in this way, try not to be put off your task.
You’ll commonly be asked to do tasks such as breaking bad news, explaining how to live a healthier life or talk to a dementia patient. The common theme between these will most likely revolve being that the patient is elderly, confused, scared, sad or a mixture of these.
Speak softly and try to explain things in a simple manner; not all patients will be as switched on as you are so bear this in mind. Try to find out what is worrying the ‘patient’ and address this; this is a key skill for a doctor so will be a good skill to demonstrate.
*Tip – Look up the ‘circle of change’ as this is a good way in which to frame a discussion about weight loss, diet changes etc, and again is a good way to demonstrate suitability for medicine.
Why this university?
This may sound like obvious advice but make sure you know about the course you are applying for! What makes this course stand out against the others? What is it about this city that is making you want to spend 5+ years of your life here?
For many people, the honest answer is that you thought you have a chance of getting into the medical school, and the interviewers know this. However, make sure you have some idea of why you want to go to this medical school. You can find the full list of MMI schools in the UK here, as well as how they structure their MMI stations.
There are many different questions at each MMI stations that can be asked, however, the ones above are a good place to start with your preparation. There is a good chance that you’ll walk into a station (after reading the instructions outside) and have no idea what is going on, so just keep your head and do your best.
However, preparing for the more common stations, and speaking to one of the UniAdmissions expert tutors will stand you in good stead for an MMI interview.
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What are Medical Interviewers Looking for?
Want to make sure you say the right things in your medical MMI interview? Read our article which summarises what interviews will be looking for from your answers at an MMI station. Although medicine interviews will differ between universities across the UK, there are some general pointers to keep in mind.