Miss Giulia Bankov • January 17th, 2020
Giulia is a graduate medical student at the University of Glasgow. She previously studied Neuroscience at King's College London and completed her Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Amsterdam
You have received an invitation to an MMI interview and the last hurdle before the coveted spot in medical school has arrived. If you are unsure of how to start getting ready for your MMI, browse no further, as here we have outlined all the necessary steps to take to ensure you have thoroughly covered all bases and walk in that interview confident and well-prepared.
The first thing you need to do after receiving your invitation to an MMI interview is to find out the precise format that it will have. Despite the general layout being fairly similar across the different universities that use MMIs in their interview process, each medical school does put its own little twist to the way they conduct their interviews. That can be seen in many different ways, whether it’s a different number of stations, slightly different length of stations, or a particular task that is unique to that exact university. If you’re not prepared and don’t know what you should expect, even a small surprise has the potential to throw you off your game on this stressful day. So make sure you do your homework and are diligent about it, and thoroughly research the nitty-gritty details behind the med school’s MMI format, in order to be able to prepare accordingly.
A good place to start your research would be from the invitation email you have received - the admissions team will often point out to you any details regarding their interview format in the invitation email that they deem important for you to be familiar with. Make sure to check out the medical school’s admission page as well, as there might be some further useful information on their interview station breakdown or at least what qualities they will be looking for. This can give you some insight into the type of stations you might encounter at your interview and the kind of questions you can anticipate them to ask. Seeking further information and talking to students from previous admission cycles and current medical students going to that university about their experience at the interview and the format of the interview they encountered can be a potentially useful resource too, but always remember to take all unverified information with a pinch of salt, as universities can change their circuits year on year.
Just like with panel interviews, there is no question bank or a sample MMI to review in order to prepare for an MMI interview. Interviewers can and will ask you a variety of different questions in order to assess your suitability comprehensively, some of which you will likely not have ever thought of before. This is to be expected, though, as this is one of the reasons medical schools have been consistently implementing MMIs as part of their admission process in the past several years. The different stations of an MMI interview gives them the opportunity to a more organic interaction with the candidates, where students have had less of a chance to practice their answers to anticipated questions.
Nonetheless, there are some typical stations that you can be sure to encounter in at least one of your upcoming MMI interviews and knowing how to approach and tackle these can be very useful in your preparation. Consider questions relating to your personal statement, which ask about any particular qualities you have described that make you suitable for a career in medicine, or perhaps a situation or work experience you listed, that they might want you to elaborate on. Also consider preparing for some more interactive special stations, such as picture or data interpretation and the significance of being able to do this well and the implications of these skills in your future as a medical student and a professional. Don’t also forget everyone’s favourite - role plays. These don't necessarily have to be medically themed and can take any format possible, but will ultimately all be interested in the same, namely, do you have sufficient communication skills, in which you can discuss issues in a sensible and comprehensive way, showing empathy and good listening skills.
Finally, there’s one more thing you can do to prepare for your upcoming interview and ensure you have a successful performance, and that is practice. And we don’t just mean practicing delivering answers to questions that might come up. As you will soon see for yourself, performing well as a medical student does not only mean having knowledge, but also interpersonal and communication skills.
Think of it this way - in order to have received an interview invitation, you have clearly ticked off all the academic boxes that the medical school expects you to be able to cover in order to perform well academically in their syllabus. What’s left now is to conduct a brief conversation with you and make sure that you are able to hold a conversation and interact with others in an unfamiliar environment, as a lot of your time in medical school and later on in hospital will consist of just that. Yes, there will be tricky questions along the way that might require you to think outside of the box and show your problem solving skills, but ultimately, it all comes down to what your thought process was and how you deliver your answer in that interview room.
Therefore, this aspect of your performance on interview day carries significant weight to how you will be scored. When doing a mock MMI interview, consider aspects such as body language, tone of voice and eye contact. Delivering your answers in a calm and steady voice, controlled body movements and frequent eye contact with your interviewers will portray confidence in yourself and reassurance in the admissions committee that you are well-prepared.
As it is more fast-paced, interactive and creative, an MMI practice can prove to be slightly more challenging to organise than a traditional interview one. Luckily for you, we are running practice MMI circuits with personalised feedback every weekend that will help your preparation and boost your confidence in your skills.
We hope this information was useful and you now feel comfortable knowing how to prepare for your upcoming MMI! Should you have any further questions or concerns though, don’t hesitate to contact us email@example.com. Good luck in your preparation!
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