MMI Interview Circuit overview
Along with your personal statement, the interview is an integral part of the admissions process. You will encounter multiple interview types for med school, but the MMI differs from the traditional interviews. It’s designed to demonstrate communication skills, a fundamental part of medicine.
As a doctor, you will rely on your communication skills every day for patient care and working with your medical team. Don’t get caught flat-footed: get ready to ace your interview by taking the MSAG’s MMI crash course!
Our MMI preparation course is a half-day mock MMI circuit, tailored to each applicant’s needs. You’ll complete 10 full stations with questions from the schools you’re applying for, then observe another 10 full stations.
What is it like to participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Each medical school is different but the MMI traditionally consists of up to 10 stations, including rest station(s). Each station is a mini interview around 8-10 minutes long. Before each station, the student will be given a real question or scenario and time to prepare and formulate their answer.
Next, you’ll sit and discuss your response with the interviewer. Our interview room will feature up to 20 sample MMI stations and offers 10 MMI stations personalised for each applicant. To provide you with authentic MMI questions, our mock interview questions are based on real UK University questions.
Common MMI interview stations
- Personal stations: engineered to determine if medicine is the right profession for you.
- Teamwork stations: stations asking about teamwork and how you have worked with a team in the past.
- Medical ethics stations: how you would handle situations or challenges in the medical profession, such as ethical scenarios.
- Role play stations: uses real actors and real-life scenarios that the applicant will need to talk through to show how he or she would handle the situation.
- Calculation/ Problem solving stations: you are given information and you will need to calculate the data and provide solutions.
- Hot topics stations: asks you questions based on recent health care related subjects such as the NHS.
- Photo stations: you are asked to review a photo and then interpret what you think is happening.
What to expect?
Our interview room will feature up to 20 sample MMI stations and offers 10 MMI stations personalised for each applicant. Our MMI questions are based off interview questions previously used by universities in the UK, to provide you with an authentic MMI interview.
Our interview course has a 98% success rate for last year’s students that attended our MMI and interview courses, with some students being offered a place at some of the top medical schools in the UK such as Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College London and more.The half-day course is led by experienced doctors, senior medical students and medical education professionals that apply their knowledge and experience from getting into medical school themselves.
At the end of the circuit, you will receive a video copy of your performance as well as the feedback provided by our facilitators. In addition to this, you’ll receive a written copy of your performance marked against a mark scheme.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERSAsk a Question
Should I go for the full-day Medical School Interview Course or the half-day MMI Circuit Course?
The full-day interview course is usually the first step in the preparation. The course is a very small group (9 to 12 students and 3 to 4 facilitators) and it lasts a full day. In London, the interview courses are held every Saturday. In terms of what we do during the day is really coach you on how to approach all different types of questions and MMI stations. It’s not lecture based. It’s more like a full day practice where you are taught techniques, strategies, how to structure your answers etc. Therefore, it really gives you a real interview experience. In the interview course, you will be coached in how to really get better at each type of station. I highly recommend this first to improve your interviewing skills. You’ll get a smaller MMI circuit included in the full day. The full course also comes with pre-course material that you get access to, including all the info you need to know on NHS, medical ethics etc. and multiple 10-minute videos teaching on the content. The course itself is more like a small group practice with a lot of feedback throughout. The MMI Circuit Course is probably best after you have done the course first if you need further practice or if you want to do more stations from a specific school.
Are role-play scenarios included in the circuit? Also will you be able to provide stations to more new medical schools e.g. Anglia Ruskin? Thank you
Before coming onto your MMI circuit, we will ask you to complete a form. This form asks questions about what types of stations that you would like to include in your circuit and yes, role plays are definitely included. And yes, ee do have past questions and stations based on the newer medical schools e.g. Anglia Ruskin and Aston interviews which we include in relevant MMI circuits. Just let us know when you complete the form and we can take it from there. If you have any further questions about our courses you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you further!
Are the MMI Circuits for dental students also?
Yes, our MMI Circuits are for both medical and dental students.
Where are the courses held?
This year our courses will be held in both London and Birmingham. You can view the course addresses and amenities here. Be sure to check the location when you book your course date.
How long does the circuit last?
The mmi courses are half-day courses. Our circuits run in both the morning and afternoon. Our morning circuit runs from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and our afternoon circuit runs from 2:30 pm to 6 pm.
When will I receive my feedback?
You’ll receive your video feedback immediately at the end of the circuit. This will contain the video recording of your performance during the various stations, as well as the feedback provided by the facilitators. You will also receive a copy of your typed up feedback via email by the end of the same day.
Are the stations specific to each university?
Yes, all the stations are based on previous questions asked at interviews from universities around the UK. We can tailor the number of stations to the specific university you want to focus on. Our goal is to provide you with the best MMI preparation available.
How many questions will be based on my Personal Statement?
Each circuit is personalised to the applicant. This means you can have as many or as few personal statement questions as you would like. If you’re unsure about how many questions specific universities will ask, we can advise you, just let us know!