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1. Prepare for what you might be asked
Plymouth have lots of useful info on their website to help you prepare. They state that the MMI will assess your:
Veracity and honesty
Motivation and commitment
Empathy and being non-judgmental
Potential for leadership
Insight into the roles and responsibilities of a doctor, dentist, dental care professional or healthcare scientist
Ability to be a team player
Ability to deal with stress appropriately
Problem solving skills
Limitations, their strengths and weaknesses
Our suggestion would be to go through this list and think about the kinds of questions you might be asked, or the tasks you might be asked to complete.
For example, your empathy skills (or your ability to deal with stress!) might be tested in a roleplay, or your problem-solving skills might be assessed in a prioritisation exercise. You can then practise based on the above topics.
Plymouth state that they test your ‘insight into the roles and responsibilities of a doctor, dentist, dental care professional or healthcare scientist’ – so make sure you know what these are!
You need to demonstrate that you have all the qualities of a potential doctor: good teamwork skills, professionalism, the ability to work in a team, to empathise… Make sure you keep these skills and traits in your head as you move around each station – this will help inform your actions.
You can see more about what makes a good doctor? here.
Plymouth state that they’ll be looking for evidence that you can ‘deal with stress appropriately’ – so it’s a good idea to think about how you do!
The MMI is undoubtedly a stressful experience, but it’s a good idea to practise some strategies to help you deal with this – drinking plenty of water, eating a good meal that morning and getting lots of sleep the day before will help you think clearly.
Practising your interview answers with family or friends is also a great way to minimise stress on the day.
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