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1. Know what they’re looking for
Queen’s state that during the MMI they look for:
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 moral reasoning may be assessed in an ethical scenario. You can then practise based on the above topics.
There are many different ways problem-solving could appear in an MMI: you may need to give instructions to an actor (such as how to tie shoelaces), or you may need to solve a physical puzzle, or describe how you would act in a difficult situation (such as losing a friend on the tube).
There are a range of ways you can practise for this: try giving instructions to a friend (here are some examples) and have them deliberately misunderstand you – how do you tackle this problem?
Thinking in advance about how you would tackle tricky problems – and how you vocalise your thought process – will help you a lot when preparing for your Queen’s medicine interview!
Your moral reasoning may be assessed through ethical scenarios, so make sure you know the four pillars of medical ethics: beneficence, non-maleficence, justice and autonomy (you can read more about these here).
You might be asked what you would do in a difficult situation, or a role play may bring up ethical issues, such as confidentiality or patient safety. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the GMC Guidelines, and how to answer medical ethics questions in an interview.
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