22nd November 2022
MMI resilience and probity stations are designed to test your sense of integrity and honesty – qualities which are essential for any Doctor. Follow these tips to make sure you’re prepared for these types of questions in your Medical School interview.

Read The GMC’s Good Medical Practice Document

Scenarios in this MMI station often take the form of a fellow student or colleague acting unprofessionally. You will need to come up with the most appropriate response, very similar to the Situational Judgement section of the UCAT.

It’s important to read the GMC’s Good Medical Practice document when you’re preparing for Medical School interviews. It explains what it means to be a good Doctor and provides clear guidance on how the GMC expects medical students and professionals to behave. This knowledge will help you at MMI resilience and probity stations.

Be Aware Of Whistleblowing And Its Importance

Whistleblowing is the reporting of unethical or unlawful behaviour. If you’re aware of some real-life scenarios related to whistleblowing, this will help you to show a good understanding of why probity and integrity are important.

For example, The Francis Reports investigated poor care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. They concluded that an estimated 400 to 1,200 people could have died unnecessarily between 2005 and 2008. The inquiry pointed towards a fear of whistleblowing in the NHS contributing to the poor care going unreported for so long.

As a prospective medical student and future Doctor, it’s wise to demonstrate that you would know how act appropriately in situations that break regulation.


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Demonstrate Empathy

One challenge with resilience and probity stations is that your answer cannot be in the form of a single sentence, such as those found in the SJT section of UCAT. You might find it difficult to think of what to say for an extended period of time.

To lengthen your answer, don’t forget about expressing empathy. It’s necessary to show an understanding of regulation, but you should also try to understand the other person’s reasons for acting the way they did.

For example, a friend cheating on a test at university could be a sign of them struggling to keep up. To show empathy, you could say that you would offer your support and ask if there’s anything you can do to help, e.g. organising some revision sessions together.

Show That You Understand The Consequences Of Not Acting

In your response to a scenario, if you deem it necessary to report a colleague to a more senior member of staff (or encourage them to report themselves), you should explain your reasoning. This can include saying what might happen if you didn’t act.

For example, let’s take the case of a medical student turning up to a hospital placement smelling of alcohol. If you fail to act, they could put patients in danger and they will likely get into more trouble if they are caught instead of turning themselves in.

You can find MMI practice questions in our Interview Question Bank.


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