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4th December 2018
Congratulations on securing a Medical School interview offer! You’ve passed the first step, now it’s time to demonstrate why you’re a good fit for your desired medical school. Interviews might be a month away but you’ll want to start preparing early. The earlier the better! Here are some tips to help prepare you for MMI interviews.

Written by: Faith Lee

 

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1. Know the requirements of your medical school

Before attending an interview, research the MMI structure of your specific medical school. Most med schools have 8-9 MMI stations, whilst others might vary. Make sure you have a good understanding of your chosen school. It’s a good chance to show that you’re a keen and suitable candidate. Off to a great start and a lasting first impression!

Most medical schools include stations such as:

  • Structure of the medical school
  • Personal insight and motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Empathy
  • Communication skills
  • Current affairs
  • Pillars of ethics

2. Express your passion for the course

Ask yourself: Why medicine? What made you choose a 6-year course over a 3 or 4 year one? There must be something specific in medicine that made you want to commit to it. You might have gained insight during a work experience or something in your volunteering that provoked your empathy. It is important to show appreciation and enthusiasm for the profession.

3. Keep up to date with current affairs and NHS hot topics

This shows you not only have the academic abilities, but also a general knowledge of current affairs. Take time to read and research into the topics to get a better understanding. When given a question, it’s important to maintain a balanced discussion by considering both sides of the argument, whilst providing some of your own personal understanding.

4. Work on your communication skills

Communication skills are an important asset, especially for role-playing. These scenarios are testing your ability to work in a team, so practise with your study partner, parents or teachers. Remember to treat the actor/actress you encounter with respect, and take the situation seriously. Ask questions and think about body language; you could offer tissues, water, or simply ask if there’s anything you can do to help.

5. Have a go and practice before your interview

Most stations will provide you with 1-2 minutes of preparation time. You might want to practise working under timed conditions. Aim to develop some main points for each of your answers, so you can elaborate as you go along.

6. Remember it’s not just academic

It’s important to keep in mind that these interviews aren’t solely based on your academic abilities. Examiners will also be observing your thought process and general approach to problems: don’t worry if you get some things wrong, and try your best!

7. Dress smart. Be confident.

It’s a good idea to wear a set of comfortable and smart clothes on the day. This will boost your confidence and ensure you give a good first impression. Don’t forget to smile!

8. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep

It might seem obvious but it will make all the difference! Try to get a good night’s rest before the big day, you’re bound to feel energised and ready to go.

 

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