Congratulations on securing an 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, so read away!
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!
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.
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!