Written by: Faith Lee
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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