Receiving an interview offer to medical school is literally one foot in the door to that official offer to study medicine. With that in mind, you know attending an MMI is filled with pressure, anticipation, and a high amount of career achieving goals at stake. If you’re looking for MMI interview tips to help you succeed, you’ve come to the right place!
My name is Dean, I am a 3rd year medical student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). I failed two MMIs before getting into medical school. Here are my six tips on how to prepare for MMIs based on my experience.
Many medical schools will want you to “think on your feet” when going through the stations in an MMI. I made a big mistake in my first MMI of rehearsing answers to the questions I thought would come up, which made me one of the worst performers during the interview.
Preparing naturally means being yourself, being honest, and letting the conversation flow naturally. When out of healthcare volunteering experience, focus on how you interact with patients and colleagues, and use that to help you guide how you act in an interview.
There are many (free) helpful resources to help you prepare for an MMI. The best resource is the university themselves. Most universities will send you an email with information regarding what you can expect and how they would like you to prepare, do not ignore this!
Other resources involve looking at the “GMC: Duties of a Doctor”, which tell you the exact traits a doctor needs and you will need to demonstrate in MMI. In addition, every medical school will have an ethics station, so learning the four areas of ethics is vital for a successful MMI.
Personally, my most powerful resource was using people who had already done an MMI and asking them for help and advice based on their experience. If you know anyone, ask them for help!
From experience and research, it is well known that most students lose marks on timing. Each station is roughly 8-10 minutes, and many students do not finish the station within this time, or they finish too early. Practice your timing of answers, as this could save you many marks.
One of the best aspects of an MMI is that you have roughly 6-8 stations, and each station is a fresh start – a clean slate. Many students (like myself), may perform badly in one station, and then let this affect the rest of their stations.
In the MMI I did well in, I had a difficult station, but I was able to let it go, and move on to the next, which I excelled in. An MMI interview tip I wish I’d known is not to panic, remove any previous stations from your head, and focus on the next station – easier said than done, it will come with practice.
Every MMI I experienced, I was always asked around current “hot topics” in the news such as the Ebola virus, Brexit, HIV, vaccines and privatisation of the NHS. So, when you are preparing for your MMI interview a tip is to be aware of the current hot topics in the news, both healthcare and non-healthcare related.
In my worst performing MMI station, it was because I put so much pressure on myself, and hyped the whole situation up. So many stations are paused so a student can compose themselves, so try not to be that student.
The MMIs go so quick and each station is behind you before you know it. A really useful MMI interview tip is try to relax, focus on each station and take it step by step, it will certainly help your confidence and allow you to gain marks.
Words: Dean Hardy, MBBS Student, University of Central Lancashire
This post was created as part of a sponsored collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
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