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MMI interviews

I have had quite a few questions about MMI medicine interviews recently. (MMIs are basically interviews that are split up into multiple mini interview stations. Each station usually has a different theme or question.)

One of my interviews was MMI, and I actually found it to be the best one! They sound like they’d be scary, but I liked the fast pace of it, and it’s great that if you slightly screw one up, or have an interviewer that you don’t like, you can just move on to the next station and make a fresh start. 

So here are my tips:

1) All the usual tips for interviews apply. My tips are here. So dress smart, smile a lot, try to pretend to be confident even if you’re not! 

2) Some MMI interviews have the question(s) on a piece of paper outside the station. Clear your head and focus on reading it. DON’T go over how the last station went in your head! Try and think of the main points you want to get across in this station.

3) At the start of each station, walk in confidently and smile! Even if you just said something ridiculous in the station before, don’t dwell on it and look miserable. First impressions count, and each interviewer needs to get a good one!

4) Try to get your points across as quickly and efficiently as possible. Each station is usually only about 5 minutes, so you can’t waste time!

5) BUT even though you are time-pressured, don’t just blurt out the first thing that comes into your head. Try and organise your thoughts and approach the question logically. If you DO say something silly, and they question you on it, there is NO shame in saying ‘sorry, that was a stupid thing to say, I’m nervous!’ - that’s much better than digging yourself into a hole.

6) Think of some things the interviews could be on. Scout around online and see if there’s any info on the uni website, or if you can find anything on the Student Room about topics in previous years. In mine, the stations I can remember were: 

- Personal statement. Basically someone had a print-out of my personal statement and quizzed me on it and asked me to expand on some of it.

- Ethical dilemma. I was given a topic and was asked to talk about both sides of the problem, my own view on it, etc. 

- Personal attributes and why you’d be suited to medicine. So just the standard questions that you would expect. Remember to back up your statements! There’s no point saying you’re good at something if you don’t have something to back it up. For example: ‘I’m reliable, which can be shown by the fact I volunteered at X and turned up to every session and never cancelled’ blah blah.

- Empathy. Empathy is very important as a doctor, and I had to describe a situation where I had shown empathy, and also talk about a situation where I had seen someone NOT show empathy and how I would have done it better.

- Course structure. My course is PBL, so I had to talk about the pros and cons of PBL and why I would prefer it to other course styles.

I hope that helps! x

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anonymous asked:

Hi Hallie!!! I live in the UK and I have a med interview next week, it's MMI, I've never been to one before and I'm really nervous, any tips?

Ooooh good luck! Try not to worry, MMIs are, in my opinion, a way more chilled and almost fun way to interview. My MMI was by far my favourite interview! I have some tips here. x

anonymous asked:

I would say that I would recommend prospective students to ignore the old questions that were posted. Most universities interview by MMI now and the style is very different. I've had both types of interviews due to not getting in the first time and I preferred MMI. It is small 7 minute stations and you can repeat yourself in several if relevant as the stations don't communicate. If you fluff up one station you have 6-7 others to redeem it. Focus on being confident, team work, ethics

(I think anon is referring to this post)

Hi, I appreciate you saying that but the questions I posted are still relevant. Not all unis interview by MMI (although the number is increasing, and I have some MMI-specific tips here), and even if it is an MMI they often have the same type questions anyway. 

E.g. When I did mine, there was one station on personal statement, one on ethics, one on empathy, etc. So most of the normal questions you’d expect in an interview, just in a different format. So although in that post I’m not specifically talking about MMI’s, the questions can still be relevant and in fact a lot of them were asked in my MMI interview. I know I applied years ago but I have a lot of info from my sister who’s applying this year, so I know I’m not horrifically out of date.

Btw they’re not all 7 minute stations, depending on the uni I think some are 5 and some are 6. x

anonymous asked:

How can i prepare myself for the mmi questions? Thank xx!

I have three pieces of advice for the multiple mini interview:

1. Go to PubMed and search “Multiple Mini Interview” and you will find many papers discussing the implementation and efficacy of MMI. Many of these papers have sample questions and scenarios you can use to practice.

2. Many pre-med groups offer mock interview sessions and even mock mmi sessions. I know at my school we have them and those can be fantastic practice for the real thing.

3. My true key to mastering the multiple mini interview, and probably the hardest to pursue is: theatre. Minoring in theatre and being skilled at improvisation really really really helped during my multiple mini interviews. Being able to think on your feet and put yourself in various situations whole-heartedly is a skill some have but others, like myself, can cultivate by practicing theatre and improvisation. Take a theatre class or join an improv group if you have the time, they’re a lot of fun as well.