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MMI Interviews – 8 Top Tips

By Dr Emma Brierley
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MMIs (Multiple Mini Interviews) are now the most common type of interviews used by medical schools.

MMI 8 Top Tips

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are the most common type of interviews used by universities in the application process to assess students applying for medical, dental, pharmaceutical and veterinary courses both in the UK and across the globe. The MMI is an interview format using many short independent assessments, typically under timed constraints, enabling admission tutors to determine an applicant’s soft skills.

We’ve compiled a list of top tips to help you prepare for your MMIs:

  1. Time, time time! In order to prepare for the real thing, practise answering questions under timed conditions. Remember to keep calm, reflect on the question before giving your answer and avoid waffling.

  2. Ensure you are prepared for ‘obvious’ questions such as ‘Why Medicine?’, or ‘Tell me about the book you wrote about in your personal statement?’.

  3. To answer questions, build on your past experiences and any work experience you’ve completed. This is a ‘competency’ type of question, and it’s hence a good idea to bring up some real-life examples of significant things you can recall from your past experiences to answer questions such as, ‘How have you shown resilience?’, or ‘How do you cope with stress?’.

  4. Keep up to date with current affairs. You might be asked questions on a range of topics related to the course, such as what your thoughts are on the junior doctor contract, or how you feel about Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)? To prepare for this, Dukes Medical Applications (DMA) tutors are your first port of call, helping to ensure you are ready to approach and answer difficult questions on topics such as these.  

  5. Reflect on and practice answering ethical questions. In structuring your answers, a useful starting point is to learn about the ‘four principles of medical ethics’. For example, how you use these to approach a difficult situation such as: ‘You see a patient after his diagnosis of HIV. He refuses to tell his wife about his diagnosis. How would you react to this?’. 

  6. Be prepared to be tested on your integrity and honesty. For example, you might be asked how you would deal with the following circumstance: ‘A junior doctor phones in sick for an on-call shift, leaving the ward unstaffed and meaning you, as another junior, have to cover two wards. You know they were out late last night and think they are not really unwell, what would you do?’.

  7. Get practice with situational judgement-type questions, in which you will be given a question and need to answer with one of three options: ‘always acceptable’, ‘sometimes acceptable’, or ‘never acceptable’. For example, on a situation such as: ‘A consultant comes into work smelling of alcohol every day for a week’. You might also be provided with more specific multiple-choice answers, such as: ‘ignore the situation completely’, ‘monitor the situation and consider speaking to other colleagues if it continues’, or ‘speak to your supervisor about the situation’.  DMA tutors have access to a plethora of resources to work with, enabling them to support candidates as they prepare for these sorts of questions and many others which could be asked.

  8. Lastly, and most importantly, relax and ensure to get a good night’s sleep before the big day. Make sure you arrive for the interview with plenty of time to spare and are feeling well-rested and replenished as to guarantee you perform at your very best.

Here at Dukes Medical Applications, we have a team of expert tutors who can spend quality time with you both on a one to one level and in groups helping you become optimally prepared for your interview.