Ultimate Guide To Multiple Mini-Interviews for Medical School Admissions: Part 3

June 10, 2015

 How To Prepare For Your Multiple Mini-Interview 

A multiple mini-interview is distinctly different from the conventional one-session med school interview but preparing for both requires a somewhat similar approach. Some schools make it easier for applicants by listing several sample questions and scenarios on their website. This can help guide your preparation. However not all schools provide this list, so if you are applying to more than one med school you will have to be prepared for both scenarios.   

Read As Much As You Can About Current Healthcare Policy & Issues In Australia

Gap Medics students ready for surgery!The best way to practice for your multiple mini-interviews is to read a lot and do as much research as you can after you receive your first acceptance letter. If the university has any interview information put up on their site, read through it and try and get a feel for what they would be looking for in the MMI. Understanding their criteria will give you a valuable head start and will help you know what information you need to focus on. 

Almost all med schools will include a ethics station and although all ethical scenarios may not be about medical issues, understanding the principles of bioethics and familiarising yourself with current events and healthcare policy issues will hone your ability to analyse the different sides of a problem and formulate a reply or reaction that will evoke a positive response.  Keeping up to date with current affairs can prove to be an invaluable asset at several stations during an MMI.

Make Notes During Your Work Experience Opportunities

Make notes when physician shadowing, volunteering or during your time at a medical placement. Your notes will be like a kind of diary that you can reflect on and also use as examples to talk about at the interview if you are asked to discuss your reply or reaction to some specific scenario

Practice Answering Challenging Questions 

Practice answering as may typical interview questions as possible. Start with answering traditional interview questions and then move on to practicing answering less common questions. While practicing your answers keep in mind that you will have a time limit at each station so you have to formulate your replies accordingly. Considering the time constraints, taking time to practice your answers as well your reactions to the different MMI situations within the time limits offers you several benefits. It will help you form more coherent, succinct replies even to the most complex questions. Most importantly it helps you learn how to deal with the stress of the day and also how to master effective tactics that will help you overcome any anxiety and nervousness that you may feel on the day of the MMI.

When you go for the interview unprepared you run the risk of underselling yourself with your half-hearted responses. On the other hand, when you are well prepared you are more capable of formulating meaningful, coherent replies and deliberate responses that will increase your chances of success.