Shadowing a DoctorJanuary 15, 2016
The new style of MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) interviews is now being used by a significant proportion of universities across the UK. We know that everyone is a little afraid of change, but don’t worry! The Medic Portal has heard your pleas for help on how best to tackle this strange new format, and we’ve decided to answer them here with our top five tips for MMI interview success.
1. Familiarise yourself with the format
Get to know how MMIs work to minimise any nasty surprises on the day. Each university does things slightly differently. Make sure you know the format before attending. Do you know how many stations there are and how long you get for each one? For example, at Sheffield the interview consists of eight x eight minute stations.
2. Think about types of questions & tasks
Think in advance about the kinds of things the medical school could ask you or get you to show them in a multiple mini interview. Think about the kinds of skills and attributes you wrote about in your personal statement: teamwork, leadership, empathy, communication skills. These are all fair game for being assessed at your MMI. You can find lots of information on the admissions websites about the kinds of things they are looking for. Some of the key skills the universities are looking for include:
3. If one goes badly, forget it & move on
There is no point in letting one bad station affect your performance on the other 5+ stations. Just because one went badly it does not mean you have automatically won’t be getting into medical school. Keep calm, and remember if you are slightly thrown by a station, chances are other will be too! Even if you are feeling slightly overwhelmed, remain respectful, kind and empathetic to the interviewer and, importantly, the actor or patient.
4. Prepare the ‘traditional’ questions, too
Including why you want to be a doctor, medical ethics questions and questions about the NHS. These can just as easily crop up in MMIs in one guise or another. Just as in traditional panel interviews, in your MMI, the universities will want evidence you are committed to a career in medicine and are committed to caring. They want to be sure that you understand that a career in medicine is at times stressful and challenging. And just like a traditional interview, you need to make sure you dress appropriately and behave in a professional manner from the moment you enter the interview room until the moment you leave.
5. Practise! Practise! Practise!
This is the one thing that will ensure you feel the most prepared you possibly can be. This will help minimise nerves on the day. Try and get feedback on your interview performance from lots of different people who can comment on things like your communication and interpersonal skills.
By Beth, who has recently graduated from UCL Medical School and is planning new adventures whilst blog writing for The Medic Portal!