5 Tips to Ace the MMI Interview

By January 18, 2016 August 28th, 2017 Interviews

Our Cracking Med School Admissions team have been interviewers for the MMI interview. And we’ve prepped several students to ace their medical school MMI interviews. Remember, there’s usually not one right answer to the MMI interview questions. Interviewers want to see how you communicate information.

Here are FIVE tips to ace the MMI interview:

1. Create a structure for your answer

This is one of the most important pieces of advice our Cracking Med School Admissions team can give. Your interviewer will listen to several other students on the day of your MMI interview. One way to have a solid score is to have an organized structure to your explanation. If you have a rambling answer, your interviewer may not be able to follow your reasoning and explanations.

Think about your discussion with the MMI interviewer as having a thesis and supporting points.

Example: One way to structure an answer is:
Thesis: Given the situation presented in the prompt, I would give the patient birth control. However, I would like to discuss the factors in my decision and the potential implications for the patient.

Then, dive into the meat of the answer based on your introductory structure:
• The pro’s for giving my birth control are…
• The potential drawbacks are…
• I have to take ethical considerations into account. For example, I know the rule in xx state is that it is legal to give anyone over 16-years-old birth control without informing the patients
• Before I prescribe the medication to the patient, I will be sure to discussion the decision with my patient. These topics include: different types of birth control; potential side effects; and safe sex practices

2. Explore the problem or situation from multiple perspectives

Example 1: If you’re asked whether to prescribe a medication, you want to discuss the pro’s and con’s of the decision.
Example 2: If the prompt involves several parties, then be sure to discuss the impact of the situation for everyone. You may want to discuss the situation from the role of:
• The patient
• The patient’s family
• The physician
• The hospital

By doing so, you will show that you can consider the problem in a broader scope.

The Cracking Med School Admissions team can help you ace the MMI interview. Our students have attended top schools like Stanford, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. Reading this blog is a great start. But practicing with our team will help solidify your interview skills. Email our Cracking Med School Admissions team if you’re interested in fine tuning your one-on-one interview or MMI interview skills: info@crackingmedadmissions.com

3. Be a positive team player

Some MMI interview scenarios involve you working with a team member to accomplish a goal, like drawing a picture or solving a problem. Our Cracking Med School Admissions book has example of MMI interview questions, including team-based scenarios. It’s important to community well with your partner.

Big Dont’s:
Don’t be negative.
Don’t get frustrated if you can’t finish your task.
Don’t criticize your partner’s ideas. Be open-minded to their suggestions and present your own ideas as well.

4. Be energetic

Your energy level carries you a long, long way in MMI interviews. Some students we’ve interviewed have been timid or soft spoken. That demeanor tends to work against you, because it comes off that you are somebody who is difficult to communicate with and overall not very confident.Smiling goes a long way. Okay, if you have a crying actor in your scenario, obviously don’t be overly energetic and smiling in that situation. Remember, the MMI interviewer will be thinking, “Is this the type of co-resident, physician, or medical student I want to work with one day?” So be yourself, but don’t forget to smile!

Now that we’ve given you tips to be a successful MMI interviewee, one other way to be top notch and stand out is…

5. Use your personal experiences whenever possible

Whether your MMI interview scenario is an ethical dilemma or a difficult situation, being able to incorporate your personal experiences will make you stand out and get remembered.

Example 1: If you’ve seen a similar ethical dilemma while shadowing or as an ER scribe, you can incorporate the experience and your reflections in your answer.
Example 2: If you’ve worked abroad, you can discuss the country’s healthcare system or the challenges with providing healthcare in developing countries

Incorporating real-life experience is one of the hardest techniques to finesse and master. Make sure to work with Stanford medical students and residents from Cracking Med School Admissions. We want to help you succeed and get into the medical school of your dreams. Have questions or concerns? Email us: info@crackingmedadmissions.com

Ask us questions about interviews and practice with us today!

Your Cracking Med School Admissions Advisers

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department

Devin Nambiar

Helping students reach their full potential

Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Undergraduate: Columbia University
What I did after I graduated:
• Worked at two education non-profits, improving public & charter schools across the U.S.
• Coached students to master interview, debate, and speech techniques in the U.S. and Asia
• Advised students in China, Korea, and Japan with college applications to American Universities
• Developed mobile education content for iPhone apps
• Worked in investment banking, conducting industry analysis and advising technology companies
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

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