5 Tips to Ace the MMI Interview
Our Cracking Med School Admissions team members 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.
#What is the multiple Mini Interview?In this blog, we’ll give you information about:
1) What is the MMI interview?
2) MMI Interview Tips to Ace the MMI Interview
3) Other Insights about the MMI Interview from the Cracking Med School Admissions team
What are multiple mini interviews? How are they different from “normal” medical school interviews? In this section, the Cracking Med School Admissions team will dissect the multiple mini interview.
Here’s what a typical multiple mini interview day feels like:
You will cycle through 8-10 multiple mini interview stations
Each station is a total of 8-10 minutes long. At the beginning of each station, you have 2 minutes to read the interview prompt for that station outside the interview room
After 2 minutes, you will be prompted by an announcement to step into the interview room and you will be greeted by an interviewer. This interviewer will be random and can be a medical school student, a professor, or even a patient. Depending on the school’s multiple mini interview format, you have 6-8 minutes to discuss or act out the prompt for the station.
You will be given a score by each interviewer. Medical schools take into account that people rate interviews differently. Your score will be calibrated based on the scores given by the interviewers during your session only.
There are various types of questions you can get asked. Questions range from ethical questions to questions about your extra-curricular activities to situational questions to problem-solving questions.
An example of a multiple mini interview question might look like:
Dr. Cheung recommends homeopathic medicines to his patients. There is no scientiﬁc evidence or widely accepted theory to suggest that homeopathic medicines work, and Dr. Cheung doesn’t believe them to. He recommends homeopathic medicine to people with mild and non-speciﬁc symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and muscle aches, because he believes that it will do no harm, but will give them reassurance. Consider the ethical problems that Dr. Cheung’s behavior might pose. Discuss these issues with the interviewer.
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MMI Interview Tip #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
MMI Interview Tip #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 NYU. 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: email@example.com or click the Contact Us button.
MMI Interview Tip #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 more MMI interview tips and other MMI practice scenarios , including team-based questions. It’s important to communicate well with your partner.
• 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.
MMI Interview Tip #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…
MMI Interview Tip #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 Emergency Room 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.
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