What is an MMI and why do medical schools use them?
MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interview. Medical Schools have traditionally used formal panel interviews as part of their selection process. This would involve a panel of three or four people asking the candidate questions about their personal statement, motivation for studying medicine and so on. It was felt that this method of selecting students did not assess the candidate’s full range of abilities and so many Medical Schools have begun to use MMIs instead. MMIs allow us Medical Schools to see if a candidate has the personal attributes to become a safe, competent and caring doctor who is able to play a full role in whichever health system they choose. We are looking for applicants who are well rounded individuals with the ability to cope with an intensive course and a demanding career.
How does the MMI process work at Aston Medical School?
During an MMI you will encounter a number of different stations. This may be between seven and ten. Each station will test a different aspects of you (see the section below on “what does Aston Medical School look for at the MMI”).
Some stations may involve actors which you will interact with, or you may be given a scenario to read and then discuss with the assessor. You will be scored on each station and then the score will be added up. As a number of different people have assessed you and they are assessing your qualities, we feel that this makes it fairer than a panel interview. It also means that if for example you panic during one station and do not do so well, it can be compensated by doing well in other stations.
We have consulted doctors, other healthcare workers, academics, students and patients to work out the qualities that we should be looking for and so we believe that our MMIs will enable us to select candidates who will become great doctors. These qualities also map to the General Medical Council’s guidelines for the qualities in a doctor.
What does Aston Medical School look for at the MMI?
The kind of things that we will be looking for in the MMI are qualities such as:
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Listening skills.
- Empathy, compassion, respect and dignity.
- Emotional intelligence.
- Problem solving.
- Team working.
- Being able to lead as well as follow.
- Knowing your limitations and knowing when to ask for help.
You will not be tested on medical knowledge. When writing the scenarios for the MMIs we take in to consideration the typical ages and situations of our applicants, so we would not expect you to have detailed medical knowledge.
Where will the MMI take place?
The MMIs will take place at Aston University and all applicants who are selected for interview, including international applicants, will have to attend. No Skype/ remote interviews will be possible as we believe that face to face assessment of an applicant’s abilities is an important part of the selection process. We also want applicants to see Aston Medical School, the staff, the facilities, the city and so on. This is a fantastic opportunity to talk to the staff and really get to know the School and city.
When will the MMI take place?
The MMIs for 2018 entry will take place between December 2017 and March 2018. Exact dates will be published in due course.