UPDATE: MMIs during COVID

All MMI’s for 2022 will take place online. Details regarding MMIs for 2022 entry are yet to be determined.

Watch now: An overview of the MMI process from Aston Medical School Admissions Lead, Dr Afshan Ahmad, detailing why we believe it's the best way to select tomorrow's doctors.

What is an MMI and why do medical schools use them?

MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interviews. Medical schools have traditionally used formal panel interviews as part of their selection process (three or four people asking the candidate questions about their personal statement, motivation for studying medicine and so on). It was felt that this selection method did not assess the candidate’s full range of abilities, leading many medical schools to use MMIs instead. MMIs allow us 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 between seven and ten different stations. Each station is designed to test a different attribute (see “what does Aston Medical School look for at the MMI” below for details).

Some stations may require you to interact with actors, or you may be given a scenario to read and discuss with the assessor. You will be scored on your performance at each station and then an overall score will be calculated. We feel this approach is fairer than an interview panel as it gives you the opportunity to showcase a wider skill set. It also means that if, for example, one particular station doesn't suit your skill set, you can compensate for this at other stations. 

We have consulted doctors, healthcare workers, academics, students and patients to work out the qualities that we should be looking for – as well as the General Medical Council’s guidelines. With this in mind, we believe that our MMIs enable us to select candidates who will become great doctors. 

What does Aston Medical School look for at the MMI?

We're looking for qualities such as: 

  • Oral and written communication 
  • Listening 
  • Empathy, compassion, respect and dignity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Problem solving
  • Motivation
  • Teamworking
  • 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 into consideration the typical age and experience of our applicants.

Where will the MMI take place?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all our MMIs will take place online using a suitable platform. The format of the interviews will be the same as face-to-face MMIs where candidates complete a circuit of eight or nine stations, each testing different qualities. There will be stations where the assessor discusses a scenario, observes the candidate’s interaction with an actor or asks a number of questions around a given topic.

We are aware that some candidates may not have a quiet space or appropriate equipment to undertake an MMI and we would like to reassure these applicants that we will work with them to find alternative, COVID-safe space, possibly at Aston University.

When will the MMI take place?

The MMIs normally take place between December and March in your year of application. Applicants who rank high enough to be called for interview will receive an invitation with a number of dates to select from. A time for the MMI to take place will then be allocated to the applicant.

What other resources are available?

The Medical School Council (the council body representatives for UK medical schools) has put together more information on preparing for interviews. To access this, you will need to register with the council, which is a free service.