How To Ace The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Collaboration/Team Work Stations

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How should you effectively deal with collaboration/group/team work multiple mini interview (MMI) stations?

During my third multi-mini interview (MMI) - the one that finally got me into medical school - I found myself in a debate station with one of the fellow interviewees. He started to politely present his argument to me while two evaluators observed. He presented a weak argument but didn’t actually stop talking. There was no natural break around the three-minute mark for me to start presenting my arguments and I knew we only had a total of eight minutes, including giving each other feedback. Read more…

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Evaluator Reveals Her Top MMI Interview Preparation Tips!

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I was pathetically nervous for my first multiple mini interview (MMI). It was 2007. I was interviewing at a med school. They asked me a question about breast-feeding. I do not know what the question was. I do not recall my answer. I do, however, recall the intense corporal anxiety associated with me fumbling for an answer to the question. I was so focused on figuring out the correct answer that I did not spend any time telling that interviewer about my relationship to the topic, how I think, the way I problem-solve, or who I am. I did poorly on that interview. And I was not accepted that year.

Since 2007, I have participated in three MMI interviews as a candidate and two more as an evaluator at McMaster med school. Of the dozens of MMI questions I have encountered since my first MMI experience, I only felt Read more…

Sample CDA-Structured Interview Question & Answer

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Sample CDA-Structured Interview Question + Expert Response

"You are a third year dental student on clinical duties. You are working with another dental student, a senior student, and a staff clinician, Dr. Kerry. During rounds, Dr. Kerry and the senior student make several demeaning comments to the dental assistance. After rounds in the doctor’s lounge the conversation continues. Dr. Kerry and the senior student said several condescending comments about the patient management suggestions made by the dental assistant. You are bothered by the comments. You know that Dr. Kerry and the senior student will be doing your evaluation at the end of the clinical period. Other students tell you that you will get a better evaluation if you just fit in. However, you decide that it is necessary to do something in this situation. What will you do?”

So, as you are given the prompt by the interviewer, and prior to delivering an appropriate and strong response, you will need to remind yourself of the key steps and strategies that were discussed earlier in this video when it comes to dealing with situational based questions. Note that, the steps and strategies that were discussed in the earlier parts of this course are to be considered rapidly and simultaneously as you hear the question, so that you can develop talking points for your response.

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