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300 Sample MMI Questions
Note: The following is a compilation of 300 sample MMI questions. Some of the questions are from BeMo’s database of questions and some are from official universities and colleges that administer the MMI as part of their admissions process. A list of all outside sources is provided at the end of the blog. Please note that BeMo does not endorse nor affiliate with any of the mentioned universities and colleges. Each respective source is the copyright owner and the material is shared here under the fair use clause of Copyright Act.
MMI Sample Questions: Scenario
1. A 14-year-old patient requests birth control pills from you and asks that you not tell her parents. What would you do?
MMI question #1 expert response.
2. A member of your family decides to depend solely on alternative medicine for the treatment of his or her significant illness. What would you do?
MMI question #2 expert response.
3. If you have the choice of giving a transplant to a successful elderly member of the community and a 20-year-old drug addict – how do you choose?
MMI question #3 expert response.
4. An eighteen year-old female arrives in the emergency room with a profound nosebleed. You are the physician, and you have stopped the bleeding. She is now in a coma from blood loss and will die without a transfusion. A nurse finds a recent signed card from Jehovah's Witnesses Church in the patient's purse refusing blood transfusions under any circumstance. What would you do?
MMI question #4 expert response.
5. Your mother calls you and asks you to help with a major family decision. Your maternal grandfather is 70 years old and has been diagnosed with a condition that will kill him some time in the next five years. He can have a procedure that will correct the disease and not leave him with any long-term problems, but the procedure has a 10% mortality rate. He wants to have the procedure, but your mother does not want him to. How would you help mediate this issue?
MMI question #5 expert response.
6. You are a genetic counselor. One of your clients, Linda, had a boy with a genetic defect that may have a high recurrence risk, meaning her subsequent pregnancies has a high chance of being affected by the same defect. You offered genetic testing of Linda, her husband, and their son to find out more about their disease, to which everyone agreed. The result showed that neither Linda nor her husband carry the mutation, while the boy inherited the mutation on a paternal chromosome that did not come from Linda's husband. In other words, the boy's biological father is someone else, who is unaware that he carries the mutation. You suspect that Linda nor her husband are aware of this non-paternity. How would you disclose the results of this genetic analysis to Linda and her family? What principles and who do you have to take into consideration in this case?
MMI question #6 expert response.
7. A woman enters the emergency room with stomach pain. She undergoes a CT scan and is diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The physicians inform her that the only way to fix the problem is surgically, and that the chances of survival are about 50/50. They also inform her that time is of the essence, and that should the aneurysm burst, she would be dead in a few short minutes. The woman is an exotic dancer; she worries that the surgery will leave a scar that will negatively affect her work; therefore, she refuses any surgical treatment. Even after much pressuring from the physicians, she adamantly refuses surgery. Feeling that the woman is not in her correct state of mind and knowing that time is of the essence, the surgeons decide to perform the procedure without consent. They anesthetize her and surgically repair the aneurysm. She survives, and sues the hospital for millions of dollars. Do you believe that the physician's actions can be justified in any way? Is it ever right to take away someone's autonomy?
MMI question #7 expert response.
8. You are a general practitioner and a mother comes into your office with her child who is complaining of flu-like symptoms. Upon entering the room, you ask the boy to remove his shirt and you notice a pattern of bruises on the boy's torso. You ask the mother where the bruises came from, and she tells you that they are from a procedure she performed on him known as "cao gio," which is also known as "coining." The procedure involves rubbing warm oils or gels on a person's skin with a coin or other flat metal object. The mother explains that cao gio is used to raise out bad blood, and improve circulation and healing. When you touch the boy's back with your stethoscope, he winces in pain from the bruises. You debate whether or not you should call Child Protective Services and report the mother. When should a physician step in to stop a cultural practice? Should the physician be concerned about alienating the mother and other people of her ethnicity from modern medicine?
MMI question #8 expert response.
9. A patient with Downs Syndrome became pregnant. The patient does not want an abortion. Her mother and husband want the patient to have an abortion. What should a physician do in this situation?
MMI question #9 expert response.
10. A 12-year old boy is diagnosed with a terminal illness (e.g., malignancy). He asked the doctor about his prognosis. His parents requested the doctor not to tell him the bad news. What should the doctor do in this situation?
MMI question #10 expert response.
11. A couple has decided to have a child through artificial insemination. They asked the physician for sex selection of the child. What should a physician advise in this situation?
MMI question #11 expert response.
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12. A physician became sexually involved with a current patient who initiated or consented to the contact. Is it ethical for a physician to become sexually involved?
13. A physician went on vacation for 2 weeks. He did not find another physician to cover him. One of his patients with hypertension developed severe headaches. The patient has an appointment with the doctor as soon as he comes back from vacation. The patient did not look for another physician and decided to wait. The patient suddenly collapses and was diagnosed to have intracranial hemorrhage. Is the physician responsible for this patient?
14. A 40-year old schizophrenic patient needs hernia repair. The surgeon discussed the procedure with the patient who understood the procedure. Can the patient give consent?
15. A physician picked up a car accident victim from the street and brought him to the ER in his car. He did not want to wait for an ambulance because the patient’s condition was critical. Physical examination in the ER reveals quadriplegia. Is the physician liable for this consequence?
16. As a physician at a local hospital, you notice that there is a man with an alcohol dependency who keeps on consuming the hand sanitizer offered at the hand sanitizer stands throughout the hospital. He is not a patient at the hospital at present but has been many times in the past. Consequently, there is often no hand sanitizer for public use. What do you do? Do you remove/change the location of the hand sanitizer stands? Do you approach him?
17. An 18-year old man is diagnosed to have suspected bacterial meningitis. He refuses therapy and returns to the college dormitory. What should a physician do in this situation?
18. There is an outbreak of an incredibly contagious life-threatening disease. The disease is spreading across the country at a rapid rate and the survival rate is less than 50%. You are a senior health care administrator, and when the vaccine is developed, you have priority to receive the drug. Do you take the vaccine yourself or give it to another person? Why or why not?
19. You are a health researcher at an academic institution. You have been asked to work on a top-secret vaccine that would treat biomedical weapons or other communicable diseases. Before your breakthrough, you are instructed by the government to stop all research and turn over all materials and copies of your work to be destroyed. You know you are very close to finding a cure. What do you do?
20. A patient requests needles and syringes at his/her local pharmacy. They do not present with a prescription and based on the records you can access, they are not receiving treatment for diabetes. Do you sell the syringes or not?
21. Dr. Blair recommends homeopathic medicines to his patients. There is no scientific evidence or widely accepted theory to suggest that homeopathic medicines work, and Dr. Blair 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. Blair’s behavior might pose. Discuss.
22. You are an emergency room physician at a local hospital. A patient comes in requesting painkillers for his back. Upon reviewing his file, you realize that he frequently comes to the hospital requesting painkillers and he has already capped his prescription for the month. Upon examination, you notice no new injuries to indicate an increase in painkillers. You politely tell the patient that you will not increase his dosage or re-fill out another prescription for him. He tells you that he will go and inject himself with heroin right now if he does not get the painkillers. What do you say next? What do you do?
23. As a physiotherapist, you are referred a 16-year-old for treatment of severe burns that limit function on the patient's arms and hands. Upon examination, you notice other burn marks and unexplained bruises on the patient. After working with the patient for a few weeks, you ask about the other marks on the patient's body. The patient admits to being abused by their parents but begs you not to tell anyone. What do you do?
24. As an occupational therapist, you work with clients of all ages. One of your younger clients begins searching you on the Internet and contacts you through social media sites. In this age, it is common for people to have many various personal and professional web profiles through sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc. What measures would you take if this happened? What would you do if the client would not stop?
25. You are an occupational therapist that works with a population with complex psychiatric histories. One of your older clients has been recently diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease, and she has schizophrenia. There is a history of the client’s children neglecting her needs and taking advantage of the client financially. Nevertheless, the client has a relationship with her family and they want to be named the primary decision maker for the client. How do you work with the client and her family knowing the past history of neglect and the present needs of your client?
26. Your neighbor has a five-year-old child who has many decayed teeth. The mother asks you for advice because she knows you volunteer for a dental professional and her child is in pain. The mother needs a dentist who will accept monthly payment for treatment. You provide her with different options and coach her on how to seek dental care for a child. One week later you see the mother and ask if she was able to acquire care for the child. She says no. What do you do?
27. You are working alone in a convenience store as a cashier late at night. An older man comes in and buys a coffee. He is staggering, seems disoriented, and you smell alcohol on his breath. On the way out, he bumps into a shelf and knocks some cereal boxes off. He tries to put the boxes back, but cannot manage this task. What actions might you take in this situation? Provide reasons for your responses.
28. You are on holiday at a Mexican beach resort with some friends who are staying one floor down from you. In the middle of the night, a large earthquake takes place, and the building you are in is severely damaged. You have injured your leg, suspect it might be fractured, and you hear someone yelling for help nearby. What would you do?
29. You are a specialist who has just received lab results with regard to one of your patients. The results indicate that your patient, a single mother of two young boys, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and that she will only have 4-6 months to live. There are not many treatment options aside from a few experimental procedures that are still under study. There are some alternative treatments available in Europe; however, they have not been validated by scientific studies in North America. What would you say to your patient once they are in the office? If an alternative treatment, without scientific evidence for its efficacy, existed for a terminal illness would you recommend it to a patient?
30. You are the father of a 12-year-old boy. Your son’s friend, who is also your neighbor, is playing with your son in the backyard. As you approach them to ask them about lunch, you notice some severe bruises on the friend’s arm and upper neck. You are worried about these obvious signs and decide to approach your neighbor (the young boy’s father). How would you approach this situation? What would you say to the father of the young boy? What are some potential concerns that you may have?
31. You enter the cafeteria at work. You sit down to eat with a group of male colleagues who are having a conversation about a female colleague of yours. The comments they make are not very professional and can be deemed rude and offensive. You feel very uncomfortable. What do you do? What do you say to your male colleagues? If this became a regular occurrence, even after you speak to your colleagues, what other steps would you take to resolve the situation?
32. Every week, your classmates gather at the local coffee house to review the lessons from that week. In the last month, everyone has been working on a major paper on Roman history, which accounts for 40% of the course grade. One of your classmates has copies of two of the papers that last years’ students wrote for the same course. Your classmate has e-mailed copies of the paper to you and the other people in the group. What would you do in this situation and explain why? Discuss what values and choices are relevant in this situation? What are the implications if you decide to read the paper from last year?
33. You are the emergency doctor on duty when two patients are rushed in within 7 seconds of each other and both desperately need a heart transplant. You only have one donor organ available. And both patients are a match and both are equally medically fit for the operation. One patient is a 35-year old single dad with 3 children, while the other is a 35-year-old single male, who’s an Olympic Gold medalist. Who would you give the heart to and why?
34. You are a research supervisor and you notice that one of your graduate students has been sleeping in the lounge area within the research facility because your student is a recent international student she cannot afford to rent a place of her own with her student stipend. You are aware that the facilities' safety policies prohibit overnight stays. How do you approach the student about this?
35. You are the executive director of a law firm. You find out that your articling student has accidentally destroyed an important piece of evidence that would have cleared a wrongfully accused person. If you reveal this to the authorities, your student will not only lose her job but will face jail time for destroying court evidence. What will you do in this situation? What if you had information that the accused person is indeed guilty of other unrelated but more serious crimes for which you do not have any evidence that would hold up in the court?
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36. A friend of yours has a cat named Jingles. One day your friend calls you and tells you that Jingles is very ill and in need of a vet. Unfortunately, Jingles does not have insurance, and the cost of seeing a vet will be around $1500, which your friend has to pay out of pocket. She cannot afford the cost and asking you for help. What would you do and say in this situation?
37. A 15-year-old patient requests medical marijuana from you and asks that you not tell her parents. What would you do?
38. You are a surgeon and you find out that your next patient, who needs a heart transplant, has been convicted of child abuse. What will you do in this situation?
39. You are an ER doctor and your patient needs several expensive medical scans. Your patient does not want to get these scans because they do not have insurance to help offset the costs. What will you do in this situation?
40. Your patient, Sally, had a stroke and is now on life-support. Your patient’s best friend has been at her side for the past several days at the hospital and shares with you that it is Sally’s wish not to be kept alive by machines. Sally does not have a living will, or a written Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order, but the friend is insistent. Please discuss how you will approach this situation with the interviewer.
41. You are a physician and you have been treating a patient in the hospital for several days. You learn that the patient’s family has been complaining to your supervisor that they do not like your bedside manner and they would like a different doctor. How would you handle this situation?
42. Your estranged cousin, who you have heard from your parents had fallen into “a bad crowd” ran away from home recently. This cousin contacts you, asking for money. What do you do?
43. One of your classmates has been posting to social media that they feel alone and misunderstood. Their most recent post shows them in hunting gear in front of a carcass, in which they say “Finally in control of my life again - I feel so alive!” What do you make of this situation, and what do you do, if anything?
44. You are a doctor working ER intake during a particularly busy shift. A man in very ragged clothing enters, smelling strongly of alcohol. He claims that his pain medication has run out, and presents an empty pill bottle with the label scratched off. What do you do?
45. You are a third-year medical student doing a clinical rotation in surgery. The surgeon you are working with is abusive towards everyone, constantly yelling at patients for disobeying his orders, criticizing nurses for failing to "do things my way in my OR", and having unreasonable expectations of you then calling you an idiot who shouldn't be in med school. What would you do? Your rotation is coming to an end and your evaluation is in one week?
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46. An 80-year-old terminally ill man calls you up to tell you that he is going to take a lethal dose of painkillers. He has called you to tell you that you have been a great doctor and many thanks. How do you handle the situation?
47. What would you do if you were seeing a patient in the emergency room and he or she wants to leave against medical advice?
48. How would you react if a colleague wanted you to keep a medical error they made a secret from a patient?
49. You have two patients who have been admitted after a serious accident. Both require immediate attention in order to survive. One patient is 20 years old; the other is 60 years old. Which life would you save?
50. A 14-year-old gay and promiscuous male comes to you to be treated for an STD. During the conversation, he mentions that he has been tested for HIV several times and would like to be tested again to see if he is still uninfected. What would you do?
51. During a routine physical examination of a 10-year-old girl, you discover unmistakable evidence that she has been physically and sexually abused over a period of time. Both her parents are in the waiting room. What would you do?
52. How would you express your concern for a child who needs an amputation?
53. How would you tell a patient just diagnosed with cancer that he has only a few weeks to live?
54. Your best friend's 16-year-old daughter is adamant about getting a tattoo next week which is causing a lot of friction in her household. What advice would you give?
55. You are the shift supervisor at a fast-food restaurant. The owner of the franchise has called you over. He is very upset, as he has received three complaints in the last 30 minutes about the meat in the hamburgers being poorly cooked. There are two people (one male, one female, both 15 years old) who have been cooking the meat for the hamburgers for the past two hours. The culprit is the owner’s daughter. How would you handle this situation?
56. A friend of yours has hit her three-year-old after the child has had a temper tantrum. She becomes very emotionally distraught after doing so and swears it has never happened before. How do you respond to the situation?
57. A surgeon sees a patient who had a heart problem due to heavy drug abuse. He treats her and she comes back one week later with the same problem. He suspects she is abusing drugs again. Halfway through the treatment, she says she has to leave because of personal problems. The surgeon says, “If she comes back, I will not treat her.” What issues do you see with this situation?
58. Your best friend and partner are undergoing in vitro fertilization to have a baby. The technique allows for the selection of certain characteristics for the child by identifying them in the embryo before implantation. Your friend asks for advice on the characteristics they should select. How would you respond to your friend?
59. You are working with a man in a nursing home with a dementing illness who was asking to be vaccinated for the flu llike the rest of his peers. He’d been deemed incompetent and his wife, who is his executive decision-maker, tells us he does not want him to be vaccinated as she feels vaccinations are dangerous. Working with the geriatrician, what would you do?
60. You have just started working in a clinic where the office staff double-books aboriginal patients. You ask about their reasoning and the receptionist replies “These people never show up for their appointments.” How would you deal with this situation?
61. Your best friend has been skipping class or arriving to class late for the past two weeks and often smells of alcohol. You just ran into him on campus, what do you do?
62. The apartment next door is for rent. The previous tenants were nothing but trouble and have been evicted. Your landlord tells you about a new tenant he has found with more promising credentials. As he tells you about him, you realize that he is one of the drug addicts who was in treatment at a halfway house you volunteer at. You know that this person has a history of relapsing and may not have been completely honest on the application form. Do you warn your landlord about the person's history or do you keep your knowledge confidential?
63. A YouTube video of a group of junior high-school boys verbally abusing bus monitor Karen Klein went viral in July. The abuse included taunts, profanity, physical ridicule, and even threats to Karen’s person and home, ultimately resulting in her breaking down and crying. The video prompted an investigation on the part of school officials and local police. The boys were suspended from school and given 50 hours of community service. Klein stated that she would not press charges, partly because of the flood of criticism aimed at the boys. Do you believe the boys’ punishments were just, or what could have been done differently?
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MMI Sample Questions: Policy
64. Your local Paediatric Association has recommended that circumcisions 'not be routinely performed'. They base this recommendation on their determination that 'the benefits have not been shown to clearly outweigh the risks and costs'. Doctors have no obligation to refer for, or provide, a circumcision, but many do, even when they are clearly not medically necessary. BC Medicare no longer pays for unnecessary circumcisions. Consider the ethical problems that exist in this case. Discuss these issues with the interviewer.
MMI question #64 expert response.
65. A biotech company was hired by the Military to develop a cure for Ebola. They successfully developed a vaccine to treat the symptoms of the virus and lowered the mortality rate for infected patients. Discuss the implications of this on a global scale.
MMI question #65 expert response.
66. Is it ethical for doctors to strike? If so, under what conditions?
67. What is your opinion about stem cell research using fetal tissue?
68. How would you advise patients who are interested in visiting an acupuncturist or a chiropractor?
69. When is it appropriate to participate in the assisted suicide of a patient? Why or why not?
70. A Kootenay town runs a health-collective that provides various alternative and traditional forms of medicine. The physicians there encourage parents of small children not to vaccinate their children. Discuss the positive and negative impacts of this opinion.
71. “Liberation Therapy” (LT), a vascular operation developed to potentially cure multiple sclerosis (MS) in certain patients, has recently come under very serious criticism – delaying its widespread use. Among other experimental flaws, critics cite a small sample size in the original evidence used to support LT. As a healthcare policy maker, your job is to weigh the pros and cons in approving novel drugs and therapies. Please discuss the issues you would consider during an approval process for LT.
72. The nursing workload is a significant problem that needs to be addressed. Often nurses find they do not have adequate time to complete the tasks that are required of them in the time given each shift. How does this impact patient care? What are the implications for the nurses and the work culture and environment? What are the potential policy changes that can help alleviate some of this workload pressure?
73. In 2007 the Journal of Dental Education surveyed over 1000 dental students and found that 74.7% admitted to some form of cheating during their undergraduate career. The university has asked you to be part of a student focus group to determine how to reduce the incidence of cheating. You are well aware of this behavior as you have observed the reusing of old assignments on many occasions. What suggestions would you make to help reduce the incidence of cheating and improve the academic integrity of students?
74. Universities are commonly faced with the complicated task of balancing the educational needs of their students and the cost required to provide learning resources to a large number of individuals. As a result of this tension, there has been much debate regarding the optimal size of classes. One side argues that smaller classes provide a more educationally effective setting for students, while others argue that it makes no difference, so larger classes should be used to minimize the number of instructors required. Discuss your opinion on this issue with the examiner.
75. In 2007, the American Family Physician Journal published an article exploring the issue of physicians as role models, using a scenario in which an obese physician is offering nutrition and exercise counseling to his obese patient. According to the author’s research, patients have more confidence in health-counseling advice from non-obese versus obese physicians, and physicians with poor personal lifestyle habits are less likely to counsel patients about a healthy lifestyle. Based on these research findings do physicians have a responsibility to act as healthy role models to their patients? Please elaborate.
76. A proposed bill would require all individuals to vote in federal elections or face a $100 fine. What do you think about this bill?
77. You are the director of a financially struggling hospital. You have been unable to generate enough revenue to implement some very important initiatives at the hospital and are at risk of inevitable service cuts if more funding is not secured immediately. The only secure source of funds that is being offered is by a cigarette company. They are willing to provide your hospital with all the resources required in exchange for advertisement at your facility. What will you and should you do as the hospital director?
78. Some medical schools have a preference for selecting medical candidates from certain geographical locations. What are your views about such selection policies? Please discuss your answer with the interviewer inside the room.
79. You are a PhD student and your supervisor, Prof. Harry, has recently published the results of his publicly funded research project with the intention to commercialize his discovery. What are your views about university professors that use public funding to create for-profit solo ventures?
80. It is well known that big Pharmaceutical companies along with their expansive lobby have a huge influence on the medical profession and its education. In your opinion what are the positives and negatives of having the Pharmaceutical companies play a role, if any, within medical educational institutions? If you do not think that Pharmaceutical companies should have any role within medical schools, what steps would you take to remove big interest groups such as Big Pharma out of the education system if given the opportunity?
81. As a healthcare policy maker, your job is to weigh the pros and cons of approving a new policy that would require companies to give employees paid parental leave. Please discuss the issues you would consider during the approval process.
82. In Sweden, daycare is tax-subsidized making public daycare available and affordable for all. No matter how many children you have, no matter how many hours they spend in daycare, and no matter what your income is, you never pay more than a fixed amount. Discuss your view on this policy with the interviewer.
83. The American Medical Association (AMA) describes medically futile treatments as those having “no reasonable chance of benefiting the patient.” Even when it is clear that continued medical interventions for a dying patient will be futile, it is not easy to stop a determined family from insisting that care for a patient be continued. In some states, futility laws authorize doctors to overrule the patient's family. Do you believe that a physician should have the authority to overrule a family’s wishes if treatment is medically futile? Discuss your opinion with the interviewer.
84. Doctors are encouraged to report elderly patients who might have impaired vision, as they could be a danger to other drivers and themselves. However, reporting this information can be seen as a breach of patient confidentiality. What is your view on this matter?
85. What is your stance on universal basic income?
86. Statistics have shown that the effects of advanced age such as changes in vision and response time may adversely affect elderly drivers' ability to drive safely. Many doctors discuss the issue of stopping driving with their older patients as a precaution for the safety of theirs as well as the public's. Do you think older drivers have to give up driving when they reach a certain age?
87. Do you think general practitioners have an obligation to report their patients' health status to a public health agency if their patients have active infectious diseases?
88. The government wants to track citizens across the country in order to maintain public safety in the face of a pandemic. How would you advise the government to do this?
89. What country has the best system of medicine? Why?
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90. How would you fix the growing homeless problem?
91. How would you treat a patient who wants to die?
92. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Canada/US health care system?
93. What role do social determinants of health play in the practice of medicine?
94. What is your opinion about what we can do about the high cost of healthcare?
95. Do physicians have the right to deny care to patients on Medicaid?
96. What do you think should be done to control health care costs in this country?
97. What are your views on alternative medicine?
98. What are your views on mandatory vaccinations within the public school systems?
99. What are the top three issues currently facing the U.S. health care system?
100. In June 2011, the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup and riots broke out in Downtown Vancouver. Discuss the impact on the community and the range of health care professionals at St. Paul’s Hospital.
101. What is the difference between HMOs and PPOs? (American Question)
102. A message that recently appeared on the Web warned readers of the dangers of aspartame (artificial sweetener – Nutrasweet, Equal) as a cause of an epidemic of multiple sclerosis (a progressive chronic disease of the nervous system) and systemic lupus (a multisystem auto-immune disease). The biological explanation provided was that, at body temperature, aspartame releases wood alcohol (methanol), which turns into formic acid, which is in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic. Formic acid, they argued, causes metabolic acidosis. Clinically, aspartame poisoning was argued to be a cause of joint pain, numbness, cramps, vertigo, headaches, depression, anxiety, slurred speech, and blurred vision. The authors claimed that aspartame remains on the market because the food and drug industries have powerful lobbies in Congress. They quoted Dr. Russell Blaylock, who said, “The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees." Critique this message, in terms of the strength of the arguments presented and their logical consistency. Your critique might include an indication of the issues that you would like to delve into further before assessing the validity of these claims.
103. In healthcare professions like dental care, you will be required to establish good working relationships with people from all walks of life. Talk about what you think will be your strengths and challenges in establishing these relationships with your future clients. Will you have more success or challenges in relation to:
- Young versus old clients
- Clients from different cultures
- Clients at different levels of health
104. Why do you want to be a physician? Discuss this question with the interviewer.
105. A 17-year old boy lives independently. He is married and has one child. He wants to participate in a medical research study. Does he need his parents’ permission?
106. The City of Vancouver has taken great measures to increase access to alternative forms of transportation (Canada Line, Hornby, and Dunsmuir Bike Lanes, Proposed Evergreen Line, and Burrard Street Bridge closures). Discuss the impacts (both positive and negative) of these decisions?
107. If the Prime Minister/President were to ask your advice on one change that could be applied to the healthcare system that would improve it enormously and have the greatest positive effect, how would you answer?
108. The man who lives next door to you often rides his bicycle in the company of his two young children but without a helmet. In fact, on several occasions, you have seen him riding with his helmet hanging by its straps from the handlebars. His young children sometimes wear a helmet, sometimes not. If the man fell off his bicycle and hurt his head in a way that would have been prevented if he had worn a helmet, would it be reasonable to ask him to contribute towards the treatment costs for his injury?
109. Due to a shortage of physicians in rural communities, some policy-makers have suggested that medical programs preferentially admit students who are willing to commit to a 2 or 3-year tenure in rural areas after graduation. Consider the broad implications of this policy for health care and the costs associated. Will this policy be effective?
110. Recently, certain hospitals have been charging patients $29/day for their hospital fee on top of the fees charged to MSP. What are the implications of this policy? Discuss both positive and negative impacts with the interviewer.
111. Do you think general practitioners have an obligation to report their patients' health status to a public health agency, if their patients have active infectious diseases?
112. Statistics have shown that effects of advanced age such as changes in vision and response time may adversely affect elderly drivers' ability to drive safely. As a matter of fact, many doctors discuss the issue of stopping driving with their older patients as a precaution for the safety of theirs as well as the public's. Do you think older drivers have to give up driving when they reach a certain age?
113. In recent years, there has been an increase in the popularity of full-contact sports, such as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and boxing. Should doctors have a role in regulating such sports?
114. Do you think medicine should be more about changing behavior to prevent disease or treating existing disease?
115. Discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. How does this impact a physician’s present ability to write out a prescription for ‘medical marijuana’? Would legalization cost the health care system more or less after it was passed?
116. Imagine your friend’s father is 70 years old and has lived in major North American City his whole life. He is taken to the emergency department at the local General Hospital. He has had good health until now and this is the first time he has been to a hospital of any kind since he was 20 years old. What changes in the healthcare system and environment in the hospital do you think he would notice?
117. Discuss any topical health care issue that is unique to the region for Med School you are applying to?
118. Discuss one of these health care issues: human genome project, AIDS, abortion, the right to die, the cost of health care, and genetic engineering
119. How does Canadian health care system compare to that of Britain’s system vs. the American system?
120. What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? (American Question)
121. Recently, the Prime Minister suggested the idea of deterrent fees (a small charge, say $10, which everyone who initiates a visit to a health professional would have to pay at the first contact) as a way to control health care costs. The assumption is that this will deter people from visiting their doctor for unnecessary reasons. Consider the broad implications of this policy for health and health care costs.
122. In June 2011, the infamous Vancouver riots took place after their hockey team lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. Stores were ransacked and cars were burned. Hundreds of people were injured and sent to overcrowded hospitals. As the police chief in Vancouver, what measures or policies would you put in place to make sure this does not happen again?
MMI Sample Questions: Personal
123. What experiences have you had (and what insights have you gained from these experiences) that lead you to believe you would be a good physician? Discuss this question with the interviewer
124. Robert Collier stated: "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Consider the quote you have just read. What does this quote mean to you in terms of how you live your life and how you will pursue your career?
125. Regardless of what we do in life, there will be times when we will come into disagreement with an authority figure or a superior. Describe a time when you came into conflict with an authority figure and how you dealt with it.
126. What is your favorite quote? Discuss the quote and what it means to you with the interviewer inside the room.
127. What do you do for hobbies and in your spare time?
128. Tell me about yourself.
129. Suppose you are given the chance to write your past self a letter. What would you tell yourself?
130. Describe a time when you decided to go against the guidance of a superior (eg: parent, teacher) What was the situation, and why did you make the choice that you did?
131. Tell me about your greatest regret. What was it, and what would you do differently?
132. What are your thoughts on the steadily increasing rates of obesity? Mention any policies that you may be aware of, and/or discuss potential ones that you can think of.
133. If you could instantly learn any skill to have proficiency as if you’ve had 5,000 hours of practice, what would it be and why?
134. What is the most important quality for a physician to have?
135. If you didn’t do medicine what would you do?
136. What does ‘integrity’ mean to you?
137. What is the most negative thing about practicing medicine?
138. Tell me about a time you demonstrated adaptability.
139. What is the most important issue in healthcare to you right now?
140. Tell me about a time when you had to deal with conflict.
141. What kind of medicine would you like to practice?
142. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
143. Describe a situation in which you felt like a fish out of water.
144. How could you affect the health care system?
145. If you were to do anything differently in your preparation for medical school, what would that be?
146. Where do you plan to practice?
147. Describe an experience you have had in which you were misjudged. What were your responses?
148. Would you get out of your car to help a victim after observing an accident?
149. What causes your greatest frustrations in life?
150. Describe the most unusual event in your life.
151. Convince me that you can handle the workload in medical school.
152. Why do you want to be a doctor? What will be your specialty?
153. What are three characteristics you think a good doctor should possess?
154. Who is your role model?
155. Let us say that you are rejected for admission into all medical schools to which you have applied. What would be your second career option?
156. What do you believe your greatest challenge will be if you are accepted into this program?
157. Burnout is a very real possibility in the medical field. What strategies do you use to deal with your stress effectively and prevent this from happening?
158. How would your professors describe you?
159. When was the last time you showed sensitivity to the needs of others?
160. It has been said that the average intern has killed 1.5 patients. Would you be able to live with yourself and how would you handle this?
161. We use a PBL (problem-based learning) approach here. Describe to me how you have achieved independent learning goals in the past?
162. What is the most important responsibility a doctor has?
163. What makes you mad?
164. What is the last book you read?
165. How do you imagine the balance of research and clinical work in your future?
166. How would your friends describe you?
167. What do you do for fun?
168. What was the most stressful situation you ever faced? How did you handle it?
169. If you are not accepted, what will you do?
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MMI Sample Questions: Acting Stations
170. You are a family physician. One of your patients, Mark, did not attend one of his classes and missed an important exam. He told you that his teacher would like a doctor's note explaining his absence from class; otherwise, he will receive zero, and all hell will break loose. He wants you to write a note for him, indicating that he was not feeling well enough to write the exam. Not able to find any physical symptoms, explain how you would deal with this. Enter the room and talk to Mark.
171. You are a 3rd-year medical student doing hospital rotations. A fellow medical student who is doing rounds with you often shows up to these sessions tired, messy, hungover, or even drunk. One day you found him in the lunchroom unaccompanied, so you decided to talk to him. Please enter the lunchroom.
172. Your friend Jason hasn't come to class for a few days. Being a hardworking pre-med student, he very seldom skips classes. You know that he is applying to medical school in the past several weeks. You called his house and he said you could visit him. You decided to pay him a visit after your classes. Enter the room and talk to Jason.
173. You are a cardiologist at a local hospital, who just finished a shift and has a tight run to your daughter's high school graduation ceremony. As you headed off to the door, Jennifer, a patient who knew you well, saw you from the waiting room and grabbed your attention. "Doctor! I have bad chest pain. Please stay for a bit. I'll feel much better if you were here." Enter the waiting room and talk to Jennifer.
174. You are a current undergraduate student. During the week of graduation, you attend a number of parties around the Lower Mainland with your best friend, Kelly. The last party is held at a campground in Squamish. The morning after the party, you receive a call from Kelly. She asks that you come over and talk. Kelly reveals that she left early and drove home despite drinking that night. Enter the room and talk to Kelly.
175. Your company needs both you and a co-worker (Sara, a colleague from another branch of the company, who is gripped by fear of flying since one of her friends narrowly escaped being at the World Trade Centre when it was destroyed) to attend a critical business meeting in San Diego. You have just arrived to drive Sara to the airport. Sara is in the room.
176. The parking garage at your place of work has assigned parking spots. On leaving your spot, you are observed by the garage attendant as you back into a neighboring car, a BMW, knocking out its left front headlight and denting the left front fender. The garage attendant gives you the name and office number of the owner of the neighboring car, telling you that he is calling ahead to the car owner, Tim. The garage attendant tells you that Tim is expecting your visit. Enter Tim’s office.
177. Your best friend, Jennifer, calls you to tell you that she has been rejected for the 3rd time from all medical schools that she had applied to during the previous application cycle. She invites you over to her house to have a chat about her future plans. Go inside the room and speak with Jennifer.
178. You are the team leader of a group assignment and two of your group mates inform you that one of the group members, Tim, has a very strong body odor and they are unwilling to take part in any further group meetings until Tim addresses this issue and takes care of his personal hygiene. Tim is waiting inside the room, go inside and discuss this issue with him.
179. You are the Dean of Admissions at a very competitive medical school. One day as you are leaving your office at the end of the day, you are approached by the mother of a student who was recently rejected from your school. The mother explains that her son has a 4.0 GPA, scored 98th percentile on the MCAT, and has numerous awards and many relevant accomplishments. She wants answers right now and she demands to see every applicants’ file. Go inside the room and talk to the parent.
180. You are a cardiologist at a local hospital, who just finished a shift and has a tight run to your son's high school graduation ceremony. As you headed off to the door, Jason, a patient who knew you well, saw you from the waiting room and grabbed your attention. "Doctor! I have bad chest pain. Please stay for a bit. I'll feel much better if you were here." Enter the waiting room and talk to Jason.
181. Acting Station: You are a teacher and your student has cheated on his/her final exam. If he/she fails this exam he/she fails the class. Go into the room and confront him/her.
For the actor: You need to graduate so that you can get a better job for your family. Your father is an alcoholic and has left the family without any income. You are working two jobs and going to school and the only way you could pass this final exam was to cheat. You did not want to, but you did it because you felt you had no other option.
182. Acting Station: You are a gas station attendant and someone asks to use the bathroom key. You suspect they might be up to something. Go into the room and talk to them
For the actor: You are addicted to heroin and you are in the process of shooting up, be aggressive.
183. Acting Station: You are an attending and you notice that a medical student has been having some trouble keeping up with their classmates on rounds. Today you asked them if they did a physical exam on one of the patients they were assigned and they said they did. You get the feeling that they did not actually do the work.
For the actor: You are an entitled medical student, you feel like this is below you. You hate coming in and doing rounds, your grades are good, but you don’t really enjoy touching or talking to patients. You did not do a physical exam, but you need to keep lying and try to talk your way out of it.
184. Acting Station: You are an employee at a retail store. A customer comes in and wants to return something that has clearly been well used. You aren’t even clear if that is something they bought at this store. Go into the room and talk to them.
For the actor: You are in need of money, you have lost your job and you are a single parent with two kids at home. Money has gotten very tight so you are trying to return something to a big box store. It has been used and you don’t have the original box, but you remember it was kinda expensive when you got it. That money sure could help make ends meet for your family this week.
185: Acting Station: You are a third-year medical student and you have a patient who is a three-pack a day smoker. They do not believe smoking is bad for them. Your attending has given you the task of convincing them to cut back to only two packs a day. Go into the room and talk with them.
For the actor: You do not believe that smoking is bad for you. No amount of evidence can change your mind. You like to smoke and you firmly believe that the media wants you to stop, but that there is no real science on it. You refuse to listen to reason. You are almost to the point where you also believe that the Earth could be flat as well.
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MMI Sample Questions: Quirky
186. Your 5-year-old nephew asks you, "Why is the sky blue?” How would you answer him using a series of simple scientific experiments?
187. "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." - Socrates. What does this quote mean to you? Go inside the room and discuss your thoughts with the interviewer.
188. Please describe the object presented to you to the interviewer. The interviewer has never seen the image. Note you are only allowed to use your words to describe the image. (The image could be any abstract image that you may have never seen before)
189. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
190. “The first task of the doctor is political: the struggle against disease must begin with a war against bad government. Man will be totally and definitively cured only if he is first liberated...” What are your thoughts about this quote by Michel Foucault?
191. Lord Byron stated “always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” What does this quote mean to you in terms of how you will pursue your career in medicine?
192. Hippocrates stated “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Discuss what this quote means to you with the interviewer.
193. If you had to either fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, which would you choose and why?
194. What is your favorite movie?
195. What is the best state of matter solid, liquid, or gas?
196. What genre of music is the best?
197. What is the one thing you would do if you were president?
198. What is the difference between sympathy and empathy?
199. You are granted any three wishes by a genie. What would your wishes be?
MMI Sample Writing Station Question
200. In a class of 78 students, 41 are taking French, 22 are taking German. Of the students taking French or German, 9 are taking both courses. How many students are not enrolled in either course?
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1. How can I prepare for my MMI?
The MMI is unlike any other interview format, so the best way to prepare is by participating in full-length mock MMIs and practicing with sample questions. MMI simulations in particular are beneficial because you'll have the opportunity to take part in an experience that mimics how the actual MMI will be conducted. What better way for you to learn how to answer any type of question, work on your pacing, manage stress and anxiety levels, and receive personalized feedback on your responses?
It's important that you participate in realistic simulations as this will recreate the stress you will feel during the real MMI. You also want to make sure you have enough stamina, as many students can start to feel tired by the middle if they have not had enough practice. It's highly recommended to ensure that you receive expert feedback, so from professionals who have gone through the process or studied admissions and interviews. Although students often practice with family and friends, this is usually not good enough, as family and friends cannot be truly objective in their feedback. For all of these reasons, we recommend PERFECT practice. If you don’t get expert feedback and then adjust your interviewing strategies, you will merely cement poor habits and end up performing poorly on the real thing. For that reason, you should ideally get expert feedback and then implement that in practice. To have access to realistic mocks, you may need to enroll in an MMI interview prep course.
2. What is the MMI format?
The multiple mini interview is sometimes compared with speed dating; test-takers address a prompt or question at a station and when a buzzer rings, they have to move to the next station. Of course, the MMI is much more complex than speed dating.
First, students will have 1.5-2 minutes to read a question or scenario, known as a prompt, which is placed outside of the interview room. Once their two minutes is up, they'll enter the room, and discuss the prompt to an evaluator for between 4-8 minutes - each school may set a slightly different timer here. The ring of a bell will signal the end of the available time at that station, and students must stop their discussions and move on to the next station. Students will continue to rotate to between 6-12 stations before their interview is completed.
At some stations, students may have to interact with an actor who is playing a specific role, teach an evaluator how to do a task, or even collaborate with other students to solve a problem.
3. Will I be asked any questions in the interview room?
Over the course of your entire MMI, it's likely that you will encounter some MMI follow up questions. An evaluator may ask a question or two after you've finished your discussion of the prompt. These questions are often designed to catch you off guard, explore a problem or issue further, test the consistency of your argument, or examine your personal opinion or experience relating to a topic. Not all stations will ask you a follow-up question, but it's a good idea to be prepared for any questions should they be asked.
4. What are the most common types of MMI questions I'll encounter?
While there are many different types of MMI questions, the most common questions you'll encounter are:
Ensure you look through the related posts to see how to answer each question type using an effective and organized strategy.
5. Why do I even need to know that there are different question types?
The truth is, you cannot prepare for all of the possible content that could come up on interview day. The prompts could contain scenarios involving almost any type of situation, and it would be impossible to prepare this way. However, identifying the most common question types will allow you to have a strategy and approach to any of these types. This will allow you to formulate an effective answer no matter which prompt you receive.
6. Who are the evaluators?
MMI evaluators can vary from school to school but in general, they could be professors, other faculty, practicing professionals, students, or any other individual. It's important to note that your evaluators do not necessarily have a background in your anticipated field of study.
7. Will I have a copy of the prompt inside the interview room or do I have to memorize it?
This totally depends on the school; however, it is most common to have the prompt available inside the interview room. If this information hasn't been provided in your interview materials, you'll want to contact the school to find out if this is the case. In addition, you can also ask about the duration of each station and whether or not you’re allowed a pen and paper to take notes.
8. If I'm given 8 minutes at a station, should I talk for the entire time?
Your goal in an MMI is not to take up the total time, it's to provide an in-depth, concise argument or discussion that addresses the prompt completely. For this reason, it's best to practice responding to a prompt without taking up the entire time, so you're sure that your answer remains strong throughout. Do not try to maximize the length of your answer if it means that you will be repeating information you've already discussed, adding off-topic information, or find yourself rambling incoherently.
The other benefit of finishing your response before the buzzer sounds is that it gives the interviewer the opportunity to ask you any follow-up questions that may help strengthen or clarify your response. If you feel you have given an organized and concise yet in-depth response, do not feel the need to keep talking. Feel confident that you answered thoroughly.
9. What should I do if the interviewer has no follow-up questions?
Do not feel the need to keep talking or offer up small talk of any kind. MMI interviewers are often instructed to not interact much with students, so they may not say anything. Simply sit quietly and wait for your interview to be over. You must get comfortable sitting silently. If your interviewer takes the lead in asking small talk questions, go ahead and interact with them, but allow them to take the lead.
10. What should I do when I first walk into the interview room?
The very first thing you need to do is to introduce yourself! The MMI may feel like a strange and stilted interview, but it's still important to begin with an excellent first impression. For example, as an introduction, you could say “Hello, my name is X, thank you for interviewing me today. May I have your name?”.
Similarly, you still need to thank your interview once it's time for you to move to the next station. You could conclude by saying “Thank you, Dr. B, for taking the time to interview me today. It was a pleasure speaking with you.” Having an introduction and conclusion ensures your first and last impressions are professional and polished, leaving the interviewer with a positive impression of you.
11. I feel really stressed! What should I do?
Firstly, feeling stressed is normal. Acknowledge that these are normal feelings for high-stakes interviews! In the long-term, preparation and strategy are essential. Ensure that you are practicing effectively by taking part in realistic mock interviews with expert personalized feedback. Next, approach your practice in manageable chunks, instead of doing endless hours each day and burning yourself out. Lastly, exercise, eating right, and sleeping well are essential for managing stress.
For short term stress management the day before and day of, make sure that you check out the campus if you have never been so you know where to go for your interview. The day before your interview is not the time to do hours of practice; instead, try to do something relaxing like going for a walk, reading a book or watching a funny movie. Discourage your family members and friends from asking you about the interview until it is over, as you do not want to keep thinking about it and getting stressed. Get a good night's sleep the night before and be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early to allow time for parking and navigating to your interview room.
If you're feeling nervous outside of the interview room, try these relaxation tips:
- Take small sips of water.
- Practice deep breathing. Take 2 counts to breathe in through your nose and 4 counts to breathe out through your mouth.
- Assume a “winning” posture: Stand up straight and put your shoulders back, plant your feet firmly into the ground and make sure your chin is lifted.
- Visualize a calming scene (vacation spot) or receiving an acceptance letter to boost confidence.
- Relax your jaw by smiling.
12. Can I just read about my MMI online or do I really have to practice?
You absolutely need to practice! The MMI is a challenging interview format so to master it, you must practice. Ideally, you should participate in a realistic simulation – so it should be timed, should replicate actual interview conditions and you should dress appropriately. It's also smart to receive feedback from an objective, knowledgeable professional so you know what you did well and what to improve; otherwise, you risk cementing bad habits. You can’t learn to ride a bike by just reading about it online and interviews are no different.
13. I use lots of “ums” or “likes” when I talk. Help!
Filler words are common in day-to-day speech but they can be distracting to evaluators and can give the impression that you are nervous or that your thoughts are disjointed. To combat this issue, first, become aware of what your filler word is (um, uh, like, so, you know, etc).
Next, work to eliminate these from your day-to-day speech by taking a brief pause instead of saying the filler word, and then continue with the rest of your sentence. You can monitor your filler word use by recording your answers and watching them back; count how many filler words you use per answer and work to cut that number down gradually.
14. Other than practicing with sample questions and taking part in realistic simulations, what else can I do to prepare?
One of the most important things to do to prepare for your MMI is to read about hot topics in the field of medicine, or your healthcare field, as well as current and future challenges in your profession. Policy interview questions are quite common for MMIs and you need to be able to present the pros and cons of each policy while understanding enough about the topic to pick a side and defend it. If you're not on top of current issues and challenges in the field, you'll really struggle to answer these types of questions appropriately. Thin answers show a lack of knowledge, lack of maturity, and lack of interest in the field you're hoping to pursue.
It's also a good idea to research the school you're interviewing at to learn as much as you can. Have a look at their mission statement, values, and any aspects of their program or school that particularly interest you. If you haven't already been provided specific information about your MMI, don't be afraid to contact your school to find out how many stations you'll encounter, whether or not there is a prompt in the room, if you can bring a notepad and pen, and the length of each station. Knowing the specifics of your MMI in advance can help you prepare effectively and will reduce your stress levels as you'll already know what to expect. Lastly, review the AAMC core competencies to ensure that your responses demonstrate desirable qualities and traits necessary to succeed in your anticipated profession. You should try to think of actual experiences where you demonstrated these competencies, as your answers should have specific details to SHOW, not merely tell, your skills.
15. How do I make the most use of the time outside the interview room?
The time outside the room is as important as the time inside it. Ensure that you read the prompt carefully at least twice through before formulating an answer. You want to make sure you have understood it and any instructions carefully. Next, identify what type of question it is and figure out the main points you want to make. Each answer should have between 3-4 main points to ensure it is not too long or too short.
You should also have the order of points in mind so your answer is organized. If you have a piece of paper, you can jot the main points down to assist in your organization. If the program does not provide a piece of paper, you will need to keep these in mind in your head. TIP: Practice without a piece of paper so you are prepared to do so on your interview day. Please keep in mind that programs can change the rules at any time without giving you prior notice so you should be prepared for this even if they have given students paper in the past.
16. Do the interviewers know anything about me?
The interviewers will not know anything about you. MMIs are “closed’ interviewers, meaning the interviewers have not seen anything in your application and only know your name. This is in contrast to “open” interviews, which can include some panel or traditional interviews, where interviewers have seen some or all of your application documents and can ask you about anything in them.
17. What if my program is doing a hybrid of an MMI and panel/traditional interview?
Programs often combine the two interview types into a “hybrid” format. You may have a full- or half-length MMI, followed by a panel or one-on-one interview. For these types of interviews, you must be fully prepared to tackle BOTH portions. Familiarize yourself with both types of interviews and the strategies we recommend in our blogs. TIP: All question types can pop up on all interview types. Even though scenarios are common on MMIs, they can also pop up on panel interviews. The strategies for answering the different question types do not change regardless of the interview type.
18. What does the MMI assess?
The MMI will score each student at each station independently. The interviewers do not see each other’s scores, so the student receives as many scores as there are stations. At each station, you will be scored on:
- The strength of your content. How strong and persuasive are your ideas and arguments?
- Your communication skills. You are judged not only on the strength of what you say but how you say it. Are you calm and professional in your speech? Do you have lots of filler words? Do you seem relaxed or are you looking around and fidgeting? Remember, you are displaying the skills of a professional here. You must seem ready to communicate clearly, calmly, and concisely.
- Your suitability for the profession in which you're applying. Do you seem mature, thoughtful, empathetic, reflective, and altruistic? Do your answers show you thinking about yourself or jumping to conclusions or do you seek to gather information and consider others’ needs before your own?
19. How important is my interview score really?
The interview is a critical part of your post-interview score and not preparing for it is a common factor with students who get rejected. Once you have received an interview, most schools heavily (or only!) weigh interview performance in the final decision made.
Also, there are many students who get admitted every year into professional schools without perfect statistics. Even for competitive medical school programs, students get admitted with GPAs of 3.5 or MCAT scores below 510. Their experiences surely played a role in getting them interviews, but their interview performances were likely also extremely strong to get them accepted.
20. Medical schools say there's no real way to prepare for the MMI and I should just be myself. They also say there are no right or wrong answers. Are these things true?
In a nutshell, no! If there was no way to prepare and no wrong or right answers, wouldn’t everyone get in? The truth is that there are appropriate and inappropriate answers and approaches, and you should take a look at our strategies for each question type to learn more about how to approach each one.
Also, we don’t want you to just be yourself; we want you to present your best self. In our day-to-day lives, we have many different facets of our personalities that we can bring forth or suppress. It’s fine to wear sweatpants and lounge on your sofa during your time off, but you would never just “be yourself” and wear sweatpants to your interview, would you? In the same way, you would not just answer in the exact same way you would to your family members or friends in a professional school interview. To consistently showcase your most mature, professional, and thoughtful self, you MUST practice and prepare.
21. How long should I take to prepare for my MMI? Can't I just take a crash course?
As we noted previously, you must do PERFECT practice and receive expert feedback to truly improve your interview skills. Crash courses, books, and online guides cannot do this for you and are therefore ineffective by themselves. You should begin preparing for your interview at least 6 weeks, if not more, in advance of your interview date. Bear in mind that some programs give notice of only a week or two before interviews are scheduled, so you should begin preparing BEFORE you even hear back from the schools where you applied. Six or more weeks allows you to spread out your practice and actually implement the strategies slowly and consistently so you see improvement over time and cement good habits.
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