About the MMI
The MMI will consist of two parts:
The first part involves 20 minutes of group work and your participation will be scored by two independent observers. This station gives you the opportunity to try problem-based learning (PBL) and is designed to assess your suitability for our PBL curriculum.
The second part will consist of 15 different stations where you will be given a different task or questions to answer. You will have exactly 5 minutes at each station and then you will be asked to move to the next station (with the exception of one station, which will be 10 minutes in length). This is the same format as the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) which is used in most medical degree programmes to assess medical students’ clinical and communication skills.
At each station, your performance will be assessed against a set of clearly defined criteria, allowing the interviewer to assign you a score for that station. Interviewers are drawn from a pool of trained individuals and will include academic staff, clinicians, students, patients and public representatives. At the end, an overall score is calculated by adding up all the individual scores and offers will be made to those who score highest overall in the MMI.
Examples of MMI stations
Example 1: Discuss an ethical scenario. You will have 5 minutes to read a short paragraph that outlines an ethical dilemma, make notes and consider your opinion. You will then have a further 5 minutes in the next station to discuss your thoughts with an examiner. There is no right or wrong answer; this station will assess your ability to identify the issues and articulate your opinion.
Example 2: Read a PBL scenario and identify the most important points and be able to justify why you thought they were important. You will have 10 minutes to read and analyse the case and a further 5 minutes at the next station to discuss your choices.
Example 3: Explore your understanding of your chosen career, through discussion of your personal statement, and work and voluntary experience, including what you learned about your own suitability to be a doctor from these experiences.
Example 4: Talk to one of our patient and public representative group. You are not expected to take a medical history; we just want you to find out a bit about them. This will involve asking questions and responding to what the person says. We will be observing how you interact with the person and how you respond to their answers.