On the Day
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the MMI till take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. This can be downloaded for free and works best on a laptop or desktop PC. You should participate in a quiet space where you can be alone. You should not have any other devices (e.g. a phone or tablet) present with you in the room. You should make sure that you have a pen and paper with you so that you are able to make any notes that you need.
Lancaster Medical School uses the multiple mini interviews (MMI) format for our interviews and have endeavoured to adapt our MMI stations to suit remote interviewing. The MMI will consist of three small circuits:
- Circuit A consists of 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. You will have 5 minutes between each station.
- Circuit B consists of stations where you will have 5 minutes to read and think about some information, followed by 5 minutes to discuss with an interviewer. You will have 5 minutes between each station.
- Circuit C consists of a 10 minutes to read a problem-based learning scenario and make some notes followed by 5 minutes to discuss it with an interviewer. You will have 5 minutes between your preparation and discussion stations.
During your interview, you will complete all three circuits.
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: 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 3: 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.