Multi Mini Interviews (MMI) were piloted at St George's Medical School, London (SGUL) in 2009/2010 and formally introduced as part of the selection process in 2010/2011 for both A'Level and Graduate entry. The MMI system was introduced as a replacement for the traditional interview process as it was felt that it was a better predictor of academic performance and professional behaviour and was also a fairer process. Another reason for introducing MMI at St George's was that it allowed more candidates to be tested simultaneously, thereby ensuring a faster process and reducing the need to have so many interviewers present to interview candidates.
The MMI process consists of 8 different tasks (split between 7 stations), each lasting 5 minutes - so a total of 40 minutes. The format of the stations varies but most consist either of a simple discussion, a presentation, or a role play. Each station is designed to test a different skill (they won't tell you which station tests which skill) amongst the following:
Example of exercises candidates can be asked include the following:
1 - An actor plays the role of your elderly neighbour. You have just accidentally run over your neighbour's cat whilst reversing your car. You have 5 minutes to break the bad news to her.
This role-play tests insight, integrity communication skills and empathy. Essentially you have to demonstrate that you can take responsibility for your mistake (i.e. don't blame the cat for being where it shouldn't have been!), your ability to apologise and to recognise the pain that you will have caused your neighbour. The neighbour/actor may act in different ways (e.g. get angry, or start crying) and you must show an ability to deal with those emotions. Don't be defensive or try to overjustify your actions. Apologise, recognise there is no excuse for what you did and maybe offer to compensate them, if not financially, at least by buying flowers, perhaps by replacing the cat, or offering to do jobs for the neighbour. In this role play, your tone of voice and body language is likely to be scrutinised as much as what you actually say, as everything will contribute towards your success in building bridges with the distraught neighbour.
2 - You are given a list of items that you would want to take in your suitcase for a two-week holiday. You are told that you can only pack half of the items available.
This exercise tests your initiative and problem solving skills. The list of items may vary from exercise to exercise but you will need to consider some of the following items:
In prioritisation exercises, it is important to remember that there may be more than one possible correct answer. Once you have eliminated the obvious luxury items, what really matters is how you justify your choice between the others.
3 - You are presented with a list of 15 individuals, including details of their age, sex and occupation. You are being told that a nuclear attack is imminent and you are only allowed to save 5 of them from destruction. Which ones and why?
This exercise is another prioritisation exercise, albeit in a more sensitive setting. The emphasis in this exercise is on problem solving and rational thinking more than having to break the bad news to the unlucky ones. In making your choice you will have to take into account criteria such as:
Again, there are a few options which may be obviously inappropriate in view of the context (such as people with occupations which would be unsuitable in the new environment or people with an age that would require too much maintenance). Between the others what will matter is the justification that you bring in terms of survival and long-term future/development, more than the actual choice.
4 - You are on a day out in London with a group of friends. One member of your group, who has never been to London before, becomes separated from the rest of the group in the Underground. What actions would you take?
This question is about initiative and resilience, but also about team work. Read the text carefully; it says that you are travelling with a group of friends. So, in your answer, what you will actually do to resolve the problem will matter as much as how you utilise all the resources available to you. So your answer could contain actions such as:
The possibilities are numerous and what counts is that (i) you have reasonable ideas which you can try to implement; and (ii) you involve the group.
5 - Without using your hands, explain how to tie shoe laces.
This is obviously testing your verbal communication skills and the fact that you are not allowed to use your hand i.e. demonstrate what is a day to day task makes the exercise rather complicated. The skills that will be tested in this station are:
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