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Multiple Mini Interview: The 10 Best Free Prep Resources – One Premed’s View

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Marissa is a recent graduate of Clemson University where she received her B.S. in Health Sciences. During the summer of 2019, Marissa participated in the Atlantis shadowing program in Trento, Italy, and now works as an Alumni Representative with the company. She is currently applying to medical school where she hopes to become a primary care physician.

If you are planning to apply to medical school in the near future, you may have heard your peers talk about the dreaded MMIs (multiple mini interviews). The MMI is an interview style that many medical schools use as part of their admissions process. Consisting of a series of short, structured interview stations, MMIs aim to assess non-cognitive qualities including cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability, and communication skills. Prior to the start of each mini interview, students will receive a scenario and have a short period of time to prepare an answer before communicating their answer to an interviewer in the room. Depending on the school, the number of stations and time at each station may vary.   

While this may not be the traditional interview format that most students are comfortable with, do not freak out! As a pre-med who is about to journey into the land of MMIs, here is a list of the 10 best resources that I have used to prepare for interview day. 

If you are a more visual learner, this short video gives you more information on what to expect on interview day.

If you are like me, part of the reason MMIs seem so scary is because of all the rumors. Reading this document will help you feel more confident and prepared for the reality of MMIs. 

This quick read provides an important set of mantras to apply to ANY scenario you receive in the MMI.

 In addition to their abroad shadowing programs, Atlantis is an amazing resource for pre-med students. This article dives deeper into the four principles of MMIs and how to tackle each one. 

Here you will find a 15 page document that contains over 100 different scenarios that you can practice from the comfort of your own home (special shout out to the pre-med student who made this killer resource!). 

This resource provides a great template to start formulating your answers to scenarios. Additionally, it provides 20 example prompts as well as strong responses so you can get a better idea of what interviewers will be looking for on the big day.   

Since some stations involve current issues or policies in medicine, it is highly encouraged to read up on policy issues in healthcare. Occasionally reading up on articles from this resource is a great way to stay up to date!

If you are more worried about answering questions revolving around medical ethics, this is an excellent resource. Not only does it define key terms (such as autonomy and euthanasia), but it also has a list of discussion questions to guide your responses. Bonus: you can also click here for bioethics scenarios flashcards that you can download and practice during any free time!

If you are like me, you probably want to know ahead of time which schools use MMI so that you can better prepare. I highly encourage going to their websites for additional information.

Now that you have learned what MMIs are and practiced formulating your own answers, you can read these quick tips right before interview day. 

While the resources listed above are invaluable in preparing for MMIs, it is also crucial to make sure you are also prioritizing other qualities medical schools look for, like healthcare exposure and specific core competencies. Being strategic in selecting extracurriculars that don’t interfere with your studies that provide these opportunities, such as Atlantis shadowing programs over school breaks, will help give you more experiences to include on interview day. At the end of the day, take a deep break – being invited to interview is a huge achievement and one that you are sure to excel at!

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