Here is a breakdown of some of the areas that are tested and that you’ll come across in a MMI:
1. Communication Scenarios
We’ve made this a broad category because, ultimately, a lot of what these medical schools are testing boils down to having strong communication, and this is a key attribute medical schools are looking for. MMIs are notorious for having students do role-plays where you have to interact with an actor. This is standard stuff – you’ll do plenty more of it when you get to medical school. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to show tact, empathy, compassion, self-awareness, and an ability to listen. The kinds of scenarios that demand good communication are wide ranging: from breaking bad news to a family or telling somebody they have cancer, to explaining the UK laws on euthanasia to a care home manager.
2. Ethical Reasoning and Professionalism
You’ll probably know that you’ll be expected to have a decent grasp on the common medical ethics themes – this will be tested in various ways in a MMI and most likely as a role-play or an explanation of an ethical situation to an interviewer. There’ll be an ethics section later on the book, but key themes will include: euthanasia, consent, abortion, resource allocation, and confidentiality. You’ll be expected to show you understand all sides of an issue, as well as make decisions whilst examining issues from multiple perspectives. Similar to the situational judgment test for the UCAT, you should be able to distinguish the most appropriate course of action in certain situations, especially in the clinical environment – for example, you may be put with an actor who plays a stranger who claims he needs the details of a patient in hospital, and you’ll have to decide whether to give him the details or not and explain why. You’re going to be expected to act in accordance with professional codes of conduct, and so being aware of these is important.
3. Heath care knowledge, role of the doctor and current affairs