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Update for Interviewees

February 5th, 2017 by Dr Ian Walker

You can expect to receive something from me the week after next, but while you wait, a few teasers.

The MMI this year will consist of 10 seven minute stations, with two minutes between stations.  There will also be a 20 minute group activity station prior to the beginning of the circuit which will be scored in much the same way as the other MMI stations.  So, all told, there will be 11 assessments of each applicant.

MMI stations will adopt a number of different formats.  At the end of the day, these stations are meant to assess different skills, and we therefore attempt to do that in different ways.  While there will certainly be the hypothetical “what would you do and why” stations that have come to be viewed as typical of MMIs, they are not the only tool we use.

If you are wondering about practice, I would suggest that you make sure you are comfortable with the format (rapid changes, moving from one topic to another) and that you concentrate on practicing thinking on your feet.  I would encourage you to resist the temptation to practice rehearsed sound-bites.  You likely will not get a chance to use them, and if you do they will sound like, well, rehearsed sound-bites, and this not impressive to anyone.

The start time you have signed up for is the start time we need you to arrive for registration, not the actual start time for the circuit.  There is no need to arrive an hour early as some people invariably do every year.  10-15 minutes to make sure you are not late or running and stressed is fine.  anything more than that and you will  find yourself standing around a bit awkwardly.

There will be lots of medical students around during the interviews, both in official and unofficial capacities.  Make sure you come  with your questions about the program.  They will give you the straight goods, both positive and negative.

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  • Hi Dr Walker, how many IP were interviewed out of the 537 total interview offers? Thank you

  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    From what I understand, announcements will be made at certain time intervals, but are there any clocks or timers within the interview rooms to allow us to have a sense of how we are doing for time? If not, can we just wear and refer to our own watches?

    Thank you.

  • Hi Dr. Walker, As I understand it this year we will get 2 minutes to read the prompt outside of the room and have 7 minutes inside of the room (As opposed to last year where it was 2 +8)? And there will be 10 individual MMI stations and 1 group station (As opposed to last year where it was 9 +1)?
    Thanks

  • Thanks so much for your update, Dr. Walker! I was just wondering if we will be provided with a sheet of paper to jot down our points/thoughts during the MMI?