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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