By: Jason Lee
UCSD School of Medicine
In our last article, we discussed how you should best prepare for the multiple mini interviews (MMIs). Now, we’ll discuss further how you should best perform for the actual interview day:
At the interview (or during practice):
Separate the scratch paper provided into boxes for each station.
Outline what points from the issue bank and solutions toolkit you will hit.
If you have time, flesh out certain lines if you anticipate that the wording will be tricky.
When instructed to enter the room, knock on the door, confidently enter, shake the interviewer’s hand, and have a seat.
The interviewer will ask you or confirm your name.
Summarize the prompt in <30 seconds (details above).
Address the different issues that are relevant (refer to your issue bank).
Clearly state that you will collect all relevant information from the different involved parties before continuing with a plan of action.
Perform the most crucial skill of all: putting yourself in the shoes of others. For each of the different characters in a scenario, empathize with each and every one of them, assessing the person’s: level of knowledge, desires, questions, concerns, and choices of action.
Explain each of the possible plans of action, including the obvious, extreme, or ridiculous choices. Choices that will be relevant in nearly all cases will involve: asking for help from a supervisor or peer and finding out and following current laws, rules, and regulations. Usually, but not always, the “correct” answer will be the one that makes the most number of important people (the patient) happy.
Include a correlation to a solutions toolkit when relevant, especially if you have a personal experience that closely mimics the scenario.
Pick one answer and defend it.
Usually, the interviewers will ask follow-up questions to have you further clarify or defend your final answer. They may also give you new information not in the prompt. Summarize the new information to show that you fully understand, and do not hesitate to adjust your plan of action in the face of this new information.