Section One: General Information

What are medical schools expecting?

You have been invited to a structured interview or an MMI as part of the assessment process for entry to medical school. It's an exciting time, but one that can be overwhelming and worrying too. You may not have ever experienced an interview, and it is likely that you will not have come across an MMI either. Try not to panic; this website is designed to help you understand a little more about the process and what the medical schools are looking for during the assessments

What is that they are looking for?

Firstly, you have been invited to the interview as they think you have potential. This process is about proving them right. Below are some broad areas that the interviewers on the day will be looking for; these are not exhaustive, but should give you an overview of expectations. Importantly they are not looking for just one type of 'medical student'; be yourself.

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Whilst not always essential, experience working directly with people in a caring or service role (e.g. paid or volunteer work in a care home) can demonstrate your teamwork, people skills, and a commitment to serving others. Your job is to tell them what you have done, why you undertook the role, what you have learned about others and yourself, and how this has made a difference.

Enter the interview or MMI thinking positively; if you believe in yourself then this helps others believe in you too.

The assessment will explore your behaviours and values and compare these against those that have been defined as important for a medical professional. Spend some time exploring what these are (i.e. through NHS or medical school websites) and think of examples of how you have demonstrated these in the past.

Medicine and healthcare is changing rapidly and is influenced by many factors. Spend some time finding out about the sector and profession you are seeking to enter: this could be by shadowing a healthcare professional, by talking to doctors, and by reading about the issues in modern medicine and healthcare.