MMI (Medical Interviews): The Beginners Guide

Welcome to the “MMI (Medical Interviews): The Beginners Guide”.

In this guide you’ll discover everything you need to know about the steps required to excel in your MMI or Medical Interviews and get accepted into Medicine.

This guide is perfect for anyone in Years 10, 11 or 12 at high-school (or with a child currently in these year levels) that wants to gain admission into Medicine at the end of Year 12.

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

Chapter 1 – What Are MMI/Medical Interviews?

In this section, you’ll discover everything you need to know about how MMI and Medical Interviews work in Australia, and what to expect at your university.

Chapter 2 – Do You Need To Prepare For MMI/Medical Interviews To Succeed?

Now you know all about how MMI/Medical Interviews work, do you need to prepare for them?

Lets get started!

Chapter 1 – What Are MMI/Medical Interviews?

Medical Interviews usually account for the final 33% of your medical admissions application.

What are Medical Interviews?

For students that achieve outstanding ATAR and UCAT scores, a select number are then invited to attend a medical interview at the universities they have applied to. This is where students are able to demonstrate their passion for medicine, and character and interests beyond their raw ATAR and UCAT scores. 

What are the different types of Medical Interviews?

There are broadly three types of interview used in Australia and New Zealand to select students for entry into medicine and dentistry:

  1. MMI (Multiple Mini Interview): candidates rotate through various themed ‘stations’, each addressing a particular topic presented as a ‘scenario’.
  2. Structured panel interview: traditional style of interview, where all candidates are asked the same or similar questions.
  3. Semi-structured panel interview: traditional style of interview, where interviewers do not have to adhere tightly to a ‘script’, and can ask follow up questions.

Which type of Medical Interview does my university do?

MMI interviews are used at all the universities except the University of New South Wales, the University of Adelaide, James Cook University and Otago University Dentistry (which use Panel interviews).

Why Medical Interviews?

Medical interviews (or MMI) are a critical, yet often underestimated part of the medical admissions process. At some universities, they are as important, or even more important than UCAT and ATAR in determining entry into medicine. They may be weighted at 1/3 or even up to 80% of the admissions criteria. 

Some universities even use interviews as the sole criterion in determining entry into medicine, once a threshold UCAT and ATAR has been reached (e.g. at University of Newcastle and New England).

When are interview offers released?

The interview offer release date varies depending on the university. Most universities release interview offers during October/November (as late as late December for Monash MMI). For interstate students some universities release offers around mid January (rural students may receive offers earlier).

When are they?

Medical Interviews are held at different dates/times for each university, however all of them are in the months of December and January at the end of Year 12. You can receive multiple interview offers, and will need to attend an interview for each university you apply for (to have a chance of being accepted into it).

How are Medical Interviews assessed?

Medical Interviews are designed to assess qualities considered important in both the study and practice of medicine.

Each university differs in their marking criteria for medical interviews. However, common assessment criteria include:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Social responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Moral and ethical reasoning
  • Self-awareness
  • Maturity
  • Awareness of health issues
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Quality of motivation to study medicine

Chapter 2 – Do You Need To Prepare For MMI/Medical Interviews To Succeed?

Do you need to prepare?

The problem is that no matter how confident you are about your ATAR score, or how well you’ve already gone with the UCAT exam, you’ve still got one final challenge ahead. 

I’m sure you’ve heard stories of students who nailed their UCAT, they’ve got super high ATAR, scores, 99, 99.5, even 99.95, and yet they missed out on a place in Medicine.

How is this possible?

They failed their interview. The final assessment that is often worth just as much as your UCAT scores, and even your ATAR.

And so until you excel in your interview – an assessment that’s worth 30%, 40% and sometimes even 50% of your entire application – there’s really no guarantees as to whether or not you’ll get into Medicine, even if you think you’re getting a 99+ ATAR, and even if you’ve already got a 90th+ percentile UCAT score.

When to prepare for Medical Interviews?

Given that interviews are only offered to students who first excel in the ATAR and UCAT assessments, we recommend preparing for the UCAT as soon as you have finished your UCAT exam.

This gives you around 6 months to prepare and ensure you are confident walking into your interview.

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