Sunday, 22 April 2012

MMIs - The Actual Interview


In a MMI, applicants will complete a 1.5 hour circuit of of eight,  8 minute mini-interview stations, rotating from station to station. The MMIs at Michener is very similar to Medical School MMIs except there is no "clinical knowledge" required as the MMIs will be evaluating all the programs. The rater will not know what program(s) you have applied to. At each station, candidates will be presented with a ‘scenario' or question before entering the interview room.


You will sign a confidentiality agreement so I cannot discuss the actual questions but I can supply you with examples from the internet. I would recommend knowing general things about health care such as: roles, current events, insurance structures, volunteering etc.  I would also recommend practice going over "problem-solving" type questions.

This is from the Michener Website:

Parking Garage (Communication Skills) The parking garage at your place of work has assigned parking spots. On leaving your spot, you are observed by the garage attendant as you back into a neighboring car, a BMW, knocking out its left front headlight and denting the left front fender. The garage attendant gives you the name and office number of the owner of the neighboring car, telling you that he is calling ahead to the car owner, Tim. The garage attendant tells you that Tim is expecting your visit. Enter Tim's office.


They will be evaluating the non-cognitive characteristics such as reasoning, responsibility, ethics, teamwork, communication, empathy and self reflection. There could be an acting station, a team work station, a interview station etc. There are quite a few options for what you may see during your interviews.


Please keep in mind that the very specific clinical question will not be asked during the MMIs.

MMI Samples from University of Calgary

MMI Samples from University of Saskatchewan

Short MMI Example Video

Student in Australia talking about MMI experience

Please feel free to leave any comments about other things you would like to know about!



  1. These tips make me feel a bit better knowing I'm not going in blind for what could be one of the most important things I do for my career.
    Thanks a million for being so thorough with information on the MMIs.
    You make going into this field so much more exciting and I cannot wait until this week is over.

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