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We are currently two third-year resident physicians with extensive experience in MMI interviews, MMI question development and MMI coaching. We remember how stressful applying to medical school and CARMS interviews can be, so we created a coaching service that can help you excel in your interview and maximize your chances of being accepted to medical school! During our coaching sessions, you will be provided with unique questions based on current events and actual experiences we have encountered as doctors, rather than using the pre-existing question other services use. We allow for sessions to be recorded by you to be reviewed later, and provide typed and verbal feedback, as well as a ranking using a standardized MMI Ranking Form. Furthermore, we provide insight on what you can add or change about your answer to achieve the top percentile of scores (10/10). As resident physicians, we can offer insight on how a physician would approach a difficult patient situation or the current issues affecting our healthcare system. Over the past few years as resident mentors for undergraduate medical students, we have assisted numerous people in achieving their goal of medical school acceptance and matching to their desired residency program! Description: Offering customized, private, one-on-one interview coaching via Zoom or your preferred online platform Goal setting prior to your first session Access to 100 unique MMI scenarios via sessions MMI Interview Preperation Presentation provided to all clients outlining MMI theory, an organized approach for the 6 different types of MMI questions you will encounter including picture and acting stations, a crash course in medical ethics and links to high yield articles and information on current events, COVID, aboriginal health, homelessness, racism, sexism, technology and medicine, the Canadian Health Care System, mental health, transgender health, physician burnout, vaccine hesitancy and many more HIGH YIELD topics that you should review to be prepared for the MMI. Offering full-length mock MMI simulations with detailed feedback and scoring MMI scoring on a scale from 1-10 with each session Rate: $75/hour Availability: Limited availability on evenings and weekends due to the demands of residency, coaching will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Disclaimers: We have signed a confidentiality agreement when we were MMI interviewers, and cannot disclose specific details regarding question content, but can provide insight on the interview process and what distinguishes excellent candidates from average ones. We will not be interviewing for the 2022 MMI as this prohibits you from assisting any potential candidates. With COVID, we can only offer virtual sessions to comply with social distancing. Please email MDinterviewprep1@gmail.com if you are interested. Coaching will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Best of luck in the 2022 interviews to all candidates!
Physician Run MMI Prep Course – 4 Hour Course + 1 hour of private coaching We are currently two third-year resident physicians with extensive experience in MMI interviews, MMI question development and MMI coaching. We remember how stressful applying to medical school and CARMS interviews can be, so we created a coaching service that can help you excel in your interview and maximize your chances of being accepted to medical school. We are offering an efficiently run, and highly effective full day prep course for students preparing for the MMI interviews for medical schools in Canada. We are Canadian trained resident physicians who both have undergone the MMI interview, and were accepted in their first year of application. We have experience with numerous medical school and residency interviews ourselves, have served as MMI Interviewers for a Canadian Medical School, served as Interviewers for the Canadian Medical Association's CARMS Prep Program and mentored numerous undergraduate and medical students on a volunteer basis assisting them with application review, interview preparation and ultimately helping them achieve their goal of matching to medical school/residency. Most importantly, we have the knowledge and experience of a resident physician and can offer insight on how to approach these questions from the perspective of a physician. With these experiences, we feel we have all of the skills to provide you with the best chance of success in the admissions process. Registering for this course will include the following: 1) A 4 hour MMI Prep Session featuring how to approach different MMI Questions, how to structure a strong response, high yield MMI Topics and interactive breakout rooms where we run through answers for common challenging MMI Questions. 2) A 1 hour one on one private coaching session with one of our Resident Physician Interview Coaches. Additional private coaching for $75/hour based on availability. 3) Immediate access to our MD Prep Interview Preparation Presentation (200 slides), a registry of 100 unique practice questions created by our team and our Master List of over 200 free online MMI Questions. 4) Ongoing mentorship and answering of questions via email leading up to your MMI interview. Dates: Friday, February 4, 2022: 4 PM - 8 PM Saturday Feb 5, 2022 8 AM -12PM Saturday, February 5, 2022: 1 PM - 5 PM Cost: Early Bird Registration EXTENDED to January 28, 2022: $250 Register after Jan 28, 2022: $275 Registration deadline Feb 3, 2022 Capacity: Each session will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, registration will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Registration: Please send an email to Mdinterviewprep1@gmail.com to register. You will receive access to our MMI Prep Resources and Powerpoint once your registration is complete. Best of luck in the 2022 Interview Process!
Hey everyone! One of the best ways you can prepare for your upcoming MMI is by doing interview practice. There are lots of free resources with mock MMI questions and we have compiled a Master List of 200 Questions (resources cited) of the free questions that can be found online. While these are a great place to start, many of these questions are quite outdated. In fact, they are the same questions we used 8 years ago to prep for our MMI interview. When you are practicing with your peers, try to create your own questions based on current events and issues in our healthcare system. Outlined below are some realistic practice MMI questions we have created based on our experiences as MMI Interviewers and the real issues we see every day as resident doctors. Opinion Questions: Due to the increasing cases of COVID in Canada, some provinces now require proof of full vaccination in order for people over the age of 12 to be allowed to do non-essential activities such as going to restaurants, bars, concerts, movies and fitness facilities. While some support this as a public health initiative, others feel it unfairly restricts their personal freedom. What is your opinion on this policy? What are some alternatives? Behavioural Questions: You are a 6th grade teacher who is teaching your students a health class. During the lesson, a student raises their hand and asks “What is masturbation”. The other kids start to laugh, some of them look confused, they are all looking to you to answer. What do you say in response? Communication/Acting Stations: -You are about to speak with a pediatric patient’s father. His son is 10 years old and has an extremely rare medical condition (prevalence of 1/1,000,000). He is upset as another health care worker spoke to him about getting the COVID vaccine for his son. When he responded with concerns about the risks of adverse events, they replied to him “those are very rare.” He replied, “my son already had an extremely rare condition, and so what is stopping him from getting these rare adverse effects?” Please enter the room and counsel the father. *You do not need to know specific medical knowledge about the COVID vaccine for this station* Curveball Questions: Image Link: https://www.vmcdn.ca/f/files/burnabynow/images/breaking-news/img_0265.JPG;w=960;h=640;bgcolor=000000 Analyze the photo above: -What is this photo about? -What message was the photographer trying to convey? -What are the barriers that Indigenous people face in our society? -What can we do to address these issues? Photo credit: https://www.newwestrecord.ca/local-news/new-westminster-memorial-remembers-215-children-found-buried-at-kamloops-residential-school-3826043 Personal Questions: -Communication is an important skill for being a physician, and one of CANMEDs Framework components. Please discuss what three experiences have shaped your communication skills? We hope you find these mock MMI questions helpful for your practice, and if you haven’t started already, practicing with your peers is one of the best ways you can prepare. There are lots of free resources online to help you with your prep, but if you are interested in taking a formal Interview Prep Course or seeking one-on-one coaching from resident physicians who have been through the interview process and had experience as interviewers, email Mdinterviewprep1@gmail.com. Best of luck with your 2022 Interviews! Master List of Online MMI Questions_.pdf
Part 3: General Advice for the Interview What should you always avoid during the interview? 1. Vague answers: When standing behind the door and waiting for the interviewer to call your name, you have approximately two minutes to prepare an answer. In that time, you should be thinking of points to make and ordering them in order of importance. 2. Filler words: Too many “likes” and “ums” convey nervousness and will likely translate to a “choppy” answer. To prevent this from happening to you, bear in mind that practice makes perfect. Practice answering prompts and record yourself while doing so. Then, catch yourself whenever you insert filler words into your responses. Is it when you are talking too quickly? Now that you know this, repeat your response and slow down this time. Find the source of the challenge and address it. That is what practice is for. For example, here is how you should not answer a question: Question: Why did you choose to apply to our school? Answer: Well, you know, (filler words convey a lack of confidence) it is close to home so it is where I want to go. The hospitals here are great and are what I am looking for. Feedback: The first words that the interviewee uttered are filler words that convey uncertainty and detract from the flow of his answer. Not only that, but his points were poorly organized. Being close to home is not the main reason for wanting to join a program. A better answer would provide an example of a strong point of the school that the applicant finds alluring. For example, let’s say that McMaster has a history of accepting a culturally diverse range of students in hopes of turning out doctors who can relate to all types of populations, socioeconomic statuses, and beliefs. You can mention how you read through the school’s website and have asked current medical students and they have all confirmed this fact. You can go above and beyond and mention a relevant experience with your own life. What could a relevant experience be? As long as it does not sound forced, any experience involving diversity could be incorporated well into your answer. For example, have you worked or volunteered with children from low socioeconomic statuses? Voice how important you believe acceptance and diversity are and how it matches with your beliefs. A real life example is engaging for the interviewer and truly demonstrates your desire to be a part of their culture. There are a handful of helpful YouTube videos that cover the main points for what an interviewer is looking for during the interview. To get you started, here is one that covers most of the key points: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLxz4pCBXKo . I should also emphasize the fact that practice makes perfect. This is why you should answer as many prompts as possible with yourself and/or a partner. Some excellent source of prompts with ideal answers can be found here: Practice MMI Interview Questions as well as a handful of Canadian universities with sample question (see McMaster's manual found here). Conclusion Ultimately, the key to success in the MMI is practice and knowing yourself inside and out. Make a habit of reviewing a few prompts a week with a partner. Grade yourself on the days where you do not see your partner. Never forget that practice makes perfect. I wish you the best of luck in your journey. Let me know if you have any questions.