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I was wondering for pre-med interviews/MMI, do they value you only on your answers and experience or do they also value you on your personnality a.k.a your charisma a.k.a the way you talk a.k.a how you express yourself a.k.a your confidence ?


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I think you need to find the right balance in it all - be yourself but also think and do your best to give reasonable answers. Though I think the way you carry yourself is important, I think is what you say is equally as important. But that's just me, other people will probably weight in. Good luck on you interview! 

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Your answers need to be thoughtful, to show your communication skills, your ability to express yourself under stressful circumstances while being a good problem solver under fire. If you accomplish this and show a compassionate, personality with charisma and personality so much the better. Have a loo at future_doc's pinned thread on Interviews at the Medical School Interview Forum. http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/47600-mmi-casper-prep-by-popular-demand-part-i-of-ii/ 


Quoting from future_doc's thread:


MMI – A Possible Blueprint to Solving Problems Raised in Each Scenario

Assess the facts in terms of what is normally expected, including social & legal standards and norms of responsible conduct, look to ripple effects to persons involved, their family, the institution involved if any, society, including others in similar circumstances

Diagnose the moral and other problems. Determine what the parties believe to have happened and the impact upon them

Determine purpose of this scenario for you

Consider what, if any, ethical considerations are involved for the parties and wider society, and how these issues may be addressed by persons in authority

Determine what, if any, legal, bioethical or medical ethics problems or practical problems exist. Consider these as unexpressed facts in your analysis to come to a satisfactory or creative solution

Consider and discuss:

the options of actions of the participants and authorities

Consider fully the ethical principles for each option and conclude with persuasive argument supporting your plan of attack

Establish and discuss the goal you set for resolution of the ethical problem. Convince them that your plan of action (decision) will be acceptable in resolving the problem on a practical level, while addressing the ethical issues involved.

Justify the solution in terms of practicality and ethical considerations – both with the decision made AND the process of reaching and implementing the solution

Remember your ability to master a new situation in a time sensitive manner, while considering all factors that are not obvious and maintaining your composure, is what is being assessed.









This appears to be good guidance. The interviewers mark you from a ‘structured checklist’ ranging from “excellent”, “good”, “satisfactory” to “unsatisfactory”. Below is also an additional List of Skills and Behaviours that are specifically marked in one of the below categories:
4=Excellent, 3=Good, 2=Satisfactory, 1=Unsatisfactory Top Score=20

- Has a sense of establishing the facts to ensure fairness

- Demonstrates an awareness of the dilemma from a range of perspectives

- Ability to balance conflicting interests to come to a judgment about what is right

- Appreciates the need for students to consider the consequences of personal

- Is able to draw lessons from experience to inform future learning

Excellent shows a degree of originality and creativity, including showing a good appreciation of the general issues in the context of professionalism. There is good coverage of the topic with relevant and reasoned argument. The answers demonstrate a clear view of how the various aspects of the topic relate to one another. There is reasonable evidence of critical reflection on professionalism on both the interviewee and that of others. The answers appear authentic and honest.

Good is the same as Excellent without the originality and creativity.

Satisfactory the answers are relevant but do not address all aspects of the topic. There is demonstration of understanding of the issue being considered and just enough evidence that a reasonable argument has been advanced. There is evidence of critical reflection on professionalism but the answers are more descriptive than analytical. The answers indicate a modest understanding of the topic but appear authentic and honest.

Unsatisfactory the discussion is not always accurate and relevant and key points are missed. The attempt at reasoned argument is of doubtful quality. Strategy is misfired.

Strength of your arguments, your communication skills, how you defend your position n/w/s provocation and the interviewer’s overall assessment of your performance and suitability to study of medicine and being a doctor are all factors.

Essential characteristics of Applicant:
Show ethical thinking and ethical decision making
Show professionalism, i.e. honesty, compassion, team working, ethical understanding knowledge of health care system

Dress conservatively, and note that your body language is important throughout interview
Bond with Interviewers if possible, in appropriate fashion
Effective communicator – ability to convey your ideas clearly and concisely. Listen to any explanations and statements given throughout the process
Eye contact and shake hands upon entering each MMI
Good interpersonal skills with Interviewers
Always appear calm and in control
Show quiet confidence as a person
Think before opening your mouth
Understanding – know why you are there
Ability to understand the principal issue of the situation and other important issues
Complete the answer before the time runs out
(wear watch in case no clock in sight)
Give an accurate overall portrayal of who you are
Be clear and unambiguous in your answers
Time Management is of the essence – not all applicants finish all answers. The ability to complete the task in a timely manner demonstrates an important skill
Show no nervousness or anxiety no matter what
Thank Interviewers when each session is over (perhaps shaking hand again)

Behaviours having the following attributes:
*Integrity – having moral courage and honesty, being deserving of trust
*Sensitivity to the needs of others – kindness, empathy, understanding, benevolence, recognizing the physical and emotional vulnerabilities of others in situations
*Understanding the difficulties of others
*Responding sensitively and appropriately to situations given
*Seeing the larger picture and the impact of the situation upon others of similar or other vulnerabilities and upon the great community, seeing how to create practical or innovative solutions
*Information Manager – sift the information given so as to focus on solutions to all issues, including those not apparent on the surface
*Effective Decision maker – being able to identify the problem, break it down and to identify the steps in problem solving
*Self-directed Learner – Inquiring mind to further knowledge and skills
*Ability to make a shared plan – your solution may involve cooperation of many parties for its success
*Understanding of health professionals in society
*Explanation in Context – as a communicator, Interviewers must know clearly why you have come to the decisions you have made, leave nothing for granted
*Ability to make shared plan in best interests of patient

People who will, in their professional relationships:
Take responsibility for their actions
Act ethically
Act in a congenial and collaborative manner
Be reflexive
Be reliable
Be trustworthy and honest
Demonstrate respect for others
Have commitment to help others
Maintain confidences

Mental processes that include:
Ability to summarize your position as your first statements
Ability to assimilate and evaluate information in time sensitive fashion
Critical problem solving abilities in time sensitive manner
Prioritize and manage solutions in a sensible fashion
Ability to communicate decisions to others in appropriate manner
Ability to defend your position or ideas expressed – be prepared for interviewers to rigorously challenge you
Ability to apply your general knowledge

Seeking students who will:
Be self-directed learners
Be an integral part of an interprofessional healthcare team
Be willing to self-assess
Be willing to work hard
Communicate effectively
Demonstrate ethical thinking
Demonstrate ability to manage time
Demonstrate ability to tolerate stress
Demonstrate good judgment
Demonstrate insight and empathy
Recognize and respect the benefits of science and role of others healthcare disciplines


When I interviewed for the MEMFI, I went in to have fun as I was confident in the belief that I could handle anything they threw at me - based upon my life experiences. Just be yourself, think before you talk, explain why you went in a given direction and be prepared to support your viewpoint if/when challenged. And be prepared for one station that you could never have imagined, that comes at you never out in left field, think it out, be creative and do not become frustrated or show frustration. Good luck.

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I think the content of what you say likely takes precedence over charisma, but at the end of the day, these are human beings evaluating you - charismatic people are, by definition, compelling and charming. All else being equal, charisma definitely works in your favour. 

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