MMI Simulations this week – In the Sixth Form Biology department, we ran our first multiple-mini interviews (MMIs) for our medicine / dentistry / veterinary medicine applicants with the help of Mark Blakemore from St. George’s, University of London.
We had seven stations, manned by Biology teacher Jaimie along with Upper Sixth Biology students Jono, Alice, Ella, Joseph, Anna-Maria and Alex. Mark trained them quickly to judge the quality of the candidates’ answers, and then briefed the seven candidates (Sandra, Iris, Wendy, Tony, Hannah and Titiana, along with past student Elena who is applying for graduate medicine) on the procedure. Each candidate spent five minutes at each station, answering a single question at each. The questions covered two ethical scenarios, two scenarios requiring skilled communication (including verbal instruction on the tying of shoelaces, seen here!), two scenarios testing logical reasoning and one academic problem.
These scenarios also tested other attributes of prospective doctors, such as integrity and the ability to work under pressure. There was a final debriefing, when both interviewers and candidates could ask questions to clarify any doubts they had. The candidates acquitted themselves well, and found the experience useful (although exhausting), and now have a better idea of tackling MMIs. The interviewers did a fantastic job on a 10-minute training (the usual training is 3 hours long), and I am very grateful to all of them, especially the ones that stepped in at the last minute.
There are further mock interviews scheduled for these candidates as well as for our Oxbridge candidates in November.
UKCAT scores: This year has been a fantastic year for UKCAT scores, with four students breaking all previous d’Overbroeck’s records! Many congratulations to:
Tony Hua: 2900 and Sandra Brinster-Martelloni and Elena Zanchini: 2850 (all in the top 10% of UKCAT scores this year)
Wendy Gao: 2770 (in the top 20% of UKCAT scores this year)
Our past students had usually scored around the national mean (around the 2500-2600 mark), so these results are fantastic, and reflect the work that they have put in throughout the year. These students now have a better choice of medical schools.