The MMI format entails a series of short, focused interviews/tasks in a style that closely reflects the OSCE assessments that are popular in Medicine and Dentistry from undergraduate level all the way through to consultant examinations.
Typically, each station will last roughly 5- 7 minutes and there may be up to be 10 stations covering a wide variety of tasks that may be simple enough in isolation but with the added dimension of time pressure and unfamiliarity with the concepts, can prove tricky. Common themes of stations include:
- “Why dentistry?”- A straightforward interview station to determine your motivation for studying dentistry
- Research in the field of dentistry
- Data handling
- Practical skills/manual dexterity test
- Communication skills- you may be asked to lead a fictional consultation with an actor posing as a patient
- Law and ethics
Students should be prepared to answer common questions including:
- Why dentistry?
- What have you done to find out more about the profession?
- What challenges to dentists face today in the UK?
- Why do you want to study dentistry here (at this particular dental school)?
- What makes a good dentist?
- Tell us why you think you would make a good dentist? What evidence do you have to support this?
- What, in your opinion, is the most important change to dentistry in the last 10 years?
Although the personal statement, grades and the schools reference are important to the application, it is the interview which will ultimately secure your place. Highly qualified candidates frequently struggle at interview because they have not carefully considered what the interviewers are looking for in these questions. Do not let this be you! Write down bullet point answers to each of these questions; we do not recommend that you rehearse your answers but you should certainly consider a framework in which to answer these questions fully and concisely.
Ultimately it is a change that should be welcomed by students as it ensures that the interview process covers a broad range of elements so you can showcase any particular strengths, and it makes the interview fairer as each mini interview provides an opportunity to start afresh.