Preparing to Study Medicine

24th November 2022
BY Matt King, Head of Biology
Proper preparation for the MMI, used by the majority of UK medical schools, is critical to pupils hoping to study medicine at university. Winchester runs practice interview sessions, which are crafted to emulate the real experience, and opens these up to pupils from schools across Hampshire.

On Tuesday 22 November in Science School and online we ran a comprehensive MMI (multiple mini interview) mock circuit to prepare prospective Medics for their university applications. The MMI is a format used for admission by the majority of UK medical schools and involves a series of eight short interviews at various stations where the candidates have to focus on a particular task or question relevant to the Medical profession.

The participants included eight of our Upper Sixth Medicine applicants plus nine St Swithun's School pupils and another eight from local partner schools including Barton Peverill, Midhurst Rother, UTC and Portsmouth TBOWC took part online. This is the third year we have run this event, which included five face-to-face stations and three online stations to emulate the experience that candidates will encounter in interviews this year.

The interviews were delivered by Winchester dons Dr Thomas, Mr Fraser and Mr Fox, alongside Dr Morley, our Wykeham Fellow of Medicine, and guest teachers: Dr Topley (St Swithun's), Dr Fitzwilliam, Dr Boney and Dr Chowdhury (all OWs and current NHS consultants) and Mr Truell (4th year OW medical student at Oxford). This dynamic team grilled the 28 candidates over three hours on topics such as Medical ethics, dealing with difficult people, medical empathy, crisis triage, Health care policy and problem solving. The candidates were impressive and all found the experience helpful and rewarding.

Candidates receive individual interview feedback reports to help them develop their technique and enhance their performance at interview. The whole process aims to prepare pupils for the real interviews and it has been hugely encouraging to see so many pupils succeed over recent years in achieving their ambition to pursue a career in medicine.

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