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About MMI


Introduction to MMI

 
  • What is the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?

    Interviews at LKCMedicine will consist of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), where candidates will undergo several one-to-one interviews with different interviewers, designed to assess a candidate’s aptitude and suitability for the MBBS programme. Applicants invited for the selection interviews will complete a series of eight mini interviews, each lasting approximately five minutes, conducted consecutively in eight separate interview rooms.
  • Is there a video available demonstrating what happens in an MMI?

    Yes, you can watch the informational video hosted on our website. The video is available here.
  • Are the eight mini stations of MMI conducted over a few days?

    No. The candidate will attend and complete the eight interviews within the session, typically in the morning or afternoon of the day itself.
  • What does the MMI assess?

    The MMI assesses candidates on their understanding of medicine as a career, ethical considerations in medicine, interest in science and empathy towards people who might be ill.
  • Is the MMI a better approach compared with the traditional interview method?

    The MMI uses a series of stations to assess specific skills and qualities and assigns the same interviewer to rate all applicants at a station with that specific question/scenario. This method helps to address some of the weaknesses of the standard interview format. It is considered to be a fairer system and also less stressful. Many top medical schools now use the MMI to shortlist candidates for admission.
  • Why does LKCMedicine use the MMI while Imperial College does not?

    There is much literature favouring the use of MMI in several prestigious medical schools as MMIs give a better gauge in selecting students with the right attributes for medical education. Imperial College London is reviewing her practice of using a panel interviews for their MBBS applicants and could consider using MMIs in the future.
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Preparing for the MMI
 
  • What do I need to bring for the MMI?

    Candidates invited to the MMI are only required to bring along identification documents. Documents such as results transcripts, co-curricular activities record or recommendation letters are not required.
  • Will my parents be able to accompany me?

    Yes, parents are welcome to attend the introductory briefing.
  • How long will I be expected to be present on MMI day?

    The programme for the MMI will take approximately two hours. An introductory programme on LKCMedicine is also included to help students understand the school better.
  • What if I’m not able to make it to the MMI?

    Inform us immediately. Re-scheduling is based on availability and if there is a valid reason to.
  • What is the dress code for MMI?

    We would like you to be comfortable for the MMI. You should dress appropriately and smartly for the MMI
  • Will I need to sign a non-disclosure declaration?

    You will be sent a Code of Ethics as part of the invitation to the MMI. While you are not required to sign a non-disclosure declaration, please refrain from divulging or disclosing any of the information through any means - oral, written or electronic. As part of the professional behaviour and conduct expected of medical students, you are requested to keep the knowledge of the interview questions, the MMI content and processes confidential. This is to ensure that candidates interviewed at the start of the MMI cycle have as equal an opportunity to succeed in their responses to the interview questions as candidates interviewed in the later sessions. No candidate should be disadvantaged.
  • How do I prepare for the MMI?

    Like all other interviews, just be yourself, be calm and listen carefully to the questions asked by the interviewer. The MMI is a process that will help us identify the students who are most suitable for the medical school programme, and graduate as good doctors for Singapore. It is not meant to create unnecessary stress for the candidates.
  • Won’t I be disadvantaged if I sit for the MMI earlier?

    No, you will not be disadvantaged. As part of the professional behaviour and conduct expected of medical students, all candidates are requested to observe a code of ethics that we will forward to you prior to the MMIs. This will ensure that participants interviewed at the start of the MMI cycle have as equal an opportunity to succeed in their responses to the interview questions as participants interviewed later in the interview cycle.
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​​​During the MMI
 
  • What will the programme be on MMI day?

    Listed below are the details of the programme on MMI day:

    Activity
    Arrival and Registration of candidates and parents
    Introductory Briefing
    MMI interview
  • How is the MMI conducted?

    During registration on MMI day, you will be grouped into groups of eight and given a colour-coded lanyard indicating the MMI session you are assigned to. After the welcome address, all candidates in your group will be ushered to the eight interview rooms. You are required to put on the lanyard at all times during the MMI. We will collect the lanyard from you after you have completed the MMI.

    Instructions will be given to candidates to sit outside the eight rooms until the bell sounds giving you time to read the scenarios which are placed on the chairs located outside the rooms. After two minutes, you will be prompted to enter the room and start your five-minute interview. This cycle will be repeated until every candidate has gone through the eight stations.
  • How many interviewers are there in each interview room?

    Most of the time, there will be only one interviewer in each room. In certain scenarios, there might be a simulated patient (actor) in the room.
  • Who are the interviewers?

    In general, you will be meeting eight interviewers at the MMI, comprising Faculty Members, Clinicians, Allied Health Professionals and lay people.
  • Can I leave the interview room before the time is up? ​

    Although you have five minutes for each interview station, you may be granted permission by the interviewer to leave the room if you have finished your interview before the time is up. You will then wait outside the room till the bell sounds again and all the candidates are ready to proceed to their next interview station.
  • Can I be given an extension if I need more than five minutes in the interview room?

    Each candidate is allowed only five minutes for each station. We will require all candidates to finish each interview within five minutes to ensure that everyone is given the same amount of time.
  • How will I be scored at the eight stations?

    At each station, you will be given a score (maximum five marks) by the interviewer. At the end of the session, your scores at the eight stations will be collated and you will get an overall score out of a maximum of 40 marks.
  • Can I just come for the interview and not for the introductory briefing before the interviews?

    The programme is carefully structured to ensure you are clear on what is required of you at the MMI. It is therefore important for you to attend the entire programme.
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After the MMI
 
  • When will I be informed of the outcome?

    You will be informed of the outcome at the end of April. As competition is expected to be strong, some interviewees will be offered a place at LKCMedicine, some will be placed on a waiting list, whilst others will be told that their application is unsuccessful. Candidates not offered a place at LKCMedicine may still be offered places for other courses at NTU.
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