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supposedly, previous MMI questions are on the net.... i've been looking (but to no avail).... anyone have any tips?


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western8 said:
supposedly, previous MMI questions are on the net.... i've been looking (but to no avail).... anyone have any tips?
Examples of MMI stations:

Why do you want to be a doctor.

Demonstrate that you have self-directed learning skills and how does it fit into the Mac context (something like that).

You just got into med school, but a friend of a friend just found out she got rejected from med school and asks to speak to you. (She must have been the same person as the Sam scenario, 'cause she was also manic... totally out of control)

The homeopathic drugs scenario described in an earlier thread.

The rural medicine scenario also described in an earlier thread, but differently I think.. asking about cost/benefit of forcing people to practice in rural area for a period of time.

your 5 year old kid comes home from a friends and says that his friend says that he was spanked hard... and often can't sit at school 'cause his bum hurts... what do you do.

Should there be legislation stating that a physician must report a gunshot wound of their patients to police. Discuss.

Discuss Canada's role in putting Japanese living in Canada in camps during WWII.

Ethics question about a diabetic woman who doesn't want to take the meds you prescribe, but rather wants to try faith-based healing.

One more question... can't remember but I think it was an ethics one too.

Two stations where one person has to put together building sticks (no idea what these are called) based on the communication of the other, who is holding a drawing.

The one you really forgot was the one where you are a 1st year med student and you are in the room with a small group of students, a doctor and a young female patient. The doctor tells the patient to remove her shirt to do a breast exam. The patient is visibly uncomfortable but does what she is told. The physician then performs the exam and tells you to do it as well. Discuss your reaction to this situation.

-Once again, we had both the Dr. Blair/homeopathic medicine question and the preferential admitting of med students who commit to 2-3 practice in a rural area question. Both of these are in previous threads.

-It has been suggested that in order to promote healthy lifestyles, medical schools preferentially admit students who do not smoke.
Do you think this approach will be effective? Discuss the implications with respect to health and health care costs.

- An older woman (don't remember exact age, but I think it was around 70ish) has been admitted to emergency room with asthma/difficulty breathing. She refuses to allow a medical student to treat her. Discuss the ethical issues in this case and possible safeguards to protect patient and students/physicians.

-Many fire-related tragedies in Canada have been the result of children playing with fire. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of parents, lighter companies and society with respect to this issue.

-What experiences have you had (and what insights have you gained from these experiences) that lead you to believe you would make a good physician.

-An athlete who is training for the Olympics admits that he is using anabolic steroids and asks you to monitor his liver function. He would prefer to be under your care, as you are his family physician and you know his history. However, he states that if you do not agree, he will go to a walk-in clinic. Discuss the ethical issues in this case.

-John X is a convicted pedophile and repeat offender. He is about to be released from prison after serving 7 years of his 10-year sentence. He will be in close contact with his parole officer and he will be monitored on a daily basis. Should the community be aware of John X's history? You are in charge of deciding whether or not to warn the community about John X. What issues/factors would you consider in making your decision? (or something like that...)

-Drawing stations:
a) You are given a sheet which has twelve figures on it, each composed of simple geometric shapes and each having a number and a label. (ie. 1. Locomotive 2. Umbrella, etc). You have to instruct another interviewee on the other side of the room how to draw each object in the order in which they are numbered. You can use anything you want to help them, including the name of the object, but you cannot look at eachother. After 5 minutes, you stop and discuss your performance with eachother for the remaining 3 minutes.

b) Same as above except you are the person drawing.

-Your best friend tells you he is a compulsive gambler. He has lost all his money and he asks you for a loan in order to buy food, to pay back his loan sharks and then use the rest to try to win it all back.
Discuss the broad implications of gambling on society.

-The "Sam" scenario described in a previous thread.

Station 1: Frantic Applicant (Communication Skills)
You have a meeting set up with Frankie. He is the son of a family friend who moved to Thunder Bay
about 20 years ago and so you have never met him. He has come down from Thunder Bay to look over
"southern universities". He urgently needs some information on schools as he will have to make some
serious decisions soon. He is happy to get this meeting as he realizes how tight your schedule is. In fact
your next meeting is in 8 minutes.
Frankie is in the room.

Station 2: Self-assessment (Scholarship - Critical Thinking)
One of the “key competencies” for medical practice outlined by the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada is the need to develop and maintain self-assessment skills.
Describe the strategies you employ when assessing your ability.

Station 3: Clinical Trials (Health Care Advocacy)
A general principal in the pharmaceutical industry is that a drug is not real unless it has been tested in
English speaking countries. A “real drug” is one that actually works and can be an economically viable
Do you think this general principal is valid and/or acceptable?
Discuss this question with the interviewer.

Station 4: Truth Video (Professionalism - Ethical Decision Making)
When you enter the room there will be a computer with a video ready to be played. When you’re ready,
ask the interviewer to start the video. Watch the video and consider the scenario.
The video will last about 90 seconds after which you should discuss the scenario viewed with the

Station 5: College Decision (Scholarship - Critical Thinking)
A high school student has to choose between two colleges. The student had several friends who were
similar to himself in values and abilities at each school. All of his friends at school A liked it on both
educational and social grounds; all of them at school B had deep reservations on both grounds. The
student visited both schools for a day and his impressions were the reverse; he enjoyed school B, but had
reservations about school A. Dr. James Wanstedt provided a testimonial that school B provides a
superior education. Furthermore, the registrar at school B has just released a report claiming that the
employment rate for graduates of school B is 93%, 10 percent higher than it was 10 years ago. Finally, an
unbiased consumer advocate reports that 98% of the alumni association have indicated that they were
‘happy’ or ‘very happy’ with the education they received at school B. Which school should the student
Discuss the student’s decision with the examiner.

Station 6: First Time Video (Professionalism - Ethical Decision-making)
When you enter the room there will be a computer with a video ready to be played. When you’re ready,
ask the interviewer to start the video. Watch the video and consider the scenario.
The video will last about 90 seconds after which you should discuss the scenario viewed with the

Station 7: Origami: Deliver (Collaboration)
When you enter the room there will be a sheet of paper that illustrates how to complete an origami (paper
folding) project. On the other side of the room there is another candidate who can’t look at you, but who
has a blank piece of paper. Verbally guide your colleague to completion of the origami project.
You have 5 minutes to complete the project after which you will be given 3 minutes to discuss with
your colleague any difficulties that arise during your communication.

Station 8: Origami: Receive (Collaboration)
When you enter the room there will be a blank sheet of paper in front of you. On the other side of the
room there is another candidate who will provide you with instructions regarding how to turn this page
into an origami (paper folding) project. Do not look at the other candidate until told that you can do so.
You have 5 minutes to complete the project after which you will be given 3 minutes to discuss with
your colleague any difficulties that arise during your communication.

Station 9: Medical School Funding (Health Care Advocacy)
Should the government directly fund the education of medical students as opposed to funding other
professions such as law and engineering?
Discuss this question with the interviewer.
Jul 2, 2010
These are Calgary med-school multiple-mini-interview and on-site essay questions for year 2009

multiple mini interview (MMI) questions:

Station 1: You are provided with a photograph: "workers digging different areas in a basement and dumping the soil into bags"

What are these people doing? What other information do you need to better explain the situation?
Then the interviewer will provide you with a second photo: "workers handing bags to each other into an open area where bags are piled in a row. there is a lake in the background"
what do you think they are doing now? How does the second photo change/support your opinion about the first photo?

Station 2: For this station, there is no "2-minutes" waiting. you walk into the room right away and they will play a short video clip for you: "a patient has recently had a successful liver transplant and she is very excited about the results. However, she also has a lung tumor but she doesn't know about it. Her physician seems not to care about her emotions..."

How will you deal with this situation? If the patient asks you about her x-ray results, what will you tell her?

Station 3: You are working for a fund-raising company. Your company is running short of money. How will you deal with this situation?

Station 4: You and 12 other medical students are rating different attributes of a hospital. Some of your ratings are similar and some are different from other students. How do you interpret these results?

Station 5: You are shadowing a family physician. A mother and a daughter walk into the clinic and it is obvious that they have serious problems with each other. The daughter is annoyed with her mom and ask her to leave the room. You talk to the daughter in private and she tells you that she is smoking a pack of cigarette every day. Then you also leave the room to talk to the mom, where you mistakenly reveal the daughter\'s smoking problem. After they leave, the family physician seeks your opinion about the case. What will you tell him? Will you tell him about your mistake of revealing smoking problem to the mom?

Station 6: You and your friend are in an african country. Your friend is scantily dressed and is being chased by a mob. you try to refuge to a mosque but they turn you away. You are desparate to get away, so you get a cab and return to your hotel. You still have 10 more days to stay in that country. What will you tell your friend? Do you think that the mob was doing a right thing? Why do you think they were chasing you? can such situation arise in Canada?

Station 7: you are in your last year of residency and have an apartment in a busy area of the city. Recently your neighbors informed you that a new institution for treatment of alcoholics is getting opened in the area. They are annoyed by this news as this may lower the price of the apartments. They also complain that they may have difficulty renting their rooms/apartments and there will be glass shards on every corner. They ask you, as a medical professional, to write a letter and oppose the opening of this institution in the area. How will you respond? As a professional, what do you think about the situation?

Station 8: You are working as a cook in a restaurant, but hadn\'t had enough training. Recently one of the customers had food poisoning and he believes it happened in your restaurant. The manager wants to have a meeting with every member. How would you respond to the manager? Should the meeting be in private or with every restaurant member?

Station 9: You are working in an elementary school. One of your students, Sophie, complains that her friends/classmates are teasing her a lot. She tells you that she complained to her parents but they told her to grow up and not to act like a little girl. She also doesn\'t want you to intervene in case she loses her friends and is left alone. What will you do in this situation? Will you talk to the parents? What potential impacts can this experience have on Sophie?

And here comes the essay questions. Note that the computer spell checks your essay for you. So no need to worry about spelling errors. You have a total of 1 hour to write 2 essays, spend it any way you like (i.e. 35 minutes on one essay and 25 minutes on the other one).

Essay #1: explain the following statement: "with every civil right also comes a civil responsibility"

Essay #2: You are provided with 2 articles. The first article was this: "Safety and efficacy of nontherapeutic male circumcision: a systematic review.by Perera CL, Bridgewater FH, Thavaneswaran P, Maddern GJ"

Then you are provided with a second article from globe and mail, discussing the article above.
Explain your opinion about these two articles. Why out of so many articles getting published every day, globe and mail chose this specific one?

Hope this information helps you with your interview preparation...