Common MMI Questions

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The following is a list of common MMI questions that you may encounter. We’ve divided them by category for you to be able to better access them.

MMI Questions on Ethics

Do you think general practitioners ought to report their patients’ health status to a public health agency if their patients have active infectious diseases?

In recent years, there has been an increase in popularity of full-contact sports, like MMA – particularly seen in the UFC  (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Jiu-Jitsu, and boxing. Should doctors have a role in regulating such sports?

What are your views on abortion? What were the foundations for those viewpoints?

What kinds of special medical needs are there for people who live in isolated (ethnic, socio-economic, geographic) groups? What more could be done for these groups?​

Imagine that you are a junior doctor and your actions lead to the death of a patient. What steps would you take?

Should the NHS cover IVF in the UK? Does it currently, as far as you are aware?

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MMI Questions on Motivation

Why do you want to study Medicine?

Tell me about some experiences that have made you want to practise medicine.

What are three of your personal attributes that make you a good fit for Medicine?

What one characteristic of yours would you improve to make yourself a better future doctor?

What classes did you take at school? Why did you choose those classes?

What makes a good doctor?

Tell me about your path to medicine.

What was the most valuable experience you had in college?

Can you tell me about the UCAT/BMAT score that you achieved? Why is this test important?

Can you explain the trend in your school grades?

What was your favourite class at school and how does it link to Medicine?

Describe your research experience — did you do an EPQ?

Tell me more about any research that you have been involved in, beyond the EPQ or school work.


What are three changes that you would make to the NHS, if you had an unlimited budget?

What do you know about the structure of the NHS?

What do you know about the history of the NHS?

Do you believe that the NHS is efficient, or should it be replaced with a different system?

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Understanding Medicine

Medicine tends to be emotionally draining as well as difficult in other aspects. How do/will you deal with this issue?

What makes a good doctor? Do you fit with this?

Where do you see yourself 20 years from now? What would that career progression be like?

What do you see as the three most important issues in medicine today?

What challenges will you face working in a rural area?

What do you think are the biggest challenges you will face as a practising doctor in ten years?

What is the most negative thing about practising medicine, in your mind?

Do you think doctors make enough or too much money?

How do you know that you would be happy in medical school?

How will you handle family life and medicine?

When did you decide that you wanted to become a doctor?

What would you do if a career in medicine didn’t work out?


Tell me about some of the volunteering or community service work that you have done.

Tell me about a charity that you are passionate about.

Personality and Personal Questions

What sets you apart from other candidates?

Name one thing that you are most proud of.

Do you consider yourself disadvantaged in any way?

Why are you a better applicant than the rest of the cohort?

MMI Questions on Communication

Why do you care about other people? Where does your empathy come from?

How do you communicate with someone that you need to break bad news to?

If your best friend was in the room, what would he/she say that you have to work on?

Do you speak any other languages? Why / why not?

How would you diffuse a situation with a hostile patient?

What can you do to help people empathise with people with special needs?

How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticised.

Common MMI Questions

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