Griffith University Medicine Interview Tips
Advice & Insight From Interview Specialists
This article aims to discuss some of the different multiple-mini interview (MMI) scenarios that you may encounter during your Griffith University medicine interview. The MMI interview at Griffith University historically consists of 5 different stations with each station lasting approximately 7 minutes long. The scenarios are designed to assess the applicant’s personal characteristics. During each scenario, you will be asked to read a prompt and to respond to several questions by the interview.
Scenario type 1 – Conflict resolution situations
One type of scenario that you may come across during your medicine interview at Griffith University pertains to conflict resolution. These scenarios are designed to assess how well you can navigate a potentially hostile situation and how effectively you can resolve serious disagreements and arguments between individuals. To adequately answer the scenario questions, you should think about the following things as you read the scenario:
- What are the potential underlying causes of the conflict?
- How can I diffuse the situation immediately to ensure everyone’s safety?
- What kind of information will I need to get the full facts of the situation?
- Depending on the information that I collect, how can I adequately resolve the conflict and prevent the situation from becoming more hostile?
- What other resources can I make use of to help resolve the conflict?
- What actions can be taken to prevent a similar conflict from arising in the future?
Answering these questions will help you in coming up with appropriate responses to the interviewer’s questions. Beyond these, applicants can taketime beforehand to read about important factors to consider when resolving a conflict.
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Scenario type 2 –Uncomfortable and sensitive situations
These scenarios often involve navigating a difficult or sensitive situation. These scenarios may be uncomfortable because of the nature of the topic or because they involve a vulnerable individual/population. To adequately answer questions related to uncomfortable or sensitive situations, you should think about the following things while reading the prompt:
- What makes the situation uncomfortable and/or sensitive?
- What are your duties and obligations to the individuals involved in the scenario?
- What other information may you need to get the full facts of the situation?
- What actions can you take to help the person without overstepping your boundaries?
- What other resources may individuals involved in the situation benefit from and are they aware of these resources?
Answers to these questions will help you formulate appropriate responses to the interviewer’s questions. Beyond these, applicants should take the time beforehand to read about sensitive and difficult topics in medicine and healthcare, such as dealing withpatients that are unable to accept a poor diagnosis, sexual health, conversation regarding end-of-life care, et cetera. Moreover, applicants should read about the different strategies that are effective in navigating uncomfortable and sensitive situations, such as open and honest communication, active listening, the ability to demonstrate empathy, et cetera. Engaging yourself in these topics and conversations will ultimately help you feel more prepared when faced with such questions during your medicine interview.
Scenario type 3 – Teamwork and collaboration situations
Teamwork and collaboration scenarios are designed to test how well you work with others. To adequately answer teamwork and collaboration-related questions, you should think about the following things while reading the prompt:
- What are components of an effective team/group?
- What are components/factors that result in an ineffective team/group?
- What actions can you take in order to make the team/group functions better?
- What other resources can be utilized to make individuals in a group function more effectively together?
- Is teamwork important in medicine? If so, why?
Answering these questions will help you formulate appropriate responses to the interviewer’s questions. Beyond this, becoming more well-informed about other healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, etc.) in the hospital will help you appreciate the collaborative nature of medicine. Moreover, a better understanding of how different healthcare experts work together to provide optimal patient care will help you formulate more comprehensive answers to the interview’s questions.
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Scenario type 4 – Cultural sensitivity and competence situations
Another common question that you may come across during your interview pertains to healthcare inequity, particularly amongst Australia’s indigenous population. To prepare for these scenarios, it may be worthwhile reading up on the different issues that affect the indigenous community and other underprivileged minorities in Australia. This research will help you be more well-informed when approaching culturally sensitive scenarios. The key to answering the questions related to these scenarios is to demonstrate empathy, understanding, and a willingness to learn. It is perfectly okay to not be knowledgeable about a specific culture or community. The important thing is that you take the time to learn about the priorities and goals of that community. These are some questions that you should think about when reading the prompt:
- Do I know what the priorities and goals of the community are?
- What are the expectations that individuals from the community have of me?
- How can I work together, in collaboration, with individuals from the community to work towards solutions that are acceptable to all parties involved?
- What actions can be taken to take down barriers that may prevent individuals from the community from raising concerns moving forward?
These are important guiding questions that will help you formulate culturally-sensitive answers to the interviewer’s questions.
Scenario type 5 – Ethical-dilemma situations
Ethical-dilemma scenarios are one of the most common types of MMI questions. They can be difficult because they appear to lack one correct answer. To approach these scenarios, it is important to think about the following questions:
What is the ethical conflict and/or dilemma? Do I have all the facts? Where can I collect additional information that may inform my actions? What are the expectations that others may have of me? What are my responsibilities/obligations? Am I qualified to address the issue at hand or is it important that I seek outside resources/help? Depending on the information I collect, how can I adequately resolve the situation? What other resources can I make use of to help resolve the situation? What actions can be taken to prevent a similar situation from arising in the future?