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MMI Acting Questions

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Acting questions are really just roleplay questions – they require you to think about how you would deal with a particular situation and then act out an appropriate response. Here we’ll take a look at three possible scenarios and suitable answers to them. We will explain what you should do, rather than have a script back-and-forth.

MMI Acting Station 1:

Whilst you are working at a charity shop during the holidays, a man repeatedly comes in and is loud, aggravating other shoppers. He is not rude, but seemingly cannot stop himself from making noises and sounds. Explain how you would act in this situation. Please act out an appropriate response to this situation.

I would speak to the loud man politely, and ask him if he could speak to me out of earshot of the other shoppers. I would then – if he did not begin to explain his actions in an understandable manner – explain that the noises he is making are causing some difficulties for other visitors, as the shop is normally a quiet place. Whilst I would avoid making assumptions, it does appear that the man may have some form of learning difficulty or disability, and I would therefore want to be as polite and understanding as possible. Next, from the man’s reaction, it should be immediately fairly simple to deduce if he is simply being a nuisance – making loud noises on purpose to aggravate others – or if he has a problem that should mean the situation is dealt with in a different way. If he is being a nuisance, I would explain that if he continues he will be asked to leave. If he has a problem of some sort, I would explain that we will do our best to accommodate him, and speak to a senior member of the shop team to decide how we might go about this.

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MMI Acting Question 2:

Imagine that one of the junior doctors on the ward, who you are shadowing, has become flirtatious with you. They explain that, as far as they are aware, given that you are a mature adult and they aren’t employed by the university, there is nothing to worry about. What would you do in this situation? Try to act out your response.

I would explain politely to the doctor that I don’t agree with their understanding of the situation. I would explain that whether or not they are employed by the university, there is still a conflict of interest present, and that any relationship here would not be one of equals. I would wish to look at the school policy myself, in order to understand if the relationship is really permissible or not. I would of course also have to consider my own feelings for the doctor, and their feelings towards me. I would explain that I would not let my feelings, or theirs, jeopardise either of our careers or futures. Therefore, I would be safe and sensible with my decision making, and politely but firmly decline the relationship to ensure that we both remained professional.

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MMI Acting Question 3:

Whilst on placement at a GP practice, you overhear a patient repeatedly making sexist comments to the practice nurse. He both compliments her looks, and states that he doesn’t think women should be delivering healthcare, as he thinks men are more ‘trustworthy and have their heads screwed on better.’  What would you do in this situation? Try to act out your response.

I would allow the nurse to take the lead in the situation, as I am a medical student and she is a trained professional who works in this practice. Therefore I would speak to her and allow her to decide on the correct response, rather than push my own decisions without consulting her. Thus I would ask if I could speak to her in private briefly, and explain that I couldn’t help but overhear the comments, and ask if she was alright, or if they had made her uncomfortable. I would listen to her answer, and show that I was there to help her. If she explained that the comments had made her uncomfortable, I would explore with her what action she wanted to take – whether she wanted to speak to the patient, whether she wanted me to, to do so together, or to take the issue to another colleague. I would support her through whichever route she chose.

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