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10 Common Medicine Interview MMI Stations Explained

1. Role Play Station

Role play stations are very common as they allow the interviewer to assess a candidate's empathy and communication skills in an objective way.

These stations can seem daunting as there is no real answer however they normally have a few common features. They often occur in a normal social situation that you would encounter in the real world such as in a shop or a GP practice.


You are unlikely to be asked to play a role so you can approach the situation exactly as you normally would. The actor you are talking to will have a problem that you can help with or talk them through and will often be distressed. You can demonstrate your empathy skills by actively listening to the actor and using phrases that show you acknowledge why this is difficult and upsetting for them.

In some stations, empathising with them is enough to gain a good mark. The actors are given scripts and will give you cues on what kind of questions to ask. If you feel the actor is hinting at something but not saying everything ask them about the hint. The most important thing to remember is that these stations are not there to catch you out and if you are aware and follow up on cues you can pass comfortably.


"You are at the shops and notice an elderly person looking at a display and appearing upset- They tell you how they are struggling due to their eyesight getting worse preventing them from driving and making it hard to read. This has left them isolated. They also hint that they can’t read the labels and they can’t eat certain foods due to their medication."

Candidates should show appropriate empathy and offer to help them with reading. The most effective way to do this is to give buzz word phrases like “That must be hard for you” and to display active listening. The actor will give specific cues which can be explored by asking them to “Tell me more about that”.

2. Description Station

In this station you will be presented with a picture and be asked to describe it.

This picture could be of anything; a crowd, a house, a town or a forest scene. The thing the pictures will have in common is they contain a large amount of information and details. This station is designed to test your attention to detail and to present information in a concise, organised manner.


The most important thing to do is to take your time and plan your answer before you start your description. The most effective way to do this is to start generally saying what the scene depicts then break it down into the individual components. An important thing to keep in mind is to approach the answer like you’re talking to a person who can’t see the picture and knows nothing about it. Try to describe it in a way that would allow this person to recreate the image.