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How to Prepare for the MPI



The University of Toronto Medical School Interviews begin soon and you must be prepared. The former MMI process has been replaced with the MPI or Modified Personal Interview which is considered a reliable means of assessing great future doctors. The candidate will interview in separate rooms with four different interviewers who are either faculty or medical doctors. Through questions asked you will be rated for maturity, communication skills, and interpersonal skills. You must be able to answer these questions with foresight, integrity and compassion.

First impressions carry a lot of weight. Make sure you exude the look and temperament of the future doctor you want to be.
Dress for the occasion: Be neat, comfortable but make sure you look professional and respectful. This is an important day.
Be yourself – nerves and all. The point of the MPI is to find out who you are. Smile and make eye contact.
Listen to the question asked and if unsure ask for clarification. Once you are certain of what is being asked take a moment to organise your thoughts before plunging in.
Be honest. Elaboration makes a more interesting story but stick to the facts.
This is your last chance. Everything rests on your performance here. Make sure you have prepared for this intense interview process with either 2 or 4 hours practise and understanding at the Career Council. Prepare to Crush it!


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Dalhousie Medical School Coaching

You have applied to Dalhousie Medical School and you now hold your Invitation to Interview. The interview is the hardest part of the process and it will decide whether or not you are accepted. You MUST do everything possible to be one of the chosen few. Interviews are on the weekend of November 19 and 20th and they will be in the format of the Multiple Mini Interview.  These interviews are not about how much you know, they are about you as a person: how good are you at problem solving; are you able to think on your feet; how balanced is your life; your level of compassion for your work and for others; what motivates you; how adept you are at critical thinking; your awareness of society’s view on certain health issues and current events; how well you communicate and what are your ethics. The reason they want this information is to see if you will fit into their medical program and into medicine as a career. No one has ever asked you these questions before and you MUST be prepared to answer them to the fullest and to put forth your very best YOU!

The Career Council has been helping students get into the medical school of their dreams for the past 7 years and we have a 98.5% success rate. Don’t gamble with this very important interview – let us help you Prepare for Your Interview!medicalstudents2

Medical School Admission Interview

Silhouettes of several business people in corridor of office buiMedical School Admissions Interviews begin in November for eastern Canada.

At Dalhousie there are 1016 applicants from which only 409 will be offered a chance to interview. Of those, just 109 spots are available – so you have to be better than 3/4’s of the other hopefuls.

It is the same story at the University of Newfoundland Medical Faculty where there are 80 spots, the University of Ottawa which accepts 164 new students and the University of Toronto where 259 students are accepted out of 3,463.

The interview process is not a question of how smart you are. They already know that – just being offered the opportunity to interview means that you are in the top 10%. What the universities are looking for at this point is your EQ or Emotional Intelligence. This is what sets you apart from a computer and makes you human. It is how you work with others, deal with moral issues and relate to people. In order to become a doctor this will count for 50% of your admission score.

In most universities this interview is conducted using the Multiple Mini Interview formula whereby 8-10 stations or rooms are created each bearing a single question that you have 2 minutes to formulate. You will then enter the room and give a 6-8 minutes answer explaining your views on the subject. Any time not used will be deducted. These questions are incredibly difficult and require a lot of practise and preparation. They are designed to understand your ideas and views on moral and ethical issues, current events that affect medicine, problem solving and communication. You must practise and you must be prepared.

How You Present Yourself:

People will make an initial impression of you in 5 seconds and a general impression within 2 minutes. It is important that you put your best you forward.

You are not dealing with your peers you are being judged by your future employers, so arrive neat and clean and represent yourself in a confident, respectful and grateful manner. Dress conservatively and cover/remove all tattoos and piercings – this is not about who you think you are, it is about getting yourself a seat at the doctor’s table.

What the Interviewers are Looking for:

  • You must be able to communicate clearly and with conviction.
  • You must show empathy and be able to relate to both peers and patients.
  • You need a general understanding of medicine and a deep desire to become a member of this elite group.

What You Need to Know:

  • Why do you want to be a doctor – it will be addressed.
  • What your strengths and weaknesses are and how you deal with them.
  • Know about the school and their programs and what that means to you.


Types of questions you will be asked

  1. The Minister of Health has just said that Canada’s health care is ‘middle of the road’. Where do you see this going in the next 5 years?
  2. Explain a time you worked as a member of a successful project and how you contributed (You can use any example – school, social, etc., just keep your answer professional as you explain the effects of your contribution)
  3. A man has been responsible for taking care of his wife who has been in a vegetative state for 6 years after a car accident. She can breathe on her own but that is the extent of her abilities. He requests that her feeding tube be removed. What should you, as her physician do? Why?
  4. Two patients need a liver transplant, but there is only one liver available at the time. Tell the interviewer how you would decide between:
    a) a 64-year old retired politician who happens to be an alcoholic, or
    b) a 26-year old mother of three who is on welfare.


Of the hundreds of applicants to every medical school, only 10% will be interviewed and of these only another 10% will be accepted.

You need to prepare not only to have the answers but to stand out in the memory of the people you interact with during this process. It will be another year until you are able to apply again – don’t make the mistake of not taking this process seriously.

For coaching through the MMI process contact Career

The Importance of Behavioural Questions in an Interview


Interviewers from the top medical schools are responsible for getting the very best students into their program. This does not just mean the students with the highest marks, although only the top ranked students will be called in for an interview opportunity. What the schools are looking for are people who will complete the course and go on as representatives of the school that they have graduated from. The way in which interviewers can attempt to tell who will succeed in their program and who may not is through Behavioural Questions. This type of questioning will assess how you will perform in the future based on how you performed in the past.

Interviewers who ask behaviour descriptive questions are not interested in how you usually respond or might respond in the future. They want to know what you actually did. It’s important that you recall the situation you’re describing clearly and concisely and that your story reflects well on you as a potential employee.

Behaviour-descriptive questions help an interviewer assess how you will handle conditions you will likely encounter in a medical

career. For example, if the work requires good decision-making skills, the interviewer may ask you to describe a situation where you

had to choose between two strong options. The interviewer may follow up with specific questions about how you handled the

situation and what happened as a result of your actions.

Think of several situations in which you have used the skills that medicine requires (e.g. leadership skills, problem-solving skills,

communication skills). Choose situations where your actions contributed to a positive outcome. These situations do not have to be work-related—they could involve leisure activities, volunteer work or school projects.

Practise answering questions such as:
Why do you want to be a doctor?
What world event in the past decade made an impact on you and why?
What would people say about you as a doctor at the end of your career?
Describe how you dealt with an issue involving religion/beliefs.
How have you dealt with a challenging problem?
Tell about a time when you went above and beyond the call of duty.

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the Career Council Launches New Website


We want to give you more information and more links to help you in your quest to be the best candidate you can be at your Medical School Interview. Check out our links to each university and how they deal with the MMI process of interviewing. Find out about the Atlantic Bridge Program and how you can leave high school and go directly into Medical school in Ireland cutting your school time down drastically and achieving the same outcome. The Career Council coaches for all interviews types including panel and the Multiple Mini Interview and for all disciplines from medical doctors to midwives to Resident and Consultants.