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Aspiring doctors given mock Medical School interviews

Science students hoping to become Medics were given a day of training at Havering Sixth Form in preparation for the rigorous application process for Medical Schools, including the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).

Ten students took part in the day and were given a virtual presentation delivered by the University of Leicester and then a practical mock MMI session, organised by the college’s CUBE (Careers, University, Business and Employment) staff.

The MMI is an interview format that uses many short independent assessments, usually in a timed circuit, to assess a candidate’s soft skills, such as communication, social skills, emotional intelligence, professionalism and ethical or moral judgments.

Students were given hints and tips on what the interviewers would be looking for, as well as dos and don’ts and suggestions on how to become more confident in expressing their answers.

Chemistry tutor and Medics Leader Gursewa Harrad said: “The Medical School interviews are obviously quite a daunting prospect for students, so for them to get this training from the experts gives them reassurance and more confidence.

“It is important because quite often, although they may know the answers and what to say, it is how they say it that is so important.”

CUBE Manager Kirsten Witchalls said that the students told her they had found it really insightful and felt that it really emphasised the need for them to be prepared and research all aspects of Medicine.