March 13, 2018
What Is The Modified Personal Interview (MPI)?
Modified Personal Interview, MPI for Medical School
The Modified Personal Interview (MPI) is an interview format that was first used by the University of Toronto School of Medicine in admissions to medical school during the 2013-2013 application cycle. 2014. The objective of the interview is to allow interviewers to learn about the different aspects of the candidate’s character and background, as well as to assess the skills required for admission to medical school. The interviewers will ask questions designed to discover who you are as a person and how you will behave, as a medical student and as a doctor.
The MPI consists of a few successive interview stations, interspersed with short breaks. Each station involves a brief interaction (approximately 12 minutes) with a single interviewer and each one focuses on evaluating the specific characteristics of the candidate. The interview, which includes the four interviews and breaks, takes about an hour.
What Kind Of Questions Should I Wait?
Despite the rotation component of the MPI interview format, candidates can expect questions of a similar nature to panel-based interview formats. While it is difficult to predict the specific questions that will be asked, issues related to your personal experiences may occur, including academic, professional and extracurricular experiences.
In some stations, you may be asked questions related to your written request so that the interviewer can obtain more information about your background. In these stations, the interviewer can have their application in front of you and choose to focus on some of the experiences listed.
In other stations, the interviewer can ask questions that assess the skills of the candidates in the following areas:
- ethical decision making
- communication / teamwork skills
- ability to defend
- current health problems in Canada
- In these stations, do your best to use your personal experiences to articulate your thoughts where you want them.
Candidates can also expect questions about their motivation to seek medicine and their desire to attend the specific medical school they are interviewing.
How To Prepare For The Unique Style Of MPI
The unique style of MPI requires advanced preparation and planning. Here are some specific suggestions to help you maximize your chances of success.
Have a good understanding of the elements of your autobiographical sketch, as well as how each element relates to the various qualities and attributes necessary to be successful in the medical profession (eg, Teamwork, compassion, maturity, integrity and self-learning).
It may be useful to complete a chart that lists each element of your sketch and, along with it, the key attributes necessary for the medical success you developed in this experiment. Be sure to include the specific challenges you have faced and the steps you have taken to address them, demonstrating how each attribute it has. This exercise is particularly useful in the preparation of an MPI, since you can be asked descriptive behavioral questions (questions that ask how you dealt with past experiences that you may encounter again when you enter the profession) into an MPI.
Here is an example of a descriptive behavior question: “Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult problem.” It can be very useful to have thought about work and life experiences that show how you, for example, deal with criticism, adapt to a new environment, cooperate with others or lead a group.
Familiarize yourself with recent ethical issues in medicine, particularly those relevant to the Canadian health system. Try to understand what it is that makes these issues controversial, and the merits of each of the different conflicting points of view on the subject. On the day of the interview, do not forget to approach the problems and the ethical scenarios from different angles and in the most balanced way possible.
Have two to three interesting questions about the medical program prepared. The extra time in each MPI station can be attributed to the candidates’ questions in the field, and having some of them ready will create a good impression.
Make the most of the conversational nature of the interview. Although the interviewers may have briefly read the material of their application, they are not experts in their experiences (but they are!). Take the opportunity to draw attention to the elements of your sketch or past experiences when relevant to the topic being discussed. Researchers may have reviewed their documents, but they may have missed significant experiences in their journey to medicine. Taking the initiative to gather relevant experiences will help you stand out from other candidates.