MMI Sample Questions for the Interview

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MMI Sample Questions: Practice MMI Questions Bank

Who is this for?

The following is for students who request a professional health-related program that requires a mini-multiple interview as part of their admission process. The MMI sample questions below are for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, nursing, etc.

First thing’s first!

Before moving on to the sample questions, it is important to mention that sample questions are only effective if:

1. You time yourself and use the questions in a simulation of multiple realistic mini interviews (MMI SIM), and

2. You get expert opinions about your performance so you can identify your mistakes and learn from them long before your actual interview.

MMI Sample Questions:

1. A 14-year-old patient asks for contraceptive pills and asks you not to tell her parents. What would you do?

2. A member of your family decides to rely solely on alternative medicine to treat your critical illness. What would you do?

3. If you have the option to transplant a successful elderly member of the community and a 20-year-old addict, how do you choose?

4. An eighteen-year-old woman arrives in the emergency room with a deep nosebleed. You are the doctor and stopped the bleeding. She is now in a coma of blood loss and will die without transfusion. A nurse finds a map recently signed by the Jehovah’s Witness Church in the patient’s bag rejecting blood transfusions under any circumstances. What would you do?

5. Your local pediatric association recommended that circumcisions “not be performed regularly.” They base this recommendation on their conclusion that “the benefits have not been shown to clearly outweigh the risks and costs”. Doctors have no obligation to refer or provide circumcision, but many do so even when they are clearly not medically necessary. BC Medicare no longer pays useless circumcisions. Consider the ethical problems that exist in this case. Discuss these problems with the interviewer.

6. A biotechnology company has been hired by the military to develop a cure for the Ebola virus. They have successfully developed a vaccine to treat the symptoms of the virus and have reduced the mortality rate of infected patients. Discuss the implications of this on a global scale.

7. Your mother calls you and asks you to help with an important family decision. His maternal grandfather is 70 years old and has been diagnosed with an illness that will kill him in the next five years. You may have a procedure that corrects the disease and does not leave you with long-term problems, but the procedure has a 10% mortality rate. He wants to have the procedure, but your mother does not want it. How would you help solve this problem?

8. You are a genetic counselor. One of her clients, Linda, had a child with a genetic defect that may have a high risk of recurrence, which means that subsequent pregnancies are likely to be affected by the same defect. You offered genetic tests to Linda, her husband and her son to learn more about their illness, and they all agreed. The result showed that neither Linda nor her husband carried the mutation, while the child inherited the mutation on a paternal chromosome that did not come from Linda’s husband. In other words, the biological father of the child is another person, who does not know that he is carrying the mutation. You suspect that Linda and her husband are aware of this nonpaternity. How would you share the results of this DNA analysis with Linda and her family? What principles and who should you consider in this case?

9. A woman enters the emergency room with stomach pain. She undergoes a computed tomography scan and is diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The doctors inform him that the only way to solve the problem is surgically, and that the chances of survival are approximately 50/50. They also inform her that time is essential, and that if the aneurysm bursts, she would be dead in a few minutes. The woman is an exotic dancer who worries that the surgery leaves a scar that will negatively affect her work; therefore, she rejects any surgical treatment. Even after a lot of pressure from the doctors, he categorically rejects the surgery. Feeling that the woman is not in her right mind and knowing that time is essential, the surgeons decide to perform the procedure without consent. They anesthetize and surgically repair the aneurysm. She survives and claims the hospital for millions of dollars. Do you think that the actions of the doctor can be justified in some way? Is it still fair to take someone’s autonomy?

10. You are a general practitioner and a mother enters your office with your child who complains of symptoms similar to the flu. Upon entering the room, you ask the child to take off his shirt and notice a pattern of bruises on the child’s chest. You ask the mother where the bruises come from, and she tells you that they are from a procedure she performed with him known as “cao gio,” which is also known as “hitting.” The procedure involves rubbing hot oils or gels on a person’s skin with a coin or other flat metal object. The mother explains that cao gio is used to elevate bad blood and improve circulation and healing. When you touch the boy’s back with your stethoscope, he grimaces with pain from bruises. You wonder if you should call child protection and inform the mother. When should a doctor intervene to stop a cultural practice? Should the doctor worry about alienating the mother and other members of her ethnic background from modern medicine?

11. A patient with Down syndrome became pregnant. The patient does not want an abortion. Her mother and husband want the patient to have an abortion. What should a doctor do in this situation?

12. A 12-year-old child is diagnosed with a terminal illness (eg, malignancy). He asked the doctor about his prognosis. His parents asked the doctor not to tell him the bad news. What should the doctor do in this situation?

13. A couple decided to have a child through artificial insemination. They asked the doctor to choose the sex of the child. What should a doctor advise in this situation?

14. A physician became sexually involved with a current patient who initiated or consented to contact. Is it ethical for a doctor to be sexually involved?

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15. A 17-year-old child lives independently. He is married and has a son. He wants to participate in a medical research study. Do you need your parents’ permission?

16. A doctor went on vacation for two weeks. He did not find another doctor to cover it. One of his patients with hypertension developed severe headaches. The patient has an appointment with the doctor upon his return from vacation. The patient did not look for another doctor and decided to wait. The patient collapses suddenly and is diagnosed with intracranial hemorrhage. Is the doctor responsible for this patient?

17. A schizophrenic patient of 40 years needs a hernia repair. The surgeon discussed the procedure with the patient who understood the procedure. Can the patient give consent?

18. A doctor detected a traffic accident on the street and took him to the emergency room in his car. I did not want to wait for an ambulance because the patient’s condition was critical. The physical examination in the emergency room reveals a quadriplegia. Is the doctor responsible for this consequence?

19. As a doctor at a local hospital, he notes that there is a man with an alcohol addiction who continues to use the hand sanitizer offered in hand sanitizers throughout the hospital. He is still not a patient in the hospital, but he has been several times in the past. Therefore, there is often no hand sanitizer for public use. What to do? Are you eliminating / changing the location of the hand sanitizer frames? Are you approaching?

20. An 18-year-old man is diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. He refuses the therapy and returns to the dormitory at the university. What should a doctor do in this situation?

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