Interviews

Interview invitations will be sent to selected applicants via their OAS accounts.

  • Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Sunday, February 7, 2021
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021

Virtual interviews for UBC MD Undergraduate Admissions follow the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format, where each applicant will rotate through 10 different interview stations followed by a timed writing station. All interviews and the writing station will be completed through the Online Application System (OAS) using Zoom integration.

In preparation for a virtual interview, we recommend you consider the following:

  • Find a private and quiet place to complete your virtual interview. There should be no other individuals present during your interview to listen to, document, or distract you from the interview process.
  • Consider what you will wear so that you appear in a professional manner. You do not need to wear a suit, but a degree of professionalism is expected.
  • Be aware of your background. While it is not always possible to control your space, it is advisable for you to consider trying a virtual background, or, if your computer is not able to manage this, make sure the area behind you is tidy and/or not distracting. This can mean angling your computer in such a way that a neutral background is showing, or putting up a sheet like a green screen. We encourage you to test this in advance of your interview and work with friends and family to find a solution that works best for your unique situation.
  • You are not permitted to record or document any portion of the virtual interview, this includes hand-written or digital documentation. Please be sure to remove your cellphone, smartwatch or other technologies from the room you are interviewing in. The only item you should have with you during the virtual interview is a water bottle.
  • We strongly suggest you fill and prepare a water bottle prior to the start of your interview cycle. There will not be time to leave your computer once the interview commences.
  • We recommend using the bathroom prior to the start of your interview cycle.
  • The stations are designed to be challenging, interesting and engaging so that applicants can demonstrate their communication and critical thinking skills, as well as their personality! Different stations may require the applicant to comment on a particular scenario, interact with a third Zoom participant, or respond to audio/video presentations, etc. In many cases there is no right or wrong answer.
  • The interviewer pool is diverse: MD Undergraduate Admissions has chosen clinicians, academics, community members and UBC 3rd & 4th year medical students from a variety of geographical areas across BC. They will also be connecting from their homes or secured office space, so you will be interacting with people in a range of settings.
  • Our online interview reservation system will allow you to schedule your own interview date and time. Once the interview reservation system closes you will not be able to modify your date or time. Please select your interview date and time wisely.
  • We will give further detailed information regarding the MMI in the information package we send to those invited for interview.

Interviewers do not discuss the performance of applicants amongst themselves and each station is scored independently.

We would prefer not to give advice about how to best prepare for the interview; however, it is important for you to know that it is unnecessary to pay a lot of money to preparatory organizations who claim to have “real” interview questions and scoring information. Be very wary of these claims. Many applicants, who do very well, practice or prepare on their own by reading different materials, searching for MMI information on the internet, and/or practicing with their friends. The UBC MMI is designed to see how you think on your feet, how you communicate what you believe when pondering ethical, moral and other dilemmas (which are not necessarily medically-related), and to explore who you are as a person. The best way for you to demonstrate these things during the interview is to be yourself, and answer honestly and thoughtfully. You do not need a specific formula, vocabulary, or medical knowledge to perform well in the interview. While many questions will be set broadly in a medical environment, not all questions will be, and you do not need to make the connection back to medicine unless the interviewer asks you to. As you are applying for medical school, we will expect you to have a basic understanding of the Canadian health care system, some awareness of contemporary issues, and knowledge about the career you are about to embark on. Show us who you are, what you are interested in, have fun and try to relax.