Breaking bad news in a multiple mini interview: advice from an admissions dean
These stations are a test of your honesty and integrity, not your acting skills
- By: Angela Kubacki
This scenario is an example of a common situation that you might face at one of your multiple mini interview stations at a medical school interview. In this article I provide some general advice on how you can approach a multiple mini interview station where you have to communicate some bad news to an actor.
Contrary to popular belief, multiple mini interview scenarios like the one above are not testing your ability to break bad news to patients nor your acting skills. We are not looking for an Oscar winning performance or an accomplished clinical approach (advanced skills for breaking bad news are not taught until the final year at St George’s). What these types of stations are testing is how you deal with uncertainty,1 as well as how you show respect, insight, integrity, and compassion. These qualities are integral to the duties of a doctor registered with the General