The simple secret to conquering the MMI and getting into medical school
From start to finish, applying to medical school is a stressful process—but there’s nothing that makes an applicant’s blood run cold quite as much as the prospect of an MMI. Why? Because the MMI – or multiple mini-interview – is all about facing the unknown. Preparing for this particular test has nothing to do with memorizing data or understanding procedure. It’s about personality, composure, and confidence. In short, to succeed in the MMI, you have to be able to put your best self forward.
So how do you prepare for something like that?
When Dr. Leah Feldman was applying for medical school, she asked herself that same question. “I was self-conscious as a kid, and wasn’t confident enough to go looking for a mentor.” Luckily, though, she was able to connect with a physician who had been through the process themselves, and who was able to coach her through her weaknesses. The mentorship worked. “Walking through the MMI without being nervous was a big deal. I know that the reason I got in was because I was relaxed and was not afraid of being myself.”
Leah realized that she wouldn’t have succeeded without the very personalized, focused support she had received. “When I got into medical school, I felt a new sense of strength and felt proud of who I am. I wanted to make others feel the same way.” So she began giving talks about her experience at pre-med events, and encouraging other students to do what she had done: seek out a mentor and practice until they were comfortable being themselves.
She quickly found that there was a huge desire for students wanting to connect with mentors.
This was how MedCoach was born.
The service, which Leah runs with her husband and business partner Roy Greenberg, connects students with med students who have been through the application process, giving them access to the firsthand experiences of someone who has succeeded, and, ultimately, giving them the confidence to feel comfortable with the process. “MedCoach teaches students not just how to get into med school,” Leah says, “but how to be their best self – a better, stronger person – and that has benefitted our students beyond just the application process.”
When you believe that you can do it, you’re much more likely to succeed than if you think you can’t.
It all starts with a foundational belief that every prospective med school student has the potential to give excellent answers, write great essays, and ace interviews. What MedCoach’s unique style of peer-to-peer coaching does is unlock that potential.
The personal connection between the coach and the student is what makes MedCoach special. “The best coaches are those who inspire, get excited, and are passionate about helping others succeed,” says Roy.
Unlike other interview coaching services, MedCoach puts the power into the hands of its students. Students aren’t assigned a mentor, but rather get to browse through the entire network of coaches, read about their background and accomplishments, so that they can find someone whose experiences align best with their own goals. “Transparency is very important to us,” Roy says. “We want students to have options: who to meet, when to meet, and how to meet.”
This service-oriented approach sets MedCoach apart. While Leah and Roy knew they’d need to charge for the service in order to make it sustainable, they wanted to make sure that a portion of the profits was directed back towards the medical community. “We are proud to have a give-back mentality,” Roy says. “Ultimately, we want to make it as affordable as possible. We don’t want students to be in a situation where they can’t get the help when they need it.”
The success of the network over the past several years continues to drive Leah and Roy—they have seen a large cohort of students who have gotten into med school with help from MedCoach and they’ve watched those same students return to become coaches. That sort of continuity is proof of how much the service has meant to those who have used it. Leah says: “We have residents who are working in hospitals, now, and helping med students, paying it forward, helping others get where they want to go.”
When it comes to getting accepted into med school, there’s no silver bullet. But knowing that you’ve done everything you can do to prepare—not just in terms of test scores and application forms, but in fortifying your confidence and learning how to be the best version of yourself – can make a huge difference. And this is exactly what MedCoach imparts on their students.
Dr. Leah Feldman & Roy Greenberg
Leah is a family physician and Roy is a CPA, CA. They are the co-founders of MedCoach, business partners, and husband and wife. They love what they do, and even more so they strive to never stop growing and help others do the same. Leah & Roy love to travel, fish, play video games and are always open to trying new adventures!
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