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~ An in-depth and personalised coaching for entry into Medical degrees - MMI, MSA, and Panel Interviews ~
What is AMIET?
The first of its kind in Australia, the National Institute of Education (NIE) launched its Advanced Medical Interview Entry Training (AMIET) program in 2019, a preeminent and personally-tailored, psychologically sound, research-based program for developing aspiring doctors and helping them gain entry into medical schools.
To put together this program, NIE educational consultants have joined forces with psychological scientists, presentation coaches, medical professionals, psychological consultants and university medical program admissions specialists to create a four-part training program that is as thorough as it is unique.
Available Online or In Person
The AMIET 12-hour program can be booked in full (as four separate 3-hour sessions, and receive the training via Skype or Zoom, or in-person near Gold Coast, Australia. Students can also choose to attend a mixture of session formats, such as enjoying three online sessions, and then having their final session on location, should there be booking available.
Luan Williams is the renowned AMIET program coach. See Luan's Profile.
University Advanced Medical Interview Entry Training (AMIET) Program
3 hours (online or in-person)
3 hours (online or in-person)
Deep Strategic Training
3 hours (online or in-person)
Personalised Skill Development
3 hours (online or in-person)
Fully Simulated Mock Interview Pairing
Your training will also include the following complimentary resources which will be sent to you by mail. Please note, the following inclusions are complementary and are non-deductible from the cost of the training.
- Advanced Communication Skills workbook by Luan Williams
- Interview Techniques Textbook by NIE
Sessions are jam-packed with information, industry secrets, personal analysis, mock interview practice, re-enactments, and personalised self-development activities – and the ratios of these parts are decided on a per-client basis, depending on the student’s strengths and weaknesses.
The AMIET Program is an intensively designed immersive learning experience and is encouraged to be experienced over a two-week period. It can be carried out to prepare for this year’s intake or it can be taken over a longer period of time to prepare for next year. It’s never too early to start! It is not advised to complete the program in anything less than a three-day period.
Qualified Psychological Tuition for High-Achieving & Gifted Students
Each AMIET Program is run by a qualified Psychological Consultant who specialises in medical entry programs and high-achieving / gifted & talented students. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn about yourself in detail, prepare yourself for a bright and challenging medical future, and to focus with laser clarity on passing your medical university admission interviews.
The final results of your preparation are in your own hands as an applicant, yet joining the tailored AMIET Program will be will give you the best chances of success. Personalised psychological preparation and practice is designed to bring out a side of every applicant that they never knew they had. Strengths are enhanced, weaknesses are neutralised or lessened, and strategic reasoning takes on a new level of profound awareness.
The same skill-sets that is learnt during this insightful journey are the same skills that will serve you so well during your medical degree. The most tried and tested parts of this program have been garnering successful results from medical interview applicants for years via NIE’s panel of experienced educational specialists. Reports are that this type of socio-emotional and behavioural training not only increases the efficacy of interview preparation but also leads to extra resilience, foresight, and aptitude during one’s whole medical school career.
Advanced Training for Medical Interviews
“I wish I had gotten interview training last year. I actually thought I had done well in my MMI at the time. I had answers, and I felt ok, yet I didn’t get an offer. Now I understand that I answered the questions they were asking on the surface, but I didn’t communicate any of the information that I really needed to. I feel pretty silly…”
The AMIET is catered to specific universities and is run differently for each individual applicant, although a breakdown of the general approach can be helpful for applicants to decide whether they would like to experience the whole suite of sessions included in the training program.
A typical AMIET Program is outlined below.
Student Review (Session 1)
- Session 1 (3 hours): STUDENT REVIEW. A review of the student and their history, accomplishments and psychological profile. This is followed by an exploration of the process, and context, of tests and University Medical Interviews. A surface examination of the marking criteria for medical interviews, using mock interview questions to gather personal information and create future program structures and activities. These activities are prioritised over sessions 1 and 3, with the areas requiring the most homework addressed first up. Mock interview questions, discussion and personalised activities are designed to include the development of:
- public speaking techniques
- lucid thought-to-speech (the connection between the mind and the mouth)
- strategic interjections of accomplishments
- relevancy of personal experiences
- answering structures (intro, body, conclusion)
- understanding the ‘underbelly’ of questions asked
- techniques for dealing with time and social pressure
- and many other personalised areas necessary for success during the entry process.
One of the most confronting yet valuable parts of Session 1 is the component that covers ‘How People See You’. It is often the truth that we do not know how others gauge us, and our most loved ones are also not the best judges of this. For example, when you answer questions, do you come across as contrived? Overly-academic? Friendly? Secretive? Unemotive? Calculating? Genuine? Manipulative? Single-minded? Socially versatile? Tactless? Motivated? Biased? Or do you change, depending on the subject matter? Past students have often found this part of interview training to be very valuable as something that helps them understand themselves and others better, long into their academic journeys.
Homework is set to enable full development of a suite of skills, starting with the most important – that is, anything the student is doing that will ‘red-flag’ their interview or their psychometric test. Personal development of areas that will increase scores are also tackled. And training furthermore takes into account the skills that will help the student most leading into their psychometrics, as learning is scaffolded throughout sessions, depending on a student’s ability to handle the cognitive load.
Disclaimer: If there is not too much time left for the student before testing or interviews, the setting of homework tasks and personal tasks targeting improvement may be limited. The Psychological Consultant issues the tasks at their own discretion based on how delicate the confidence of the student is, and how much time is available to fit all the tasks prior to the interview. Confidence on ‘the big day’ is a number one priority.
Deep Strategic Training (Session 2)
- Session 2 (3 hours): DEEP STRATEGIC TRAINING.
In-depth timeline exploration, values alignment and mental modelling to prepare for categories of questions paired with an applicant's personal learning mode and best presentation style (capitalising on the triad of likability, memorability, trustworthiness, and structured around meeting university-specific criteria)
The training is broken up into a mixture of different areas, as per the individual needs of the student.
- timeline of past relevant experiences
- future pacing into study and medical practice
- use of particular words as per student's individual style
- strategies for dealing with scenarios
- immersive actor scenario tactics (when relevant)
- communication of mental models (and knowing how to recognise when you are being asked to supply one)
- answering when shocked
- step-by-step exploration of criteria
Homework is also issued for any particular areas of improvement in strategic development that the student reveals themselves to be lacking in by the session's end.
Personalised Skill Development (Session 3)
- Session 3 (3 hours): PERSONALISED SKILL DEVELOPMENT. This follow-up section of interview-based training is a continuation from Session 1 and the homework tasks that were issued. These tasks allow the Psychological Consultant to reach a higher level of analysis when it comes to how the student may react under pressure, and also allow the AMIET Program to progress onto mock interview questions that cover areas the student may not have known about in sufficient detail previously.
Part of earlier sessions of the AMIET Program deals with students gaining valuable experiences that might be missing from their presentation – and although these experiences may just take 30 minutes to gain, they then need to be practiced and referenced back to during Mock Interview. This is broached and practiced in Session 3.
Mock interview questions are tailored off past questions and off those that allow a student to demonstrate areas of new proficiency. After students have completed homework issued during Sessions 1 and 2, it’s time to look at hard questions relating to the Medical Interviews at various universities, such as:
- Have you been practising ‘bad’ interview questions?
- Do you now have the ability to ‘spot’ which personality traits each question is really addressing?
- Can you match questions with criteria?
- Are you communicating the best you (including accomplishments, experiences, intimate thoughts, and themes)?
- Have you short-wired your anxiety?
- Are you showing a viable trajectory, from past to future points of emphasis?
- Have you used the prior training to enhance your likability, memorability and trustworthiness?
- How do you respond to a wide variety of question materials that may be broached?
- When is overconfidence read as ‘not caring’?
- Are you now up-to-scratch with crucial areas of knowledge – where lack of tactful and objective information on hand will reveal your innate biases?
- Have you worked through any presentation or thought-process problems?
- Do you have a firm grip on relevant vs non-relevant life examples?
- Can you set yourself aside from the pack by offering the Institution what they really desire?
- And most importantly, do you feel confident and valuable?
Homework tasks set after Session 3 are completely personalised and dependant on the calibre, quirks and most lovable traits to be enhanced in the student involved. Each intimate journey towards interview preparedness is different.
A typical example of Session 3 homework involves being issued questions that are tailored towards that student’s biggest weaknesses and strengths. The student is instructed to stick the papers onto one side of a simulated ‘interview booth’ door in their home. They are instructed to read each question for 120 seconds and go through the specific thought processes that have been designed for them to overcome their own personal difficulties. This activity encourages a student to bring home their teachings, as well as enabling excitement by anchoring those teachings to the physical motion of opening a door to opportunity. Some students require a step-by-step, criteria-led thought process. Others require mental checklists, visualisations, confidence exercises, mental simulations, or a combination of these tactics to ensure that they enter each MMI booth armed with all the sharpest tools at their disposal.
Fully Simulated Mock Interview Pairing (Session 4)
- Session 4 (3 hours): FULLY SIMULATED MOCK INTERVIEW PAIRING. Although mock interviews and scaffolded learning questions have been practiced at all stages prior to Session 4, this session is different.
Students are expected to attend their online (or in-person) training session in full interview attire, and having taken into account all the preparatory facets of presentation, demeanour, self-care and personal strategies that have previously been discussed.
Program participants are advised to be well-rested prior to the session, as two Mock Interviews are covered – with the first followed by an in-depth critical review that serves as a reminder of all areas covered in training, and which also challenges students to the most difficult types of questions that they can expect. This allows the Psychological Consultant to test the extreme bounds of the student’s capabilities and understanding, and it additionally ensures a last opportunity to offer specific advice should the most challenging materials arise. Although a student may only expect a limited number of very challenging booths at their real MMI (depending on what they personally find most challenging), it is safest to be prepared for the ‘very worst’ you might be thrown on the day.
“I failed my MMI last year and decided to ask NIE to help me this year. I never would have guessed that preparing the wrong way could have been so detrimental before. Last year, I used my ‘Why I want to be a doctor’ answer up as soon as I entered the booth. By the time I was asked a similar question, I was all used up. I froze… I knew I was making it worse, and then my negative thoughts took over and it was all downhill. I lost my confidence in every booth. This year I am making sure none of that will happen to me again!”
The second and last full mock interview is more standard, an immersive experience based on what the student will most likely experience. This allows the student to feel the confidence and elation of a successful Interview simulated experience, after the earlier mock that attends to the subconscious fear of handling questions outside of one’s skill set. This approach has been found to be tiring however practical, safe, enlightening and confidence-enhancing.
This session can be summarised as including:
- Extreme Mock Interview – containing the hardest types of Questions that could be asked
- In-depth interview critical review
- Full Mock Interview – standard difficulty
- Final tips and tricks
One 3-hour session for Medical Interview Training - $759 (includes complimentary Interview Techniques Book)
AMIET - 12 hours of personalised training for Psychometric Testing and University Medical Interviews - $2749 (saving of $350. Includes complimentary Interview Techniques Book, and Advanced Interview Training Workbook).