• Thomas Kelly

MMI Detech - This Isn't Rocket Science!

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One Step At A Time

Detechnicalisation stations or "detech stations" are extremely common in most MMI's. The best way to approach these stations is to practice, practice and practice some more.

Make sure you read to the bottom, we have em,bedded a couple of great video examples of Detech from WIRED.

It won't be easy at the start but you'll become more proficient at explaining things to people the more you practice. Start by taking both basic and complex medical terms and procedures and learn to 'detech' them and try to explain them to a child or an adult who isn't familiar with these terms.

Who Doesn't Love A Good Example

You could start off with something in the basic sciences such as an atom, glucose or photosynthesis. If you feel that you are becoming more proficient, move onto some basic medical terms such as vaccinations. An example is given below:

Explain in simple terms, what is a cell?

A cell is the most basic form of life. You can think of it like a brick in a building. It can be grouped together to form larger and more complex things such as a human or tree, just like bricks can be stacked in different ways to build a house, an oven or an apartment. Depending on the age you could also use Lego as an analogy, ie: a cell can be thought of as a piece of Lego. A single piece of Lego is the most basic piece and it can't be broken down further. When you put many pieces of Lego together it becomes something bigger and more crazy things such as a building, a car or the Millennium Falcon.

Other Tips & Tricks

Try to use analogies that the person you are explaining will understand. So for a child try characters from TV shows or cartoons that they are familiar with. If you have the opportunity to draw pictures in the scenario to get your point across then you should go for it as it is often easier to explain in pictures and more often than not these are the best answers.

You should always ask questions, constantly testing their understanding at different key points.

Explaining and translating complex medical and technical jargon into everyday language will allow you to create trust and rapport with your patient as they will most likely not be well versed in medical terms. So get practising because being good at this will help you both as a doctor and in your interview too.


In this example, a biologist explains CRISPR at 5 different levels.

In this example, a biologist explains Neurology at 5 different levels.


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