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Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI)

  • What is MMI?

    McMaster has always been an innovator in the field of medical education. The Multiple Mini-Interview, or MMI, is one example of how McMaster has approached an accepted process, like the traditional interview and revolutionized it. Researchers at McMaster hypothesized that increasing the number of encounters for each interviewed applicant would lead to a more reliable assessment of the individual. This proved to be exactly the case. The MMI increases the overall reliability of the interview in judging an applicant's merits. It also dilutes the effect of a single misrepresentative showing by an applicant in any one interaction. Pioneered at McMaster in 2002, the MMI has been adopted at other schools across both Canada, the United States and internationally.

  • What can I expect from an MMI?

    During the MMI, applicants will move between interview "stations" in a 10-station circuit. Each station lasts eight minutes and there is a two minute break between each one. At each station, applicants will interact with, or be observed by, a single rater. The stations deal with a variety of issues, which may include but are not limited to, communication, collaboration, ethics, health policy, critical thinking, awareness of society health issues in Canada and personal qualities. Applicants are not assessed on their scientific knowledge.

  • Accommodation for Interview (MMI)

    Any applicant requiring accommodation for a documented disability for the MMI must notify the Admissions Office in writing at least one month prior to the first interview date. Complete documentation must be provided to support the request.

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