Applicant Interviews

Multiple Mini Interviews

What is the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?

Applicants rotate through a series of timed, mini-interviews or stations during which you will meet individually with an evaluator.

Why is the School of Medicine using this format?

The medical school admissions process uses a holistic process to assess applicants. MMI is an important tool to help the Admissions Committee gather information about the important characteristics physicians need to work effectively with patients and members of the health care team. These include communication skills, ethics and integrity, professionalism, and problem-solving skills. Research has also shown that MMI is a good predictor of clinical performance and abilities in medical students. It is a more fair process for applicants, giving each applicant multiple opportunities to excel when rated by nine evaluators, than just two interviewers.

How long does each station last?

Applicants will participate in each MMI station for seven minutes. Students are informed when time is up. There will be a one-minute break between stations.

How long does the entire MMI process last?

The MMI itself, including all stations, lasts approximately 90 minutes. All applicants invited to interview should plan to spend most of an entire day on campus for the Applicant Interview Day.

Where do the MMI's take place?

School of Medicine MMI's will take place in the School of Medicine's standardized patient training rooms.

What will I be asked?

Before each station, students will have one to two minutes to read that station's "question" for the question, scenario, or interaction. One station will be a "pathway" station (i.e., "Why do you want to be a physician?"), while others will include an interaction with an actor, scenario based questions and your views on hypothetical situations. Each station is designed to assess applicant communication skills, ability to solve problems and think critically, and ethics and integrity.

What information do I need to know?

MMI is not designed to assess your scientific or clinical knowledge.

How can I prepare for this type of interview?

It is not recommended that you try to prepare for specific MMI questions. Your time is best spent learning how to discuss your thoughts and ideas in a brief timeframe so you can provide the most logical and thorough answers at each station. Recording your answers can help you improve your performance. There are also MMI videos available on YouTube which may help you prepare in a general way for the format.