March 13, 2018
McMaster University Medical School Interview – Preparing For The MMI
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McMaster has always been an innovator in the field of medical education. The Mini-Multiple Interview, or MMI, is an example of how McMaster approached an accepted process, such as the traditional interview, and revolutionized it. The McMaster researchers assumed that increasing the number of meetings for each candidate interviewed would lead to a more reliable evaluation of the individual. This turned out to be exactly the case. MMI increases the overall reliability of the interview by judging the merits of an applicant. It also dilutes the effect of a single distorted representation on the part of an applicant in an interaction. Launched at McMaster in 2002, MMI has been adopted at other schools in Canada, the United States and around the world.
What Can I Expect From An MMI?
During MMI, candidates will move between the interview “stations” in a circuit of 10 stations. Each station lasts eight minutes and there is a two minute break between each of them. In each station, the candidates will interact or be observed by a single evaluator. The stations address a variety of problems including communication, collaboration, ethics, health policy, critical thinking, knowledge of Canadian health problems and personal adequacy. The candidates are not evaluated in their scientific knowledge.
Accommodation For Interview (MMI)
Applicants who require an accommodation for a disability documented for MMI must notify the Admissions Office in writing at least one month before the date of the first interview. Complete documentation must be provided to support the request.
Preparation Of An MMI
There is no single way to prepare for this interview format, given the range of questions (many of which will not be related to health and medicine), but we strongly recommend monitoring what is happening in health and ethics related problems these days.
Do the same preparation for more traditional interviews and review the McMaster Training Manual for multiple mini interviews.
If the school provides you with examples of MMI questions in advance, use them! You will be asked different questions when the time comes, but you can use sample questions (you can even do some) to train it and generate a conscientious and consistent response in a limited time. Have fun with that.
The examples of MMI scenarios can be found simply by Google. However, keep in mind that these scenarios may be very different from the ones you will receive during your MMI. It is good to have a general sense from these examples.
Have a friend or family member participate. Create a scenario in which they are the actor. Play the questions you can ask or what approaches you could take in your situation.
The scenarios may or may not be medically related, but most likely have at least some scenarios that introduce ethics. Make sure you are updated with current events. Read OP Ed’s pieces in places like the New York Times about health-related topics, as well as general articles in the news.
Familiarize yourself with the different aspects of current problems.
Give yourself the timed scenarios, so you can get used to thinking about your feet and moving on.
Get ready and be a player. Take it seriously, but you should know that you can only prepare for it. Arrive. Be present and be Prepared to jump in.