Multiple Mini Interviews

Beginning in the fall of 2013 the Office of Admissions will implement the multiple mini interview (MMI) for our medical school applicants. Applicants will participate in a circuit of eight independent short interview stations. They review a scenario for two minutes and then meet with a rater to discuss the scenario for six minutes. The applicant then moves to the next station and a new rater. The rater then provides an assessment of their interaction with the applicant. The station scenarios do not test or assess scientific knowledge but instead focus on issues such as communication, ethics, critical thinking, teamwork and opinions on health care issues.

Interviews are by invitation of the Admissions Committee and are arranged at a mutually convenient time. MD applicants interview on scheduled Tuesdays or Wednesdays and MD/PhD applicants interview on scheduled Fridays. Interviews are held on campus in the iCELS area of the Albert Sherman Center. Applicants will be advised of their check-in times. Applicants should plan on the day ending at approximately 5 p.m. Your interview day will include an orientation prior to your MMI, an overview of our admissions process and a curriculum and financial aid presentation. You will have the opportunity to meet some of our current medical students who will inform you of student life at UMMS and take you on a tour of our state of the art facilities.

Due to the complex nature of the MMI, if an applicant arrives late or misses the start of the interviews, they will have to return on another date to complete the MMI.

Directions and a campus map can be viewed here: Directions to UMMS

Example of a Scenario

Since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak most health care institutions have put into place rigid visitor policies that allow a limited number of visitors to visit patients and only during specified hours of the day. In many health care institutions, a common restriction has been a limit of two visitors at a time during a six hour period each day. Initially, staff and health care organizations were very satisfied with visitor policies. However, patients, families and patient advocates launched multiple complaints regarding the restrictive visitor policies.

Consider the viewpoints both supporting and opposing restrictive visitor policies and discuss these with the interviewer.