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Interviews

We have decided to continue with virtual interviews for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Multiple Mini InterviewsMMI

Invited applicants will experience the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) style of interview. Applicants will virtually participate in a circuit of eight independent short interview stations. They review a scenario for two minutes and then discuss the scenario with a rater for six minutes. The applicant is then virtually moved to the next station with a new scenario and a new rater. The raters provide 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.

Check out the New York Times article highlighting the power of the MMI and learn more about the process. 

Interviews are by invitation of the Admissions Committee only. Applicants will be able to select their preferred interview time via the PeopleSoft system following receipt of an interview invitation. PURCH Track and MD/PhD applicants will select from a bundle of interview options as there are separate interviews for PURCH and MD/PhD applicants. If an MD/PhD applicant is also applying to the PURCH track, that applicant will be selecting a bundle with three separate interviews.

Applicants will be provided access to orientation videos outlining the MMI, our admissions process, curriculum and financial aid prior to their interview date. Opportunities to meet our current medical students will also be available and details and access to any virtual sessions will be accessible within PeopleSoft. 

Due to the complex nature of the MMI, if an applicant arrives late or misses the start of the interviews, they will need to connect with our interview coordinator to see if we can reschedule the interview. A sample scenario is below.

 

MMI Scenario Example

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.