The multiple mini interviews (MMI) is an interview process comprised of several short independent assessments, typically arranged in a timed circuit. The process results in an aggregate score of each candidate’s non-cognitive (“soft”) skills such as interpersonal skills, professionalism and moral judgment. Since its introduction in 2004, the MMI process has been adopted by medical, dental and pharmacy schools around the world. 

The MMI process


At the start of each mini interview rotation, a candidate receives a question/scenario and has a short period of time (typically one minute) to prepare an answer. Upon entering the interview room, the candidate has a short exchange with an assessor (usually about 5 minutes). In some cases, the assessor observes while an interaction takes place between a simulated patient and the candidate. At the end of each mini interview, the assessor evaluates the candidate’s performance on the activity against set criteria while the applicant moves to the next station. This pattern is repeated through a number of rotations (usually 10-15).  Some stations are designated as “rest stations” meaning that no interview takes place. The candidate is expected to sit quietly during that time. The duration of the entire interview is usually about 90 minutes (1 ½ hours). 

The interview scenarios are designed to test non-cognitive competencies which are key to medicine, such as: 

  • Communication Skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Empathy
  • Moral/ethical reasoning and decision making 

Although participants must relate to the scenario posed at each station, it is important to note that the MMI is not intended to test specific knowledge in the field. Instead, the assessors evaluate each candidate’s thought process and ability to think ‘on his or her feet’. As such, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions posed in an MMI, but each applicant should consider the question from a variety of perspectives. 

Applicants selected for the MMI stage of the admission process will be interviewed on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of February 2019.

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