What to Expect During a Medical School Multiple Mini Interview

by Jessica Freedman, U.S. News & World Report


The multiple mini interview, or MMI, is becoming increasingly more common at medical schools in the U.S.  This year, my company has seen MMIs used at nearly 30 allopathic medical schools in the U.S., rather than traditional one-on-one interviews. We’ve also seen a few osteopathic medical schools also adopt the MMI model.

Some students are terrified of the MMI. However, after experiencing it, many realize the format is appealing.

In the traditional interview, an interviewer will typically judge an applicant very quickly and this creates a “halo effect” that affects how that applicant is evaluated and perceived throughout the interview. The MMI is a scenario-based interview developed by McMaster University in Toronto, decreases this halo effect and often better assesses an applicant’s personal qualities and characteristics.