Increasing Use Of Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) May Enhance Racial/Ethnic Diversity Among Entering Medical Students

multiple-mini-interview  Different approaches to identify and assess personal competencies in the admissions process for medical schools have been examined. GPAs and MCAT scores along with letters of evaluation and autobiographical assessment constitute the traditional measures of academic competencies. These measures have limitations and tend to lower the proportion of underrepresented in medicine (URIM) students in the entering class composition. Such limitations have prompted several medical schools to adopt the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) to increase the reliability and predictive validity of the interview process. This single-institution multiyear cohort study is the only report from a U.S. medical school that shows that, unlike MCAT or GPA, the MMI performance exhibited no statistically significant difference between URIM and non-URIM groups. The findings suggest that increasing use of MMI scores in admission decisions may enhance ethnic diversity among entering medical students. -Sangita Phadtare, Ph.D., Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Terregino CA, McConnell M, Reiter HI. The Effect of Differential Weighting of Academics, Experiences, and Competencies Measured by Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) on Race and Ethnicity of Cohorts Accepted to One Medical School.
Acad Med. 2015

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