Has your college started using MMI as part of the application process? The MMI process is when groups of selected students meet with 9 to 12 interviewers to discuss various situational topics. By using multiple interviewers, it eliminates random bias and gives applicants a better probability of being accurately judged. These benefits of the MMI process are just a few of the many benefits that can come from using this process.
Virginia Tech Carilion was in an article in the NY Times as one of the most recent schools to use the MMI process, along with eight medical schools in the United States and thirteen in Canada. These schools will commonly use MMI in addition to MCAT scores, applications, and essays. The purpose of MMI is to see how well candidates communicate, problem solve, and work in teams. These qualities and attributes in a student are extremely important in the medical world where establishing trust with your colleagues and patients is vital. Many people in the medical field are ‘book smart’ and qualified academically, but some may fall short when it comes to basic communication, social skills, and the ability to work in a team.
Over 100 of the nation’s medical schools still rely on MCATs and applications to accurately judge whether the applicant is a correct match for their school. Without checking for proper communication skills, the applicant may only be partially qualified. Can you imagine a doctor or surgeon performing the wrong medical operation on a patient simply due to miscommunication? It happens much more than you may think. A New York study by the Joint Commission found minimal communication to be among the leading causes of medical errors, which cause as many as 98,000 deaths each year. This shocking statistic helps to confirm that screening applicants for essential qualities and skills needed in the medical field is a must!
To view the entire article, please view New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test from the NY Times.