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What is the MMI?

Developed by the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview system) is a proven system for reliably assessing the soft skills of candidates in the academic, public, and corporate sectors.

Prospecthr MMI provides turnkey solutions to successfully customize and implement the Multiple Mini Interview system ( MMI),  thus providing HR departments with an assessment process which has greater inter rater reliability and predictive validity for measuring soft skills.  These turnkey solutions are equally effective for all sectors, Corporate, Academic and Public.

Prospecthr MMI is a spin-out company from McMaster University’s de Groote School of Medicine. Prospecthr MMI acquired the MMI license from McMaster in 2008. Since then Prospecthr MMI has sold licenses to Tier 1 medical, pharmaceutical, dental and veterinary schools in Canada, the US, the Middle East, Europe, the Far East and to municipal government in Canada. Two of the McMaster founders of the Multiple Mini Interview system (MMI) are considered the acknowledged experts in the field of candidate screening and selection for medical schools and speak at international conferences on the topic and are actively engaged in the company.

In 2002, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University began developing the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) system, to address two widely recognized problems. First, it has been shown that traditional interview formats or simulations of educational situations do not accurately predict performance in medical school. Secondly, when a licensing or regulatory body reviews the performance of a physician subsequent to patient complaints, the most frequent issues of concern are those of the non-cognitive skills, such as interpersonal skills, professionalism, and ethical/moral judgment.

The MMI is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) tool that was successfully used for over a decade to assess the clinical skills in the McMaster Medical Education program. The applicant must deal with questions, issues, scenarios etc., at a series of stations, each of which has a different interviewer, who will rate the candidate’s performance at that station. Unlike the OSCE, the MMI scenarios do not relate to clinical practice but rather to issues about which an applicant should have reasonably sophisticated knowledge. The interviewer receives background information on the question or scenario, which assists them in challenging the applicant’s ideas or positions. A successful applicant will, therefore, be one who has a wide body of knowledge with which to address the presented scenario and can deal with the challenges from the interviewer or situation as it develops.   This behavioural screening method goes beyond gut assessment, with the ability to improve interview success rates and raising candidate quality.

Published research and on-going studies clearly demonstrate the superior psychometrics and cost-efficiency of the MMI when compared to other techniques used in the assessment of applicants for admission to medical school.

In 2007, collaborators of the MMI along with McMaster’s Industry Liaison Office combined their efforts to form a spin-off company to bring the MMI to professional schools and corporations around to world. To capture the MMI’s ability to assess candidates in any industry the product was branded as a Professional Fit Assessment Tool for Human Resources experts or Prospecthr MMI. The company is located at McMaster’s Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Clients We Have Helped

  • City of Hamilton
  • Region of Peel
  • City of Guelph
  • Dalhousie Unversity College of Pharmacy
  • University of Toronto School of Pharmacy
  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry
  • Mount Royal University
  • British Columbia Ambulance Services
  • The University of Toronto Schools
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Arizona (Phoenix) College of Medicine
  • Midwestern University College of Dentistry
  • Stanford University College of Medicine
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) College of Medicine
  • Salus University
  • New York Medical College
  • Idaho State University
  • University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • University of Findlay Physician Assistant’s Program
  • Albany Medical College
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Emory University Physician Assistant Program
  • University of California Los Angeles