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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.

How Does it Work in the Academic Sector?

Prospecthr MMI provides a portal which accesses a large bank of pre-written scenarios and questions which have been developed and vetted by experts in the field.  Interviewers receive background information on the question or scenario, which assists them in challenging the applicant’s ideas or position on the situation described in the scenario.  The portal also provides an on-line MMI administration function which includes assigning applicants to stations, linking interviewers to their scenarios, as well as online scoring system.

Candidates visit a series of interview stations each with a different scenario and a different interviewer.  The candidate is assessed by a number of attributes selected by the admissions committee.  A successful candidate will be one who can address the presented scenario and deal with the challenges from the interviewer or the situation as it develops. Candidates are independently scored and ranked by each interviewer.

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.  Unlike the OSCE, the MMI scenarios do not relate to clinical practice but rather to societal or health-related issues about which an applicant should have reasonably sophisticated knowledge.

Within the academic sector, the MMI has been used to efficiently assess the soft skill attributes of applicants seeking admission to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physician assistant, nursing and veterinary medicine programs in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.  Published research and on-going studies from universities well beyond McMaster University, 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 schools of medicine and pharmacy.


Admission Committees use Prospecthr MMI because it is:

  • Cost Effective
  • Reliable & Validated
  • Inclusive
  • Objective
  • Flexible
  • Evidence-based