McMaster University (McMaster) revolutionized the traditional, well-established interview conventions for selecting medical school candidates. In 2002, McMaster pioneered a new interview technique called the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Today, this interview format is used by many programs and schools worldwide.
The Michael DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University began developing the MMI to address two widely recognized problems:
- Traditional interview formats have long been criticized for not accurately predicting performance in medical school, and
- Patient complaints regarding the performance of a physician frequently relate to non-cognitive skills, such as interpersonal skills, professionalism and ethical/moral judgment.
McMaster has reported that the use of the MMI has increased the reliability of the interview in assessing a candidate's suitability for the practice of medicine. McMaster prides itself as an innovator for admission tools, including the Multiple Mini Interview and CASPer®.