In this article, I will be sharing my knowledge about Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI’s) – the kind used at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry – of their importance for a foreign-trained dentist and tips to ace it.
What Is A Multiple Mini Interview?
Multiple mini interviews (MMI) consist of several short questions and assessments which are asked on different 5-10 ‘stations’ by a personal interviewer. Every candidate rotates on these stations in a systematic timed manner. Each mini-interview usually lasts about 7-10 minutes. At each station, you will be given a set amount of time – usually 2 minutes – to read a passage and formulate a response. Then, you will be given an additional amount of time – usually 8 to 10 minutes – to respond before moving on to the next station.
Usually, the stations have a scenario related to ethics, teamwork, comprehension, etc. There is no right or wrong answer in such interviews. Based on the answer you give, the interviewer gets an idea of your knowledge, attitude, communication, etc, and grades you accordingly.
Why A Multiple Mini Interview Instead Of The Traditional Personal Interview?
Interview preparation matters for dental school interviews. While most of the dental schools prefer a personal interview, some schools are switching over to the format of multiple mini interviews. Because most of the questions ask you to respond to a situation or an issue, the MMI format provides fewer opportunities for you to talk about your own application and experiences. The MMI aims to more accurately predict an applicant’s future clinical performance as a healthcare worker. Interviewers, maybe dentists, residents, students, assistants, or even patients- mimicking the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare teams in today’s world. It provides an unbiased perspective on the applicant.
Tips To Crack The MMI
The trick is to try and develop your ability to articulate logical, well-thought-out responses within a short time frame. Listen or read the question carefully, ask if you need any clarification, be alert about the cues or prompts the interviewer might provide you, and last but not the least; be confident!
– Practice sample MMI questions:
Ample material is available online to practice some scenarios asked in multiple mini interviews (MMI). You must know what to expect and familiarize yourself with the format.
– Practice Timing:
Giving timed presentations is a good way to practice.
– Stay updated about your field:
Usually, the questions are inspired by ongoing debates and bioethics. Read the health and science sections of major newspapers or blogs on a regular basis.
– Use your work experience to formulate answers:
You are already a dentist. What makes you a good one? Refamiliarize yourself with the qualities of a dedicated healthcare worker.
MMI’s are a novel approach to the art of interviewing and are gaining fame gradually. They are fun and thought-provoking.
I hope you have an overview of the multiple mini interviews and their format. If you have appeared for an MMI before, what has your experience been? Do share with us in the comments below!