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Applicant Interviews

No applicant is accepted until interviewed by members of the SOM Admissions Interview Committee (AIC). Applicants should not present themselves for interviews until requested to do so by the Associate Dean for Medical School Admissions.

Selection for Interviews

The criteria for inviting applicants to interview are established by the SOM Admissions Committee. Selection for an interview is based on a balance between life experiences plus personal attributes (as demonstrated in the AMCAS application) and metrics. 

  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)
    The MMI consists of a circuit of eight to ten interview “stations” each of which provides a ten minute scenario-based encounter. Each station has a trained rater who is a member of the AIC; therefore, each applicant will be evaluated by approximately eight to 10 different raters. The station scenarios do not test or assess scientific or clinical knowledge; instead, they focus on personal competencies such as oral communication skills, service orientation, respect for others including compassion and empathy, critical thinking and decision-making skills, teamwork, awareness of ethics, maturity, coping skills and opinions on healthcare issues.
    Information on MMIs can be found here, and additional information will be provided to applicants on their interview day.
  • Scheduling interviews
    Applicants invited to interview are notified by email to call and schedule their interview date. Interviews are generally scheduled on Fridays from August through December. MMIs will be conducted at the UMMC Clinical Skills Assessment Center located in the School of Medicine. 
  • Interview Day program
    All MMI participants must sign a School of Medicine Participant Agreement and Statement of Confidentiality. The following schedule is for illustrative purposes only as times may vary. Applicants should plan to arrive early.
    • 8 a.m. - Introduction and Welcome
    • 8:30 a.m.
      • Circuit 1 - MMIs
      • Circuit 2 - Admissions Program
    • 10:30 a.m.
      • Circuit 1 - Admissions Program
      • Circuit 2 - MMIs
    • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch with medical school representatives
    • 1 p.m. - Tour of UMMC (wear comfortable shoes)
    • 2:30 p.m. - Interview day concludes