The Office of Admissions is seeking volunteers from the NYMC community to serve as interviewers for the upcoming interview season. Four years ago, the NYMC School of Medicine (SOM) was the first medical school in New York State to adopt the scenario-based interview format known as the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI).
What is the MMI?
The MMI process is specifically designed to assess the humanistic and interpersonal characteristics of medical school applicants. During the MMI, applicants rotate through a timed eight-station interview circuit (a bit like speed-dating). The MMI interviewer’s role is to have a brief, focused discussion about a specific scenario with each applicant who rotates through his/her station, and then use his/her judgment to rate each applicant. Training is provided to ensure interviewers understand the MMI process and evaluation criteria.
Who are our MMI interviewers?
MMI interviewers represent a broad range of perspectives relating to medicine and health care. In addition to clinicians, basic science faculty, and college staff, the interviewer pool includes alumni, nurses and other allied health professionals, public health experts, social workers, legal professionals, education experts, medical students and residents, patient advocates, former patients, leaders of community organizations as well as community members at large.
What is the time commitment?
The interview season runs from the end of September through early April. Interviewers are asked to commit to at least one interview session per month. While we recognize this may not always be possible, oftentimes interviewers who cannot interview during a particular month are able to double up during another month when their schedule permits. Interviews are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-3:45 p.m. The session begins at noon with a lunchtime briefing at which the scenarios selected for the day are reviewed with the interviewers. From 1:00-3:45 p.m., there are two consecutive interview circuits with a 10-minute break in between. Typically, there are nine applicants per circuit. Lunch is provided and refreshments are available throughout the afternoon.
Who should I contact if interested?
If you would like to get involved or need like more information about the MMI, please email Robin Camhi Baum, M.S., assistant dean of admissions.