The School of Medicine (SOM) Office of Admissions is seeking volunteers from the NYMC community to serve as interviewers for the upcoming interview season. Five years ago, the SOM was the first medical school in New York State to adopt an innovative scenario-based interview format known as the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI).
What is the MMI?
The MMI process is specifically designed to assess personal attributes of medical school applicants. These include professionalism, empathy, cultural competency, ethical grounding, critical thinking, and interpersonal and communication skills among others.
During the MMI, applicants rotate through a timed, scenario-based interview circuit (a bit like speed-dating). Interviewers are assigned to a specific scenario station. The interviewers’ role is to facilitate a brief, focused discussion about the scenario with each applicant who rotates through their station, and use their judgment to rate each applicant using specific evaluation criteria. Scenario topics cover a broad range of subjects; specific medical knowledge is not required. Training is provided to ensure interviewers understand the MMI process.
Who are our MMI interviewers?
Our volunteer MMI interviewers are considered key stakeholders to the school’s mission and represent a broad range of perspectives relating to medicine and health care. In addition to clinicians, basic science faculty, and college staff, interviewers include NYMC 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 March. Interviews take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-3:45 p.m. Interviewers are asked to sign-up to interview one afternoon per month on dates they schedule in advance at their convenience. More frequent participation is always welcome. We also understand that a monthly commitment may not always be possible. Often time interviewers who cannot interview during a particular month are able to double up during another month when their schedule is lighter.
The MMI afternoon begins with a noon-time briefing session about the scenarios with the interviewers; background information and discussion questions for each scenario are reviewed. From 1:00-3:45 p.m., there are two consecutive MMI interview circuits with a ten-minute break in between circuits. 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 would like more information about the MMI, please email Robin Camhi Baum, M.S., assistant dean of admissions.