What is an MMI?

Multiple mini interviews (MMIs)  are used to assess an applicant’s personal qualities. Many medical schools in Australia and around the world use MMIs to choose applicants whose values align with their mission and vision.  Applicants move through a number of stations with different assessors giving them a score. These scores contribute to the applicant’s overall admissions rank.

Face to face MMI interview

Virtual MMI interview

What does the MMI assess?

The MMI aims to assess the applicant’s personal qualities, such as empathy, integrity, adaptability and verbal communication skills. Evaluations of the use of MMIs have shown they have  high interrater reliability and good predictive validity. 

How do they work?

An applicant moves from station to station with short breaks between each station, as illustrated in Figure 1 below. A bell will announce the beginning and end of each station.

Due to COVID-19 in 2020, MMIs were held virtually using the Zoom teleconference platform.  If conditions permit, in 2021 we will be running MMIs face to face for Domestic applicants and virtually for International applicants who live outside Australia. 

This option may also be available to rural and remote applicants who cannot attend an interview in person. The experience of the MMIs over videoconference will be similar to  the in-person MMIs. Each circuit will include the same number of stations and interviewers.

Where will the interviews be held?

Interviews for 2022 entry

For all domestic applicants, including graduate entry and provisional entry, most interviews will be conducted in person in Brisbane. A small number of interviews will be conducted at our Rural Clinical School in Rockhampton. 

Due to the restrictions in place to control the COVID-19 pandemic, the following cohort of applicants will complete their interviews for 2022 entry via videoconferencing:

  • All international applicants for the graduate entry pathway
  • All UQ-Ochsner applicants
  • All international applicants for the provisional entry pathway

How are applicants selected for interview?

As we have limited number of interview places available, we will issue invitation to attend an interview on the basis of the following:

  • Domestic Graduate Entry: GAMSAT and GPA
  • International: MCAT or GAMSAT and GPA
  • MD Ochsner: MCAT and GPA
  • Provisional Entry: UCAT or ISAT