Help choose tomorrow's physicians

Volunteers needed to help make the second year of the MMI, or multiple mini interview, a success

Faced with two applicants who are both exceptional academically, how does a medical school determine which one to accept? Until last year, the OHSU School of Medicine (and most medical schools) had made these determinations by relying, in large part, on two interviews with faculty members. This all changed in 2011 with implementation of a new method, called the multiple mini interview (MMI) for M.D. program applicants.

The Oregonian editorial board described it this way:

This fall, applicants to the medical school at Oregon Health & Science University will be rigorously examined for their emotional intelligence: the ability to communicate with real people in real situations and with professional colleagues in complex care-giving scenarios. They'll be observed by at least seven professionals in at least seven successive and unknowable situations, rated on how well they parse the challenge and then work through it with others in the room. This is a bold move for OHSU, one of fewer than 10 medical schools in the United States – including Stanford and UCLA – who’ve adopted the MMI. The MMI was designed years ago by researchers to replace the inherent bias of traditional one-on-one interviews... (Read op-ed in its entirety.)

This School of Medicine News article describes the process in more detail.

Participate in the MMI process!

Are you a local health professional? If so, please consider volunteering as a rater by Oct. 15. If not, please spread the word to your colleagues and others in the Oregon area.

Volunteers should be physicians (practicing or retired), clinicians, nurses, scientists or others with a connection to health care and a strong interest in contributing to identifying future physicians. Experience in evaluations or testing situations would be ideal, but not essential. Here’s what selected volunteers can expect:

  • Participate in a 90-minute training session in September or October
  • Sign up for at least three sessions of rating the medical school applicants
  • The MMI sessions with students will take place during the months of October to March
  • Each session is three hours, either morning or afternoon, and volunteers would need to be present for the entire session
  • Scoring is completed during the session and there is no preparation needed ahead of time

For additional information, please contact School of Medicine Dean's office Administrative Admissions Manager Lori Toner at or 503 494-5950. Deadline: Oct. 15.