Vive la Différence: The Freedom and Inherent Responsibilities When Designing and Implementing Multiple Mini-Interviews

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Abstract

The literature on multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) is replete with heterogeneous study results related to the constructs measured, correlations with other measures, and demographic relationships. Rather than view these results as contradictory, the authors ask, What if all of the results are correct? They point out that the MMI is not an assessment tool but, rather, an assessment method. Design and implementation of locally conducted MMIs in medical school admissions processes should reflect local needs. As with other local assessments, MMIs should be considered separate from nationally conducted assessments that reflect more universal competencies. With the freedom to exercise unique values in locally constructed MMIs, individual institutions, or small bands of like-minded institutions, in parallel carry the responsibility to ensure local assessment tool validity.

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