Healthcare Selection and Recruitment: Design and Deliver Effective Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

Learn how to design MMIs and ensure their effectiveness in selecting healthcare professionals and students.

Healthcare Selection and Recruitment: Design and Deliver Effective Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

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  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Discover how MMIs can improve healthcare professional student selection

MMIs are an evidence-based interview methodology used in healthcare selection all around the world. Despite the widespread use of MMIs, no consistent best-practice recommendations for the design and administration of MMIs are readily available. Ineffective selection processes, risk lack of parity, potential bias and missing strong candidates.

On this course, you will learn how an evidence-based design process will optimise the effectiveness of MMIs. You will understand why MMIs are recommended in healthcare selection. You will also design an MMI model to deploy in your own organisation.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsThere are thousands of us involved in candidate selection, whether it be doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, vets, and dentists, both at post-registration or pre-registration levels and graduate and undergraduate levels. So many of us are tasked with selecting the right candidates to train to be our future health care professionals. And now most programmes no longer select based on cognitive ability alone. Selection processes also include interviews. These are designed to assess whether candidates who meet the academic entry requirements of programmes can also demonstrate they have the values and attributes so vital to caring professions. And one type of interview is multiple mini interviews, or MMIs. The use of MMIs has risen exponentially over the past 10 years.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsAnd we now seeing them being deployed across health care student selection processes internationally. But what is an effective MMI? My name is Angela Kubacki. And I am Alison Callwood. And together, we have over 20 years experience of MMI design and use. On the course, you will learn what an MMI is, what an effective MMI looks like, and how they can be best delivered. By the end of this course, you should feel confident and prepared to identify your institution's needs and scope for running MMIs, blue print the values and attributes that are important and required for your field of study, develop robust MMIs ready for use, and evaluate and reflect on your preparedness for running MMIs and your developing expertise.

Skip to 1 minute and 50 secondsWe've gathered together published evidence, developed best practise guidelines, and used our own experiences-- including the pitfalls that we've fallen into-- to build this resource bank. We wanted to share our experiences and engage with others around the world, so that we can take MMIs forward in the best way that we can. We look forward to working with you over the next three weeks and beyond, so that together we can enhance candidate selection processes using MMIs. We'll see you on the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • What MMIs are and why we use them
  • How to design MMIs effectively
  • Understanding your MMI needs
  • Develop your own MMI model and scenarios
  • Best practice for assessor training, station writing and peer review
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • How to evaluate your MMIs
  • Future developments

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe what MMIs are
  • Explain why MMIs are recommended in healthcare student selection processes
  • Explore how MMIs can be designed and administered to achieve optimal effectiveness
  • Reflect upon own MMI needs and requirements
  • Design your own MMI model based on best practice recommendations
  • Design and blueprint according to your healthcare programme
  • Demonstrate understanding of assessor training needs
  • Reflect on common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Evaluate your MMIs for quality assurance
  • Synthesise your knowledge and understanding to consider future developments in MMIs

Who is the course for?

This course is for people involved in the recruitment and selection of healthcare professionals, or anyone interested in learning more about this evidence-based interview methodology.

Who developed the course?

St George's, University of London

St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. Surrey empowers students for personal and professional success by providing exceptional teaching and practical learning.

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