Several hundred applicants (540 in 2012/13) will be invited to Hamilton for an interview in March or April 2014. The selection of these applicants is based on the composite score which weights the grade point average from the Academic Assessment, the MCAT Verbal Reasoning score, scores from the Autobiographical Submission and, where applicable, graduate degree (see The Selection Process).
Geographic consideration is applied to determine the composition of the pool of applicants that are selected for interview (see Geographical status).
Because the interviews involve many other people, applicants must attend on the date and time specified. Applicants are responsible for their own travel expenses.
Due to the nature of the Multiple Mini-Interview, video-conference or telephone interviews are not possible.
Participation in the Interview process does not assume any previous health care knowledge. Applicants are not assessed on their knowledge of a specific health care problem.
The Multiple Mini-Interview
McMaster has always been an innovator in the field of medical education. The Multiple Mini-Interview, or MMI, is one example of how McMaster has approached an accepted process, like the traditional interview and revolutionalized it. Researchers at McMaster hypothesized that increasing the number of encounters for each interviewed applicant would lead to a more reliable assessment of the individual. This proved to be exactly the case. The MMI increases the overall reliability of the interview in judging an applicant's merits. It also dilutes the effect of a single misrepresentative showing by an applicant in any one interaction. Pioneered at McMaster in 2002, the MMI has been adopted at other schools across both Canada, the United States and internationally.
During the MMI, applicants will move between interview "stations" in a 10-station circuit. Each station lasts eight minutes and there is a two minute break between each one. At each station, applicants will interact with, or be observed by, a single rater. The stations deal with a variety of issues, which may include but are not limited to, communication, collaboration, ethics, health policy, critical thinking, awareness of society health issues in Canada and personal qualities. Applicants are not assessed on their scientific knowledge.
Several articles have been written on this interview process and these are referenced in the reference section of this website.
For further details regarding the MMI and to view a copy of the training manual, click here.