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J Vet Med Educ. 2009 Summer;36(2):166-73. doi: 10.3138/jvme.36.2.166.

Assessment of applicants to the veterinary curriculum using a multiple mini-interview method.

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Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.


This study describes the development, implementation, and psychometric assessment of the multiple mini-interview (MMI) for the inaugural class of veterinary medicine applicants at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). The MMI is a series of approximately five to 12 10-minute interviews that consist of situational events. Applicants are given a scenario and asked to work through an issue or behavioral-type questions that are meant to assess one attribute (e.g., empathy) at a time. This structure allows for multiple assessments of the applicants by trained interviewers on the same questions. MMI scenario development was based on a review of the noncognitive attributes currently assessed by the 31 veterinary schools across Canada and the United States and the goals and objectives of UCVM. The noncognitive attributes of applicants (N=110) were assessed at five stations, by two interviewers within each station, on three items using a standardized rating form on an anchored 1-5 scale. The method was determined to be reliable (G-coefficient=0.88) and demonstrated evidence of validity. The MMI score did not correlate with grade-point average (r=0.12, p=0.22). While neither the applicants nor interviewers had participated in an MMI format before, both groups reported the process to be acceptable in a post-interview questionnaire. This analysis provides preliminary evidence of the reliability, validity, and acceptability of the MMI in assessing the noncognitive attributes of applicants for veterinary medical school admissions.

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