The University of New England College of Dental Medicine (UNE-CDM) recently implemented the
multiple mini interview (MMI) format during its fall 2015 admissions process to
help identify students who exemplify the College’s core values, including
social responsibility, professionalism, patient-centered care, leadership,
diversity, scholarship and excellence.
format is an innovative method to evaluate prospective students using a series
of six short, structured interview stations. At each station, candidates spend
two minutes reading a standardized question (e.g., an ethical dilemma or
patient scenario) and seven minutes presenting their response to an
interviewer. Interviewers, comprised of local community dentists, faculty,
staff and current students, are provided with prompting questions to pose if
candidates request further guidance. The interviewer must ask the same
questions to all candidates to ensure consistency and fairness in the
evaluation process. MMIs require that candidates articulate their reasoning and
beliefs extemporaneously, and the resulting responses provide insights into
candidates’ personalities and values.
reflect the way UNE-CDM students will engage with patients at the UNE Oral
Health Center, a state-of-the-art clinical education center offering a full
range of comprehensive care to patients at affordable costs. The UNE Oral
Health Center allows students to gain hands-on experience and develop
interpersonal skills while providing an essential service to the community.
interview format also allows prospective students to experience the UNE-CDM’s
interprofessional approach. In addition to dental medicine, UNE offers a full
complement of allied health professions programs, allowing UNE-CDM students to
participate in interprofessional clinical cases, simulations and clinical care
experiences during their first three years of study. This Interprofessional Education Collaborative fosters a more global understanding
of patient-centered care and enables UNE-CDM students to be transformative
members of the health care team. UNE’s osteopathic medicine, pharmacy,
physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia,
social work, public health, dental hygiene and nursing programs contributed to
MMI question design.
November 2015, Class of 2020 candidates have voiced overwhelming support for
the MMI format. In an anonymous survey sent to the candidates interviewed thus
far, 95% of the 181 respondents indicated that their MMI experience was
positive. One applicant wrote, “I felt as though being able to speak to six
interviewers individually granted me the opportunity to get a feel for what the
culture of the UNE College of Dental Medicine is really like. I greatly enjoyed
being able to interact with a broad range of interviewers and to present my
opinion on the various topics.”
continuing with the MMI method, UNE-CDM aims to enroll students who are likely
to return to the rural, underserved communities of northern New England to
practice after graduation and who will carry out the College’s mission to
improve the health of northern New England residents and shape the future of
dentistry through excellence in education, discovery and service.
Courtesy of Isaac Stickney, M.Ed.,
Educational Support Coordinator for UNE’s College of Dental Medicine and Stacey
Dubois, M.S., M.F.A., Assistant Director of Academic Affairs
Published on December 9, 2015.