The multiple mini-interviews as a predictor of peer evaluations during clinical training in medical school*

Aviel Hadad*, Naomi Gafni, Avital Moshinsky, Elliot Turvall, Amitai Ziv, Avi Israeli

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Background: Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI) is an admissions tool being used for more than a decade by medical schools worldwide to assess non-cognitive skills. In Israel, in addition to the MMI tool, two questionnaires are given to the candidates. It has been necessary to find a relevant criterion to examine the predictive validity of the MMI test. The measure developed in this study was a peer assessment tool which was filled out during clerkship. Aims: The study aims at evaluating the predictive validity of the MMI and two questionnaires when compared with the peer assessment tool. Method: Ninety nine fourth-year medical students were included in this study. All of them went through the MMI test before the beginning of their studies. The students participated in two clinical rotations and were divided into 10 groups, each consisting of 9–12 students. This study is based on assessments given to 99 students. Every member of a group evaluated his fellow members on a number of attribute. The questionnaire included 10 statements, related to a particular attributes. In addition two concluding questions were included. Pearson correlations were used to test the relationships between pre-admission variables (MMI and two questionnaires) and the peer assessments. Results: Statistically significant, moderate correlations between the general MOR and MIRKAM scores and the sum of the questionnaire assessments were 0.39 and 0.37, respectively (P-value <0.05). Conclusions: The study provides important evidence for the validity of the MMI. Additional studies are required to reevaluate the predicted validity of the MMI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172-1179
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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