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News in brief: November 2012

  • Published: 02 November 2012
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e7245
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e7245

In an effort to increase fairness in medical, dental, and veterinary school admissions, at least five UK universities are implementing the “multiple mini interview” technique for prospective candidates.

Interviewees will undergo a series of five minute stations, consisting of role play, problem solving, and case based discussion. Once the five minutes are up, a buzzer sounds and the student moves to the next station. Each assessor scores the applicant independently. The style is a shift away from a traditional interview technique.

Kenton Lewis, head of widening participation and student recruitment at St George’s Medical School in London, commented, “Rather than getting an interview panel to say, ‘Tell me about the skills you have,’ we are drilling down deeper and saying, ‘Demonstrate those skills.’”

Multiple mini interviews are expected to increase the social mix of students in medicine and dentistry, where currently, nearly 30% of students come from independent schools.

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