Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Students applying for the MBChB, BOptom, BPharm, BMedImag(Hons), MAud and MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics must complete Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). The process for MMI has changed for 2020.

The MMIs are a compulsory part of the application process for the clinical programmes mentioned on the ‘Entry and Interview’ page:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours) (BMedImag(Hons))
  • Master of Audiology (MAud)
  • Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics (MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics)

Before the MMI

Once applications close on 1 October 2020, the FMHS Clinical Admissions team will begin to assess applications in the relevant entry categories (i.e. General, MAPAS, UTAS and RRAS), for all of the clinical programmes.

It is expected that offers for interviews will be released on 11 November 2020 after 3pm. We know it can be hard to concentrate during this waiting period, but please try and stay focussed on your Semester Two final exams (if applicable).

If you are shortlisted for the above programmes, you will need to participate in the general Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Shortlisted MAPAS applicants will need to participate in both a general MMI and a MAPAS MMI.

All 2020 MMIs (for 2021 entry) will take place from 24 November to 4 December.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and in order to ensure the MMIs can proceed under any Alert Level, all MMIs in 2020 will be held online via Zoom. Applicants who are unable to participate in their scheduled interview(s) will not be considered further.

Shortlisted applicants who apply and are considered for more than one clinical programme in one year will be offered one general MMI and one MAPAS MMI (if applicable). The results of the MMIs will be used for all relevant applications.

What do I need for a Zoom interview?

You will need the following for your Zoom interviews:

  1. Two forms of ID (at least one must be photographic):
    a) Primary ID (Passport (NZ or Overseas), NZ Firearms Licence, NZ Full Birth Certificate); and
    b) Secondary ID: NZ Drivers Licence, NZ Student Photo ID, 18+ Card, NZ Birth Certificate.
  2. A computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone (note you cannot use your mobile phone). Your webcam is required to be turned on for the duration of the interview.*
  3. Stable internet for the duration of the interview.
  4. A quiet, comfortable space to complete the interview.
    a) You must be alone in the room and be able to close the door.
    b) You will be required to show the Station Manager around the room using your webcam, including under the desk, etc.
    c) This is a closed interview. You may not have any books, written notes, cellphones, recording devices, additional technology or watches with you in the room. You are permitted to have a clear drink bottle. Note-taking during the MMIs will not be permitted.
    d) If you do not have access to an appropriate space, device or internet, there are a limited number of on-campus rooms you can book through the Library. Room bookings are available in person or by phone during Philson Library opening hours. Please book well in advance:
  • Visit the Philson Library Help Desk (Building 503-107)
  • Phone the Philson Library Help Desk +64 9 923 5532
  • Email via Ask Us (under Contact us on the Library website)

A limited number of laptops will be available for borrowing, please bring your Campus ID Card. 

*NB: the Zoom session will not be recorded.

Zoom Link

You will receive an individual Zoom link once the interview schedule is finalised. We anticipate this notification process will commence from around 19 November on a rolling basis.

Please note that MAPAS applicants who are shortlisted will receive two separate Zoom links and times (however they will both be on the same day).  

During the MMI

For 2020, we have had to modify the way the interview process works.

General MMIs

The general MMI will consist of a Station Manager, two independent interviewers, and the applicant. The Station Manager is not part of the interview assessment or scoring and is an administrative and technical support person only.

The general MMI will comprise of three Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) scenarios. Each scenario will be presented individually (via the ‘share screen’ Zoom function) for 2 minutes for the applicant to read and think over the given scenario. It will then be posted in the Zoom chat for the applicant to refer to while they are provided with 6 minutes to respond and discuss with the two interviewers. There will be a total of 8 minutes per scenario (which is consistent with previous years).

The total time to complete the general MMI, including ID and technical checking processes, is 40 minutes.

The general interviewers include faculty and University staff members and invited members of the wider community. Whilst both interviewers will be present with the applicants at the same time, they will be scoring entirely independently and will not be able to collaborate (they will be kept separated in the ‘waiting room’ function).

The general MMI assesses non-academic qualities and capabilities that are important for those pursuing a healthcare career, including:

  • Maturity
  • Leadership
  • Social responsibility
  • Humanistic qualities such as empathy and sensitivity
  • Fluency in oral English
  • An understanding of New Zealand's multifaceted communities and cultures
  • Awareness of prevailing health needs and community issues
  • Awareness of the nature of the health profession
  • Interested in a career in health
  • Enthusiasm for people and their well-being
  • Well-rounded abilities and interests across a variety of areas

For more information on the general MMI and interview selection, please email the FMHS Student Centre: fmhs@auckland.ac.nz

MAPAS MMI

The MAPAS MMI will consist of an interview facilitator (Station Manager), two independent interviewers, and the applicant. The Station Manager is not part of the interview assessment or scoring and is an administrative and technical support person only.

The MAPAS MMI will cover content associated with academic preparation, cultural identity, whānau (family/community) issues, MAPAS expectations and social consciousness.  

The MAPAS interviewers include faculty and University staff members and invited members of the wider community. Whilst both interviewers will be present with the applicants at the same time, they will be scoring independently.

The total time for a MAPAS MMI, including ID and technical checking processes, is 35 minutes.

For more information on the MAPAS MMI and interview selection, please email: mapas@auckland.ac.nz

After the MMI

When the MMI interviews conclude the interviewers will wish you well, close the interview appropriately, and leave the Zoom meeting.

The Station Manager will then confirm with you that the interview has concluded and refer you to this webpage for more information.

What happens next?

Following your interviews (and during all regular business hours), we will have Student Support Advisors (SSAs) from the FMHS Student Centre and MAPAS SSAs available if you need to talk to someone about pastoral issues.

NOTE – these staff are not part of the clinical admissions process, and cannot provide any advice on anything around the likelihood of getting an offer, what your academic options might be etc. They are an independent person with whom you can debrief, if you need to. You can also do this with friends, whānau or colleagues. The interview process can be stressful for some people, so we do encourage you to seek support, if you need it: fmhssupport@auckland.ac.nz.

General MMI

Once all general MMIs have been completed, the scores are collated and combined with the other elements for programme admission selection including final GPA and UCAT (if applicable), and all applicants will be ranked in their respective application categories.

MAPAS MMI

Once all MAPAS MMIs have been completed, the MAPAS Admissions Panel meet to review all data available for MAPAS selection including the MAPAS MMI outcomes, the general MMI outcomes, academic outcomes and UCAT (if applicable). MAPAS applicants will be reviewed from a holistic perspective for programme offer ranking.

The final offer of programme places for all applicants (i.e. general, MAPAS, UTAS and RRAS) are then finalised at a meeting of the relevant programme Admissions Committee and offers are released to all applicants. This is expected to take place on or around 22 December 2020 for this year.