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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 747168, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/747168
Research Article

Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI) and Semistructured Interviews for the Selection of Family Medicine Residents: A Comparative Analysis

1Faculty Family Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi 3500, Pakistan
2Consultant Family Medicine, Prince Salman Armed Forces Hospital, Tabuk 71411, Saudi Arabia
3Faculty Departement of Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Karachi 74800, Pakistan

Received 6 March 2014; Revised 8 May 2014; Accepted 12 May 2014; Published 5 August 2014

Academic Editor: Ravi Shankar

Copyright © 2014 Marie Andrades et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Family Medicine Residency Program at the Aga Khan University has applicants for the residency position in excess of the positions offered resulting in formulation of certain selection criteria. The objective of this study was to compare MMI versus semistructured interviews for assessing noncognitive domains in the selection of residents. The secondary objectives were to determine perceptions of the interviewers and candidates for the acceptability and feasibility of MMI as a selection tool. Methods. The candidates underwent semistructured interviews along with MMI and identical attributes were tested in both. The attributes tested were safe doctor, communication skills, professionalism, problem solving, team approach, ethical issues, reasons for selecting family medicine, and commitment to the program. Descriptive statistics were calculated and comparison between ratings for MMI and interview was performed by Wilcoxon sign rank test. Results. Total number of candidates was 14. On comparison between interview and MMI, the scores were not statistically different for all attributes except ethics (mean interview scores: 3.04, mean MMI scores: 2.5, and P value 0.046). Conclusion. The study showed no difference between MMI and semistructured interviews. However, it needs to be replicated in order to determine the predictive validity and feasibility of MMI over time.