The Interview

microphoneAbout the Interview

Interview day is, at heart, a "fit" day - a day to determine whether you and Duke make a good match. From Duke's perspective, it's a chance for us to probe more deeply the information in your application, to learn more about the depth of your intellectual curiosity, commitment to a career of service, and ethical values.

We also want you to learn more about us, because only you can determine whether Duke's curriculum and resources will best meet your personal educational needs and develop your talents.

DukeMed is pleased to announce that the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) will be our official interview format. Below are the answers to some questions you may have about MMI and how it is carried out at Duke on the day you interview:


Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is a series of 8-10 interview stations or encounters that last approximately 9 minutes and are actually centered on a "scenario". These scenarios are designed to address the following areas: empathy, initiative and resilience, communication and problem-solving skills, teamwork, insight and integrity, compassion. The MMI will not test "specific knowledge" in the field of medicine.  It will instead evaluate your thought process and ability to think on your feet. There is no "right" or "wrong" answer to the scenarios.

How does the Multiple Mini Interview differ from a traditional one-on-one interview?

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process has been in place at a number of medical schools throughout the United States and data shows that the MMI is more reliable than a traditional interview. The increased reliability has been validated due to the standard scenarios and by using multiple "raters" rather than one or two interviewers to assess a candidate. The MMI potentially removes inherent biases that can and often do result from one-on-one interviews. With the MMI, if an applicant does poorly at one station, they have an opportunity to do well on the remaining interview stations.

What are "raters"?

The "raters" are individuals who will be positioned at the individual stations. With the MMI process, they are referred to as "raters" rather than "interviewers."

Who are the "raters"?

The raters are members of the School of Medicine Admissions Committee which includes administrators, faculty, staff, and students and have been trained specifically for the MMI process at Duke.

How can I prepare for the MMI?

The strongest advice is to understand the basic structure, time limit, and number of stations. Listen carefully to any prompts directed to you. Reviewing a list of "practice" questions is not helpful because the MMI does not use the same questions as you experience during a traditional interview. As with any other human interaction, practice is helpful because it might identify nervous habits and also help you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Arriving on time and conducting yourself in a professional and courteous manner is always recommended as well as you will be evaluated not only during the scenarios themselves but throughout the day as you interact with your fellow interviewees as well as members of the Duke community.

This seems like a very long day.

Although 8-10 stations combined with the other activities during the day may, at first glance, seem like a long day, the time goes by very quickly and for applicants who have experienced this process, the feedback has indicated that they were actually surprised at how quickly time passes.

What can I expect throughout the rest of the day when I am not involved with the MMI itself?

Applicants will arrive at the appropriate time for their MMI Group and check-in for the day with the Office of Admissions. Breakfast will be served and there will be an orientation covering the schedule for the day. Applicants will be divided into two groups.  One group will participate in the morning MMI session and the other group will have a tour of the medical school and undergraduate campus. The two groups will meet again for lunch and learn more about the 3rd year research activities taking place at Duke.  After lunch the afternoon group will attend the MMI and the other group will take a tour of the medical school and undergraduate campus. The two groups will meet up again and have a follow-up meeting and answer any questions.  The day starts at 8:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm.