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Interview Process

Selected applicants to the UCR School of Medicine will be offered an opportunity to interview. Applicants will be selected based upon their AMCAS application and their secondary application.

Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by e-mail. Only those candidates who have been interviewed can be considered for admission.

Interviews, using the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format, will be scheduled on selected Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from October through March.

MMIs During the Pandemic

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While the UCR School of Medicine would prefer to hold our MMIs in person, the pandemic may force us to an online model for the 2021-22 admission cycle.

The School of Medicine is currently working to determine the best and safest methods for interviews.

More information will be shared with invited applicants.


About the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) Format

The UCR School of Medicine uses the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMIs) format to evaluate our invited applicants. It assesses verbal and non-verbal communication skills and provides additional information about the student's readiness for medical school.

Studies show that the MMI format produces a better assessment of a candidate and limits the likelihood of bias because students interact with several interviewers over the course of the session. The AAMC website features a page that shares student experiences with the MMI.

After a brief orientation, candidates rotate through a series of interview stations. At each station, the students have two minutes to familiarize themselves with the question or scenario before meeting the interviewer for six minutes. Overall, the MMI takes about three hours.