The Applicant Visit Day (AVD), also known as the interview day, begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues through approximately 2:30 p.m. Visiting applicants will meet and interact with key leadership from the college faculty and administration, as well as current medical students. Activities for the day include presentations of the curriculum and vast clinical training sites, an overview of student services, breakfast and lunch with current students and a tour of the Center for Simulation and Innovation.
Multiple Mini-Interview Process
In 2010, the college implemented the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) process after exploring the best techniques to learn more about the attributes deemed essential in a future physician. The MMI was developed and implemented by McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and has been implemented by more than a third of medical schools in the United States
At the College of Medicine – Phoenix, the MMI is conducted in our clinical education suites. Each applicant has two-minutes to read the scenario before entering the room to engage in a seven-minute conversation about the topic. The applicant will repeat this process ten times with ten different interviewers, some of whom are standardized patients. During the MMI, each applicant will have the opportunity to highlight their strengths without the fear of bias by any one single interviewer. No prior medical knowledge is required for any of the stations.
Each applicant will be scored on a scale of 1 to 10 per station, for a total of 100 possible points. The ten individual stations and composite scores are provided to the admissions committee, giving them ten different perspectives in ten different situations to determine the applicant's potential to grow and develop into an exemplary physician, scientist and leader who optimizes health and health care in Arizona and beyond.