COVID-19 Information for 2021 Interview Days
Given the need to conduct interviews safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be using our traditional in-person Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. In an effort to be fair to all applicants invited to interview, we will not resume in-person interviews even if the pandemic clears enough for group gatherings during the current cycle. It is our sincerest hope that we will be able to resume the MMI format next application season.
For cycle 2021, we are using virtual interviews with the Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess five of the core competencies that our Admissions Committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. We are supplementing our use of the VITA with Virtual Applicant Visit Days (VAVD), where you will have an opportunity to meet current students, interact with faculty and leadership, and learn more about the curriculum and extracurricular activities in a more personal setting. Candidates invited to interview will also have access to a personalized portal with posted information regarding student support and resources, overviews of our clinical partners, as well as virtual tours of our facilities.
Candidates invited to interview will receive an email from us as with a date and schedule for an upcoming VAVD, a deadline to complete your VITA interview and a notice that an invitation from HireVue, the video interviewing platform, will be sent the Thursday following our invitation. The AAMC VITA is an online, one-way interview that you will only have to complete once. If you have already completed a VITA interview, you will receive monthly reports from the AAMC, listing all subsequent schools that selected you to interview. The virtual interview can be completed in a location and at a time most convenient for you during the interview window.
You are encouraged to prepare for the VITA in the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview. There are no fees for the AAMC VITA interview for the 2021 cycle. Information about the AAMC VITA — including preparation materials, frequently asked questions and details for requests for accommodations — is available through the AAMC website.
If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact us at COMPHX-Admissions@arizona.edu.
Applicant Information for Cycle 2022 and Beyond
Below, we outline our traditional Applicant Visit Day structure, which we plan to resume in future cycles when social-distancing requirements are lifted.
Applicant Visit Days
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 and a tour of the Center for Simulation and Innovation. Applicants will also get the opportunity to meet and mingle with current medical students during the breakfast and lunch hours.
Multiple Mini-Interview Process
After exploring the best techniques to learn more about the attributes deemed essential in a future physician, in 2010, the college implemented the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) process. 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.
- Dress to Impress!
- Be confident.
- Be yourself.
- Remember, the entire day is interview day...not just the MMI.
- If one station does not go as well as you would have liked, keep calm and move on to the next station.
- Familiarize yourself with the College and University.