University of California, San Diego LMSA/SNMA mock multiple-mini interviews (MMI) for underrepresented minority pre-medical students: findings about preparing historically under-represented students for medical school
Underrepresented minority students, non-traditional students, and low-income students are important in strengthening and diversifying the physician workforce. Many universities across the nation have developed pipeline programs and community outreach events in efforts to increase minority student representation in medical education. University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Student National Medical Associations (SNMA) chapters hosted an annual Mock Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) to help current and future medical school applicants, particularly non-traditional applicants, underrepresented minorities, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds by simulating a multiple-mini interview experience of the medical school admissions process. Participants had the opportunity to practice their MMI skills then receive feedback in efforts to improve these skills prior to medical school interviews. The Mock MMI event also included participation in a group activity. This activity allowed students to work together in small teams and demonstrate their collaborative skills and creativity using a team-based approach.