Induction criteria at Shalamar Medical & Dental College: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is an interview process where applicants rotate through a series of short, timed and structured mini-interviews, or “stations,” and meet individually with an interviewer/rater.


The MMI was created in response to concerns that medical students may not have the social and communication competence needed for success in medicine. The MMI aims to assess candidates’ ability to think on their feet, critically appraise information, communicate their ideas, and demonstrate that they can think about some of the issues that are important. The MMI allows the College to assess applicant characteristics and attributes we believe are important components in becoming a competent and caring doctor.


Multiple Mini Interviews were introduced at SMDC in the year 2012. SMDC is the first institute in Pakistan to start MMI as the entry criteria for the undergraduate students.


In which areas the students can be interviewed1

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Ethical decision making
  3. Communication skills
  4. Leadership and Decision making skills
  5. Problem solving
  6. Working in a team
  7. Analytical thinking
  8. Empathy
  9. Motivation and preparation to study Medicine
  10. Honesty
  11. Self esteem
  12. Ability to cope with stressful situations/resilience
  13. Conflict resolution
  14. Responsibility
  15. Prioritization
  16. Creativity
  17. Time management
  18. Professionalism
  19. Self-awareness
  20. Adaptability/Tolerance
  21. Advocacy


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What does MMI stand for?

MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interviews in which a candidate is required to sit in several short interviews each with a different facilitator assessing a unique competency.


  1. Where will the interviews take place?

All the interviews will either take place on campus of Shalamar Medical and Dental College or online using either WhatsApp or Zoom. Instructional videos and flowcharts regarding process will be shared on the website close to interview dates. In case of on-campus interviews, a brief orientation session will be given to all candidates explaining the entire process of MMI. A feedback at the end of the interviews will also be taken by all candidates to improve future aspects of MMI.


  1. Who will conduct the interviews?

All the interviews will be conducted by highly qualified senior faculty members of Shalamar Medical & Dental College who have been trained in MMI.


  1. How many interviews will be there?

Each candidate is required to give 6-8 interviews. The exact number will be communicated beforehand. Each individual interview will assess a specific competency. There may or may not be rest stations. A brief layout of the process is given below:



  1. How long will the interviews last?

Each interview will span 7-12 minutes in which 2 minutes will be given to candidate to read and understand scenario presented and the next 5-10 minutes will be spent interacting with the facilitator. Candidates should expect the entire process to take maximum of three hours (includes orientation, interview process and feedback process).


  1. What time will my interview be?

Candidates will be assigned times of interview after issuance of registration number by Student Affairs department of SMDC. All candidates are encouraged to be very punctual as missed appointments will not be catered to.

You will be communicated your interview time at least 2 days in advance via email.


  1. What will be discussed in the interviews?

Different scenarios will be created for each interview and the discussion will revolve around the area specified to that interview. Examples of areas include Critical thinking, Communication skills, Working in a team, Analytical thinking, Honesty, Self-esteem, Psychological assessment etc.

Sample Scenario: Dr. Ali in his hospital practice recommends homeopathic medicines to his patients. There is no scientific evidence or widely accepted theory to suggest that homeopathic medicines work, and Dr. Ali doesn’t believe them too. He recommends homeopathic medicine to people with mild and non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and muscle aches, because he believes that it will do no harm, but will give patients reassurance that doctor has given them medicines.

Consider the ethical problems that Dr. Ali’s behavior might pose. Discuss these issues with the interviewer.



  1. Will the interviews have a scoring system?

Candidates will be encouraged to develop and defend a point of view; however there will be no RIGHT or WRONG answers. Candidates’ performance will be assessed by highly trained and qualified senior faculty members on the basis of pre-designed Rubric. The total score of all interviews will be accumulated and added in the aggregate of MDCAT, FSc. and Matriculation score.


  1. Who can accompany me to the interview venue?

One family member will be allowed to accompany candidate to the interview venue if its on-campus. However they will be made to wait in the designated waiting area until candidate is done with the entire interview process.


  1. What should I bring along at the day of the interview?

In case of on-campus interviews, candidates are requested to bring a blue ball point and their SMDC Student Affair’s issued original registration (documentary evidence) along on the day of the interview.


  1. What is the dress code for the interview?

Candidates are required to dress formally for the interviews.


  1. How can I apply for the Multiple Mini Interviews?

Candidates can apply by visiting or visiting Shalamar Medical & Dental College student affairs department.


  1. What time should I come for the interview?

Candidates will be assigned times of interview after issuance of registration number by Student Affairs department of SMDC. Also all candidates are highly encouraged to be very punctual as missed appointments will not be catered to.


  1. When will I get results of my MMI interviews?

Merit lists will be displayed on our website. You can also contact Student Affairs Department at SMDC to inquire about your results.