Effects of candidates’ demographics and evaluation of the virtual Multiple Mini Interview (vMMI) as a tool for selection into paediatric training in Queensland

Sabesan, Vanaja, Young, Louise, Carlisle, Karen, Vangaveti, Venkat, Vu, Tung, Van Erp, Ansmarie, and Kapur, Nitin (2023) Effects of candidates’ demographics and evaluation of the virtual Multiple Mini Interview (vMMI) as a tool for selection into paediatric training in Queensland. Medical Teacher, 45 (10). pp. 1148-1154.

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Introduction: The Queensland Basic Paediatric Training Network (QBPTN) is responsible for the selection of candidates into paediatric training in Queensland. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated interviews to be conducted ‘virtually’ as virtual Multiple-Mini-Interviews (vMMI). The study aimed to describe the demographic characteristics of candidates applying for selection into paediatric training in Queensland, and to explore their perspectives and experiences with the vMMI selection tool.

Methodology: The demographic characteristics of candidates and their vMMI outcomes were collected and analysed with a mixed methods approach. The qualitative component was comprised of seven semi-structured interviews with consenting candidates.

Results: Seventy-one shortlisted candidates took part in vMMI and 41 were offered training positions. The demographic characteristics of candidates at various stages of selection were similar. The mean vMMI scores were not statistically different between candidates from the Modified Monash Model 1 (MMM1) location and others [mean (SD): 43.5 (5.1) versus 41.7 (6.7), respectively, p = 0.26]. However, there was a statistically significant difference (p value 0.03) between being offered and not offered a training position for candidates from MMM2 and above. The analysis of the semi-structured interviews suggested that candidate experiences of the vMMI were influenced by the quality of the management of the technology used. Flexibility, convenience, and reduced stress were the main factors that influenced candidates’ acceptance of vMMI. Perceptions of the vMMI process focused on the need to build rapport and facilitate communication with the interviewers.

Discussion: vMMI is a viable alternative to face-to-face (FTF) MMI. The vMMI experience can be improved by facilitating enhanced interviewer training, by making provision for adequate candidate preparation and by having contingency plans in place for unexpected technical challenges. Given government priorities in Australia, the impact of candidates’ geographical location on the vMMI outcome for candidates from MMM >1 location needs to be further explored.

Item ID: 79075
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1466-187X
Keywords: computer-based, demographic characteristics, experiences, Selection, Virtual Multiple Mini Interview or vMMI
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Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 01:46
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