Introduction: The multiple mini-interview (MMI) model can be
useful to evaluate non-cognitive domains and guide the selection
process in medical residency programs. The aim of this study was
to evaluate the reliability and acceptability of the MMI model for
the selection of residents in a cardiology residency program.
Methods: We conducted an observational and prospective
study. It was performed in a tertiary-care center specialized in
cardiology and included candidates for the cardiology residency
program in March 2018. Ten stations were developed to evaluate
different non-cognitive domains. Reliability was evaluated by the
generalizability G coefficient. Candidates and interviewers were
surveyed to evaluate the acceptability of the MMI model.
Results: Nine faculty members were trained and 22 candidates
were evaluated. The G study showed a relative G coefficient
between 0.56 and 0.73, according to the design. 91% of the
candidates stated that they preferred MMI over other types of
interviews as a selection method for admission to the residency
program, and all the interviewers considered they had enough
time to evaluate the candidates and their strengths as future
Conclusion: The MMI is a reliable model to evaluate candidates
for a residency program in cardiology with high acceptability
among residents and observers.