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Multiple mini-interview as a predictor of performance in the objective structured clinical examination among Physician Associates in the United Kingdom: a cohort study

Authors Kumar N, Bhardwaj S, Rahman E

Received 10 December 2017

Accepted for publication 27 February 2018

Published 11 April 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 239—245


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder

Narendra Kumar, Shailaja Bhardwaj, Eqram Rahman

Faculty of Medical Science, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Introduction: Patient satisfaction and health care outcomes are directly linked to useful communication skills. Therefore, excellent interpersonal skills are imperative for health care professionals. Multiple mini-interview (MMI) is designed as a selection tool to assess the communication skills of applicants in medical schools during the admission process. However, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assesses students’ communication and clinical skills at the end of their academic terms. Recently, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK, adopted MMI in the selection process for the first cohort of MSc Physician Associate trainees for the academic year 2015–2016. This study aimed to determine the likelihood of MMI as a predictor of future performance of communication skills in the OSCE.
Materials and methods: The anonymous data of the average scores of communication skills attained in MMI and OSCE at the end of   year 1 were collected for 30 students from the Physician Associate program team. Subsequently, Pearson’s correlation was computed to determine the relationship between the average scores of communication skills attained in MMI, and OSCE during trimester 2 and trimester 3 by the Physician Associate trainees.
Results: The study showed positive correlation between the scores of communication skills attained in MMI and OSCE during trimester 2 (r=0.956, n=30, p<0.001) and trimester 3 (r=0.966, n=30, p<0.001).
Conclusion: The study provides empirical evidence for the validity of MMI as a predictor of future performance of Physician Associate trainees’ communication skills during subsequent OSCEs.

Keywords: multiple mini-interview, MMI, objective structured clinical examination, OSCE, noncognitive skills, communication skills, Pearson’s correlation, Physician Associate

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