Abstract: Recent advances in admissions technology: What has the MMI taught us about selecting health professionals. Despite the critical importance of maintaining a valid and transparent selection process that serves the values held by all stakeholders involved in medical education (i.e., students, faculty, society), there continue to be problems with the current state of available admissions protocols. Some problems derive from inertia induced by inaccurate intuitions pertaining to the nature of admissions protocols and the underlying qualities being measured. Others arise from the lack of reliable and valid admissions protocols to capture the non-academic qualities of candidates. In this presentation I will review some of these issues and present the research conducted to date on a new sampling-based approach to health professional student selection known as the Multiple Mini-Interview.

Biography: Dr Kevin Eva completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology (McMaster University) in 2001 and became Editor-in-Chief for the journal Medical Education in 2008. He maintains a number of international appointments including the University of Maastricht (Netherlands) and the University of Bern (Switzerland) and has consulted broadly around the globe including advisory roles for the National Board of Medical Examiners (US) and the Medical Council of Canada. He is founding Co-director of the Maastricht-Canadian Master of Health Professional Education program.
His current research interests are broadly defined within the context of research into educational practices within the health professions. They include research into (1) The value and limits of subjective judgment, (2) The promotion and assessment of non-cognitive characteristics in professional practice, (3) The context specific nature of performance, (4) The conceptualization, nature, and use of self-assessment, (5) The psychological processes that impact upon one’s responsiveness to feedback, and (6) The nature of clinical expertise.
Recent awards for this work include the MILES Award for Mentoring, Innovation, and Leadership in Education Scholarship from the Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference, the John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Medical Council of Canada, and the John P. Hubbard award from the National Board of Medical Examiners (US).

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