Research Mentor Name

Abhinav Krishnan

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Institution / Department

Office of Admissions

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• Title: The Impact of Reforming the Medical Student Admissions’ Training Process on Medical Student Interviewers.

• Authors: Sean McCarthy1, Iyanna Peppers1, Kevin Sprague, M.D.1, Abhinav Krishnan, PhD1

1.Wayne State University School of Medicine

• Purpose: The Medical Student Admissions Interview Committee (MSAIC) at Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) conducts over 1500 interviews per year. Medical student interviews are a core component of the admissions process, along with faculty/alumni interviews and multiple-mini-interviews. The continuous quality improvement (CQI) subcommittee of MSAIC aids in identifying, improving, and managing compliance. Following suggestions provided by a CQI survey about perceptions of the training process, the training procedure was refined.

This study's objective was to identify student perceptions on med-student interviewer training and evaluate the effectiveness of the different training methods.

• Approach/Methods: This retrospective study reviewed two years of interviewer cohorts. In 2021 cohort, new students (n=15) were selected and participated in an orientation followed by a minimum of 3 shadowing and training sessions. Beginning with 2022 cohort, a new training schema was introduced that focused on early interactive training; new students (n=20) were selected and participated in an interactive training session and an orientation followed by a minimum of 2 shadowing and training sessions. Following each cohort year, surveys were collected and analyzed after the final interview day.

• Results/Outcomes: For both cohort years, there was a response rate of 35.6% (2021) and 32.7% (2022). When analyzing the effect of training modification in 2022: There was an increase in the overall experience as a student interviewer rated as “highly positive” from 19% (2021) to 33% (2022). An increase in the number of students reporting that they did not need more training from 13% (2021) to 28% (2022). However, from 2021 to 2022, there was a decrease in preference for virtual interviews from 46% to 29%, respectively.

• Discussion: The alteration and improvement of the Interviewer training has allowed for a streamlined approach during the beginning portion of the academic cycle with onboarding of new M1 interviewers. The MSAIC has adapted to better suit the needs of today's learners by providing hands-on learning and the perceptions of the process over the study years have shown a net positive outcome in terms of the experience and training. The alteration to training has had an overall net benefit to the student cohorts within the MSAIC and has shortened the time required to be trained while also improving the experiences of those on the committee.


Medical Education