Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 59-67

First online:

An exploration of the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI)

  • Wendy YenAffiliated withThe Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
  • , Richard HoveyAffiliated withThe Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
  • , Kathryn HodwitzAffiliated withThe Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences Email author 
  • , Su ZhangAffiliated withEducation Quality and Accountability Office

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The present study explored the relationship between the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) admissions process and the Bar-On EQ-i emotional intelligence (EI) instrument in order to investigate the potential for the EQ-i to serve as a proxy measure to the MMI. Participants were 196 health science candidates who completed both the MMI and the EQ-i as part of their admissions procedure at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Three types of analyses were conducted to examine the relationship between the two tools: reliability analyses, correlational analyses, and a t-test. The tools were found to be moderately reliable. No significant relationships were found between the MMI and the EQ-i at the total or subscale level. The ability of the EQ-i to discriminate between accepted and not-accepted students was also not supported. These findings do not support the use of the EQ-i as a potential pre-screening tool for the MMI, but rather highlight the need to exercise caution when using emotional intelligence instruments for high-stakes admissions purposes.


Admissions Emotional intelligence Health sciences Non-cognitive skills Multiple Mini-Interview