Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 59–67 | Cite as

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

  • Wendy Yen
  • Richard Hovey
  • Kathryn Hodwitz
  • Su Zhang


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 



We would firstly like to thank Paul Gamble (The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences), CEO of the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences, for overseeing this study. We would also like to extend gratitude to all of the Michener candidates who participated in this study. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the MMI content expert, Lisa Slack (The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences), and EI content expert, Brett Richards (Connective Intelligence), for their assistance in mapping the MMI and EQ-i subscales and providing construct expertise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy Yen
    • 1
  • Richard Hovey
    • 1
  • Kathryn Hodwitz
    • 1
  • Su Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.The Michener Institute for Applied Health SciencesTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Education Quality and Accountability OfficeTorontoCanada

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