ProFitHR | Candidate Assessment System
ProFitHR.com

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McMaster University

ProFitHR provides turnkey solutions to successfully customize and implement the Multiple Mini Interview system ( MMI),  thus providing HR departments with an assessment process which has greater inter rater reliability and predictive validity for measuring soft skills.  These turnkey solutions are equally effective for all sectors, Corporate, Academic and Public.

ProFitHR is a spin out company from McMaster University’s de Groote School of Medicine. ProFitHR acquired the MMI licence from McMaster in 2008. Since then ProFitHR has sold licences to Tier 1 medical, pharmaceutical, dental and veterinary schools in Canada, the US, the Middle East, Europe, the Far East and to municipal government in Canada. Two of the McMaster founders of the Multiple Mini Interview system (MMI) are considered the acknowledged experts in the field of candidate screening and selection for medical schools and speak at international conferences on the topic and are actively engaged in the company.

In 2002, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University began developing the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) system, to address two widely recognized problems. First, it has been shown that traditional interview formats or simulations of educational situations do not accurately predict performance in medical school. Secondly, when a licensing or regulatory body reviews the performance of a physician subsequent to patient complaints, the most frequent issues of concern are those of the non-cognitive skills, such as interpersonal skills, professionalism and ethical/moral judgment.

The MMI is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) tool that was successfully used for over a decade to assess the clinical skills in the McMaster Medical Education program. The applicant must deal with questions, issues, scenarios etc., at a series of stations, each of which has a different interviewer, who will rate the candidate’s performance at that station. Unlike the OSCE, the MMI scenarios do not relate to clinical practice but rather to issues about which an applicant should have reasonably sophisticated knowledge. The interviewer receives background information on the question or scenario, which assists them in challenging the applicant’s ideas or positions. A successful applicant will therefore be one who has a wide body of knowledge with which to address the presented scenario and can deal with the challenges from the interviewer or situation as it develops (see the Sample Interview).   This behaviour screening method goes beyond gut assessment, with the ability to improve interview success rates and raising candidate quality.

Published research and on-going studies clearly demonstrate the superior psychometrics and cost efficiency of the MMI when compared to other techniques used in the assessment of applicants for admission to medical school.

In 2007, collaborators of the MMI along with McMaster’s Industry Liaison Office combined their efforts to form a spin-off company to bring the MMI to professional schools and corporations around to world. To capture the MMI’s ability to assess candidates in any industry the product was branded as a Professional Fit Assessment Tool for Human Resources experts or ProFitHR. The company is located at McMaster’s Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Clients We Have Helped

  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Dalhousie Unversity College of Pharmacy
  • University of Toronto School of Pharmacy
  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry
  • The City of Hamilton
  • Mount Royal University
  • British Columbia Ambulance Services
  • The University of Toronto Schools
  • The Next 36
  • University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Arizona (Phoenix) College of Medicine
  • Midwestern University College of Dentistry
  • Stanford University College of Medicine
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) College of Medicine
  • Salus University
  • Duke University
  • New York Medical College
  • Idaho State University
  • Georgetown Univeristy
  • University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois Chicago College of Pharmacy
  • University of Findlay Physician Assistant’s Program
  • Albany Medical College
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
  • Hamad Medical Corporation – Qatar, Dubai Health Authority
  • Fu Jen Catholic University
  • Universidade do Algarve Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Universidade di Aviero