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Medical School Interviews

Personal interviews are required for admission at essentially all medical schools. Interviews are granted only by invitation of the admissions committee and an applicant invited for an interview has passed the preliminary screening and is now being carefully considered for admission. Interviews are only offered to students who the committee has determined to be academically qualified. The purpose of the interview is to determine what type of person you are and do you possess the qualities that the school is looking for in a physician. The impressions made in a personal interview will be extremely important, particularly for those students with grades and MCAT scores that are marginally competitive.

Applicants must be prepared to answer some rather personal questions about their own backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences, as well as some general moral and ethical questions. A good interview will determine what makes the applicant "tick", how well he/she relates to others, and how well-informed he/she is on current events, particularly regarding events which will have an impact on medicine and its practice.

The practice of medicine demands that a person be articulate and have well-developed interpersonal skills. Most experienced interviewers try not to place unnecessary stress on an applicant during the interview, but on some occasions an interviewer will purposely ask questions or exhibit attitudes designed to stress a student. A mature student will not become unduly flustered or antagonistic if subjected to a stressful situation, but will remain composed and continue to answer questions in a candid and straightforward manner. Applicants should be aware that they may very well obtain an excellent rating from an interviewer who may be perceived as a ‘bit hostile.’ They may also have a poor rating from the "friendly doctor" with whom they had a pleasant conversation.