MEDICAL SCHOOL INTERVIEW RESOURCES

 

Interviews are a very important part of the application process. It means the medical school feels your application is up to their standards and now they want to meet you. Now it's about fit. Are you the right 'fit' for our school? It's your opportunity to interview the school as well. Can you imagine yourself here? This is the most relaxed part of the application. It's an opportunity for you to have fun and be yourself. You do need to prepare for the day, however. You need to research each school and understand their interview format. Below are links to help you prepare for the types of questions you might be asked and also the format used: traditional, one on one, group interviews or MMIs.

 

 

 
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Interview Questions & Resources

 

Johns Hopkins has great resources on interviewing and understanding MMI format.

Preparing for the Medical School Interviews from the AAMC.

Preparation Sheet for Interviews from AAMC.

35 Questions I Wished I Asked from AAMC.

What It's Like to Participate in MMIs from AAMC.

Ask the Experts: Preparing for Interviews from the AAMC.

Maintaining Professionalism throughout the interview from the AAMC.

The Healthcare Handbook is a fantastic book if you are interested in learning about health care and public policy. This is a must read in preparation for your interviews. Written by two graduates of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, they also offer a great list of articles that support each chapter. So if you can't get a copy of this book at your local library, at least check out the articles.

 

MMI Resources (Multiple Mini Interview)

Multiple Mini Interviews are just what the title suggests. Instead of one or two longer interviews with just one or two individuals that could invite bias, applicants are placed in multiple (6-10) smaller stations on a timed circuit of about 8-10 minutes at each stop. Stations can include tasks, interviews or scenarios that test for the most part your thinking process and communication skills. Since the applicant interacts with many different people in multiple scenarios, schools can elicit many various opinions and observations from the day. If a student feels they performed weak on one station they might excel at the next.  Below are some resources to better understand the format of MMIs and subsequently how to prepare for these interviews. To learn the basics of MMIs, read the AAMC description of MMIs. 

From NYU. What to Expect during MMIs. 

How to Prepare for MMIs from Carleen Eaton, MD

2016-17 List of what medical schools currently use MMIs, both DO and MD.

Johns Hopkins has great resources on interviewing and understanding MMI format.

Understanding CASPer.  It's a personal characteristic test used in the evaluation process. NY Medical College and Rutgers uses this as a tool during the application process.

Tips from Ohio State Associate Dean on interviewing 

Myths and Misconceptions about MMIs

Sample Scenarios. Although it's from a Canadian perspective, the questions are still excellent. (MMIs were actually created by McMaster University Medical School in Canada.)

10 Sample Station questions. Good to use when practicing with someone who is not familiar with the MMI format. Just follow the prompts.

You might want to read the recent article (Nov. 2017) published by UC Davis on the link between performance on medical school interviews and demographics. The article is entitled UC Study Finds Performance on Med School Interviews Linked to Demographics.