- January 27, 2012
- Posted by: Sahil Mehta
- Category: Applying, Interview
Medical school interview courses are a dime a dozen (well not really a dime, they are expensive!). Everyone knows how important the medical school interview is. You do well during your interview, you get into the school. You don’t do well, well you do not get into medical school. For this reason, medical school interview courses are popular among many applicants looking to gain an edge.
While a course may seem like great preparation for an interview, we disagree. Instead, we like to focus on one-on-one interview skills. Learning with a group of 20 students is not the same as having the advisor all to yourself. That is why our medical school interview preparation is done in a one-on-one setting with advisors who are MDs and who have interviewed for medical school admissions committees before. They know exactly what questions you will be asked because they are the ones who used to ask them! We will prepare you put your best foot forward when it comes to your medical school interview and get that acceptance you dreamed of.
Most interviews fall under the one on one category. An admissions officer who has read you application sits down and interviews you. However, there are several other types of interviews as explained by Linda Alexander, MD at mommd.com
Panel: Eastern Virginia Medical School
This is where more than one interviewer interviews you at the same time. It can feel like the Spanish Inquisition, but try not to get over intimidated. Make eye contact with the person who has asked you the question, but also try to look and engage the other interviewers as you make your points. Usually panel interviews are made up of people from different disciplines such as basic science/ research, clinical medicine, or surgery. There is often a medical student as part of the panel. So be prepared for a real range of questions…
Blind: George Washington SOM
This is an interview where the interviewer has not seen any part of your file. He or she does not know your grades or scores and has not read your essays. Be prepared for the worst of all possible interview questions: “So, tell me about yourself.” Expect to regurgitate a lot of what you have already written in your various application essays. Your previous prep to answer so why do you want to be a doctor questions will really help here.
Partial Blind: Loyola Stritch SOM
This is where an interviewer only sees part of your applications, such as your essays and secondary application, but not your grades or scores. This saves you from defending your C in second semester Organic Chemistry class, but requires that you look again at what you wrote. I was given a great ethical question at a partial blind interview.
MCV (up to the interviewer whether they look at your file or not)(MCV has only one interview/interviewer)
In this type of interview it is up to the interviewer whether or not he or she will look at your file ahead of time. Be prepared, therefore, for “blind” type questions as well as questions addressing what you wrote in your essays.