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Medical School Virtual Assessments

Alexi Caffelle

Posted in: Pre-Med: Interview

With the world of virtual interviewing growing and growing, medical schools have employed various methods to evaluate applicants. The Altus Suite- consisting of CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet, has become a common requirement for medical schools and most students are very familiar with this virtual exam. 

However, there are some others that seem to pop up out of nowhere. Last year, AAMC used the VITA interview which they did away with during 2021. But there is a still couple of other virtual assessments that applicants should be aware of. 

Kira Talent Interview 

The Kira is either a live interview or asynchronous interview. Most schools using Kira have been offering the asynchronous interview, which is a one-way recording of yourself answering a question. You will not know the questions beforehand but will be given them at the time of the exam and then have a limited time to record an answer. The best way to prepare for this is to review information on Altus’ Snapshot as they are a very similar type of assessment. The goal of these assessments is to see how you present yourself, how you think ‘on your feet,’ and to get a sense of your personality. 

Here are some questions to think about while preparing:

• Why do you want to be a doctor?
• How do you handle conflict?
• Describe a challenge in your life and how did you overcome it.

Again, review information on Snapshot and practice by recording yourself answering the question. Also, be sure to check the lighting, background, microphone, camera, etc in the room where you plan to record your interview. Some schools that are requiring the Kira interview are the University of California at Irvine and Des Moines University. 

More information on the Kira interview can be found on the Kira Talent website.

AAMC SJT (Situational Judgment Test)

The AAMC began a pilot SJT  last year and a few schools have required it or strongly recommend it. 

Medical School

AAMC SJT Exam in the 2022 Admissions Cycle

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Strongly Recommended

Morehouse School of Medicine

Required

University of Alabama – Birmingham School of Medicine

Strongly Recommended (Regular MD program only)*

University of Minnesota School of Medicine – Twin Cities campus

Strongly Recommended

University of California Davis School of Medicine

Strongly Recommended

Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences

Strongly Recommended

The SJT is similar to the CASPer Exam in that it presents various scenarios to the applicant and gauges how the applicant may respond to them. The key difference is that the applicant is given various ‘responses’ to the written scenario and they are asked to rank them on the effectiveness of that response. Fortunately, the AAMC has created a lot of practice material and information for applicants to prepare. 

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