How Becoming a Doctor Works

Medical School Interview

Being granted an interview is a big hurdle. Now your chances of being accepted increase tremendously because only a minority of applicants are granted an interview to a particular school. You have met their academic criteria for admission -- otherwise they would not invite you for an interview. This is their chance to get to know you personally. Some rules:

  • dress nicely
  • be on time
  • be polite and pleasant
  • make eye contact
  • don't interrupt
  • be yourself
  • and above all be honest.

Most interviewers have been doing this a long time and can tell when you are telling them something you think they want to hear. Know as much about the school and its curriculum as possible. They will probably ask you why you have chosen this medical school. Also, be prepared for the usual questions about things such as why you want to be a doctor, how you feel about managed care and health care reform, what you think about different ethical questions, etc. While at the school talk to as many students and faculty as you can. Learn as much as you can about the place as possible. There is a good section about people's experiences at medical school interviews at Student Doctor Network. Finally, always write a thank-you note to the people who have interviewed you.