Premed - The Medical School Interview
 Why an interview?
Medical school point of view:
- Evaluate your people skills.
- Assess your motivation for medicine.
- Learn about unique and unusual aspects of your background and application.
Your point of view:
- Make yourself known to the admissions committee as a unique and interesting person.
- Explain and clarify aspects of your application.
- Learn more about the medical school.
 Preparing for the interview
- Know thyself. Carefully review all materials that you submitted (Personal Statement, etc.). Be especially able to comfortably discuss the following issues:
- Why do you want to become a doctor?
- What extracurricular and/or research activities have you been involved in? Why are they important to you?
- What are your strengths? How have you used these strengths to help other people in your community?
- Be able to explain any obvious weaknesses in your application (low GPA, low MCATs, few extracurriculars, minimal clinical/lab experience). Bring them towards the positive without sounding defensive or fake.
- Know the profession of medicine.
- Familiarize yourself with current controversial medicine-related issues (e.g. Health care policy; stem cell research; doctor-assisted suicide; cloning; etc.).
- Read major newspapers and articles on Current Health Issues.
- Know the institution to which you are applying.
- Read their catalog and their website.
- Come up with interesting questions specific to that medical school.
 At the interview
- Dress should be relatively conservative business attire (i.e., suits for men). Be prepared for the weather.
- Bring a copy of your application/essays for yourself.
- Arrive early at the interview. Don't be rushed.
- Be polite and nice to everyone you meet: Secretaries, tour guides, fellow interviewees.
- Introduce yourself to the interviewer. Shake hands firmly, patiently. It is very important to make and not prematurely break eye contact.
- Maintain eye contact. Don't fidget. Don't cross your arms. Don't fondle items on the interviewer's desk.
- Relax and smile at appropriate times. Most interviews will be like a conversation, a two-way dialogue.
- After the interview, shake hands, thank the interviewer for his/her time, and say goodbye.
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Your Tutor Premed Team