Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and preparing to end the semester strong. Every day, we work towards the goal of becoming a physician, but there are many challenges to encounter on our journeys. Medical school interviews are one of the many challenges that we as pre-med students need to succeed in. Here are some questions to consider while planning for medical school interviews. I hope this blog helps you gather some answers on how to approach medical school interviews and interview questions.
How to prepare for medical school interviews
- Research about the medical school that is interviewing you
- Be able to answer why this specific medical school
- Practice practice practice!
· Familiarity breeds comfort! Several mock interviews help with anxiety and nerves that naturally arise during an interview
What do medical schools look for in interviews?
- Medical schools are looking for prospective students that are sociable, able to communicate, and interact with others.
- They want to see that you are a strong candidate, and your medical school application matches up with what they see and hear from you in the interview. (For example: You’re able to dive deep and explain a research project or volunteer experience in your interview listed on your application)
Types of Interview Questions
Here are some typical interview questions to keep in mind during your pre-med journey! Being able to think through these questions early on will help you grow and better prepare for the interview:
- Why did you choose your undergraduate major?
- How have your undergraduate research experiences, if any, better prepared you for a medical career?
- What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?
- Thinking of some examples from your recent past, how would you assess your empathy and compassion?
- What is “success” in your opinion? After 20 years as a physician, what kind of “success” would you have hoped to achieve?
- What excites you about medicine?
- What do you believe to be some of the most pressing healthcare issues today? Why?
- What do you feel are some negative/restrictive aspects of medicine from a professional standpoint?
- What are some social responsibilities of a physician?
- How do you feel about euthanasia/medically-assisted suicide?
These may be overwhelming questions and concepts to think about. However, it does not have to be! Thinking about future interviews now will help alleviate stress associated with this process. It does not have to be a challenge! Changing the perspective and thinking about these questions as a means of personal growth will help you form an answer that is true to you. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read this blog! Hopefully, this guide helps you think about interviews in a different perspective.
Stay safe & Take care,