Answering Medical School Interview Questions Requires Diligent Research

How to Interview for Medical School: Lesson 3



This may be one of your medical school interview questions: “Why do you want to come to this medical school?” There is no excuse for you not to answer this question intelligently. Make sure to do your homework! Properly research the medical school at which you are interviewing. The med school’s website is a perfect way to begin. Like a doctor should never institute treatment without researching the patient’s disease, a student should not select a medical school without researching the medical school’s philosophy and strengths. Know about any special programs that the med school offers in which you may be interested such as an MD/PHD program or an MD/MPH program. Know when their students begin their clinical rotations and what the med school emphasizes during didactic years.

Be able to formulate AT LEAST one specific reason why you want to go to each medical school you applied. By giving your med school interviewers a specific reason, you will show a genuine interest in attending their medical school. The med school admissions team needs to know that you are a serious applicant. If the admissions committee believes that you have applied to a dozen schools and their school is number 11 on your list, they probably will not accept you even if you are very qualified. They want to know that you want them just as much as they want you!

Know whether the medical school offers any research opportunities to medical school students and try to identify a research area that interests you. For example, if you were to visit the website of Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, you would learn that researchers from Washington University School of Medicine are questioning the widely held assumption that “older adults may experience memory loss and other cognitive problems following surgery. In fact, the researchers (at Wash U) were not able to detect any long-term cognitive declines attributable to surgery in a group of 575 patients they studied. “ It may impress your interviewer to refer to this particular study during your interview if it was relevant to your own interests. For example, you may bring it up as follows “I am particularly interested in going into a surgical specialty and I was fascinated by the study done here at Wash U that showed that surgery in the elderly is not a risk factor for memory loss. I hope to get involved in more studies like this when I am a student here.” This type of response would show your interviewer that you are a serious applicant since you researched and expressed interest in a project specific to their institution.

Take Home Message: Do your homework! Answering medical school interview questions requires that you research the med schools. Think of at least one reason why you want to attend each one. This step is critical to prove to the medical school admissions committees that you are a serious applicant to their medical schools.

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How To Interview for Medical School Tutorial

Introduction
Lesson 1:Develop the Right Medical School Interview Mindset
Lesson 2: Role Play as the Medical School Admissions Officer
Lesson 3: Do Your Medical School Research Homework
Lesson 4: Practice Medical School Interview Questions
Lesson 5: Answering the Toughest Interview Question
Lesson 6: What To Wear To Your Medical School Interview
Lesson 7: Know Which Medical Interview Questions You Need To Ask
Lesson 8: Advice for Interview Day
Lesson 9: The Ideal Interview Thank You Letter