Don’t wait until the last minute … give yourself time and start your interview preparation early
Applicants to medical school are very much aware that the admission’s process is a highly selective and time consuming experience, often filled with anxiety, excitement and unfortunately disappointment. Each year, there are many applicants with stellar GPAs and high MCATs who are denied admission, while other applicants with more modest GPAs and MCATS are ultimately successful. Such differences are ultimately related to outcomes from the most important component of the medical school admissions’ process: the interview.
While there is no one size fits all formula that guarantees admission to medical school, with hard work, some luck and the right interview preparation, you’ll be well on your way to impressing your interviewers and making a lasting impression. Getting an interview for medical school is no easy task so if you are reading this and have been granted an interview, please pat yourself on the back and accept my congratulations on reaching this milestone. You’ve made the first cut!
If you’re interested in working with me, I offer medical interview consulting experience as follows:
TRADITIONAL PERSONAL INTERVIEW MODEL
The traditional personal style of interviewing is used by the majority of medical schools in the USA and revolves around the applicant being in the hot seat for an extended period of time while they are being assessed by one or more interviewers.
OPTION 1: One-on-One simulated Personal Interview
Session Structure (Total Session Time = 60 minutes):
- Part I (30 min) : Simulated Personal Interview
- Part II (30 min): Individual personalized feedback of encounter and Q&A
MULTIPLE MINI-INTERVIEW MODEL (MMI)
The Multiple Mini Interview model for medical school admissions’ interview was developed at McMaster University and is based on the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). This is the format of medical school interviews at the majority of Canadian med schools and is gaining widespread use in the USA and abroad. It usually consists of 8-10 multiple mini stations (8-13 mins each) designed to assess the personal qualities of candidates by accounting for context specificity with a multiple sampling approach.
OPTION 2: One-on-One simulated MMI Session
Session Structure (Total of 3 MMI Stations, Total Session Time = 60 minutes):
- Part I (30 min) : Three Simulated MMI Stations
- Part II (30 min): Individual personalized feedback of each MMI Station and Q & A