Medical School Interview

The Medical School Interview

The medical school interview is a critical part of the application process. It is used for the committee members to get to know you as a person. Interviewers will be very interested in your reason for choosing a medical career and their school, as well as your activities and interests.

How to Prepare

Know Yourself

  • Review the application material that you submitted, be ready to talk about the academic, extracurricular and medically-related experiences that you have had.
  • Be able to explain your strengths and weaknesses as well as why you think you would be a good physician.

Know the Medical Profession

Familiarize yourself with current issues in medicine and be able to talk confidently about your ability to become a physician.

Know the Institution

  • Do research on the school you are applying to and prepare informed questions about their program.
  • Visit their website to find out about their program as well as to find out about their interview process and questions that were asked at recent interviews (applicants post these).

Interviews at Florida Schools

FSU, UF and USF all have two one-on-one interviews that range from 30 to 60 minutes in length. Typically, one interview is with a faculty member and one with a fourth-year medical student.

UM conducts one 30-45 min interview with a faculty member.

Typical Questions

If the interviews are open file (UF, FSU and UM) many questions are about specific things in your application. USF's questions tend to be more general about the applicant and the medical profession. Common question include:

  • Why do you want to be a doctor?
  • How did you become interested in the profession?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • Describe when you had to deal with a difficult situation.
  • What are your favorite classes/extracurricular activities?
  • How would you tell a family member that a patient you were responsible for just died?
  • What do you think is the biggest crisis in healthcare today?
  • Why do you want to come here?
  • Why should we admit you over anybody else?
  • What do you do for fun? What is your favorite book?
  • Which historical figure would you like to meet?

Advice from Seniors

  • Be yourself, most of the interviews are pretty conversational and not intimidating.
  • Make sure to elaborate on the main points of your answers, giving specific examples of things you saw during clinical and volunteer experiences.
  • Never assume the interviewer knows anything about you before he/she interviews you. Some interviewers only know your name.
  • Eat breakfast because the interview days are long and the school might not provide anything.
  • Relax. They're just trying to know you as a person.

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