Route 2: Applying to Medical School
Medical schools impressed with your secondary application will request that you come for a school visit and a series of interviews. Here are some tips for an effective interview:
- Be prepared - know as much about the school as possible.
- Dress professionally (but be comfortable, don't overdo it).
- Arrive a bit early.
- Be polite, cordial, and honest.
- Remember the name of your interviewer.
- Be prepared to discuss things logically and intelligently.
- Don't ramble or get overly emotional.
- Be prepared with some questions of your own about the school.
- Stay calm, even if asked a controversial question. Often an interviewer is more concerned about how you answer a question, and if you have good reasons for your opinion. Whether he or she agrees with you is usually not as important.
- Make good eye contact.
- Be yourself!
After your medical school visit and interview, follow up by telephone if you do not get a definite response within a few weeks (follow the guidelines of the school on this). This demonstrates that you are still interested, and may remind the committee of your application.