How to prepare for your medical school interview
- By: Matt Green
The medical school interview is daunting, let there be no doubt about it. Medical school interviewers are interested in far more than facts. Indeed, if a candidate experienced an interview in which all the questions could be answered by factual recall, it could be said that the panel was not doing its job properly.
It is understandable that some students seek assistance in preparing for their interview by inquiring: “If the interviewer asks me question X, or question Y, what are the right things to say?” Well, there will be questions asked by panel members that explore matters of factual knowledge, and on those occasions the “right things to say” are self evident. However, medical school interview panels are not simply seeking to assess how much one candidate knows about a range of issues compared with other candidates.
Panels are determined to challenge candidates and to take them outside their