The Medical School Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty

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9781937978013: The Medical School Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty

Did you know that the interview is the most important factor in admissions decisions? What can you do to achieve maximum success during the interview?

In 2011, the AAMC published a survey that evaluated the importance of 12 variables on admissions decisions. These variables included total MCAT scores, science and math GPA, and the interview. The interview was rated the most important factor, receiving a score of 4.5 (scale of 1 [not important] to 5 [extremely important]).

High GPA and MCAT scores do not guarantee admission. In the aforementioned study, approximately 8% of applicants with undergraduate GPAs and total MCAT scores of at least 3.8 and 39, respectively, failed to gain admission. As you can see, the interview is never just a formality. It can absolutely make or break your chances of acceptance. Consider the following:

  • "The interview is an important and integral part of the selection process," writes the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
  • "Faculty interviews with critical evaluations are the only method...for the assessment of the important nonacademic attributes..." writes the Penn State College of Medicine. "The Selection Committee places great importance on these evaluations in making decisions on admission."
  • "High grades and/or MCAT scores alone are never enough," writes the LSU Shreveport School of Medicine. "For those interviewed, impressions from the personal interview are exceedingly important."
What does it take to impress a medical school interviewer? We review the data on the decision-makers. What do these interviewers care about? We review the data on the criteria that matter to them? How can you convince them that you would be the right "fit" for their school? We provide concrete, practical recommendations based on this data.

Our recommendations are based on data from a full spectrum of sources. We have scoured the research on medical school admissions and discussed the interview process with deans and admissions committee members to give you the detailed information needed to deliver compelling answers to interview questions. How can you best prepare for the MMI, group interview, panel interview, and behavioral interview? What qualities would make applicants less likely to be admitted? What personal qualities are most valued by admissions faculty?

In our book, you'll find the answers to these questions and much more. Learn how to develop the optimal strategy for interview success and gain that extra edge.
Note: This book provides an overview of the MMI. For applicants seeking detailed guidance for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), please see our book Multiple Mini Interview: Winning Strategies From Admissions Faculty. 

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From the Author:

Q & A with Dr. Samir Desai
Why did you write this book?
Having served on the medical school admissions committee for years, I've been amazed at the quality of today's applicants. I'm not alone in the way that I feel. At conferences and meetings, I often interact with admissions officials all across the country. When we get together, many of us wonder if we would get into medical school today. "I can't believe how much she's done," is something I hear time and time again from my colleagues.
The sad reality, though, is that sometimes stars on paper are less than impressive in person. The medical school interview is a high stakes situation, and the pressure of the situation can easily make talented applicants appear lacking in one or more ways. 
It's always been upsetting to me to see worthy applicants who have so much to offer our profession denied that chance because of a poor interview performance. That's what led me to write this book - to give you insider information that you can use to elevate your interview performance, and leave the interviewer with a powerful impression.
An impression that makes the interviewer return to the admissions committee to say, "I interviewed 5 applicants today but Applicant X was by and far the best. I would love to see her at our school."
I want you to be Applicant X. That's why I have created this incredibly detailed book chock full of powerful strategies. 
What else is important to know about this book?
I didn't want this book just to be the opinion of one or two authors. That's why I exhaustively researched the field to provide you with the evidence that supports our recommendations. Of course, not every aspect of the medical school interview has been researched. When research was lacking, I reached out to admissions directors, deans, and interviewers to share with you their perspectives. Inside this book, you will find 182 quotes and comments from admissions officials.
How can this book specifically help me deliver a compelling interview performance?
Inside, you will:

  • Learn about the goals of the interviewer, and how you can meet them.
  • Discover the qualities interviewers are seeking, and how can demonstrate them.
  • Avoid demonstrating qualities that may harm your chances of admission, some of which are surprisingly easy to make.
  • Find ways to show your motivation for a career in medicine, an important part of your overall interview score.
  • Avoid common pitfalls and traps in answering the question "Why do you want to be a doctor?"
  • Be able to discuss your commitment to service in a way that resonates with the interviewer.
  • Learn how to present yourself as a "good fit" for the school.
  • See how to demonstrate personal maturity through your answers.
  • Benefit from our list of common ethical dilemmas asked of medical school applicants, and an approach to answering these questions.
  • Learn how to properly research a medical school and use the information to elevate your performance.
  • Discover how to stand out in different interview formats, including the traditional, group, panel, behavioral, and multiple mini interview (MMI). Note that this book provides an overview of the MMI. See our companion book "Multiple Mini Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty" for detailed strategies for success.
  • Identify ways to address red flags in your application (low grades, low MCAT scores, leave of absence, issues with professionalism, institutional action, significant time gaps)
  • Determine how to shine at the beginning, during the body, and at the end of the interview.
  • Know what to do if you don't know the answer to a question.
  • Avoid asking the "wrong" questions.
  • Discover ways to answer illegal or inappropriate questions.
  • Know what to do after the interview to maximize your chances of an offer.
  • See how to increase your chances of securing a position from the waitlist.
  • Find tips and strategies for the osteopathic interview.

And much more!
Are there any samples answers to commonly asked interview questions?
We devote an entire chapter on how to answer interview questions. This chapter includes case studies of medical school applicants. A sample answer is offered and this is followed by a discussion of how the applicant could have answered the question better. Then we utilize these discussion points to show you the better answer. 
What other interview resources do you offer?
In our "Success in Medicine" podcast (co-hosted by Dr. Samir Desai and Dr. Rajani Katta), we offer very specific medical school tips and strategies for different medical schools. You can access the free podcast at iTunes and Google Play. Recent podcasts have included approaches to answering and sample answers for the following medical school interview questions:
  • What discovery do you think has had the greatest impact on medicine? (See June 18 Podcast - UT Houston Medical School Interview Tips)
  • Ethical scenarios involving Jehovah's Witness patient needing blood transfusion (See June 8 Podcast - UT San Antonio Medical School Interview Tips)
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in answering the question, "What do you like to do for fun?" (See June 11 Podcast - UT Southwestern Medical School Interview Tips)

With more episodes on interview questions being added every few days! 
In closing, I would like to wish you the best of luck in your medical school interviews. Feel free to contact me with any questions. 

From the Back Cover:

Studies have found that the interview is the most important factor in admissions decisions. What can students do to achieve maximum success during the interview?

  • A survey of medical schools identified the personal characteristics that are most highly valued in applicants. What are they, and how can students emphasize these qualities during interviews?

  • Do you know how to prepare for the multiple-mini interview (MMI)? This approach is being increasingly used by medical schools across the country, and requires that the applicant move from one station to another, responding to scenarios, tasks, or questions. NOTE: This book provides an overview of the MMI process. We will be publishing an extensive book covering MMI preparation in June 2015 - Multiple Mini Interview (MMI): Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty - written by Dr. Samir Desai

  • Research has identified qualities that would make applicants less likely to be admitted. How can applicants avoid suggesting these qualities during the interview?

  • Have you read about the ethical dilemmas facing modern medicine? Researchers found that approximately 10% of interview questions focused on resolving an ethical dilemma.

  • The questions that you ask during an interview can either strengthen your application or weaken it. What questions should you avoid asking?

  • What are your weaknesses? Why are you interested in our school? These standard interview questions are most often met with standard, generic responses. This represents a significant lost opportunity. Learn how you can deliver memorable and impressive responses that stand out.

Utilizing a unique combination of evidence-based advice and an insider's perspective, this book will help you achieve your ultimate goal:

MEDICAL SCHOOL

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