In an earlier blog posting I talked about applications to BS/MD programs. If you are accepted by the undergraduate college, your application is sent for consideration to the medical school. If you look like a strong candidate, most medical schools will then schedule you for an on campus interview. Typically, these interviews with be with professors from the medical school and often students currently in the program.
Unlike most college interviews, these medical school interviews are critical for acceptance into these programs since everybody considered has top grades and top test scores. The interview gives the medical school some insight into who you are beyond your grades and test scores. Depending on your interviewer they may also test your ability to handle pressure.
You must be prepared for these interviews if you are going to be competitive for admissions into a BS/MD program. I will generally do mock interviews with students I am working with to get them ready for these interviews.
So what types of questions will you likely be asked in a BS/MD interview? There are many possible questions but the most important ones will generally be questions regarding your desire to become a doctor and why you are considering a BS/MD program. It is also common to be asked what your plans are if you are not accepted into the BS/MD program.
These scheduled interviews will often involve interviews with several different people or groups of people and the process can take the better part of a day. There may also be group interviews where you are asked questions along with other applicants. The cost of getting to these interviews can be substantial if you are applying to a number of the BS/MD programs.
These interviews are for a professional program so you will want to wear appropriate clothing for the interview. Jeans and t-shirts may be appropriate for many college interviews but for interviews at a medical school you will want to dress up more. Suits for men and suits or dresses for women would be considered professional.
Finally, getting asked to interview at one of these programs indicates that you are a strong candidate. However, remember that they ask many more people to interview than there are spaces available so getting an interview is not the same as getting accepted into a program.
Want more information about BS/MD programs? Check out the Guide to BS/MD Programs.