Medical School Interview: Winning Strategies From Admissions Faculty
"I am a health communication professor and I work closely with the university's premed program. I sometimes do trainings prepping the students for their med school interviews and many of my students have been successfully admitted to med school.
I have found this book, along with Multiple Mini Interview (MMI): Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty to be the 2 essential books of prepping for med school. The best thing you can do for yourself is buying these 2 books, reading them thoroughly, and practicing more than once. Start with the general one, and spend some serious time on it. Don't skip the 'why do you want to be a doctor' and 'what is professionalism' sections, they are gold!"
Christine (Amazon Review)
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. The interview was rated the most important factor.
"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.
"This is a fabulous book, by far the most informative and thorough book I read in preparation for medical school interviews. It does a brilliant and thorough job at helping you play up the strengths you already have and ace your interviews, as well as common mistakes and pitfalls we make as applicants. I absolutely owe the success of my interviews to this book and HIGHLY recommend it even for the most qualified applicants."
Alex Bajaj (Amazon Review)
"A comprehensive strategy to confidently be able to handle a med school interview. It'll make you think about things that you may not have thought about. It'll prepare you for the most classic questions and even some questions that you not expect."
Aaron (Amazon Review)
"There are a lot of direct quotes from admissions committee members in this book, which is very helpful and better than receiving advice and interview tips from those who are not on the voting admissions committee. I wish I had found this book before my first school interview."
S. Pan (Amazon Review)
"I just got into two allopathic medical schools, and I have to say that this book was instrumental in my preparation. The clear cut organization and headings followed by examples flesh out the myriad topics you might get asked in an interview, and what is really special is how there are quotes from Adcoms at medical schools all across the country. If there is one book to purchase to give you a competitive edge in the interview process, this is it."
BTLV (Amazon Review)
"If you are going to your first medical school interview, this a great book to read. I liked it a lot. It even gave advice on how to handle the blemishes that may be present on your school record. I would recommend it to all nervous/anxious folks out there. Plus it's not expensive!...especially in the grand scheme of the cost of medical school admissions.."
Ariel James (Amazon Review)
"As a re-applicant, I wanted to make sure that I was well prepared for my interviews. I have heard so many stories of students receiving multiple interview invites and not gaining admission into medical school because of poor interview skills. To add to my nervousness, I was a non-traditional applicant and really had to rely on finding a good book since I did not have access to a premedical advisor. I will admit that I have read 3 interview books and without a doubt The Medical Interview is the best and most comprehensive. I love the fact that this books backs up it data from numerous studies, and even provides advice from admission officers around the country."
Fara S (Amazon Review)