How to Research a Medical School
Updated: May 24
Why did you apply to our medical school?
This is one of the most important interview questions out there, and a strong response here can really set you apart. The key to answering this question well is to highlight how your interests, strengths, and goals are a great fit with the school's mission, offerings, and goals.
In order to do that, you need to research the school. And by "researching the school," we mean far more than just reviewing the website and speaking to some current students.
When we're working with our advisees, we recommend the AEIOU approach. In fact, we ask our students to fill out this worksheet for every school to which they're applying. As you're completing the worksheet, see what speaks to you. That should become one of the keys to your response.
Wishing you all the best,
Rajani Katta MD and Samir Desai MD
Authors of The Medical School Interview
Dr. Rajani Katta is the creator of Medical School Interviews 101, the course that teaches students how to ace their interviews. She is also the author of the best-selling book The Medical School Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty, and served as Professor of Dermatology at the Baylor College of Medicine for over 17 years.
Dr. Samir Desai is the author of The Medical School Interview and Multiple Mini Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty. He has served on the medical school admissions and residency selection committees at the Baylor College of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.