Qualities Valued by Medical Schools
Updated: May 24
The practice of medicine is about far more than just having the knowledge to make an accurate diagnosis.
Multiple studies have asked patients what they want from their doctors. Patients rarely mention knowledge base; they assume their doctors will possess that. Instead, patients focus more on other qualities. They want their doctor to listen to them, to understand what they're going through, and to support them through the hard times in their lives.
These non-cognitive qualities are important to medical schools. And your interview performance is the main way that schools evaluate these qualities. What are these qualities, and how can you demonstrate in an interview that you possess and have demonstrated these qualities?
Because these non-cognitive qualities are so important, we have our advisees fill out this worksheet. The worksheet lists these qualities in descending order of importance.
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.