Medical School

Medical School Interviews: Overview

In this overview, we’ll walk you through the various kinds of interviews you may be asked to complete as you proceed through the medical school application process. Find out the purpose of each type of interview, as well as typical timing and recommended preparation.

Medical School Interviews: The Altus Suite

This is part 1 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Find out more about how to prepare for interviews designed by Altus Suite, which includes Casper, Snapshot, and Duet. Casper, a Situational Judgment Test (SJT), enables medical schools to assess applicants’ soft skills, such as empathy and collaboration, before they select applicants to come interview in person.

Medical School Interviews: AAMC PREview™

This is part 2 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. A smaller but growing number of medical schools require or recommend the AAMC PREview™ Professional Readiness Exam, formerly known as the AAMC Situational Judgment Test. Find out how to prepare for the AAMC PREview™ and learn more about the structure, timing, and scoring.

Medical School Interviews: Traditional

This is part 3 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Learn more about the structure, content, timing, and how to prepare for traditional interviews, which can take place one-on-one or with a panel of interviewers.

Medical School Interviews: MMI

This is part 4 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Learn more about multiple mini-interviews (MMI), which have applicants rotate through a series of six to 10 stations manned by different interviewers, each of which takes about 10 minutes to complete. These stations are intended to assess characteristics including communication, problem-solving skills, teamwork, ethical values, and judgment.

Medical School Interviews: Samples of Selected Med Schools’ Interview Requirements

This is part 5 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Medical schools vary in terms of whether they require Altus, AAMC PREview™, a traditional interview, and/or multiple mini interviews (MMI). In this post, we detail the interview requirements of six top medical schools, to show you how varied the interview experience can be.

Medical School Application Plans

Which medical school application plan suits your needs and schedule? There are three different options, each with its own timetable: Regular Admissions, Early Decision Programs (EDP), and Early Assurance Programs (EAP). In this post, we’ll walk you through the differences between these three plans, and the requirements for each.

Medical School Application Platforms and Their Essays

The three US-based medical school application platforms are AMCAS, which is for MD (allopathic) programs; AACOMAS, which is for DO (osteopathic) programs; and TMDSAS, which is Texas’s own, special system for (mostly public) MD and DO programs. Each platform has different deadlines and essay requirements, so keeping track of which you’re applying through is key!

What Mission Statements Reveal About Medical Schools

Med school mission statements, which are carefully constructed descriptions of their values and approaches, can help you distinguish unique philosophies among programs. Spending time parsing the mission statement of each school will help you choose among schools and aid in composing your application materials later on.

Could a Post-Baccalaureate Program Be Right For You?

What is a post-bac program in the medical sciences and how can it help to improve your chances as a competitive med school applicant? Whether you are a career changer or need to improve your undergrad science GPA—find out if this path could be for you!

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