Medical School Interview

The interview for medical school is a vitally important part of the medical school application process. Thoughtful preparation is absolutely required. This is your only chance for you to present who you are and articulate your passion for medicine.

Pfizer Medical School Manual journal coverSome major points:

  • Arrive early
  • Dress professionally and conservatively
  • Be prepared to answer questions about medical ethics and the health-care system
  • Be prepared to answer the question,"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
  • Think before you answer
  • Answers should not be too brief or too long
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Don't be arrogant

A very good resource for medical school interview advice can be found at the following web site by the original author of "The Pfizer Medical School Manual: A Practical Guide to Getting Into Medical School" Mike Magee, M.D.

Premedical Program Interview Skills Workshop

When you sign up to submit your completed application materials to Dr. Allison for the Premedical Advisory Committee evaluation, you will also have an interview skills workshop. Dr. Allison offers advice on topics such as what to wear, what not to wear, how to be professional, what questions to anticipate, how to seek a practice interview with our Career Development Center, what not to do or ask of your interviewers, and potential questions you should be prepared to answer.

At UAMS, the interview process lasts most of the day. During that time you will have the opportunity to hear from medical school administrators, be given a tour of the medical school facilities, and have a one-on-one interview with an interview team. The personal interview is conducted by two members of the medical school faculty and a fourth-year medical student. Regardless of whether you are on a tour or in your personal interview, it is essential that you conduct yourself professionally in all interactions.

A small sample of possible medical school interview questions

  1. Tell us about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to be a doctor?
  3. What personal qualities do you possess that will make you a good physician?
  4. What will you do if you are not accepted?
  5. What is your favorite book and/or movie?
  6. Where do you stand on stem cell research?

All of the questions above are fairly predictable and easy to answer - if you are prepared. Many times you will be given a scenario question or asked to talk about compelling issues facing physicians today or the U.S. health care system. You should be well-read and show that you have a continued interest in medical advances, health care delivery, and global health issues.