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Monday, January 31, 2011

Medical School Interviews – No Interviews Yet?

 Are you still waiting for a medical school interview invite? If so, it’s time to get to work. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Call each school that you have applied to and returned a secondary application. Ask if your application is complete and if all interview invites have been given.
  2. Call each school that you have applied to and not received a secondary from and ensure the school has everything it needs prior to sending a secondary application. Also inquire about whether any more secondaries will be sent out (quite unlikely at this stage in the interview process but it doesn’t hurt to ask).
  3. Contact your undergraduate or post-baccalaureate pre-med advisor and update him/her on your situation. If there is a particular school that you are interested in and have not received an interview, some pre-med advisors will make a call on your behalf.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Medical School Interviews - Season Winding Down

This is often the last week of interviews. If you have not received an interview invite from a school at this point, you can consider that a rejection. Many schools, unfortunately, will never officially contact you to provide a rejection.

Now it is time to focus your energies on schools where you have been interviewed and are either waiting to hear or have been waitlisted. By this, I mean writing a letter of intent to your top choice or update letters to other schools that you are interested in (see last two posts for specifics on these letters).

This stage in the medical school admissions process is often a painful waiting game. It can be very difficult. Hang in there!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Medical School Interviews – Thank You Notes

Thank you notes often raise many questions for medical school applicants:

*Do I have to write thank you notes to every interviewer?
Yes, if you would attend the school if accepted.

*Should I write hand-written notes?

*Can an e-mail serve as a sufficient thank you?
No. Such an important communication should not be sent to someone’s already very full e-mail inbox.

Here are some tips:

1. Bring thank you notes, envelopes, and stamps with you on the interview
2. Take notes after every interview noting interviewer name/title and the most interesting topics you discussed (be sure to get the exact spelling of the interviewer’s name)
3. While traveling home by plane, train, etc., write the thank you notes and then drop them in the mail immediately. If you travel by car, write them in the car before you leave. Leaving thank you notes until “later” means they will never get done. And it’s always best to write them while the interview is still fresh in your mind. 
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Medical School Interviews – Take Notes

 Everyone seems to bring a schnazy leather legal pad on interviews. But have you ever seen someone actually taking notes? Why bring it if you don’t use it? There’s no need to take notes during the actual interview, as that may seem pretentious. But definitely jot down your thoughts after each interview making note of:

Interview date
Interviewer name and title
Topics discussed
School positives
School negatives
Overall gut reaction

Taking 5 minutes to log your thoughts will be helpful in keeping the details of each school straight in your mind and remembering specifics to put in thank you notes. These notes can also be very helpful when you are making your final decision of where to attend medical school.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Medical School Interviews – Interview Etiquette

I am sure these tips will seem obvious to you, but you’d be surprised what some people try to get away with. During an interview, please avoid:

1. Chewing gum
2. Swearing
3. Racial slurs
4. Slang
5. “Um,” “like,” “ya know,” and other verbal fillers
5. Ticking anybody off

Be as nice to the receptionist as you are to the interviewer. Rude behavior to any of the medical school staff often gets back to the admissions committee and has been known to sink many an exceptional candidate.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Will New York Medical Schools Ban Carribbean Medical School Students?

Intriguing, and concerning for some, article on how New York medical schools are attempting to prevent Caribbean medical school students (such as students at St. George and Ross) from doing core third-year rotations in their hospitals.

Stay on top of this story if you are applying in the Caribbean!

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