The Medical School Interview Process in 2021 – Facebook Live Q&A

First year University of Toronto medical student Emma, speaks on her experience interviewing for medical schools during the 2020 pandemic. The pandemic has certainly changed the interview process in 2020, and we’re discussing these changes and how they will affect medical school interviews in 2021 and into the future. Emma provided insightful information about the medical school interviews process and the time leading up to the interviews by answering the following questions during the Facebook Live taping:

  1. What is your top advice for medical school interview preparation?
  2. What was your biggest fear regarding interviewing and how did you overcome it?
  3. When did you start preparing for interviews? Did you wait until you received interview invitations? 
  4. Do you think it’s worth beginning preparations before receiving invites or do you think the extra preparation time could’ve helped?
  5. In your opinion, do you think the pandemic will cause interviews to change going forward?
  6. In your opinion, do you think there is an advantage or disadvantage regarding virtual interviews?
  7. How can you avoid interview fatigue? 
  8. What style of interview do you find is the easiest/hardest to prepare for? MMI, Panel, or MPI? 
  9. What is the best way (or some tips) to answer a “tell me about yourself” question?
  10. What is the best way (or some tips) to answer a “why medicine” question?
  11. How long after the interview should you expect notice of acceptance or rejection? 
  12. What is the biggest misconception about interviewing for medical schools? 
  13. Was there anything that caught you by surprise during your interview process? 
  14. Are medical ethical questions asked and how should you answer them?
  15. Can you give an example of a “What if…” question?

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Check out our other Q&A video series with medical students:
MDconsultants & MEDLIFE YorkU: Q&A with a University of Toronto Medical Student
The Medical School Application Process
Operation Med School (OMS) Ottawa & MDconsultants Q&A with Medical Students
Online Medical School Interviews During COVID-19: Tips & Advice
Medical School Interviews in Canada
Medical School Applications in Canada
McMaster Health Sciences Undergraduate Program