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Ask the Experts: Preparing for the Interview
Filomeno Maldonado is assistant dean for admissions at The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He has been with the college of medicine since 1988 and served in many positions there, including principal investigator and director of the Health Careers Opportunity Program-Bridge to Medicine Program and the Hispanic Center of Excellence.
Norma Wagoner, Ph.D., has served on admissions committees in five medical schools, interviewing more than 6,000 applicants. For 28 years, she served as dean of students in three of the five medical schools. She is now on the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, interviewing 60-70 applicants a year. As an anatomy professor, she teaches first year medical students.
How prepared do I need to be to talk about different topics?
For example, do I have to be able to talk extensively about genetics or chemistry?
Who should I expect to meet with in my interview?
How many people, on average, will I meet during my interview?
I get really nervous during interviews.
Do you have any strategies I can use to relax before and during the interview?
What months are best for interviewing?
Is it better to interview at a program you prefer toward the beginning or the end of their interview cycle?