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Conducting Interviews During the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 14, 2020

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Given the need for all of us to support the nation’s public health efforts, the AAMC strongly encourages medical school and teaching hospital faculty to conduct all interviews with potential students, residents, and faculty in a virtual setting – either by phone or through video conferencing.

The academic medicine community is not alone in facing this challenge. LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have all halted on-site job interviews indefinitely and multiple resources exist for conducting virtual assessments. The AAMC will continue working with the Group on Resident Affairs, Group on Faculty Affairs, Group on Student Affairs, and others to collate and post resources as they become available.

AAMC Resources for Admissions Officers

Virtual Interview Guides

Virtual Interview Webinars

  • In the Nuts and Bolts of Virtual Interviewing webinar, AAMC discusses important considerations for medical schools when making the transition from an in-person to virtual format interview and provides tips for organizing and conducting live virtual interviews. Specific topics include adapting processes and materials, selecting an interview platform, preparing for success, and preparing interviewers to conduct virtual interviews. It also discusses possible complications when transitioning to virtual interviews and how to address them without losing the effectiveness of the interview. Additionally, medical school admissions officers share their past experiences and plans for the upcoming admissions cycle.
    Access the video or the PowerPoint slides (PDF).

AAMC Resources for Residency Program Directors

Other Resources

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