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What Should You Do After Your Interview Day

The medical school interview day is stressful. The first thing you’ll likely feel like doing is call your parents and/or significant other and let them know how it went. You’ll want to get into the car and take a deep breath and try to go over every question that was asked and your responses. You’ll second guess what you said, wonder if you answered the ethical question “right” and kick yourself for not saying hello to the medical students making themselves available to talk. While it’s okay to have your doubts about your interview, there is nothing that you can do about it now. The only thing that you can do is prepare for your next interview, assuming you have another one.   The first thing that you should do is prepare some thank you notes for your interviewers. Check with the school to see if it’s okay to send paper thank you notes. Some would prefer email. I personally prefer email because it’s immediate. A good thank you note should be professional and articulate. This isn’t a tweet or Facebook post. This is a professional correspondence that may end up in your admissions folder. If you remember anything significant from your interview, try to use that in your note. Make them think about that same moment. The more you can be top of mind, the better.   The other thing you should do is a debrief. The definition of debrief is simple: “a series of questions about a completed mission.” Your mission was your interview day. If you were like me and started analyzing everything even before the...

4 Tips to Make Your Interview Day Less Stressful

The medical school interview is the last big hurdle between you and an acceptance to medical school. You already survived your premed classes. You suffered through primary and secondary applications. You emptied your bank account on an MCAT prep course, applications, and traveling to your interview day. The last thing you want to do is head into your interviews stressed out. These four tips will help ensure that you are nice and relaxed and ready to impress on your interview day:   Tip 1 Know the Location Simple right? Unfortunately, every day students roll up to the interview late because they got lost, didn’t know where to park, or forgot or misplaced the information about the meeting location. If your travel schedule allows for it, do a drive by of the campus. Find the parking lot, walk around and find the office where you are supposed to be going to. My campus at New York Medical College was pretty locked down, so it was hard to walk around a lot, but you could still get a general idea of where you are going. If the instructions that the school sends out don’t include parking information, it would be in your best interest to find out that info before your interview day.   Tip 2 Arrive Early Another simple one. But again, you’d be surprised how hard it is for students to show up early to the interview, even though it is one of the most important days as a premed student. Did you catch how I said arrive early? Not on time. Early. In the military we say “early...

3 Ways to Kill Your Chances at an Acceptance at Your Interview

While this may be stretching the truth a little bit, you need to go into your interview day with the thought that your acceptance to that school is yours for the taking. You need to assume that the interview can only hurt you. If you go into your interview with that mentality, then you should be as prepared as possible and not screw it up. Unfortunately, every interview day is met with acceptance killers. In this post I will discuss three common ones.   Number 1 – Getting into an Argument Hopefully your interviews are very conversational and easy going. Sometimes they aren’t though and you need to be prepared for that. Some interviewers like to put stress on students. Some interviewers and interviewees just don’t mesh very well. When this happens it is very easy for you to get defensive about some of your answers and be put off by some of the questions. No matter what happens during your interview, the last place you want to take it is to an argument. If you feel like the interviewer is leading you down that path, you need to step back and think. Maybe he or she is trying to provoke you to see what your response is, maybe they are just having a bad day. Your job during the interview is not to prove that you are right. Your job is to prove that you can communicate well under pressure. Arguing is proving the exact opposite.   Number 2 – Lack of Eye Contact Physicians communicate with patients for a living. They need to communicate with nurses, peers...

Doc Talk with Dr. Anthony and Dr. Gray June 2016

Our session with Dr. Anthony and Dr. Gray covered a wide array of topics relating to med school admissions and preparing for the MCAT.  Both doctors also shared stories from their premed and med school days. If you are interested in our free MCAT exam click here. If you are interested in buying more full length MCAT tests click here. Check out our complete collection of MCAT prep books here. Click here for the archive of all of Next Step’s Webinars If you missed the session watch the recording...

Webinar: Scribing and Your Path to Med School

PhysAssist Scribes, the first and oldest company in the industry, has a great formula to help prepare you for medical school. By becoming a scribe during your undergrad or gap year, you can prepare for med school (and the MCAT) while getting first-hand exposure to medicine in a hospital setting AND earning money. A win-win! To top it off, you can make unprecedented connections with medical providers who can become essential mentors and write meaningful recommendation letters, which can set you above and beyond your peers. Watch the webinar now to learn more about PhysAssist and how to become a scribe. Click here for the slides from the presentation If you are interested in our free MCAT exam click here. If you are interested in buying more full length MCAT tests click here. Check out our complete collection of MCAT prep books here. Click here for the archive of all of Next Step’s Webinars Information on becoming a scribe with PhysAssist: APPLY NOW: Click here to learn more about PhysAssist Scribes and to apply now. ABOUT TRAINING: Click here to learn more about Scribe U, PhysAssist’s unique (FREE!) training program that will prepare you to be a scribe. BEING A SCRIBE: What makes a good scribe? Click here for some advice from a PhysAssist Scribes partner provider. Missed the webinar?  Check out the recording...