The Interview Process

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Interview Day Overview

Each year, the MUSC College of Medicine is privileged to connect with a diverse group of academically gifted and uniquely talented applicants who share our pursuit of medical excellence, innovation and compassionate service.

The purpose of the Interview Day is to help the Admissions Committee better understand who you are, what matters most to you and why you have chosen to become a physician.

Interview Process

Congratulations on your invitation to interview! The MUSC College of Medicine faculty, staff and students look forward to welcoming you to the College and highlighting our many programs, resources and opportunities.

The Office of Admissions will deliver all communications via email. Please be sure to add MUSC (@musc.edu) to avoid spam filtering.

The Admissions Committee is comprised of faculty, students, community physicians, and representatives from the MUSC College of Medicine.

All verified applications undergo an assessment by the Office of Admissions to determine if the applicant should be invited to interview. An application is considered complete when the verified AMCAS application as well as the MUSC Secondary application has been received. Upon receipt of the verified AMCAS application, applicants are invited to complete the MUSC Secondary application via email. Please allow 4-6 weeks for AMCAS to process your application.

All verified applications undergo an assessment by the Office of Admissions to determine if the applicant should be invited to interview. An application is considered complete when the verified AMCAS application as well as the MUSC Secondary application has been received. Upon receipt of the verified AMCAS application, applicants are invited to complete the MUSC Secondary application via email. Please allow 4-6 weeks for AMCAS to process your application.

AAMC Virtual Interviews: Tips for Medical School Applicants

AAMC Medical School Interviews Do’s and Don’ts

Professionalism

  • Applicants are expected to be professional at all times. Professionalism includes attire, interactions with interviewers, school staff and students—by email, telephone, virtual, and in-person. The evaluation process is ongoing until a final admission decision is issued and enrollment takes place.

Computer Tips & Requirements

  • Have a computer with a camera and microphone. You may be asked for permission to use your camera and microphone, unless you previously saved this setting.
  • Mobile web browsers are currently not supported.  Do not plan on using a mobile device (phone/tablet).
  • Test your camera
  • Test your microphone
  • We suggest that you test your computer's video and audio beforehand by conducting a Zoom session with a friend well before your interview day. Remember to be sure to allow popups, if prompted by your browser.

Compatible browsers include the latest versions below. Please be sure to update your browsers before your scheduled interview day.

  • Google Chrome 53.0.2785 or higher
  • Firefox 76 or higher
  • Safari 10.0.602.1.50 or higher
  • Chromium Edge 80 or higher
  • Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Applicants invited to interview will complete three virtual interviews with MUSC College of Medicine interviewers. Two, 30-minute interviews will be completed during the Virtual Interview Day with the third virtual interview completed outside of the Virtual Interview Day.
  • The Virtual Interview Day (VID) will begin with a general information session where applicants will meet with members of the Office of Admissions and the Group on Diversity Affairs to hear more about the Admissions process and MUSC’s long-standing commitment to diversity. Following the morning presentations, applicants will complete two, 30-minute virtual interviews. Once interviews have concluded, applicants will connect with a variety of COM leaders for further insight into our many offerings. The VID day closes with a current medical student panel and a virtual campus tour. Interviewees can expect to be finished by 1:00 pm EST.

Interviewers are looking for a variety of factors in the interview. The following categories are for you to think about while preparing for the interview:

  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Character and Personality
  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Competency
  • Motivation and Exploration

AAMC Ask the Experts: Preparing for Medical School Interviews

 

Virtual Interview Day Schedule (PDF)

 

Explore the College of Medicine

An important part of the admissions process is learning about the many offerings and resources at MUSC College of Medicine. We encourage you to immerse yourself in learning more about our innovative curriculum, student support, inclusive student life and programs, and life at MUSC. Please refer to the following links to further explore the College:

Office of Student Financial Aid

The information provided will help answer questions about the Student Financial Aid application process and give you valuable information on how to finance your Graduate/Professional School education. Please visit the MUSC College of Medicine Tuition and Fees for insight in Doctor of Medicine cost of attendance.

Financial Literacy

The Office of Student Financial Literacy is dedicated to providing students with a better understanding of their finances. We are devoted to helping you chase your dream of becoming a healthcare leader while equipping you with the tools you need to reduce the amount of debt taken on while at the university. Please visit the MUSC Office of Student Financial Literacy for assistance with affording medical school.

We encourage you to access the AAMC Financing Medical School Resources to learn about the financial aid process and paying for medical school.

COM Scholarships and Aid Opportunities

For insight into the many scholarships available, please visit the COM Scholarship and Aid Opportunities webpage. An extensive list of scholarships is listed to reflect institutional and external scholarships.

If there is a significant application update such as additional experiences, research, and/or noteworthy accolade that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee, please complete the Admissions Application Update Form. The Admissions Committee will only accept updates submitted before your interview date.

At this time, visits to campus are limited to interviewing and accepted applicants only. The option to schedule a campus tour or to attend an Open House will be shared after the Virtual Interview Day. Visitation is subject to change based on university and hospital guidelines.

To familiarize yourself with campus, please visit the MUSC Virtual Tour

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