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Preparation for the Interview

  • Decide what you want the interviewer and/or program director to remember about you. Pinpoint the three most important things you want to tell the program.
            Hint:  If you were being introduced to an audience, what would the person introducing you highlight?
  • Develop a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Bring “generic” copies of information to be included in your file in the event that you have information to add, or in the event that a program has misplaced/lost/not received something.
  • Make sure you know what time zone you are in!
  • If you drove make sure you know where your interview is and how to get there—do a dry run.
  • Wear or bring clothes in carry-on luggage that would be suitable attire for your interview in the event your luggage is lost.
  • Men, bring an extra tie in case you spill; women, bring an extra pair of hose.
  • Do not try to interview in more than one program in one day. 
  • Do not make tight travel connections.  Interview days always run over.  Give yourself at least a couple of hours after the interview is supposed to be over.

Preparation for the Interview


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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE.
The Three Steps of the USMLE
Step 1 tests the important concepts of basic sciences basic to the practice of medicine. It also places special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine. It also tests the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.
Step 2 CK tests the medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision. It also includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 CK ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills.
Step 2 CS tests your capacity to practice and provide good medical service in real-life situations. It also tests your communication skills.
Step 3 tests your medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.


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