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Negative factors evaluated during the interview

  • Sloppy application
  • Failure to participate in activities in college/medical school.
  • No apparent career goals.
  • Overemphasis on money.
  • Poor scholastic record
  • Makes excuses—evasive, hedges on unfavorable issues in record
  • Condemnation of other programs, past-professors
  • Doesn’t seem to be a life-long or self-directed learner
  • Lack of knowledge about field
  • Name dropper
  • Late to interview without good reason
  • Unprepared for interview—didn’t read program materials.
  • Merely shopping around—no real interest in program
  • Personal appearance
  • Failure to look interviewer in the eye
  • Limp, fishy handshake
  • Inability to express self clearly—poor diction, grammar.
  • Too quiet
  • Too hyper
  • Overbearing—overly aggressive, conceited, superiority complex, know-it-all
  • Lack of interest and enthusiasm—passive, indifferent
  • Lack of confidence and poise—nervous, ill-at-ease
  • Poor/undeveloped sense of humor
  • Lack of tact
  • Lack of maturity
  • Lack of courtesy
  • Intolerant—strong prejudices
  • Cynical
  • Inability to take criticism
  • Indefinite response to questions
  • Unhappy in personal life
  • Lazy
  • Parents/partner overly controlling in life decisions

Negative factors evaluated during 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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