November 27, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
Most medical schools hold open days where potential students can check out the campus and the school facilities. It is a good idea to check and attend open days of all schools you apply to. It will give you some insight into what you can expect should you succeed at the interview and join the school. Check out the ambiance and culture at the school. Is it upbeat and casual or is it formal and traditional? Does it fit in with what you are looking for?
Not only does a school tour help you form a definite opinion about the school but it also gives you a lot of talking points at the interview. You can talk about what impressed you the most or what you liked the most and what triggered your decision to seek admission into that particular school. Interviewers usually like that you have taken the trouble to find out about their school to see if it is a good fit.
It may seem like trite advice but it’s amazing how many little things can go wrong at the last minute that will result in you reaching the venue past the scheduled time. Check out the route to the school and figure out how you are going to get there and what time you need to leave home. If it involves catching a bus or train, find out the timings and frequency so you are not caught by surprise on the interview day. Make sure you have all of your documents filed and ready to carry along with you. Do this the night before. Keep your clothes ironed and ready to wear in advance. The interview day can be stressful and you do not want to be fiddling with these trivial things. You have other more important things to think about.