Prepare for Med School Interviews

You’ve Been Invited to Interview. Now What?

The interview is the last step of the application process. You will normally be invited to the schools to interview on campus.

What to Expect:

  • You might stay on campus with a host.
  • You can meet students.
  • You will interview with faculty or university staff.
  • Your interview may be MMI or traditional interview format. 
  • You might have to present your research (if you are an MD-PhD candidate).

How to Prepare:

  • Research the school.
  • Do informational interviews with MIT alums who attended the school.
  • Practice sample interview questions. Try them out loud with a friend.
  • Schedule a mock interview with Prehealth Advising. Log into Handshake to schedule and appointment.
  • Work with your professors to plan your interviews around your MIT schedule.
  • Familiarize yourself with MMI-style interviews.

MD-PhD Interviews

If you are an MD-PhD applicant, you will be asked similar questions to MD candidates. MD-PhD applicants should also have thoughtful responses to these questions:

  1. Why do you want to enter an MD-PhD program?
  2. What career do you hope to pursue with your MD-PhD?
  3. Describe your research experiences.

Be prepared to discuss your research accomplishments and future research interests. Interviewers want to know if an MD-PhD program is the right fit for you and your career interests. Practice with these sample MD-PhD interview questions.


Schools will get in touch with you for interviews as early as mid-August and as late as April.