InterviewsInterviews allow you to meet with members of the admissions committee and give the committee a better understanding of your interests, experiences, motivation and capacity to be a physician. Interviewers will have access to your AMCAS and secondary applications and letters of recommendation, but do not have access to your grades or MCAT scores.
Our goal as interviewers is to conduct thoughtful and respectful evaluations. If your interview experience isn't consistent with this goal or you feel that you were not treated fairly or appropriately, notify the School of Medicine so that we can take steps to respond to those concerns.
- Interviews are conducted on select Thursdays, beginning mid-October and ending mid-March. Early decision interviews are held in September.
- Interview invitations are sent via email and include instructions for scheduling your interview using our web-based scheduler. You will also receive additional information on interview activities and parking.
- You are encouraged to complete your secondary application as soon as possible so the admissions committee will have time to carefully review your submission and invite applicants to interview.
|Orientation||Orientation to the day’s activities and important information about campus preference and assignment, Alabama residency for tuition purposes and the medical school curriculum. Orientation will be in Volker Hall, Room 302.|
|Multiple Mini Interviews||Interviews consisting of seven to ten timed stations in which applicants rotate through and respond to information being presented as a question, scenario or task|
|Traditional Interviews||One individual, twenty-five minute, interview with a School of Medicine Admissions Committee Member|
|Break||Take time to decompress and/or visit the Student Fair to learn more about programs, services and student organizations|
|Lunch||Lunch with medical students familiar with each of our campuses and different aspects of the curriculum|
|Tour||Tour of educational and clinical facilities|
|Student Fair||Learn more about programs, services and student organizations available at the School of Medicine|
You will receive an email containing a parking permit, parking instructions and directions to your assigned parking area approximately five days before your scheduled interview. Please allow yourself 20-30 minutes for parking and making your way to Volker Hall.
There are two different sessions. The morning session (Session 1) has check-in at 7:30 am with Orientation starting promptly at 8:00 am. This session will end around 2:30 pm. The afternoon session (Session 2) has check-in at 10:30 am with Orientation starting promptly at 11:00 am. This session will end around 5:00 pm.
You will be asked to submit your campus preference after your interview is completed.
The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is a series of seven to ten, eight minute-timed interview scenarios, in which applicants will rotate through designed interview stations. The MMI allows the School of Medicine Admissions Committee to assess qualities that are essential to being a physician, such as maturity, compassion and adaptability.
MMI Frequently Asked Questions
How much weight is given to the MMI versus the traditional interview?
The MMI and the traditional interviews are just two of a number of tools the Admissions Committee use in evaluating medical student applicants.
How can I prepare?
The MMI gauges responses based on questions, scenarios or tasks. Trying to rehearse and memorize answers ahead of time would not be as helpful as having an understanding of the station structure, scenario format and time limits will help you prepare for the MMI.
Practice is an important part of interview preparation and can help identify ways to improve your performance. There are basic techniques you can use to practice verbally communicating thorough, thoughtful answers in a set timeframe. For example, consider approaching career counselors at your university about participating in a mock interview, using a webcam to record practice responses for you to critique, or having a friend or family member ask practice questions to assess your communication style. Knowing you are able to communicate your answers clearly can make you feel more comfortable for your interview.
Who will rate me during the MMI?
Raters administering the mini-interviews will be faculty, students and staff of the School of Medicine.
On interview days, members of the admissions committee will:
- Rate each applicant during their traditional interview and multiple mini-interviews. The ratings, along with academic evaluations, and application information are used by the admissions selection committee to make decisions.| Committee Decisions
On rare occasions, the committee may request additional information on a given applicant prior to providing a summary evaluation. If that happens, the applicant is placed in a "Hold Category" for further review until after the information is obtained. Once the final review is completed, the application will be processed normally.
To schedule a visit to the Huntsville or Tuscaloosa clinical campuses, please contact:
Medical Student Affairs
University of Alabama School of Medicine-Tuscaloosa
850 5th Ave. East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0378
Lanita S. Carter, Ph.D.
Director, Medical Education and Student Affairs
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Huntsville Regional Medical Campus
301 Governors Dr., Suite 312
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
W.J. "Wick" Many, M.D.
Montgomery Regional Campus
University of Alabama School of Medicine
2055 East South Blvd. Suite 200
Montgomery, AL 36116