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Interview Etiquette


Your behavior during the application process is very important. It involves not only your own style and reputation, and the chances for admission for you and your colleagues, but also the reputation of B.C. and its future relationships with health professions graduate schools. You should not apply to a school you would not be willing to visit for an interview or would not be willing to attend were it the only one to accept you.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has posted recommendations for all medical-school applicants on their website. We strongly encourage you to review this site before you begin the application process. In addition, a pamphlet entitled "The Medical School Interview" is also available on reserve (BI 000) in O'Neill Library.

Rescheduling or Canceling Interviews

If you are unable to attend an interview (or you decide at a later date not to interview), it is your responsibility to notify the school as soon as possible to either reschedule or cancel your interview. Cancellation should be initially via phone and followed by a letter.

Handling Acceptances: “Traffic Rules”

You may accept several offers of admission until May 15, although we recommend that applicants hold only two acceptances at any one time. The only reason to hold multiple offers of admission is to determine financial-aid opportunities at various schools. After May 15, however, schools have the legal right to withdraw their offer of admission. Around May 1, the AAMC distributes to medical schools a list of all acceptances. The schools therefore know if you are holding more than one acceptance. AACOMAS similarly distributes a list of acceptances to its member schools.

Although AACOMAS does not have the same set of "traffic rules" as AMCAS, students are advised to observe similar considerations in handling their acceptances. For the latest rules, please review the AAMC's policies.

When you receive an offer of admission, withdraw promptly (in writing) if you are sure that you prefer another school. This helps admission committees and your colleagues who have not yet been admitted. If finances are important in determining your choice, be sure to fill out, and submit, the appropriate forms as quickly as possible. Most medical schools will provide you with a financial aid packet that includes appropriate forms, as well as guidelines established by the school.