As the former director of both the Johns Hopkins and Goucher Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Programs, I have in-depth knowledge of the post-bac application process and have screened, interviewed, and made decisions on thousands of post-bac applicants. The post-baccalaureate premedical program application process entails submitting an application with essay(s), transcript(s), and letters of recommendation. Once your materials are complete your application will be reviewed and you may make it to the next step of the admissions process for the more selective career-changer programs: the post-baccalaureate premedical program interview.
Just as with the medical school interview, the post-bac program interview assesses several important elements:
- Do you match your written materials? In other words, is there synergy between your application and your actual persona?
- Are you a good fit for the program? Will you thrive in that particular institution’s academic environment? Are you ready to handle the academic demands in a post-bac program?
- What will you contribute to the program? Will your personal traits and attributes make you a welcome addition to the program?
- Is your enthusiasm—for both the program and for a career in medicine—palpable?
- Will you be a collegial student and help foster a positive learning community?
- Can you handle the rigor of medical school?
- What have you done to have a realistic view of the medical profession? How have you tested, explored, and confirmed your interest in medicine?
All of these factors are assessed during the interview. While post-bac programs have different ways they interview applicants, here is a synopsis of the various interview formats: Continue reading