MD Admissions Interview Process
At NYU Long Island School of Medicine, we use the multiple mini interview process—a series of short conversations between you and several different assessors—instead of the traditional one-on-one or panel interview.
Our interview process consists of a series of six short scenario-based conversations between you and a different interviewer within a virtual interview station. There is an additional virtual station, where you interact with a standardized patient and a limited “traditional” interview station, where you are asked specific questions about your application. The entire process takes about an hour.
An additional team-based exercise is also part of our application process. On interview day, applicants are divided into two groups. One group goes through the interview circuit, while the other group participates an interactive, team-based activity. When the concurrent sessions end, the groups switch activities. All applicants complete both the interview circuit and group activity.
Interviewers are members of our faculty, staff, and student body who are trained in the multiple mini interview format. Topics are mapped to the interpersonal and intrapersonal Association of American Medical Colleges Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students. Because the questions are situational, there are no right or wrong answers. We aim to assess your decision-making, critical-thinking, and communication skills as they relate to healthcare and social issues. Interviewers evaluate your thought process and your ability to improvise.
For the 2021–22 application cycle, we will be conducting virtual online interviews beginning in mid-September. Additional information about our interview process and schedule is provided to applicants in their interview invitation. On interview day, we provide detailed information about logistics, and you participate in a test run of the virtual platform to ensure you feel comfortable with the technology and overall process.
Although applicants are understandably nervous about the interview process, most tell us that they enjoy the multiple mini interview format and the interactive team-based activity.