At least on the surface, it would appear that medical school acceptance rates are far too low to keep up with the impending shortage of physicians due to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also referred to as “Obamacare”. According to . News, a renowned publisher of education rankings and statistics, medical schools accept less than 9 percent of applicants. In context, the article by . News merely intended to highlight the competitiveness of medical school as compared to other professional graduate programs in the United States.
6. Demonstrating poor interview skills. Once an applicant reaches the interview stage, the interview is the most important determinant of success. Typically, interviewees with great interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence are naturally better interviewees than applicants who are more introverted. Applicants who are very nervous, not articulate, or who aren’t comfortable peaking about themselves can under-perform during the interview. Even though some US medical schools are adopting the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, most medical schools still conduct one-on-one interviews. Contrary to what most medical school applicants believe when they start this process, medical school interviews are typically relaxed dialogues; the interviewer is trying to get to know each applicant, assess if he or she has the qualities and characteristics the school is seeking in medical students, and if he is a good fit for the school. While a certain degree of subjectivity influences every interview experience, applicants can perform well if they practice speaking about themselves before the interview and if they clearly express their motivations and experiences that influenced their decision to practice medicine.