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Medical School Panel Interview

About the Panel Interview

The Panel Interview (or “Traditional Interview”) is a distinctly different experience from the MMI. Instead of moving through multiple stations with a new interviewer at each station, the applicant instead stands or sits in front of a panel of community representatives (e.g. doctors, nurses, medical ethics board members). Members of the panel ask questions of the applicant. The nature of the questions may also be somewhat different than an MMI. For example, some MMI interviewers might ask about hypothetical scenarios unrelated to medicine that test critical thinking and stations may include role playing. Panel interview questions, on the other hand, are more likely to investigate the applicant’s personal qualities and characteristics, such as their motivation for pursuing a career in medicine. Hypothetical or ethical questions are still common on Panel interviews, however. The downside of the Panel Interview is that it tends to be more susceptible to bias by having a smaller sample size of evaluators, and by having a panel that is too heavily compromised of medical professionals.