Medical School Interview Thank You Notes: Handwritten or E-Mail?

Follow this important wisdom to show your gratitude.

MedEdits Thank You Notes: Email or Hand Written?

You’ve completed an important medical school interview and want to express gratitude.

So what’s next?

Thank You Notes: Email or Hand Written?

Email your Gratitude

I recommend that applicants email thank you notes.


Everyone in academic medicine is now “connected” and checks email incessantly.

MedEdits Everyone is ConnectedRemember:

Email communications also present the possibility of starting a dialogue between you and your interviewer.

But it gets better:

Thank You Notes: Email or Hand Written?

Medical School Interview Thank You Notes: Saved and Filed.

An email thank you note can also be saved and filed. A written thank you note, on the other hand, could end up in your hard copy file at the school/program (if it prints out hard copies)

But what’s more likely?

It could end up in the garbage.

Is my interviewer “old school?”

The only time you should consider a hand written note is if your interviewer seems “old school.”

For example:

Do you think this person works in an office that uses paper charts and has not yet converted to an electronic medical record system?

Here’s the deal:

Thank You Notes: Email or Hand Written?

You’ll love the Reply Button

My clients have had great luck with email thank you notes; interviewers sometimes hit the reply button, acknowledge receipt, and express something positive.

But don’t worry.

If you do not receive a reply to your email do not be concerned, however. This is no indication of your acceptance status at that school.

So what should you write about?

Thank you notes to your interviewer will not influence your candidacy but it is good manners to write them.

So lets get started:

Ideally, your notes should be concise yet should touch on some aspect of your
interview that was unique.

What else?

Thank You Notes: Email or Hand Written?

Interests and Topics Discussed During your Medical School Interview

You should also mention something that you like about the school that relates to your interests and the topics discussed during your interview.


Just like other aspects of this process, your note should reflect the tone of your interview.

For example:

If you had a great connection with an interviewer, your note might be longer and more personal. But, if your interview was brief and superficial, you might only mention specific things you like about the school.

Medical School Interview Thank You Notes

Hot Medical School Interview Thank You Note Tips!

So lets review:

What does this student do?
1. Thanks the interviewer for his time
2. Mentions the new curriculum
3. Mentions his interest in the underserved
4. Brings up something that was discussed at the interview
5. Offers to provide additional information

And, don’t forget the post interview email basics.

Medical School Interview Thank You Email Subject Line

  • Email Subject Line: Thank you
  • Start by addressing the interviewer. Dear Dr. Med School Interviewer:
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Medical School Interview Thank You Note Example

MedEdits: Thank You Notes: Email or Hand Written?

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