I recommend that applicants email thank you notes. Why? Everyone in academic medicine is now “connected” and checks email incessantly. Email communications also present the possibility of starting a dialogue between you and your interviewer. 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 is more likely to go in the garbage.
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?
My clients have had great luck with email thank you notes; interviewers sometimes hit the reply button, acknowledge receipt, and express something positive. 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.
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