Medical School Interview Thank You Letters
Should you Send a Thank You Letter?
For all one-on-one traditional interviews we recommend sending a thank you letter. While your thank you note won’t influence your overall candidacy or chances of acceptance, it is considered good manners and is an opportunity to connect with your interviewer after you leave.
Who Receives a Thank You Letter?
You should send thank you letters to any of your individual interviewers or anyone you feel you connected with during the interview day. For example, maybe you met a student with whom you had a good conversation or an admissions dean. For MMI interviews, it is not necessary to send thank you notes to each rater!
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Email or Handwritten?
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 what’s more likely? It could end up in the garbage.
The only time you should consider a handwritten 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?
MedEdits 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. This is no indication of your acceptance status at that school.
How to Write The Medical School Thank You Letter
In the subject of your email, I suggest writing the words “Thank You.” Keep it simple!
Ideally, your thank you note should be concise yet should touch on some aspect of your interview that was unique. You should also mention something that you like about the school that relates to your interests and the topics discussed during your interview. Remember: Just like other aspects of this process, your thank you 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.
Sample Medical School Interview Thank You Letter
This sample thank you letter is an excerpt from our book: The MedEdits Guide to the Medical School Interview: MMI and Traditional.
Dear Dr. XXX,
Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me on November 5th. I really enjoyed meeting you and learning about your school which I feel suits my learning style. I am also intrigued by the opportunity to work at the student run clinic which would allow me to continue helping the underserved. I hope your lecture at the National Society of Esteemed Faculty went well.
I would be honored to learn from you at Academic University. If there is anything else you need to evaluate my candidacy, please let me know.
Let’s Review: What does this student do?
- Thanks the interviewer for his/her time
- Mentions the new curriculum
- Mentions interest in the underserved
- Brings up something that was discussed at the interview
- Offers to provide additional information
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