2021-2022 Med School & Residency

Tiffany asks: I work in California and was invited to a medical school interview in New York in December. Is it okay if I call the other New York and East Coast schools [or programs] to which I applied to ask let them know that I will be in the area?

Residency and Med School Interviews Timeline

I’m often asked this question this time of year.

So what should you do?

Unless a school or program explicitly asks you not to make contact, it is perfectly acceptable to call medical schools and residency programs from which you haven’t heard to let them know you will be in the area.

Let me explain further.

My clients have had tremendous success using this approach.


When you call the admissions office, explain why you are calling and that you are trying to economize by grouping your interviews.

Related video: Letter of Intent Tips.

This is an expensive process.

Everyone knows the medical school and residency admissions processes are costly and understands this reasoning.

Ideally, the person who answers your call will pull up your admissions file, bringing it to the top of the pile and expedite your review. Politely let this person know you’re organizing your time and finances.

Assuming your candidacy appeals to the reviewer, you may then be extended an interview earlier than you might have otherwise.

This is an ideal situation.

Med School Admissions Timeline

residency and med school Interviews timeline and med school admissions timeline and Interview Season Strategy: Calling Other Medical Schools Or Residency Programs If You Will Be “In The Area” For Another Interview

And here’s another valuable tip.

Do you have any valuable updates?

If so, it’s time to let schools and programs know.

Unless a school or program specifically advises you not to send updates, do not be shy.

You should inform schools and programs of any recent accomplishments.

Med School Interviews Tips

I’m often asked, how can MedEdits help?

First of all:

Work with us to prepare for your interviews.

There’s a reason why our students are so successful.

Our experienced team will help maximize your chances of having a great interview day.

What else?

If you are a medical school applicant and haven’t received any medical school acceptances by the new year, have a one hour advising session with us so we can evaluate you candidacy.

You may be wondering, if it’s past the new year is there anything you can do to help me?

Of course:

We will help you improve your chances of acceptance at medical schools from which you haven’t been rejected.

What else?

We’ll help you figure out what to do if a reapplication becomes necessary.

Residency Interview

Of course, I get similar questions from residency applicants.


If you are a residency applicant with very few interviews by early November, schedule a one hour session with us.

We have to make sure you have plan for the coming year.

You may need a backup or reapplication plan.

Medical School Interview

Did you like these tips?

This information is based on content in The Medical School Interview, and The Residency Interview, books that help applicants prepare for the medical admissions processes.


If you want help preparing for interviews or the 2020 – 2021 application season:


We’ve been helping students navigate the rough waters of medical school and residency admissions for over a decade.

We know:

This can be an unnerving and stressful time of year in the medical school and residency admissions processes.

Most applicants are interviewing, waiting, and anxious about outcomes.

But, we’re here to help.

MedEdits is here to ease that stress.