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Interview

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University does not conduct “stress” interviews. The interviewers will make every attempt to put you at ease to give you the opportunity to express the “real you.”  LKSOM seeks candidates with:

  • strong interpersonal skills
  • who have the ability to listen and take another’s point of view
  • who possess self-confidence
  • who are compassionate
  • who are socially conscious

Interviews are held from September through March. For the entering 2021 interview season, all interviews will be online. The interview day will consist of two interviews, an “open interview” with a physician or PhD faculty member from the Admissions Committee and a second “blind” interview. In addition to the two interviews, you will participate in a Writing Activity. Applicants will also have a tour of the medical school and lunch with current medical students.

For applicants under consideration for the St. Luke’s Regional Campus, virtual interviews will be held with St. Luke’s faculty members.

Interview day for MD/PhD applicants will consist of a total of four interviews (2 MD and 2 MD/PhD). MD/PhD applicants must first be accepted by the MD program before they can be considered by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee.

For the 2021 application cycle, applicants invited to interview will complete the Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess five of the core competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. The AAMC VITA was designed to complement our live virtual interview process -- and not replace it.  After receiving an invitation to interview at LKSOM, a separate email will be sent from HireVue , the video interviewing platform.  Information about the AAMC VITA, including preparation materials, frequently asked questions, and details for requests for accommodations, is available online here. 

After interview, applicants are notified of the Admissions Committee decision in either December, February or at the end of the interview season. Some candidates may be placed on the continuing candidate list after interview, and will be considered after April 30th through August. Each application cycle is unique and different so the number of students taken off the wait-list varies from year to year. LKSOM encourages applicants on the continuing candidate list to send letters of interest starting in April.