The interview day is designed to help the admissions committee evaluate an applicant’s cognitive and non-cognitive qualities. Non-cognitive qualities include your motivation, maturity, integrity, sensitivity, interpersonal skills, warmth, intellectual curiosity, ability to withstand stress, ability to overcome adversity and basis for pursuing a medical career.
During your interview day, you will also be asked about your academic record, medical-related experiences and extracurricular and volunteer activities. You’ll also receive additional information about the curriculum’s content and delivery, research opportunities and Prisma Health-Upstate.
Interviewers welcome your questions and allot time for them. Interview days are held on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday each week from August through April.
Applicant introductions and overview of the day
Intro into the Culture of the USC School of Medicine Greenville
Coffee and Curriculum with the Associate Dean for Admissions
Interview block 1 (Group 1: Traditional, Group 2: MMI)
Interview block 2 (Group 1: MMI, Group 2: Traditional)
Student affairs and financial aid session
Breakout session with current students
Virtual interviews are conducted through the Cisco Webex Meetings platform. The virtual interview days follow the same schedule as the in-person interview days.
Your day will begin at 10 a.m. EST with a video and welcome and wrap up around 4:30 p.m. EST with a virtual tour of the medical school.
You will have one 50-minute interview conducted by two members of the Admissions Evaluation Committee. Both interviewers will have access to your entire application. However, one interviewer will focus on your interpersonal and communication skills, integrity, professionalism and response to specific matrix questions. The other interviewer will focus on your academic background (GPA, MCAT score, undergraduate major(s), additional degree(s), etc.) and offer you an opportunity to share more details about your application, experiences and reasons for choosing a career in medicine.
The multiple mini-interviews do not require clinical knowledge. Rather, they are designed to assess essential non-cognitive skills, including communication, problem-solving skills, interpersonal and attentive listening skills, empathy, professionalism, general knowledge of relevant health care and societal issues and the ability to respond and think critically during specific scenarios.
You will be pre-briefed to ensure you understand what to expect from these interviews, and admissions staff will be available for your questions throughout the experience.
You will complete five mini-interview stations. Before each station, you will have three minutes to review a pre-determined scenario door note or task to address, and then begin a five-minute encounter. Four stations will be staffed by a standardized patient, and one will be staffed by a member of the Admissions Committee.
Contact the Office of Admissions
USC School of Medicine Greenville
607 Grove Road
Greenville, SC 29605