Carnegie Mellon University

The health professions school interview is among the final steps toward acceptance at many types of programs.  Appropriate dress is formal business attire (which you should have had checked in your committee interview).  The committee interview is great practice for actual interviews, however, if you would like an additional mock interview, it may be scheduled by emailing

Applicants should be sure to review both the available information about the school they are visiting, as well as the information they have provided to the school in their applications.  It is generally a good idea to practice descriptions of important experiences such as research, volunteering and medical shadowing.


  • Suit (skirt or pants)
  • Button down shirt / blouse
  • Pantyhose or stockings
  • Closed toes, short heels
  • Appropriate makeup & jewelry
  • Minimal or no perfume
  • Professional bag & coat
  • Notepad/portfolio


  • Suit and tie
  • Dress shoes
  • Conservative colors
  • Well groomed
  • Minimal or no cologne
  • Notepad/portfolio

Be sure to write thank you notes (email is acceptable if an address is offered) to the people you spoke with and to the admissions office (unless you are specifically asked not to).  This shows interest and professionalism – desirable traits in an applicant.

To ensure that you are a well-versed candidate, considering review these other valuable resources.

For more information about what medical schools are assessing in interviews, please see this document from the AAMC's Analysis in Brief publication.

You can also obtain more information about data and analysis from the AAMC.

The AAMC has provided helpful recommendations on the timing of the application and admissions process (aka "traffic rules") for both applicants and admissions officers.  Reading the information provided in the links for both applicants and admissions officers should help you to stay on track with regard to timing after interviewing.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides summary and complete detailed information regarding the landmark Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congress and then signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.  (It is strongly recommended to have a basic understanding of the intent and purpose of the Affordable Care Act.)

On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.