Many students are at the point where they have interviewed at a couple of places and are finished with interviews and are just participating in the waiting game. This waiting game can actually be a game of itself so these are just some tips of what you should do after you have interviewed.

SEND A THANK YOU LETTER

Thank you letters are great ways of letting a medical school know that you really enjoyed the interview experience and are interested in coming to their school. Most of us do not have a preference in which medical school we want to go to as long as we get accepted. But if you do have a preference then this piece of advice is especially for you. You want to make sure the medical school knows your level of interest and the reasons for your interest. Mention what you liked during your interview and also mention something specific that the interviewer and you discussed during the interview. This not only helps remind the interviewer of who you are but also tells them that you remembered the conversation you two had. And lastly, make sure to thank them for their time because for the most part, the people who are interviewing you are physicians or faculty who have other more important things to do.

LETTER OR EMAIL TO UPDATE THEM

Unless a medical school said they absolutely do not want letters to update them on what you have been doing, it is okay to send a medical school an update letter. You can do this one of two times during the application season. You can send this when you have not heard back for an interview and are waiting to hear back from a school. This can let the medical school know that you are still interested and will go out of your way to let them know you are interested. And then the other time you can do this is after your interview when you have not heard back a response (accepted, waitlisted, rejected). I remember sending this out to my top medical school after I had interviewed (about 1 month after). I updated them on any activities I had participated in that were not on my application and also told them about my grades from that semester. Doing well your first semester of senior year is actually to your advantage because you can let medical schools know that you are hard working and will not let senioritis get the best of you.

WAIT PATIENTLY

This is by far the hardest thing to do and causes the most amount of anxiety. If you have already done #’s 1 and 2 as listed above, then all you can do is enjoy your senior year of college. But something that someone once said to me that really stuck was to make sure that I have a back up plan even if I have received interview offers. Interviews unfortunately are not a guarantee for medical school acceptance. Do not wait until May of your senior year in order to figure out your back up plan. Having a back up plan in place will help to alleviate some of your anxiety and can actually be a distraction for when you are thinking about medical school and if you will get accepted. So the next time you are having trouble waiting, just use that time and energy to focus on figuring out what you will do if you do not get in to medical school this year.