Interview

Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is dedicated to improving the health of our community by supporting and training our medical students to become resilient and adaptable physicians who provide high value, ethical and appropriate healthcare in an ever changing system; communicate respectfully and effectively in a patient and family centered fashion; collaborate with other health care professionals to devise treatment plans and strategies tailored to the needs and preferences of the patient; integrate the scientific underpinnings of clinical medicine and best evidence into daily practice; and distinguish themselves as medical professionals. With this mission in mind our admissions process focuses on recruiting students who will grow into the physician workforce whose interests, values, and goals align with our institution. In addition to a solid academic foundation, these students have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrate resilience, compassion, ethics, and cultural competence and humility.

Given the need to conduct interviews safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 interview cycle will use a combination of methods to ensure applicants have the opportunity to share their strengths with interviewers, learn about RWJMS, meet our current students and converse with the senior associate dean for education and academic affairs using virtual interviews in our process.

All applicants invited for interview will complete a 4 station live video conference MMI hosted by the RWJMS Admissions Committee. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is a strong advocate for the strengths of the MMI. We believe this interview process allows you to interact with a number of faculty while focusing on your responses across multiple scenarios. The individual committee members who participate in the MMI sessions will not have access to primary or secondary applications during the MMI session. While students can discuss their backgrounds, qualifications, experiences during their interview, it is important to understand that the stations and scenarios will be the focal point. You may find out more about participating in the MMI by visiting https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/what-its-participate-multiple-mini-interviews-mmis/

To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2021 application cycle applicants selected for an 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. The AAMC VITA is an online one-way interview that you will only have to complete once. It can be completed in a location and at a time most convenient for you during the interview window. Information about the AAMC VITA, including free preparation materials, frequently asked questions, and details for requests for accommodations, is available here: http://www.aamc.org/vita

Interviewed applicants will also be invited to participate in a live group Webex session with the Senior Associate Dean of Education, and will attend a student hosted virtual information session on a non-MMI day where they will have the opportunity to meet our Admissions Ambassadors, partake in a virtual school tour, Q&A session, and receive a comprehensive review of the educational program, including the curriculum, student life and organizations, and enrichment opportunities. We look forward to getting to know you and to sharing our RWJMS mission and culture!