All interviews are by invitation from the Committee on Admissions and are arranged at a mutually convenient time. There are no regional interviews; all interviews are conducted on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Normally 40 to 60 students are interviewed on any one interview day with each candidate receiving two 30-minute interviews. Most interviewers will see between two and three candidates in a morning session.
There is an annual faculty development workshop for admissions committee members, directed toward topics that ensure that the selection criteria achieve the goals set by the committee and keep with the mission of the School of Medicine.
A structured interview sheet is completed by each committee member. Six major areas are identified for comment: 1) capacity to think critically; 2) capacity for self-directed reflection and other personal attributes; 3) ability to communicate effectively; 4) capacity for flexibility; 5) personal experience that includes, but is not limited to, overcoming hardship, work history, multilingual and community service; and 6) knowledge of the profession which includes health care experience, research experience, success in prior careers and life experiences.
At the end of the interview, admissions committee members are asked to score the candidates they interviewed in each of the six areas detailed above. That way, the interviewer is not biased by reading the applicant’s file that contains grades, MCATs and letters of recommendation. At the time of their review, members are asked to assess the following aspects of the student’s application: 1) quality of the undergraduate institution; 2) major/degree of difficulty; 3) coursework load; 4) strength of science background in required courses; 5) other academic interests; 6) quality of the AMCAS essay; 7) quality of the Colorado essay; and 8) enthusiasm of the recommenders.