Interviewing for Categorical Applicants

Our interview process will be entirely virtual for the 2021-2022 interview season. Given the state of the pandemic, applicants will not be offered on-site tours or visits.  To ensure you appreciate all the wonderful things that the University of Maryland has to offer you, we have put together a variety of virtual events and on-line videos posted throughout our web site.  During your interview day, you will have the opportunity to meet with our residents, chief residents and education leadership, have a faculty interview and join our residents for their noon conference..  

Interviewing for Preliminary Applicants

Check our information about our curriculum and interviewing process for our Preliminary Track. Interviews are granted through Interview Broker (see below), will be 20 minutes long on Zoom, and focus on your long terms interests. Invitations will be emailed in late November for interviews in December and January.  Maryland medical students applying for preliminary positions will have a one-hour Zoom interview session on Friday, October 22.

Communicating about the status of your application

  • Upon reviewing your application, you will either be offered an interview, placed on hold or not offered an interview.
  • You will be notified of the status of your application by the end of November.
  • If offered an interview, you will receive an email via Interview Broker to schedule your virtual interview day.
  • Invitations will be emailed on a ROLLING basis. So do not worry if some of your classmates receive an interview invitation before you do. The order of invitations is not indicative of your candidacy.

Tips for using Interview Broker

  • Maryland medical students are offered interviews on October 21 and 26.  
  • Interview dates
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 28 through January 6
    • One Monday date on November 22
    • No interviews on November 25 or December 23-30
  • Using the waiting list
    • If your preferred date is not available, add your name to the waiting list for your preferred date and then select an open date for your interview.
    • If you come off the waiting list and get your preferred date, Interview Broker will automatically cancel the other date you selected.
    • To keep your originally selected date, be sure to remove your name from your wait-list dates.
  • You are welcome to change your interview date to any other open date.  

Getting ready for your interview

  • We will send you an email the week before your interview with detailed information including the schedule of events and technical information for using Zoom.
  • To mitigate bias, we will email you a standard jpg background to use for Zoom. If you are unable to use virtual backgrounds, we ask that you interview with a plain light-colored wall behind you. Don't worry if your computer does not support a Zoom background.
  • Review our web site including our videos, resident spotlights and the Medical Center highlights.
  • We share your name, medical school and email address with our residents so they can reach out to applicants from their alma mater before your interview day.  So don't be surprised if they reach out to you to say hello and welcome you.
  • Be sure your equipment is ready to go. Check out the tips from the AAMC for Virtual Interviewing.
    • Use a laptop or computer and not your cell phone.
    • Ensure your laptop is fully charged (in case the power goes out) and plugged in.
    • Check that your audio and camera are working.
    • Upload our standard background that we email you into your Zoom app on your computer.
    • Adjust your lighting so that your face is fully visible and not in the shadows. Avoid bright backlighting.
    • Raise your laptop about 10-12 inches to ensure your camera is vertically straight in front your face and your face is in the center of your camera shot.

Agreement to not record your virtual interview

By accepting an interview at the University of Maryland, you agree not to record any part of your interview day. We will similarly not record any portion of your faculty interview.

Schedule of your virtual visit for Categorical applicants

Your visit will start the morning of your interview day. We will meet with residents and chiefs residents through a series of breakout rooms and talk with program leadership. You will have time to ask questions and learn about our program and Baltimore community.    

Before Your Interview

Review web site and videos.  

Your Interview Day

9:00 am

Applicant check-in
9:15-9:20 am
Interview day overview
9:20-9:30 am

Welcome by Dr. Susan Wolfsthal, Program Director

9:30-9:35 am
Brief transition
9:35-10:45 am Series of 3 breakout rooms to meet with:
- Program director
- Chief residents
- Rising chief residents and residents
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00-11:25 am Half the candidates have a Faculty Interview
Half can watch tour of Baltimore video or enjoy a break
11:25-11:30 am
Brief transition
11:30-11:55 am Half the candidates have a Faculty Interview
Half can watch tour of Baltimore video or enjoy a break
11:55 am-12:00 pm Brief transition
12:00- 1:00 pm Noon Conference with Residents led by the Chief Residents
1:00-1:10 pm Meeting with Education Leadership
1:10 pm Farewell

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