Interviewing for Categorical Applicants

As with all training programs, our interview process will be entirely virtual. 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.

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) and will be 20 minutes long and focus on your long terms interests. Invitations will be emailed in late November for interviews in December and January.

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 November 10 and 12.
  • Interview dates for other applicants begin on Tuesday, November 17 and continue Tuesdays and Thursdays through January 21, with a Monday date in both November and December. No interviews are offered on November 26 or December 24-31.
  • If your preferred date is not available, add your name to the waiting list for your preferred date and then select another 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.
  • If you want to keep the date you selected, be sure to remove your name from your wait-list dates.

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.
  • Review our web site including our videos, resident spotlights and the Medical Center.
  • 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.
  • 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. Avoid bright backlighting.
    • Raise your laptop about 10-12 inches to ensure your camera is straight in front your face and your face is straight 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 evening before your interview day with a Zoom get together with our residents from 6:30-7:30 PM. We will have a series of breakout rooms, so you have a chance to meet with several residents and chief residents. Topics will include Living in Baltimore, Mentoring and Research Opportunities and How Do We Learn at Maryland.

We are working on the details and will update the schedule as we get closer.

Evening Before Your Interview

6:30-7:30 pm

Evening Zoom with Chief Residents and Residents
Your Interview Day

8:00-8:45 am

Review our web site and videos – On your own
8:45-9:00 am
Join Zoom for technical check-in
9:00-9:45 am

Welcome by Dr. Susan Wolfsthal, Program Director (live presentation)

9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-10:45 am

Break Out Rooms with candidates and residents

10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00-11:25 am Half the candidates have a Faculty Interview
Half meet with the Chiefs and view a Tour of Baltimore
11:25-11:30 am
Brief transition
11:30-11:55 am Half the candidates have a Faculty Interview
Half meet with the Chiefs and view a Tour of Baltimore
11:55 am-12:00 pm Brief transition
12:00- 1:00 pm Noon Conference with Residents led by the Chief Residents
1:00-1:30 pm Meeting with Education Leadership
1:30 pm Farewell

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