Interviewing for Categorical Applicants

Our interview process will be entirely virtual for the 2023-2024 interview season. Per AAIM national guidelines and to ensure equity for our applicants, we will not be offering in-person campus visits.

So that 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 meet with our residents, chief residents and education leadership, have a faculty interview and join our residents for their noon conference.

You may contact our Resident Ambassadors on a variety of topics, such as living in and around Baltimore, having a family as a resident, diversity and inclusivity, health/wellness and more. This will give you a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with a resident in our program about any topic you wanted to hear more about after your interview day.

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.
  • The first wave of invitations will be sent out around October 15 with more invitations sent on a rolling basis throughout the season.
    • Invitations are usually sent between 12 noon and 8 PM EST.
    • We only send out invitations for the number of open interview slots.
    • 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.
  • You will be notified of the final status of your application by the end of November.
  • If offered an interview, you will receive an email via Thalamus to schedule your virtual interview day.

Tips for scheduling your virtual interview

  • Maryland medical students are offered interviews on October 17 and 19.
  • Interview dates
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 24 - December 21
    • One Monday date on November 20
    • No interviews on November 23
  • Using the waiting list
    • If you come off the waiting list and get your preferred date, Thalamus will automatically cancel the other dates you selected as wait-list dates.
    • 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 schedule of events and technical information for using Zoom.
  • Review our web site including our videos and resident spotlights.
  • 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 contact 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 and plugged in.
    • Check that your audio and camera are working.
    • Use a standard backdrop. Best to keep it simple and uncluttered.
    • Adjust your lighting so your face is fully visible and not in the shadows. Avoid bright backlighting. Best to use a ring light.
    • Raise your laptop ~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.
  • After your interview, please do not send a "routine" thank you note or email. We are unable to respond to these notes. We welcome your correspondence if you have specific questions about our program.

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 chief 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
9:05-9:10 am
Interview day overview
9:10-9:20 am

Welcome by Dr. Susan Wolfsthal, Program Director

9:20-9:22 am
Brief transition
9:25-10:45 am Series of 4 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

Interviewing for Preliminary Applicants

  • Check our information about our curriculum and interviewing process for our Preliminary Track.
  • Interviews are granted through a web-based platform (not through ERAS or Thalamus), will be 20 minutes 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 session on Friday, October 20.

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