Interview Day

What can I expect if I am offered an interview?

Candidates who are invited to interview will receive an email from the Office of the Committee on Admissions regarding available interview dates as well as information about the day itself. All interview sessions are held in the Boston area.

The interview day for the Pathways MD is nontraditional and allows candidates the freedom to explore both the Longwood Medical Area as well as the HMS campus, though there is optional programming throughout the day. Due to the fact that many of the interviewers for Harvard Medical School are practicing physicians in the Boston area, interview times and locations are subject to change throughout the day. Interviews take place at HMS, in the Longwood Medical Area, and at other nearby hospitals and institutions in the city of Boston. Much of the day itself is open and allows candidates to explore the Harvard Medical School campus and facilities on their own. Candidates are encouraged to attend classes and lectures and to speak with current HMS students during the interview day lunch as well as the meet and greets the night before their interview.

Interview Day Details. Orientation and Welcome. All candidates begin the interview day with an orientation session in Gordon Hall. Light refreshments will be served. During the Orientation, you will be given your interview schedule and overview of the day's events. You will also see a welcome video.A faculty member will be present during the orientation and will speak with you about Harvard Medical School and the medical program. You will also have an opportuntity to ask any questions you may have. LUNCH AND TOUR. Candidates will be provided with a catered lunch on campus. Current Harvard Medical School students volunteer to host a casual Q and A panel during lunch.Campus tours are led by current HMS students or Admissions Office staff members,depending on availability, and last 30-45 minutes.Classroom experiences and Optional Sessions. Candidates will be provided with a list of courses and lectures that our faculty have invited them to join. All candidatesa re encouraged to attend open classes on their interview day. Additional optional sesions on Financial Aid and Student Life are also offered during the interview day. One-on-One interviews. All Pathways and HST candidates will have two separate interviews with two different members of the Committee on Admissions (i.e. those candidates interviewing for both Pathways and HST would have two interviews for Pathways and two interviews for HST, respectively). Students applying for the MD-PhD program will have additional interviews. Locations and times for interviews will vary, so we do ask candidates to be flexible and keep in touch throughout the day.

Interviews are conducted separately for each MD track. If candidates are invited to interview for the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) MD track, there will be a separate interview day and a separate interview process. More information will be made available to candidates who are invited to interview for the HST track. Please note: The HST track interviews will be held on the following Tuesday afternoons: October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3, December 17, January 7, and January 14.