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Johns Hopkins Medicine Interview Format

Johns Hopkins conducts 2 one-on-one open-file interviews with members of the admissions committee. The interview typically lasts for 30-45 minutes. Applicants may also request to get the interview via Skype -under approval of the Assistant Dean for Admissions- if they are out of the country. The school does not state that online interviews are otherwise offered.

Based on applicants’ experience, there is a big focus on specific activities from their applications, their enthusiasm for Johns Hopkins and medicine, and common medical school interview questions.

JHU’s interviews aims to assess the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses in:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Motivation and commitment to medicine
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Academic readiness

Key Dates

Interviews generally take place between late August and late February each year.

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Johns Hopkins University Medicine Past MMI Stations & Interview Questions

​Teamwork Tasks             

  • What previous experience do you have working in teams?
  • What pillars do you think a strong team should have?
  • What was your role in your last extracurricular activity?

Motivation and Insight into Medicine      

  • Why are you applying to Hopkins?
  • What do you think about Hopkins’ medical community?
  • Why did you decide to study medicine?
  • When was the first time you realized you wanted to be a doctor?
  • What do you think a doctor’s role in supporting their patient is?
  • What challenges do you expect to face while pursuing medicine? 
  • What medical speciality appeals to you the most?
  • What issues do you think are the most pressing in the medical industry today?
  • Describe a time you have shadowed a doctor or came in contact with patients.
  • How did your undergrad education help you as a physician?

Ethical Dilemmas             

  • Ethically speaking, what are the concerns of prescribing a homeless man medication?

Prioritisation Tasks         

  • What is your plan if you are not accepted into medical school this year?
  • How would you cope with stress during your medical studies?
  • How do you manage to find time for your personal life?

Scientific/Medical Topics             

  • How would you perform end-of-life care?
  • How would you treat an addicted patient?
  • What do you think the root cause of condition X (an interest) is?
  • How would you deal with outpatients?

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  • What would you contribute to Johns Hopkins if accepted?

Case/Article Reviews     

  • Do you think that the media coverage of the crime situation in Baltimore is a detractor?

Observation Tasks

  • What is a mistake you have made? And what did you learn from it?
  • What was a situation where you have experienced being a minority?
  • Coming to Baltimore, what do you think you would change in your lifestyle?
  • Where have you excelled, and where could you improve in your previous academic journey?
  • What are three situations that describe your life?

Data Analysis     

  • What is your financial plan for to cover your tuition costs at Johns Hopkins University as a medical student?

Communication Stations              

  • How can you come to a shared ground with a person with whom you have different views?
  • Tell us about a life challenge you have encountered
  • In your application, you mentioned “….”, would you explain this further?

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