The Kerkorian School of Medicine interviews approximately 300 applicants per year. Those selected to interview will receive an email invitation to sign up for an interview week that will have a number of required components.

Interviews are standardized in nature, much like a job interview, where direct questions are asked that help measure mission fit and assess qualitative characteristics. The school does not do MMI format.

Interviewers are made up of faculty and community members who score applicants after the interview is completed. Interviewers are not members of the admissions committee or application review team. Applicants also get an opportunity to interact with Student Ambassadors who also provide qualitative feedback (not scoring) to the committee based on small group sessions.

All interviewers do not receive quantitative information about the applicant (i.e. no MCAT scores, grades, or GPAs).

Virtual Interviewing

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine has permanently gone to virtual interviewing for the admissions process and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) also endorses virtual interviewing to provide applicants extended access to schools nationwide, while being mindful of applicant time, resources, and impact for their daily and financial lives.

Applicants selected for an interview will receive direct communications via email to select an interview week and then receive information about the virtual interviewing platforms and requirements.

Interview weeks will have both asynchronous (recorded) and synchronous (virtual live) components to be completed, and there is a required schedule to follow.

2023-2024 Interview Week Requirements

  • A short asynchronous interview with standardized questions. This is quantitatively scored by community faculty reviewers who also provide qualitative feedback to the admissions committee. The recording of this session is placed in the applicant’s file.
  • A one-hour virtual live session with two student ambassadors and several other applicants (small group). This session is more informal/conversational and is also an opportunity to ask students about our school. This session is not recorded or scored, but ambassadors may provide the admissions committee with simple qualitative feedback.
  • A 90-minute virtual live Q&A with administration. This has no interview components, is not recorded or scored, and is designed for applicants to ask any/all questions about the school prior to the 1:1 virtual live interview.
  • A 45-minute 1:1 virtual live interview with a member of our interview board (made up of full-time faculty and staff) utilizing standardized questions. This is scored quantitatively by the interviewer and includes qualitative feedback to the admissions committee. This interview is also recorded and placed in the applicant file.

An informational video library is also made available to interviewees with presentations about our school and its curriculum. It’s recommended to watch these prior to the interview week activities.

Virtual interviews may be done via mobile device or computer. PC or Apple products are acceptable. Applicants need to have a good internet connection, a quiet location to participate, good lighting, and a device with camera and microphone. Technical support is available 24/7 from our platform vendor for the asynchronous and 1:1 live components. Small/large group sessions are on Zoom.

A small sample bank of questions will be provided to applicants to give a general idea of the format for the asynchronous and 1:1 virtual live sessions.

Applicants are expected to dress professionally for all recorded and virtual live sessions.

Interviewees will also be cordially invited to participate in a Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building tour, should they have availability in the Las Vegas area. Tours run on a set schedule September through May each year, and RSVP is required. Tours are not required as part of the interview week; they are simply offered as a courtesy to those who are interested.

For questions or concerns, please contact us at admissions@medicine.unlv.edu.