Hoping to refresh this thread as it was very interesting, but given it started in 2004 I was hoping for some up to date advice for my son who is currently working on his 20+ med school app secondaries and hoping for some good interviews this fall. As a family we are pretty new at this, and while I'm pretty savvy with the undergraduate admission process, I am a new fish here!
Typically, will a candidate with good MCAT scores (38) and slightly lower than average GPA (3.6 trending upwards to 4.0 due to transferring from Bio-engineering to pre-med junior year) be offered an interview? I know there is more to those two numbers, but the more I read the more I hear that it certainly starts there with cut-offs and the like. We've heard some won't even look at your app if your GPA is below 3.8. That said, the same school sent a secondary app to my son? It is quite expensive to think they aren't even looking at it, but he's sending it anyway, as it is on the top of his list of schools.
How are cross-country interviews handled? Is it possible to do more than one in a weekend? Are they even scheduled on weekends?
I don't want to ask any silly questions here, so if anyone has any interview advice either prospective students, parents, admissions folks, or CC alum, I'd appreciate it. Also reviewing the premed doc site as well.