Here you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about 24 Hours in Blue, but please feel free to contact us about any other specific details you’d like to know.
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What is 24 Hours in Blue?
It is a comprehensive, 24-hour visit to Michigan designed to give you as much of a chance to learn about us as we learn more about you through a variety of activities.
The visit begins with a walking tour around campus and an informal dinner with current med students and fellow applicants on the night you arrive. Both are optional, but we encourage everyone to take part — the evening has been highly rated by our past interviewees.
The following day includes short-form interviews at interactive stations with members of the med school community; traditional long-form, open-file interviews with two representatives from the Admissions Committee; a student-only lunch where you will have a chance to ask questions off the record; and an “untour” of the hospital.
What do I need to do before my interview?
What items do I need to bring on interview day?
We will provide you with a tote bag, a bottle of water and note-taking materials, but you may also want to bring:
- The mobile walking directions or printed map — if you're planning to drive and park in the P2 parking structure near the hospital.
- Comfortable shoes.
- Thoughtful questions.
If you are coming straight from the airport, we will happily (and securely) store your luggage during your interview day.
What should I expect during my 24 Hours in Blue?
You can expect to meet a diverse group of people from our Medical School community who are very passionate about what they do and the path they've followed. The goal of every activity we’ve incorporated into 24 Hours in Blue is to help all of us understand the type of person you are, what matters most to you and why you have chosen to walk this path to becoming a physician.
What are the short-form interviews with interactive stations like?
You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a series of six, six-minute short-form interviews with a variety of people from our Medical School community. These interactive scenarios will challenge you to demonstrate how you work as part of team, how you think and respond to questions about an ethical or philosophical dilemma, and how you might interact with a patient in a difficult situation — all under a tight time constraint.
The best way to prepare for this segment is to familiarize yourself with current ethical issues and practice how you would analyze and communicate your values, attitudes and beliefs on these within a strict time frame. While these interactive stations are situation-based and similar to multiple mini interviews (MMIs), they are only one part of our interview process and overall evaluation. These short-form exchanges are really about giving you a chance to show us the skills and qualities you have that will support your success not only as a med school student at Michigan, but also as a future physician leader wherever you may go.
What about the long-form interviews?
Every applicant will meet with members of the Admissions Committee in two separate 30-minute, open-file, one-on-one interviews. You were invited to 24 Hours in Blue based on what we’ve reviewed in your file, so we will be preparing questions tailored to this information. Our hope is to engage you in an open, interesting conversation about your experiences and expand on some of the details you’ve shared.
Why do you call the clinical experience an “untour”?
Most schools include a tour of some kind in their interview visits, and most applicants have a preconceived idea of what to expect. We wanted to give you an experience beyond the standard fare of shuffling from lecture hall to lab to clinic, so we created the untour where you’ll get a more in-depth experience around one interesting facet of our hospital as well as a hands-on training session.
How else should I prepare for my 24 Hours in Blue?
Above all, be yourself. Be prepared to communicate your passions, your hopes and what resources you think you will need achieve them. We want you to get to know us, feel at home while you do, and figure out if Michigan is the type of place to help you accomplish your goals in med school and beyond.
Here are some additional tips to keep in mind to help you feel most at ease during your 24 Hours in Blue:
- Dress in professional business attire.
- Tell us why you are interested in medical education, specifically our program.
- Review what you submitted to us — interviewers are likely to discuss!
- Ask great questions.
Do Not ...
- Be afraid to discuss your success and most positive traits.
- Disparage or condemn your past experiences.
- Underestimate yourself!