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I only went to 1 interview – at UAB. I did receive interview invites to Trevecca and Mercer; however, I heard about my acceptance to UAB not long after I received those interview invites. I knew UAB was the perfect program fit for me, so I withdrew my applications from Trevecca and Mercer so that another deserving candidate would have the opportunity.
I was very nervous, but it was not as intimidating as I expected it to be. I often heard that if you got an invite, the admission directors like you on paper and want to ensure your personality matches well with their program and other potential classmates. I felt this way at UAB.
At UAB it was a day long event: Orientation first thing in the morning, where we learned about the program and what it has to offer. Then we were split into groups, where we had a tour of the campus and facilities, wrote an essay on a medical ethics question, and had 2 individual interviews (one academic and one general).
I cannot speak for other program interviews and this is solely based on my personal experience at UAB. I have heard other programs be quite intimidating and utilize multi-mini interviews as well as group interviews. So do some research on the interview process of the programs you’re applying to! Physicianassistantforums.com is a great resource.