Interview Day

Congratulations on progressing to the next step of your application process. To ensure your Interview at the College of Medicine is informative and successful; please read the attachments provided to you prior to your scheduled Interview.

California Northstate University College of Medicine is located at 9700 West Taron Drive, Elk Grove, California 95757. Our web address is Due to the current situation, the College of Medicine will be conducting interviews virtually via zoom until further notice.

Preparation for Interview Day

We believe a successful Interview Day happens when candidates come prepared. Please review the required criteria below prior to your interview to ensure your day runs smoothly.

  • Pencil or Pen for notes
  • Notepad
  • Professional dress required
  • Professional conduct is expected of all attendees
  • Please test to make sure your audio and video is working and that you are able to access zoom
  • Smartphone use during interviews is prohibited, and is cause for dismissal

Further instructions and timings will be provided to you by the Admissions office prior to your interview.

AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA)

New Pre-Interview Requirement for the 2021 Cycle

California Northstate University College of Medicine is committed to Advance the Art and Science of Medicine through Education, Service, Scholarship, and Social Accountability. CNUCOM seeks to foster a broad and diverse community of faculty, staff, and students to enrich the educational environment and expand the knowledge base for our students. The value of this diversity emphasis for CNUCOM educational programs and staffing will be realized by the production of culturally competent physicians who can serve our nation’s increasing diverse population.

Given the need to conduct interviews safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are using virtual interviews in our process. To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2021 application cycle, we are requiring applicants who are invited to an formal interview to complete the Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess five of the core competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. The AAMC VITA was designed to complement our live virtual interview process -- and not replace it. The VITA must be completed before the formal interview.

If you are invited to complete the AAMC VITA, you will receive an interview invitation from HireVue, the video interviewing platform. The AAMC VITA is an online one-way interview that you will only have to complete once. It can be completed in a location and at a time most convenient for you during the interview window. Free preparation materials, including an Applicant Preparation Guide are available through the AAMC. A practice test will be available from the AAMC starting in mid-July. You are encouraged to prepare for this in the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview. In light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no fees for the AAMC VITA interview for the AMCAS 2021 season.

We know that the process of researching and applying to medical schools can be stressful and timeconsuming. The AAMC VITA is an opportunity for applicants to showcase the personal and professional characteristics—beyond academic scores—that will contribute to their success in medical school. Information about the AAMC VITA, including preparation materials, frequently asked questions, and details for requests for accommodations, is available here:

Virtual Interview Day

In addition to your formal virtual interview, there will be a writing segment and brief training and overview of the interview process. Your virtual interviews will consist of an MMI and Dialogue segment. More information and details will be provided during the training and overview portion before the start of the formal interviews.

Requests to Reschedule or Cancel Interview

Due to the high volume of applicants, we do not offer rescheduling of interviews. However, a request may be submitted at your own discretion. We understand that unexpected events may occur no matter how prepared you are. Therefore, if you need to cancel your interview, we require the professional courtesy of a phone call and/or e-mail by 5.p.m the evening before your scheduled interview date.

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Failure to provide notification will be reported to AMCAS.