Should I write a thank you note after my medical school interview? How about a thank you email?


Yes, you should write a thank you note and preferably a hand written note. It is also important to mail it out as soon as possible after you interviewed.  A hand written thank you note is an art form and when done properly speaks volumes about you and your character.

It’s quite sad, the art of writing a thank you note is a lost art falling from grace sometime after the invention of the QWERTY keyboard and was almost killed off with the first tweet ever sent.

A thank you note is common courtesy and good etiquette. Your interviewer can make or break you and a thank you note is a perfect way to leave your enduring mark. A thank you note acknowledges the importance of the interview, reiterates the positive interaction you had, and let’s them know that you want to be at their school.  If they are on the fence about you, a good note will work in your favor.

Some may feel inclined to email rather than send a hand written note.  Email is fast, convenient and does the trick but nothing beats a hand written thank you note.  A hand written thank you note is more personal and an art form which when done correctly speaks volumes abut you.  Take your thank you note to a new level and write a hand written note. So here is some advice to craft a perfect note.

First of all, don’t over do it.  Keep it simple and genuine and you won’t go wrong. Use stationary paper or a thank you card.   Don’t just write a note on a napkin and stuff in an envelope.

Need some inspiration to write a great thank you note?  Start here.  These are 2 great online resources I came across that will point you in the right direction.

Famous thank you thank you notes.

Ladies.. don’t be turned off by this.  Ladies and gents alike can write great Thank you notes.

Before you send out your thank you note, here is a word of caution.  Back when I interviewed for medical school, I heard this cautionary tale of a thank you note gone bad.  Some overzealous premed sent a full sized door with a shoe and a note attached that said, “Just trying to get my foot in the door.”  Don’t be that guy.


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