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Are interviewers purposely assigned to interviewees? Or is it random placement?
Sometimes it a is purposeful choice, with a common area of interest in language skills, research, career goals, or community service.
 

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Sometimes it a is purposeful choice, with a common area of interest in language skills, research, career goals, or community service.
Sometimes is it utterly blind and luck of the draw.
Some interviewers may have your whole file and know everything about you
Some interviewers are purposely left completely blind and know absolutely nothing about you
 

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Or is it random placement?
At my school, interviewers are given their dates of interview at the start of each semester. We thus are NOT matched to any interviewees. Clinical faculty often are booked for other stuff months in advance, also getting them into a time slot is sometimes tricky.
 
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My research was in radiology and I was a computer science major in undergrad. I do not think it was a coincidence that at one school I interviewed with a mechanical engineer and radiologist, and at another school I interviewed with an interventional radiologist ( my essays mentioned my interest in IR also ).
 
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Is it a coincidence that my interviewer, one of many interviewers, happened to be an ophthalmologist—when I've had two years of experience working in ophthalmology? Hmm... It could be, but I don't know, that seems a little personalized to me.

I had a friend interview at this location as well, and she worked in a specific specialty; she was also matched to a physician in that same specialty.

This makes me feel like, at least at this particular medical school, the interviewers may be a little personalized.
 
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So it seems like, as with all things related to the medical school application cycle, it really just depends on the school. Thanks for the input everyone!
 

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It depends on the school. Each school does things a little differently. You'll know that you were matched up if everybody interviewing from your school got the same interviewer who is an alum.
 

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On the Pitt secondary they specifically asked areas of your interest so they can match you up with an interviewer.
 
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On the Pitt secondary they specifically asked areas of your interest so they can match you up with an interviewer.
Oh yeah, I do remember that. Didn't quite make it through the blood bath though ;)
 
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