To be considered for interviews, applicants must meet the admissions requirements listed previously. After the Office of Admissions receives these materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit interviews based on established criteria of the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Director, with the approval of the AZPod Director, may also place a large number of students on an interview "wait list" pending possible interview openings toward the end of the interview cycle.
Applicants who accept interviews will be individually interviewed by a three-person interview panel, which is selected from a volunteer group of basic scientists, clinicians and Office of Admissions officials. Team members question students about their academic, personal, and health care preparedness for podiatric medical school and rate applicants on a standardized evaluation form relative to each of these variables. At the conclusion of the interviews, the team members forward their evaluations for each applicant to the Admissions Committee. The Committee may recommend to accept, to deny, or to place applicants on the alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the CHS Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, typically notifies applicants of their status within one or two weeks of their interviews.