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  • Harvard Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why'd you choose to do research instead of a clinical opportunity in your year off?" -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"questions about my research and whether the therapeutic approach could be applied to rheumatoid arthritis?" -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I got stumped on a question about why I chose to work at a biotech startup instead of working at a hospital doing clinical stuff? " -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read interview feedback, read the admissions bulletin, and talked to some friends who are at harvard now" -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was very impressed with how down to earth the faculty and students were. People seemed genuinely happy and nice. I was also impressed by how nice the other interview candidates were -- insanely impressive, but also very easy to talk to. " -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the bitter cold. " -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"the affiliated hospitals are not directly under harvard med school. one of the things that my interviewers told me was that some of the clinical faculty are sometimes too busy to be very willing to teach med students. the clinical portion of training could be very hit or miss depending on the clinicians you get during your 3rd and 4th year. Also, the subways were a mess when I went. The E Line was down and they only had buses shuttling back and forth along the Green Line. It was a total nightmare getting there on time (which I didn't) and I ended up just taking a taxi. " -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had two interviews with clinical faculty, so it was pretty chill. they talked a lot about the harvard system and were very to dispel any illusions about the school itself. the first two years of basic sciences are amazing! the whole society system also sounds like a great way to keep down competition among students so that they can just enjoy learning the information. I left my interviews with a sense that I might get just as good of a clinical training at another less prestigious medical school. harvard med has a ridiculous amount of money. " -Posted 01/20/2003 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/16/2002

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