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

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Be prepared for a possible clinical scenario from faculty." -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Lots of great ones by my student interviewer: Hypothetical questions about health care access, education...but don't worry these all pertained to my application. Just a really good conversation." -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If a one payer system is so great, why didn't FDR propose that as part of the New Deal? My faculty interviewer asked tons of questions like this and stressed me out like crazy." -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read materials, went early and got a feel for the campus, played in Boston for the weekend before my interview." -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The med school campus - just the magnificance of the buildings around the yard is so impressive. Definately feels like an important place. Did you know that the New England Journal of Medicine has their administrative offices in the Harvard Med Library?" -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really, it's Harvard. They are number one for good reason." -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They say that the faculty does not do "Stress Interviews" and they LIE! Everyone I talked to said that their faculaty interviewer did something to purposfully stress them out. Mine talked for days about History and said "Well, surely you know about this since you MUST have taken History in college" (I hadn't, and he had my app, so he should have known this) He used HUGE words and talked fast, answered the phone when it rang and I was in the middle of speaking, asked rhetorical questions and expected me to respond to ambiguous comments. It was fine, but I didn't expect it, so I think I could have performed better. The kicker is that they come right out and say that they don't do this....hmmmmm" -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, great. It is an impressive school and the students were very friendly. I met a few MS1's who I actually talked to after I got back home, they really were great. The student interview was awesome, the faculty one was very stressful. I've heard that the student has the same pull on the ad comm as the faculty. Who knows?" -Posted 05/28/2002 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/25/2002

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