4 out of 10
At the school
In a group
"What does your family think about your decision to go into medicine?"
"see "Interesting Question""
"What topic that's been in the news lately really fires you up?"
"If you could eat dinner with any two people, who would they be and why?"
"(during the group interview): I had to act like Bill Clinton and convince another interviewee to accept me over George W. Bush (portrayed by another student) into medical school."
"school's website and brochure"
"the Emory campus is beautiful - they spend the Coke money on lots of neat toys and modern architecture; Erica, the admissions director, is wonderfully enthusiastic and helpful; ability to get an MD/MPH"
"the "traditionalism" of the school - they are very set in their ways and don't look to change any time soon. curriculum is traditional, as is the A-F grading; joint exams seem like they'd be very stressful; lack of ambulatory care education; students didn't strike me as terribly enthusiastic"
"how serious they are about Coke up there. don't even make jokes about Pepsi - they're incredibly serious about this."
"Brief review of the format: there's one 3-on-3 group interview and one 1-on-1 interview. Both are "semi-open" file - they see your writings, but not your numbers. The interview day runs about 7:30 to 4, so eat breakfast and be ready for a fair amount of walking. Much of the panel interivew involved all 3 of us answering the same question, so although we weren't directly competing against each other in that sense, the committee could have compared us if they wanted to. "