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  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Durham
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"How do you reconcile poverty and healthcare?" -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

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

"Why Duke?" -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What would you want to do in the third year? What area of medicine are you interested in?" -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you handle working for an incompetent boss?" -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is the hardest thing about being a physician?" -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read AMCAS, Duke Secondary, and SDN. Looked over Duke Website. " -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Facilities, co-location with Undergrad Campus, National Reputation, Research, Unique Curriculum, Students, Housing Market (cheap and close to campus), Parking near Medical Center" -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Durham is limited, some of my fellow interviewees were brown nosers - I hope that doesn't represent the student body, few nontraditionals" -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I was put at ease about the condensed first year curriculum." -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day starts pretty early. You come in around 8:15 and make up your own little name tag. At 8:30 you get a thorough curriculum presentation followed by a Financial Aid Brief. Both were well done and informative. Around 10:00 you start the tour, which is one of the better ones I've seen. They actually take you into the wards as well as locations around the undergrad campus. The tour is lead by a 3rd year, which is nice becuase they've been there long enough to have some real opinions about the school. After the tour, it's a lunch with a group of students from across the student body. I enjoyed this and took alot away from the different perspectives. Most of the interviews start around 12-12:30. It's a little strange because all of the interviews take place in these central interview rooms. It's kind of like being in a doctor's office waiting to be called. At least you don't have to be led all over campus for your interviews. There's supposed to be an Alpha (experiences) and Beta (ethics) interview, but I really couldn't tell the two apart. My first interview was with a 4th Year Student who asked some of the best questions to date regarding my application. My second interview was with a faculty member who was very open and nonconfrontational despite trying to get a few ethics questions across. I wouldn't sweat the different interviews so much. Just prepare as you might for any other interview. Overall, I thought Duke was a pretty amazing school in all areas. While Durham is not NYC or Boston, housing is extremely affordable and convenient to campus, which is an important consideration to someone a little older like me. I also thought that I felt much better about the first year curriculum after speaking with faculty and students. I think the sacrifices you make in the first year are well worth the advantages of the third year. Duke is one of my top choices." -Posted 10/23/2005 | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

Where did you stay?

Hotel

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Brookwood Inn

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

7 out of 10

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