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Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School
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  • Year founded: 1782
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Harvard Medical School (HMS)
Allopathic Medical School
Boston
  • SDN RANKING 5
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 138 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS - 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $55,850
  • Non - Resident Tuition $55,850
  • Application Fee $100
  • AVG MCAT 518
  • AVG GPA 3.8
  • LIZZYM Score 74.0

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Admissions Information

  • Office of the Committee on Admissions
  • 306 Gordon Hall
  • 25 Shattuck Street
  • Boston 02115
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

What is education like at one of the world's leading medical schools? It is extraordinarily empowering. You will begin your learning adventure by developing a solid general foundation in medicine through an engaging, continually innovative curriculum, a problem-based investigative approach to medical diagnoses and treatment, and small, highly interactive classroom sessions. In the process, you will explore the biological and social sciences relevant to medicine, understand pathophysiology and the various mechanisms of disease, and absorb the many dimensions of the patient-doctor relationship.

Curriculum

Beginning in August 2015, Harvard Medical School launched an innovative new curriculum – Pathways. This bold revision of the MD curriculum incorporates pedagogical approaches that foster active learning and critical thinking; earlier clinical experience; and advanced clinical and student-tailored basic/population science experiences that will provide customized pathways for every student. The core basic/population science knowledge needed to succeed in clinical clerkships is taught prior to the core clinical year, while the richness of more advanced science that is best suited to students after they have had intensive clinical experience will follow completion of the core clinical clerkships. After the intellectual transformation that occurs during the core clinical year, students will be more receptive to courses in advanced scientific and clinical topics; required and/or selective courses in pathophysiology and pharmacology; selective courses in basic/translational science, social/population science, and medical humanities; individual, faculty-mentored scholarly projects; clinical electives and subinternships; and Steps 1 and 2 of the national boards.

Facilities

As you approach the quadrangle of neoclassical marble buildings that dominate Longwood Avenue, pause to read the words "Harvard Medical School" engraved below an imposing row of tall columns, and walk up a set of white marble steps into the School, you will admire the classic elegance of the campus while reflecting on its inspiring history of medical achievements. There is a powerful integration of the functional and the aesthetic of sophisticated classroom, laboratory, library, and research facilities, cutting-edge scientific technologies, and the warm character created by a rich tradition of intellectual debate and discussion. It is a campus that perfectly complements the education you receive here. HMS facilities include the Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC), which houses most of HMS's classrooms. The TMEC, fitted extensively for digital and audiovisual technologies, is also home to the five academic societies which are located around a 4,000-square-foot atrium. Other features include the Case Method Room, an interactive tiered classroom which seats 80 students, a Student Computing Center, and nine Clinical Examination Rooms and Clinical Skills Labs.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 110
Negatively 9
No change 3

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 131

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.51 91

0 = low, 10 = high

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep being amazing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Beyond the usual suggestions, I would add making 3rd or 4th years available to meet with applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was fine for me. However some people had interviews that were very close to lunch or during the tour and maybe that can be avoided in the future." More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide the locations of common interview spots" More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide a decent breakfast. I actually enjoyed having lots of free time, it gave me time to talk to current students and learn a lot from them" More from this Member | Report Response

"At least offering breakfast would still be nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Maybe try to have each applicant be interviewed by faculty and student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be a bit more flexible with sheduling interview dates; fill downtime with scheduled activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very cold - didn't provide many activities and weren't helpful when asked about info on class schedu" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give students a list of classes they could audit to fill downtime instead of hospital tours" More from this Member | Report Response

"More activities and please be nicer. Don't make us show up at 8:00 if we only have afternoon intervi" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have the interview date be a little more structured and please, please, PLEASE train your students a" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think creating a more cohesive tour would help a lot." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why do you do research? (Disclaimer: I have a ton of research experience)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very conversational, healthcare roles, activities, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your background, i.e. your journey to America" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had the chance to make your case to the admission committee, what would you say to them to convince them that they should accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Harvard? Why didn't you apply to the HST Program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about...(insert activity)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very conversational. I guess we started by talking about my job and why I decided to go into that kind of work." More from this Member | Report Response

"I studied a bunch of interview questions listed by others on the Student Doctor Network, and I was prepared for every question they asked me. Low stress; mostly interested in what I've done and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"What were some of the challenges you encountered in your job as a ____." More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions about activities listed on AMCAS application, in the style of "tell me about your involvement in this organization/sport/lab."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about XX in your file." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, tell me about your parents, tell me about X activity, what's your proudest accomplishment? why medicine? where do you see yourself in 10 years? What are some problems in healthcare? Why HMS? Anything else you want me to know? Any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you experienced failure, no matter how hard you tried? How did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It really was just a conversation -- I can't even remember specific questions!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself/ X activity from your file / research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that asking people to donate their tissue to a lab is coercive? (not in a stress interview kind of way: it makes sense based on my background)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard questions to learn more about you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get involved in HIV/AIDS volunteering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a certain activity from your file that they chose" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research in (X)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about band. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It's clear that the interviewers all went over my application very carefully. They asked very detailed questions regarding all that I had listed as activities, but it was by no means grilling." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you tell me about your MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"what'd you do outside the classroom your freshman year? (we basically went through my college + post-college experiences chronologically). " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how you got to [my small liberal arts college]. " More from this Member | Report Response

"chatted a bit about healthcare reform" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you identify as a weakness in your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this research experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get involved in community service?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research experience -- give me your hypothesis, methodology and findings. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the point of doing research on insect parasites? How is that going to help people? (I didn't really have an answer for this...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm a non-traditional applicant, so I was asked questions specific to my life experiences (both interviewers had access to my AMCAS application)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you get involved in [X]activity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about AMCAS activity XYZ." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your undergraduate school. (Mine was a bit non-standard.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My second interviewer asked me a couple of generic ethical scenarios (to transplant or not to transplant); what did study in school and why; talk about your research; talk about your extracurricular activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the committee that (1) you didn't tell the other interviewer, and (2) you didn't mention in your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you unique?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your childhood like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you go to Morehouse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most rewarding endeavor in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be the most difficult thing to overcome in the next four years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What direction do you think adolescent medicine is heading in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you an activist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So what did that experience/school leave you with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"who are you? why are you here? what do you want to do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the questions were specific to my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you doing now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about some experiences that made you want to practice medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about you...Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about X on the AMCAS - including a few questions about really obscure courses that I took Freshman year - the importance of those (which was not really much)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your father and any research he has done" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research. The first doctor asked only about my current research. The second doctor asked about both my current and my undergrad research projects." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about where you grew up." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ____ (school i attend)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk about your experience working with groups" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your background and how your majors tie into medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most valuable experience you had in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of socialized medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the difference between an MBA and an MPP?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about (book) and your (class)? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the difference between the two positions you've held in company X?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why harvard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you contribute to the small group discussions at Harvard? (small group discussions are part of the PBL style)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you explain the trend in your undergraduate grades? - the interviewer was definitely looking for ways to defend me in front of a committee" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers seemed to want to know a lot about my family and childhood, so the early questions were very much focused on that." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your faults?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think people on the West and East coast are different?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice tie. Did you buy it esp? (crimson colors) Then he suggested I get a couple of other ones when i go to UNC and Columbia....(all in good humor, he knew the school i was interviewing at for Dental SChool)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you arrogant? (Same person who asked if I was anal) I'm not, but will someone really believe you if you say no to this question?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Harvard? Followed by how does that make us different from other schools? I hated this question because I thought the same thing while I was preparing for the question." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why'd you choose to do research instead of a clinical opportunity in your year off?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked about my entire family, sibling by sibling, asking what everyone does, and where they went to school. They ask very good questions to get to know who you are." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most challenging thing you've dealt with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Do you have any specific field you are interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe some of the problems in health care that are most troubling to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be prepared for a possible clinical scenario from faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think Harvard's PBL and small group learning is a good fit for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"A clarification question about a blemish on my transcript." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how your mother's sacrifices affected you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why is there so much inequality in health care delivery, even in Boston?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something about yourself that you are proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In one interview (with a researcher), we talked very in depth about my research project and its applications. He asked me to discuss the pros/cons of using a particular approach over another. I have never been asked such engaging questions about my research, so I enjoyed it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything that you have heard that makes you think less of Harvard? Anything you don't like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the differences between the US and Canadian health care systems?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think humanistic and scientific inquiry are two dichotomous modes of thinking?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you live on campus?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My student interviewer and I started talking about how the style of baroque music mirrors the style of other art and architecture in that time period. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything else you would like me to know about you that we haven't talked about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your mother/father/sister/brother do? (jobs)" More from this Member | Report Response

"General discussion of undervaluing of public health in U.S. Felt more like exchange of ideas than interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me two words to describe how you participate in groups" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you couldn't go to medical school or do anything related to science or medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"None really." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do for a living, your sisters, your husband? (I just thought it was odd to start off my interview about me this way...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was nothing too out-of-the-ordinary, or difficult... both of my interviews began with them asking me to just talk about myself, and the rest of the conversation was completely tailored to my application, with them asking me about different experiences on my AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want in a medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"From the recent experiences you've had shadowing doctors, what problems have you observed in our health care system and what do you think we can do about them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that asking people to donate their tissue to a lab is coercive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that HIV education in Africa really makes a difference without tackling the underlying cultural difference? Without sustained presence, does a short term program do any good?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions were down to earth, intended to truly get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot about my opinions on American culture/society which were very interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was one thing you failed at and how has this made you more prepared for medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of a rewarding experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses in healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Long talk about my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you like Philadelphia? (my interviewer and I had spent several years in the same city)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of ''The Sound and the Fury''? (after I mentioned how much I enjoyed a seminar course on Faulker)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Mainly about my files." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want the epitaph on your gravestone to say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not really a question, but we got into an interesting discussion of various healthcare systems around the world" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was hospital care like from a patient's perspective?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you looking for in a medical school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some trends in medical education that you've seen at other schools? " More from this Member | Report Response

"standard stuff" More from this Member | Report Response

"biggest regret?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the role of women in medicine and how has it changed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything you did not get to do in college that you would have liked to do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very laid back. One interviewer wanted to talk about AMCAS activities and the other wanted to talk about me as a person. Awesome people who really wanted to make me feel at home. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty straight-forward stuff." More from this Member | Report Response

"You mentioned [insert phrase from AMCAS application]. What did you mean by this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions about my specific application and interests." More from this Member | Report Response

"The really was no interesting question. I think the interview was more about getting to know me more (talking about my activities...my experiences....what sets me apart from the other applicants)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get involved in community service so early as a freshman? Was that what people at your school do for a social life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm a non-traditional applicant, so it was specific to my life experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could go back to school, what are three courses you would take?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do to wind down in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why don't minorities go to psychiatrists?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you talk about why you wanted to do medicine in your personal statement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A patient comes in and complains of trouble breathing. You tell the patient that there is a problem with her heart and you would like to admit her to the hospital. Name some characteristics that she, as a patient, would be looking for in you, her doctor." More from this Member | Report Response

"none, it was all just a conversation -- "tell me about yourself"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the most interesting thing about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think could have been done better? (I was talking about watching a patient's mother being told about her daughter's paralysis)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will have impacted the practice of medicine 20 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else have you gotten in so far? Tell me about the program there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Has Montreal recovered since 1976? (Im from there)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been the most negative moment in your life? What has been teh most positive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your participation in a sexual assault victim advocacy program." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Very open." More from this Member | Report Response

"Should IVF be covered by Medicaid?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What career would you pursue if not medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything about yourself that is not included in your application. That seemed to be as interesting as it got." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who do you think is more important to impress, your girlfriend's mother or father?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were particularly interesting. The questions were pretty basic, pertaining mostly to my undergrad and post-undergrad activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that doctors in academia are better than non-academic physicians?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how reading _________ affected your perception of health care and/or healing? " More from this Member | Report Response

"In depth research question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you tell a terminally ill patient the stark reality of their condition or be optimistic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you feel are problems in the field that you are going into (psychiatry)? this led to an ethical discussion of various situations i have encountered" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are meant to be open file, but my faculty interviewer received my application right before the interview so it was semi-closed. My student interviewer had definitely reviewed my file before hand and had very specific and interesting personal questions, but they were all related to things I had written about or experiences I had." More from this Member | Report Response

"This interview was for HST. Most interesting question was what would I do if I suspected a colleague and good friend of stealing painkillers from the hospital?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer showed me the rating sheet and asked me what score I thought I should get on each topic. The other asked me a very detailed question about my research that I would not have expected him to get from a 5 min blurb... watch out because they are sharp." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the problems with healthcare today and how do you fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest fear about attending our program (the HST program)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So why exactly is the HIV/AIDS situation in Botswana so serious eventhough it is an ecomically stable African nation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would be the hardest thing to give up if you decided to come to Boston for school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard questions specific to the choice of a career in medicine. Nothing to stump you. very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

""How about those women in combat. How do you feel about that?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Several scenario type questions relating to group learning and also an ER case " More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were typical. Why medicine? Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you choose a non-science major?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who are your role models in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like politics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing stands out" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think your past experiences have prepared you for being a good physician? (i've been out of school for a number of years)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular - some interesting ones as my application got probed in depth, but they were specific to my file." More from this Member | Report Response

"During World War II, President Roosevelt came to MGH for a checkup. His physician, Dr. Lahey, found that he had extremely high blood pressure and had had several mini-strokes which may have impaired his judgement. Roosevelt told Lahey to keep the matter confidential. If you were Dr. Lahey, what would you do, given that Roosevelt was about to go to Yalta to divide up Europe with Stalin and Churchill?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since I had traveled around a lot, I got a lot of questions during my interview about my impressions of different places compared to others." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were to ask your father what are you three best and worst qualities what would he say? " More from this Member | Report Response

"So I see that you have some great grades...are you anal or something? (No joke)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewees asked about a traumatic experience I mentioned in my personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"If an Admissions committee member met your mom on the street, how would she describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was by far my most positive of the four schools I've interviewed with thus far. The students are all very nice, very down to earth, and extremely helpful. Harvard treast their students very well, providing excellent housing, and a program that is second to none. My interview was with the dean of Admissions, and was very positive. We talked for over an hour, mostly about books, life, etc. I think we both got to know eachother very well, and ir was an extremely pleasurable experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

""Tell me about the ethical cases you have been asked at other interviews and lets see how I do on them." - My interviewer wanted to be quizzed" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a lot of questions about my research, which were probably the most interesting ones." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you fix the present health care system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty standard. My first interviewer was in the medical education department, with a Ph.D in education. She was very friendly and had thoroughly reviewed my file, so she asked me a few education-type questions (I did lots of tutoring and mentoring) and other questions pertinent to my file. The second interviewer hadn't read my file, so he asked things to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you tell your mother if she voiced her concern about you possibly contracting HIV from a needle-stick?" More from this Member | Report Response

"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." More from this Member | Report Response

"What talent do you have that you could contribute to the second year show?" More from this Member | Report Response

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