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  • Harvard Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Individual Feedback 5 139 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 111
Negatively 9
No change 3

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.48 132

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 92

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
9.53 87

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 2
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 2
30 minutes 7
35 minutes 6
40 minutes 5
45 minutes 32
50 minutes 18
55 minutes 1
60+ minutes 66

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 116
At a regional location 12
At another location 9

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 132
In a group 4

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 134
Closed file 3

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.04 137

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

"Why medicine lol" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What did you do at [insert my undergrad institution]?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Harvard (and there doesn't have to be a reason)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It seems like your family is very close. Would you be willing to go so far away from your family to come here? Why? And how would they feel about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the over arching theme to your activities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10/15/20 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Second interviewer was scrutinizing everything I said. He wasn't mean or anything, I just had to keep on my toes and it wasn't as comfortable as the first. He just asked questions from my file and some things about my background in high school, what the area was like, my parents history and what they do." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite non-premed college course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experience have you had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your interest in specialty." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's an issue you find particularly intriguing in health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both of my interviewers asked me about ballet and piano." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you feel moving away from your family to come here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What three adjectives would classmates use to describe you in a classroom setting?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about xx activities (asked about pretty much all the activities on my AMCAS)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you reach out to people in poorer communities around the hospitals who aren't coming to use its services? (general discussion of providing culturally appropriate/sensitive medical care and changing medical culture)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What distinguishes you from the other applicants? What's a challenge you've faced/what did you learn from it? What would you do if you couldn't go to medical school? What are you doing during your year off? Any questions for me? Anything else you want me to know?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What does your husband think about you moving out of state for medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you say are your strengths? Weaknesses? What was your greatest accomplishment? Failure? " More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you've done a lot of activities related to X, tell me about what you've learned from those experiences. How do you think you'll apply those lessons to your career as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you not write a senior honors thesis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you care about other people? Where does your empathy come from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything else you want me to tell the committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Issues about public health and justice" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your family, where you come from, where you grew up, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why Harvard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is the University of Washington In Seattle? (less than impressive). What do your parents do? Do you have any brothers or sisters? what do they do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you applying to medicine at this time? (I'm a non-traditional applicant.]" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"who are you types of questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"regret" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you pick your undergrad school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Give me an overview of how you became interested in research and medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your undergraduate school, have you been happy there, and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to pursue an MD and MPH?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about _________ clinical experience" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"When did I decide to pursue a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three things you do well?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is your favorite book? (Asked after I said I like to read in my spare time.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain in your own words what led you to want to be a doctor." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you want to impact medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most rewarding extracurricular activity?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you do in your job?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about what you have done since graduating from college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (Research, clinical work, academics, urban vs. suburban, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What was your greatest learning experience during university?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why/how did you choose your undergrad institution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 25 years" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you deciding to apply to medical now if you like your job so much?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think you could contribute to the student body?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Follow ups." More from this Member | Report Response

"what were your favorite classes, why did you choose your major and your undergrad instiution?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my parents/siblings, such as "How does your family feel about you applying to med school?" (Positive or negative?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Teach me something (I said that I am interesting in teaching)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not pursue a PhD? " More from this Member | Report Response

"why not a phd? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"I wrote about a ethical problem i faced at work in one of my essays, my student interviewer asked me about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"My background is in engineering and ob/gyn. Taking this into consideration, could you please explain your research to me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you ski?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one experience that made you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what was the most valuable research experience you had?" More from this Member | Report Response

"which subject did you enjoy in college the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about [experience x]." More from this Member | Report Response

"what have you done since grad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you think the Reagan adminstration was socially liberal?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"can you explain why you got a C in [specific] course?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why did you decide to major in mathematics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite restaurant in city X (where I went to college and the interviewer did her residency)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions raised from skimming my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your learning style? How do you think that would work within the New Pathway system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done since graduation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you in a relationship? How did it end and why? Was she also going into a health profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you switch research labs? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. Can this get anymore open-ended?" More from this Member | Report Response

"questions about my research and whether the therapeutic approach could be applied to rheumatoid arthritis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you ever perform euthanasia or an abortion. I answered no. However, in retrospect, in addition to answering no, I also should have explained the dilema, and why I feel the way I do without imposing my personal beleifs." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"explain your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to continue your activism while here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have your interactions with physicians influenced your view of medicine? (this related to something in my personal statement)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field of medicine do you see yourself entering?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Is there anything else you would like to tell the committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you end up doing X activity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me more about activity X" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you enjoy doing when you're not working?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Motivations for going into medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kinds of problems do you think you will encounter as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your biggest strengths and weaknesse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Could you live in Boston? (I'm from a warm climate)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is going to be the biggest challenge for future physicians?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your experiences volunteering and shadowing make you a better physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What was the best and the worst thing about your undergraduate institution? Do you have any regrets?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about (insert EC)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What area of medicine do you want to focus on? What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss a certain class you took." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself...How will you contribute..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (Both interviews were quite seamless conversations, naturally flowing from one topic to another; not all interviews at Harvard are like that, though, according my fellow interviewees)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are there any doctors in your family? (really just fishing for your real reason for going into medicine)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions you would like to ask?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you want to work in an underserved community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about ______(anything from your application)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you apply straight to med school? What have you learned during your time off? How has it benefitted you? Has it shaped your goals within medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe [experience on AMCAS]. Is there anything that's not on your AMCAS that you did and want to talk about? (I said no b/c it had been over an hour already, and he was very very thorough with everything. I know I should've said something but whatever, I prob won't get in anyway.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some pros and cons of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"did you ever waver in your decision to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"future goals" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine (not research) and what kind of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you apply to the New Pathway program only, and not to the Health, Sciences, and Technology program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you tell me more about TAing Cadaver Anatomy lab?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think you will be doing in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything additional you want me to know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How should I present you to the admissions committee? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of students participating in online gambling? (I'm from Atlantic City)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What inspired my career transition?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you like to improve about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did your decision to study medicine come about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They really asked VERY few specific questions. Just have a conversation!! Seriously, it's a much better interview that way (If they're not asking very many quesitons, it means the conversation is going well, they're learning a lot about you, and they feel it's going well.)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Can you explain your MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What attracted you to Harvard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivates your interest in research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A specific scenario about working in a group in a problem based setting -- what role would I play." More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there anything we didn't mention that you'd like me to know about?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are the strengths of the Canadian health-care system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of emphasis and time left for questions to the interviewer. Think seriously about what you're going to ask." More from this Member | Report Response

"Walk me through your four years at college? If there was something you could change, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you chose to major in mathematics?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"What are your interests outside of school/work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine, and why HMS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you believe will be your niche in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think about (issue related to one of my undergrad majors--sociology)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My faculty interviewer asked me what made me to decide to leave Los Angeles for the Bay Area for undergrad (went to UC Berkeley)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could not work in medicine, what would you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If you had one fear about attending our program, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"was is dificult moving to the USA from Botswana?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you want to practice medicine (here or abroad)?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Are there any questions I can help you with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer position at Hospital Y?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think your greatest challenge will be as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the pros and cons of the bill in front of congress that, if passed, will limit residency work ours." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't you just love city X?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you decide to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some generic ethical situations. The situations themselves don't matter, I think, just pick a rational answer and stick with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you decide to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide you wanted to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you find volunteering in 3rd world countries after being raised in the US? Language barrier? Would you combine medicine and politics? (reference to my essay and also topic of socialized medicine.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research to me like I was very young or very old and had a limited science background." More from this Member | Report Response

"The second interviewer asked a lot about my research publications and my application folder, why I had received C's in a couple classes, etc. However, he wasn't tearing me apart, rather figuring out if I had valid reasons. He took notes as if he were going to defend me before a committee." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What type of patient population do you see yourself involved with in the future? What things are crucial to good health care interactions?" 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

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing too difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do other countries do better than we do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If your goal is to be a positive part of peoples lives, why not some other careers? Why physician? Here I explained the other reasons I like the career such as it being intellectualy fulfilling." More from this Member | Report Response

"He had reviewed the list of courses I took and asked me about a criminology course from a few years ago. I was able to talk about it some, but it took a few minutes for things to come back to me so it felt like a more difficult question." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a problem with the current health care system and how do you propose we fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, it was a very basic conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where is medicine going?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was presenting your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked very specific questions about various parts of my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"My faculty interviewer made a whole speech about how all US MD schools are amazing and how I'd be fine wherever I ended up. I was not sure how to respond..." 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

"Specific to activities listed in application." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three qualities you think a doctor should possess and do you have those?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What experience have I found most rewarding?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think your volunteering makes a real difference?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you say HMS is your "top" choice? " More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, pretty conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain one instance of failure, in detail." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a failure you have experienced and what you have learned from it. What would your friends say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing particularly difficult, we pretty much just focused on things I had already experienced and was therefore prepared to talk about." 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

"In my experience it did not seem that Harvard asked questions to challenge the interviewee, but rather to gain a fuller understanding of the candidate and the talents that s/he brings to the table." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing particularly difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"At what point did you know you wanted to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't think of one" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing unusual." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are the positives and negatives about being a doctor? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What, about yourself, do you take particular pride in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No brain busters, but the student seemed very bright and asked in depth questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing, really...just asked a lot abt AMCAS activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is another profession you would have chosen instead of medicine? Pros and cons?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing you shouldn't know how to answer" More from this Member | Report Response

"with a technical background, do you feel you have an obligation to pursue an MD/PhD? (interviewer was an MD/PhD)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nor anything tough." More from this Member | Report Response

"The role of finance in medicine - should it be emphasized?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What distinguishes you from the other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing bad, very low stress." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no curve balls at all, so I got asked standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"A question about medicare D that was specific to my clinical/professional interest" More from this Member | Report Response

"No real difficult question." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the biggest difference will be between your school (small LAC) and an ivy league?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No difficult questions - they were all relatively straightforward." More from this Member | Report Response

"A question that pertained to my research topic, but not the actual research that I did..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing very difficult. They just wanted to get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer really dug for the exact timeline of my life since undergrad, the details of the research studies I've worked on and what work I want to do eventually in medicine. She just wanted a lot of detail, but no single question was especially difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are your greatest weaknesses (that you'd like to improve upon)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you separating yourself among your classmates if you chose not to write a thesis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Mostly based on application." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How will you have contributed to a medicine as a leader 20 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing difficult -- very specific to my application and other typical interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"none at all, see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same " "" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the single best approach to understanding and stopping cancer? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to pick one, research or clinic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the greatest leadership role you have had during university?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, what other activities have you done (very open-ended, broad questions)." More from this Member | Report Response

"research related" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything else that you want me to tell the committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"same" More from this Member | Report Response

"What, if any, research would you be interested in pursuing as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about a research project I did ages ago" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you anxious about interviewing at Harvard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was particularly difficult. These were very low-stress interviews (as the admissions staff had informed us)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too difficult--basically every question focused on my AMCAS personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a third career (aside from Medicine, or teaching) that you have considered pursuing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Again in depth research question" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to chose research or clinical work, which would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about a time you had a personal conflict with someone and how you resolved it" More from this Member | Report Response

"At what age did you start to notice that you were brighter than your classmates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none, all were straight forward and conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specifics related to my research. What forces are acting on DNA as it travels in gel electrophoresis? Why does it travel?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No difficult questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you considering [my state school], because it's really a good school? It seemed like he was trying to suggest that Harvard would not compete if I got in!" More from this Member | Report Response

"same as above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something about my research - how do you know the 3D structure of the peptides you use have the same confirmation as they are in vivo. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know the president of the Women's Tennis Association? I played college tennis but I had no clue." More from this Member | Report Response

"None...everything was from my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you could change the US healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Were do you see yourself in 10 years... easy to have an idea but hard to set in stone." More from this Member | Report Response

""What was the Reagan administration like?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain discrepany b/t low verbal and high GPA/personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is it that has allowed you to accomplish so much in your life? " More from this Member | Report Response

"no difficult questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above. Since I've done some relatively unusual stuff since college, most of the time was spent talking about those experiences - my interviewers didn't ask many unrelated questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you explain some of your grades?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some ethical questions where my interviewer played the devil's advocate to challenge answers, but even these weren't that difficult and seemed to be more about looking at thought processes and how you can defend a position. Nothing overly difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"See above. It wasn't that the question was terribly difficult, it was just that the interviewer spent nearly the entire interview challenging my position." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked a lot by my second interviewer to further explain somethings in my personal statement. This was hard because he was reading it right in front of me for the first time and didn't realize that the answers to his questions were in the essay towards the end. In order to reduce being redundant I tried to reword some answers so this did provide some difficulty" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm not convinced you've shown a sufficient interest in medicine. Convince me." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing seemed stressful - both my interviews were more like conversations. I was allowed to decide what I wanted to really talk a lot about." More from this Member | Report Response

"same as above. I couldn't think of a third. But it was alright, he understood being on the spot. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My faculty interviewer got me into talking about ethics and cloning and all that garbage, but it was mostly my fault for bringing it up." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no difficult questions. All the questions were easy to answer because they pertained tomy person experiences and feelings." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? I overanalyzed the question. I prepared for the why do you want to be a doctor question which is closely related to this one but they are not the same." More from this Member | Report Response

"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? " More from this Member | Report Response

"An ethical scanario about if I was a Family Practice doctor and the husband of a family which are all my patients contracted aids while having an affair, and he refused to tell his pregnant wife. However, the interviewer told me right off that there was no specific answer that he was looking for, and we walked through the scanario together." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, most of the questions were personal. Harvard is not big on asking canned interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked anything that was difficult. No ethical questions, nor any questions about US health care." More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really...pretty typical. What do you see as the biggest health care problem. How would you work to change this as a physician? What do you think is the solution to this problem?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"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." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think Openheimer would have felt about this [in reference to an ethical question the interviewer had asked me previously]? " More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN interview feedback, read their website, talked to students there" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explored the city and relaxed, and asked students questions the night before" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN; did a lot of thinking and writing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Print and reread AMCAS a lot" More from this Member | Report Response

"Made notes of activites and reviewed all application materials." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my AMCAS, asked students about their experiences at HMS" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback site, school specific forum, school website (know the mission and curriculum style of the particular program you are interviewing for (NP/HST/MDPhD)), talking with students/host the night before." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback, their website" More from this Member | Report Response

"read HMS webpages and viewbook, looked over my AMCAS app and SDN entry" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, file review - I think I overprepared" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular. Knew my file, knew some stuff about the school (went to ugrad here)" More from this Member | Report Response

"re-read my file, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN. 5 previous interviews. H'vard website." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Primary, Secondary, School Website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Extensive website reading, browsed for literature on Harvard curriculum, chatted with students who attend/have attended Harvard, chatted with post-docs who work at Harvard with medics. Lots and lots of prep work. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reread AMCAS, familiarized with healthcare issues, school's website, bulletin in the mail" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my AMCAS and supplemental applications, read the school’s website and admissions brochure, talked to physicians I know about relevant medical topics, read articles on current issues in healthcare." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read over my AMCAS, looked at school's website, talked to a friend who goes there" More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard website, SDN, student host" More from this Member | Report Response

"website, SDN, reread application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read their website, talked to students, read my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interviews, BREATHING" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my AMCAS, went through the Harvard Med admissions website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about the school, looked at student doctor reviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed my file, website, pamphlet material given the day of about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview, reread my AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at their website, went over my file, chose three points to get across at each interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was my last interview, so I was pretty seasoned by this point; just read over the website." More from this Member | Report Response

"the usual" More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard preparation (amcas, hms webpage, read over my papers, rest, breakfast)" More from this Member | Report Response

"School's website, talking to current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"HMS website, Application, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Harvard website, read stuff about ethics" More from this Member | Report Response

"read school website, SDN interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read about the school and spoke to many people who attend(ed) it; also spoke to a handful of faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about Harvard, read my application, mentally prepared myself for the day I had waited for. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Reading over Harvard's website, read over my application, going over my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Studentdoctor.net. Read my AMCAS application. Help from the host." More from this Member | Report Response

"Perused both the website, and the admissions viewbook. I also outlined some things I would include in answering the usual questions--why Harvard? why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed AMCAS application. This is one of my last interviews so I kind of new what to expect" More from this Member | Report Response

"harvard website, AMCAS application, harvard supplemental, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read school's viewbook, which wasn't a good way to prepare at all. Just review your AMCAS. Chances are you won't get the Why do you want to go to Harvard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read this site; read over my application; looked at Harvard's brochures and website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Had other interviews, looked at interview feedback questions, talked to student host" More from this Member | Report Response

"went on other interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, harvard brochure/website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, website, mock interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"AMCAS, school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read up on my research, browsed the HMS and MD/PhD websites" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had never been to Boston before so I was most concerned about logistics. They did a good job of telling you exactly when/where to be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This late in the season (my 8th interview), preparation is no longer required...except I poked around on the HMS website a bit." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read HMS's website, its viewbook, talked to my student host." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over school website, studied some ethical issues and legislation, health policy information, additional materials relevant to my particular interests, and reviewed my secondary application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard information packet, website, my apps, reviewing my paper " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over SDN, school website, AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my AMCAS and Harvard applications, SDN feedback, and Harvard information packet." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"Prayed a lot. Read the website, printed off website and other materials, read the book they gave me, researched my interviewers in the downtime, talked with HMS students, and others." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school's literature" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Reread application, very briefly looked at SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Many previous interviews, read the mailed booklet, thoroughly went through the website, and talked to my student host." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, AMCAS, Public Health Books" More from this Member | Report Response

"Browsed website, SDN, talked to a few students at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, website, read over my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school website and catalog, mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"read over the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Read AMCAS app, Read catalog sent to me in mail, Researched school website pretty extensively, read up on some current medical issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewing my application, course website, brief conversation with a faculty member" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, talked to student hosts, reviewed AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, their web site, stayed with a host, read up on some health policy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about school, my app." More from this Member | Report Response

"above regular stuff, talked to students i know who did the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN website, school webiste, stayed with student host" More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard website, SDN, Harvard factbook, talked to other students." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, viewbook, read AMCAS/notes used for AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"read website, SND, my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewed AMCAS, reviewed research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Understood my research well, looked over the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read Harvard website, went over application, SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"I reviewed my undergrad research, AMCAS, personal statements, and secondary responses. I also looked through the Harvard website and literature, as well as the SDN site. I had a mock interview at my college." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read through the HMS viewbook, read interview feedbacks from SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read HMS website primarily. Leafed through mailed-in brochures." More from this Member | Report Response

"Review research, went on NP interview day before" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read available material, SDN, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"read sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, looked at school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"this website, the harvard website etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the background material on my previous research, read HST website literature, and had lunch with a friend who is a current HST student. Also, having had 3 med school interview experiences prior to this really helped." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Harvard Website." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked with people I knew in the program, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"read about the program on webpage, read AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read a few papers on my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"on-line sample questions, mock interview with friends and work colleagues" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read my application, looked over school's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about bioethics and healthcare issues, SDN, website." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, school web site. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Prospectus, Web site, other students, SDN, read my personal statement, all my application material and research work." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Harvard mailing/website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, AMCAS, Secondaries, read Harvard brochure" More from this Member | Report Response

"read interview feedback, read about school, spoke with current student" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over web page, viewbook" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing...I had several before this, so I had nearly memorized my personal statement by then" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed app, checked out website, spoke to people I know at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read Harvard's prospectus, read entries on SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked at SDN and reviewed my application materials" More from this Member | Report Response

"Just read their website." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about Harvard, printed map of MGH." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not enough, unfortunately. I read everything Harvard mailed to me and practiced some possible interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I relaxed, read the material and talked to a few friends at "ha-vayrd"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tried to sleep on the plane." More from this Member | Report Response

"I read about the school and the program. I also got to Boston 2 days early to acclimate and become familiar with the campus. It also gave me the opportunity to talk to medical students before my interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"read the interview feedback on this site; asked my third year host about HMS; tried to remain calm and personable." More from this Member | Report Response

"read interview feedback, read the admissions bulletin, and talked to some friends who are at harvard now" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my research publication and the New Pathways Program at Harvard." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the material they sent, and thought about my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the HMS website." More from this Member | Report Response

"read brochure/website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed materials mailed from school and online, interview feedback, own file" More from this Member | Report Response

"read materials mailed to me and checked out the website thoroughly" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read materials, went early and got a feel for the campus, played in Boston for the weekend before my interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read my primary, brochures from the school, looked over current research publications, read the HMS web-site." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The amount of freedom we had on the interview day" More from this Member | Report Response

"Cohesiveness of students, collaboration, low stress environment and students opinions of faculty support." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were friendly and capable. The facilities are beautiful and so is Boston." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were fair" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very in depth discussions, got to see Atul Gawande lecture between interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewers were both great, Vandy (the dorm) is very nice, and the location is perfect." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews went great, partly because my interviewers were really amazing! I was also super impressed by how friendly, welcoming, and down-to-earth the student body is!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of money, great people (both faculty and students), location is nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"The sheer number of opportunities available at Harvard and in the Longwood Medical Area." More from this Member | Report Response

"Beautiful place, campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"The resources, facilities, students, opportunities, intellectual vibrancy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both of them wanted more to talk about Harvard than they wanted me to talk. Basically, they wanted me to ask alot of questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"the people" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is organized into academic societies, which I think helps build community. All rotations are done at one hospital. Housing is decent. Location is great. P/F first two years. Everyone seemed relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The endless opportunities to get involved outside of class" More from this Member | Report Response

"The buildings were beautiful and the students were very nice and helpful. They were especially keen to show us the facilities, even those slightly out of the way. They were also not worried about discussing the negative aspects of Harvard. It was a wonderful experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers had clearly read my file cover to cover, and so were able to ask questions specifically tailored to me. They were also really nice. Students seemed happy. Pass/Fail system. Small group tutorials." More from this Member | Report Response

"How unpretentious everybody was. I was expecting the place to be dripping with ego and found it to be anything but." More from this Member | Report Response

"approachability of faculty interviewer; how nice and down-to-earth students were; diversity of student body; PBL aspect of curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice facilities, intergrated curriculum, amazing resources, interesting students, enthusiastic and readily available faculty" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students, MEC building, pre-clinical curriculum, 3rd year at one hospital, Vandy hall's convenient location, Boston, the T, the undergrad campus, " More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities, resources ($$$), students were really friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a NO stress interview. Completely relaxed faculty, they just wanted to get to know you. It was absolutely fabulous. The Ass. Dean came and talked with us for 45 minutes before the interviews began, and he was very welcoming, and told us we were all "very special" and that we should feel "good about ourselves". It was such a warm atmosphere. Even if I am not accepted, I will still think that HMS has wonderful faculty and I was honored just to be interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was really impressed by the school, more than I thought I would. I was expecting a sort of arrogance b/c of the school's name recognition, but everyone I interacted with was great - from my interviewers to the students I met. The students there seem intelligent and accomplished, with very diverse interests, but also down to earth, friendly, and nice. There are just a ton of affiliated hospitals and, as my faculty interviewer told me, they all have their own research going on, so you really have a ton of choices, and can choose a project that fits exactly what you are looking for. And Boston rocks. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the interviewers and students" More from this Member | Report Response

"relaxed, friendly environment; all the students were enthusiastic to help out, ask questions, tell you about their experiences; the training hospitals" More from this Member | Report Response

"tone of the interview, info i got from the student interviewer about her transition to Harvard" More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice the interviewers were." More from this Member | Report Response

"How accessible and friendly the students were, the unbelievable research facilities, the food we were served. Both my student and faculty interviewers were very warm and welcoming. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers were nice and seemed to know my file well. We'll see how much they go to bat for me during the committees..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Unlike most others, I found the interview experience here very endearing, even the breakfast bars (which I didn't eat). All the people, including the admissions staff, were very friendly, and all were very down to earth. For sure, no one tried to wow us, but that is what I truly liked about HMS. It is Harvard and I already know they are the best; why do people feel that they need to be dazzled by the school on the interview day? The school already wows me with their amazing medical discoveries. The down to earth nature of individuals here is a trait that I always liked about Harvard people in general." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are amazing, the curriculum is very innovative, the clinical opportunities are amazing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities, the innovative curriculum, the students, the amazing facilities, the top notch affiliated hospitals (B&G, MGH, Beth Israel, Dana Farber, etc) and just about everything else. My interviewers and the students were very friendly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the students were awesome and friendly. The location is ideal." More from this Member | Report Response

"how much everyone loved the school, the great facilities, pass/fail policy" More from this Member | Report Response

"You can't beat the access to Boston hospitals. The facilities reflect the astronomical endowment they get. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were awesome doctors. Neither had a Harvard education, and were the type of people you hoped to be regardless where you ended up going to medical school. They truely took the time to get to know me and thoroughly answered my questions. Students are as nice and accomplished as any other top school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people, the people, the people...and did I mention the people? The students I and faculty are THE most accomplished, most down-to-earth and most interesting people I've encountered on my school-hopping trip." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities were great. Very high-tech. I like how there were a lot of affiliated hospitals nearby." More from this Member | Report Response

"I expected the students to be elitist and inexorably snobbish; however, much to my delight, they were totally cool! Everyone there seemed perplexed as to how they got accepted in the first place. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students, faculty, facilities and location. I guess everything. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities. the enthusiasm of the students. the program, the city. the New Pathways program posts all lectures on the web, and you can Keyword search through them to find the part where professors talk about a certain topic." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus was nice (despite being in Boston, which is a city I really don't like). They really give students great opportunities, curricular structure is good, faculty members are supp to be great teachers, and my interviewers were some of the nicest people I've met." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities; Boston; the friendliness of the staff and faculty; how Harvard takes care of its medical students; the opportunities available to Harvard students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The resources are amazing. There are supposedly 10,000 researchers associated with HMS. You can do ANY research you want. " More from this Member | Report Response

"faculty and hospitals are amazing and the students are out of this world. everybody is down to earth, nice, and seemingly normal, but if you get to talking a little more you'll realize everyone is incredibly accomplished." More from this Member | Report Response

"students a lot friendlier, nicer, less intense/competitive than i thought. awesome resources for students - computing services, dorms, support network, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"The quality of the facilities and how well they take care of their students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The quad is beautiful, the students we met were very friendly, we sat in on a really interesting lecture (though that amphitheater is a bit treacherous for a girl in heels) " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are awesome. Also, everybody is very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"the number of laboratories in which you can work as a graduate student, the breadth of opportunities available for both research and clinical learning, Vanderbilt Hall (dorm for mostly first year students)" More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYTHING! People were so nice (students and interviewers). I expected maybe a little bit of arrogance, but none was to be found. So impressed, definitely attending if I am fortunate enough to be accepted. The orientation was given by one of the asst. deans and he was so warm and welcoming. When they say low stress, they mean it! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Insanely awesome facilities, tons of faculty, decent dorm, med students seemed to get along well with the dental students " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities seem great, and the simulation sessions were very, very cool. My host was wonderful, and the one other student that I got to talk to during the day (when I was lost...) was really nice and helpful when I asked her questions about campus life/culture." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities, the students, the location (Boston is a great city!), how down-to-earth the staff, students and faculty are. Also the staff are VERY well organized as far as helping to orient you and get you where you need to go on interview day. Some interviews are at Mass General and the other local hospitals. The staff provides directions and taxi vouchers to whatever locations your interviews are held." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students seemed really happy, the facilities are phenomenal, (18 affiliated hopsitals), very friendly admissions staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are top notch and the school has the money for anything you want to do." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that the facilities were amazing came as no surprise - it's Harvard after all! What caught me off guard was how genuinely friendly the students and faculty were!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. The students are great, the societies are great, faculty members are great, there's not much bad things to say about Harvard..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities, students, and faculty are amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students were friendly and not intimidating, curriculum is entirely pass/fail in the first two years, student facilities are nice, lunch was a voucher for the student cafe, which was great 'cause I'm getting tired of cold cuts." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"How extremely friendly and nonintimidating the interviewers were. They really seemed to try to be on your side, to portray you to the committee in the best possible light. Take advantage of that, and tell them anything you want them to mention--and they will! And don't repeat the same info to both interviewers; the more they know about you, the higher your chances of acceptance (That's what my interviewer told me.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are amazing, Boston's full of life, the students were the most laid back of any campus, and there wasn't a sense of arrogance. The curriculum is changing (and it sounds like for the better) with an Introduction to the Profession course, early clinical rotations, and more continuity between rotations. There are lots of opportunities for those interested in global health. My student host was awesome. He took me around town to dinner and to a movie at night with his classmates." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"The freedom within the curriculum and how happy the students really were. Did not expect things to be as laid back as they were." More from this Member | Report Response

"collegial atmosphere, friendly students and interviewers, technology (mycourses), opportunities available to do anything (research, clinical/research abroad, in any field...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was so friendly and the day truly demonstrated how committed Harvard is to their medical students. Everyone in my interview group was also very down-to-earth, which was nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities, people -- all very friendly and laid back, interconnected nature of different schools" More from this Member | Report Response

"everything" More from this Member | Report Response

"Boston is a pretty cool city with good transportation, Facilities are amazing, Opportunities for research, community involvement, abroad work, etc. are phenomenal, Faculty seem to be really, really interested in students' wishes and concerns, Students are extremely chill and varied." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were diverse, interesting, outgoing, excited about their work, and very happy overall. The facilities are excellent. The Longwood area provides an entire medical community and is close to any type of urban setting you might like to be in. The amount of free time the New Pathways students have." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students are extremely nice, friendly, and cooperative. They also go out a lot and have plenty of free time. They say they are very happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"BOSTON!!!, amazing clinical facilities, great mycourses website" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students-incredibly friendly, down to earth, normal! The facilities are one of a kind...you won't believe it until you see it. The opportunities available to students. The incredibly liberal atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"incredible resources. Harvard has the money to do whatever they want to do." More from this Member | Report Response

"the students there were very social. the residential hall is across the street from the med school" More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities and opportunities are undoubtedly some of the best as medical schools go, it is also located in an urban city, Boston which means that one can do more than just study" More from this Member | Report Response

"The general happiness of the students there. They were trully happy and you could tell. The kind of activities that the students did or were going to do. One is planning a trip to Cuba. The clean, airy nature of the building. Oh, and the relative free time they had. When I was there (i stayed 2 nights), my host did not crack open a book and she had a job." More from this Member | Report Response

"Many things about Harvard impressed me--they certainly lived up to their ranking as #1. Harvard receives nearly 1 billion dollars from NIH, and they certainly used it well. The facilities are amazing, as is the location. The other hospitals nearby (Beth Israel Deaconess, Brigham and Women's, Children's, and the Dana Farber Cancer Center, etc), are amazing hospitals. Harvard's Countway Medical Library was a nice place as well. Most of the preclinical classes at Harvard are held in the Medical Education Center. It was very modern, clean, and comfortable. I applied to the New Pathway program, and it is definitely not for everybody. New Pathway utilizes Problem Based Learning as opposed to traditional lectures as a way of teaching the basics of medicine. It seemed like a very effective way of learning--not too stressful, but also forces you to learn. The system also makes sure nobody slips through the cracks. The tutorial sessions (for PBL) were held in small rooms with plasma screen TV's, clean chalkboards, and a nice boardroom table--thus making conversations more effective. The faculty at HMS is very accessible and nice--if you show interest in what they do, they'll be interested in helping you out. Finally, the student body was excellent, and for the most part, they seemed very happy with Harvard. They were all easygoing and did not seemed stressed at all. The system pretty much eliminates competition, and you can tell by talking to the students--they were very relaxed and friendly with each other. Those that weren't happy with the New Pathway said that they weren't learning as much as they wanted, but they were able to supplement the in-class learning with out-of-class studying. If people are having trouble with their courses, Harvard provides tutors free of cost. Finally, I was extremely impressed with my two interviewers. Both (faculty member and student) were open interviews. The interviewers were very polite and friendly. They had obviously throroughly read and memorized my file, as the questions they asked were very detailed in nature. The questions were meant to get to know me better. Harvard is a great, impressive place, and my interview experience made it my top choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"As others have said here, the facilities are beautiful. But I was impressed by how practical and cheerful and facilities were: plenty of light, sensible spaces for groups of students to work together on the PBL curriculum. Boston is very doable of foot and the T, and there is no shortage of international food. Also, there are a million small neighborhoods with unique characters that make living in Boston seem less urban." More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard has got tremendous resources, so many fabulous hospitals and research facilities nearby. The people were all very helpful and nice. There was not a snooty attitude that you might stereotypically expect. It is in an area of Boston that is much better than many other good schools in big cities can say. Their curriculum is highly interactive and leaves you with more free time than many places and truly "does not teach to the boards", but instead to teach you to be a great doctor. The quad like campus makes it feel very community based, and living in the dorm (while it is a dorm) does seem to bring the classes closer together. I was there the day before an exam and the students were much less stressed and crazy than I thought they would be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard has an exceptionally low stress atmosphere, has some of the brightest students, amazing faculty, and the resources/opportunities are limitless" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were well organized. The Admissions office does a good job of providing you with adequate directions to meet with your interviewer and the orientation is informative." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students seemed laid back, had more free time than at other schools. Campus surrounded by hospitals. Small tutorial classes seem very interesting. Close student housing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard's facilities are truly impressive. The affliated hospitals are some of the country's best, and Harvard students have tremendous opportunities at the school and beyond. I work near Harvard, but I had not seen much of the inside; all of buildings were gorgeous and extremely well equipped. I also love that you can take an extra year, tuition-free, to do research or work abroad. The (relatively) generous financial aid was completely need-based, which impressed me a lot. Overall, the Admissions staff was incredibly organized, clear, knowledgeable, honest, and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Basically everything! School was awesome, the facilities were among the best I have seen thus far. The students were incredibly friendly and non-snobbish (much to my surprise), and the faculty were incredibly nice. And the number of hospitals/research institutions, including MIT, affiliated with HMS is just amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities, Boston, Aura. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The HST students were nicer/more normal than the NP students, the class we attended was really fascinating" More from this Member | Report Response

"THE CLINICAL FACILITIES--yeah, they're amazing!, I absolutely adored Boston, Vandy wasn't as awful as I thought" More from this Member | Report Response

"the students, the curriculum ( a good balance of PBL and lecture), the number of hospitals it is affiliated with and boston in general" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great campus, facilities, diversity of students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty much everything-- the staff, students, facility, attitude, New Pathway curriculum..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was super-friendly and laid back, this was my 11th interview so I could truly say that while it is fantastic and it IS Harvard, everyone was sweet and very welcoming, not intimidating at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"The HST students are treated really well and have better financial aid compared to the New Pathways students. The students are amazing; there's more of a collegial atmosphere than I've seen at most schools because they are such a small group (~35 students). Grading is Pass/Fail and you can get funding to do research in any lab at Harvard or MIT. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The resources that the school has." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everybody went out of their way to make it a good experience. There were tons of students who wanted to say how much fun they were having, all of the staff were exceptionally helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The plethora of medical institutions in the area and the fact that students seem happy and excited about their school and program. " More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities tour guides interviewers everything!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the stress-free environment, the friendly students. It really seemed like a wonderful place to be a student. All of the students I talked to were happy with their experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people weren't as stuck up as I excpeted them to be. Actually, they were very friendly and accommodating. The facilities are also impressive, besides the residence hell...I mean...residence hall...where they have nice carpeted hallways and hardwood floors, but fewer square feet per room than a typical walk-in closet. Oh well, I guess the 12-headed microscopes in the histology lab make up for it... " More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum, the opportunity to pursue diverse interests in the first two years, incredible facilities (hospitals, lecture halls, libraries, lectures online etc.) living conditions are solid. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. I can't say enough wonderful things about this school. I won't even begin to list them here. Of all the schools I have seen, Harvard is definitely my first choice. Admitted and I will enroll. The PBL is a MAJOR draw and certainly makes me desirous to go North for an education." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities, atmosphere, group learning, friendly, inspiring people" More from this Member | Report Response

"Every one was extremely friendly and very happy. It was hard to believe it was Harvard." More from this Member | Report Response

"the quad with white marble buildings is beautiful. the hospitals in the longwood medical area and around boston (obviously excellent). the dorms have a strong community feel." More from this Member | Report Response

"The way technology is integrated into the learning process. Every student has a personal page with all the info for his or her classes -- notes, diagrams, etc -- and videos of the lectures are on the web. This also goes into the labs and the tutorial classrooms." More from this Member | Report Response

"I went in expecting them to be pretentious and lacking in academics (new pathway at least), but I was impressed with the students. Each one has a unique background and has a genuine desire to make a difference and become a leader of medicine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are incredible." More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard works hard to get prospective students to think about whether their curriculum is going to be a good fit and not just be attracted to the "name". Also, the facilities were great - the school has a lot of $ - but you can tell it gets spent on the students. Also, how many other places have enough faculty to split classes into groups of 8?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Well, it was Harvard name to be honest. The hospitals are awesome, though they don't show that to you. The library was very nice also, though not study friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing facilities. Additionally, they have good departments for EVERYTHING, so no matter what you want to do you can learn about it from the pros if you're motivated enough to seek it out." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Associate Dean for Admissions is nice, many of the students are cool, the teaching facilities are nice, Boston seems fun and not as expensive as everyone makes it out to be. At other schools I found myself describing the students in a certain way. At some schools they seemed lazy, at some they seemed collegial, etc. I can't describe the students at Harvard in any way - they are all so different." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything. the school is great and they know it. very impressive classrooms and tutorial rooms. all the students were more excited to be there than at any other school i have interviewed at so far." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus and hospitals are outstanding...second to none. The Medical Education Center is testament to the emphasis they place on a quality education." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. My host was amazing and both my interviewers were really cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"What didn't?? HMS is palacial. I do not believe in the Treasury Department anymore, I believe money was being printed in the basement of HMS. No wonder Harvard hasn't the largest endowment (6 billion i hear)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is very awesome, and HST students are treated like better people, it seemed. But during the day they're all away at MIT so you don't get to meet many unless you come back at night. Boston is also a great city." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was such a diverse group of people on the campus. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. It was a great experience!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the other students who were being interviewed were friendly and funny. i also liked the countway lib." More from this Member | Report Response

"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. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything. They are number one for a reason. No one was arrogant or condescending. Harvard pays very close attention to their students and applicants. They deserve their excellent reputation." More from this Member | Report Response

"The "musuem" in the library is very interesting. The students showed very little stress and were extremely happy. The facilities are very modern and money is apparently not a problem for Harvard." More from this Member | Report Response

"Its Harvard." More from this Member | Report Response

"the university is absolutely gorgeous. the technology is very impressive and totally intertwined into all facets of the educational experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were all so friendly and loved Harvard. They were totally down-to-earth and not at all like the stereotype." More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities and the students who were down to earth" More from this Member | Report Response

"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?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus, hospitals, other applicants, current students, the Boston area." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My tour guide couldn't be any less enthusiastic about giving us the tour lol" More from this Member | Report Response

"The majority of the applicants at my interview day had a connection to the school, either through family or working for a faculty member. The students we met did not seem not as reflective as I would hope about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had no problems but others did with interview scheduling and lunch/tour conflicts" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions seems very nonchalant" More from this Member | Report Response

"More info about Harvards opportunities for students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day is very unstructured, and you have to make an effort to find opportunities to meet with students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are great, but I've seen better. Student housing in Vanderbilt isn't what I had in mind for medical school. It's like undergrad dorms all over again, except you get your own room." More from this Member | Report Response

"Clinical (lack of hands on at the flagship hospitals), not eager to be in Boston" More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer was a little harsh and didn't really talk that much." More from this Member | Report Response

"lack of a facilities tour" More from this Member | Report Response

"No good on-campus food options." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was freezing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviews were purely conversational. I cannot stress this enough. It was a very bizarre experience because I left not knowing whether I had done well or not. I think it is impossible to utterly bomb this kind of an encounter, and I feel as though this type of requirement does not adequately present qualified candidates. I was barely even asked why I actually wanted to be a doctor, and while this is inherent in my statement, I think it would have been more colourful to talk about it in person. And while I attempted to interject this passion within the conversation had, it was difficult as interviewers are ultimately asking you the questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that we had so much downtime made me feel as though the admissions committee wasn't trying to impress us (mean I know it's Harvard, but some planned activities and more facility tours would have been great)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. I loved it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"coldness of admissions and lack of scheduled activities- we had to arrive for mtg at 8:15 am although interviews were spaced throughout day and only scheduled activity was combined lunch/tour in 1 hour time slot; didn't get to see hospitals on tour, didn't get to interact with any 3rd or 4th year students; no financial aid presentation (I had to go to the office myself). I know Harvard has a lot of resources and can do hospitality well when they choose, so it was especially disappointing. I even asked about when classes were so I could visit one and they didn't know any specific information." More from this Member | Report Response

"Smugness, bordering on narcissism, seems to ooze out of the pores of everyone there. Very insular and cliqueish feel. The unfriendly admissions office." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lecture hall was old, cold weather, " More from this Member | Report Response

"Boston--cold, rainy. I lived there for 4 years already though so I think I could handle it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Sim clinic..." More from this Member | Report Response

"They made a bunch of changes to the curriculum a few years ago and I feel like they are still in the testing process of this. They changed the third year so that you do all your rotations at a single site, and I'm not too sure how I feel about this. The tutorials (their small PBL-style groups) seem hit or miss." More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of preset times makes travel plans difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"the weather -- cold and windy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, my interviewer was really friendly and encouraged me to relax and just have a conversation with her " More from this Member | Report Response

"The student tour... pathetic excuse for one!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of downtime during the day. The teaching facilities were very nice, but not quite what one intuitively would associate with HMS. Most of the students live in dorms. Nice dorms, but still dorms. " More from this Member | Report Response

"No one came to greet us in the morning, no one gave us folders or schedules for the day until we finally asked about them. The dean who gave the introduction was nice and informative, but the secretary was unprofessional (ie telling us about bad interviewers). She obviously shouldn't represent the entire school, but she speaks to the poor admissions office and overall bad day. We were supposed to have lunch with students and NO ONE came to sit or eat with us. Then, students were supposed to give us a tour and no one showed up to do that. The entire day really seemed like Harvard could care less about the applicants and knows they'll get a good class anyway because of their name. It was a terrible day. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Students don't seem too happy with the first and second year course structure, the schools didn't seem at all interested in being welcoming or encouraging us to attend (several people commented: ''if Harvard chooses you, I would expect you to come'')" More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't care for Boston or the weather, but I guess I could get used to it. The dorms were a little dark, old and depressing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"they told us they had mice in the lecture halls" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some people were only into research and couldnt really see past it" More from this Member | Report Response

"The sense that the students there are the best of the best. While Harvard attracts students who can attain high marks, I found many of them difficult to talk to. I do not think these are the type of people I want as classmates. The school is too comfortable in the knowledge that 80% of their acceptances choose to attend. It is a smug place." More from this Member | Report Response

"The organization of the interview day was a bit ridiculous. No one is there to greet you in the morning, at least you'll have granola bars, water, and fellow applicants wondering the same thing in the morning. Lunch is awful, almost no vegetarian options. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The structure (or lack thereof) of the interview day, the complete uselessness of the morning orientation (we just sat around a long table while the dean rambled on a bit and then a student came in to chat), and how my tour guide didn't show up!" More from this Member | Report Response

"You were left on your own most of the time." More from this Member | Report Response

"I think I expected a little more as far as the food, lol, but it's alright I guess :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"my first interview, and the tour. The first interviewer hadn't read my file, he openly admitted he'd gotten distracted during the 10 min before it, and had only read 2 pages. And he was 20 min late. He spent 1/2 the time talking about himself, cutting me off, and even talking about how he'd learned something from a candidate he had interviewed the day before. The tourguides are in HST, and couldn't actually tell us much about the New Pathways program. Harvard just doesn't care about impressing interviewers, or trying to sell them on coming to harvard, because they know almost everyone who gets in will go." More from this Member | Report Response

"They don't give a shit about giving you a good impression of Harvard. If you don't like it, fine, they'll find someone better for your spot. There's no general info session, tours were like 15 mins long and conflicted w/ my interview time, so I couldn't go. Lunch is disgusting (student cafeteria, and there's seriously nothing good to eat), and the vouchers often don't cover the price of it, so you have to spend some of your $$ too. This was the least-organized interview I've been on. I still think it's a pretty good school though, because I don't base my opinions entirely on interview experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"the dorms (I'm a non-trad and haven't lived in dorms for 4 years); the tour did not give much additional information or insight into the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The weather" More from this Member | Report Response

"the curriculum is a bit odd, not traditional by any means. the students were so-so on it, but i don't really think it's a big deal. if you can get into this school, the curriculum won't be an issue i'm sure." More from this Member | Report Response

"stuffiness" More from this Member | Report Response

"How poorly they take care of their applicants. Scheduling interviews during lunch or the tour isn't cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"How unstructured the interview day is - you're really on your own for the vast majority of it " More from this Member | Report Response

"There was nobody there to greet us when we arrived. Also, the students weren't the friendliest people in the world." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour - Apparently there is no designated route for the tour, and our student guide did not give much thought as to what we should see. Many of the rooms he attempted to show us were either locked or being used by other students. We just ended up roaming around the quadrangle until the end of the tour. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Absolutely Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"My experience seems to be the exception rather than the norm, but I really did not enjoy my visit at all. There was very little structure to the day and a *ton* of down time, and I never got to meet any students because my interview schedule made me miss lunch *and* the tour (which are the two major opportunities to ask questions). Thus, by the time that my interviews rolled around, I was really hungry and completely unfamiliarized with the school as far as first-hand experience goes. I read a lot about it and talked about the school with my host (who was wonderful!), but that still represents all that I know about HMS. If I actually get in, I'll have to go for second look to even begin learning what the school is really like." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"There seems to be a lot of confusion about the required thesis project (no clear definition)...but the New Pathways Curriculm seems amazing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Somewhat ''snobbish'' attitude from administration, but students seemed really nice and down to earth. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard has no information sessions. They just have a quick QandA and then let you go to your interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"No campus housing for students with families, no tour of any of the hospitals" More from this Member | Report Response

"the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a Saturday, so the place was empty (And cold). The airport lost my luggage and I had to take the extremely slow Green-line T to Vandy...I guess I just felt kinda dark and alone in Boston, missed home (SF)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The cost of living is very high. While many students stay for 5 years, cost of additional degrees (like MPH) is not covered. I can't bring my car because there's no place to park." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour was horrible. The guides seemed uninterested. It seemed as if we were a burden, they were definitely not paid" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really. Wasn't used to the weather but all else was cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"longwood area is rather sparse on weekends and vandy is, well, a typical dorm; tour is superbrief so take time to walk around the hospitals etc on your own if you can" More from this Member | Report Response

"honestly, nothing.." More from this Member | Report Response

"absoultely nothing at all" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"They are planning a curriculum change, so next year *may* have a few bugs to be worked out." More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of patient diversity. Also some students complained about several blocks of boring lectures. There isn't anything but hospitals and schools in the immediate area." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty interviewers asked some inappropriate questions and challenged the importance of my research topics to medicine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"lukewarm on the enthusiasm of the students and I thought I didn't do that well on my interviews (but I was accepted!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student tour was lame, but who cares?" More from this Member | Report Response

"it's so big that you wonder where students fit in. With 17 or so affiliated hospitals, 5000 odd faculty, almost too much." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school, the personnel, the interviewers. This was by far the worst interview I had ( and I have had quite a few). The whole process was cursory and I had the feeling that it was a waste of my day. Every other school treated me like I was a human being/a real person, at Harvard it seemed like they felt that they were doing you a favor. My second interviewer was horrible, he asked me what my plans were for in the next 25 years and when I told him (mind you I said that I hoped...) he basically called me a liar and said that I could not do this. If this is not a dream killer I don't know what is. In my essay I talked about a very close family member being critically ill, at every other school they at least asked how he was doing, not at Harvard. My overall feeling was that the school has no personality, if you are going there for the name then fine, if you want somewhere that you are valued and treated as a person then forget it" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cold weather. And, I'm not that big a fan of Boston" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not too much--it was cold and snowy. The interview day was long and there was a lot of free time. After exploring for a while, I got pretty tired and just sat around talking to the other interviewees (who were all great people!)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Had to take a taxi to MGH for my second interview and taxi was very late. Would have been better to take the free shuttle, in retrospect." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers did not have particularly good interviewing skills. She did not make eye contact with me and was flipping through my application the whole time rather than listening to what I said. She also rushed the end of the interview even though we were actually scheduled for 25 more minutes. I sort of expected more from an interview at one of the best med schools in the country. " More from this Member | Report Response

"No organized tour - you just find your way around the campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers hadnt even looked at my file when I arrived. I had to wait an additional fifteen minutes before my interview could begin. My other interviewer was busy and had to leave the room for about fifteen minutes in the middle of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the other students interviewing attended Harvard or another ivy for undergrad, didn't seem too diverse in that respect. Tour was short" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much!! One interviewer hadn't read my file except for a brief scan right before the interview started, so I didn't feel like the interview was as efficient as it could've been. Another issue: most of the affiliated hospitals are relatively upscale, so students may have somewhat skewed patient/healthcare exposure compared to students at other medical schools with more urban (poorer) affiliated hospitals." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cold weather (I'm a CA native), and the tour was kind of lacking." More from this Member | Report Response

"Really nothing. It's the best school in the country, in the best college town in the country. How could you complain? " More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't thrilled about the long hours of class" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were weird, very few white people, so many Harvard kids, and the admissions people screwed up my schedule" More from this Member | Report Response

"the first year dorms are a waste of money but i wouldn't live in them anyway" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was part of the very first group of interviews, so maybe things weren't quite running smoothly. I ended up missing most of the tour because of an interview.. Also, apparently something like a quarter of the med class went to Harvard undergrad, closely followed by Yale alumni. So much for diversity..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour guide was the only person i met there who wasn't very enthusiastic. they should have picked someone else to do the tour :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The classroom time (8AM-5PM) every day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was pretty haphazard...one guy didn't show up at the appointed time, and wanted me to wait around. I suppose I should be grateful that I got two one on one interviews instead of a two on one interview, but the interveiw day was pretty long, so it was hard to stay peppy for an interview last thing." More from this Member | Report Response

"the "feel" of the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The cold, the lack of sunshine, and the seemingly lack of cohesion among the interviewers and departments. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the cold weather (i'm from california) and the people in Boston are not very polite...but whatever, anything can be ignored or overlooked for a school like Harvard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some students seems a little too self-sure, but by and large, I was thoroughly impressed by Harvard. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Some people were a little bit cocky but not nearly as bad as one would suspect. A very positive all round experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Bostonians can be blunt. I am from the South, so its a culture shock to be up north." More from this Member | Report Response

"tour was lacking" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students giving the tour made it so boring. Also lunch was from a very small cafe in the student lounge. No signs of a decent cafeteria/deli any where." More from this Member | Report Response

"students don't seem to get out much (but that's probably a given)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was really obviously unimpressive, but I realized that maybe PBL isn't for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lack of academic focus. The research is unparalleled, but the quality of the academics in the new pathway MD program curriculum was low when compared to other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"My second interviewer was pretty ditsy. Really nice, but seemed shallow. Our conversation was about restaurants... I'm just a little worried about what she'll have to say to the committee about me. Also, it's not really what I expecte from Harvard. (but in that aspect, I guess it was positive that there was a "normal" person interviewing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very little. The library doesn't seem to be a place where med students spend a lot of time - but so much is online that it almost doesn't matter." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Medical Education Center was a bit older than I expected. They didn't do a good job describing why PBL is any better than the traditional approach. Seems to me that students from both types of curricula go off and become equally successful..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I think I would just say don't go in expecting this place to knock your socks off just because of the name. It's definitely a good school, but people seem to undeservedly put it on a pedestal just because it's Harvard. Financial aid seems to be lacking somewhat too." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of the students don't take advantage of what Harvard offers. Why would you pay $50,000 a year just to drink and jack off? As I said above, there is no common denominator for Harvard students, and many of them are incredible, so this is not a major turnoff. " More from this Member | Report Response

"tuition and cost of living in boston. So expensive that it might not be worth it. You are looking at 50 thousand a year for 4 years, thats 200 thousand in debt right out of school unless you have considerable savings. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The poor HST students...they were in class until 8pm the night I was there...OMG..." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the construction going on near Vanderbilt Hall." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing about Harvard, but traffic and parking. But keep in mind the T is there so not a bother really. Awesome experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that HST students are too distinct from NP students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The biggest shock was the Boston winter weather!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the cold weather." More from this Member | Report Response

"the bitter cold. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking. The garage was $32 a day. If you drive to Boston, my advice is to park at a T stop (Boston's Metro, and take a train into the Medical Campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking was $27.00. That's pretty unacceptable." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"most students live in this freshman dorm thingie...ya know...with like shared bathrooms. uhhh...been there...done that...not interested in doing it again. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were all spread out over the day, which had its pros and cons. I got to go up to Cambridge for one of my interviews, which took about 45 min on shuttle, but I also got to see the undergrad campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"cold weather...if you could transplant harvard to a warmer climate it would be the perfect school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, it's Harvard. They are number one for good reason." More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Both of my interviewers read my application thoroughly and tried to learn as much about me as possible. They seemed to care a lot about the intention behind my activities/experiences and my career vision." More from this Member | Report Response

"The exact location of my interview locations" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you are being hosted by a student in Vanderbilt Hall, you could very likely spent the night on the floor :) It's not terrible, but I wasn't expecting it :\" More from this Member | Report Response

"The free time flies by, make sure you eat breakfast before getting there." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would have to go to the undergrad campus in Cambridge for one of my interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...pretty transparent interview day with no surprises. Note you may have a lot of downtime...use it to explore!" More from this Member | Report Response

"They would focus on my current research." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I'd have to go to MGH for one of my interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had conducted mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it would be snowy, slushy and icy..." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I wouldn't meet any 3rd or 4th years so I could have found a way to talk to some on my own." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would have hours and hours and hours to kill during the day. SDN warned me..." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would fall in LOVE with them! (It will make rejection so much more painful!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day has probably the most free unstructured time compared to the schools I have been to so far. There is only a 45-min orientation talk in the beginning, interviews, and a lunch+tour at noon. For me, it was no problem because I had both of my interviews in the morning and that kept me busy, but most of the other interviewees had one interview in the morning and another in the afternoon, and were left with not much to do in between. There are a couple things to do around the school though: the Museum of Fine Arts is a couple blocks from campus, you can use the computers in the med school library, and you can also hang out in the campus bookstore or the nearby Starbucks." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I was going to have SO much free time" More from this Member | Report Response

"I feel that there is so much more about Harvard that I didn't know and that I'm sure I don't know even after the interview day. I say this because the resources and facilities at this school are simply outstanding." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had two one hour interviews. The second went nearly 90 minutes but I don't think this is common. " More from this Member | Report Response

"that the students would be so laid back" More from this Member | Report Response

"How nice the interviewers would be" More from this Member | Report Response

"You could get to the admissions office directly walking into the Harvard Med ''Quad'' from Longwood/Louis Pasteur Ave. without having to access Shattuck street from behind the Children's hospital. This could have saved me running around in the bitter cold trying to find Shattuck street that morning as my train arrived late. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Boston is not THAT cold..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of downtime." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I would have known how friendly everyone was going to be...if anything, that's what caught me off guard the most." More from this Member | Report Response

"How amazing the Longwood area is. I'd have made more time to explore." More from this Member | Report Response

"You'll only get in if you're special for some reason. They don't like the standard good grades, good MCAT, the usual extra-c's people. Harvard doesn't give a shit about you, but you want to go there anyway." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is no breakfast. It consists of granola bars and bottled water. There is ALOT of down time. It cannot be filled by the ''self-guided'' tour that is suggested in a booklet provided to you. Walking through the hospitals aimless makes you feel like you're in the way." More from this Member | Report Response

"no merit based aid to speak of and housing costs are through the roof (save vanderbilt hall). most students that get in here probably get better deals elsewhere." More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was surprised by how close knit the students were. Most of the first year students live together in a dorm on campus. This living situation seems to foster a great deal of class unity." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it lived up to its reputation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Wished I had knew more about the 4 academic societies that HMS has." More from this Member | Report Response

"1. There is NO breakfast; there are some granola bars - and water if you're lucky. So if you're going to need to commute to get to campus as I did, eat something in the morning! 2. Your interview may be scheduled during the lunch/tour. If this happens, you will not get to meet any students during the day; nor will you get to eat. Ever. 3. There are 0 scheduled events other than the introduction/tour/lunch. So prepare for lots of downtime. The admissions staff wants you to get to ''know the school,'' but it's really hard to do this if you're wholly unfamiliar with the campus (and wearing dress shoes!). 4. Your student interviewer may be a M2." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewers' credentials! On the interview schedule you are given, the interviewers (mine were both medical faculty) were only listed as MDs. I came to find out -- during the interviews -- that both interviewers had additional degrees. It would have been helpful to know so that I could have planned more questions for my interviewers since I am interested in MD/MPH (my first one also had an MPH but I did not realize this until the end of the interview)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Driving in Boston is impossible!!!! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Taxi drivers in Boston can get lost and make a 5 min ride last 20! (I was late to the admissions orientation, not fun!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"See the positive impressions." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would be interviewing with the Dean." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's a LOT of downtime." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are spaced sort of randomly throughout the day. You may have none in the morning and two in the afternoon, or both early and then nothing in the afternoon, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"There will be *a lot* of downtime (hours, not minutes) so bring a few books." More from this Member | Report Response

"Vandy has a gym (though small). I should've gone the night before the interview, to get my endorphins (and my spirits) up." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"more detail about the curriculum, that saturday interview days finish earlier (could have caught a flight that night)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew there would be free time, but I did not think there would be as much as we actually had. Bring a book, or a warm jacket to walk around Longwood and explore the area." More from this Member | Report Response

"few students would be there becuase Winter Break had begun already" More from this Member | Report Response

"they've changed the curriculum, so, look at the new one." More from this Member | Report Response

"That student interviewers included MS2's and MS4's - most other places I've been to used only MS4's." More from this Member | Report Response

"The traffic was worse than I expected, so the drive took much longer than mapquest predicted. The initial orientation session at 8:15 was run by two students followed by a curriculum session at around 8:40." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of the Harvard faculty do not think that Harvard is a truly special place to be and believe that you can get just as good of an education at any of the top 20 or so med schools. " More from this Member | Report Response

"More about Vandy, brought a good book for the downtime--FYI the library has some great popular magazines you can read" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. They do have student interviewers though." More from this Member | Report Response

"That all the school has going for it is the name, they don't care about you as a person" More from this Member | Report Response

"That HMS students are chill and like to have fun. There are student interviewers. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I should have brought earmuffs." More from this Member | Report Response

"MyCourses: a very cool intranet system for managing and viewing course resources, including indexed video of lectures. Curious about the nephron? Run a search and find the segment of the video clip that deals with nephrons. Cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"They leave you a ton of time. Bring a book or something. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Although the students are very friendly and easy to talk to, the same cannot be said about the other interviewees. The entering class is subdivided into 4 societies which become psuedo fraternities, although these groups do not dileneate the student body. They participate in olympics, pranks, and various other fun activities, and the students all seem to love it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That a lot of walking would be involved to meet with one of my interviewers and how extremely cold it is!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking is expensive, driving in Boston can be confusing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, really. My second interview was in Cambridge, so I took a cab. I am from the area, so it was pretty easy to get there, but since my cab driver didn't know how to get to the hospital, I had to direct him. Had I not been from Boston, this would have been tricky. If you are unfamiliar with the area, I'd suggest getting the Admissions staff to give you basic directions for the cabbie (in the *rare* event that he/she doesn't know the way). Once you get to the hospital/site, the provided directions are very clear." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a lot of down time. Explore the medical school campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"How accessible the "T" is? The "T", for those who don't know, is Boston's Transit system. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a push for academic medicine, but they say openly they are proud of all their graduates including straight clinicians. The student interview is totally relaxed--he/she doesn't vote, they don't ask you any research questions, it really is for you." More from this Member | Report Response

"They are changing to a 1.5 semester basic sciences curriculum and making all of an individual's third year rotations in one hospital." More from this Member | Report Response

"that they are thinking of significantly restructuring the 3rd year" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't apply to or discount Harvard just because it is Harvard... I was pleasantly surprised and liked it a lot more than I assumed I would." More from this Member | Report Response

"When you fill out the taxi voucher that they give you, make sure to write in the final fare before you give it to the taxi driver. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There were huge blocks of free time between the morning talk with the Dean and the lunchtime tour (both at HMS) and the late afternoon interviews (at MIT). Good thing the MIT student center has DDR... =)" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a lot of free time. The other prospectives are both amazingly accomplished and also not so amazing that I thought I had no chance whatsoever...it was nice to meet the competition, I guess, and to stop freaking out about them." More from this Member | Report Response

"you have a lot of time during the day" More from this Member | Report Response

"The T is great, don't torture yourself with driving/parking. Give the students the benefit of the doubt; I don't think they'll disappoint. Also, don't be afraid to try to sit in on some classes. Talk to a current student, and ask if you might sit in on a lecture and a tutorial. It's worth your while." More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew there would be free time but just want to re-iterate. You have lots of free time but there are plenty of things to do on your own. They provide a nice manual at the begining of the day explaining what's available." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much. I wish I had known how crowded it was going to be because of the crew races this weekend." More from this Member | Report Response

"alot more free time than I expected" More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking at the hotel wasn't free ($20.00) and where I parked for the interview was $27.00 (cash, no credit cards accepted). It was also colder than anticipated." More from this Member | Report Response

"very strong emphasis on problem-based learning." More from this Member | Report Response

"That my second interview would be at Mass General (at 4:00) -- a shuttle ride away, and on a different T line." More from this Member | Report Response

"Even though admissions tells you that you can't sit in on a class - this isn't completely true. It's logistically difficult for the admiss. office to arrange it for everyone (since interviews are scattered at diff times and diff places during the day) - but they don't prohibit it. The Dean of Admissions encouraged us to find a student to serve as our host for a class - if our interview schedule allowed. Try your best to do this - it's the BEST way to figure out if you'll like the Tutorials or not." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had been to at least one interview before this one." More from this Member | Report Response

"LOTS of down time, although this will depend on your time slot interviews. It allows you to explore the campus, though. Also, neither of my interviewers had read my file much, so a bit too much time was spent watching them read over the essay/LOR's/etc. and cherry picking questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had known that the weather would change so quickly. It went from decent temperatures at night to raining in the morning to cold and blustery in the afternoon. Also, the interviews are technically open file, but don't expect them to know your application well. I had to carry my own folder to MGH and the faculty interviewer read it while I waited outside. The student had my folder but had not looked at it." More from this Member | Report Response

"I should have been more confident and known more specifically about the New Pathways curriculum. I also wished I had known just how much free time I would have between activities. (First interview: 10:00, second: 4:00)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wish i had spent longer in boston. Everyone i talked with was incredibly cool. Went a had a drink and got to know them before i left, but they were the type of student who know their stuff without being stuffy. Pretty unusual for an Ivy (Exception was PENN)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Take the subway from the airport. www.mbta.com " More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I could have spent a few more days there." More from this Member | Report Response

"how chill the HMS students seem to be. " More from this Member | Report Response

"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. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That parking was so difficult and expensive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Fenway (where the Med School is located) is quite a distance from Cambridge (where the undergrad is). It is very helpful to review the transportation information ahead of time to figure out how to take the T from the airport, get to the med school, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"actual schedule that students have for classes leaves alot of room to engage in so many things" More from this Member | Report Response

"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" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"HMS doesn't try to impress their interviewees so there weren't many structured events during the day. You'll have a lot of down time. If you are in school, bring homework - the applicant lounge has nice study stations. I also recommend checking out their case-based learning classes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Enjoy the free time!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Loved my experience here. My fellow interviewees were awesome. The interviewers were fair. There was a lot of free time to roam around. I used this time to get to know my fellow interviewees. The students there were helpful and friendly. Boston is great as was the campus. I recommend staying with a student host." More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a great school, and it innovates to keep ahead of the curve, but the facilities weren't as nice as I was expecting. The surrounding area is very nice though. Overall I'm not going to be holding my breath for an acceptance, but it was just an honor to be able to interview here. What a great opportunity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great place, a well-organized day." More from this Member | Report Response

"I only interviewed HST. The interview was definitely not as scary as I had heard it would be." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's too bad I loved this place so much; now I'll be sad if I don't get in! It really is an amazing school and it was an honor just to be interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The experience was nice. Nothing stressful at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"I love the school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"There were very few specific questions. Both interviewers were very well versed in my application file and were prepared to discuss specific aspects of my application with me. The interviews were more conversational than anything else." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews were relaxed - two 1-hour interviews - one w/ faculty member, one w/ students. Tour was limited - we only really saw the campus dorm and facilities, the classrooms were locked and time was limited. Great students and great facilities though, and despite poor interactions with admissions office I came away loving the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"I came to this interview expecting/hoping to be a little more wowed than I actually was. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What an amazing experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"RELAX!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview experience here was wonderful. It was an honor and a privilege to interview here. Congratulations if you are invited to one. It is an accomplishment in and of itself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewed on a Saturday: arrived, opening talk, two interviews, lunch, tour, done around 2." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was very organized, but ended really abruptly. The day was on a Saturday. I would suggest choosing a weekday because the school was kind of dead. You should visit the affiliated hospitals on you own because they're not on the tour. Harvard is fabulous all around and close to the T. Overall one of the top interview days of the 7 schools I've been to. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I left feeling very good about the school. I went there thinking everyone would be stuck up and snobbish but that was not the case at all!" More from this Member | Report Response

"this is a great place. no need to be nervous at all pre-interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are some excellent people at Harvard, like my interviewers and people I did research with at DFCI and MGH. I walked out feeling that I did the best I could. Ultimately I found out, even having the best interviews and a convincing application at Harvard might not get you in. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I'd recommend that one flies in earlier in the day to Boston the day before and stay with a student host, so one can get as much contact with the current students as possible. They are an amazing bunch! My first interviewer was an adcom member and met me at his office in the main building of the school. My second interviewer was in Brigham's which was just acrossed the street from Harvard. I hence had no problem getting from place to place." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people were really nice and facilities were great." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a wonderful time...it just kind of sucks that they interview so many people because you know that your chances of admission are less than one-third after getting an interview. Alas...Harvard is very random in who they choose, so it's hard to gauge just how well I did. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall this was a very pleasant day. The admissions Coordinator, Paul, was very helpful and down to earth. One guy had an interview at Massatusettes General Hospital and they had a cab waiting for him already. I've been to other interviews where people were just given a map and told to get there on time. The students are obviously all very bright but also very friendly and down to earth as well. There wasn't a big sales pitch like in other places, but everyone that applies to HMS and gets interviewed, knows what the school has to offer. The Dean of Admissions came in for a quick talk and seemed to really care about the students and what is best for them. Like others have pointed out, there is a lot of down time. Personally, I didn't see this as a problem. I just toured the school and the area with some of the other interviewees and even sat in on a couple of classes. I highly recommend you try and sit in on one of those robot simulator classes, they are very interesting and you get to see the top notch facilities at Harvard up close. " More from this Member | Report Response

"As my other comments indicate, Harvard just doesn't do much to try to make you want to come to their school, other than show you how phenomenal their facilities and opportunities are. The students all seemed enthusiastic, and commented on how happy they are there, and also that they wish the Admissions did a better job making the interview day a good experience. After the 1st interview and the tour I was ready to throw in the towel, but the 2nd interviewer was very engaged and spent over an hour talking to me and showing me around some of the Cancer Institute where he was late to a meeting. But he seemed pleased and excited to do it, and genuinely interested in getting to continue talking. The best thing I did was stop and talk to many students who aren't part of admissions, who will give you the best idea of why Harvard is a great place." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's an old guy in the intro session who's basically a stand-up comedian (actual career: pediatrician), and he heckles everybody. It's great!! That was the best part! The interviewers are totally nice. You get no info abt Harvard other than what the students tell you and what you can read in the viewbook. You should really eat lunch on your own somewhere else. If I go there as a student, I will never eat in the Atrium. Oh, and their hospitals are very innovative and they pioneer lots of cool technology and techniques. And they have sweet research you can become a part of. That's prob why I would go there, if I decided to." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had 2 faculty interviewers. They were both very friendly and down-to-earth. My first interview lasted over an hour; we got to talking and he wanted to introduce me to some people he knew that had graduated from my college. It was a very low stress experience. You'll also have lots of down-time to explore the area (I went to the library, MEC, and a cafe). " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview experience was positive. I had no interviews in the morning so after a failed self-guided hospital tour experience, I took myself to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It's only a few blocks away. While it is no Met, it has some good holdings in its collection. (Go for the European paintings and early American art. Its modern American collection is shoddy, save for a few Georgia O'Keefes.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the day is not really structured, you'll have your 2 interviews at some point during the day, a lunch and tour, and that's about it. very few are late in the afternoon, but some other guys had them. if you are concerned about curriculum or anything else read up beforehand and make sure you ask questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"lot of opportunity to explore campus, i really liked the introductory comments by the MD who came to talk to us - he was congenial, funny, and focused on primary care, not what i expected from harvard. md/phd who interviewed me later was more focused on hardcore research, and more enamored with reputation, but he had a point - the school is filled with very smart, and very ambitious people. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Previous comments are right--there's a lot of downtime during the day. I had to leave the faculty member presentation early to catch a cab to my first interview across town (they give you vouchers). My interviews really weren't anything special, asked me about research and experiences. I'm kind of disappointed there was none of the earth-shattering HMS/diversity/worldview questions we all expect." More from this Member | Report Response

"When you arrive, there's no one to greet you - you just help yourself to your folder, granola bars, and water. Then, a student comes in to see if we have any questions, and two admissions people talk a bit about the school and the day. Then, you're off on your own - we all went our separate ways at that point. Most of us had one interview in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both were about an hour long and both very relaxed - no grilling. Lunch was kind of gross, since there was literally no selection, but the med students were really nice and really great about giving super-detailed answers to our questions. After lunch is the short tour (about 30 minutes) and then some downtime before our second interviews. I'd recommend going to the library if you have time - you can check your email there and they have a cool museum on the 5th floor. All in all, the day was very different from most others in that you were very much on your own, but I was still very impressed by the school (obviously, I mean it's Harvard!)." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was impressed" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, it was a good experience. I found the students to be very friendly and interesting. The admissions staff seemed a little arrogant with respect to the school's reputation and ''hands-off'' with respect to the applicants. We received almost no guidance finding our way from the admissions office to our interviews. The interviewers had obviously read my application and seemed knowledgable of what I had done during college." More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviews (faculty, student) were very relaxed and I was more nervous than I should have been!! My faculty interviewer was very non-intimidating and we talked about me, my undergrad school, education, research, etc. My student interviewer asked mostly about research and some of my shadowing stints, along with why I wanted to go into medicine. Both had obviously read my file well. " More from this Member | Report Response

"As mentioned above, I did not enjoy my visit because of the poorly planned day. I really got a sense that the admissions office did not care whether or not I thought highly of the school because (the student greeter made plainly clear), Harvard gets about 80% yield and ''everyone who gets in comes.'' I know that a lot of people place a premium onto the name of the school (and HMS is certainly quite a name). But throughout the day, I could not shake the feeling that I was not valued as a person, which was awful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing school, beautiful campus, so rich in history and resources... The day was fantastic! Staff, faculty and students were all incredibly friendly and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Meet with students, who talk about their experiences/adress questions An Dean of Admissions talks about the curriculm Interviews scattered throughout the day Lunch and a tour (my interview was during the tour) " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had two interviews, one with a pathology professor and one with a student. I was told that both interviews would be weighted equally. The prof interview did not go as well as I hoped, he really grilled me on the background to some of my research and I couldn't answer some of his questions. The student interview went really, really well. The student had my AMCAS memorized and we just had a conversation about my activities and life at Harvard. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Our day began with an orientation session in Gordon Hall that was very conversational in nature, and provided an opportunity to ask any questions we had before the interviews began. Some interviews began in the morning, and some began in the afternoon. Some were on campus, and others were at various hospitals. If your interview was at a distant location (i.e. Mass General), the Office of Admissions arranged to have a cab pick you up, and provided a voucher to pay for the fare. There was plenty of time between interviews to tour the campus, socialize with students, and read a book - I recommend checking out the simulation labs! Overall, it was a great experience!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Unlike others here, I felt Harvard spent siginificant time trying to sell the school to us and repeatedly congratulated us on our selection as interviewees. Overall it has been my best interview experience thus far. I was able to discuss a wide array of my activities and only slipped up on one question. You get the impression that you'll really need to blow the competition out of the water just to get accepted, so if anything that's what makes the interview stressful." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was very good. I stayed with a friend that I've known for the past three years and his wife, who I've known for the past three years. The first interview was held at a hospital down the street. The second was in the quad's atrium..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I live in Boston so traveling was not hard for me, but it would be interesting coming from out of town. Boston is not an intuitive city to find your way around in. Harvard is fabulous. The people are intelligent and friendly, the clinical facilities are excellent, and you have almost unlimited resources to learn and research anything you want." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be prepared to wander the campus by yourself during your hours in between interviews. Don't expect the school to sell itself to you very hard." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was nothing wrong with the school. It just didn't feel like home. You really have to think about location, because if you don't enjoy living there you won't enjoy going to school there. But other than that Harvard is amazing: not stuck up, people easy to talk to (spent hours talkin to students the night before the interview, it was great), amazing match list (you'll get one of your top 3 choices), don't think the curriculum is killer (until clinical rotations, third year)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I never expected this interview, so it was a pleasant surprise. Based on being grilled by one of my interviewers (see thesis question), I don't expect to get accepted. All in all though, it was a great experience and I'm happy just to have visited the campus. The school, without a doubt, blows the competition out of the water. They're revamping the New Pathway program for next year and I'm thrilled with their emphasis on PBL. It seems like you can do anything you want here." More from this Member | Report Response

"IT was great, aside from the tour. I love the interviewers and other students. The students I interviewed with were very nice as well as the medical students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very, very laid back experience! All the students and faculty were happy and welcoming to everyone." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hard to get a good feel for the campus/atmosphere as it was the weekend and the area was pretty barren. The 2nd years were working on their show, and the enthusiasm with which they went about prepping for that was endearing, but otherwise there was nothing going on around Vandy/med school. Facilities are nice, students are friendly, I really enjoyed my interviews. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If I already had not fallen in love with Harvard already, I definitely fell in love with HMS after my interview experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Was a very positive experience. They say it's not a "high-stress" interview, and it's really not. Both of my interviewers were the most laid back of any interviewers I've had. They seemed sincerely interested in me and my interests." More from this Member | Report Response

"Really enjoyed HMS, some of the new curriculum ideas sound pretty good, everything was amazing, just hope I get in!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent overall. There's a lot of downtime which I spent exploring the library and MEC lounge and then later in Starbucks. The interviewers were very warm, professional but relaxed, interested in what I had to say, and straightforward with their answers. The weakest part of the visit was the tour, which felt disorganized and unprofessional. I had the feeling I hadn't seen much but I wasn't exactly sure what I'd missed. I got the best sense of the school by hanging out in the MEC during my free time and chatting with students; they were much more helpful than the student tour guides." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers had not read my file before the interview and spent most of our time going over the basic facts from my AMCAS. One of my interviews was a 25 minute walk from the admissions office, and some had to travel by cab to their interviews. However, they provide you with good (written!) directions and cab vouchers if needed. There is quite a bit of down time during the interview day, so be prepared to explore campus on your own. As for the actual day, you arrive at 8 and can be there until 6 pm at the latest. They provide breakfast and lunch. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was pretty stressed out about this one, but really impressed with Boston. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, a wonderful school with even greater staff and students. Everyone is friendly and genuinely intent on making this a positive experience for you. The itnerviews really are stress-free, although some students said their interviews involved different ethical scenarios. It is fantastic place to learn, and it offers an incredible variety of choices. You really are encouraged to pursue your individual itnerests and you definitely have the time to do it. Also, problem based learning is a great way of learning medicine, but some students did share their misgivings about it. Good luck!" More from this Member | Report Response

"an exciting day" More from this Member | Report Response

"see the negative portion" More from this Member | Report Response

"Awesome! I had such a great time here. Everyone was so supportive and nice. The other interview candidates were all generally down-to-earth and cool. I stayed for an extra night and went into Boston Friday night with some first years--they know how to have a good time :) " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had two interviews, both open-file, from a faculty member and a student. Both were similar, in that they asked very detailed questions about my file. They seemed to know my file inside and out. They actually cared to make me an individual and know things about me that nobody had bothered to know in my other interviews. The experience was very relaxed. The interviewers just wanted to get to know me better." More from this Member | Report Response

"Day began at 8 with coffee and pastries. Dean-type talked about the curriculum and motivations of the students. Also, student talked about PBL. All had an interview in the morning at one of the affiliate hospitals, then lunch and tour at 12. Then another interview in the afternoon. 1st and 2nd year students are around to talk to and tell you stories." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is Harvard. Being there gives you the opportunity to do almost anything you want to do. See + and - for specifics of both. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone at Harvard loves it there. There is enourmous potential to make the most of your 4 or 5 years there; so much so that you really do need an idea of what it is you want to do with your time. Once you know, though, the doors fly open. My first interviewer was extremely friendly and we spent most of the 50 minutes making pleasant conversation with plenty of laughs. My second interviewer was equally friendly and nice to speak with, but he had a much more directed approach with specific questions about my future, my interests, my research etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I thought my interviewers were approachable and friendly. I think knowing your application well definitely helps especially your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"A great day. Interviews were very laid back and conversational. Admissions staff were very friendly and helpful. New Pathway program is well designed and a nice alternative to some other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was actually my first interview, and I have nothing but good impressions of the school. As others have pointed out, the day is very long (8:00 until 4:00 for me). The Admissions office uses interviewers from all over the Harvard network, so many students will have to take cabs to and from their interview sites. (Don't worry, they provide vouchers for everything.) I had two faculty interviews, one in the mid-morning and one mid-afternoon. This was a perfect schedule, and I had plenty of time to do everything. Lunch and a tour fit in between the two. Some people had both interviews in the afternoon, leaving them with lots of downtime in the morning. Still, there is plenty to do and see in the area, so it shouldn't be a problem. The students we met were great: very helpful, honest, and likable. Ask the students lots of questions about their lives in- and outside of class because my interviewers were clerkship preceptors, and they knew more about the big picture of the NP curriculum than specifics about the first two years. Both interviewers were very nice, pretty informal, and extremely low stress. I was frustrated that my first one had barely skimmed my file because his questions were not very meaty. There was more small talk than true substance; however, my sense was that he was really only concerned about seeing my human side. He said he would essentially be defending me in front of the committee, and I got the impression that he was significantly impressed/convinced of my suitability for the program. My second interviewer was better in that he had read my file, and he asked me more specific questions about my current research, my undergrad experiences, and my life. After the second interview, I felt a lot more satisfied. Both interviewers spent considerable time talking about the pros and cons of the New Pathway curriculum and future modifications being considered." More from this Member | Report Response

"Good times. I really want to go here now. Honestly, I expected the people to be a little snooty, but I found that everyone was incredibly nice, helpful, and happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"I left feeling ambivalent honestly. After some of my other interviews at other schools, I've left being able to assess my performance somewhat accurately (I've heard back from a few schools about decisions). However, at HMS, I didn't really get a vibe, or feedback, from my interviewers. They left me really confused about how I did, and naturally, I fear the worst. However, they did ask very tough questions, so be prepared to discuss anything from your AMCAS app (which they really use in-depthly) to current events! Btw, for those who have interviewers at MGH or some location off of the HMS campus, be prepared to have a closed-file interview, as some of the ppl at MGH did not have a chance to pick up applications beforehand. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This was an HST interview. I was pretty nervous and at lunch some of the students scared me, because they were like cite all the research papers you read related to your research going on at other labs. Plus there are three interviewers for just you. :) It really wasn't that intense. Of course, we spoke at length about my research, also about what lead me to medicine and my undergraduate experiences as a leader. Then they asked me if I had any questions for them. The day started with pathology lab at 10:45-noon. Then lunch at the snack bar place. Then an orientation/discussion of HST ideology, curriculum, etc. Then I had a panel interview and then a group and I was out of there by 3:45. Some had to stay until pretty late though. The staff in the HST office are incredibly nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"We arrived at 8:15 with a nice talk from a faculty member about the facilities, curriculum, life, etc. Then I sat around all morning. I went on the 'self-directed' tour, but really they just sent you on a footpath through everything without any real information about the places you were in. Then lunch at like a snack bar in the MEC (the main student academic building). Then we had a tour of the MEC and Vandy. Then I had two interviews and I finished around 5:45." More from this Member | Report Response

"Awesome! I really really hope to get in here as it is my top choice. both interviewers were nice and very thorough. the tour guides and other students were all very chill. " More from this Member | Report Response

"They really base their interview off of your own experiences and your AMCAS file. All questions were specific to my individualized experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a New Pathway interview. I arrived at 8:15, heard introductory talks, sat/walked around for a couple of hours until lunch, had an abbreviated tour, had an interview (60 min) with a 4th year student, and then had an interview (60 min) with a faculty member. Both were conversational, and the interviewer didn't ask questions that were not related to my specific application-- nothing about politics, the medical system, or ethics, etc. Some other interviewee was actually asked if he owned the Yankees and could only keep three players, who would he keep? Overall, it was the best medical school in terms of location, facilities and general feel out of all that I have interviewed with thus far." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a fun and wonderful day! It was my 11th interview, but i thought maybe i'd be scared because it was harvard, but i ended up feeling very relaxed throughout the entire day since everyone was very welcoming and friendly. It was a New Pathway interview. Also, it was the only school that paid for your transportation back to the airport (they give you pre-paid taxi vouchers that you just hand to the taxi driver) The facilities are great, the dorm is very conveniently located and the trees in autumn were just beautiful!! I'm from california so I've yet to visit boston in the winter time, but I guess I'll adjust since I just found out that i was accepted!!!! I'm so happy!! I was waitlisted and accepted at some other schools, but my Harvard interviews went so well (better than at most other schools) so I was very grateful and excited to receive the good news." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was by far my hardest interview experience. Having interviewed at 5 of the top 10 med schools, I can honestly say that nothing else compared to the depth, pace, and difficulty of questioning at my HST faculty interview. It was more of an MD/PhD style interview than MD. The faculty interview was with two professors at the same time and it was really hard to maintain eye contact with both of them. However, my student interviewer was great. Very relaxed and easy-going. Overall, I came away feeling like this was my top choice program and having been accepted, I will likely attend." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was great. It was not stressful at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard is an amazing school, and the people work hard to make sure its shown in its best light. I wasn't expecting it to be very different from other schools, I came away very impressed with the program, and really excited about the prospect of coming to the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was pretty chill" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was not as difficult as expected. I interviewed with the HST Program and found both the student interviewer and the faculty interviewers very friendly. They mostly asked about my experiences, research, what makes me want to be a doctor, and what makes me want to be a researcher. The campus is quite nice although the weather was somewhat cold. The students were more friendly than expected, and facilities are top notch. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Very pleasant. Love the school and the atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was really stress-free and to my surprise, no down-time between interviews and no ethical questions (I believe other students got some ethical/HMO questions, but my interviewer seemed more interested in finding out a lot about me as a person. If you can get a saturday interview anywhere, I highly recommend it. It seems to go by a lot quicker than weekday interview sessions." More from this Member | Report Response

"As expected, the personality of the interview depends on the personality of the interviewer. The physician interviewer was nice enough, but basically asked me to summarize my application for him. Great: I flew 1,000 miles to do your work for you. The student interviewer was much more conversational, and actually took the time to get to know me. Thanks to her, I felt that the overall experience was positive. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Awesome place. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Wow. MGH is a great place. The students were awesome. I played a pickup game of bball for a few hours before my interview (the night). I pretty much stayed with a bodybuilder (my student host). Sweet. The kids were down to earth. I have nothing but kind words for this school. This is the strongest medical school in the United States without question and arguably the world." More from this Member | Report Response

"The first interviewer gave me a bunch of scenario type questions while the other interviewer asked the basics" More from this Member | Report Response

"The group of students who interviewed on the same day were really awesome. It would be great to have people like them in whatever program I end up in. The day started with a talk by the dean of admissions with a question and answer session. We all had interviews at different times throughout the day but had lunch together plus a tour. I didn't care if I saw the facilities because I already know they are awesome. As an older student, it would have been too depressing to see the dorms for single M1s so I didn't bother to ask. My first interview with an older MD was delayed and then cut short (it was supposed to be an hour, ended up being 30 mins). The second was with a 2nd year student who was really nice. We talked for over an hour. The questions were standard, nothing too weird. They just asked "get to know you" questions. The tour could have been a lot better, though. The students giving it were so dull and they didn't show us much. I was bummed that I had an interview so soon after the tour started but was really glad afterwards to get away. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, especially the students. I even ended up chatting with a student on the way out who was non-tradional like myself. He even gave me him e-mail address. I took advantage of my down time and checked out the library (its museum) and walked around inside some of the other school buildings. It would have been nice to go on the suggested walking tour but it was too cold and I wanted to leave as early as possible to avoid traffic. Harvard definitely wasn't what I expected (in a good way). I even considered cancelling my interview since I didn't think it would be a good fit for me (based on my preconceived notions) but I'm really glad I went. If they accepted me I would feel very comfortable going there over all the other schools I've interviewed with so far." More from this Member | Report Response

"i enjoyed my interview day. the interviewers were friendly and we had pleasant/interesting conversations. be sure to check out the countway library's historial artifacts!" More from this Member | Report Response

"No, I wasn't asked to open any windows. When Harvard says they don't conduct stressful interviews, they mean that the interviews are not in a class by themselves -- they resembled basic med school interviews, with an average stress level. All the facilities there are nice. Not having a big home base hospital has positives and negatives. My hosting experience was great." More from this Member | Report Response

"We started out by meeting in the library and hearing a talk by the dean of admissions. We then had time to walk around and get to know each other and some of the students. We also had lunch and a tour. Then I had two interviews in the afternoon...one hour each. They were a lot of fun, much more so than at any other school. The first one was a student...he just wanted to know about my background. The second one was a faculty member who wanted to talk about politics." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are "open file", but often the interviewers have not had time to read the files before you get there, so they might not really be prepared to ask you much that's relevant to your app. My first interview was my favorite of anywhere I've been. She was intelligent and insightful and asked good questions and was fun to talk to." More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard is a great place! Yes, there's a lot of down-time between interviews. But the admissions office makes lots of suggestions for things to do - and they give you a map for a self-guided walking tour. Find a student to take you to a class! I discovered I really liked the New Pathways curriculum - and it's so much a part of the school that it's really important to know what you're signing on for if you decide to go there. It seemed that the students who were most unhappy/cynical didn't like the structure of the curriculum (and might have chosen Harvard b/c it was "Harvard")." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was good. Harvard is a great school. However, they did not do a good job answering my questions about PBL. I felt students were generally blowing off their classes, especially during their first year. One of my interviewers told me that it took a certain level of intelligence to understand PBL. Even though the comment was made in a non-judgemental context, I felt that this attitude may be a case of the emperor having no clothes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ehhhhhh, a little bit underwhelming. I mean, it's HARVARD, so obviously it's second to none in terms of the facilities and the amount of money that's thrown around. But in terms of the actual medical student experience I came away unimpressed. I got the feeling that the biggest selling point is the name itself - when interviewees would ask the students why they chose to go there, the most common answer by far was something like "Well, it's Harvard, you can't turn them down". Kind of odd. I guess the name has some merit in terms of residencies, but I went in expecting a little bit more. Students were of the "We never study and we have fun all day" ilk, which is kind of hard to believe and makes you wonder what they're hiding. The whole "New Pathways" thing is basically just PBL, but they also have some more traditional lecture courses. For the interviews, I had two separate faculty members. Lots of follow-up questions and "what do you mean by that?"'s, but not at all in a malicious way - I liked both of my interviewers a great deal. Overall a very low stress experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was intimidated by the faculty interview, but it ended positively. He told me I was the most intelligent person he had ever presented with that scenario. The student interview was much more traditional. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was great, very smooth. My first interviewer was very conversational and we had a great interview for a little over an hour. the second interviewer went well but he was a little more serious and quiet, but still very nice and positive with my responses." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was great. I was really nervous duing the first interview but eased up enough to really enjoy the second." More from this Member | Report Response

"Incredible. Fun. Interesting. Cold (get some hot tea). Everything you can want is there and more." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was for HST. The faculty interview was open file at Mass Gen and the student was closed file at MIT. You can take the subway to and fro but they'll give you cab fare if you need it. You don't get to see the hospitals on the tour, so visit them in your free time. On the top floor of the library is a museum with Phineas Gage's skull, check it out. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was a stress free and inspiring experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview with the student was great. My interview with the faculty member might have cost me an outright acceptance. The faculty member was hard to read so I have no idea how that one went." More from this Member | Report Response

"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. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent. The second interviewer was at another location and I had to take a shuttle, but this was good because I not only saw the longwood campus where HMS is located, but also other hospitals related to the school. No other medical schools pays so much attention to their students and applicants. I stayed with a first year student in the dorms of Vanderbuilt Hall, whcih is directly across the street from HMS, and advise everyone to take advantage of that opportunity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Harvard has a nice campus with every available opportunity for students. There is definite arrogance amongst some of the individuals there, especially the students who went to Harvard Undergrad. I can only imagine this getting in the way of good healthcare. Overall, the students were friendly and had no negative impressions of their education or their environment. PBL is an interesting system of learning, although there are still many lectures in the curriculum, so it's not totally a self-guided MD. If you go there, be sure to check out the museum in the library. Some of the names and exhibits in there will blow you away if you're truly interested in the field of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it was an incredible experience. The students seemed very happy, cool people. I was able to talk to many of them, and they seemed very down to earth. The interviews were not very difficult at all, I was expecting them to be "stress" interviews. That was not the case. It was very conversational, and they just wanted to get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"overall...the interviews went incredibly well. they asked lots of interesting questions directly from my application. they both would be reading through my application, asking questions as they went, taking copious notes. they were very friendly. the difficult questions that they asked came directly out of our conversation, and not out of the blue. thus...if you don't want to talk about something, don't bring it up. the student that i was interviewing with said that Harvard really wants to see that you're going to add something unique and special there. so you gotta be aggresive and tell them not only what's different about you, but also how that is going to impact the environment and enrich the education and experience of your peers. interestingly enought, neither of my interviewers aksed why i wanted to go to harvard. it was almost as if they were so convinced how wonderful their school was that they wouldn't even bother asking someone why they wanted to come. "it's so obvious why...it's harvard!" however, everything outside of the interviews was kind of a let-down. the students were not down-to-earth at all. in fact...they were a bit full of themselves and not the most friendly people. our tour was given by this pair of (pardon the expression) totally jappy girls who said "like" every other word and spent the great amount of their time telling ridiculous stories made to make us laught and go "really?" rather then to actually give us a sense of the place and answer our questions. then again, it's a pretty big class, so maybe i just happened to come across all of the superficial harvard med students today. overall, the place seems like a country club. very elitist. then again, that might be your thing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The city is awesome, the student host was friendly and helpful and very cool, the interviewers were both very friendly and easy-going. There is a whole medical education department that is dedicated to improving the curriculum and develops courses on how to teach medicine. The PBL classrooms are very cool, they have huge flatscreens with internet access. Internet tech includes personal internet pages and access to course notes and you can even view lectures via internet if I understood correctly. The curriculum is PBL based and most students get out around noon three days and 4 the other two. The range of facilities is phenomonal and the students all seem to love it there. No one gave off any air of superiority and the visit was very enjoyable." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was all nervous about this interview, but when I got there you really didn't feel like you were interviewing at Harvard. The school knows they are number one and make no effort to remind you of that fact. It was more relaxed than my other interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"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?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interview made me want to cry, my interviewer was an hour late, and my (horrible) interview lasted only 15 mins. My second interview made up for it (student), it was a great interview (lasted about 1 hour.)" More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 117
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 4
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 57
Neutral 13
Discouraging 1

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
9.26 77

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 12
Out of state 60

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 15
2-3 hours 13
4-6 hours 29
7+ hours 18

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 48
Automobile 9
Train or subway 18
Other 2

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

Response # Responders
< $100 13
$101-$200 9
$201-$300 17
$301-$400 11
$401-$500 4
$501+ 10

What airport did you use?

Logan International Airport

Boston

PVD

Logan Airport

Logan

LOG

BOS

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 35
Friends or family 18
Hotel 14
Home 0
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
9.48 86

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
8.80 85

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.84 86

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.28 40

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.20 40

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
6.53 36

0 = low, 10 = high

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

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