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Howard University College of Medicine
Howard University College of Medicine
Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM)
Allopathic Medical School
Washington
Historically Black College/University
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 145 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $41,215
  • Non - Resident Tuition $41,215
  • Application Fee -
  • AVG MCAT -
  • AVG GPA -
  • LIZZYM Score -

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Room 2310
  • 520 W Street, NW
  • Washington 20059
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Howard University College of Medicine provides students of high academic potential with a medical education of exceptional quality and prepares physicians and other health care professionals to serve the underserved. Particular focus is on the education of disadvantaged students for careers in medicine. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and habits of life-long learning and producing world leaders in medicine. Special attention is directed to teaching and research activities that address health care disparities. The College also seeks to improve the health of Americans and the global community through public health training programs and initiatives. Our mission also includes the discovery of new knowledge through research. Lastly, the College supports the education and training of postgraduate physicians, other health care providers, and graduate students in the biomedical sciences.

Curriculum

The core disciplines of the first and second years include gross and developmental anatomy, histology and cell structure, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical genetics, psychiatry, as well as biometrics and epidemiology. In addition to these, two interdisciplinary courses are offered in the first year: Basic Neuroscience and Introduction to Patient Care I. Interdisciplinary courses offered during the second year include Pathophysiology of Organ Systems, Infectious Diseases, and the principles of physical diagnosis in Introduction to Patient Care III. The third and fourth years consist of units of instruction in a continuum of clerkships and examinations for various clinical subjects. During the fourth year, opportunity is available for additional clinical or research experience through twenty-four (24) weeks of electives. Elective Requirements: Time is available for elective courses presented in the form of lectures, research, seminar and clinical experiences. These courses are designed to broaden the basic knowledge acquired in the Core Curriculum and also to meet the needs of individual students that arise from differences in background, interests, and choice of future careers in medicine or medically related professions. Beginning in the second semester of the first year, each medical student may enroll in one (1) elective per semester through the second year.

Facilities

The College is a part of Howard University, a comprehensive research university. While the University community has traditionally been predominantly black, Howard has been an interracial and cosmopolitan institution throughout its history, with students, faculty and staff of all races and from many foreign nations. All must meet the high standards of excellence of Howard University, which has the largest concentration of black faculty and student scholars in the country. In addition to the College of Medicine, the Howard University Health Sciences Center includes the Howard University Hospital; the College of Dentistry; the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library; and the Student Health Center. Located in the nation's capital, the College can draw upon the immense medical resources of this area, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 115
Negatively 17
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.12 135

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.35 93

0 = low, 10 = high

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Name tags for interviewees?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Other than an on-line application, none!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think it would be helpful to have interviewees wear Name Tags on the day of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"We were told only 1-2 people would have morning interviews, but it turned out all except 1 had morning interviews. More clarity in terms of what to expect would have been much appreciated." More from this Member | Report Response

"Budget for more staff. The quality of the admissions office seems predicated on the absolute commitment of a few overworked people. Lose one of these people and your ability to replicate that level of quality will be difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"be early! i turned in my amcas 7/31 and my secondary 9/18. i was invited for interview 10/13." More from this Member | Report Response

"If they could hire more people that would help, but obviously they can not" More from this Member | Report Response

"Make the application secondary submission infrastructure online, students can track easier" More from this Member | Report Response

"My suggestions are similar to those others have expressed: Use an online application. Also, having t" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think it would be a good idea to invest in an online application, and a more interactive website t" More from this Member | Report Response

"Start an online secondary application. Also, more options for the application fee payment." More from this Member | Report Response

"move towards internet applications" More from this Member | Report Response

"Invest in an electronic application!! Also , please accept credit card payments. At present, howard" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what is altruism? give an example of a time you were altruistic" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you define integrity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does your city compare to the D.C. Metropolitan area?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (ugh!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experience prior to college" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities should a good doctor have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you think you'll be able to handle an all-science curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Tell me about yourself, your educational and social background as a child growing up in xxxx" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"So... since I haven't really had the chance to look through your file and while I'm looking through it, why don't you tell me a little about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does Howard rank among the other schools you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have an family members that attended/worked at Howard? Do you have any family who are in medicine? (he asked me this like 2 or 3 times)" More from this Member | Report Response

""Besides your one grade of a C, how did you manage to get all A's?" (I'd suggest talking about your strong work ethic and commitment to success - if this describes you)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is freshman orientation?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you recommend to someone as steps to take to becoming successful?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What would you like to know about my profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite course" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your grades in college (I'm nontraditional)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your life's motto?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strength" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself and family pre-college" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very conversational...but a few questions were: What do you have to offer HUCM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the best movie you saw in the past year? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Volunteering in underserved area?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you enroll in a Postbac program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experiences with the greatest fraternity in the World, Alpha Phi Alpha that is? (Yes, everyone is an Alpha so you better wear your pin) And if you pledged something else, you better denounce you membership and become and Alpha LOL In summary, THE CAMPUS IS PHROZEN!" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why did you decide to get your MPH?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the three synoptic Gospels?" More from this Member | Report Response

"At what have you failed?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"So you teach school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strenghts and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play any sports or have any hobbies that require hand-eye coordination?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialty would you practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Yeah....I was asked so many questions specific to my application it would be pointless to post it here as they wouldn't be asked of you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, why howard, what do you have to offer howard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you get a 'C' in __ class? Why did you withdraw from __ class?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why the C's and low mcat score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which one of your extracurricular activities means the most to you, and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why don't your grades correlate with your grade point average?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Explain why you got this grade in Organic Chemistry. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you apply to Howard the first time you applied to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what's unique about......my name here" More from this Member | Report Response

"What happened with a few grades and the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your experience climbing Mt McKinley." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What are your strengths/weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why dont your MCAT scores reflect your grades? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your grades after your junior year." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain grades!" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Specific questions related to grades and post-undergraduate work." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Howard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain this grade..." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why not pharmacy? (my father is a pharmacist)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Howard? Why should I pick you over any other candidate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain this withdrawl." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your previous MCAT score" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing of value!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is Howard your first choice? I blatantly refused to answer this question. The a** pressed on further and I still refused. He did not need that information. I doubt I'll get in but hey, I have been accepted to the #9 school in the US so I really don't give a .." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you stand out from other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you have what it takes to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself. Why Medicine? Why Howard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strengths and weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you want to attend the undergraduate school that you did.? Are any of your family members in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did I prepare for the MCAT? " More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about yourself, your weakness, strengths" More from this Member | Report Response

"What attributes do I have that would make me a good physician? What do I consider to be my greatest strengths/weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I visited your school what would people tell me about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What three qualities do you feel a physician must have to be effective? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where are you in the application process (i.e. have you been accepted elsewhere)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you hear about Howard?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan to serve minorities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. What brings someone like you to Howard? What do you have to offer us? You know this is a Black school, don't you? How do you feel about helping save the lives of Black people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your father do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Dentistry" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why do you want to become a dentist? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Which one of the apostles was a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Howard Medical School?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun/on your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you feel about your SAT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you want me to tell the admission committee about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hmm...none really. Was a pretty interesting interview session overall though!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you stay close to your family? (I am an international student, so I have family outside of the US.)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"A lot of ethical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical question regarding other students having a copy of an exam... what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any ticket?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What skills do you think you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would stop you from coming to Howard? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I judge you on? Your gpa or you mcat?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you feel Howard is the best place for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"I'm not sure. Where do you see yourself in 10 years, maybe. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How does Howard rank among the other schools you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where does HUCM rank in your prospective schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the qualities you see a good physician must have and how do you fit into that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Were you discriminated against? (This was asked after I said I attended a racially homogenous high-school on a merit-based scholarship)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What traits do successful physicians have but you do not have? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What in the world is Freshman Orientation? (I took that class my freshman year)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can Howard offer you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you know a lot about healthcare (based on my educational background), what do you think is the biggest problem facing the US healthcare system today? " More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were standard. Most interesting part of the interview was when the interviewer described a mural on his wall that was a memorial to folks at Howard who had dedicated their lives to service." More from this Member | Report Response

"None really. Everything was pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of physician do you see yourself as in 15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of managed care? Would you change it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you in your current academic program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary, I guess. The one I least expected was ''How supportive are your parents about you wanting to go into medicine''" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Howard instead of Meharry or Morehouse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions were really interesting they were pretty basic." More from this Member | Report Response

"did you have an 'ah-ha' moment (regarding wanting to be a physician)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There are three types of leadership roles that doctors play (1) The type where the doctor tells everybody what they should do and everybody follows, (2) The type that feels that he is a part of a team and everybody has equal say-so and (3) the type that offers opinions on what he thinks his patient should do. What type are you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends tell me about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Given what you have heard about medical school, do you think you can do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had the power to change one thing in healthcare what would it be and how?" More from this Member | Report Response

"most questions related specifically to my file" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you do academic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could take anyone out to dinner to talk to (God, Ghandi, your Mom, anyone), who would it be and why? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"It was not even a question - more of a statement. Something about knowing someone else from the same country I'm from (Ghana) who illegally married two women -- what I ask did this have to do with me? And what was the point of bringing it up? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Which of the three would best reflect your academic potential - your undergrad work, graduate studies or the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your previous degree and experience contribute to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see that you worked in the health care environment for 3 years. What has been your favorite job?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which of the three synoptic Gospel's was a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"At what have you failed and how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my life's philosophy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some caveats you live by?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did a lot of listening." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your personal life quote/motto?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How was my high school education?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I ever watched ER? " More from this Member | Report Response

"So how about those Steelers?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If all of the schools you applied to accepted you, how would you choose the school you would attend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You don't seemed disadvantaged, so why do you consider yourself diadvantaged?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know these people? *She listed five names* What do these people have in common?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a philosophical quote which you live by? If so, what is it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is unique about you that would motivate the adcomm to pick you over everyone else with your creditionals..." More from this Member | Report Response

"You got A's in ... and a C in..., why do you think that is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't your MCAT correlate with your GPA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which one of the gospels was written by a physician, and where in the Bible does it state he is a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you bring to Howard? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Estimate the number of people in this country without health insurance?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Well I thought it was interesting when after telling me my MCAT scores were above their average, he asked me whether or not I was happy with my score." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient came to you very sick but very poor, what would you do? Would you turn them away because they couldn't afford the medical attention?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you agree with Kanye West's declaration during the Katrina Relief effort that President Bush doesn't care about black people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most were "getting to know you" questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses and what can you offer to Howard University?" More from this Member | Report Response

"[Related to my research experience]" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I say to the Board so that they accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was all so text book. Really they give you a green sheet to fill out right before the interview and they go right off that. Silly system? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know how Dr. Vivien Thomas and Mos Def (rap artist) are linked?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should Howard offer to make YOU want to spend the next 4 years here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my study abroad experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do when you go home from work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would I choose Howard over another top school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who did you rehearse with?.....that was the only non-standard question he asked" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were typical interview questions. Emphasis was put on my course work and grades" More from this Member | Report Response

"Question about my some of my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me an experience that shows your leadership skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do to solve the problem of health in the underserved community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you go to India to visit your family, what bothers you most about your experience there?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really...questions were pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should HUCM select me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, all the questions were right out the book" More from this Member | Report Response

"If there is only one spot left for the class, why should we choose you above everybody else?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you focus on in Biochemistry? This question was before the actual interview began. She was a Biochemistry professor. And she was very nice (Dr. Abraims)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked what made me think that I was medical school material by my interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"What preparatory courses did you take for the MCAT and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"He asked me to explain the social relationships of people from different ethnic backgrounds in my country of origin." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was too busy being an asshole to ask me an interesting question. When he opened my file, he made a noise and sort of shook his head. What was that all about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can I tell to the Admissions committee that would convince them to accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Howard? Why do you not like being labeled as a premed? What problems do you think you'll have in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you see yourself functioning as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When you look at your role models that are doctors what do you think you lack in comparison to them" More from this Member | Report Response

"what makes a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should I be picked over the other candidates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about standardized testing." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I thought I had the three most important qualities I think a physician should have." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think your relationship with your patients will be like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions pertaining to my job and my interviewer's research." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your best characteistic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the "C" you made in Organic Chem and why you made it? (he would not accept my first answer so made me revise my answer for his records)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I:How have you liked your "experience" here? Me:"Experience" I asked? I:You know, how do you feel about Black people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I wanted to be a pediatrician? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Name four adjectives that describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had access to a time machine and you could go forward and see yourself in 10 years, what would you see?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the interviewer, what questions would you ask that I (the faculty) did not ask?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard, tell me about yourself question led to interesting conversation" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Who am I?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a physician???" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does it take to become a doctor? I thought he meant things like dedication, hard-work blah blah. But he was thinking more in the line of the academic path....going to class, studying, boards, residency...etc." More from this Member | Report Response

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Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

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What do you like most about this school?

"I graduated in 2005 (the survey earliest option was 2007). What I liked the most is the support for students academic success. Curriculum that stressed integration of clinical experience early on within the students training. Finally, the breadth of pathology seen in my clinical rotations where invaluable!! Due to the school serving a large population and also tthe "underserved", many patients came in with late staged diseases. I often evaluated, diagnosed and treated conditions that my colleagues in residency only read about." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Though the facilities are older, they were doing a good job renovating. I actually gives you the "classic" medical school feeling due to the nostalgic hallways. In reality, most of your first 2 years are spent in the renovated classrooms which have great computer projector screens and of course wifi." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"The medical school in appropriately evolving. If I had the money, I would donate it to purchase a new facility with all the bells and whistles to quiet those who diminish the educational quality due to aesthetic deficiency." | Report Response

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