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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Honolulu
Individual Feedback 3 65 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 45
Negatively 4
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.31 64

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.44 43

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.40 42

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 4
35 minutes 1
40 minutes 5
45 minutes 8
50 minutes 12
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 35

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 20
At a regional location 18
At another location 26

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 65
In a group 0

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 32
Closed file 29

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.69 65

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

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

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

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

"what do you know about PBL and its pros and cons?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"A big part of medicine is gray, not always black and white. What do you think about that?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"1st: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why/How did you choose your undergrad school? What did you do to finish your undergrad in just 3 years? What is something special or unique about Hawaii compared to mainland states (I'm from HI but attending mainland school)? Why do you want to come back here in Hawaii? Do you think you can handle the med sch coursework? How familiar are you with the PBL curriculum? What are your parents' jobs? Is it confusing to know how to speak in three different languages? Do you work? Tell me about your research. What is your favorite subject? Why JABSOM? What did you do in the HPA program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Stem cells-what is the controversy?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why Hawaii? Why MD? Why not something else? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Do you plan to practice in Hawaii? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What would your friends say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Aside from helping people why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 8 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what did you study over the summer at Johns Hopkins?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What concerns do you have about attending medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your support network?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of leadership experience do you have? How do you work in a team?" More from this Member | Report Response

"academics" More from this Member | Report Response

"how much do you know about PBL? advantages and disadvantages?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why an MD instead of PhD" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me? (Dr. Izutsu)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are the pros and cons of.....(pick an issue)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why jabsom" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why practice medicine in Hawaii?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Describe your clinical experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"what would you do if you didn't get in this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When have you had a personal crisis, and how did you solve it? (next question was academic crisis)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"why hawaii" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What is the one quality you posess that you are the most proud of? (Asked as if it was a REALLY deep question!!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialty are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one most profound experience you have had in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Choose a specific ethical issue and describe how you would approach it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest achievement?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"See above. That's pretty much it, everything else pretty conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Interview 1: What did you do during your summer vacations (during undergrad)? What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What were the biggest takeaways from your extracurriculars?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"As an out of state student without a support base in Hawaii, how do you think you'll adjust to being so far from family and friends?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a member of your PBL group was consistently producing low quality work, how would you address the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what were the "intangibles" of your college experience? (took me a while to get what he wanted, but basically, intangibles = lifelong lessons)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What is your opinion on healthcare reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the biggest fear you'll face as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"2nd: What is the most stressful moment/experience you had? and how did you handle it? Who is your hero? What's your favorite book? the last book you read? How many siblings you have? What are your parents' jobs? Do you know Dr. ____ (he asked me about many doctors in our island of Kauai)? How was your high school experience? Tell me about JROTC (I was a member in h.s.). Do you know how to dance Tinikling (I told him that I love to dance)? Did you ever hurt your ankles dancing this? What is your favorite subject? Why JABSOM? Was there any specific thing you were expected to learn from your preceptorship at Houston VA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a diabetic patient was noncompliant in terms of lab results and was consistently out of range, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about research. Tell me about clinical experiences. What do you do outside of school? Are you a leader? How do you study? What was an academic challenge that you had to overcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Being a physician his hard on your loved ones, how will you manage this aspect of being a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think the benefits of PBL are?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What have you heard about PBL? What do you think are + and - about this curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you didn't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are important characteristics of a physician? How can a patient tell that you have compassion?" More from this Member | Report Response

"east west centre" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why HI" More from this Member | Report Response

"What high school did you go to? (this is a hawaii thing, since we don't have many colleges in state, people differentiate each other by high school)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what can you contribute" More from this Member | Report Response

"why med" More from this Member | Report Response

"why hawaii? where else have you applied?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why medicine and why medicine in hawaii? why not be a PA? why not be a social worker? or teacher? (ok that's more than 1 question, technically)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Discuss your research and why the change in career tracks (public health vs. medicine)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10? (instructed not to only describe your career goals_" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what would you do if you applied 20 times and didn't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you intend to stay in Hawaii to practice medicine? (Their goal is to get people who will stay in Hawaii and do primary care, and those who would do well with the PBL system.)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Anything not on your application that you want me to include?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you applying here? (I'm not from Hawaii)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you plan to practice medicine in Hawaii in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would your best friend say was your best quality? (Asked as if it was an even deeper question.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do on your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer asked me detailed questions about what classes I took and which one was my favorite." More from this Member | Report Response

"Since we're assuming that all of our applicants are competitive, why should we choose you over the next person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of physician do you want to become / what type of medicine do you want to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some the latest medical research or advances that you have read about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your plans if you are not accepted?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview 2: How would your best friend describe you? If all your traits but one were taken away, which one would you keep? What would your dream career be (not medicine)? What interesting things did you see during your volunteer experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"You are overqualified. Why did you really come here for the interview?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"Would you ever consider taking a teaching position after medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you know about living in hawaii?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can you balance your life with the demands of medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What have you been doing recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the PBL program at JABSOM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"3rd: How did your parents choose your name? What does it mean? How about your middle name? What are your siblings' names? Which part of the island are you from? Why/How did you choose your undergrad? What are your plans if you don't get in? How many schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be willing to live in rural areas and practice there? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a moment of pride that you experienced?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to tell adcoms about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the art of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why JABSOM, and why ED?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else did you do during this past summer (outside of volunteering)?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"If I saw your patient 10 years from now, what do you think s/he would tell me about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"my parents" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not nurse? What else do you want to do besides becoming a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your support system" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you did not get into med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why HI" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Describe your research experience" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why should we let you in over other candidates that are just as qualified? Sell yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you want to practice in Hawaii and what kind of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you will adjust to life in Hawaii?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your support system." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything information you would like to add to the interview?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your support network?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Would you practice in Hawaii afetr medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Where else have you applied?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Hawaii? (I was SO prepared for this question, and could have talked forever about it, but they really didn't want to hear it!! I think they wanted to know that I wasn't coming there just to surf. I did surf the best waves I have ever surfed while I was there though! The surf is more challenging than the interview!!!)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Who are your role models and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your learning style. Do you finish tasks immediately, or put things off?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(There's a lot of small group discussion as part of the curriculum) What if one of your group members was a mother of two kids, and was not contributing similarily compared to the rest of the group..how do you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How much do you know about the PBL cirriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you be able to learn in a PBL system?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

What was the most interesting question?

"What are your weaknesses? List it until you can't do anymore." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some books you've read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the Vietnamese population in Southern California? (Note: I am Vietnamese, and we were talking about how in Santa Ana there was a Little Saigon)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would your girlfriend move out to Hawaii with you for medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what were the "intangibles" of your college experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you watch House?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a 5 year old and 50 year old patient arrived at the ER with similar injuries, will all things being equal, which one would you treat? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Wow, blanking. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If I could be a fruit what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how does a major in medical anthropology affect the way in which you look at issues in biomedicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the current state of medicare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe yourself in three words?" More from this Member | Report Response

"ethical question" More from this Member | Report Response

"ethical questions like "if your best friend's 14 yr old daughter came in asking for birth control pills, what would you do?" etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Outline the fundamental differences between the US and Canadian healthcare systems. Which one works better?" More from this Member | Report Response

""I will be personally interviewing more than 120 applicants... How would you want to make yourself stand out amongst those in the applicant pool?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were going to invite 5 historical figures to dinner, which ones would you invite and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would your family feel about you moving so far away" More from this Member | Report Response

"considering the ecology of animals, what would you do if you had to choose between saving a patient's life, or having that person pass on a horrible genetic disease?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what has brought you to this decision to pursue medicine, no less, in hawaii?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting... all standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked to demonstrate how I would teach CPR to small children, my volunteer experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular other than how I chose my path to medicine, given that I was a non-traditional applicant (having a MPH and working at the federal government)." More from this Member | Report Response

"very straight forward questions - most interesting was probably "if i were to speak for you in front of the adcomm, what would you want me to say?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did Baldwin (my high school) prepare you well to go into medical school? We don't get very many applicants from Baldwin." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What do you think about the ambiguity in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in terms of practicing in hawaii" More from this Member | Report Response

"My second interviewer explained a scenario and asked what I thought about it. She wanted to see if I could point out the bioethical issue and I did. She did not give me any hints." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What's the biggest personal challenge you think you will face as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was not asked any interesting questions at all - they were all very generic and unimpressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I was to go in front of the admissions commitee what would you like for me to tell them about you." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite any 5-6 people from any period of time (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kinds of experiences have you had with different cultures?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were an internal medicine doctor, and your patient came to you complaining of chest pain, what steps would you take to diagnose him? (then when I answered that I wanted a certain test to be ordered, the doc would continue with..the test is negative..now what...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really- discussed my activities etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was given a scenario in which a hospitalized patient required an extended stay at the hospital. His/her insurance company was refusing to pay for any additional days. What would I do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were an HIV+ surgeon, would I continue to practice/tell my patients?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Typical questions, nothing interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hypothetical situations - If you made a mistake during surgery and the patient died, what would you do? What would you tell the mother of a child with cancer if she wanted to try alternative medicine instead of chemo?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient with cancer came to you wishing to commit suicide what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"They asked me to list all the weaknesses I have." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do we know that you are going to stay and practice in Hawaii (being OOS)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Blanking out. Most of the interview is standard stuff. Nothing too far out in left field." More from this Member | Report Response

"What lessons from your extra-curricular involvements will you be able to apply towards a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what were the "intangibles" of your college experience, and how do you see it being integrated into a life in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me specifically about the new healthcare plan in congress" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a three year old child required a certain intervention and the guardian/parent refused, what would you do? (Also, they DO ask ethical questions and may ask the same question in various ways)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe the ideal doctor? He was fishing for ''upholding the integrity of the profession, community health and health policy involvement''. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever failed? (didn't ask at what)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"If I controlled a billion dollars and could only give it to primary care or research, which would I give it to and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So outside of this summer, what other clinical experience have you had? (little to none)" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would you go about finding a common cultural ground with a patient if, say you were Catholic and your patient were Buddhist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions asked were expected. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing stands out." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were mistakenly suspected of cheating, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none of my interviewers asked me the why medicine or why this school which was puzzling." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"same" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really... No controversial/ethical q's, no q's on religion..." More from this Member | Report Response

""I'm going to be seeing 489 students. Why should I remember you?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"not one, but a whole series of twists on euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, dr. kevorkian, and the terry schiavo case." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why be a physician instead of being a PA or a nurse practioner?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why Hawaii" More from this Member | Report Response

"Three ways to show you are committed and should receive acceptance to this school" More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer alluded that since the joint program was 7 years long, that as a woman I couldn't possibly have a family like I said I wanted. It really wasn't a question so much as a statement that I had to defend for how I could still be "a serious candidate"." More from this Member | Report Response

"When and how did you decide to apply to Hawaii (I honestly can't remember). " More from this Member | Report Response

"above" More from this Member | Report Response

"When have you had an academic crisis, and what did you do to solve it? (There were a bunch of questions that caught me offguard, but I am so incredibly nervous in interviews that they all converge into 1 in my mind.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"All were pretty simple, really. Why HI? Why do you want to become a doctor? Questions about my essays..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I am a non-traditional student, so I had to explain my career changes and why I will stick with medicine. This was asked in a very fair manner rather than an 'explain yourself' tone." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you tell a teenager who came to see you and was pregnant?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why not be a nurse? If you want to be in charge, why not be a head nurse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the current malpractice reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see your self in 10 years? This is always a hard one. But it also illustrates my main frustration with the interview - the questions didn't ask me to think at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get into medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm doing clinical research and was asked by both interviewers how do I know if my patients aren't lying and if they are compliant with their meds, since I work with psychiatric clinical studies." More from this Member | Report Response

"Since we're assuming that all of our applicants are competitive, why should we choose you over the next person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an even number of strengths and weaknesses." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest weakness? This one was hard for me- I don't know why- maybe it was the warm weather?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The question I stated above was also the most difficult question." More from this Member | Report Response

"(See above) Do your patients have a right to know?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"What make you more qualified than other applicants to our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Look at their website and see what their curriculum is like. Explain how this curriculum would help your career and how you can contribute to the community." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, researched the school, reviewed personal statement and secondaries, and had a couple mock interviews with friends and professors" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up ALOT on PBL. It is the core of a very successful curriculum for them and many of the interviewers are actively involved in its delivery. Knowing about PBL can only help you. I also made sure I checked out the publications my interviewers had put out in case they came up in conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"read up on bioethics, health care reform, tort reform, reviewed all app materials sent to UH, read up extensively on PBL" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read through everything here on sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback, went over questions with a friend." More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed application material, read recent issue of Modern Healthcare and Newsweek" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, reviewed my application" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Went over my AMCAS and secondary application. Review my journals of my preceptorship in Houston VA and my job-shadowing/volunteering experiences. Read Medical Technical communication book. Talked to JABSOM's med students. Had mock interview with pre-med advisor. Checked out this website and JABSOM's website. Asked for feedback and pieces of advices from my friends. Checked out the bio's of the interviewers (physicians) in the internet." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback-very accurate; AMCAS, essays, reviewing the school website, news articles pertaining to the medical school+local med news" More from this Member | Report Response

"Casual browsing through this forum, my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Look at the curriculum. Take a tour of the school before you go to your interviews! Ask to sit in on a lecture or PBL session!" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reread AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewed my application, did practice questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"review my files. read this site." More from this Member | Report Response

"see my interview response for 08/07/06" More from this Member | Report Response

"see my other post on 08/07/06." More from this Member | Report Response

"read over secondary essays, AMCAS essay, Univ. of Washington Bioethics website, found background on my interviewer, looked up questions asked by and to prospective med students, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my AMCAS application, secondary application essays, googled common medical interview questions and although no ethics questions were asked of me, I read through the UW bioethics website. http://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/index.html" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, AAMC "31 questions I wish I had asked", read over essays, New York Times, Wikipedia for medicare/medicaid, HMO background, and info on Hawaiian history. Some punk rock to pump me up." More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview, read my essays, read about school, read about interviewers online" More from this Member | Report Response

"read over apps, statements. Looked into Hawaii's history." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read my essays, read about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"this site, jabsom website, looking over my application and essays." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, read about school, read own app, jot down ideas to common Q's" More from this Member | Report Response

"previous interviews, SDN, MSAR" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my personal and secondary statements." More from this Member | Report Response

"app,sdn,read,know yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"read about the school, mock interviews, reviewed app" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed amcas application, reviewed personal statement, looked at the school brochure" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my application and the schools web-site" More from this Member | Report Response

"review amcas/ps, reread brochures, reread secondary essays, jot down ideas for possible questions, relax" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read sdn, read some med ethics, re-read my app " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewed applications, look at ethical interview questions book" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read my essays, read the school curriculum and research options, school website, SDN website." More from this Member | Report Response

"this site, read up on the school, the area" More from this Member | Report Response

"application, personal statement, sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"read all the interview feedbacks on SDN, read over a few articles at http://www.townhall.com/issues/HealthandScience/" More from this Member | Report Response

"This site helped a lot!! Read over some information about the school to familiarize myself with PBL and my interviewers. I also met with a second year med student early the day of my interviews which really helped because she answered a lot of my questions so I felt better prepared and more informed about the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This site and the JABSOM website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, reviewed Primary and Secondary applications, MSAR, JABSOM website" More from this Member | Report Response

"students at school, studentdoctor.net, u of hawaii publications" More from this Member | Report Response

"I went over my essays and gave myself a pep talk." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on PBL, looked at the web site, talked to current students." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read through secondary essays" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did a ton of research for the interview - read up on current issues of consequence to the various hawaiian communities, learned about the problems with their health care system, talked to many community members about their opinions about these issues. None of it came in handy though, since my interviewers asked me NOTHING about interesting/challengeing topics." More from this Member | Report Response

"This site, looked over my AMCAS and secondary essays, reasearched the programs the school has to offer." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read over my application, websites on ethical issues" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read over my AMCAS and secondary essays and reviewed ethical issues on UW's bioethics website (http://eduserv.hscer.washington.edu/bioethics/topics/index.html)" More from this Member | Report Response

"looked over my application, asked med students about UH, " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read application, ethics, reflected on my strengths." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was my first interview so I just tried to relax. I also read through my personal statement and supplemental essays." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, studied ethical questions, re-read apps, slept" More from this Member | Report Response

"School web-site, my application, essays, and sdn site." More from this Member | Report Response

"know the answers to the most commonly asked interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Review my application, keep up with current events, and familiarized myself with their problem based learning curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The tour ambassador" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the interviewers were extremely friendly and laid back, but retained a sense of professionalism." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of everyone. Everyone at the school seemed really helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very friendly and easy to talk to. In the third interview, they also break down how you were selected for the interview by their scoring system which as an applicant is very nice to have." More from this Member | Report Response

"the PBL demonstration was really cool. the school is 5 years old, and relatively new. the students were really friendly and seemed closed. a real collaborative spirit." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school's building is brand new and beautiful" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities! Brand new building, mock exam rooms are very spacious, new and well kept." More from this Member | Report Response

"optional student tour the day before the interviews, location" More from this Member | Report Response

"casual, friendly interviewers, eager to share their experiences. the new med school is beautiful with strong contacts abroad (in particular, SE Asia and the Pacific)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Beautiful med school facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone made me feel so special. The interviewers were very flexible for scheduling my interview. Two medical students had a dinner with me just to make sure I'm very familiar with almost everything about JABSOM and the interviews. The friendly, laid-back, non-competetive atmosphere is very evident." More from this Member | Report Response

"All interviewers were professional and asked intriguing ethical questions. They seemed to really want to understand my motivation for going to their school specifically and why Hawaii-and asked in a laid-back way. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students wear slippahs (if you have to ask you're out of state) and street clothes. It's relaxed, they are on friendly (if not first-name) terms with their profs." More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty, Students, Facilities (Brand New!). The class size was small. The instruction was superb. The curriculum is set up by two very very smart MD's that specialize in curriculum development and is designed to produce favorable results. The school's philosophy was to make med school fun because it's hard either way... they don't want med school to be a miserable experience. The students actually seemd happy (unlike at other schools). Everyone knows each other... from the security guards to the profs to all of the students!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities at new medical are top notch. Students were very laid back and close knit. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are brand new, location is great" More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus is incredible. The people are very nice. Very good "family environment" People and place easy to look at." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is very nice. The new facilities are amazing. Student body seems closely knit. USMLE part 2 passing rate. The school is within walking distance of a local surf spot. It was about 35 degrees warmer than where I am now. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The new medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"student-driven atmosphere, everyone (including security guards) seemed happy, personal interactions with interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school was very nice, the hospital facility was good. The interviews were very little stress." More from this Member | Report Response

"the students there, they made me love the school, and of course the weather and the waves." More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone seems very friendly - interviewers, shuttle bus drivers, securities..everyone! the weather was beautiful! the new campus is impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the school/new campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"brand new facility (moved in '05 and the anatomy lab faces the pacific!), location, diversity of student body and city, cultural life" More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL, student entusiasm, tuition (if you're a resident), opportunity to travel and study all over the country/world, weather, proximity to bars/clubs/beach/restaurants." More from this Member | Report Response

"everything...the new school is impressive...the people were great...something in particular-the dean says the students have a chance to impact the prerequisites and curriculum as they continue to tweak the PBL program....the school does truly seem student oriented for this and other reasons." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities are new and wonderful, i love oahu, laid back atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"contrary to popular belief, it was actually really challenging. and long... we went for an hour and a half!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How welcoming the faculty and students were along with the medical education building" More from this Member | Report Response

"doctor had a great personality, was honest about what lies ahead as a medical student" More from this Member | Report Response

"Location is excellent, students seem friendly, if you like a very mixed culture with a decided asian cast, then this is great. Faculty were very friendly and accessible. If you're interested in cloning or stem cell research check out Wakayama's institute... he's a major hitter and incredibly friendly)" More from this Member | Report Response

"ALOHA spirit! It's great! Everyone is really nice and friendly. The new med school will have great facilities, and it's right on the water!" More from this Member | Report Response

"New medical campus looks good and prospect of new clinical trials research introduced into the islands." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hawaii of course, the PBL curriculum, the new building" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was impressed by the new direction of the school as well as the PBL curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"dean was very helpful and gave a lot of information about the school, pbl and how i received an interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very nice. All were pretty much conversational. The 3rd with the associate dean went over why I was invited for an interview, their scoring methods, told me about the school and the PBL curriculum, and answered questions I had." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students I met with (including on of my interviewers) were very, very happy with the school. Everyone was extremely nice and encouraging. All the information I learned about the school and PBL impressed me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers are not 'out to get you.' They have to write up a summary to the admissions committee and want to make it as complete as possible. The brand new campus is underway and looks great (increadible location). They need it now since the Halloween flood wiped out their old building. " More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone there was warm and friendly; it's Hawaii" More from this Member | Report Response

"everything about hawaii, students and faculty at school, pbl system" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were truly interested in getting to know me. They were not intimidating; one interviewer described our interview as a low-key conversation. She was correct." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students are friendly, a diverse student body, a lot of clinical experiences during the first two years. However if you are female then you have a good chance of getting into UH. I heard last years class was 2/3 female." More from this Member | Report Response

"the awesome location!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The way that the school takes into account the students' evaluations of the curiculum. They have just included a new basic science course per the student's request for more lecture based courses. My interview was also REALLY long - 2 hours! Although this could have been great, it consisted of a long list of really basic questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people are very nice, relaxed and enthusiastic " More from this Member | Report Response

"Problem Based Learning curriculum, students seem really happy to be there and seem very close since there's only 62 per class" More from this Member | Report Response

"Small class size, prematriculation program (Imi Ho'ola), student camaraderie. The model and plans for the new, state-of-the-art medical school (to open fall 2005) were VERY impressive. Basic science lectures will supplement PBL. There are also plenty of cadavers for anatomy students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students are really happy to be in the MD program and grow to be really close to each other (the entering class is only 62 students!) The physicians I met were really involved with academic as well as clinical medicine. My interviewers were very honest and open about explaining to me all aspects of entering medicine. They also seem genuinely dedicated to training the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The UH has an innovative curriculum that would work well for me- it is a bit more independent. My experience with all representatives of UH was wonderful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviews were very informal and relaxing." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers (who I later heard from a nurse friend was very difficult to work with) was cool, in a difficult sort of way. Interesting converstation. Oh yes, and the fact that "almost residents" are now being considered as "true residents" for acceptance (not tuition) purposes." More from this Member | Report Response

"I learned that clinical exposure/education starts during the first few weeks of your first year." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty is there to help the students. The school is very laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"The incredibly friendly and non-competitive atmosphere the school had was impressive. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is very friendly and laid back. Of course, it is Hawaii, so that's normal." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone there is very supportive of the problem based learning curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Dr. Assano is very candid. She reviews your application right in front you and asks questions. She gives you comments on your stat, such as MCAT, GPA, your EC and so on. Some people might think it is very rude and offensive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The 4th year student interviewer seemed more nervous than me when I asked him questions at the end of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I can think of. Maybe the heat. It's a little hard to dress professionally in a suit and everything when the weather is humid and it's 80 degrees outside." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"depends on how you can take the fact the school is mostly PBL, and living in hawaii may or may be the place for you (it's expensive in honolulu)." More from this Member | Report Response

"They claim that all interviews are low-stress, but this is a lie. The interviews can vary wildly. It's really up to luck whether you click with the interviewer or not. Some people are really nice and the interview is awesome, and then there are a few really, really mean ones out there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hours of the building due to budget cuts." More from this Member | Report Response

"The drive to one of the off-campus interviews, scheduling process." More from this Member | Report Response

"3rd year clerkship rotations (missing neurology)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Neither interviewer read my file carefully. One didn't read it until I was in the room with him, the other interviewer didn't seem interested in me at all (her first day back from vacation). I had to drive around quite a bit for my interviews, one required me to go onto a military base." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school really needs to be replaced now. The lecture room looks old. The 2nd interviewer is not familiar with the JABSOM PBL or financial matters." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had to travel to each interview location and that the interview times were so spread out(all in 1 day for personal reasons). " More from this Member | Report Response

"The way they reduce you into a number between 1-10 is a bit deflating and their initial scoring rubric flattens your MCAT but it is good to see the details of how it works. The campus is great but isolated from the main campus so if you thing interdisciplinary collaboration outside biomedical research.... " More from this Member | Report Response

"They tell you exactly why you got your interview. They go through their appscore system. In your last interview with Dr. Izutsu you go over your whole app." More from this Member | Report Response

"Many of the new cutting up facilities are either not finished or not incorporated in to the cirriculum. School is small and does not have a University hospital." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm not sure how I feel about the curriculum being based entirely on PBL" More from this Member | Report Response

"Cost of living." More from this Member | Report Response

"financial issues that JABSOM has/will have in a few years." More from this Member | Report Response

"USMLE part one passing rate by the student body. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The brand new benches outside the med school trap water and are rusting. Just a random observation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Dr. Izutsu seemed impersonal compared to the other two interviewers, very expensive taxi from my hotel in Waikiki ($20 each way)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the very strong in-state preference" More from this Member | Report Response

"how difficult it is for non HI residents to get in" More from this Member | Report Response

"Supposed commitment to research, but actually kind of discourage students to pursue clinical research while in the MD program" More from this Member | Report Response

"having to schedule dates and times of interviews myself...hawaii leaves it up to the interviewee to email his/her interviewers and designate the date and time. Plus side: offers flexibility to those who have strict schedules... But i prefer to have a set date/time so i can schedule around the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"lack of student subsidized housing, the fact that the curriculum is built so that getting a master's while in medical school is near impossible." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing...except I had to leave!!!! " More from this Member | Report Response

"scheduling 3 interviews was kinda crazy, but not too much to ask" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing much. guess it was also the intensity of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"How difficult it is to get in as an out of state student" More from this Member | Report Response

"just that the interviewer was 10 minutes late, but our session went for about 1 hour" More from this Member | Report Response

"The dean was very rude to me. He treated me like I was some sort of distasteful creature (presumablely b/c I'm a Haolee from the mainland). Without saying so openly, he made sure I understood that he thought I was too aggressive and that I wouldn't be welcome. He obliquely compared me to a cancer! (And believe me I did nothing to provoke him except wear a suit) Current facilities are second to third rate. This is especially true for research facilities. (Apart from one extremely well funded lab and the cancer institute.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Personally scheduling the three interviews and meeting at different locations. Plus, learning that only a SMALL number of spots are open for out-of-state students." More from this Member | Report Response

"Had a rather close minded interviewer who said that I might get in because I was a woman, but that I might not because I have a similar HIGHSCHOOL as other applicants (God, I'd hope you wouldn't look at what high school I went to & determine admissions), AND that I wouldn't be able to have children (as a woman) because a joint program is SEVEN years long...(By the way, he asked me 3 times if I knew that it was that long, as if, oh gee, I had know idea...well in that case forget it?!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"acceptances of out-of-staters: i knew it would be difficult, but i didn't know it would be THIS difficult! " More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL. I'm sure I could handle the problem based learning with very few lectures (the only lectures are for basic sciences), but I'd prefer to have standard lectures, not mostly small group taught." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are a little old, but the new building should be wonderful!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities are pretty worn down; you have to schedule the interviews on your own and make sure that all your interviewers (you're provided their names in advance) are available at the time you're visiting (i was coming from out-of-state)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not knowing at the end of the last interview where I stood. I expected some sort of indication of what my chances are of being accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"Professionalism of interviewers (my interviewers took calls during the interview and seemed very distracted). Admissions staff and dean were rude. Facilities were old and students who enter this year won't get to use the new school they are building. Level of students was lacking since the school chooses to admit much less qualified ethnic minorities over other qualified non minority students. (Since students teach each other in the PBL curriculum I would want to have competant classmates)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the fact that each of my 3 interviews were at different locations in the city as well as on different days. I had to arrange appointments with each interviewer. Kind of a hassle. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was disappointed that I was not asked at least one question that made me think. Physicians should be critical thinkers - don't they need to make sure that med students are capable of thinking through challenging issues? It wasn't that I was disappointed that the interview was relaxed. You can be relaxed and still ask intellegent questions. I just felt that my interviewers didn't get to assess the issues of most consequence to being a medical student and my ability to shoulder the responsibility of being a physician. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is a bit old,but the new campus which wil open in 2005 is awesome" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities were kind of old and small, but a new one is going to open next year." More from this Member | Report Response

"The current facilities are out-dated. Standardized patient room looked messy and felt crowded (too many beds, not enough space)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The main UH facilities are small. Also, you would have to go to the school to have access of their internet/computers. Most if not all, live off campus and even at home. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"During one of my interviews, I was interviewed by a psychiatrist who seemed to be analyzing me as well as assessing my desire to become a physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are almost non-existant. And the two doctors interviewing me were very difficult to pin down for a date/time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Having to schedule your own interviews at various locations on separate days." More from this Member | Report Response

"The limited facilities the school has to offer." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school's facilities seem very limited. However, they did get a 150 million dollar grant to build a new medical school. (It just won't be completed for the entering class of 2003 to benefit from.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Although upbeat, the students didn't feel like they received enough academic support from the faculty. There is no real medical library." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They do care about numbers a lot. I felt like that they invited me because I am from one of the ivy leagues with the great stat. They do not care about other non-quantitative aspects." More from this Member | Report Response

"that i did even more research into PBL." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything is closed file. All they have are your essays and school list." More from this Member | Report Response

"How fun Dr.Izutsu would be." More from this Member | Report Response

"How difficult the criteria are for OOS applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I'd had the interview experiences that I've had since then, this was my first set of interviews. Also, third interviewer (Dr. Izutsu) is not a voting member of the ADCOM, he just advises it. The interviewers have specific categories in which they will rate you, such as appearance and desire to go into medicine. There is a PBL demonstration session held twice a year...definitely go! I went and all three of my interviewers asked me if I had done so! Sell yourself!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The Imi Ho'ola Program application process. This is a very great option for any "disadvantaged" applicant who is rejected. (Just in case JABSOM rejects me.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"They are BIG on ethical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are set up as: the first two are doctors minimally affiliated with the school, the last is the dean of admin. The doctors were friendly and open, the dean is a very serious dude make sure to ask about USMLE test data ect. or at least mention that you've already looked at it. Ask about the research facility since you won't see much of it and they're big on it. Ask about hawaii specific angles at the school... if you have Dr. Chen as an interviewer find his office the day before, the address is REALY hard to find even if you know HNL. Good luck and have fun with it. Oh, and that nice park out in front.. those gentle hills? Old landfill. Still, very pretty, you can surf right out in front." More from this Member | Report Response

"JABSOM is not in the rankings because they choose not to be. If they were they would definitely be near the top! Don't pass up an interview here!" More from this Member | Report Response

"THE WRITING SAMPLE COUNTS JUST AS MUCH AS THE OTHER SECTIONS ON THE MCAT (IN RELATION TO THE 22-PT. ACADEMIC SCORING SYSTEM <see below>)" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are rated on a scale from 1-10 by a 12 person committee that looks at your whole application including interviewer's recommendation. The top 55 or so students get offered a spot in the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What to wear. I went to Aveda and asked what the businessmen wear, then went to mall and asked a few people working there what to wear to an interview. Aloha attire is acceptable, but if you're not comfortable with that I would just go with nice pants and a button down short sleeve shirt. The other med school applicants were wearing ties, so not at all a disadvantage. On the other hand, the dean was not wearing a tie, so I don't think you'll be underdressed if you don't. Make sure you have nice shoes." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had known that Dr. Izutsu would take a more business approach than "let's-get-to-know-you" approach. I wish I had stayed closer to the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"how absolutely sweet the people there were" More from this Member | Report Response

"my interviewer gave me a good website about ethical issues. go check it out!http://eduserv.hscer.washington.edu/bioethics/" More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of enthusiasium concernng research" More from this Member | Report Response

"while it's probably good idea to wear a suit, it's not necessary to wear the jacket... because the weather is mostly temperate, the school understands that on some days it may be too hot to wear the jacket... i just wore slacks, shirt and tie." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, I'm from Hawaii so the interview process was leisurely for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would have booked an extra week!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"i wish i had better prepared answers for all my research work-related questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"How expensive it is to get to the interviews by cab " More from this Member | Report Response

"It's a waste of time to apply from out of state unless your family is actually from Hawaii and you recently moved away or you have some extremely random, but strong connection, like your parents used to be missionaries here." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The closing interview was touted as being the worst, but in fact it was the best and the Assoc. Dean was very friendly, candid, and helpful in describing the program, future challenges, and where I stood in their consideration for admission." More from this Member | Report Response

"yahoo maps and mapquest does not help on the island of Oahu!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What PBL was about in more detail. They did explain it really well though." More from this Member | Report Response

"Dr. Izutsu has a lot of print-outs explaining the curriculum, PBL, board scores, etc., so you can save those questions until you meet with him." More from this Member | Report Response

"how it's impossible to get around without a car" More from this Member | Report Response

"try to schedule interviews at close approximity to the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not know that interviewers could cancel on you. I had to reschedule an interview with a different person. " More from this Member | Report Response

"current first year med students aren't that approachable. they seemed remote and weren't that recepetive to me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It is WAY more laid back than I thought it would be. My student interview was at a coffee shop. While this could have been really great, I felt that my interviewer was distracted." More from this Member | Report Response

"No surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview with the dean is not really an interview. He goes over your application and tells you where you've earned points and why you were granted an interview. Then it's basically your turn to ask any questions you have, so be prepared to have questions for him." More from this Member | Report Response

"UH uses a point system to determine who receives an interview invitation. I wish I had known the point breakdown. Also, the adcom places more emphasis on the MCAT writing (and possibly verbal) score than do most schools. Finally, I was told by an interviewer that students who only research the learning issues assigned to them, and not ALL of the learning issues, tend to be "trapped" by the PBL curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Although past interviewees have told me that the the interviews were laid back conversations....one of my interviewers was exactly like a great conversation, the other asked me SPECIFIC questions, and kind if caught me off guard." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I would've known how few out-of-state applicants UH accepts- it is a very low percentage of those interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't wear a suit! People in Hawaii don't dress up that much. A nice dress or slacks and blouse would have been sufficient." More from this Member | Report Response

"I knew pretty much everything ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The University of Hawaii has been recommended to be put on probation. However, I was reassured by the Dean of admissions that all of the problems have been addressed and Hawaii would win their appeal." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I am an OOS.. I felt that the JABSOM invited me because they like my academic profile, not because they value experiences and personalities written in my AMCAS application. A little bit disappointed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Scheduling three one-on-one interviews around a travel schedule was difficult (being OOS), but thankfully we were able to make it work. I could see it negatively affecting others though." More from this Member | Report Response

"Good luck." More from this Member | Report Response

"There are a lot of rumors about the Dean of Admission's interview. I found him very aloof and distant. He didn't read my essays or even look at my file. When he asks if you have any questions (and he asks like 20 times), don't try to make up bulls**t if you don't (he'll get annoyed), just say "I honestly don't have any questions right now" and let him get on with his presentation about the school. His interview doesn't count anyway. Oh and he takes your picture." More from this Member | Report Response

"I heard mixed comments about Dr.Izutsu - scary, fun, intimidating. He comes off a bit standoff-ish, but he's really a nice guy. Go to his interview with confidence, but don't over-do it. My other two interviewers were both elderly faculty members. With these age group you may get the impression that they don't care about you - don't be fooled! Make sure you stay upbeat and assertive (but not aggressive) throughout the whole thing. Do some background research on your interviewers ahead of time for questions. Didn't seem to get my interviewers too excited but obviously didn't hurt me." More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a great school that is probably overlooked too often. I wish I had enjoyed the process more, intstead of stressing over defending myself as an OOS applicant." More from this Member | Report Response

"I will update this when the admissions cycle is over." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers only possess your AMCAS and secondary essays and activities. They do not know your GPA or MCAT score." More from this Member | Report Response

"All in all I don't think these went well for me, but they were good warmup for other interviews. UH has some very unique ways of doing things, such as applying a numerical score to every applicant. That means that you could be the Pope and they wouldn't look at your application with any special consideration. Dr. Izutsu explained the whole system, and I wouldn't have had a snowball's chance in hell as an out of state applicant (I have a high GPA and test scores, solid application). Of all the schools in the US this may be the one with the strictest residency policies." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was awesome! I was relaxed most of the time in all three interviews. The meeting (not really an interview) with Dr. Isutzu was a bit serious. Advice: be serious but laugh when it's really appropriate to laugh, and smile, smile, smile. It was more like a "reality check" meeting. We went over my application, and I learned about my cumulative academic points. It was great, because I was able to see my overall academic performance. The first two interviews were very relaxing. These were like a warm chat with a new acquaintance. Their questions were not difficult to answer. There was no ethical question. I know that the 1st interviewer does research, so I asked her something about her work, and she went on and on about her work and other things about herself for at least 10 minutes. (Score!) I know the 2nd one loves Kauai, so I asked something about his favorite island, and he was very excited to tell me his story of falling in love with the island. (Score!) It paid to know something about my interviewers beforehand. Also, I took my premed advisor's words: "Be yourself, be honest, and enjoy"." More from this Member | Report Response

"They will match you with an interviewer that is relative to your field of interest-peds/geriatrics, etc. This was helpful because they may relate better and understand your reasons for pursuing that field. Both interviewers asked why Hawaii. Be sure to keep updated on current events: nationalized healthcare vs. US; stem cells; moral dilemmas, and having an opinion that can be substantiated. Try to research beforehand on your interviewers and this will enable you to connect with them. If not possible, ask them more general questions to show interest in them as well. As was posted in other feedback, the dean is the exit interview and was warm and welcoming. Be sincere. If you do not know something, state so. Good luck!" More from this Member | Report Response

"good" More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent!" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviews were like night and day. The first interviewer was INTENSE. He questioned nearly all of my ecs with something like: Why did you do that? Why not this... In the end he pretty much told me that I was not ready to be a doctor... Second and third interviews were very laid back. After the interview process I have no idea where I stand. I am not sure if I even got recommended by the first interviewer at all. If I don't get in I'll be a little dissapointed considering that I had almost the maximum number of points in the pre-interview screen." More from this Member | Report Response

"2 interviews with JABSOM graduates (about 45 mins) where they ask you typical interview questions; 1 with Dr. Izutsu (sbout 30 mins) where he reviews your application and your ''score'' and gives you a chance to ask about the school Only Izutsu's interview is at the school; the others are around the city, which may complicate things for non-locals" More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall a great experience. Good overview of the program. " More from this Member | Report Response

"COME WITH QUESTIONS READY FOR DR. IZUTSU!!! i CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. his part in the interview process is actually to make sure that all questions that you have are answered. also, he explains the admissions process and the scoring system. at first, based solely on academics and test scores, students are granted/not granted an interview. it is a 22 point scale, and in-state students need to score at about 10 or 12, i'm not sure, to get an Early Decision (ED) interview. out-of-state students need a 16. I got a 15, and this is with a 37 MCAT, 3.7 cumulative gpa and 3.6 science gpa. That being said, if you are an out-of-state student, you pretty much need 13+ composites on MCAT, and like a 3.8-3.9 gpa. The 22 pts. are given based on gpa, science gpa, MCAT scores, honors, volunteering/working in health or care related fields, gpas in the last two years (they acknowledge that many students, esp. from hawaii have a hard first year b/c of the adjustment to the mainland), etc. After the interview process, a panel (the admissions committee) will come together and look at your file. they score you individually from 0-10, and their scores are averaged. Dr. Izutsu told me that there are no # of spots set aside for ED/regular decision candidates. Instead, a score of 8 on the ED will usually be good enough to get you accepted early. if not, your app goes back into the general applicant pool with the score that you were given during the ED process." More from this Member | Report Response

"if you have any questions at all, email me at [email protected] COME WITH QUESTIONS READY FOR DR. IZUTSU!!! i CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. his part in the interview process is actually to make sure that all questions that you have are answered. also, he explains the admissions process and the scoring system. at first, based solely on academics and test scores, students are granted/not granted an interview. it is a 22 point scale, and in-state students need to score at about 10 or 12, i'm not sure, to get an Early Decision (ED) interview. out-of-state students need a 16. I got a 15, and this is with a 37 MCAT, 3.7 cumulative gpa and 3.6 science gpa. That being said, if you are an out-of-state student, you pretty much need 13+ composites on MCAT, and like a 3.8-3.9 gpa. The 22 pts. are given based on gpa, science gpa, MCAT scores, honors, volunteering/working in health or care related fields, gpas in the last two years (they acknowledge that many students, esp. from hawaii have a hard first year b/c of the adjustment to the mainland), etc. After the interview process, a panel (the admissions committee) will come together and look at your file. they score you individually from 0-10, and their scores are averaged. Dr. Izutsu told me that there are no # of spots set aside for ED/regular decision candidates. Instead, a score of 8 on the ED will usually be good enough to get you accepted early. if not, your app goes back into the general applicant pool with the score that you were given during the ED process." More from this Member | Report Response

"guy was very laid back, took a few phone calls during the interview, but it didn't fluster me. in fact, i suggest you take that time to analyze what you've said, gather your thoughts and think of possible questions to ask. he was also funny." More from this Member | Report Response

"it was very laid back. the interviewer simply wanted to get to know me. i didn't really even get the "so tell me about yourself" or "Why Hawaii" or "why do you want to be a doctor". I think this is because the answers were in the essays that i wrote. I had the opportunity to ask questions also, and I learned a lot about starting a family and keeping relationships, etc. while in medical school and residency. Interviewer was very open about her past experiences and was very informative about working within a larger organization (ex: Kaiser, Queens, etc.) as opposed to private practice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be sure to have questions about the school, PBL system and other topics b/c interviews are very conversational and almost casual. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Two interviews at the hospital with MD's and an exit interview with the dean. The doctors were both very nice, sincere, and honest about what it's like practicing here. The dean was nice. He told me he doesn't vote on the acceptance, but I would still go in assuming this interview impacts your chances. I got the sense that it would." More from this Member | Report Response

"People are just so friendly. I had three interviews by a 4th-year student, a professor at JABSOM, and Dr. Izutsu. The first two were in very easy atmosphere. Neither of them didn't mind it when I asked some personal questions to get to know them. Dr. Izutsu seemed a little uncomfortable that I asked questions more than just about JABSOM. Make sure that you go on the tour. It is a small school so I was initially not planning to do a tour. It turned out that the tour was a great time to meet other students (both prospective and current) and I even got to observe the PBL session for 3 hours!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews went very well. We were able to get into a good flow. I felt like they were trying to get a good feel for my motivations" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was very pleasant, like conversations. I had a great time in Hawaii mostly due to the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"interviews are very conversational. interviewers genuinely wants to get to know you as a person to see if you're reasonable or not. I also got to ask many questions about how it is practicing in hawaii and what they think are some negative aspects of medicine,etc. they gladly gave me their honest opinions which were very helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews were very informal, and enjoyable. Have lots of questions ready for the meeting with the Dean. He is a kind individual and I do not understand why some say he is impolite or hard. Be aware that they although they say they want individuals who are research committed, they really want you to do any research before or after the program. But an amazing place to study medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"overall it was a good experience... difficult to imagine my chances of acceptance since i am an out-of-state applicant... only the top 6 out-of-state applicants get in... but i'm crossing my fingers... Probably the most PBL(problem based learning) based curriculum you will encounter...if you don't like working in small groups or interacting constantly with your classmates, the curriculum might not be for you..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'll be very honest. I would never discourage anyone from applying to any medical school, but there is a caveat when applying to JABSOM. They publicly post that they favor Hawaii residents. Out of 52 available spots, only six are set aside for out of staters. Please feel free to apply but keep in mind that the odds are stacked against non Hawaii residents. from my experiences, the interview process works as thus: Interviews are granted according to a rubric which determines residency. There are a certain number of points that given depending on residency, MCAT scores, EC, advanced degrees, etc. Residents need to score a 7+ in order to be considered for an interview. Non residents need to score 14+ in order to be considered. There are three interviews total: The first two are with faculty or local doctors affiliated with JABSOM. These can range from 1-2 hours each. The third interview is with the Dean of admissions, Dr. Satoru Izutsu. The nature of the first two interviews were very plesant for me, the faculty were very nice and the interviews was more like a conversation. The interview with Dr. Izutsu is interesting. My impression of him is that he is a man of business, he is polite, but thats about it. He will be very blunt about things like residency and he will either like you or not. VERY IMPORTANT!! When you go into the interview with Dr. Izutsu, have many many questions to ask him. Do not be discouraged though. The first two interviewers send in evaluations either recommending you or not recommending you. A committee meets and they look at your file. Then they rank you without discussing the rankings (this is all confidential). the registrar averages the scores and the top 52 (62 total spots, but the Imi program reserves 10) are offered admissions sometime in April. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of the 5 schools I interviewed at,this experience was the best. The interviews were fluid and conversational. I felt they were honestly trying to get to know me.If you are out of state, your chances are limited, but you should know that going in if you have done any research at all. I fail to understand some of the negative feedback on this site. If you are willing to spend the time and money, don't be all angry and uptight about your chances, it will only hold you back. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview with the student was the most difficult of the three" More from this Member | Report Response

"long but challenging, and in the end, rewarding and humbling" More from this Member | Report Response

"relaxed and inviting, just be yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hawaii is a nice place to visit but they don't want you live there. Basically the school is undergoing a transition from producing, as one researcher/faculty member put it, "barefoot doctors", to becoming a real biomedical research center. The president is pushing for the biomed angle, but the entrenched bureaucracy with the support of the local medical association is foot dragging because they favor the community doc model. On the whole Hawaii is happy to have you as a tourist, but there's considerable hostility not the least because mainlanders are driving up prices for real estate and an influx of mainland physicians would threaten the entrenched physicians. My own physician interviewer liked me a lot, said I was a strong candidate and he'd do his best but basically told me I should go to Boston, New Haven or New York or "someplace where they'd appreciate me." He also let me in on how racially politicized Adcom is, apparently there's 1 rep per ethnic group (white, chinese, japanese, korean, hawaiian, etc) and they rank each candidate on a secret ballot. Which says to me that the process is so politicized that they can't work together openly to shape a class. I was told to expect resistance if I come here to practice after graduation unless I bring a million dollar piece of equipment (like another doc/researcher did) or if I have an 'in' whether with an ethnic group or from doing med school/residency here. Overall, the experience really broke my heart because I really wanted to come here... even over some much higher ranked schools... but it was clear that (surprise) as an island society, Hawaii is very very insular and that I wasn't welcome. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I had three interviews: 4th yr student, phd faculty, and dean of admissions. All of them were really laid-back and nice. Make sure you schedule them all ahead of time. I also met with a student who was really cool and informative about the school and Hawaii." More from this Member | Report Response

"Two of the interviews were questionnable...almost like saying really off-color comments to see what I would say or how I would react, but on the whole, it is my home school and would be wonderful to attend because the quality of life of the students is so good. Wow, I never thought about Quality of Life...I assumed I could HANDLE anything, but acutally totally Loving your experience would be grand!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had to drive around Honolulu a lot to the different interviews on different days, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Two of the interviews were really nice and conversational, one was more serious." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were much more relaxed and comfortable than I anticipated. Interviewers were more about learning about my character and personality than my academic achievements and failures. Overall, it was a really good experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"i had a difficult time scheduling interviews with my three separate interviewers. since the biomed building was closed due to the october floods, i had to meet with my interviers at various hospitals. luckily, i rented a car! i also was given an opportunity to meet with an ms-2 and she answered many questions that i had about the class size, pbl, etc. the selection process for out-of-staters(OOS) is very discouraging (1. adcoms ranks all applicants; 2. OOS are pulled from top 52; 3. only top 6 OOS are selected, rest of class is filled with in-state applicants.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"All interviewers were nice. The first was a faculty member and clinician at UH. She was more abrupt at starting the process. The second was a pediatrician. He was late for the interview, so I sat in his office reading a book I brought while all these kids played around me. He went over what the sheet, and the information he was supposed to get. He gave me pointers for his interview and the one with the assoc. dean. He said that he knows growing up in Hawaii makes it so people tend to be more humble, but I had to say why I was good for med school, and he also said that some people are intimidated by Dr. Izutsu, but if I knew my place, the interview with him would be fine. I didn't have any problems with Dr. Izutsu, I found him very nice and helpful. The new Kaka'ako campus is opening in April, so this year will be the first year to use it. The flood in October messed up most of their offices, so I had to find my way around the Honolulu area which wasn't too bad, but living on Maui, I'm not used to the traffic there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be prepared to ask plenty of questions when you meet with Dr. Izutsu. Try and make some sort of connection to the state of Hawaii- those students are preferred. The interviewers are very welcoming and relaxed. One of my interviews was at Starbucks. I recommend meeting with a second year med student to answer questions and get a better feel of student life and the school. And of course, stay in Hawaii for at least a week!! It is great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very professional but not intimidating. They do not have your grades/scores, so the interview is really about who you are as a person. They are looking to see if you will fit in the class and if you will stay to practice medicine in Pacific Islands in the long-run. It is a bit difficult to arrange the three interviews because I was coming from the mainland, but the best thing to do is pin down one appointment and try to get the other two to work with you on that time. Meet with a med student if you can to get more of the 'inside scoop'" More from this Member | Report Response

"the curriculum is purely pbl, which may not be suitable to everyone's personal learning style; the people are very cool and welcoming, just as you'd expect in hawaii; school's reputation is so-so" More from this Member | Report Response

"the interviews were very relaxed and very flexible because you get to schedule when you interview. the tour was also informative and the pbl system seems to be effective." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't nervous before the interviews but as the interviews progressed, I became more nervous. My first two interviewers seemed to increase the difficulty of the questions as the interview progressed. I felt that sometimes questions were asked not for the answer but to see how I would react. Overall, a great experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a different experience, unlike any other interview I've gone to. I'm from out of state and so getting around town was pretty difficult. Be careful when you ask for directions because they can't really inform you. They either don't know because they don't know street names, or they give you incomplete/vague directions that will leave you going in circles. The interviews were pretty chill. The interview with Dr. Izutsu was very helpful/informative since he broke down my application as to how I was granted an interview. He was very direct, and a little dry. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Complicated. Left me with a lot of questions about the quality of education I would receive and the abilities of my prospective classmates. It is no wonder that Hawaii sometimes feels inferior to the mainland. They need to raise their level of expectation." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a great experience. Interviews lasted between 60-90m minutes. They were full of information and very easy to talk to. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall my interview experience was pretty laid-back. My interviewers were more interested about me more than anything else. They didn't ask any ethical questions except related to my work. Most of the questions they asked were related to my extracurricular activies and my life." More from this Member | Report Response

"I first interviewed with a psychiatrist at a hospital who spent more time analyzing my movements and answers than asking questions. My second interviewer was a researcher who was very pleasant, although she asked me specific, challenging questions. Both had only my AMCAS and secondary essays. The third was an exit interview with the dean of admissions who broke down my entire application, points earned (for interview invite), and the process of selecting candidtates for acceptance." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall is was a good experience. Students seem happy and excited. Facilities are kind of small...but who cares..you're in Hawaii." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great interview experience here- much more friendly and conversational than others schools. I actually enjoyed my interviews and learned a lot about their innovative curriculum and philosophy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, a positive experience. The doctors I interviewed with were interested in learning about me and my experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews really wern't like a barrage of questions. I had 3 interviews on three different days, one with a student, one with a pathologist, and one with the dean of admissions (Dr. Itsuzu). The first two were really relaxed and layed back. There was no barrage of questions, or real stress. These were simply like a pleasant conversation. The interview with Dr. Itsuzu seemed more stressful. Be prepared to ask a lot of questions. He's really just there to answer questions. However, his answers can be really brief, so conversation doesn't really flow. Be prepared for that." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was the funnest, most relaxed interview experience I've had. All three of my interviews went well; they were all very conversational, especially the one with the 4th year student. The goal of the interviews(as I was told by the interviewers) is to see if you will fit in at the school and into their PBL system. If you've received an interview, they know you're capable of med school in general, so they need to see if you'll fit in at JABSOM. The interview with the dean isn't really an interview, it's just a time to ask questions, and he also explains the interview and selection proceess." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewees have to set up their own appointments for inverviews with their assigned interviewers. Interviews are held on campus and at physician's offices off campus. UH really prefers Hawaii residents over non-residents." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

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Student 39
Faculty member 1
Admissions staff 0
Other 2

How did the tourguide seem?

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Enthusiastic 25
Neutral 1
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

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8.79 42

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

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In state 21
Out of state 21

What was your total time spent traveling?

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0-1 hour 14
2-3 hours 2
4-6 hours 7
7+ hours 17

What was your primary mode of travel?

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Airplane 24
Automobile 16
Train or subway 2
Other 1

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

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< $100 3
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 2
$401-$500 1
$501+ 19

What airport did you use?

There is only one airport in Honolulu.

Honolulu International Aiport

Honolulu International Airport

HNL

Where did you stay?

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At school facility 4
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 11
Hotel 14
Home 0
Other 1

General Info

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

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7.67 42

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

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9.29 42

0 = low, 10 = high

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

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9.55 42

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

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8.54 13

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

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8.08 13

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

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5.85 13

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I had three interviews in total; one MS4, one faculty, and Dr. Asano. My hope for the interview is that the interviewers need to be more friendly to potential students because students are also interviewing the school. The relationship between interviewees and students should be mutual and bi-directional. If the interviewers are not friendly to the prospective students, how can students even consider the school for attendance over other schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The secondary application should be online, instead of mailed." More from this Member | Report Response

"An online/electronic secondary application would decrease paper waste, eliminate the need to ship materials to Hawaii, and likely be more easily accessible for multiple interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would suggest using an online secondary application." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you're going to use a ranked waitlist, it's kind of shady to keep it confidential" More from this Member | Report Response

"change the interview scheduling process. It was stressful trying to coordinate between three interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be nice to have an internet-based secondary application." More from this Member | Report Response

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