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  • East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Johnson City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What was the hardest class you had in college and how did you adjust in order to get through it?" Report Response

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

"What area(s) of medicine have you considered going in to?" Report Response

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

"What do you think the first two years of medical school will be like?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you feel about memorizing things?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Every year we are bombarded with hundreds of applications for awesome students who want to go to medical school here. Unfortunately, the state only gives us funding for an entering class of 60. Based on your AMCAS, grades, and MCAT score, the admissions committee has recognized you as a competitive candidate for a spot at our school. As your interviewer, my job is to be a liaison between you and the admissions committee to give them more information about you. So let's start with you telling me what is NOT on your AMCAS or secondary that sets you apart from the hundreds of other competitive cadidates we are currently considering." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over personal statement, visited this site and read other interview experiences." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview was very laid back and the admissions staff was friendly and inviting. They stressed over and over that we could ask honest questions to the student tour guides about their good and bad experiences and it would in no way get back to the admissions committee or affect our interview process. Also, they gave us the option of a third interview if we felt that one of the interviews did not go well- i.e. had a personality conflict with the interviewer or felt like you made a bad impression. Even though I had no intentions of using this "out", it was still comforting to know that if one of my interviews went sour, that I wasn't doomed completely. The new adademic building for 1st and 2nd year students is amazing! Very impressive lab facilities and classroom technology." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Right before lunch, the group was supposed to go on a tour of the nearby teaching hospital and the 3rd year student who met us there basically told us "a hospital is a hospital" and we went straight to the cafeteria. That stood out to me because everything up until that point had been very professional and I didn't perceive a tour of the hospital to be a waste of time. After all, if admitted, that would practically be my home for 3rd and 4th years." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview went very well, was minimally stressful, and I was very impressed with the facilities and new academic building." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/15/2003

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