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  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

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

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

"Are you religious? How would you feel about helping someone who was of a different belief than yours? Would you ever consider going to Africa to practice?" Report Response

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

"Are you interested in any particular area of medicine? Why would you want to practice that subspecialty? There's really no need for that anymore. How does that make you feel? Would you ever want to practice around Black people, or other people of color?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

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

What was the most difficult question?

"Would you feel comfortable helping to save the life of a Black person?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read application file, read about the school history." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nothing." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Facilities are run-down and poorly maintained. Faculty were generally inattentive and seemed rude. Student guides were not knowledgable about the school history and were more interested in flirting with candidates. The surrounding area is a ghetto, not the worst of DC, but still shady. Some students told me they were victims of armed mugging but was "pretty safe." African American predominant student body apparently in dire need of sensitivity training. Somebody should call the authorities, this place needs help!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Prejudice still exists in a professional setting, and not just from the "white folk." Howard had poor facilities, is in an unsafe area, and students were overall whiny and did not seem happy." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Would rather have gone to any other interview but here. Heck, I'd rather go to dental school. Howard apparently has one of those too. And from what I've heard the problems are even worse! At least I heard every year there are a "couple of hotties" from what my professional tour guides mentioned (as a selling point). Professionalism did not seem to be universal among students. May God have mercy on them. If I were to assess a score, it would be a 0 out of 10. Or can I assign a negative number?" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/1999

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