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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Cleveland
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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 was the most interesting question?

"My interview was conversational- so there were no really tough or interesting questions. I'm wondering if I had the same interviewer as another person who posted feedback recently- a PhD in pediatric research- she was so warm and easy to talk to! We talked a lot about challenges I will face as a physician, and she wanted to know my stance on the growing childhood obesity crisis- it led to a really interesting discussion." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing really, though she asked about what I considered to be the biggest problem in healthcare. As long as you've thought about that, you should be fine." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I'm from Cleveland originally so I know a lot about Case already. I looked at the website extensively and I know some current and former students. In general, I made sure I could answer the traditional questions they're known to ask: why medicine, why case, why cleveland..." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the students- our two tour guides had just been through a morning of exams- all first and seconde years had- so i knew most of the regular students just wanted to leave. in spite of obviously being tired, the tour guides took a LOT of time to explain why they were at case and how much they liked it. It wasn't a "hard-sell," though, which i've seen at other schools and for some reason makes me wonder if they're really all that happy... Also, the curriculum is really exactly what i want- less lecture time, free afternoons, tons of exciting electives in the first two years, a great 2-year, longitudinal patient contact experience, totally elective fourth year, diverse (both in race, age, and general background) student body, rotations at UH and the clinic, great city for healthcare in general, lots of nih research grant $$... oh, i also reeally liked the other interviewees." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"the interview day is supposed to be very laid-back in nature, but i might have preferred a bit more structure. although i didn't know it when i scheduled my interview, i was unable to sit in on classes or see any lecture halls because the first and second years all had exams. The facilities aren't brand-spanking new, but they're fine- case has a great new school-wide library, two fabulous health centers, and the hospital system is really gorgeous. Also, we got lunch from the hospital caf and they gave us $5 coupons to use, but I was worried about going over the limit and had left my purse with the admissions people! Bring extra cash if you plan to chow down..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that i'd left the lights on in my car and needed a jump from the parking office! it was free and everyone was really nice, i just felt like an idiot! Also, i was glad to hear that tuition is frozen for the four years you're there- in other words, they can't change it from year one to year two, as other schools do." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Understand that your interview at Case is a laid-back one, and the day itself could be a bit of a letdown if you are expecting a lot of bells and whistles. That said, take advantage of the student host program, sit in on some classes, and learn about the innovative curriculum! They also give you the names and emails of current students and alums all over the country- talk to these people and do the research yourself. I think that way you won't feel so surprised when the interview day comes (in that it's short and mellow, noone's throwing a lot of info at you about the school/program). Also, cross your fingers for one of the merit scholarships- at about 36K a year, it's not cheap! But a one-bedroom in a nice suburb 10 minutes from school should only run you about 500-600 a month... Universioty Circle (the area of cleveland where case is located) is a great place to be a student- lots of museums, restaurants, green space..." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/23/2002

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