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  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 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?

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)?

"Your services don't quite demonstrate your passion for medicine, why don't you get more involved?" Report Response

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

"your grades are competitive, do you study all day and do nothing else ( basically alluding to question 1)? (Please, there is more to college than just study. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out) " Report Response

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

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What was the most interesting question?

"Don't you feel you'll come weak when it comes to competing with other applicants for research positions? ( i'm non-science major)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"IF you say you have devotion to medicine, why didn't you get more involved in school? ( the interviewer felt that my volunteer works were miniscule and lack quality)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Apps. SDN, read up on current issues on ethics." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school environment is great. THe program that they had to offer seems to be very strong. The 4th year tour guides were extremely helpful. THe dean was extremely friendly yet abit "fake." Sounded like reciting a poem when he gave his talks." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everything up until the interview was great. Why do they have to grill me like that? There are tons of residence and fellows who need the clinical experience, hence premed volunteer exposure is VERY LIMITED. It wasn't my fault that my school's volunteer services were managed like that. I gave me effort to apply and work as a volunteer at my school's hospital and only to get mocked and questioned about my genuine passion for medicine. Maybe there are other ways to get involved not just through the school volunteer system, but the fact that a school acutally sets up such a dept to manage volunteers should reflect the school's focus to help out with students. Was i wrong to have chosen to utilize a school funded resource? I personal don't think so." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Don't get fooled by all the "positive" experiences about BU interview. There are sharks out there ready to strike. And if you get the same interviewer as me, you've got alot to explain. Be ready to defend your volunteer experiences if you fall in similar "categories" of volunteer services." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I would never go to BU. People's passion for medicine can't and should never be questioned by their volunteer experiences. Some people hae better opportunities then others when it comes to access to resources. BUt this doesn't mean one lacks the passion or understanding what one is getting into. The way the interviewer questioned my character and made me feel very uncomfortable. Lastly i would say that the interviewer is very shallow for the interviewer lacks respect for me as a person and what i've contributed to my school's hospital. I would like to give future interviewers a heads up. I hope you folks will get a good interview and won't end up like me. BU is a great school but the interviewer's provocative questions shattered its image." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2003

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