7 out of 10
At the school
"What are your faults?"
"What's your learning style? How do you think that would work within the New Pathway system?"
"What made you decide to become a physician?"
"During World War II, President Roosevelt came to MGH for a checkup. His physician, Dr. Lahey, found that he had extremely high blood pressure and had had several mini-strokes which may have impaired his judgement. Roosevelt told Lahey to keep the matter confidential. If you were Dr. Lahey, what would you do, given that Roosevelt was about to go to Yalta to divide up Europe with Stalin and Churchill?"
"See above. It wasn't that the question was terribly difficult, it was just that the interviewer spent nearly the entire interview challenging my position."
"Read about Harvard, printed map of MGH."
"The Associate Dean for Admissions is nice, many of the students are cool, the teaching facilities are nice, Boston seems fun and not as expensive as everyone makes it out to be. At other schools I found myself describing the students in a certain way. At some schools they seemed lazy, at some they seemed collegial, etc. I can't describe the students at Harvard in any way - they are all so different."
"Some of the students don't take advantage of what Harvard offers. Why would you pay $50,000 a year just to drink and jack off? As I said above, there is no common denominator for Harvard students, and many of them are incredible, so this is not a major turnoff. "
"I wish I had known that the weather would change so quickly. It went from decent temperatures at night to raining in the morning to cold and blustery in the afternoon. Also, the interviews are technically open file, but don't expect them to know your application well. I had to carry my own folder to MGH and the faculty interviewer read it while I waited outside. The student had my folder but had not looked at it."
"I was intimidated by the faculty interview, but it ended positively. He told me I was the most intelligent person he had ever presented with that scenario. The student interview was much more traditional. "