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  • Tufts 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?

7 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?

2

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)?

"What is life? " Report Response

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

"What is compassion?" Report Response

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

"Est-ce que vous me comprenez quand je parle le francais? (I said that I spoke French, and the interviewer was asking me if I understood him.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the most important quality for a doctor to have?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is life?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, made sure I could talk about the research I'd been involved in (I was asked to explain it)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The admissions committee provide you with a LOT of information about the school during the morning-afternoon talks. You do learn a lot about the school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One interviewer told me that basically all medical schools are the same (meaning that he saw no reason that Tufts was unique) and that the school suffered from being in the same city as Harvard, by competing with Harvard for hospitals (many of the hospitals in Boston are affiliated with Harvard), and in general expressed his bitterness towards it. My other interviewer delivered this rapid-fire series of questions (such as What is life? What is one word that describes logical thought? Why are your MCAT scores unimpressive?) and when I asked him to clarify one of the questions, he said, "I'll ask the questions. You give the answers." While two people don't represent the character of the entire school, I did not get the impression that I was particularly welcome, or that the interviewers were selling the school. One of the Admissions Committee members warned us that we should be prepared to demonstrate any talent that we claimed we had in our AMCAS application. You could be asked to sing if you claimed you sang, and any knowledge of foreign languages could be tested by your interviewer. The admissions officer said that they'd found some people to be "liars" in the past...I didn't get a good vibe from that. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Bring long underwear because you never know if there will be heavy snow or significant windchill." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Man, I was ready to give this school a fair chance, but based on my experiences interviewing I didn't feel like people were all that psyched about the school, even the faculty. If the faculty aren't advocating their own institution, you know something's wrong!" 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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