4 out of 10
At the school
"What has been your least fulfilling class?"
"Describe an ethical dilemma and how you resolved it. "
"Where do you think you will be in 25 years?"
"When you have spare time, what kinds of books do you like to read?"
"In your personal statement, you mention having to defend Christianity in a class on Genesis. How will being a Christian affect you as a doctor when your patients may have different beliefs?"
"Read my secondary application, looked at Duke's website, thought about my strengths, weaknesses, etc. Also made sure that I truly understood what sets Duke apart from other med schools."
"I was blown away by the prestige of this school and the unique flavor of its curriculum. I also felt that I would fit in--the students were very friendly and social, which is a big draw."
"I wasn't too thrilled with the quality of the interviewers. At Duke, you have an "Alpha" and a "Beta" interviewer (2 interviews), and I didn't think either of mine were great. Both had no flexibility in terms of asking follow-up questions, and with their lack of social skills, it is a wonder they could interact well with patients at all. Luckily, the other students there thought so too!"
"Just how much I'd love it here! When I don't get in, I'll be very sad..."
"Duke puts together a great interview day, which is considerate of them since people come from all over (I came from Indiana, so they made it worth my while and I appreciate it). We started at about 10:30 am with a presentation by the associate dean of admission. She talked about what makes Duke different, and I wish we would have been able to ask her questions, but she spoke for 45 minutes and then headed out. After that, we had a long presentation on financial aid. Then we had a long lunch with several med students. This was really wonderful. There were more med students than interviewees, and they stayed around over an hour to talk about anything we wanted. In the afternoon, I had two interviewers and a GREAT tour--the most thorough of any I'd had. Everyone was hospitable and friendly in the office of admissions. This is a truly AMAZING school, and if I should be so lucky to get accepted, I'd go in a heartbeat!"