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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Honolulu
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"Choose a specific ethical issue and describe how you would approach it." Report Response

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

"Since we're assuming that all of our applicants are competitive, why should we choose you over the next person?" Report Response

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

"Describe your learning style. Do you finish tasks immediately, or put things off?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What kinds of experiences have you had with different cultures?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Since we're assuming that all of our applicants are competitive, why should we choose you over the next person?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read over my AMCAS and secondary essays and reviewed ethical issues on UW's bioethics website (http://eduserv.hscer.washington.edu/bioethics/topics/index.html)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Small class size, prematriculation program (Imi Ho'ola), student camaraderie. The model and plans for the new, state-of-the-art medical school (to open fall 2005) were VERY impressive. Basic science lectures will supplement PBL. There are also plenty of cadavers for anatomy students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The current facilities are out-dated. Standardized patient room looked messy and felt crowded (too many beds, not enough space)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"UH uses a point system to determine who receives an interview invitation. I wish I had known the point breakdown. Also, the adcom places more emphasis on the MCAT writing (and possibly verbal) score than do most schools. Finally, I was told by an interviewer that students who only research the learning issues assigned to them, and not ALL of the learning issues, tend to be "trapped" by the PBL curriculum." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I first interviewed with a psychiatrist at a hospital who spent more time analyzing my movements and answers than asking questions. My second interviewer was a researcher who was very pleasant, although she asked me specific, challenging questions. Both had only my AMCAS and secondary essays. The third was an exit interview with the dean of admissions who broke down my entire application, points earned (for interview invite), and the process of selecting candidtates for acceptance." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/05/2003

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