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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about some of your volunteer experiences. " Report Response

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

"What do you think about HMOs/current health care system?" Report Response

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

"Hard to remember (I was very sleepy). But I do remember the tone was very conversational and not intended to "weed out" or intimidate. Just to get to know me better." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"(Briefly) You are an orthopaedic surgeon and have had 100% success with hip replacement X. The hospital administrators would like you to switch to hip replacement Y because it is 60% cheaper. What do you do?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is your relationship with your parents like? (I did talk about my background etc. in my application. The interviewer explained that because this question was so personal, I did not have to answer it if I didn't feel comfortable with it... I answered his question anyways. I didn't feel uncomfortable talking to him about anything... he was so nice!!)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read my AMCAS, and my secondary (I had to write a letter explaining why I stopped out of college for 1.5 years)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was so tired because I flew in from Missouri and my flight was delayed. I only had 2 hours of sleep before my interview. I was also sick from an allergic reaction I had to something in Missouri. I was miserable for the interview, but the people were so kind and relaxed. There was no stress at all and I made it through the interview feeling very confident. They are extremelely professional and they offered plenty of food and there were always people around to answer your questions." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Its a bit expensive.." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They seem to be a bit worried about Mass residents (which I am NOT) who may get accepted to UMASS. I suppose they are afraid of losing their best applicants to UMASS because it is such a cheaper school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'll admit, BU was not my #1 choice going into the interview. However, after meeting the staff and visiting the school, I realized it is the perfect school for me. I love how they are a school for the community. I love that they provide medical care for the insured and uninsured and how everyone seems to really care about reaching out and providing care to EVERYBODY!! That is so important to me. By the end of my visit... BU had become my #1 choice." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/03/2003

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