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  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Newark
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Why medical school? Do you realize that the reality of being a doctor is very different from the dream of being a doctor? Would you still want to go into medicine if you were limited to only making $30,000 a year as a physician? " Report Response

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

"What do you do to relax and get away from the stress in your life? " Report Response

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

"Why specifically do you want to attend NJMS?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"As a minority, how would you give back to your people if you were to become a physician?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think is the biggest problem facing medicine today and how would you go about fixing it?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, NJMS website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school was nicer than I had expected, it has a beautiful courtyard and the students I met seemed laid back. The anatomy lab and facilities were pretty good considering NJMS is a state school. There are 4 students per cadaver in anatomy which is great considering most other schools I interviewed at assigned about 8 students per cadaver. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Newark. I just didn't like the feel of the area. Not too many students live in Newark itself, instead they live in the surrounding communities which are much nicer and safer. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Make sure you have a good breakfast or lunch before you come for your interview because unlike most schools, there are no snacks or drinks available in the waiting room. Not a big deal, I just dont want your stomach grumbling halfway through your interview. =) " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day at NJMS is very short, at least for me it was. I was told to report to the admissions office at 1:00PM. When I got there I just waited in a small room adjacent to the admissions ofice with the other interviewees. The day of my interview there were only about 5 people in the interview group. There was no talk from the director or dean of admissions so we just sat there looking over the NJMS view books. A little after 1:00PM a student came into the room and took us on a tour of the school. The tour was nice, we saw the lecture hall, library, anatomy lab, cafeteria, PBL rooms, and the first floor of the University hospital. The tour lasted for about an hour, then at 2:00PM I had my interview. My interviewer was VERY nice and really made the interview experience feel more like a conversation than anything else. I wasn't asked what I would do in certain ethical situations so that in itself also contributed to the relaxed and "just getting to know you" atmosphere of the interview. After about 30 minutes, the interview was over and she even walked me back down from her office to the office of admissions. I left the school by 2:45PM, so in total I was there for about 2 hours, the shortest by far of any interview day I've been through. There was no financial aid talk and we never met the director or dean of admissions so if the student or interviewer couldn't answer your question you were pretty much out of luck. I have to say the day went very well though and I left feeling very good about the experience. I was accepted about a month later, my first acceptance so it really made me happy. Ultimately I decided to matriculate at another school but thats just because being from out of state, I didn't like the idea of commuting to Newark every day. I guess its a choice everyone makes for themselves, I loved the school, University hospital, and the price but just couldn't see myself driving into and out of Newark for 4 years. Overall though, I really liked NJMS. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2004

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