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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Do you know the effects of oral contraceptives on the risk of developing breast cancer? (In relation to my research, and he wasn't grilling me, just curious)." Report Response

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

"Tell me about your work right now." Report Response

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

"What are you looking for in a medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was a time you had to make an ethical decision and what did you do in that situation?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above question." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, reviewed BU website, BU bulletin, reviewed my AMCAS application, practiced interview questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Dean Witzburg is very friendly, very nice faculty and staff, friendly students who seem to work hard/play hard. The students seem like a diverse group. Cute campus! Boston seems like a great city, small city but a lot of fun bars/clubs/sports events. Good public transportation in Boston as well. The hospital seems really nice and you get a lot of good exposure b/c they serve all types of patients (rich, poor, insured, uninsured). " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"BRRR! I'm from California, so Boston is really cold to me! Umm, some other applicants (there were 40 on my day) seemed socially inept. But others were cool, so I guess there were all kinds of people. Tuition, room, board, etc. comes to a grand total of....nearly $60,000 per year! AAAH! I didn't see student housing, but it seems like it is limited. And apartments around there are expensive and don't seem too great..housing seems like kind of a problem, but doable. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You need to mail all your undergrad transcripts to BU, so if you can, bring it to your interview so you can just give it to them there. Also, BU got 10,000 applicants this year! Seems super hard and sort of random to get in, regardless of stats, etc.! Oh, and the admissions office is NOT at 715 Albany Ave. That is Talbot Hall, the public health building. Go to the School of Medicine building BEHIND Talbot Hall, which is technically located at 80 E. Concord Ave." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a very good day at BU. Starts w/ coffee, pastries, and an extensive overview by Dean Witzburg. Sorta long, but he is a great public speaker, engaging, and very friendly! Then I had my interview. It was long, but the doctor was very nice and really wanted to talk to me. He asked a lot of questions about my research, job, etc. but was genuinely interested, not grilling me! We had a great conversation. Then, there was a lot of down time w/ other applicants, some reps. from housing/financial aid talked to us. Then a good lunch with a lot of students, who answered a lot of questions and were really friendly. Finally, sort of a long tour, then wrap-up by Dean Witzburg by 2:30!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/29/2004

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