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  • Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hanover
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 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?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"What kind of research has more impact on medicine? Basic or clinical?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why medicine? Why now?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reread essays. Viewbook. SDN. Spoke with former and current students." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Amazing location for outdoor activities." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The palpable ivy league elitism. Unwillingness of the students to discuss any of Dartmouth's shortcomings given that it is in a rural and homogeneously white area. My student interviewer was cold, spoke very little, and seemed to try to intimidate me. Hello, you are representing the school as well as interviewing me! It was my eighth interview so I was otherwise pretty comfortable talking about my interest in medicine and more excited than nervous to do so. In the initial meeting with the Dean of admissions, she seemed to emphasize again and again how difficult (using words like imposing, hard, pressure etc) the curriculum is, as if they had a way of teaching med material that was harder than everyone elses. And who would want to sign up for that?" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Dartmouth sees itself as an all around medical powerhouse of the likes of the other ivy league schools, rather than a unique school with a unique (and valuable) perspective on medicine. The latter was how I viewed the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was disappointed to see my #1 or #2 school slip to near the bottom of my list because I found the attitutes of the people to be so unfriendly or false. I just got the feeling that Dartmouth is trying to be something that it is not (emperor's new ivy clothes). It is small, rural, with an excellent clinical and public health perspective though CECS and runs the largest and most import health care system in northern New England. It is not Hopkins, Harvard, or Penn all of which wield serious research resources and medical influence. I guess I expected more humility or at least ability to articulate their particular strengths." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/06/2004

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