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  • Louisiana State University New Orleans School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New Orleans
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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)?

"Tell me what are your hobbies and what you do in order to relax. Also include what you and your wife do together for hobbies, relaxation." Report Response

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

"What is the one concern you have about entering medical school?" Report Response

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

"What do you think will be different in the way you will practice medicine from how your father's era practiced medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Based on what you learned from your own medical experience (as a long-term patient, post-surgery) what would you do differently from what your own physicians did in terms of care after you were discharged?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Summarize in 2 or 3 sentences what I should present to the entire committee on your behalf. This was difficult for me because I have trained myself to elaborate on what I think are my assets, credentials, etc. It can be surprisingly difficult to succinctly characterize oneself as a candidate who is better qualified than the other (very qualified) applicants in the office. In giving my response I was told twice "Too long!" So, be prepared. Even if you're not asked, it's a good exercise." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, lots of Google searches for lists of generic medical school interview questions, advice. I re-read my personal statement and made certain that I knew important dates and the chronology of work and volunteer positions. I wrote out answers to all questions I thought likely to be asked. My best preparation came from writing out and practicing the details of my biography, which is essentially what the blind interview consists of. Be able to summarize yourself in 15-20 minutes, highlighting education, important events throughout your life, development of goals and how you were able to achieve them (or not.) List one or two of your major accomplishments, one or two of your shortcomings and how you were able to recover from them, how you were ablew to turn a negative into a positive. I found it important to know what I wanted to say in outline form only. The interviewer doesn't want a canned or overly rehearsed answer...make your answers and your stories seem conversant. This is especially good advice, I think, at LSU-NO, where the interviews are more informal and conversation-like." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The enthusiasm of the students, faculty, and the staff. The Cohn Learning Center, plans for expansion of the learning center, ongoing and planned expansion of many parts of the LSUHSC campus." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The dorms and the lunch." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was my second time to interview here, so I did feel like the mystery had been removed as far as how difficult or comfortable I expected the interviews to be. I have been on the tour of the Cohn Center many times now, but it still impresses me. The interviews this year went even better than I had hoped they would. I never once felt uncomfortable or intimidated or nervous...a credit to the doctors who conducted my interviews. After the day was finished I thought about my experience and was a little surprised that I actually really enjoyed all three of my interviews. Each doctor was genuinely interested in getting to know me better, wanted to know my opinion on some matters, and was very easy to open up to. It was truly a pleasant experience (really!)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/09/2004

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