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  • Tufts 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?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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 is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why did your family move across the country? (Also, some "Tell me about your family" type questions)" Report Response

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

"A few "What has prepared you to deal with [this situation]?" type questions... (see above) These seemed directed to get me to synthesize my experiences in healthcare." Report Response

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

"Why not an MD/PhD? (I am interested in research, particularly clinical research.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Given all the theater you did in college and before (a major extracurricular for me), will it be hard to give that up during medical school?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Given that you went to a small, private high school and then a small, private college, how are you going to be able to relate to a blue-collar patient who is terrified of financing an expensive treatment -- not just his disease?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed AMCAS materials, read about Tufts' program online, read the SDN feedback, listened to the presentations and came up with some questions for the interviewers." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They present a lot of specific information about the school, particularly financing med school. Few schools are this frank about the total cost of tuition and living expenses, and the info is applicable to all med schools. In general, the administration seems very concerned with the students' happiness and success. They treat the students extremely well, and they truly value student feedback about everything. The school's facilities also seemed nicer than I had expected." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"With the exception of NEMC, the teaching hospitals are scattered throughout Massachusetts -- and one is even in Maine. The finacial presenter urged against getting a car to save money, but all the students highly recommended having one for 3rd and 4th year. Students live all over Boston, so Tufts lacks the sense of community that many schools have. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"With the exception of NEMC, the teaching hospitals are scattered throughout Massachusetts -- and one is even in Maine. The financial presenter urged against getting a car to save money, but all the students highly recommended having one for 3rd and 4th year. Students live all over Boston, so Tufts lacks the sense of community that many schools enjoy." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Many of the comments on the SDN suggested that the day would be extremely long; however, the things moved along pretty quickly. We spent the whole day in one (large) room, so no one had to carry their belongings from place to place. There were about three presentations in the morning: introduction and a schedule for the day, an overview of the curriculum, the finance talk, and then a brief lunch. The dean was as funny as previous SDN comments predicted, and he did a great job of putting everyone at ease. The afternoon went by quickly too, since there were plenty of students around to chat while people waited to be called for interviews. The admissions staff organized the day such that you could not be called for an interview while you were taking a tour. The interviews themselves were conducted in nearby rooms. Overall, the interviewers were relaxed and relatively informal. My first interviewer had read my file, so he asked direct, specific questions about my experiences. The second did not seem to have read the file, and his questions were far less interesting." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2004

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