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  • Washington University-St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • St. Louis
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

3 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)?

"So, what have you been up to?" Report Response

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

"Where else did you apply? Where else did you receive interviews? What interviews have you been on? (Totally f-ing inappropriate questions asked by BOTH interviewers)." Report Response

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

"What else do you want to know about Washington, besides anything regarding student life, academics, research, and the city of St. Louis because I don't want to talk about any of that??? (Ummm...WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO ASK THEN???)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I really couldn't understand my interviewers' questions. I thought they were asking questions, but then they seemed to turn into lectures, or self-guided commentary." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"So what did you do in Europe? (after I had answered three times that backpacked through Europe, toured cities museums, met people, sample local cuisine and beer, etc. I really didn't know how else to answer it, but he kept asking)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, read my application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Not too much. The day was very organized. That's about it." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"They can't seem to decide what kind of school they want to be. Everything they said contradicted something that was said previously. "We are NOT a research school!" followed by "We have a huge research program here, along with one of the biggest MSTP programs and NIH endowments." My interviewers seemed incredibly bored and uninterested in getting to know me. One interviewer told me flat out he doesn't actually listen to the interviewee's answers. Very nice. The school is too big. They don't want their students to do any dirty work (your main goal is to learn which sounds nice but is BS in my opinion). There are virtually no extracurriculars for the students. They claim to have a very cohesive community but it didn't seem like it. I dunno, I just didn't like it." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How much I would dislike it. I cancelled Georgetown for this." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This school is totally bizarre. They have absolutely no idea what kind of institution they want to be. They contradicted themselves at every possible moment. They claimed they weren't a research institution, but then boasted about their top notch research program (claimed it was one of the best in the nation). They told us flat out that the US News and World Report rankings really dont mean much, yet thet used EVERY opportunity to tell you that they were a top 3 school. No one (students, faculty, staff) seemed excited about the school AT ALL. There was no effort made to sell the school. In fact, both my interviewers made reference to how you could get a great medical education at so many other schools, right after they proceeded to bash Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, etc. My interviewers seemed bored. They had no interest in being there. One had absolutely no personality, the other just lectured me and didn't give me an opportunity to answer questions. The whole day was just weird. I tried so hard to find the positive side of this place, but I came up empty. I left with a migraine. The Gateway Arch is awesome though. Definitely check it out." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/07/2004

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