5 out of 10
At the school
"Tell me about X on the AMCAS - including a few questions about really obscure courses that I took Freshman year - the importance of those (which was not really much)"
"what were your favorite classes, why did you choose your major and your undergrad instiution?"
"tell me about your research"
"Should IVF be covered by Medicaid?"
"read website, SND, my application"
"Harvard has got tremendous resources, so many fabulous hospitals and research facilities nearby. The people were all very helpful and nice. There was not a snooty attitude that you might stereotypically expect. It is in an area of Boston that is much better than many other good schools in big cities can say. Their curriculum is highly interactive and leaves you with more free time than many places and truly "does not teach to the boards", but instead to teach you to be a great doctor. The quad like campus makes it feel very community based, and living in the dorm (while it is a dorm) does seem to bring the classes closer together. I was there the day before an exam and the students were much less stressed and crazy than I thought they would be. "
"One of my interviewers did not have particularly good interviewing skills. She did not make eye contact with me and was flipping through my application the whole time rather than listening to what I said. She also rushed the end of the interview even though we were actually scheduled for 25 more minutes. I sort of expected more from an interview at one of the best med schools in the country. "
"They leave you a ton of time. Bring a book or something. "
"It is Harvard. Being there gives you the opportunity to do almost anything you want to do. See + and - for specifics of both. "