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  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Bethesda
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"A series of questions about my ECs and how they prepared me for both medicine and military medicine." Report Response

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

"How do you feel about being a doc in the military? How do you feel about military life and handling everything associated with it? How would your family react to you being in the military? Basically a series of questions around the theme of why medicine and why the military." Report Response

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

"The ethical question and the question about a day off, as highlighted above. What would your friends say is your best quality. What would they say is your worst quality. Also, a 2 minute drill type question. "In 2 minutes, tell me why you should be picked for acceptance over everyone else in your interview group."" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The most interesting question that I was asked was in my second interview of the day. I was basically asked to describe what I would do if I had one day entirely to myself and no monetary limits or time constraints to the day or anything like that. The question itself was interesting because my interviewer really wanted a lot of detail in my answer. So instead of just saying that I would spend the day at Fenway Park, my interviewer wanted to know what seat I would be sitting in, what I would have to eat, the time of year, who the Red Sox would be playing, who would pitch, that sort of thing. The level of detail my interviewer wanted struck me by surprise." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The questions in both interviews were not difficult at all. The ethical questions I was asked could probably be considered the most difficult. I was asked how I would handle a situation where, as an infectious disease doc, I was tasked by the Pentagon with coming up with an infectious agent that rivaled one already held by China, with the knowledge that the agent could, if used inappropriately, kill everyone in a major city. The basic gist of the question was to ascertain where one's focus was, either toward the military and the defense of our country or towards being a doc and avoiding the creation of such a deadly agent." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read a lot about the school. They have some informative stuff on the USUHS website. Also read SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How generally happy the students were. All of them seemed like they really wanted to be there and they were one hundred percent comfortable with their decision. Everyone was also so incredibly nice. The staff and students were all informative and very willing to answer questions. Everyone there definitely recognizes the fact that the decision to go to USUHS is one that requires an individual to have all of their information out on the table in front of them and the school and its students go out of their way to provide that information. They do so in a manner that is non-pressuring as well, which is very nice." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everyone being in uniform was not so much negative as much as it was weird. It's just a little weird to see so much cammo around. The other element that was a bit negative was the fact that a lot of the students were married. Many were married before they got there and others married individuals in their class once they came to USUHS. Since I am nowhere near marriage, it definitely was a bit odd to see so many medical students already married." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Do not worry if you are unable to stay with a student host. I did not and at first was a bit worried that I would miss out on gathering "inside" information about the school but there is plenty of time during the day to talk to students and to get a feel for the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview experience as a whole was terrific. Everyone was incredibly friendly and informative. The school recognizes that it is not necessarily for everyone and they go out of their way to make you aware of what you are getting into with USUHS. They really push to make sure you make an informed decision (and one not just based upon the money). The campus is great and the proximity to the NIH, etc was an added bonus as well. The interview day is not too long either and you have 2 separate interviews in the afternoon with time in between to explore the school and just talk to students and faculty. One interview can be with a medical student. Mine was with a 4th year. My second was with a captain in the Navy. Both went very well. Your interviewers just have a copy of your ECs and your personal statement from the school's secondary app." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/13/2004

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