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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Honolulu
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

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)?

"Describe your clinical experience." Report Response

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

"Discuss your research and why the change in career tracks (public health vs. medicine)" Report Response

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

"Do you want to practice in Hawaii and what kind of medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing in particular other than how I chose my path to medicine, given that I was a non-traditional applicant (having a MPH and working at the federal government)." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"One interviewer alluded that since the joint program was 7 years long, that as a woman I couldn't possibly have a family like I said I wanted. It really wasn't a question so much as a statement that I had to defend for how I could still be "a serious candidate"." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my essays, read the school curriculum and research options, school website, SDN website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"New medical campus looks good and prospect of new clinical trials research introduced into the islands." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Had a rather close minded interviewer who said that I might get in because I was a woman, but that I might not because I have a similar HIGHSCHOOL as other applicants (God, I'd hope you wouldn't look at what high school I went to & determine admissions), AND that I wouldn't be able to have children (as a woman) because a joint program is SEVEN years long...(By the way, he asked me 3 times if I knew that it was that long, as if, oh gee, I had know idea...well in that case forget it?!)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The closing interview was touted as being the worst, but in fact it was the best and the Assoc. Dean was very friendly, candid, and helpful in describing the program, future challenges, and where I stood in their consideration for admission." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Two of the interviews were questionnable...almost like saying really off-color comments to see what I would say or how I would react, but on the whole, it is my home school and would be wonderful to attend because the quality of life of the students is so good. Wow, I never thought about Quality of Life...I assumed I could HANDLE anything, but acutally totally Loving your experience would be grand!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

hnl

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/17/2004

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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