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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 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)?

"What is passion? life? compassion? logic?" Report Response

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

"Describe the color red, describe physical pain" Report Response

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

"What is the difference between sympathy and empathy? What is the one thing humans possess that is essential to logic?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think of managed care?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"READ student doctor - I interviewed with the man who asked a lot of philosophical questions, so getting a little prepped ahead of time was great because I think I gave much better answers than I would have had I walked into it blindly." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Tufts is a lovely school and they really seem to care about their students and their applicants! Their financial aid presentation was incredibly comprehensive, which is particularly important for Tufts because they don't have a lot of scholarship funds. They have a wonderful curriculum with a lot of options for clinical shadowing during your first year as well as community service opportunities at their free clinic. Students spend the first semester with molecular bio and biostastistics along with other stuff and only in the second semester do you actually have gross anatomy so that you get a little time to adjust to med school without feeling so overwhelmed right from the beginning. Tufts also has excellent teaching hospitals - this is really a great place to go if you want to specialize since they have everything and they encourage you to explore. The interview in itself was also pretty nice. It's a little stressful because you are in a room and people are constantly mulling around waiting to be called for interviews or tours so you sometimes feel you can't fully pay attention to the med students you're talking to because you're paranoid someone is calling your name and you can't hear because of the shuffle. I was also very impressed by the number of Tufts students who came to talk with us. They are very happy and when I asked what they liked the least most only said that the tuition is really high. I have to say Tufts is the ONLY med school where I've actually talked with a 4th year med student and gotten his perspective after his time at Tufts and how it helped prepare him for the match/boards etc. Usually you only get the freshman, maybe sophomore, perspective - so it was nice to see that upper level students do have time at tufts and care enough about the school to talk to the applicants. Tufts also makes the university really nice for its student - a very nice lounge and they have a cafe in the library, which makes it feel very social. Boston is also an AMAZING city to live in! There are so many things to do and lots of young people so its very fresh and vibrant. Tufts is located right in the middle of Chinatown, and so easily connected to the rest of the city with the T or the bus. Most students decide to live in apartments and Tufts has a housing coordinator to help new people to Boston find roommates and places, which is VERY important since the city is expensive and you don't want to get a dodgy roommate b/c you don't know anyone!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tuition is very high, it's possible you may need a car for your 3-4th years because you may be rotating at a hospital further away (rotations are random lottery number - so if you're at the bottom you could end up in Maine), applicants interviewing now won't hear until early-mid May, which is annoying because I hate waiting." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They provide juice for breakfast, but nothing to eat, so don't come with an empty stomach. Lunch is very nice though, so don't worry there - and they'll have enough for seconds. Very nice sandwiches for the vegetarians too!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Interviewing at Tufts is a pleasure. I really hope Dr. Sarno talks to all of you because he is HILARIOUS! He also gives you all the "stats" on how med schools operate and Tufts is amazing in the respect that they don't front-load their class with fall applicants so that people interviewing in April still have the same chance as those who interviewed in October, rather than other schools where you're interviewing for the wait-list at best. All the presentations (fin aid, dual-degree, curriculum,) were extremely informative and helpful. They take up most of the morning and in the afternoon you chill with applicants and med students and wait to be called for interviews/tours. Dr. Sarno said that you shouldn't worry if you're interview is very short - sometimes the school just knows you're perfect and they don't see the need in dragging the interview out because they know they want you - so short doesn't equal bad! The other applicants are also great to talk to - it's really like a nice big meeting, so no stress and no competition!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/15/2005

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

9 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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