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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Cleveland
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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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 do you think about the MD thesis requirement? (I guess this scares a lot of people off, but it's really not bad. You get four months to work on it exclusively, and all they want is to make sure you understand how to go about the research process. Everyone should do something like this anyway, required or not.)" Report Response

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

"Where would you say you stand on the research spectrum, from wanting to be devoted entirely to research to wanting to be devoted entirely to the clinical aspect of medicine? (They are very into research, but they understand not everyone will devote their lives to it. In fact, they actually WANT some clinicians.)" Report Response

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

"Why medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing interesting." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Describe a challenge you have faced and how you dealt with it." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read interviewer bio, Case website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school puts a lot of emphasis on self-directed learning, especially with the new curriculum beginning next year with almost no lectures. No spoon-feeding here." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities were so-so. Basically all we got to see were the lecture halls for first and second-years and some study space. We didn't really get to see any of the hospitals (except lobbbies) or research areas." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There's a parking garage right under the medical school which is much more convenient than the one they tell you to park in." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I got there early and had a little breakfast and talked to some of the other interviewees. We got a little talk from Dr. Heneghan and then I had my faculty interview right away. My interviewer was kind of strange at first. I tried to make small talk as we walked to his office, but he seemed socially inept. As soon as we got to his office though, he spoke nonstop, which made it hard for me to get my points across. He'd often begin asking me a question, ramble until he was on a totally different topic, and then forget that he had asked me a question to begin with. He was, however, very helpful in giving me information about the school and even gave me some general advice about choosing a school and making it into the specialty of my choice. He didn't really have any questions other than to clarify some of the points from my application, so I really had to make an effort to steer the interview where I wanted it to go. We then got to sit in on some class, heard an extremely short financial aid talk, then Dr. Heneghan spoke to us again about the new curriculum. After that was the student interview, which was more relaxed, but they felt the need to remind us several times to take it seriously. Questions there were much more generic (why medicine, what do you like to do in your spare time?), but you should definitely use that time to pick at the student interviewer's brain and figure out more about the school and what they think. Overall, not too stressful (although it was my first interview, so of course I was a little anxious). The school seems great, especially if you're willing to take a lot of initiative. They're looking for people who know what they want and are passionate about doing what needs to be done to achieve your goals." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/17/2006

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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