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  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Georgetown?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed application, SDN feedback" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school's willingness to consider student opinion w/r/t curriculum" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school's sensitivity to negative feedback on SDN" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I would have liked to know more about the Georgetown/DC area before visiting. I liked the campus and its surroundings, but wasn't certain I could see myself living in DC full-time." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I came into the interview day with a pretty open mind -- I knew the school was Catholic, but Georgetown has a reputation for being the "Un-Catholic" Catholic school. I thought it was interesting how much of their informational presentation centered around their Catholicism (and mostly around assuaging the worries of Non-Catholics). They also came across as very sensitive to what people have written here on this site. I think they mentioned it 4 times, and were very quick to point out the inaccuracies of people's comments. I felt this was unecessary (I don't think the school should feel the need to defend itself against someone who comes to interview at a Catholic school and then complains about the presence of crosses on the wall), and overly reactionary. Also, as a Catholic, I felt that the school was overly eager to cater to and make non-Catholics welcome, to the point of making me feel apprehensive about how I, a Catholic, would be received. They spoke at length about all of the opportunities for peoples of other faiths -- prayer services for Muslims and Jews, fellowship groups for Protestants -- and then just stopped. They didn't say a thing about the opportunities for Catholics (maybe those are supposed to be obvious, but it seemed really odd). I'm not saying that other faiths shouldn't be welcome at Georgetown, just that they shifted so far to the other extreme in their presentation that they actually made me feel less welcome as a Catholic. I also felt like they were continually apologetic for their Catholic principles, providing excuses, disclaimers, and loopholes for their policies on Abortion/Euthanasia/Stem-cell research. On a last note, I feel the need to discuss the specific comments about this website. Specifically, I felt like Mrs. Sullivan's challenge (to sign my name on this feedback) was out of line. Whether Georgetown likes it or not (and I suspect they'd like it a lot more if people didn't keep saying negative things about them), this site provides a valuable and widely-used resource to applicants, and anonymity is an important part of people's ability to write honestly. On this site I've tried to be fair, but haven't been blindly positive, in all of my feedback -- if I was signing my name on every posting I'd be concerned that I would jeopardize my chances of admission based on the slightest of negative comments. I also think it interesting that Georgetown claims to so highly value the opinions of its students, yet they shrink from any criticism on this forum. Rather than defend themselves rabidly against any and all criticism, they should simply ignore the unmerited criticisms (the aforementioned complaint about crosses) and take to heart the merited ones. While anonymous forums are not a completely reliable indicator, the fact that nearly every other post on this site is negative suggests that Georgetown's interview day needs improvement. While I'm not going to sign my name here, as a compromise to Mrs. Sullivan (who, aside from her complaints about this site, I very much liked), I will post a link to this feedback on my (easily identifiable) MDapplicants profile at the conclusion of the application season. I don't feel comfortable posting my name on this open forum, but if the people at Georgetown would like to know who I am, they will be able to find that information out in the near future with a little bit of digging. I also hope that those at Georgetown who read this site recognize that my relatively negative feedback here does not indicate a lack of interest in the school -- I am maintaining an active application and can separate my negative feelings about how the interview was handled from all the positive things I have read/heard/seen about the school." 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?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2006

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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