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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?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why medicine?" Report Response

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

"Why **military** medicine?" Report Response

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

"What leadership qualities or experiences have prepared you for a career as a military officer?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"With your fiancee's family very much involved with military, and with your own family being entirely civilian, do you feel you were led one way or another for/against joining the military?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"i was prepared for the questions - nothing was challenging; my second interviewer (an Army Major) just probed a bit further into my motivations for medicine and military medicine in particular" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"MSAR, website, AMCAS, secondary app, student host and his classmates, SDN interview feedback" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"facilities, student satisfaction, structured everything; open-door policy of admissions folks (though many had to leave early that day); library has bunk-style carrels; apparently excellent patient simulation lab" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"curriculum is very traditional (little to no clinical exposure the first two years); likely no funding for doing research abroad (can pay your own way though); board scores are average at best; no opportunity to sit in on any classes b/c we had so many briefings by admissions folks" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"acceptance chances are closer to 65-75% if you're interviewing earlier (cited overall admissions stats are 50-some% if you interview); extensive research and clinical opportunities abroad, particularly in infectious diseases; time exists to train in operational things (airborne, shooting, etc.) the summer after 1st year; officer candidate school starts in mid-June for Army (may interfere with my wedding plans)!!!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"got to the base with students around 6 a.m. people started checking in at 7:30, and we finally got underway around 8:30. NUMEROUS briefings made by admissions staff members (too many, really), then a tour (my guide was former Army Delta Force, now class president). not much downtime during lunch, then the interviews. they are VERY low-key and low stress. just go in prepared to answer their big three questions (why med? why MILITARY med? leadership qualities?). interview format is partially open (they have access to your AMCAS and USUHS personal statements, as well as your AMCAS extracurricular activities) - it's closed in the sense that admissions already looked at your grades/MCAT and deemed you fit for an interview, so the focus here is on motivation and whether you're a " 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?

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?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/28/2006

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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