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  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

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

"Why didn't you enroll in a Postbac program?" Report Response

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

"How do your experiences prepare you for Medical School?" Report Response

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

"What should I tell the committee on your behalf?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could take anyone out to dinner to talk to (God, Ghandi, your Mom, anyone), who would it be and why? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about yourself (only because it was in the middle of the interview and came out of no where)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I heard horror stories, both from friends and read it on SDN about the down time, waiting and general lack of organization by the admissions staff. This was not the case at all. The day was scheduled to the minute and the staff stuck to that schedule like glue. I enjoyed lunch with the other prospective students they seemed really well put together. The library is a beautiful facility. The school is located in a cultural mecca. I liked the standardized laptops everyone received. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Howard is an older school, the facilities were less than top notch. I feel there were some questions that were danced around. Howards USMLE 1st time pass rate was low (80%)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Just how busy and full the interview day was, I was exhausted by two o'clock." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was less than thrilled by my interview experience. A student actually changed the interviewer at the last minute (that was a little disconcerting and less than professional in my opinion). I was lectured about my life/career choices by a man who hadn't even read my application. I was snickered at when I brought up the fact that my experiences (I'm older than the average student) may have prepared me a little more than other students. His response: I'll make sure to tell the comittee you think you are better than the other students because you are more mature. This type of response was between his answering the phone and doing other things. I was truly disappointed to get this type of interview from a fellow professional." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/14/2006

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

6 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?

10 out of 10

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