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  • Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hanover
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?

9 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?

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)?

"How did you get to medicine (after I asked about how the researcher got to research)" Report Response

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

"Why Dartmouth (after I asked the MSII interview why she chose dartmouth)" Report Response

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

"And how's life in California (because she is from California and that is where I am from) and how's life in NYC (because that's where i live now)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"None really. I interviewed with a PhD and a second year medical student on the admissions committee. Some of my interviewers had two doctors however. My PhD interviewer seemed to lack the social prowess as most people in lab research do, and it was really up to me to take direction of the interview and ask questions. We ended up talking about her research, her children, my community work. The only question she asked was why I wanted to go into medicine (which followed up my question to why she wanted to do research. My MSII interview was very chill and it was more or less a conversation on common experiences (non-medicine and medicine related). We didn't really talk about anything on my applications in either interview, but my interviewer did compliment me on my personal essay." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Dartmouth from the MSII. Not a very hard question in general but Dartmouth is unique and it takes a certain type of student to go there. It is a small campus" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I didn't really need to prepare at all since nothing was asked from my AMCAS. I read my PhD's resume but the only part of it I used was to talk about her home town and my hometown. I also read my interviewers research poster which was posted outside her door. That sparked her up and got her in a good mood for the rest of the interview." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The hospital is amazing. It is not a traditional dark drabby place. It is well lit with big windows and open spaces. It is more or less like a mall. There are no intercoms at the hospital, and there is art work hanging on the wall. Someone also started to play some jazz standards on the piano which could be heard throughout most of the hospital. I was also impressed by the attention that the staff and admissions people paid to us. It seemed as if they wanted us there as much as we wanted to get in." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There is lack of ethnic diversity in the hanover area. However, they say there is socioeconomic diversity. Also, the clerkships in the 3rd and 4th years allow you to go to various places throughout the country and internationally so you can still see a diverse patient population by going to DMS." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It's cold in NH, seriously (but I guess I already knew that) Also, I wish I had brought along my snow boarding gear as my student host invited me out to the Dartmouth ski place. I also wish I had know that the last tour of the day was optional and had planned my travel according to that. Instead of leaving after my interview, I had to wait until the next morning." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, DMS is a great school and I got a very good gut impression from it. The major pluses are the stunning ''House-MD-like'' hospital facilities (new, big, mall like space concept), the small class size about 80 or so, and the very nice and collegial people there. The negatives are the lack of diversity in the lebanon area and you have to be able to find things to do at DMS because it is a small town. Other that, it is a great place to go to school and if I get accepted, I'd probably go." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

LEB

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/25/2006

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?

6 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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