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  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

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?

25 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)?

"What do you think is one of the most serious problems facing health care today?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about some part of your personality or a characteristic that may pose an issue as a medical student or doctor and how you have/would deal with it?" Report Response

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

"How do you cope with stress?/What do you do to unwind?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your favorite medically related tv show?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Both interviewers asked about a challenge or weakness I had - but it was conversational, and not difficult at all." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"School web site & SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The amazing health policy track where you could do internships in legislative and political offices, and the international opportunities (both in the international make-up of the patients (from embassies, etc.), and in opportunities abroad (35 students went abroad last year)). The Office of Student Opportunities helps match your interests up to programs, and really take advantage of the resources in D.C. I'm not interested so much in research, but there are apparently great opportunities at NIH that you can take advantage of through GWU. Also, your fourth year you only need to be at GWU for 3 months, so students match with incredible residencies by going to those hospitals during their fourth year and making connections while they do a rotation there. Also, the student body is incredibly laid back and diverse in age. They really like non-traditional students. And the new hospital and simulation lab on the top floor were very nice. Finally, the interviews were laid back and conversational, as advertised. Just be yourself - don't sweat it." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"That your first two years your schedule is pretty much 8-5pm. The lectures are on mp3, but I would prefer less lecture time. Also, D.C. is pricier than I thought (they compared housing to that of San Francisco - with a small studio near GWU at $1300). But most students move ''off campus'' one metro stop away in their third and fourth years to get more bang for their buck." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was much more impressed than I expected to be. The interview experience was friendly and laid-back, and I really think they did a good job selling the school, and making clear what type of student they're looking for. It's closed-file, so they don't know anything about you other than your name. Both of my interviewers just engaged me in a low-stress conversation about my experiences and interests. They both did ask the obligatory ''weakness'' and ''strength'' questions, but they only asked for one, and it was conversational as well. You spend the day with about 15 interviewees, and go for a tour (where you walk through the new hospital to the top floor dedicated to education (and which has the programmable simulation patients), through the library, and through two large classrooms - one where all of the students sit in pairs at large flat-screen computers looking at slides). You have lunch with the other interviewees (wraps), and first (and some second) year students stop by to chat and answer any questions you might have. They were very friendly and helpful, but definitely made it clear that you only really have 1 or 2 hours a day outside of classes & studying (can't imagine how you'd engage in other activities your first two years!). One student said that everyone is pretty laid back and friendly, but that the student body doesn't socialize as much as he'd hoped - pretty much just after exams. Overall, I found that the most impressive part was the amazingly unique international and healthcare policy opportunities that they offer and encourage students to take advantage of. That alone blew me away. With the exception of the long lecture hours, there isn't a thing I would want to change - I would be more than ecstatic to go to GWU." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

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?

DCA

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Westin Grand - 2 nights

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/14/2007

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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