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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Cleveland
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Why medicine, why Case, why Cleveland. " Report Response

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

"What research interests do you have? [note that this interviewer said that he rarely gets update letters; he would have known the answer to this if he'd gotten it]" Report Response

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

"What would make you come here?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What kinds of things worked and didn't work in making you successful in those environments? [follows the question, what small-group experiences do you have? to which I answered lots of stuff about software management and musical groups]" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Cleveland?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"mock interview, sdn, case website, re-reading amcas" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"People in Cleveland are incredibly nice and polite. Trees around Case are really beautiful, as are the suburbs (huge, gorgeous, cheap houses). Administration's willingness to self-reflect and put investment into new, risky, wonderful curriculum. Students' virtually unanimous opinion that the ''people'' at Case are the best asset of the school. Lots of surprisingly good ethnic food. Support for any kind of research venture." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Slap-dab tour that lasted only 15 minutes with the guide saying things like, ''like, I don't know what to show you and everything.'' (he did sneak us into the (unimpressive) anatomy lab, however, which is normally off-limits to tours.) Students' virtually uniform feelings that there were kinks and frustrations with the new curriculum (most notably that 1) the first-years were frustrated with the teaching of anatomy (60% prosections), and 2) the second-years had no idea whether they were going to do well on the boards or not since they will be the first class of the new curriculum to take it.) Laptop use is required, so students all chat and facebook during lecture. Cleveland is rigidly class-segregated and provincial, and extremely car-oriented. The really ugly pit of a neighborhood that you see when you drive to Case from the airport." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"nothing, I'm glad I went." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Faculty interview and student interview have the SAME WEIGHT with the admissions committee, so take the student interview seriously. Note that faculty interview is open file but student interview is closed. My faculty interviewer loved to talk and kept me for 90+ minutes, so I wasn't able to sit in on a class. It was very interesting and conversational though (talked about treating the Amish, various books we liked, his love of coaching softball, etc.) Student interview was my favorite of all two schools I've interviewed at so far; she asked the best questions and I was able to present myself really well. Case interview day was more tiring than my previous interview; they kept us walking back and forth between conference rooms all day, which seemed odd. Weather is getting pretty cold, so come prepared." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

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?

7+ 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?

cle

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

The Alcazar

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/09/2007

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

8 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?

7 out of 10

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