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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Honolulu
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

3 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

How many people interviewed you?

3

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 do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"What are your backup plans?" Report Response

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

"Why Hawaii?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What makes a person "good"?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What makes a person "good"?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this website, my application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Beautiful med school facilities." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Neither interviewer read my file carefully. One didn't read it until I was in the room with him, the other interviewer didn't seem interested in me at all (her first day back from vacation). I had to drive around quite a bit for my interviews, one required me to go onto a military base." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I'd had the interview experiences that I've had since then, this was my first set of interviews. Also, third interviewer (Dr. Izutsu) is not a voting member of the ADCOM, he just advises it. The interviewers have specific categories in which they will rate you, such as appearance and desire to go into medicine. There is a PBL demonstration session held twice a year...definitely go! I went and all three of my interviewers asked me if I had done so! Sell yourself!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"All in all I don't think these went well for me, but they were good warmup for other interviews. UH has some very unique ways of doing things, such as applying a numerical score to every applicant. That means that you could be the Pope and they wouldn't look at your application with any special consideration. Dr. Izutsu explained the whole system, and I wouldn't have had a snowball's chance in hell as an out of state applicant (I have a high GPA and test scores, solid application). Of all the schools in the US this may be the one with the strictest residency policies." 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 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?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

08/09/2008

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

10 out of 10

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