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  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • New Orleans
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

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?

3

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 Tulane? Have you been to New Orleans before? What have you done while here? <---You will definitely be asked all three questions. If possible, I recommend coming early the day before your interview and visiting sites in the area (or looking up things you'd like to do if this isn't possible). Be able to vocalize why you want to be at Tulane - it is a very unique school in a unique city, and as such, I feel that the school is looking for a particular type of unique student to fit into both." Report Response

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

"What are/were your ECs? Community service? <--- also a garuanteed question. Just know what you've done. I'd say most Tulane med students are involved in at least 3-4 ECs, most of which are community service, ranging from improving the city through sports or health or arts and music." Report Response

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

"What are your hobbies? <--- will also be asked. They want to make sure you're not the type to study 24/7 - that you have an engaging life outside of school." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"In all my interviews, we went on really interesting, seemingly random tangents. But I do that in normal conversation all the time, and since it really was a conversational interview, it doesn't surprise me this happened. Gee, I hope it doesn't hurt me :/" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Say you got in at SOM X that was cheaper or offered you more money, how would you decide where to commit? (in one way or another, this was asked in both faculty interviews)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I did a lot. Used this site. Stayed up-to-date with the news, especially as it pertains to health care and medicine. Read up on health care in the US and medical ethics. Reviewed my AMCAS and the secondary I submitted for them. Tested my answers out in the shower. Etc. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nearly everything. The administration is highly responsive to their students. The student body is nice, happy, supportive, involved. T2s even had an exam that week, and they all looked relaxed and happy...like normal (read: non pre-med) people. There's a marvelous new simulation center used to train in. There's also a multimillion dollar building donated to the med schools, primarily used by T2s, right next to the Superdome. As a Northerner, I'm used to the fast-paced life, but I must say, I could really get use to the slower enjoyment of life down there. My interviewers all seemed like not only were they tops in their respective fields, but also people with diverse life experiences and deep interests in various activities. I even liked my fellow interviewees! I think this is a really great first interview to have. I couldn't have scripted a better first interview day." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Only two things: 1) the humidity, but there's not much you can do about that. 2) the low percentage of URMs they currently have enrolled. However, they are aware of it and seem concerned about it, and trying to get more URM applicants they accept to actually commit. Props to them. (turning this into a positive) The administration seems very responsive to the wants and needs of the student body, in all regards." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How laid back the whole day was going to be. I was a nervous wreck from the moment I received the interview invite until interview day. In reality, the entire interview day is about who you are as a person and what you are interested in. I unnecessarily did not breathe for 3 weeks. lol" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I will be very hurt if I do not get into this school. I'm not one to say I have a "top choice," but after visiting, Tulane SOM is the closest thing to a top choice in anything I've ever had to chose from :) I love the school, the people, the city, and the unified effort to help restore this legendary city. " 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 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?

MSY

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

recommend staying with Students

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/21/2009

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?

8 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?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Maybe allotting an extra 10 min between interviews. Mine were far apart and ran over = run! lol" Report Response

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