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"Define success (last interviewer only)"
"Do you think you would enjoy living in New Orleans?"
"Tell me about the upwards trend in your transcript grades?"
"What is professionalism?"
"In 25 years, looking back on your medical career, how would you determine if you had been successful?"
"What is the number one reason you want to be a doctor?"
"What do you think leadership is and how have you demonstrated it?"
"What are your concerns about medical school?"
"Give me 3 adjectives to describe yourself"
"What support system will you have (all three)"
"Tell me about ______. (EC)"
"Why medicine? (All 3)"
"If you were accepted to all schools you applied to what would be the deciding factor on where you choose to go."
"What is one strength and one weakness of yours?"
"What is a leader / Ex's of leadership"
"Describe XXX research experience. "
"Explain your withdrawals as an undergraduate."
"What made you interested in Medicine?"
"Give an example of your leadership experience."
"tell me about yourself"
"why medicine of all things"
"Why medicine? (One interviewer asked ''why medicine of all things.'')"
"why did you decide to go into medicine?"
"Is your father proud of you?"
"What would you say is your best cognitive ability, and what is your best non-cognitive ability?"
"What do you like to do for fun?- hopefully its something interesting b/c i do and they all got a kick out of it. I think it made me stand out"
"Why do you want to move to New Orleans?"
"why are you interested in preventive medicine/peds?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Why LSU NO- Since you are from California why Louisiana?"
"What will you do if you don't get in this year?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Would you come here over the other schools you applied to? Why?"
"Why were your grades low your freshman year?"
"Give me three words to describe yourself."
"Tell me about your hobbies."
"all three -- why medicine? and what are your hobbies?"
"Have you read any books lately?"
"Give examples of leadership, citizenship, medical experience?"
"blind interview - describe yourself and what you've been doing since your kast interview. ask them questions of what they want to hear, it helps a lot. also, prepare for this question before hand."
"Describe how u have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and community service."
"Tell me what are your hobbies and what you do in order to relax. Also include what you and your wife do together for hobbies, relaxation."
"Who do you turn to for emotional/financial/educational support?"
"What are your hobbies? Do you hunt/play golf weekly? "
"Do you have any regrets?"
"Do you feel you are a leader?"
"Why did you choose medicine? What first drew you to medicine? Why do you want to be a doctor? (all 3 asked about this)"
"What other schools did you apply to?"
"Where else have you applied?"
"Why do you want to leave your career to pursue medicine?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"Tell me about your leadership roles and how you helped others through these positions?"
"What type of physician would you like to become?"
"Why did you start as a History Major? Why did you transfer? Who has influenced you in your decision to pursue medicine? Do they have a lot of religious instruction at your school?"
"Tell me about yourself (in the one blind interview)."
"Give examples of leadership, citizenship, and scholarship. (from the blind interview)"
"Tell me your hobbies?"
"What is your favorite movie"
"What do you feel is a difficulty that you will face as a practicing doctor today?"
"Tell me about your activities at work (I'm a full-time Medical Assistant to an Orthopedic Surgeon)."
"both of the open interviewers asked about my research"
"Tell me about yourself starting with kindergarten."
"What have you been doing the past year since you graduated?"
"What is your support system?"
"How did you arrive at your decision to apply to med school?"
"Tell me about your trip to Ukraine."
"why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Define professionalism (last interviewer only)"
"Why do you think you didn't get accepted last year?"
"What is success?"
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"Tell me about your research experience here?"
"Why are you interested in LSU?"
"You take the first anatomy exam next year and fail. What would you do?"
"What activities you do outside of school?"
"What is something you are proud of?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Whats one thing I should know about you?"
"What is professionalism?"
"What is a professional?"
"Why medicine of all things?"
"How do you think your volunteer work and experience in the medical field have reconfirmed your desire to become a doctor?"
"What do you like about NO?"
"What do you do for fun (all three)"
"What kinds of leadership have you had"
"Tell me about a leadership role"
"Tell me about your leadership roles."
"What do you do for fun? (All 3)"
"What kind of leadership do you have?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"General questions about volunteer, clinical, research, and leadership experience, and why I'm interested in medicine."
"What is your hobby?"
"Why this school?"
"Tell me how you have been a leader in the past."
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What area of medicine are you interested in? "
"what do you do to keep yourself in shape"
"What do you like to do recreational/in your free time?"
"what do you love about new orleans?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why New Orleans?"
"What three people, living or dead (no relatives) would you invite to dinner, and what would you ask them?"
"who are your favorite authors/books?"
"they asked specifics about activities listed on amcas app."
"What are your hobbies?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"What qualities do you feel makes a good physician?"
"They just asked me specifics about my volunteering"
"What leadership experience do you have?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Why do you want to be an MD?"
"Have you ever seen the movie "The Doctor"?"
"Describe your leadership skills."
"blind interviewer wanted to know my cum. gpa and science gpa -- i didn't know the combined gpas from both undergrad schools i attended"
"Would you be interested in an MD/PhD?"
"Strengths and Weaknesses?"
"what is one regret or mistake you have made?"
"What are your strenghts and weaknesses?"
"What is the one concern you have about entering medical school?"
"What would you bring to the incoming class? "
"In 2-3 sentences, what do you want me to tell the AC on your behalf?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"Why didn't you apply early decision?"
"What is one issue facing the medical community?"
"What are current problems in the health field?"
"What do you plan to do if you don't get accepted this time?"
"What have you been doing during your year off?"
"Do you feel like you are disciplined?"
"What do you think is medicine's greatest challenge in the next few years?"
"Tell me the biggest challenges you will face during med school and afterwards in life?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"If you could pick any med school in the country, right now, which would it be? What do you know about LSU-NO?"
"What do you think is the biggest strength in your application?"
"what is one strenght and one weakness"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Who do you lean on when you are down?"
"What do you think is important in patient-doctor interactions?"
"If you get into LSU and Tulane, why would you choose LSU over Tulane?"
"What methods did you use to raise your MCAT score 6 points?"
"if you could not be a doctor, what would you do"
"Any favorite hobbies?"
"Why was your MCAT score so low?"
"What leadership experiences have you had? Why is that important?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Tell me about yourself. (The blind interview)"
"what books have you read lately?"
"Why did you drop molecular genetics?"
"What defines professionalism from the aspect of a Doctor?/Is professionalism important for Doctors?"
"Tell me more about your research experience?"
"What is the most important quality a physician should have?"
"What do you do to handle stress?"
"Could you see yourself at LSU?"
"How do you relieve stress?"
"How do you achieve success?"
"What other interests do you have?"
"What are your two greatest accomplishments?"
"Tell me about your support system?"
"What's one of the most creative things you've ever done?"
"What has been your most meaningful experience in medicine?"
"Who do you lean on for support?"
"What will be your support system?"
"Tell me about your extracurriculars."
"Can you give an example of something you've done that defines what it means to show compassion?"
"Why didnt you apply to Tulane (since I went for undergrad and grad school there) and yes, all three asked me that."
"What kind of support system do you have"
"What support system will you have?"
"What are you proud of? (All 3)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years"
"What leadership experiences have you had?"
"So tell me a little about yourself (asked by blind interviewer)."
"What other schools did you applied to?"
"Why the MD/PhD?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Questions about my volunteer experience"
"what will you do if you don't get in this year?"
"How have you affected the community in a non-leadership role?"
"What do your parents do? "
"how do you plan to pay for medical school"
"How have you acted as a leader?"
"what do you like to do for fun?"
"Name 1 strength and 1 weakness."
"What have you read lately?"
"What do you like to do during your free time?"
"If you couldn't be a doctor, what else would you do?"
"How are you a leader?"
"What area of medicine interests you the most?"
"Tell me more about your research/clinical experience."
"why do you want to work with a certain cohort of patients (mainly low income african americans)?"
"What if you are accepted to LSUHSC in Shreveport and New Orleans?"
"Would you be interested in the MD/PhD program? "
"Hobbies. (I talked for about 20 minutes about the history channel with Dr. Estrada)"
"Have you had any clinical experiences? Do you know that medicine is right for you? Why medicine?"
"Tell me about your medical work experience."
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"What are your concerns? (over and over again, I think due ot the Hurricane crap)"
"Why would you come here over other schools if you're accepted elsewhere?"
"Tell me about where you are from and if you want to go back there to practice medicine."
"why does your last name sound familiar?"
"ALL of them why I wanted to be a doctor"
"Where else did you apply, why did you apply to lsu and those schools?"
"why a doctor? why not a nurse or other medical position? "
"What on your application would stand out both positively and negatively when compared to the other applicants?"
"What do you think will be different in the way you will practice medicine from how your father's era practiced medicine?"
"Of course; why do you wanna be a doctor?"
"Best/worst quality? What about your research? What'd you do in the ER?"
"Who was your favorite professor?"
"Where else did you apply?"
"Does everybody at your school get a 4.0?"
"WHY MAJOR IN WHAT U DID (NON-SCIENCE)"
"Who do you turn to for emotion/financial/educational support?"
"Let's say you have an 8-year-old patient to whom you've grown very close and he dies on the operating table during all-night surgery. How do you tell the family? Next, how do you deal with it personally?"
"What do you do to relax and relieve stress?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What are your greatest accomplishment in life? Why is it important for doctors to be great leaders and connect with people?"
"Tell me about yourself/family."
"What schools did you apply to? GPA and MCAT? What are your hobbies?(blind interview)"
"What do you bring to the table in medical school/a career as a physician?"
"what non-school books have you read? (asked at all three interviews)"
"What is your most significant volunteer experience?"
"Who is your role model?"
"What qualities do you have that you think will make you a successful physician?"
"What are some times where you displayed leadership qualities? "
"what do you do in your spare time"
"What are your hobbies?"
"Do you read often?"
"Tell me about your research experiences?"
"What will be difficult for you in adapting to medical school?"
"Do you think you can handle the workload of a med student?"
"What is your GPA? MCAT? "
"what do you do for fun?"
"If you could be any office supply, what would you be and why?"
"How have you demonstrated leadership?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What would I be doing if I wasn't a doctor?"
"What would you do if you failed the first anatomy exam next year?"
"If you could be anything other than a doctor, what would you be?"
"What did you learn today? (they wanted to know specifics)"
"Why is Bruce Lee one of your role models?"
"What, outside of medicine, do you hope to accomplish in the next 10 years?"
"If you could be anything in the kitchen, what would it be?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"In 25 years, looking back on your medical career, how would you determine if you had been successful?"
"What do I need to know about you?"
"How woud you tell a patient that you had made a mistake with them?"
"What did you learn about yourself while shadowing?"
"They were all pretty tame."
"What is compassion? Empathy? Sympathy? Difference between compassion and empathy?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Who's life have you had the greatest affect on? (the interviewer specified a positive affect...which I thought was funny)"
"What qualities should a physician have? "
"What do you think will be the biggest challenges as a medical school student? as a physician?"
"What are your biggest concerns about going into medicine?"
"Interviewer told me about being a great doctor"
"If you were accepted to all schools that you applied to what would be the deciding factor on what school you chose to attend"
"Tell me a quality that you think a leader should possess. (he was really cool about it, and told me to make sure I picked one that I could relate to myself so that he would have some good material for presenting me to the committee)"
"What was the last movie you saw? book you read? hobbies?"
"What happens if you get into another school you applied to. "
"What was a difficulty you encountered in your research. "
"Who is your role model?"
"What qualities should a great physician possess and why?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Run of the mill questions."
"Pretend that I was my best friend and talk about myself in the third person."
"describe an instance where you made a positive difference/impacted someone else's life"
"how do you feel about going to medical school in New Orleans"
"All the questions were basic ''why this'' interview questions."
"When I speak with the admissions committee, what do you want me to say about you?"
"Have you ever had to overcome tragedy?"
"How would your friend's describe you?"
"Who do you consider to be your role model and Why?"
"If you could change one characteristic about yourself, what would it be and why?"
"None were really interesting. I actually got asked about the same exact questions in all 3 interviews"
"How can you contribute to the rebuilding of New Orleans?"
"How are you a leader?"
"questions pertaining to my love of literature."
"do you want to come here?"
"If you could meet anyone, who would it be"
"What do you see your career 20 years from now? Do you know what kind of medicine you will be practicing? "
"What was it like growing up on a farm?"
"There wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Alot of questions came from my application, they just wanted me to elaborate on some of my extracurrics. "
"If you had a month free of responsibilities, what would you do?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experience."
"What book are you currently reading?"
"what 3 people would you bring with you to a deserted island?"
"How did you become a personal trainer? What do you do with it?"
"If medicine did not exist, what would you do in life? "
"what was the worst class you took at LSU? and which was your favorite?"
"If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would u choose?"
"What are the obstacles preventing medical students from becoming successful?"
"Based on what you learned from your own medical experience (as a long-term patient, post-surgery) what would you do differently from what your own physicians did in terms of care after you were discharged?"
"What about your application is average?"
"Are you pursuing a career in medicine because it's what you want or because people said you couldn't? (I had a 2.6 undergrad GPA)"
"Are you related to so and so?"
"Who do you have on your fantasy football team?"
"What would your friends say about you behind your back?"
"How did you jump six points on your MCAT?"
"What is your favorite work of classical literature?"
"What section of the newspaper do you flip to first?"
"Tell me of a time when you emphathized with someone. "
"What was it like growing up in your house?"
"Tell me about this dog you babysat for?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10, 15 years? Where does your husband work?"
"What has prevented you from getting a 4.0? (I dunno, Fate?)"
"Who do you turn to for economic/emotional/academic support?"
"If you were on a sailboat that was sinking and you knew you could swim to an island, what 2 books would you take with you?"
"So, do you want to be an Orthopedic Surgeon just like your dad?"
"Tell me about your email address."
"You're from a small town. Can you handle living in a big city?"
"What is a minor? I was confused by this question. "
"Being a third-time applicant, I was asked mainly about the things that I have done since my last application to this school. "
"nothing really out of the ordinary"
"What is your greatest accomplishment?; What would you be if you were not a doctor?"
"what do you think your chances are of getting in?"
"if you could have your own magazine, what would you call it and what would the content be?"
"Why do you want to practice medicine, I responded, than he said answer again to bypass my rehearsed answer."
"What do you think are the qualities that you have that will contribute to your career as a doctor?"
"Did you study for the MCAT?"
"What do you think will be the hardest thing about medical school for you?"
"Tell me why I should accept you , what makes you as an applicant stand out?"
"why new orleans?"
"Of the things in your application, what are you the most proud of?"
"Why didn't you want to become a dentist?"
"What is your biggest weakness?"
"What would you do if you harmed someone as a physician?"
"What is a weakness of yours?"
"It wasn't too difficult, but one question was about the Healthcare Act. Nothing too specific, basically if I read it."
"Explain the withdrawals on your transcript."
"What is something that you've had to overcome in your journey to medicine? (ex: parents' influence, school problems, etc)"
"What is professionalism?"
""Tell me why we should want you.""
"Compare and contrast question"
"Why did you decide to change careers and go into medicine?"
"Explaining a period of poor grades"
"None really...I felt pretty well prepared for the questions they threw at me. Be prepared to ask them a question at the end. The interviewers seemed eager and excited to answer my questions."
"How many schools you have applied to? I thought that was a bit odd...nevertheless, I answered it honestly."
"what has been your most defining moment?"
"If you could change anything about the school what would you change"
"What do you think are the positive/negative experiences about medical school? about being a doctor?"
"What are you most proud of?"
"Why weren't you involved in more school-related extracurriculars?"
"Tell me your story. (I feel like it's so vague that it's kind of hard to answer)"
"What was your most difficult experience and how did you handle it? (only because I get a little upset talking about it, but my interviewer understood)"
"Give examples of Leadership (except after I gave a good example, the interviewer said, ''What else'' and after I gave a 2nd example the interviewer said, ''Anything else'' - so basically have multiple examples prepared.)"
"How would your research and clinical interests coincide?"
"Go through your undergraduate career and from the beginning and tell me how you came to be where you are today."
"Give me one negative quality about yourself (always answer this question with a characteristic which could also be considered positive)"
"Outline your work history since undergraduate school and the start of your graduate school"
"Not really any difficult questions. No games, just a good ol' fashion interview."
"No difficult questions. They did not give me hard time at all, but this was not everyone's experience. Some people looked like they had been put through the ringer."
"What other careers have I thought about."
"honestly, it was ''why medicine.'' I had my prepared answer for it but in the heat of the moment I gave a long-winded, random answer."
"I was asked about a paper I wrote my sophomore year of college that was in a confidential recommendation. I didnt know that my professor even included that."
"Give an example of how your leadership has affected your community."
"They were all pretty basic questions."
"Give me an example of how your leadership positively affected the community."
"Name one specific instance where you were a leader."
"What would you say is your best cognitive ability, and what is your best non-cognitive ability?"
"what type of a leader are you?"
"What is your greatest strength and weakness"
"You completed your undergrad work several years ago. What makes you think you'll easily switch gears back into ''study mode?''"
"why medicine over other possible careers?"
"what would you do if you couldn't do anything in medicine (can't be a doctor or nurse)?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years"
"nothing too hard"
"Describe your self in 1 adjective."
"Why medicine? I prepared an answer for this, but when time came I kinda fumbled my words a bit. I would suggest practicing the answer to this question out loud."
"None of them were difficult."
"What would you want me to say about you to the commitee?"
"Why haven't you interned with a female physician?"
"Why don't you want to go into some other area of healthcare? or What would you do if you could not be a doctor?"
"Tell me why you decided to leave your career to pursue medicine."
"right after the question "what accomplishment are you most proud of", i was asked "what thing/event in your life are you least proud of?""
"What would your friends say about you entering medicine?"
"What would your friends say are your strengths or weaknesses?"
"explain youself in 2-3 sentences. "
"In a minority community, what do u think is the biggest health problem? How would u fix it?"
"When your name is brought up at the AdCom Meeting, what should I tell them about you?"
"Summarize in 2 or 3 sentences what I should present to the entire committee on your behalf. This was difficult for me because I have trained myself to elaborate on what I think are my assets, credentials, etc. It can be surprisingly difficult to succinctly characterize oneself as a candidate who is better qualified than the other (very qualified) applicants in the office. In giving my response I was told twice "Too long!" So, be prepared. Even if you're not asked, it's a good exercise."
"What do yo think of faith healing?"
"Why are you a leader? How do you deal with stress? -Generic and expected but still ambiguous in my opinion."
"Give me an example of a time you acted as a leader"
"Why are you a leader?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What are the most important issues in health care practice today?"
"Two: Based on what you know about what it takes to be a good physician, what do you still need to work on? What will you do for a career if med-school just isn't going to happen for you, ever? "
"What is your leadership style?"
"No difficult questions even in the open interviews. They just really wanted to get to know you better."
"What, as a young person, do you find discomforting about practicing medicine?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"the question above was the only one i had other than the easy: what are your hobbies, what books have you read, etc."
"Not really any--all were standard questions that I expected in some form or another."
"All questions were relatively basic. No really hard questions."
"What do you think will be the most difficult thing for you in medical school? In practicing medicine?"
"Do you know the genetics couselors in this state, personally?"
"What was your greatest accomplishment? Also was asked to "Give me examples that show me that you understand communication between doctors and patients""
"In my one closed file interview I was asked to describe myself starting with Kindergarten. The interviewer also asked my how I would handle being married and being in medical school."
"what are 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses?"
"no hard questions, really."
"why medicine? by the dean of admissions"
"Who is your favorite psychologist?"
"What are your hobbies?(seriously, the questions were all relaxed and easy to answer)"
"How did your past experience abroad change you?"
"Same as above."
"Mock interview/Question preparation"
"SDN, practice interviews"
"SDN, mock interviews"
"mock interview, SDN"
"SDN interview feedback, mocking interviews with family."
"Mock with friends, SDN interview feedback"
"I went over my personal statement and questions on Student Doctor Network here."
"My husband asked me the SDN questions in a "real" interview environment."
"interview feedback, read up on AMCAS and PS"
"I talked with some friends who had interviewed previously."
"Had my significant other ask me questions and be brutally honest with me about my responses."
"Looked up past questions and practiced answering them free-form."
"Practice interviews with common questions"
"ALOT of soul-searching, SDN, looked up commonly asked Med School Interview Questions, read up on current issues in Healthcare, made an outline of important things to bring up during the interview, read the school's catalogue, spoke with med students, mock interview the night before"
"Prepared answers to potential questions by looking at this page I am now contributing to."
"went over common questions, my application and met with friends who have been through the process"
"SDN, reviewed application,CV"
"I had a mock interview the friday before, and read and answered the questions posted on SDN the night before."
"Looked over common questions."
"Briefly looked over application. Read some SDN feedback. Talked to my boss about possible questions."
"SDN feedback, mock interview"
"SDN and read over application"
"Went over my application and the questions from this website- they really covered everything I got asked."
"this website, AMCAS and secondaries, practice interview"
"SDN, AMCAS app, my research publications"
"Studentdoctor.net, reading my app"
"SDN, AMCAS, Secondary"
"Read over AMCAS. secondary, websites"
"SDN, AMCAS essay, secondary essay"
"Looked over AMCAS, secondary. I wanted to be as candid as possible, so I did not rehearse questions."
"I reviewed my aamcas, secondary, and stage 2 questionaire. Don't bother trying to read every copy of newsweek, because they do not ask you the ''cureent events'' type questions."
"Didn't prepare. Be yourself."
"read LSU website, AMCAS application"
"sdn, read over my amcas application, read up about the school and talked to current students."
"AMCAS, Secondary, SDN, School website"
"by talking to current students"
"this website, read over resume and AMCAS"
"Review AMCAS and secondary"
"Read over my AMCAS. Compiled and printed all relevant questions from SDN Feedback and wrote out brief sketches of answers. But don't stress, ok?!"
"SDN, Review Application"
"by not worrying about it"
"practice interviews, read over application"
"Went over common questions asked in interviews, sdn"
"I've been on several other interviews (with one acceptance), so I went based on previous experience. I also reviewed my AMCAS and secondary application. "
"read application, mock interview, brushed up on facts about the school"
"reviewed amcas app, secondary, school website, sdn"
"Read amcas app, sdn, wrote out prepared answers to possible questions"
"Read secondary, AMCAS and the school website."
"read over my application"
"This site, read amcas, read secondary"
"Read over my AMCAS and secondaries, I asked a friend who is a doctor what were some current issues he was facing as a physician."
"Read over my applications (amcas and secondary)"
"I reviewed my own application and caught up on some recent medical ethics topics. I knew myself and acted accordingly."
"SDN, looked over my application, had a doctor that I work with ask me questions."
"SDN, Mock interview, re-read AMCAS, looked up ethical questions online"
"SDN, Website, reviewed AMCAS and all of my applications/essays"
"I looked on my school's career services website for practice questions."
"read questions on SDN; re-read AMCAS and 2ndary application. practiced some of the "harder" interview questions w/ my brother"
"Read SDN, read over the website, talked to current students there and to friends who already interviewed, read over application, prepared a portfolio, prepared some questions to ask them"
"Read feedback, school website"
"went over the questions on this website and talked to my parents and friends about possible answers. i avoided anything that could possibly stress me out the night before and the day of the interview. i relaxed and went out to dinner."
"read over amcas and lsu secondary, lsu-no website, sdn"
"SDN, school's website, read over application"
"SDN, lots of Google searches for lists of generic medical school interview questions, advice. I re-read my personal statement and made certain that I knew important dates and the chronology of work and volunteer positions. I wrote out answers to all questions I thought likely to be asked. My best preparation came from writing out and practicing the details of my biography, which is essentially what the blind interview consists of. Be able to summarize yourself in 15-20 minutes, highlighting education, important events throughout your life, development of goals and how you were able to achieve them (or not.) List one or two of your major accomplishments, one or two of your shortcomings and how you were able to recover from them, how you were ablew to turn a negative into a positive. I found it important to know what I wanted to say in outline form only. The interviewer doesn't want a canned or overly rehearsed answer...make your answers and your stories seem conversant. This is especially good advice, I think, at LSU-NO, where the interviews are more informal and conversation-like."
"SDN, Reviewed basic questions"
"SDN, shined my shoes."
"Looked at this website"
"Looked over website, read MSAR, talked with other students."
"Read information on the school, read current news regarding medicine, mock interviews, prayed"
"website, review sample questions"
"SDN, NEWS ARTICLES, BOOKS, MENTALLY PREPARED SOME RESPONSES AND TRIED TO SOUND NATURAL"
"Read this site, read common interview questions, looked over secondary."
"Read this site (found it very helpful); talked to first, second, and fourth year students that i know at the school about their interview experiences and overall experiences at the school so far; self-reflection; read the newspaper; review AMCAS! (I got tripped up remembering my MCAT scores)"
"I stayed informed about current issues facing medicine as well as perused the LSUHC website."
"Read these reviews, reviewed my amcas application"
"Amcas, a few secondaries"
"I read interview feedback on the SDN, read newpapers, watched CNN daily, and mostly prayed."
"Reread my AMCAS, used interview feedback, talked to other applicants."
"LSU website, this site, prepared for the standard questions"
"looked at the feedback here. you should re-read your personal statement, I was asked about that and had no idea what i had written about."
"considered how to approach standard interview questions, reviewed my research, looked over my AMCAS application, thought about questions to ask the interviewer about LSU"
"Read this website, the schools website, my application, and the current news."
"went over answers for basic questions, read this site, went to LSUHSC-NO site, reread AMCAS and NO supplemental applications"
"studied my own research and LSU application"
"Got clean clothes"
"I read over my application and talked to friends who had interviewed there in previous years. I also got my wife to ask me difficult interview questions, but I was asked none of those during my interviews."
"this website "
"It is all about R&R. "
"looked at this site, talked with friends that interviewed last year"
"a lot of introspection, talking with friends who also applied and interviewed for medical school (and some who didn't), and i read the interview feedback on this website."
"Hypothetical questions, reviewed application, read website"
"I looked at SDN,AMCAS application, LSU website, thought of all the possible questions an interviewer could ask and prepared the topics that I would discuss if asked those questions. I think that this is a smart move because I was asked every single question that I prepared for. Make sure that you go over your AMCAS application thoroughly because they can ask the tiniest details. "
"Good night sleep, great breakfast. Reread application."
"good night sleep, breakfast, visualized being relaxed, brainstormed possible questions and practiced answering them aloud"
"Reviewed my application, drove to the school to scout out where I would need to be beforehand, read the school catalog, reviewed possible interview questions from various sources"
"Read my application materials, read literature on the school, prepared some questions to ask the interviewers about the school. "
"Read feedbacks from SDN and that's about it."
"Took a bath, brush my teeth, and iron my clothes."
"The fluidity of the establishment and the openness of the faculty and staff. They truly feel like a family."
"The faculty seemed very supportive and honest."
"The students who gave the tour were incredibly helpful and nice. The facilities are really impressive and new."
"tour, new hospital"
"Great atmosphere, shiny new hospital, friendly students/faculty"
"The tour was great and the interviewers made me feel at home."
"There is a shiny, brand new hospital. It is pretty and I want to do clerkships there."
"The sense of community, the facilities, the feeling that everyone truly cared about you"
"Just about everything. LSU's facilities are nearly brand new and top notch. All the students seemed very happy and satisfied with their choice to attend LSU. The extensive tour was the best I had at any medical school, and gave me a very good insight to the day to day life at the school. I interviewed with 5 other people and the intimate nature of the interview was a nice change from the large groups I was a part of at other schools. New Orleans is a unique city that is a wonderful place to live. Brand new teaching hospital on the horizon."
"The students were positive about the school and seemed happy to be there; staff and faculty is friendly, and facilities are state of the art. The simulation lab is really nice!"
"Their facilities are great, and the people are very friendly."
"Very relaxed atmosphere - faculty, administrators, & students. I liked the "dummies" - seems like a great way to practice & build confidence."
"how friendly everyone was, how happy the students seemed, facilities"
"Very laid-back and personal. All of the staff and students are very friendly."
"The simulation facility was amazing. The view from the lunch room was fantastic. The people were very inviting and willing to answer questions. It felt like everyone was friends."
"All the students I met during to day were so supportive and friendly."
"The facilities were outstanding and the people seemed very friendly."
"The doctors that interviewed me gave lots of great feedback and advice. Overall, the day was very laid back. NO NEED TO STRESS!!!"
"How relaxed the interview was."
"the admissions committee was very nice and friendly. everything about the school rocks."
"The facilities and temperament of the people at the school."
"Students and facilities. Several new and currently under renovation; the simulation labs are an interesting feature. "
"Facilities are really nice. Simulation labs are awesome. Location is great for me."
"Simulation lab, interviewers enthusiasm"
"Simulation center was state-of-the-art. Maybe 2 other schools have anything like it. Facilities blew me away with how new they were."
"The facilities they have are AMAZING! I was thoroughly shell shocked. At first I did not think LSU was going to be in my top choices of schools but after the tour and being there its definitely shot to the top. Also EVERYONE is nice, even the construction workers and janitors. Everyone was genuinely caring and kind. Also gave me a free hat as a souvenier"
"They were really nice and acted more like they were trying to impress us than the other way around. Dr. Eubanks did a great job of completely explaining the whole interview process and making sure we knew exactly what was going on."
"the facilities and the people...The learning center is amazing and people are very friendly and helpful. The campus is very safe, and there are elevated walkways between buildings. "
"The easygoing nature of the interview. Not nearly as stressful as I was expecting."
"The school as a whole is very good at providing you the educatio to become a great clinician. Research is there just not as enhanced. The simulator is awesome and LSU has the nicest place for med student to study. Great school."
"Very friendly students and faculty. "
"The facility is constantly being updated, and the clinical skills lab for L1 and L2's was great. The tour and lunch with the medical students was not only low-stress but really fun. Dr. Eubanks gave a really informative talk that really reassured any doubts that anyone may have about studying medicine in New Orleans post-Katrina that was very open and honest."
"A lot of the facilities are brand new post katrina. The learning center is amazing. Also, 1st and 2nd year students have a clinical skills lab course where they get hands on experience with things such as sterile technique, measuring blood pressure, CPR, intubation, and emergency assessment. Also, the students are very friendly and more than welcome to answer any questions you may have."
"The classroooms and the labs looked really nice and modern and all the facullty, staff, and students seem really nice"
"Everything! They have a new state-of-the-art OR for the residents and awesome simulators. Med students that gave the tour were excellent and engaging. It was a overall great experience. "
"The clinical skills lab and the the simulation lab are really great. The students really like the school and it showed. Also, you can get around the entire campus on this walkway, so you don't actually have to go down to the street. "
"Clinical training available at LSU."
"great campus connected by covered walkways, top-notch clinical training, and the new, state-of-the-art Learning Center and Simulation Lab with mannequins that react like real humans "
"the facilities they've redone post-katrina"
"DrX and the Simulators"
"everything! the facilities, the curriculum, the faculty, the students... seems like a very very good school."
"The facilities and the friendliness of all the staff. "
"I honestly was not expecting the facilities to be as nice as they were. Due to the hurricane, everything is brand new. The anatomy labs are huge and they have at least 6 LCD big screens in each to assist with teaching. The lecture halls are also very nice."
"Really thrilled to hear about all the Clinical Skills labs that we get to do our first year. "
"The attitude of everyone at the medical school"
"Everything. Since Katrina, they have updated so many things. Everything looked brand new."
"the updates after the hurricane"
"the students were all really cool and some of the stats that Dr. McCluggage gave us were very impressive"
"The school really is working hard to make improvements after Katrina, and the students seem very enthusiastic about working as a team."
"Low stress, they really want to show you what being a student at LSUHSC is all about. They are confident in their program and it shows."
"how well the school has rebounded after the storm. the effusiveness of the students, faculty, staff. the emphasis of the school on WELL-ROUNDED individuals. "
"how much they have recovered and are coming back after the storm."
"students were very enthusiastic. Dr Eubanks was very nice."
"How well the facilities were doing so soon after the storm. "
"Their new Clinical Learning Center."
"How well the school has come back after Katrina."
"Everyone was so nice and friendly, lot of cute girls too. Dr. Eubanks opened up the meeting with a 20 minute speech on how LSU is coming back stronger than ever and that our clinical experiences will be great, if not better, than before."
"Intentionally low stress. Very friendly interviewers. Even post-katrina they have everything together."
"How laid back and nice the interviewers were. "
"McCluggage and my interviewers were very positive about the schools future. "
"They had packets of information for each of us to take home and Dr. Eubanks reassured us that the school was doing well and that it would be back in New Orleans in July."
"Nice facilities, new dorms look good, excited faculty"
"I was impressed by the new learning center"
"i love that the current students have personality and seem to have fun in addition to studying hard. "
"The amount of experience my 2 student tour guides (both 2nd years) already had in the hospitals."
"The morning orientation with Dr. McCluggage and student tour, were very comprehensive and packed with info. The simulator and clinical skills facilities. The value"
"the tour was much better this time. the 2 students that gaves us the tour told us a lot of cool stuff."
"interview group, students, interviewers, atmosphere, learning center"
"The facilities, admissions office employees, students"
"The enthusiasm of the students, faculty, and the staff. The Cohn Learning Center, plans for expansion of the learning center, ongoing and planned expansion of many parts of the LSUHSC campus."
"The Student Learning Center; The simulation dummies; the students;the curriculum; the area; the facilities; I LOVE THIS SCHOOL; This is my number one choice; One of the interviewers was a fourth year medical student; he was real cool."
"Student Learning Center, simulated patients, student tour guides, overall facilities, overall friendliness...lots. Also, the AC meets Friday (3 days) and we should receive notification by next week. I'm a big fan of not waiting!"
"Nice facilities. Nice people."
"Great clinical training, and the school knows they are good and they don't care what anyone else says about them."
"LSU is very clinically oriented in terms of their approach to educating their students. It was refreshing as most schools are either research oriented or keep their students in the classroom until late their 3rd or 4th years. "
"STUDENT LEARNING CENTER IS AWESOME"
"The labs with the new dummies, the laptop programs, and the training you get by the time you leave."
"The unique culture at the school. There is a definite sense of camaraderie and pride among faculty and students. LSU knows its students are prepared to compete nation-wide."
"Friendliness of staff, students and instructors. The student learning center with their simulators and DxR system was unparalleled. "
"relaxed atmosphere,casual talking during the interviews"
"Very new facilities, the dummy simulators, top ten med school by a recent med school examination they went through, good ciriuculum, top notch technology"
"EVERYONE was very nice and accommodating. There is plenty of water if you ask. "
"Those "dummies" are amazing, very realistic. The training facilities are labs were very nice; everyone was really friendly and absolutely had water for us. :)"
"Just about everything. The facilities are top notch. The patient simulators are unrivaled. According to them, the clinical education is pretty much second to none, owing to the association with Charity hospital - med students are part of the health care team, not just learners."
"Everyone was very nice. The facilities are nice, particularly the learning center. It seem as though the students get a good, hands-on education."
"the Student Learning Center, the emphasis on independent study (as opposed to classes extending all afternoon), the great opportunity for clinical exposure, student parking lot directly across street from main building"
"The atmosphere of the actual interview was more "laid-back" than I expected. "
"Everyone was extremely nice. The students who gave us the tour were very helpful."
"The curriculum has been totally revitalized and for the better. I was not impressed before I went, but left with a newfound respect and appreciation for the school."
"Facilities are great"
"The Isodore Cohn Learning center with the patient simulators (dummies) is amazing. I was also impressed with the friendliness of the staff."
"the clinical dummies "
"Everyone was very nice and had a good sense of humor--the doctor who briefed us in the morning was wearing a WB cartoon tie. The facilities were very well maintained; but also, there are plans for additions and improvements. The new multi-million dollar student center was very impressive. Also, I have to say hats off to the student who showed us their dorm room for their interior design skills--it was most impressive. :) "
"the biggest thing: the facilities, especially the simulation lab"
"the students and the school itself. the dean of admissions offered some pretty impressive statistics early on during the day, and from what i saw on the tour, they all seemed believable. the students that ran the tour were also really well informed, and they seemed happy enough, and that was an added plus."
"The friendliness and cohesion of the student body"
"Everyone was extremely nice and the facilities are top notch. Clinical experience they offer to first years definitely an advantage"
"The attitude of the school. There is a lot of enthusiasm at this school!"
"The friendliness of the staff and students. The learning resources."
"courtesy and helpfulness of everyone involved They had water for us, contrary to past feedback comments."
"The friendliness and excitement of the staff and students about LSU-NO, the learning labs."
"The new facilities, like the student center, and the dummy that responds to its environment exactly like a human"
"The new student resources center with the dummies."
"The student center with the real-life mannequins."
"Only that it took longer to find out about acceptance than they had said at the interview."
"No one really asked about my research which was a critical part of my application."
"Uncertainty regarding funding and administration of teaching hospitals in the near future."
"It is in a rougher side of town"
"Can't think of anything..."
"I wish we could have seen more of the Emergency room."
"One interviewer out of the 3 was very grumpy so I had to really work to win him over."
"The location seemed a little bleak."
"Nothing. Just relax and enjoy the experience. They're looking for applicants to be enthusiastic, honest, and well-rounded. Don't let your nerves get in the way!"
"Of the three student tour guides, a couple of them didn't really care to be there. One cared and was great to talk to and offered a lot of insight."
"All the same people from undergrad go there, one tour guide seemed like she was miserable"
"Other than University, doesn't have much in terms of hospitals. The female tour guide was completely depressed and unenthusiastic."
"Its still under construction. The area looked like the ghetto and the first few floors where scary but then once you got to the admissions floor and also the renovated floors as well as the academic building it was AMAZING! Like going to a corporate office. Also the exercise facility is amazing and FREE! If I did go there though I would have to get used to the heat and humidity which is something I can definitely handle! Oh another thing that they should change is putting all lectures on video. I know that most people worry about people not attending class but actually being able to re-hear the lecture is very helpful. If they changed that LSU would definitely jump to #1 for me."
"The "blind" interviewer basically had me tell her everything that was in my file anyway...I didn't really care, but they shouldn't call it a blind interview if that's not really the case. A friend of mine interviewed on the same day and had a student interviewer ask her an inappropriate political question. I heard that Dr. Schwartz asked some odd questions but that he was nice. "
"Library needs some work."
"For some reason, there are alot of cocky students at LSU."
"The facilities are a maze and we got stuck in an elevator. "
"a lot of walking before the interview in a warm day and not having enough time to cool off before starting the interview."
"I am not really into the vertical (traditional) curriculum approach. I think that the systems based approach is a better fit for me."
"Surrounding area of campus."
"Almost every time I passed a student on campus they said something to the extent of ''Get out while you can...or get ready for hell''"
"how stressed out the students are in comparison to the other schools i went to"
"I don't like that is in the middle of a big city in not the best neighborhood and some of the building were out of date"
"One of my interviewers kept calling me by the wrong name, and it appeared to me that she didn't read very much of my file. Also, when I told her I'd already been accepted to another school, she instantly replied, ''Oh, you DON'T want to go there!'' I didn't like the way that she immediately discounted the other schools."
"Not a lot, and I wasn't sure what to expect beforehand."
"they weren't as warm, welcoming, or friendly as other schools. they didn't try to get to know you by name. the interviewers were great, but the other ''stuff'' (informational sessions and tour) weren't as friendly. we didn't interview with dr. eubanks or dr. mccluggage as were told either. also, (this is dumb, but) the seats were really dusty in the waiting area, where we spent a lot of time; it was really gross to be all dressed up and have to wipe off a seat with your hand (and it turned gray!) before sitting down. also, there was a ton of construction going on (which is good, but), and all you could hear was hammering the whole time (the interviewers weren't pleased with that either). "
"whenever fellow interviewees returned from interviews wi Dr McClugage, they kept stating what a jerk he was. He seemed fine to me though."
"One of my interviewers was a little too focused on my husband! Right out the gate he asked about him, and his ties to Lousiana, and how moving to LA would affect him. Then he came out and said that I needed to find a school with a lot of diversity, because I would not be happy otherwise because I wouldn't fit in. That kind of threw me off so when I asked about the diversity at LSU NO, he said that I would fit in at LSU NO, but other schools I wouldn't. In his words - you could try to fool yourself and tell yourself that you will be happy, but you won't be happy there because you wouldn't fit it.- That kind of turned me off to the school. Afterwards he said he looked forward to seeing me, and meeting my husband- again, a little too focused on my husband and not enough on me! The other interviewers rocked, and totally were trying to recruit me, but that one really made me think about if I wanted to come to school here. "
"Nothing really, Dr. Eubanks did a very good job selling the school, and there are many new rooms and new things. (it seems as though the hurricane in its own way may have made the school better)"
"Everything seemed kind of rushed, but I'm sure they were on a tight schedule."
"Did not get to tour the school."
"Obviously that it was in BR and not NO."
"My tour guide was kind of wacky."
"the fact that the adcom met last friday ... that means i've got to wait a month until their next meeting!!! "
"Apartments are ugly and the work-out facility is lacking. Although, we toured the new dorms, which look nice, and there is supposed to be a new work-out facility being built."
"the area isnt great as most people know, there are all kinds of covered walkways, even go all the way to charity "
"the financial aid talk is extremely drawn out and boring."
"crosswalk (i understand why they need one but they could have designed it better), 1st years classroom (looks intimidating)"
"The dorms and the lunch."
"One of the interviewers had an accent and he kept interrupting me when I was talking to ask questions. The students forgot about their duty to tour and we were eating lunch by ourselves for a few minutes; our tour was rushed because we were waiting for students to come."
"Dorms looked miserable, as did "exercise" facilities (although a new center is apparently nearly complete). The location in the city is bad and I'm not a fan of NO in general (conversely, the opportunity to train at Charity is tough to deny)."
"The area surrounding the campus is a bit sketchy. The fact that they had to build elevated walkways as a security precaution was a bit troubling. "
"THE OTHER STUDENTS DID NOT SEEM LIKE THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE REALLY DOING THERE"
"The dorms and the rain"
"The students definately talked about partying way too much; I like to have a good time, but I began to wonder how they were passing class. Also 165 class size (kinda big)."
"The dorms were not impressive to say there is a one-year wait because the demand is so high. But, they do have plans for new dorms. There was consturction going on in the cafeteria which made is near impossible to hear even the person sitting next to you talking."
"Dorms were kinda ugly."
"The weight room in the residence hall is about 25 years out of date."
"I did not get to go in the dorm/apartments because my tour guides did not live there. I would have liked to see them."
"I was not negatively impressed with anything."
"The area of New Orleans that the school is located in. But at least there are raised walkways to get from building to building."
"Didn't seem to be much student body comraderie, people weren't as friendly as at my last interview."
"Nothing at all."
"Nothing--However, they may want to invest in upgrading the medical school's website both aesthetically and content wise. They have a really great program and it seems a shame not to have a website to match."
"There is alot of construction around the area, making it difficult to park and drive around the school. But, that can't be helped and the improvements will be great."
"The discussion about students financial obligations."
"seemingly unorganized tour"
"NO bathroom or water breaks unless you specifically asked. I highly advise that you take a bottle of water. Thanks to the other respondant who advised that. My mouth stayed dry even though I took my water bottle and refilled it often."
"Housing options, the neighhborhood"
"The living facilities and with construction going on parking seems to be a problem."
"How at home I would feel."
"The admission genuinely wanted to learn more about my interest in medicine and LSU New Orleans"
"How low stress the interviews are"
"I wish I had known that they would have general notes and not my file."
"How relaxed and nice the day would turn out. They really just want to get to know you."
"I think I had a pretty good idea of everything from this site."
"How fun the day would be!"
"No one really cares if you don't wear stockings"
"How much fun the day would be."
"Wear comfortable shoes."
"That there they school is no longer doing blind (closed-file) interviews."
"I didn't need to bring a big folder or bag. They provide a folder with handouts and a notepad, so you just need a pen for most things."
"That the interview is really as laid back as they tell you it is."
"Interviews were at the end of the day...so make sure to not let the anticipation build up and get the best of you."
"dr. eubanks (the chair) comes in and talks to you for about and hour or more first thing when you get there so dont be sleepy-eyed!"
"How relaxed the day would be."
"Nothing that I can think of."
"That I'd like it more than I thought I would"
"How impressive the school was and how in-depth the tour was. Best tour at any school I'd been to."
"What a good place to stay would be, how much a taxi ride is going to cost."
"Bring a pair of flats for the tour....We did a lot of walking, including a visit to the ER of University Hospital."
"Nothing. SDN prepares you pretty well"
"The simulator and the student facility is REALLLLLLLLY top-notched."
"That we wouldn't get to see labs. "
"No surprises for me."
"Nothing, the website has lots of good information"
"How much fun it was taking the tour and getting to know the medical students and also how tired I was after finishing the interview"
"I might have worn more comfortable shoes since there was alot of walking during the tour, not that it was a bad thing though. It was enjoyable."
"I wished I would have known that their classes are huge. The usual class size is around 180. I would worry about becoming just another number, in a class that size."
"bring a bottle of water if you don't want your mouth to turn as dry as the Sahara from dehydration. they only gave us soft drinks at lunch"
"the ''free'' parking lot we were told to park in was actually blocked off when I got there and I had to find other parking"
"I wish I knew that I would be tired after the orientation and tour."
"They really just want to get to know you. There is NO reason to be as nervous as I was. "
"Do not judge their facilities from the interstate, they are much nicer inside."
"Make sure to have reviewed your AMCAS thoroughly. (Particularly, you'll want to know how many post-bacc/grad hours you have/will have completed before matriculation.) But again, don't ''study'' these numbers to the point of making yourself anxious. "
"Interviews were not stressful at all. Interviewers made the experience easy."
"that I had forgotten the definition of ''cognitive'', since I had last seen that word in an intro psyc class two years ago"
"that is was nothing to worry about. VERY relaxed!"
"There's a LOT of walking, so wearing comfortable shoes would be a plus."
"the school is looking for people who are capable of coping with adversity and who foster diversity. one of my interviewers was specifically looking for students who will help rebuild new orleans."
"How poor the facilities were."
"that they do have a student run clinic avaiable to students but it is VERY competetive to get in"
"How non-stressful and really nice all the interviews were. I interviewed with Dr. Eubanks and when I walked in his office he was like "
"I interviewed in Baton Rouge, so there was nothing there to discover"
"I discovered that this interview was so laid back and easy. I was stressing the night before. DON'T STRESS JUST BE YOURSELF AND YOU'LL BE FINE! I promise."
"There were only 4 interviewees that day, so we wrapped up early."
"Two interviews that were open-file were really good. In the one blind interview, be sure to be VERY confident in yourself and your accomplishments."
"Clinical skills classes used to teach basic procedures, The new revised curriculum has no electives your 1st or 2nd year. "
"how nervous i was for my first interviewer"
"That the interviews were extremely relaxed...I couldn't sleep at all the night before."
"Nothing really, but I was more impressed with their facilities than LSU-S, and I liked LSU-S."
"My shoes are uncomfortable."
"One interview is blind and the other two have your file. The blind interview was by far the easiest"
"THEY DO GIVE WATER AND PARKING IS OKAY IF U COME WITH SOMEONE TO DROP YOU OFF"
"Where the visior parking lot is"
"My blind interviewer did not do a good job of helping the conversation along. I had heard about the blind interview where you are asked to begin telling him/her about yourself, but didn't prepare for a one sided conversation, where I wasn't asked follow up questions or for more details. "
"It rained all day. "
"Nothing.....I was overall very impressed and enjoyed my visit."
"Don't stress out!!!!"
"That Tulane and LSU-NO students both do their third and fourth years in Charity, and that I shouldn't have sent Tulane my 95 dollars. I could've spent that on Bourbon."
"How easy the interviews were. There was no point to being worried."
"I should have read my AMCAS application over."
"Don't worry--it's a pretty low stress interview. They were there to converse, not to grill you."
"Nothing. I felt really prepared."
"most of the students are form LSU in Baton Rouge which I am not. I was left feeling a little like I was in high school again"
"nothing much, it was pretty much like I expected"
"I talked to other students first before I went to the interview and they told me that they do not give bathroom or water breaks. NOT TRUE!! Just ask for anything! The people are extremely nice! Don't be alarmed when you arrive because they stick you in a very small room with other students. Just relax and have fun! "
"two open-file interviews and one blind interview with a 4th year med student"
"First thing when you arrive, you are placed in a small closed room with other interviewees. There are many interviewers present so the process rolls along quickly in the afternoon. In other words, you will have 3 different people interviewing you and the person sitting next to you will have 3 other people interviewing him/her. Also, the process is completely random."
"It was incredible."
"Be authentic and stay calm!"
"Overall good experience, don't sweat it. Just be yourself, because that's what they're looking for."
"It was super relaxing and all the students were happy. All the students were wearing running shorts and t-shirts. It looks like a dream come true."
"LSU is a fantastic school, and you would receive a great education here. The students, faculty, and administration seem to be a happy bunch, and get along very well. For as large as the LSUHSC campus is, the environment seemed very collegial. New Orleans is a one of a kind place that is a truly great place to train to be a physician."
"Be truthful and stay yourself. The interview will be fine."
"Very good school and experience."
"Prepare well, get good sleep the night before, leave early, then relax and enjoy yourself! The interviewers really just want to get to know you."
"Everyone at the school was very positive about the schools future due to funding, and rebuilding from Katrina."
"Loved the school, it confirmed everything I've already known about it."
"Overall, I left with a heightened excitement about the school. The anticipation of the day was WAY worse than the actual process. Be confident, dress professionally, be prepared, and just BE YOURSELF!"
"The whole day was very laid back. Everyone was very nice. After everyone had their first interview done, everyones stress level dropped and we relaxed."
"The school itself was great. Many service opportunities set-up by the school. Entertainment is near for those few chances that you'll get."
"Way better school than I thought it would be - impressive."
"Great school. Definitely one of my top choices now. If they started putting up lectures online then it would definitely be my number 1 choice. "
"It's really not a big deal. I know everyone else says it and it's hard to believe, but they are really just trying to make sure that you are a normal person who can have regular interactions with people. Everyone was really encouraging about the interviews the whole time, except my blind interviewer who didn't really show emotion until the very end of her interview, but she ended up being really nice also."
"Each interview is scheduled for 40 minutes, but usually only lasts about 15-20 minutes. Don't stress out too much, because they are not really out to get you! I was very impressed with the school and would love to go there! "
"It went very well. I think not being nervous served me well. Ask questions, be yourself. It was pretty laid back and natural. Wear comfortable shoes of course. But this (for most women) does NOT MEAN 3 inch heels. It is OK to wear short heels. "
"Low key and very nice."
"We had some seminars, had lunch which was very nice and helpful as everyone was there, had more seminars and finally, 3 interviews. "
"They admissions staff, M.D.s, and Medical students are really nice and try to make the day as relaxed as possible. The orientation was so informative that I actually had no questions at the end. After the orientation the 2nd year medical students took us on a tour of the large facility (wear cozy shoes). The lunch was informal and a nice break. After lunch we saw the trauma center at University Hospital which was recently renovated and interesting. Soon we returned to the admissions office where we sat and waited for the interviews to begin. That was probably when I was the most nervous, but once the interviews started it was easy to settle down and besides waiting between the interviews everything went very quickly and smooth."
"Interviewer's were very laid back and friendly. They seemed interested in getting to know you far beyond your grades/MCAT numbers. In fact, grades/MCAT were barely even mentioned at all 3 of my interviews. I had 3 in total: 1 closed file with a 4th year student, and 2 open file with faculty members (1 Ob-Gyn and 1 Emergency Medicine). Waiting outside the office for your name to be called did get kind of stressful but once your 1st interview starts you'll wonder why you were even stressed out to begin with. Great experience which exceeded my expectations on every level."
"The morning started with getting to know the other hopeful candidates and then an hour of introduction with Dr. Eubanks. The medical student tour guides shows an eight minute video and then we went to the lecture halls, anatomy labs in which we saw a body, the simulation labs, residence hall, gym, ate lunch, visited University Hospital ER, and then back to the admissions office. We had about ten minutes to rest before having the interviews. All of them were really nice and tried to get to know me and really seemed to care about how I felt."
"I interviewed with Dr. Eubanks, Dr. Adatto, Dr. McCluggage (in order). They were incredibly easy to talk to and made me feel very comfortable. I am so impressed with this school and the people who represent it. Each interview was fairly quick (10-20 min) or maybe it just felt that way since our conversations flowed so well. I highly recommend this institution. The post-Katrina facilities and plans are awesome. Overall, I was happy that they did not ask questions about current events and they seemed to be sincerely interested in wanting to learn about me as a person and a possible student."
"My three interviews went very quickly. My total interview time was about 50 minutes, and I was the first to leave. However, they actually allot for forty minutes for each of the three interviews. They liked me so they were done with me quickly, and essentially told me that I would have spot. Therefore, do not be upset if your interview are really short, because that might be a good thing. As far as the school goes, it is a really great school, and the facilities are up and running. If you are concerned about the condition of the school after katrina, do not be. Everything that was at LSU before Katrina, is there now (and then some). Also, contrary to popular myth, LSU does have a fully equipped hospital (University Hospital), eventhough Charity hospital is now defunct (it was rundown before the storm)."
"two of the interviews were open-file, and one was closed file. the day was a bit long, but overall it was fun and low-stress. faculty and students were nice (and hilarious at times) and really impressed me"
"I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the experience. I've heard nothing but good things about the school and everyone I met at the interview gave me a great impression and seemed to really love being there. "
"Dr. Eubanks was great. He talked a lot but all the information he presented was necessary and answered most of my questions. Our tour guides were just as helpful. The interviews were not stressful at all. The questions that were asked were ones that we've answered multiple times."
"This was a great experience! The school has come back better than ever after hurricane katrina and it is going to continue to move up. the interviewers were super nice and really really easy to talk to. most of the time we talked about the saints and scuba diving. when you interview, keep in mind that they pretty much already know the answers to the questions they are asking (its in your file), they just want to see how you interact with people so don't be shy or nervous and just be yourself."
"Very positive. Two interviews were open-file and one was closed-file. Some interviewers took 10 minutes and some took 40. All of them were easy to talk to and I felt like I was just having a conversation. The tour comes before the interviews so it really helps you relax and get to know the school better. Wear comfortable shoes!!!!"
"Overall I came away very impressed. I was not expecting to come here but now I am seriously considering it. New Orleans is a great place for a medical education."
"1. Get there early. 2. Make sure to take the initiative and chat/make jokes with your fellow interviewees. There's NOTHING worse than a stuffy room of quiet, anxoius people. Start conversations, and everybody will feel better. 3. I'd suggest bringing a water (though the secretaries are happy to get you some as well), a pack of gum (for after lunch) and a breath spray (for when gum-chewing isn't advisable). 4. You'll watch a brief video, and then be spoken to by one of the Deans of Admissions. This is a good opportunity to ask questions. 5. Next, 2-3 first or second year students will take you on a fairly lengthy tour of the various facilities. Ask to see University Hospital if there's time. If it is a hot part of the year, undertand that you might get a little sweaty. 6. Lunchtime! Try not to spill on yourself! 7. Now, you'll return to the admissions office and wait for interviewers to pick you. Typically, you'll have 3 interviews (PhD's, MD's, and student interviewers). Two are open-file and one is ''blind''. 8. Shake hands, smile, state your case, thank them for their advocacy, and WRITE DOWN THEIR NAMES. It's advisable to send thank you notes ASAP. 9. And you're done!"
"Overall a great experience."
"It was very laid back. No one was looking to grill you in the interviews, they just seemed to want to get to know you. Everything from the people to the facilities made a good impression with me."
"I had Eubanks for one of my interviews and he was really nice, but Mcglugage is mean! My interview questions were straight forward, nothing crazy. "
"I wasn't too nervous becasue I had been on an interview before but i was surprised just how low key and relaxed it was. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful and wasn't there to make you feel nervous or anything. Also don't be scared of Dr. McCluggage. Ive heard some bad stories about him but he was so nice and cool. I got lucky and had 2 fourth year students who interviewed me so they were super nice and it was very much like a conversation with a friend. "
"Overall, it was very good. My first interview was with the dean, Dr. McCluggage. I met him the last time I interviewed there, and he remembered me and was very interested in hearing about the improvements I've made in my application. He seemed to take a real interest not only in what I have to offer LSU as a student, but he wanted to make sure that I knew what LSU has to offer me, in terms of a medical education. It was very relaxed and stress-free... if felt like more of a ''chat'' than an interview. So, the meeting with Dr. M. was GREAT! The last two interviewers were average. I think I did well overall, some things threw me off a bit. One was open file, but I don't think the lady really read anything about me. She kept calling me by the wrong name, and seemed to focus only on the fact that I've been out of school for a few years. Also, she would ask me a hypothetical question, and I'd be in the middle of giving an answer, and she'd interrupt me and change the rules or stipulations of the situation. That kind of threw me off. The third interview was closed-file. I got an opportunity to discuss my research and other medical experience. The main thing he focused on was leadership... ''What makes you a leader in your community, school, career field?'' Overall, aside from a couple of difficult questions thrown in there, I had a good experience."
"Fabulous. I was incredibly impressed. Yay LSU!!!"
"it was terrific! i decided to add my interview experience after viewing all of the negative ratings on this site. i can't be sure, but i'm going to hazard a guess that those who are complaining wouldn't make it or have much of an impact in medicine. life isn't perfect; there will be adversity, and those who will succeed and survive are those who face the adversity with grace and tenacity. you might expect me to say that i hope the complainers won't be in my class, but i hope they are because maybe those of us who look at life as ''half full'' can help those who dwell on the ''half empty.'' "
"it wasn't very friendly and inviting. they made it sound like they are doing great after the storm, but living nearby, i'm not convinced that it will be too great of an experience until a few years later- but im sure it will be a great place to attend med school later!"
"Morning meeting with financial aid and Dr. Eubanks. Then toured and had lunch with students. Finished with three interviews in afternoon."
"Overall it was pretty good-with the exception of my rouge interviewer. Everyone was very friendly, the interview group was small- only 5 people including myself. There was a lot of walking and we actually got stuck in an elevator before our interview while we were going on the tour. The students liked it, but they didn't really sell me on how great this school is as much as how other schools did. Overall I am not sure if I would want to go there"
"Three interviews, two were open-file and one was closed-file."
"Awesome. I thought tulane was good the day before but LSU just blew me away. The financial aid talk at the beginning was very boring but necessary and informative. Dr. Eubanks came in and just talked about the school, the admissions process, and almost anything else. There were really no questions to ask later because he pretty much answered them all. The tour was nice, we got to see the new Wellness center and all the new things that have been built over the last year but the tour guides really didn't know where they were going much, but they were very laid back and easy to talk to. Don't worry about the interviews, my interviewers, at least, were very easy to talk to, and none of the questions were at all difficult. There were 5 of us interviewing and I was done for 3:00 (the paper says 4:30). Dont be scared if interviewing with Dr. Eubanks, very nice guy who just wants to get to know you. (I have heard some horror stories about Mgclugage though) It really was an awesome experience all around and LSU does seem to be back on its feet. Definitely my top choice so far. "
"Drove to Baton Rouge in the morning to interview. There were 4 of us total. Dr Eubanks spoke for about 15-20 minutes on the status of LSU. Had two one-on-one intervieww, then went home. The whole thing took about an hour. My only comment would be to never judge the actual time you spend interviewing as a measure of how well you did. My first interview was about 15 minutes long and I had a great time, but my second interview with Dr. Eubanks was like 5 minutes. I fumbled over some words b/c I was nervous. He got up to adjust his seat and I thought he was showing me to the door, so I stood up too! Then after an awkward moment of silence, I sat back down. The last part of the interiew he was telling me how great an applicant I was, but it's hard to tell how the committee will vote, and that if I had any plans if I didn't get in. I pretty much thought right there he was telling me to re-apply, but after about two months of waiting - I got my acceptance letter!"
"The first intervewer was a 4th year medical student. He was very interested in knowing you as a whole person. The second interviewer was a member of the selection committee, and was more directed towards reviewing the application itself and asking questions directly related to it."
"Dr. Eubanks talked with us about the future of the school. It is going back to N. O.. THen I was interviewed by a fourth year medical student and a Dr. on the commitee. "
"I was the first one there so I got to talk to Ms. Yolanda Clay before hand and she was adorable and very positive about the school. McCluggage spoke with us about the school and its future and then we broke up and were interviewed by two other people."
"Interviews were short and to the point. One interview was with a faculty member and another was with Dr. Eubanks."
"Interview was at Campus Federal Credit Union due to Hurricane Katrina. "
"Short introductory meeting, then tour, then lunch, then interviews that afternoon. Student interview with a first year who might have been as nervous as I was, interview with Dr. McCluggage (which should have been intimindating, but he was very down to earth and we hit it off great). Both were open-file. Last interview was closed-file with faculty and went great. Very nice people who just wanted to learn more about me and were not out to trip me up or keep me out of their school. They let me know that it was going well and that I was basically in."
"It was a great experience. Everyone was friendly and I felt very comfortable. It was very laid back."
"2 open file; 1 blind interview LOVED IT -- definitely my first choice!"
"Dr. McClugage spoke briefly as an introduction, financial aid speech, then lunch and tour with 2 students, then 3 interviews. My tour guides were fabulous and made me excited to be there even more than I already was. One of them knew a friend of mine thru class, so it was a nice ice-breaker, and the two of us got a long great! My 2 faculty were very nice and conversational in the interview. They were very curious about me and all I had done. In turn, they expected me to be curious about them and LSU. My closed interviewer was a retired orthopedist, and the interview felt very strained, a lot coming from him. He was very cut and dry, answer the questions. Overall, I was pleased with the interview but I do think I needed to have been more relaxed."
"You have information session, financial and administrative in the morning. Followed by lunch and then a tour with two students. They show you alot and it was informative. Return to admissions office and wait as interviewers come get students one by one, you have three consecutive interviews, one blind and two openfile, in no particular order. They want to find out about why medicine, leadership, volunteer, strength and weaknesses. Nothing out of left field. "
"this was my second time interviewing at LSU-NO, and i felt much more confident this time around. i knew what to expect this time and was much more relaxed. it also helped that i knew someone in my group. not to mention, i had a great time with the people in my group. don't be shy, you'll have a much better time if you open up and talk to everyone. what helped me the most, was trying to summarize myself in 2-5 sentences. i wasn't asked this in my first time interviewing, but i was asked this time. it's a tough question to answer, so it helps if you're prepared. i just tried to relax and be confident in my responses. i felt really good about this interview. i even got a card from one of the doctors that interviewed me wishing me luck."
"I was surprised with how much I love the school and how comfortable I felt there. The students were very friendly. "
"Excellent, the interviewers were very nice and truly interested in getting to know you and exposing you to the school's program. One of my interviews was open-file, the other was closed-file, and the last was closed-file, but the interviewer said that he knew a little about me. Each interview was between 15-20 minutes."
"This was my second time to interview here, so I did feel like the mystery had been removed as far as how difficult or comfortable I expected the interviews to be. I have been on the tour of the Cohn Center many times now, but it still impresses me. The interviews this year went even better than I had hoped they would. I never once felt uncomfortable or intimidated or nervous...a credit to the doctors who conducted my interviews. After the day was finished I thought about my experience and was a little surprised that I actually really enjoyed all three of my interviews. Each doctor was genuinely interested in getting to know me better, wanted to know my opinion on some matters, and was very easy to open up to. It was truly a pleasant experience (really!)"
"Three interviews; Two open book; One blind; The staff was fun; we got to watch TV; Dr. Eubanks is nice; Lucked out and didn't get Dr. McClougage, he was out of town."
"2 open-file, 1 blind interview. As noted with the other experiences, it was extremely comfortable and nonconfrontational. My undergrad grades were horrible and while everyone asked about them, it was not a focus. I was inevitably nervous but the staff does everything they can to make you comfortable. The interviewers were complimentary and one stated he'd recommend me favorably. Just go, be honest and be yourself."
"Not as intense as I thought it would be. Very relaxed casual interviews. One guy talked to me for almost an hour, mostly about himself."
"This process is going to be stressful one way or another, but the people at LSU-NO are not out to get you and they just want to get to know you."
"Overall, it was good. The people I interviewed with (the other interviewees) were awesome and we ended up spending a good amount of time joking around with each other. It made the process much more relaxed and enjoyable. Additionally, the tour of the facilities is wonderful. Check out the DxR--you'll understand when you get there :)."
"stress-free, good tour, nice interviewers"
"FUN, EXCITING, AWESOME"
"Comfortable with all the interviewers, one was a fourth year student (blind interview) and the other two were MDs. Asked about family, volunteering, leadership, grades, and MCAT."
"Very laid-back. The interviewers were so nice and polite. There is nothing to worry about..."
"Overall it was positive. Dr. McCluggage is tough (everyone including the receptionists will tell you that), but nothing that should throw off someone who is well-prepared and has given a lot of thought to the career choice being made. He wants to see that you know yourself and understand the commitment you are preparing to take on."
"Great experience. I really enjoyed the students as well as staff and instructors that I had the opportunity to meet. "
"It was a nice day from the start, we were given an overview of the day, including the process of admissions. During the interviews, they did not nit pick my application for weaknesses like i had anticipated."
"I went into the interview with a very relaxed attitude, and it made the entire experience run smoothly. I had three women interviewers who I got along with really well. I was laughing and joking with everyone. They told me I was doing very well with my interview, so that made it even better. They were all about the positive feedback. This interview could not have gone better, and they certainly made me feel comfortable like it was just another conversation. This is such a low stress experience."
"I began the day very anxious and nervous. Dr. Eubanks came and spoke with us and we went on a tour with two of the looniest second years around. I believe one even said he does stand-up comedy around town. Afterwards, we meet with our interviewers when they called us up. When you complete your third interview you are free to go. "
"The day began very positively; financial aid presentation and orientation were very informative, followed by Dr. Eubanks "Welcome to the School; We are awesome" speech. Lunch with the third year students was great; they were extremely concerned that we were comfortable (the ham sandwiches were quite delicious). They showed us everything, including the covered walkways (very convient) and the skills lab and learning center. They emphasized teamwork among the students: the note taking service, sharing old notes, and study groups. Whatever you may have heard, it is NOT a competitive environment; it's actually very cooperative. I interviewed with Dr. McCluggage, Dr. Eubanks, and a physiologist. They were all very, very positive and encouraging; I was only nervous with McCluggage, as that was my first interview of the day. They all asked "Why Medicine?" and "Where do you see yourself in ten years?""
"LSU put on a heck of a show. Everyone - students, professors, secretaries, janitors - was friendly. The interviewers seemed genuinely interested in getting to know the applicants beyond what they knew from the AMCAS. The morning was spent on a tour of the campus, then the afternoon was for interviews. It was very relaxed and informal. The admissions staff even provided diet cokes for us while waiting between interviews. Two interviews - one with a prof. and one with a 4th year student - were open-file and they had clearly read the file. The third interview was completely blind. The interviewer was a prof. who had only a blank sheet. He even had to ask my name."
"The interviews were very easy and comfortable. They were just conversational, and the interviewers seemed like they were very interested in getting to know me."
"I really enjoyed my experience @ LSU-NO. I think it would be a fabulous place to train, not only because of the new curriculum and rare opportunity to use patient simulators, etc., but also the school is very welcoming to its medical students. I think I'd be very happy there."
"My experience went well. The entire day was as enjoyable as an interview can be I suppose. There were three interviews: two open file and one blind. The interviewers were really easy to talk to I believe. It was my first interview and I believe it went well."
"The interviewers were not intimidating at all. They were very nice. I didn't get any hard questions, and they all offered advice for medical school."
"Positive, and I got accepted on Oct.17th"
"I had two good interviews and one that I thought completely flopped. Dr. Eubanks was great, he gave me alot of positive feedback. Dr. Baier asked me some really tough questions, and I think that I really stammered through a few of them. I do not expect to get into this school, due mainly to that interview. Most of the other questions were pretty standard fare, stuff like "Why to you want to be a doctor?" and "Tell me about yourself.""
"I thought that my expeience went really well. I wasn't asked difficult questions at all. I received a lot of positive feedback from Dr. Eubanks."
"Overall, the day went well. "
"Over all, LSU New Orleans has a wonderful program. Many of the questions in the interview were geared toward how would one would handle the lifestyle of a being a medical student and a doctor. In addition, the hospitals that LSU New Orleans uses are both charity with 98-99% of patients seen being indigent. Thus, one can see that LSU New Orleans' interests truly lie in the students and patients--which is more than I can say for other medical schools and hospitals whose interests I sometimes question. "
"Everyone was very nice, interviews very casual, and comfortable. a very pleasant experience. and yes, there is water!"
"overall, i would have to say that the experience was a good one. the people that i met were all really friendly and stressed that we had already stood out enough to receive an interview; all that remained was getting to know us. the interviewers seemed just as interested in letting me get to know them, which i thought was a nice change from some of my other interviews. none of the interviewers appeared tough, but mccluggage (the dean of admissions) was tough, according to some of the other applicants, but i didn't think he was that bad. the interview moved lsu from the middle of my list to the top, and i will be there this fall. "
"Low stress, friendly staff."
"They do have water available and you can go to the bathroom- just ask or go, they are extremely nice."
"My interview experience was very pleasant. I was extremely nervous because it was my first interview but the admissions officers were so friendly and helpful. It was relaxed and very informal. They just want to get tot know you on a morepersonal level. Be confident when you walk in and be yourself."
"They had water available. They were aware that students were upset about the water situation but they explained that there was a cooler right there and no one asked for it. They made it very clear that we were to help ourselves."
"The formats were mostly open-ended questions which resulted in conversation instead of strict question and answer."
"A great experience. I was more nervous than I should have been. All three interviews were different. The first was blind, the second was open and was a 4th year med student, the last was open but the interviewer had obviously not read my file beforehand."
"Two interviews were open-file, and one was close-file. One of my interviewers who was supposed to be open-file, though, had not read my file and spent most of the interview asking me to defend some of the choices I had made, which I wasn't prepared for. "
"The interview was relaxed. I got accepted two weeks after the interview date."
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"better instructions on getting from the parking lot to the admissions office."
"A few of the directions on the secondary are somewhat vague, but other than that LSU's admissions office is wonderful to deal with."
"None; Everything was very organized."
"Post directional signs up around the area. Due to the construction, it was fairly difficult to localize the actual office from the garage. Otherwise, do not change a thing!"
"To avoid the million phone calls about the status of the application, put it all online. You will appreciate it more than me."
"Update you on your application process more often. Let you know if you are missing anything. I.e. di"
"Wasn't really a huge fan of the paper application."
"Earlier notice about interview status and provide locations and pricing for places to stay."
"One of my interviews was in a very small room...made me a little uncomfortable at first."
"NONE - note however that 2 interviews are open file and one is closed file. One interview is also wi"
"The seminars are nice, but a reduction in the seminar time accompanied with a tour of the actual lab"
"Make sure students know that they are more than welcome to ask for water bottles especially after ta"
"Please shorten the interview day. My interviews began at 1:40 pm and ended about 40 -50 minutes late"