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"Tell me about the master's program that you did. Do you feel as though you're prepared for medical school?"
"Can you teach kindness?"
"What makes you so special?"
"what area of medicine could you see yourself in and why?"
"What can you bring to Meharry?"
"Who are you?"
"Why do you want to attend Meharry?"
"Tell me about yourself that is not on your application?"
"What is Meharry's history?"
"Discuss a current global or national health issue."
"what qualities should a physician have?"
"What have I done since I completed my undergraduate years? (been out of school for 3 years)"
"So what happened with your MCAT?"
"What specific diseases/illnesses concern you the most?"
"Why do you want to go to Meharry?"
"How did you become interested in Meharry?"
"If you had an infinite amount of money, what problem would you work to fix?"
"Since you are interested in ObGyn, do you think you will be able to handle the rigors of surgery? "
"What will you do if you have trouble in medical school?"
"Can you give me a summary of yourself?"
"What is Meharry's Mission?"
"How do you feel about being a minority among minorities? "
"whats ur gpa/mcat?"
"What is our mission statement"
"How does your life's mission correlate with Meharry's mission? What will be your life in 10-15 years? "
"Tell me about yourself"
"Why is your science GPA low? "
"Why medicine? What sets you apart from the other candidates? "
"specific to app."
"(all the questions you can get from other people's posts on SDN)"
"Why did you apply to Meharry?"
"How does your degree relate to medicine"
"What do you know about Meharry?"
"Mostly personal questions concerning my applications"
"Questions regarding current issues in health care."
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"How do you manage time?"
"What is the greatest problem in medicine today?"
"I see that you went to __________. Tell me about your time there."
"Explian to me the paths you have taken in your life that proves you are dedicated to becoming a physician. "
"Why medicine and why Meharry?"
"Tell me about a challenge you over came."
"Tell me about yourself. What are your weaknesses? Strengths?"
"What was your favorite class in college? "
"Why medical school?"
"What is our mission?"
"What is it about Meharry that you like?"
"what would you contribute to meharry"
"How do you feel being so far away from your family when you go to medical school?"
"What do you life to do to relieve stress?"
"Why want to be MD"
"Why Meharry? (Know Meharry's mission -- to help the underserved)"
"Do you know the mission of Meharry?"
"Tell me a bit about yourself"
"Why do you want to come to Meharry?"
"How do you feel about HMO's?"
"What three words would your friends use to describe you. How would you descirbe yourself? Would you use those same descriptions? If not, which ones would you use?"
"have you had physics 1,2, calc 1,2, biochemistry, organic 1,2,? which did you like best?"
"What is the difference between an enzyme and a protein?"
"The questions were very canned...one interviewed went down the list, and literally filled in the answers as I spoke...at some points I even slowed down so it could record my response accurately."
"Were you happy with your MCAT?"
"tell me a little about yourself. (It is a blind application, so the interviewer konws nothing about you)"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"How can you relate with Meharry's mission? "
"WHAT ARE MY MCAT SCORES?"
"What is your major?"
"why do you want to work with the underserved...what experience do you have. "
"How will I add to the legacy of medicine? How will I make my mark?"
"Why do you want to go to Meharry? Why medicine?"
"Why should I reccomend you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"So what makes you want to be a physician?"
"why do you want to be a doctor"
"Where are you from?"
"Gpa, scores, what med schools applied to, where interviewing, how to choose if accepted at many places"
"How did you pick your undergraduate school? Did you apply to Moorehouse?"
"Do you think you are compassionate enough for medicine? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"In what way(s) have you shown leadership?"
"What is my desired specialty?"
"My anger has suppressed all the uninteresting, mind boggling unintelligent questions I was asked. "
"Who were this year's nobel laureates in medicine? (at least know what it was for!!)"
"How do you feel about HMO?"
"What is your definition of the perfect physician?"
"Are your parents in the medical field? How do you like Nashville?"
"Tell me about yourself? Why did you chose to go into medicine? What are some of the biggest problems facing health care today?"
"Tell me about a current ethical issue in the field of medicine. Tell me a little about yourself."
"Tell me about your personal statement"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What is your greatest accomplishment?"
"Tell me about your family?"
"Tell me about yourself. How do you deal with stress/anger?"
"What has impressed you about Meharry?"
"Why medicine? Why Meharry?"
"Tell us about yourself? Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"Why Meharry? Why medicine?"
"GPA? MCAT? Activities?"
"Why medical school? Why Meharry? Career goals (practice setting)"
"How would you deal with accademic problems?"
"Since both your parents are diabetic, have you been getting yourself checked up regularly? You should!"
"Explain why you didn't retake the MCAT?"
"Why Meharry Medical College?"
"What do you want out of your career in medicine"
"What would you have the professor do so you could perform better in that class?"
"What defining moment made you realize that medicine was what you wanted to do?"
"Were any of your research journals published or in the process of?"
"If you were to have academic trouble in medical school, how would you handle it?"
"What do you think will be the hardest thing to adapt to once in medical school?"
"How will you pay for school?"
"What is Meharry's mission?"
"Why do you want to go to Meharry?"
"what qualities should a med student have?"
"What have I done to demonstrate that I can handle a medical school curriculum?"
"Explain your research"
"How do you like it Nashville?"
"Questions pertaining to my AAMCAS activities, asking me to elaborate more on the aspects that interested her."
"What was the moment that made you interested in a career in medicine?"
"Why do want to come to Meharry? How much time have you spent in Nashville?"
"What are the important characteristics of being a doctor?"
"Why should Meharry choose you over other applicants?"
"Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?"
"My Meharry? Why Medicine? Tell me about your family. Tell me about the reserach you have done. "
"how would u adjust to living in tn? why would you want to go to a primarily black univ? "
"What kind of medicine are you interested in and why?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What attribute do you consider most valuable in a physician?"
"I have many students to present to the ADCOM. Why should I present you as best?"
"What did you do in your research?"
"What type of subspecialty would you like to go into?"
"Why did you major in political science?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What was your favorite course in school?"
"How will you pay for medical school?"
"The usual (what kind of research did you do & why, tell me about yourself, why meharry..think of something specific/unique because when I gave my reasons my interviewer said they were what everyone else said...)"
"Most common was What do you do in your spare time and where do you see yourself in 10years?"
"What is Meharry's Mission Statement?"
"How do you consider yourself disadvantaged?"
"Why did you choose to study pharmaceutical sciences?"
"How would you rate your interpersonal skills?"
"Tell me about your background (i.e. where did you grow up, how did you end up where you are today)."
"Specific questions regarding my primary application and transcript."
"Do you have any prejudices?"
"What should I tell the admissions com about you; what should they know about you?"
"What will you contribute to Meharry?"
"How many individuals in the US are unisured? How do you solve this issue? Who's responsible?"
"What got you interested in medicine?"
"When did your interest in medicine begin?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Why medicine (followed by why Meharry)?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and why did you chose Meharry? (Know the school's mission)"
"What was your weakest area in college?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"You seem very goal oriented, tell me about your long-term and short-term goals."
"Tell me some things about yourself that you think are important."
"Have any questions for me?"
"Tell me about you background, family and such."
"what was you favorite class in undergrad"
"What do you plan to specialize in? "
"Tell me about your family"
"What are you strengths and weaknesses?"
"How do you fit in with Meharry's mission?"
"What sports teams do I follow?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Why is there a discrepancy in your grades in relation to your high MCAT score?"
"What are the qualities of a good physician?"
"What would you do if you weren't accepted to Meharry?"
"why should I accept you into meharry?"
"Why do you want to come here?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What made you apply to Meharry"
"Why Meharry? If you could hear your patients talk about you, what would you like to have them say about you?"
"What does the word underserved mean to you? Have you thought about the difficulty in working with the underserved"
"Please tell me about your outreach experiences?"
"Tell me about your research"
"What is the most challenging problem facing healthcare today?"
"What do you know about Meharry?"
"What was the most difficult challenge I have faced, and how did it deal with it?"
"What area of medicine would you like to go into?"
"What have you been doing since you graduated? "
"Why did you choose to apply to Meharry?"
"what kind of volunteer work have you done in the inner city"
"Greatest accomplishment, why you want to help poor, why medicine, what area of medicine and why"
"What do you do when you as a doctor you have done everything within your capacity to treat a patient and the patient still sues you?"
"What does underserved mean?"
"Is anyone in your family a doctor?"
"Why do feel that you can help the underserved after your education at Meharry? How can Meharry ensure that you will fulfill the mission of the college?"
"Why do I want to be a physician?"
"Do you know about the big event that happens annually in Saudi Arabia? (It turns out there was a massecre there this year during the pilgrimage to Mecca, since I was on the plane the next day I hadn't heard about it!)"
"what are your study habits"
"If accepted to all of the medical schools you have applied to, how would you come to your decision and where does Meharry fit into the picture."
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why should we choose you out of all of our applicants?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses? How did you feel about your MCATs? "
"Where do you see yourself practicing medicine?"
"What do you do to relax? What are your hobbies? What do you plan to do to fulfill the schools mission?"
"Why Meharry? My interviewer basically told me to go elsewhere and that i was too overqualified for this medical school"
"How do you deal with stress? What is the school's mission? How do you plan to fulfill the school's mission?What makes you feel you can fit in here?"
"whats your mcat? gpa?"
"When did you have a critical time to make a decision and what did you do?"
"What activities have you been involved in to prepare yourself for this field ?"
"Where do you see yourself practicing in 10 years?"
"Why Meharry, and what type of medicine do you want to practice?"
"Why Meharry? "
"What did I think of the US and Iraq Conflict?"
"Why do you want to be in medicine?"
"Why Meharry and Nashville?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What other schools did you apply to and which is your number one choice?"
"Explain Volunteer Experience. Explain Research."
"What do you think of HMOs and managed care? Can you offer any solutions to the problems it poses?"
"Why do you want to be a physician vs. nurse?"
"Why Meharry? Why Medicine?"
"Have you done research? "
"Characteristics of a medical student? Of a physician?"
"How would you contribute back to the school once you graduate?"
"What do you do in your research?"
"What was your favorite class at your undergraduate institution?"
"Describe yourself in one word."
"Do you know Meharry's mission? How can you relate to it?"
"How can you relate to the Mission of Meharry?"
"How do you think you would handle the transition to Nashville?"
"Tell me about your reseach."
"Asked about a past bad grade in a science class."
"What field do I want to go into?"
"What will you do if you don't get in?"
"What do I look for in a medical school?"
"Do you have benchwork research experience?"
"Specific questions about my app"
"Do you think you will like the small town atmosphere?"
"Questions specific to my application"
"Tell me a defining moment that led you to medicine."
"What do you do to relax?"
"Have you thought about specialties of medicine you would like to pursue?"
"Describe your experiences with Engineers without Borders in Peru?"
"Why not a psychologist? (I have a B.A. in Psychology)."
"Questions specific to my application."
"what do u think would be the biggest problem for lower-income ppl getting healthcare? i had no idea what the interviewer was expecting. the answer: low-income ppl are sick because they are low-income...they have no money to pay bills, etc. so basically she wanted to know how i'd deal if someone asked me for money when iw as working in the clinic...WEIRD and WAY too specific....still, i got accepted, so u never know."
"What will be your biggest challenge in medical school?"
"What kind of research have you done?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What attributes do you have that would make you a good doctor?"
"If you could be any person from history who would it be?"
"What schools have you interviewed at?"
"What was your GPA/did you get on your MCAT? "
"What have you done since graduation?"
"What do you think your career setting will be in the next ten years? "
"What are your weaknesses?"
"Do you think you can live in Nashville? Do you like country music?"
"Do you know anything about windows vista? (Odd, I know, but we were having casual conversation)"
"How would you change healthcare if you could only change one thing?"
"Anything else you would like to say? (Re-cap on reasons for wanting to be at Meharry and excitement in being there..etc.-->brief recap line)"
"If the admission comittee were presented with only your undergrad gpa, what should I say to have them accept you. "
"Please explain your most significant pre-medical experience."
"tell me about yourself"
"If we only had one more spot to give to the entering class, why should we choose you out of the rest of the qualified applicants?"
"Rate your maturity levels."
"Tell me about a situation where you faced a ''leadership challenge.''"
"Typical interview questions not limited to the field of medicine."
"How will you decide which classmates will be positive additions to your life, and which will be negative additions?"
"What makes you tick? (Also all the other obvious questions as why Med, why Meharry, research/volunteering experiences, etc)."
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Why not an MD/PhD?"
"If a patient is mentally challenged and is dying, do you tell them?"
"How do you study?"
"What do you think you will bring to Meharry?"
"What type of medicine are you interested in and your opinion of the schools mission to serve the underserved."
"What is a challenge that you have overcome?"
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"What would you contribute to this school?"
"What do you do to relax in your free time?"
"Why do you want to attend Meharry?"
"Why this school?"
"What would you tell a high school student who is interested in medicine about this process?"
"Why are you so sure that medicine is the profession for you?"
"Give me some adjectives that your friends would use to describe you? How would you describe yourself?"
"what community work do you do now that you have left school"
"Do you plan on doing academic or clinical research?"
"What is your most significant extracurricular?"
"How do you account for the low GPA freshman year?"
"What do you think about the war in Iraq? Why do you think were attacked on 9/11?"
"Where do you see yourself in medicine in the next 5-10 years?"
"Did you have any research experience? Did you shadow a doctor?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Why do you want to come to Meharry?"
"do you know meharry's mission? how do feel about that?"
"Have you worked with the underserved?"
"What type of volunteer experience do you have and have you gained anything from it?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs?"
"Name some current struggles facing medicine today"
"What leadership roles have you held? What kind of doctor do you want to be? "
"What experience have you had working with underserved populations?"
"WHAT I want the admission committee to know about me?"
"What questions do you have. "
"Why Meharry? (Honestly,at first I wanted to say "as a safety school" but once I saw the place and experienced the people, I had a really different answer)"
"Do you have the academic skills necessary for studying medicine?"
"What makes me happy? what makes me sad?"
"MCAT and gpa"
"What type of physcian would you like to be?"
"What type of physician would you like to be?"
"What can you bring to Meharry that is unique?"
"What extracurricular activities demonstrate your preparedness for medicine?"
"what do you know about Meharry"
"What can you tell me about the mission?"
"why I chose the undergrad school that I did"
"Where do you see yourself 10yrs from now? Which specialty are you interested in practicing? "
"Why do you want to come here?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"What are some major issues facing healthcare today?"
"If you had unlimited access to facilities and supplies, what would you like to do research on? Tell me a little about the protocol you would use."
"why do you want to go into medicine"
"What was your gpa and mcat?"
"If you are not admitted to medical school this year what will you do?"
"Why Morehouse? (Please know the mission of the school...makes a good impression!)"
"How do you feel about managed care?"
"Would you donate money to Meharry after you graduate? (strange question)"
"What would you do if you didn't get into med school? Is anyone in your family in the healthcare field?"
"Do you have adequate funding for medical school?"
"What is your biggest weakness? What is you biggest strength? Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"meharry is predominantly black, what makes you think you can fit in?"
"Do you think it is fair to lower standards, which may cause you to fail, if it allows more minority students to become physicians?"
"How do you handle stress ?"
"What experiences have you had to prepare you for the practice of medicine?"
"Why do you want to enter medicine?"
"Stance on Trent Lott."
"What makes a good medical student? What makes a good doctor? "
"Who influenced you the most in your life?"
"What impact did I think HMO's are having on healthcare today."
"What are three words that descripe you?"
"Why Medicine? Strengths & Weaknesses"
"How did you like [insert undergad institution here]? Why did you choose it?"
"Describe yourself in ONE sentence."
"What field of medicine would you like to go into?"
"What will you bring to Meharry?"
"A weakness and a strength."
"Would you have a problem with aiding the school finanical once you graduated?"
"What do you think of Nashville?"
"How do you work with someone you don't like?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Do you see yourself as more of a leader or follower? Give an example."
"What are you doing to better yourself?"
"Would you consider yourself mature?"
"How'd you prepare for MCAT?"
"None really..got pretty standard interview questions."
"What classes did you like and dislike in undergrad?"
"If you could go into public policy what would you change?"
"Are you sure you want to do this?"
"Give me the specific details of Meharry's history."
"why did you choose your undergrad school"
"I was asked to compare the weather in my city because at the time Nashville had experienced snow day after snow day."
"Do you want to be a doctor because your family wants you to be one?"
"Do you have any contacts with this organization, I am looking to apply for a grant with them."
"Where are you from?"
"If you had an infinite amount of money, what problem would you work to fix?"
"Questions were very basic. Why medicine, how will you pay for med school?"
"If you could speak to a sophomore pre-medical student, what would you tell them to prepare for medical school and the application process?"
"How do you think your master's thesis research will impact the field?"
"What's your favorite body part?"
"why would u wanna go to a primarily black univ?"
"What would you change about healthcare in our country?"
"None. All pretty standard."
"Have you thought about the challenges you may face as a medical school student?"
"Nothing was really out of the ordinary - they just assked the normal stuff. About research, volunteering, shadowing, other hobbies. The interview was more just a conversation - they weren't grilling me with questions and stuff."
"How do you respond to criticism?"
"All of the questions were typical "
"If you were a senator could you support Trent Lott?"
"If you could go back in history and choose one person to be, who would you choose?"
"Do I think its better to be totally honest with a patient or be a healer?"
"Why did you choose to go to your undegraduate institution."
"''Let me give you a theoretical question. You have a patient with an ileostomy who has been educated on how to care for it and sent home....'' (I have medical background so it wasn't like this came out of nowhere)"
"What is a warranty that you will fulfill the school's mission?"
"Do you recycle?"
"Nothing really. All question were typical."
"Nothing really. But I was asked a question in spanish....caught me off guard for sure. "
"So, do you ski on Black Diamonds now?"
"No interesting questions. All questions were based on my application."
"As a physician, how will you serve the underserved population?"
"how tall I was"
"Nothing out of the ordinary but was asked how well I played the trumpet"
"How do you feel about Nashville? Do you think it will be a hard transition to move to Nashville"
"All questions were standard."
"Are you married? Followed by, 'Will you be married before you get here?' and 'Do you plan to have children?'(Wasn't very happy about this set of questions but apparently everyone who interviewed with this person - male and female, got that set of questions)"
"A question regarding my research."
"Your undergraduate college was ''diverse'' (mostly white), and Meharry is predominately black, how will that effect you? (I am black)"
"Are you a curious for knowledge person? (Or something like that)"
"How do you feel about managed care?"
"Why medicine, why not law?"
" Tell me one strange, unique thing about you that makes you stick out. "
"When you are a practicing physician, what other types of things do you hope to be involved in inside your community?"
"Do you know Hippocratic oath, what does it stand for? Explain a redox-oxidation reaction? Why didn't you go into research?"
""Why do you want to go to a school whose mission is to serve the under served community""
"How do you study?"
"Do you think that being an older student will impact your ability to work with and take orders from younger residents than yourself?"
"Nothing really interesting"
"What is a challenge that you have overcome?"
"Nothing interesting, just basic questions?"
"Who do you admire the most?"
"What would you have done had you not gone into medicine?"
"How is the CNS innervated"
"What makes you tick?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why should I tell the committee to let you come to Meharry?"
"What do you feel will be the most challenging part of coming to Meharry?"
"Since it was closed file, I was surprised that both interviewers asked me my MCAT scores."
"even though it was closed file i was still asked my gpa and mcat"
"You live in a conservative environment - is there conflict in opinions in your area? "
"How would my life in medicine affect my personal life?"
"How would Meharry benefit from me attending their school?"
"What do you think of Michael Jackson and Mary Schiavo?"
"If you could hear what your patients were saying about you in your waiting room, what do you think you will hear them say? (Basically, what kind of doctor are you planning to be for your patients.)"
"Do you like to travel?"
"What do you believe women's roles should be in the medical field?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor."
"What development in medicine is most interesting to you?"
"Nothing interesting,really. One question that was asked was, "What would you do if you were having difficulty with one of your courses?""
"is it better to always be truthful or to attempt to be a healer?"
"what do you do in your spare time?"
"no difficult or interesting questions were asked. It was pretty much the usual type of questions. Why meharry, why medicine."
"What do you feel is the most pressing issue facing healthcare in the world today?"
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"Why should I reccomend you for admissions"
"Why do you think we have more respect for doctors than lawyers?"
"What do you have to offer to Meharry and what does Meharry have to offer to you?"
"Do you think the AIDS virus is man made?"
"How do you think you would cope coming to Meharry from a "majority school" (I go to Crnell)."
"what do you think about Wal-mart and why is Arkansas so poor (I live in AR)"
"What is the greatest problem in heathcare today?"
"Do you think medical students that graduate from Meharry owe anything in return to the institution?"
"none. They were pretty basic questions"
"What would your friends say are your top five qualities?...What would you say are your top 5 qualities?"
"How're you going to finance your studies, being from Canada"
"What can you tell me about the mission of Meharry Medical College?"
"How I chose what med schools to apply to (both interviewers asked me this)"
"Do you feel you are mature?"
"What is the most catastrophic disease?"
"Why should the medical school select you over other quaalified candidates."
"Was the girl that I smiled at in the elevator pretty or not."
"nothing very interesting"
"Do I plan on having a family, and how would that fit into my life/career plans?"
"The interviews were closed file so be ready to talk all about yourself... don't hold anything back because they don't know anything about you."
"None of the questions were interesting."
"An only child has leukemia and the best possible match for a donor is a sibling. The parent's tell you they have decided to try to have another child. What is your reaction and how would you advise them?"
"they were all pretty general"
"No interesting question...mostly standard."
"What is your support system? It really made me think about who I will look to for support while I'm in med school."
"The questions were standard"
"What was my definition of success?"
"no real unique questions"
"What if you had to operate on a patient who had HIV, and your staff all refused to help-- What would you do?"
"What other schools did you apply to? What is your MCAT? GPA?"
"If you were failing your classes, what would you do? "
"Tell me about highschool..."
"What makes you think you can fit in here?"
"meharry is predominantly black, what makes you think you can fit in?"
"How will you use your degree to help the underserved?"
"What is most important in being a doctor. Determination, communication, or compassion?"
"What do you think of the war in Iraq?"
"None. Everything was pretty much straight-forward."
"What is the major issue that you see affecting physicians within the next 10 years?"
"Nothing too interesting...the most interesting was just "What is the one thing you are most proud of?""
"If you were a U.S. Senator, would you support Trent Lott? Why or why not."
"If I could design a health plan to solve the problems with the ones today, what key elements would I implement?"
"How do you feel about the State of the Union Address?"
"What my views on stem cell research versus cloning"
"Describe a situation where you've had to overcome adversity."
"If you could be a cartoon character who would you be?"
"Please explain your grades:) Also, a weakness. Remember to always tell what you've learned from your weakness, or put a positive spin on it."
"If Meharry were a zoo and we were only accepting rare animals, and you really wanted to be a part of our zoo, what type of animal would you be and why?"
"What do you want to be when you grow up? This was asked by a Ph.D., and she was offended if you said doctor because she is a doctor too, luckly I said phsycian."
"Tell me about yourself...was the first question. Describe an instance in which you overcame adversity, and what did you learn from it?"
"What would you say to a patient that refused your care? What if they were HIV+? What do you think about a school admitting students that do not chose to carry on the school's mission later in their career? How can we be confident in you that you will carry on Meharry's mission?"
"Can you teach kindness?"
"What was your least favorite class at your undergraduate institution?"
"MMI ethics scenario"
"What makes you so special?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Three ways you could improve your studying habits?"
"No difficult questions, yayy."
"What is one of the biggest problems facing healthcare today?"
"Give me the specific details of Meharry's history."
"What have you done to prepare yourself for medical school?"
"Is there anything else I would like to say? Found this specific question difficult because I had just answered about ten questions in detail and really didn't have anything else to say so I just came up with something and reiterated what had been stated."
"None, but I was asked about my research that I did years ago so I had to dig up those memories to talk about it."
"All of them were straightforward. Nothing really caught me off-guard."
"None, they were all pretty straight forward questions."
"Follow up questions to If you had an infinite amount of money, what problem would you work to fix? (he kinda grilled me but in a nice way)"
"What do you know about electronically filed medical records?"
"How have we gotten to this point in our country that we so badly need health care reform? What has been the doctor's role in our downward spiraling health care situation?"
"Do you think you are at a disadvantage becaue of your lack of clinical experience (asked because I have few hours shadowing physicians)"
"What is your favorite body part?"
"what do u think would be a problem for lower-income ppl getting healthcare from a low-income clinic? "
"Is there anything else you want me as your interviewer to know about you that is not represented in your AMCAS application? (asked about three times in succession!!)"
"None really, pretty straight forward."
"none - the interviewers were both really laid back and friendly. They really put their applicants at ease, and are welcoming."
"What do you believe has prepared you for medical school/medicine?"
"See above. This was just as the issue was coming out so I was alittle unprepared with the details."
"What do you think medical school will be like, exactly?"
"I have many applicants to present to the addmissions committee, so if you were in my shoes, what would you tell them?"
"Honestly... the questions werent that hard... very very basic stuff....But... I'll say "Name two diseases that are totally preventable""
"How would you respond to a patient who wanted a procedure that you were morally/bioethically opposed to?"
"There weren't any really hard questions. The usual, why pick you out of all others, how would your friend's describe you, why be a doctor, why meharry?"
"some specific questions about my research"
"How would you solve the problem of the lack of health care in America?"
"See the above."
"Nothing...very stress free!"
"Any questions for us? What else? (repeated what else 6x !)"
"The only difficult questions were based on the negatives of my application."
"How will you finance your medical education?"
"How would you fix the isue that 20 % Americans do not have insurance"
"What was your lowest moment academically, how did you deal with it, and would you handle it again if you encountered a similar situation?"
"Compare/contrast the conflicts in the Middle East and Darfur and what do you think about them."
"If you were planning on going into medicine, why did you major in Psychology?"
"All questions were standard. "
"If there was only one spot left, what could you tell me to set yourself apart from all others?"
"Would you contribute with financial aid to Meharry once you are a physician?"
"How do you feel about managed care?"
"What is the most irresponsible thing you've ever done?"
"What do you think is the greatest problem in medicine today? "
"How would you fix the problem of the uninsured in the US?"
"As a doctor, do you belive you are a truth teller or a healer?"
"No hard questions. It seemed like I was just talking with a friend."
"Nothing too difficult. But one person did get asked "what are the steps to the Kreb Cycle.""
"Why Meharry, Why Medicine? What types of research have you been involved with?"
"Nothing really. "
"What is the number one disease that a family practice physician would see?"
"Questions were pretty forward, nothing out of the ordinary."
"Why is my sister doing better in school than me? Why don't I listen to my parents? Why do I end my questions with predicates (whatever that is)?"
"Not really, everything was relaxed."
"What are all of the organelle's in a bacteria cell? What do they do?"
"How is the CNS innervated"
"nothing really...everything was straight forward"
"How will Meharry be able to help you?"
"What's your weakness?"
"Fairly laid back interview, nothing difficult."
"i was asked why i did not tell my bosses i was going on an interview."
"Who's a living hero of yours?"
"How would my life in medicine affect my personal life?"
"What would I make unique about the school?"
"How would you fix the healthcare system? How do you get through to patients who don't comply with your medical instructions? "
"What do you think about ____ (insert current events here)? I was caught off guard about the event because it had nothing do with medicine and health care at all, however, I think it was a good way to get to know who I am outside of academia."
"If you were accepted to all the schools you applied to, would you still come to Meharry?"
"What is the greatest challege you've faced in life so far and how did you handle it/ cope?"
"Why is a chemical I used at a past job effective towards its target."
"Why should we choose you to be accepted to Meharry?"
"What's some of the issues in healthcare that the United States should address?"
"how could you demonstrate to me that you are determined without any outside information?"
"Why do you want to come to a HBC?"
"Do you have any concerns about going here?"
"Name a barrier that you ahve had to overcome to get where you are. (the question is not that hard, but on the spot it is.)"
"Why do you think Japanese language could not be spread as much as English?"
"same as above"
"As a young physician, how would you cope to the rapid changing of the medical profession?"
"What is the greatest challenge I've had and how did I overcome it?"
"What are your strengths?"
"What was the most difficult challenge I have faced, and how did it deal with it? It wasn't difficult, but it was a little hard for me to eloquently answer the question."
"What is the biggest struggle you have had to overcome in your life?"
"Why a doctor. My first interview, so this was somewhat difficult for me to express eloquently."
"I can't really think of any."
"I can't think of a really tough one. . ."
"Following the question of what I could bring to the student body one interviewer asked what the Meharry student body would bring to me that other student bodies wouldn't. This was something I was just caught off gaurd by but wasn't too difficult."
"Do you feel you are compassionate enough for a carreer in medicine, and how have you demonstrated your compassion?"
"What have you done to help somebody lately?"
"nothing difficult...Standard open-ended "Tell me about yourself""
"There were no really difficult questions."
"No difficult questions"
"None of the quetions were difficult."
"If you had a subordinate, and you two disagreed on things, and you know you are 100% right, how would you handle the situation? (and he kept asking details of my answer and switching the scenario around--That's what made it hard!)"
"what can you offer that other students cannot"
"No difficult question...mostly standard. "
"What other school are you applying to? I always feel funny answering this kind of question when it relates to a competitive process."
"HOw do you propose to solve the healcare crisis"
"What are some things in your live that you wish you could change and how would you change them knowing what you know now? (Kind of hard for me, because most of the things that I would want to change were very personal issues)"
"no real difficult questions"
"How can you relate to someone who comes from an underserved background?"
"Nothing. Both of my interviewers did not speak english very well..this was difficult for me because i did not feel that i could communicate with them."
"How do you plan to fulfill the school's mission?"
"meharry is predominantly black, what makes you think you can fit in?"
"What do you think the best way is to follow the school mission and prepare people to be motivated to pass thier classes. (the interviewer had just compared the 11 average of Vanderbilt's MCAT to Meharry's 8 average due to allowing underprivileged students in, and he based he arguement on the fact that he had students fail cause they didn't not put forth the effort also shown by their poor MCAT scores)"
"Who were last years Nobel Laureates?"
"What do you think of the war in Iraq."
"Not really a difficult question, but the one that took the most "preparation": Tell me about current health issues."
"What qualities do I have that would make me stand out amongst other applicants at Meharry?"
"Nothing hard at all."
"Based on my grades and MCAT scores, if the Admissions Committee doubted my ability to handle medical school, what would I say to convince them otherwise?"
"Who was the Noble Laureate winner last year and in what area? (this was the last question asked and it made me feel like that was going to be his last impression)"
"A question concerning healthcare and HMO's."
"Who was the nobel laureate in medicine last year"
"Describe a situation where you've had to overcome adversity?"
"none of the questions were difficult"
"Can you tell me about the Krebs cycle? What is the helminth (worm) found in Nigeria that travels down to your leg? Tell me about malaria? (I was asked this because of my Master's coursework)"
"The third interview came in and the first thing she said was, "Tell me about yourself." Be very prepared for that. Also, don't go on a huge discourse, try to stay focused, coherent!"
"Same as above."
"How would I know that you would continue Meharry's mission when you graduate? This was asked I think because I'm not african american."
"I was asked about current events...just to see if I kept up with them. "
"tell us something about yourself that isn't on your application"
"What are your weaknesses? What websites do you visit regularly?"
"Mock interviews, talking to current students"
"Mock interviews and Premed playbook: Guide to medical school interview"
"Reviewed school's mission, my AMCAS application, etc."
"Research Meharry's history and SDN"
"By reviewing & answering questions from SDN's Interview Feedback, reading SDN articles on interviewing, talking with current Meharry students, recent interviewees, and other medical students about their interview process, also reviewing my application."
"the night before I did a quick overview of secondary application and my AMCAS application. Pay attention to Meharry mission and goal in history video"
"read over AMCAS, mock with friends"
"Bought a few interview prep books, reviewed SDN, wrote out outlines to my answers, practiced saying the answers out-loud, etc"
"Studied the website, reviewed interview questions, mock interviews"
"Read schools site"
"Reviewed SDN Interview Feedback; Meharry website"
"SDN, AMCAS review"
"Reviewed other questions on SDN, talked to other people who had interviewed there."
"I read the school's mission. I reviewed obvious questions (why medicine, why be a doctor, why meharry). Other than that, I practiced my weakest area...how I spoke. I am soft spoken and knew it would count against me if I didn't sound confident in what I was saying. I didn't bother memorizing answers because there was no telling what I would be asked aside from the obvious questions. I did read over my personal statement to be sure I did not deviate from what was mentioned in the personal statement. Also, I checked over my AMCAS application and thought of responses for anything that could be viewed in a negative light. I read my secondary application for Meharry."
"SDN, reviewed primary and secondary application, talked to graduates of MMC"
"SDN / reviewed primary and secondary app"
"Reviewed my AAMCAS application and essay, video taped myself while I answered questions, became very familiar with the school's website."
"I reviewed my AMCAS application, my secondary essays, and SDN"
"Read schools website"
"Review Amcas file, quizzed by parent."
"Read up on healthcare. Read sdn, my primary and secondary applications and the meharry website, prayer and a good 8 hours of sleep the night before."
"Prayer, SDN, Meharry website, reviewed both AMCAS and secondary applications"
"Talk to past interviewers, SDN, Meharry Website, and went over my application."
"Read about the school, SDN, Interview Books."
"SDN, school website"
"SDN, reread secondary, school's website"
"SDN, review AMCAS and secondary app essays, review school website."
"SDN, Prayer, reviewed resume and application"
"SDN, mock interview, read application, relaxed"
"Went through the website, checked interview feedbacks on SDN, read my application again."
"SDN, read over my app, prayed, looked at the school's website"
"prayer, sdn, school's website"
"Mock Interview at undergraduate institution"
"SDN and Meharry Web page."
"SDN, studied the website, re-read my application"
"SDN, Meharry's website, and mock interviews"
"Read the website, practiced with a friend, Reread my AMCAS application, Brushed up on my research"
"Prayed, read AMCAS and secondary, looked up special programs they had online"
"Thought about and practiced my answers to what I thought would be the most likely interview questions (many of which did come up)"
"studentdoctor.net, AMCAS application"
"Rest, Meharry's website, SDN"
"SDN, the school's website, medpage website."
"SDN, PRAYED!, Reviewed Website, Health Care Issues, Reviewed AMCAS App"
"SDN, Review primary/secondary apps, mock interviews"
"School website, SDN, talked to friends, met with advisors for mock interviews, wikedpedia :)"
"SDN, school website, MSAR, and my application."
"SDN, Interview questions from internet, and relaxed"
"Looked at the school's website, read SDN, and looked at my Meharry application"
"Read Meharry's website, studentdoctor.net, mock interviewed with friend."
"SDN, Applications and the school website"
"School's website, School's journal, related journals concerning health care of the underserved."
"SDN, Meharry website, AMCAS app. "
"SDN, application, Meharry's mission."
"I reviewed this website, my AMCAS application, and personal statement."
"Meharry website, interview feedback"
"Visited website, MSAR, SDN, and reviewed applicatiion, both AMCAS and secondary. "
"Looked through SDN and looked at the school website"
"SDN, review AMCAS and secondary, mock interviews"
"Read over AMCAS and supplementary essays, looked over research posters, read about the school"
"Practice common medical school questions I found online, but even that seemed unneccessary. It was very laid back"
"SDN, read over AMCAS essay."
"SDN, AAMCAS application, and secondary application"
"Studentdoc, reviewed applications, mock interviews, researched the school, researched the hospital."
"SDN, reviewed app, school website."
"SND, Meharry's website"
"SDN, Interview books, Meharry Website"
"Read sdn, amcas, and mock interviews"
"SDN, MSAR, Schools website, my AMCAS."
"I read through AMCAS, thought up possible questions, mock interview."
"AMCAS, SDN website"
"Re-read my AMCAS, researched the school, made sure that I understood the mission statement."
"SDN, MSAR, and chatted with another interviewee before the actual interview."
"SDN, read my AMCAS and 2ndary application, and talked to someone who recently interviewed there."
"SDN. AMCAS, secondary and school website"
"Read my secondary essay."
"secondary, Personal statement, this site"
"Website and SDN"
"Read AMCAS and secondary applications. Spoke with first year student. Got a good nights sleep."
"Read my AMCAS, went through the SDN feedback postings, read the Meharry website."
"Read about the school on website, read past reviews of interviews on SDN, read books about medical school interviews and prepped with questions that I thought would be asked."
"Looking up interview questions on the internet, reading up on current events in medicine, SDN, talking to the pre-professional advisor."
"AMCAS app., secondary app., SDN"
"reading MSAR, SDN, AMCAS application, interview question flash cards"
"read this site, looked at my application, got a good night's sleep"
"Read about school on website, checked MSAR, read over primary and secondary application."
"Sdn, website, aamc app."
"Read articles re: today's practice of medicine, healthcare in general, etc."
"Looked over AMCAS, Meharry secondary, sample questions online to prep"
"SDN, AMCAS, schools website"
"SDN, the Meharry website, read my AMCAS app."
"studentdoctor, the school's website. "
"School website, this website, my application, kept up with current events, reviewed general interview questions"
"sdn, meharry's website, AMCAS application"
"Read over AMCAS and supplemental applications, read studentdoctor.net and Meharry's website."
"studied about the school, read interview feedback"
"SDN, AMCAS application, Meharry secondary, Meharry website"
"Read SDN and asked questions to med students the day of the interview."
"Meharry website, time magazine health articles, and read through secondaries and AMCAS application."
"went over my AMCAS application, read about the school and the sdn website"
"SDN,my secondary,AMCAS app"
"SDN, website, amcas application"
"Read this website a lot. Read papers, Talked to past interviewees. Relaxed"
"Talking to friends that went to an interview there, this website"
"SDN, books on getting into med school, PRAYER, other internet sites with possible interview questions, mock sessions "
"SDN, read the Meharry mission statement, prayer"
"Prayed, SDN, read secondary and AMCAS applications"
"Prayed, SDN, counsel from my mentor and the school's website"
"SDN, secondary, and AAMCAS applications"
"I knew my file, and knew my self so all i had to do was tell the truth about myself."
"pray, SDN, meharry website, talked to friends attending meharry"
"SDN, Meharry website"
"SDN, school catalog, mock interviews."
"School's website, SDN"
"SDN, WEBSITE, Interview resources"
"SDN, School's website, red about current events."
"SDN and MMC web"
"I read feedback on SDN, went over the mission statement of the school on website, and I'm an employee, so I just focused on what I already knew about the school"
"this website, my secondary and AMCAS application"
"Review my application and this website."
"SDN, school website, spoke to Meharry student, re-read AMCAS"
"Web Site and student doctor feedback"
"Secondary Application, School's web-site, internet research"
"used this site, read 2ndaries"
"SDN, AMCAS app, interview feedback."
"SDN and school web page."
"SDN, reviewed applications, "Complete Book of Medical Schools" 2003 edition"
"I read this site and the old interview feedback site. "
"Read secondary, went over AMCAS application again, SDN"
"SDN, read over application, schools web-site"
"Read all of Meharry's webpage. Reviewed my reasons for being a doctor and this school. Read SDN."
"this website, reading Meharry's mission"
"This website and reading my application."
"This website, read the news"
"Read SDN, the school's web page, my application"
"SDN, Reviewd AMCAS, school website"
"Read the MSAR, SDN Feedback, Talked to a current medical student at another school, wrote notes of things I wanted to say and ask."
"SDN, AMCAS, Meharry's brochure, MSAR"
"Read SDN, talked to some Meharry students, and read over some interview questions."
"MSAR, Interview Feedback, "Interviewing for Dummies," Friends helped me PRACTICE! And I took a book totally unrelated to any of this for relaxation. "
"SDN, AMCAS application, secondary application, and PRACTICE!"
"Read SDN and MSAR."
"interviewfeedback.com, read up on health care issues"
"Read interviewfeedback, SDN, my AMCAS application, my secondary application."
"The dean of the program was so kind and offered to meet with me again to discuss her unique specialty with me when I expressed interest."
"Both interviewers were very kind"
"The interviewer's enthusiasm regarding the institution and his work"
"Welcoming faculty and student body"
"How involved they are in the community."
"That everyone genuinely loved the family-like environment at the school, that it is such an encouraging and supportive environment"
"How stress-free the interview day was and the hotel recommended was free accomodating."
"Students were happy with the school and good things to say about it."
"Almost everything!! Loved how much of a family atmosphere the school had. Seems like a really close-knit community. Loved how dedicated they are to serving the underserved. The library is also pretty beautiful! Wouldn't mind spending daysss there in the future. Board pass rate is also very impressive!! Around 95% I think. Lunch with the students was pretty informative and amazing as well."
"The atmosphere, the students, and the faculty and staff"
"Staff, and student rapport was very positive"
"med students cohesive group, seem happy to be there"
"The tour of the campus"
"Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The campus was nice, and the hospital is right on campus."
"everyone was nice"
"The campus tour was more informational than I expected. We got a chance to see the basic sciences building. And the tour guide had a sense of humor."
"-supportive and nurturing environment -Meharry just received a huge grant from the NIH -trying to get more students involved in research both on campus and off -partnership with Vanderbilt -efficient and welcoming communication with admissions office (very impressive for an HBCU-I know horrible stereotype but so true)"
"One of the faculty gave a quite riveting history of the school, complete with "virtual" tour (it snowed so we didn't go outside. Instead he told us about all the buildings and their locations as if we had been walking out there.)."
"I liked how small the campus is and the educational resources available to students."
"The friendliness of everyone on campus. From the students to the professors to the locals, there is a very friendly and helpful aura at the school. Also, you can tell that the students and workers are genuinely happy at the school, and that gives you a really positive vibe. Finally, I learned a lot of really interesting history about the school from the tour guide."
"I was really impressed with my interviewer he was really nice and made me feel comfortable during my interview"
"Location, they fed us breakfast, other applicants. The tour guide seemed very proud of his school, he was enthusiastic."
"Family-oriented environment, very close knit, a lot of work with the community and the sense that the faculty and staff actually care about YOU as an individual."
"The friendliness of the staff. The students were very informative. They answered all of our questions for an hour and were very helpful in giving the reasons why they chose Meharry over other schools. There were 6 students (2 M1s, 3 M2s, 1 M3) so there were many different perspectives to take in. "
"Friendless of everyone I met. From staff, to professors, to students. Encouragement of research following first year."
"The strong support-system at Meharry. Less competitive and more concerned about the success of ALL students. Also the emphasis on research on health disparities."
"students seemed to get along well."
"the close-knit student body"
"The history of the school and how staff are so passionate about making it a part of your total educational experience."
"Friendliness of admissions office. Also, Nashville is a big city with a small town feel."
"Really friendly, tons of support for students, campus was pretty nice, liked the current students alot"
"The familial atmosphere at the school."
"The family like atmosphere. Everyone at the school seems to know each other (students, faculty, and staff), and they all seem really helpful."
"clincal exposure in the 1st year, focus on community, research centers, religous roots, warm family atmosphere, pathology museum (you have to go over to the medical college by yourself after the interview to see this), "
"Friendly, made me feel special, small interview group size, well organized"
"I was impressed by how well MeHarry students perform on the USMLE. I also appreciate their mentoring program and effort to help their students stay in medical school. "
"The students were very supportive of each other and seemed happy."
"The aura I received was that of a family oriented environment. Also the schools strives to reach out to the underserved populations throughout the Tennessee area "
"Nashville is a great city... lots of things to do there. Meharry is right in downtown too so its very close to everything. The school is older, but the facilities are nice.. it has two hospitals right on campus so you dont have to drive to a clinical. The faculty is very nice, and the students seem very tight knit. "
"They were definitely a family friendly environment. It is nice to be around so many of my black people that are motivated like I am. The Womens Health Studies section is incredible."
"Great conversation with one of my interviewers; he was politically savvy and we discussed the ramifications of elections on healthcare policy."
"friendly students, faculty and staff. "
"The staff was very friendly and knew students by name"
"How the teachers seem really into helping the students learn and improve. Also, the resources avail. to students."
"Research Opportunities, Family Atmosphere, Small Size "
"The faculty was really nice and encouraging, they seemed to genuinely want all the applicants to go there~"
"Everyone was nice and really wanted you to see the School as a Family oriented enviornment."
"Friendliness of students and staff. Cheap place to live. The city seems pretty live for relaxation on weekends."
"How mush the staff and faculty seemt to care about their student"
"The enthusiasm and home feel of the school. I was also impressed by the openness of the staff and the genuine personalities of the medical students"
"Punctuality and organization of the admissions staff and day overall."
"I would think the admissions staff did very well to impress us, especially with the limited resources the school have."
"Students were open and friendly and were happy to be there. They are give plenty of time for independant study."
"the students were serious and maintained a well balanced lifestyle. the faculty were aware of student needs and showed me practical ways in which the school provides support for students."
"The people, the mission, "
"There were 3 interviews and one was open-file, the other was closed-file, and in the other the interviewer knew only my bio, essay and volunteering experience. I thought this was a good method because it eliminates biases."
"I like the family atmosphere, and the students we met were really nice and open to our questions. The staff was nice and I could see that they really went the extra mile to help their students succeed. I liked the alliance that Meharry has with Vanderbilt. I feel like that fosters some diversity. Meharry has a BIG SISTER/BIG BROTHER program for freshman where they are paired up with current med students."
"The attitudes of everyone we met and overall atmosphere. Everyone was so enthusiastic and helpful - from the admissions director to interviewers. The students were really friendly and you could tell had a great camaradarie."
"The sense of community you receive from the school. They (faculty and staff) support you 100%. "
"The visit was laid back, and the interviews were in the same building. The admissions staff were welcoming and informative. "
"The students were very helpful. Although, it is a minority institution the class is still relatively diverse. "
"Very supportive faculty as wells as students. "
"EVERYTHING! I wasn't sure what to expect, but by 3pm on the day of the interview I was sold on the school and I pray I get accepted."
"The students on campus were so nice and caring. When they saw me dressed up, they came up to me and gave me tips for the interviews and then wished me good luck. "
"How supportive the staff and students were and the family type atmosphere."
"That this school truly carries out its mission in serving the poor and underserved of Nashville. The small class sizes."
"The friendliness of the students, faculty, and staff really makes one feel at home. The first and second year students embraced us and allowed us to sit in on their classes, and gave a Q&A sessio."
"The cohesiveness of the student body and the faculty. I was also a big fan of how open and friendly the students were. They were more than willing to answer questions and talk about their experiences. The faculty seemed more like concerned parents than professors. "
"The staff is very nice! Especially when first come in!"
"Everyone was very friendly. I did not feel that the interviewers were trying to put me on the spot."
"They were very friendly! I never felt uncomfortable, students and faculty cared about getting to know you as an applicant. The students seemed very happy with their choice, and willing to share about their experiences."
"I enjoyed the way everyone was so friendly down to the security guards."
"The students and how happy they were about the institution. They seemed very cohesive and happy with their school. The weather was really nice that day so that added to the ambience as well."
"The students and faculty are genuinely nice. People took time out of their day just to stop and talk to you and tell you about the school. It's a very welcoming and open atmosphere."
"friendly atmosphere, approachable students and faculty, and surprisingly a diverse student body."
"Student body is very united and close knit"
"That everyone was so welcoming and it really feels like a family atmosphere."
"we had lunch with the second year students who seemed so genuinely happy to be there that i wanted to join them because ultimately it is important to be at a school you love. and the boys were beautiful"
"The cohesiveness and friendliness of the students and staff."
"EVERYONE IS GENUINELY NICE!"
"Very service oriented and tight knit class."
"Everyone is guenuinely friendly...from staff to students. The hospital truly serves the underserved. The students were relaxed, happy, and passionate about being at Meharry. "
"The environment was very very friendly. Students, staff, hospital employees, a UPS delivery man, just about everyone that saw me in the suit wished me good luck. It is very much a reality that Meharry is a family like environment. Also, I like the fact that you begin shadowing a physician and interacting with patients your first year. The new alliance with Vanderbilt University also opens up a host of new opportunities for Meharry Medical Students. "
"The students, faculty, and the atmosphere were very laid back, the tour included many historical facts about the school and the area"
"The students were very encouraging, warm and friendly."
"The students and their collectiveness."
"Everybody was helpful and friendly"
"Enthusiasm of students for school, Meharry's overall committment to serving their communities, and also, the fact that Meharry has both a 4-year and 5-year MD program. They are really willing to go the extra mile and take risks for students. IThis is very impressive, and really conveys to me that Meharry is devoted to helping is students succeed. I really love this school!!!"
"the other interview-ees were very cool people"
"The warmth and genuine care of the students and faculty. The mission of the school to serve the community and socio-economiclly disadvantaged peoples. WI-FI!"
"how friendly people were. The faculty are nice and the wheather was cool."
"The faculty, students, and staff were all very friendly; very collegial atmosphere."
"The friendliness of the faculty and current students"
"the best part of the day was actually talking with my interviewers...they were so welcoming and laid back and in both there were not a lot of structured questions, just a conversation...and at financial aide this was the first institution that gave scholarship (not loans) to economically disadvantaged individuals based on your parents income"
"The faculty were really nice, and I liked the facted that they were so committed to community service"
"The friendliness of the students and faculty, and how dedicated they are to primary care. We did meet with some second year students to ask them some questions. "
"The welcoming feel from everyone, true southern hospitality"
"the warmth and encouraging environment"
"The friendliness of the students, faculty, and staff."
"Everyone is SO nice. From what I read on interview feedback I expected the school to be in shambles...but it was fine -not all high tech, but definately sufficient. I like the family feel. "
"The genuine care and concern for students by administration. The fact that the students were very helpful and honest. That they really do give back to the surrounding community. There are several hospitals close by and that they have an alliance with Vanderbilt's medical school. That those interviewing with me were from very impressive schools."
"The students and faculty form a really tight family and care about one another. It was very uplifting and encouraging."
"The interview was pretty relaxed. The interviewers were nice and conversational. I liked the new organ based learning system that incorporates more small groups and problem based learning."
"The students were very friendly and the interviews were very casual. "
"The small class size,everyone seemed to enjoy being there"
"The students were super friendly and helpful."
"How nice the people are at Meharry and in Nashville. These guys stop to say hi to interviewees. They make you feel at home. Their lecture rooms are quite high-tech, with power-point presentations e.t.c Everyone has a laptop to take notes quicker."
"the students were friendly and it felt like a real family atmosphere"
"I was very impressed by the friendliness of EVERYONE at the school. It seemed like a very non-threatening environment to study medicine in. Also, the students seemed to have lives outside of school, which is extremely important to me. Also, the campus is small which is a good thing in my opinion."
"facilities are very nice unlike some others have stated. Library has alot of study room and new comps w/ high speed internet. School, Hospital and dorms are all within walking distance and hardly any traffic where the school is located :)"
"The great community atmosphere of students and faculty. Everyone was sooooo nice it made up for anything the school lacked."
"The family atmosphere among students and faculty"
"The close student community. "
"Every one was friendly, very friendly, So many beutiful people in one place. The women where gourgous. The staff is there to ensure your success."
"The tremendous pride and emphsis on the history of the school. Also there are some of the prettiest black women I have ever seen there."
"The Meharry "family"...The atmosphere is very nurturing. Once you're in they will do anything in their power to keep you and see you succeed. I think meharry being a HBC is definitely an advantage."
"The fact that they really hold to their mission of serving the underserved. Everyone was really friendly; the interviewers were made to feel like we were family, as is the entire school one big family."
"My 3rd interview was the most productive. It was very conversational and she did an excellent job at weaving in questions at key moments."
"Everybody was so nice. It was so easy to pick up a conversation as students stop to say hello and talk to you about their experience. Even faculty members stopped by to greet you and wish you luck!"
"the peoplee were nice friendly, they hav a family environment where u get a big bro/lil sis type thing. everyone seemed chill"
"Heritage, Women (Beautiful)"
"All the student interviewers were married and most had kids."
"I was really impressed with the make up of the school. The class this year is very diverse. People are from really good undergrad schools like Emory, stanford, upenn cornell, columbia, UCLA, UC Berkley. You can tell by the class questions that poeple are on top of things. There are several Phd students, lots of poeple with masters The students were really attentive. They really engaged in their classes. I also really like the Meharry-Vanderbilt alliance. It seems to be really moving the school to a higher level."
"The close-knit family structure of the school with students and faculty and staff being very sincere and positive"
"the community and how each student felt about Meharry"
"I like the fact that the class is so small (80 people)-- equates to a 2:1 student to faculty ratio."
"The people were very friendly"
"The family like environment. Everyone helped each other out and seemed very concerned for their peers. You have the freedom to do whatever you'd like..for ex: start an organization or some major event for the med students."
"There is a lot of love, you can feel it. It so like a family. Everyone knows and likes eachother."
"The students are so nice. They want to get to know you and make you feel welcome."
"people are really friendly, students will stop and chat with you and answer your questions"
"The administration was really friendly and there was a strong family atmosphere. The students were really friendly and were willing to talk about anything. "
"People were happy to be there."
"Comraderie of the students. Family-like atmosphere."
"The students were very helpful and seem to be pleased with their experiences thus far. The campus seemed to be very nice and quiet, although they did have a block party in the afternoon. In all, it seemed like a close-knit family atmosphere."
" The cohesiveness of the students and how they are all willing to work with one another to help each other succeed."
"The students are probably the closest as a group that I've seen, but I would not fit in."
"How caring the students and faculty were."
"That the school makes such a difference in the health of especially black populations. And the students were nice, I talked to a good number of them."
"the friendliness of ALL the students"
"How friendly the students and faculty were."
"The students were really so friendly and geniunely wanted to know about me. The professors that I saw when I was just walking around actually introduced themselves and welcomed me. Such an encouraging environment."
"All of the students seemed really happy. There is a good academic support system. And the teachers seem to really be involved with the students. Also, there were is a huge focus on helping the underserved, which is really cool. Even Nashville was a lot nicer than I expected. I overall liked the community feeling of the school."
"Professors and other faculty genuinely cared for the sudents and worked with them to see them succeed. Very high scores on the borad exams."
"How close-knit and friendly _all_ the students/faculty/everyone I met was. Students were willing to talk to us and be helpful, even though it was during their finals. The fellow interviewees were really cool also, and all of us pretty much spent the day in a small group. "
"everyone is VERY friendly and happy there"
"The Meharry Towers are very nice. 20% of the students have advanced degrees and the class is very diverse.The students were very friendly and supportive of one another."
"The friendliness! Everyone knows each other. Also, the students are very proud of Meharry and of each other."
"I was told when I first arrived that everyone at Meharry is a family. I was SHOWN this all day as several students welcomed me and wished me luck."
"Students love the school, small class size of 80, and only 4 students per cadaver."
"the students are really happy there. they even pay for kaplan to come prep you for the boards"
"The friendliness of the staff/faculty."
"I was questioned about my grades for nearly 10-15 minutes"
"Lack of organization"
"Somewhat disorganized, but we were the first interview day so not holding it against them too much."
"The tour was a bit unorganized and very short, would have liked to have seen more."
"Didn't get a tour of the campus or have lunch with students and only had one interviewer because of the snowy weather. Day was cut drastically short."
"I just wish I was able to see more of the inside of the campus buildings, like the cafeteria, etc. The lack of institutional aid and the average student debt is also pretttyyy scary. The longer class days may not be for me as well...."
"Older facilities-not horrid but not as up to date as I would have liked"
"The student I had lunch with seemed disinterested."
"The board pass rate is 87%, which isn't horrible, but not great."
"The financial aid presentation ran over time and it cut the tour short. And we somehow had a shortage of time before lunch."
"-lack of campus tour (due to weather) -no extensive discussion of curriculum (both basic sciences and clinical) -match list results from previous years?"
"We were told that they only had our essays but not numbers, but I was close enough to the papers the interviewer had to see that it was the AMCAS and nothing was blocked out."
"The campus is a little smaller than what I expected. Also, it wasn't as up to date as far as the facilities go, but it seemed to get the job done."
"Nothing I really enjoyed the school"
"The tour guide did not show us the gross lab or the library."
"One interviewer thought he was all that and let me know it by the looks he gave me. Finanical Aid lady was unprofessional, we didn't get to look at lecture halls."
"Some of the facilities appeared to be old, but that did not bother me too much."
"The school year is a little longer than most schools. Their facilities are also a little older but with that said, the currents students did discuss the new president's efforts to gain financing that will go towards rejuvinating the schools appearance and providing the current technological upgrades that incoming students will benefit from. "
"Class all day."
"Didn't get to see the Basic Sciences building."
"The limited time you have on the tour. "
"the admissions team didnt really sell the school to me. ive been to interviews where the adcom is reall good about putting up the positives about the school, but meharry didnt really seem to care."
"the board scores, only 88% of students pass"
"The student interview session! They were extremely standoffish, and not very welcoming at all. They did answer questions pretty well, but never smiled, never made eye contact, and seemed to have some weird clique and hazing-type rituals going on...yuck."
"The student lunch was also part of the interview."
"They start school in July. The only potential downside to this is being waitlisted at other schools, sometimes until early August."
"No tour alternative when heavily raining (+however, did get to poke around inside cadaver lab)"
"The buildings were pretty old and a little ghetto."
"The demeanor of the medical school students during the panel interview. Many of the students were not welcoming at all. Otherwise, I had a very positive experience. "
"The facilities are a little old."
"The whole day was a little disorganized. There was no tour, we were told just to find the location of our interview, and then hang out until lunch... This can be good if you are outgoing... but if you arent you might have alot of time on your hands alone."
"Letter grading system, facilities lag somewhat behind other med schools I have been to"
"Disorganized. Two or more of the interviewers called in sick, and the director of admissions had to fill in and I know one doctor who had no idea what was coming was nabbed to do interviews as he was going down the hall. This concerned me. I thought it might affect the evaluations."
"the interviewers were an hour late, or did not show up (they had to find someone else to replace my second interviewer)"
"How the school looks old and scary....they do not have a lot of funding, so things do not look as nice as other schools."
"Nothing I can think of..."
"The medical student lunch was not well organized. It would have been better if the medical students broke up into small groups to interacted more with persepecitve students."
"1) Fall semseter starts in June. 2) Class attendance is mandatory. 3) Tutoring is mandatory. 4) Classes last all day (8am-5pm). 5) Overall staff seems too ''maternalistic'' and doesn't seem to put trust in students' academic ability 6) It was surprising that the school claims to be focused on the underserved communities, but there is a lack of public health research. "
"The tour was kind of short and a little abrupt due to time constraints"
"Length of school year and amount of time per day spent in class."
"I don't like how early the school year starts (second week of June) and how long the semesters are for them (only two weeks of winter break)."
"the map provided is a little confusing. "
"Nothing really. As others said, the facilities are somewhat old, but I don't really care for that."
"Not much.. I had heard the facilities were a bit old, which was true but also once inside the buildings were nice - I think they have been doing a lot of remodeling."
"The old historic buildings, although they are not as bad as they appeared once you went inside. "
"We has too much free time during the day. I had two whole hours to kill. Thank goodness I'm a go-getter. I ventured out to the hospital on campus and found a med school student to talk to. They should have organized the day better in order to keep our interest. Also, I'm not too sure if I would feel comfortable living in the South...again. It's really a different world down there."
"Two things: the tour, and the some of the students I met at lunch. The tour guide was the sweetest man, but we didn't get to walk through the affiliated hospital or go inside any of the buildings. We literally took a brief walk around the block. The students at lunch weren't very receptive and gave really short, uninformative answers to interviewees. I didn't take them as representatives of the rest of the school, because I've met several great students there before. "
"The facilities were older. The staff seemed unorganized, administrative staff never showed, down time between interviews, never got a tour of school."
"Getting directions to the school. Its on 21st avenue. I went to check out the school the day before my interview. 21ST Av gets cut in half so that part of it heads towards downtown while the other goes to the medical school. I drove around in circles for more than an hour in the rain trying to find the school. "
"The lack of transportation in Nashville."
"The age of the facilities, even though they were doing work on the buildings they have a long way to go."
"The the campus is a tad run down. No spectacular modern structure on the medical campus. The main hospital is about ten stories high and is a state supported institution. It is by no means old, but it isn't brand new."
"The college has been around over 130 years and does not receive state funding. Therefore, the buildings are somewhat run down. Mainly just the classroom building. The clinical building was rather nice as well as the library."
"Nothing was really negative."
"Very unorganized! The greeter told us to take itneraries and pass around, but actually, they had names on the top. So, we all were running around meeting the wrong interviewers!"
"The lunch wasn't what I expected. They give you a box with a sanwich, a fruit and a cookie."
"During the lunch with students we were encouraged to ask questions, but were evaluated. There were 5 students, and about 12 of us interviewing. We were eating lunch, and asking questions, but they were writing things down about us at the same time. I prefer a situation where students are there to answer your questions, not to impact your admission."
"The facilities are a little outdated, and we were not given much of a tour of the facilities."
"Nashville....I'm from a big city...very different and small"
"The fact that the school is underfunded and that the facilities are somewhat lacking."
"everything was a bit disorganized. Interview times were changed, my interviewer showed up 15 minutes late, there were multiple room changes."
"I was impressed no negative impressions"
"Facilities were a little older."
"after the interviews there was a survey all the way across school which could be done at the meeting site"
"Meharry has lower than average board scores."
"Facilities were old"
"Facilities are super old and the staff just seemed sort of unorganized. Second interviewer started off by asking me what my MCAT scores were. I didn't mind, but just seemed kinda out of place, it being closed file and all."
"We had to find our way to each interview with minimal instructions from the admissions staff. Basically, we were given a map and told to find our way. Some students were unlucky to have back to back interviews in different buildings. Not only is this confusing, but it is stressful when you arrive at an interview a late because you couldn't find your way. Also, the campus tour was cancelled due to rain. The tour guide didn't even attempt to modify the tour...so no tour!"
"All the first year lectures are in one lecture hall all day long. Then for the second year you just move to the lecture hall across the way. "
"The facilities seemed very archaic."
"The school has no gym facilities and there seems to be nothing of interest to do in the area"
"Some teachers feel that once you get in, you're on your own."
"Well, the facilities could use improvement. Additionally, classes typically begin at 8 a.m.. When other interviewees and I visited some of the early classes, literally most students were either asleep or checking their email on laptops. And finally, the lunch given to interviewees isn't very good. However, these are all very minor points, and they don't affect my overall positive impression of Meharry."
"the disorganized nature of the interview process, the poor facilities, the lack of mentoring attitude between faculty and students"
"The campus was a bit old and run down, but, the positive energy and mission overode for sure. "
"some of the bulidings are old and they need renovation"
"Unfortunately, the tour was self-guided. You are provided with a map, and advised to tour as your time permits."
"meharry is not a school that "woos" you....the students did not go out of their way to talk to you, you were given a schedule and a map and from then, you were on your own to find your interview location/financial aide/ housing...so you pretty much showed meharry to yourself...the lunch was straight out of grade school (a homemade sandwhich, chips, apple and cookie)....the only time a felt welcomed during the entire day was by my interviewers "
"The down time was absolutely ridiculous. I don't think that I should have to give myself a tour of the campus. There needed to be more structure to the day. "
"The sophmores were out for the day and the freshman had tests, so I did get to ask them many questions. The campus is pretty small and we did not get to see the hospital facilities they had. We got a rough tour to know everything is at. They are working on having access to Vanderbilt's gym and the library. "
"at times a little too informal, it would been nice to see more of the professional side of Meharry"
"I would have liked to have been given a tour of the facilities. Also, there was too much free time where there was nothing for me to do or see. I also would have liked a student host."
"I had an interview with 2 students at lunch who were evaluating me and it was really uncomfortable. "
"We didn't get to sit in on a class."
"The school is not that big and is struggling financially."
"The facilities, and lack of a tour around campus.It would have been nice to see the Gross lab,library,etc...."
"Not much. They don't have a recreational facility. Transportation is darn expensive in the city."
"there was a lot of free time, it was cool to sit in on the class, but after a while i was just bored"
"There was a bit of downtime, but I took it upon myself to talk to people, and explore a bit."
"The freshmen and sophomore years ALL classes are taught in one dreary room. The thought of staying in the same room 8-3 is a bit daunting. The school was slighty run down but nothing too bad truthfully, I was pleased that the facilities were not extravagent it seemed that tuition was going not to buildings and fancy things but into education and really fulfilling the mission statement."
"There was no tour of the school. The formal interview by medical students during lunch. The building and facilities are somewhat run down."
"The Tour was sub par"
"Not necessarily negative but quite intimidating was the fact that I was interview by a legend at the school, a man for who was head of the admissions committee for 27 years and whom a building on the campus is named for."
"Too much down time during the day. My interviewer was almost an hour late. Another interviewer was complaining about the students' poor performance in Physiology. Also, the low first-time pass rate on Step 1 (~76%), but now all Meharry students take Kaplan during the summer b/f the boards."
"The low % of USMLE Step I pass rates for the past year (they are working on that though; they hired Kaplan to come and prepare their students at no charge, which I think is amazing)"
"Like most poeple will say, the tour is somewhat abbreviated. We didn't get to see much of the facility's interior. We walked around outside and she sort of pointed to buildings. I still couldn't tell you where the library or computer lab is."
"Almost everything. The facilities were down, tour sucked, felt neglected, Nashville is too slow, school was generally dirty."
"The tour was not a real tour. They only showed us where the buildings were and etc, but we didn't really get a walk through tour of the facilities."
"it is not very ethnically diverse, no gym"
"One interviewer suggesting that I was rambling, when in fact, she was late for my interview and kept cutting my responses short because she was short for time. "
"The facilities are old and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think they have a gym."
"the facility is bad... but it makes up for it by the individual attention you get"
"Nothing really made a negative impression...other than my interviewer reading the questions from a typed page of questions and writing every word that I said...a little annoying, but nothing negative"
"There was no formal tour, alot of down time between the interviews"
"TONS of time to yourself. The school does the absolute minimum for your visit."
"The lunch was tiny. At the beginning, they tried to act that the lunch with the students was going to be informal, then they turned it in to an interview. The school does not have a lot of financial resources and the facilities look sort of worn down. "
"It is not that ethnically diverse mostly african americans. Does not receive support and funding from the state which it should because it is providing doctors that will most likely serve underserved areas and minorities. They are really bitter about that!"
"Small campus and hospital. Facilities seemed old and out-dated."
"facilities are pretty old, no real tour, too much free time to kill"
"The school is a fairly old one and it was sort of showing its age. The hospital was also a bit run down as well. The most negative aspects for me was the fact the interviews were spead all over the campus with little to no direction other than a very brief walk of the campus to help you find them. There was no financial aid presentation."
"Lot of time left to yourself."
"There were times between interviews when there was nothing for us to do. A tour and lunch were provided but there was a lot of empty time otherwise."
"The tour seemed a little disorganized, but the school encouraged us to explore the facilities on our own which more than made up for this. "
"Facilities for the students are not very good, technology wise, they are very behind even compared to local community colleges. "
"That the campus is confusing. I actually was lost for my third interview, and no one, including people that worked in the hospital, could tell me where internal medicine was. And the people I talked to in Admissions were not helpful to a lost interviewee. But Dr. Mosley and his wife were the exception, they made sure we knew where to go, and had their cell number. "
"how small the hospital was."
"The school osn't all that nice."
"The buildings were old"
"Nothing much. T"
"Not much around the area. Very small campus."
"Campus and facilities were small, particularly the library. and there didn't seem to be too many computers around. However, Meharry students do have access to the med school library at Vanderbilt not to far away. Campus housing is tough to get but it's cheap, as is off-campus housing--you still will need a car to get around. "
"the facilities did not look anywhere close to being up to date."
"I didn't get a chance to see the living areas."
"No place to work out at on campus."
"lack of research. one of the interviewers was just asking me questions from a form and checking them off one by one. he didn't really seem to care"
"Not a whole lot of research going on here."
"That it was common for the program to ask about grades so intensely"
"That there are two virtual interviews"
"That there was going to be an MMI portion of the interview."
"There are two separate interviews, back to back."
"I felt that I was fully prepared for the interview."
"About there United Methodist Church Scholarship/Loan"
"Not to be so stressed omg my interviewer was CHILLLL."
"Not to stress because the interview was so laid back"
"that i had the option to stay with a med student"
"To wear flats. My feet were truly aching after the tour. But I should have known better."
"Rich history of the college"
"Really laid-back day. When you interview this late (2/12/10), you are only really consisdered for the wait-list becuase the class is full...but of course, you still have a chance of getting in."
"Dress for the weather. You will be standing outside for awhile during the tour, so bring gloves or a coat if it's cold and dress comfortably. I know a lot of the girls wished they wore flats. Also, you will be sitting in a room with other applicants bc the interviews are in different shifts, so bring a snack/bottle of water bc you'll get hungry. Finally, try to have a handful of questions to ask the interviewer. One girl's interviewer kept asking her if she had any more questions after she had already asked 7!"
"That the interview would be so chill and so so so low stress"
"I felt fine with the info I had."
"I wish I wouldn've kept my cool more. I wish I wouldn't have been so annoyed with one interviewer. He was so jerky and I might have let it show for a second or two. Tried to recover quickly when he laughed out loud at me and sneared at a few of the questions I had for him."
"I wish I had known that it wouldn't be stressful!"
"I'd be standing outside during the tour on a slanted hill with heels on. NOT comfortable!"
"It wasn't as bad as the SDN members made it out to be. The student pannel was very nice!"
"The campus tour was very informative, but didn't really entail much (i.e., we didn't even have time to actually walk through the building that classes are held in). You have to make your own time/arrangements for a more in depth tour, or to sit in on a class, etc."
"Two batches of interviews, one in morning and one in evening."
"Lunch with the Med students really is an interview too. They took notes on us. It was a little weird, not gonna lie."
"Ann Epps Center, where intv is held, isn't readily apparent/visible. Just ask someone walking around and save yourself time and frustration (especially, if you take a taxi that day). "
"Yes. Have a ton of questions to ask the medical school students during the panel interview. "
"I wish I knew the specific times I would be interviewing."
"Meharry starts early... June 16th!!!"
"I wish I had known bout the research opportunities they had there"
"No sign to the Anne Epps Student Center where you are supposed to meet that is visible from the road."
"That we would eat lunch with about 12 med students, all in their white coats. It was intimidating at first, but then they made us fell at ease. They nicely answered any questions we had about Meharry and their experience there."
"That everything would go smoothly and be stress free from getting to the hotel and Meharry and the interview. "
"One interviewer had gpa/mcat/scores, the other two interviewers had only essays/activities"
"Nothing really, but it does help to Memorize the Meharry Medical Mission."
"The curriculum time format (starting in June, 8am-5pm lectures, and mandatory class attendance)."
"The interview style. Three back to back to back half hour interviews. i was wiped after that."
"That my interviews would be back to back to back"
"Nothing - Be familiar with Meharry's mission."
"The location of the hotel I stay"
"Nothing. Everything was as expected from SDN feedback."
"Faculty interviews were back-to-back. Literally got up from one and walked across the hall to the other and started over. Lunch was very laid back, and we were done exactly at the time they told us we would be."
"that it was going to be a closed file interview- it's hard trying to tell someone EVERYTHING about yourself and your application in 30 minutes!"
"Nothing. I'm from Nashville, so I'm pretty familiar with Meharry."
"Can't think of anything"
"That just because the discount rate rooms at the Millennium Maxwell House are full, doesn't mean you should give up your search at other nearby hotels"
"School starts near June 16th."
"School starts in June."
"Knew enough from SDN prior to my visit. "
"Everyone is so friendly and the interviewers just want to get to know you and look beyond the MCAT. Great atmosphere!"
"If you stay at the Millenium Maxwell House, don't forget to call the hotel to get the shuttle to pick you up at the Airport - it doesn't make regular rounds. Nashville is small - if you are used to big city living this might be a little culture shock :)"
"I wish I would have seen the names on the top of the iteneraries! "
"The weather was very cold."
"Bring a snack! I did not locate the vending machine for a while, and there was no food places around, nothing until lunch (which so-so)."
"You are pretty much on your own during the "interview period". If your interviews are two hours apart, you pretty much have nothing to do."
"This was my second interview in two years at Meharry. I discovered that I am still very interested in attending"
"Nothing really, got a lot of good information from my friend."
"That they didn't serve breakfast. I would have eaten at my hotel so I wouldn't be hungry during the interview process."
"I was very impressesd by the school because I had a negative view of it before visiting"
"Nothing. It truly is a great school, especially if you are interested in primary care I think."
"Meharry's curriculum is being overhauled this year. They are making the transition to PBL."
"Not that it would affect my decision to attend Meharry or not, since I think it is a great school, but the 2005 school year begins in late June not August. They like to get started right away!"
"That the interview would take less time than was actually said...I would have gotten an ealier flight back home."
"Don't be so nervous."
"The admissions office is located on a very steep hill that took me a while to climb. But that's because I'm slow :)"
"that meharry really wasn't going to go out of their way to impress me. they could care less. some schools are like that others aren't."
"Interviews are done blind "
"bring an umbrella."
"the opening speaker informed us that 9 out of 10 people who interview get put on a waitlist spot (until march 15 when all schools have to reveal acceptances to one another)...he said meharry was playing "the game" just like we were playing "the game""
"Nothing really. I had an idea about the place and what to expect. Everything i needed to know was already posted here as well! "
"Meharry is not in the nicest part of town but it is in the neighborhood it seeks to serve"
"the diversity that exist among the staff and students."
"Meharry just implemented a new curriculum."
"more about the school's research and more about the school. "
"That the interviews would be all over campus"
"This was my first interview so I was stressed out. I wish I would have known that the entire day would not be stressful in any way."
"They have a hospital right on campus."
"Nasville experiences torrential downpours that are very short lasting. I should have gone with an umbrella"
"that it was gonna rain/snow in a southern state in mid april!!! but it wasnt a big deal i just had to fill this question in with something."
"nothing, SDN pretty much covered everything"
"You will need a car while attending medical school because the bus is unreliable, the shops/restaurants and off campus housing are not within walking distance. "
"nothing really, it is a great school with a unique mission."
"I discovered how compettitive medical school is and how much of a commitment of your life it takes to get through it. Relationships,jobs, and hobbies are all secondary."
"I was impressed with the fact that there is so much history at Meharry. That really meant a lot to me."
"That the lunch with the students was an interview, too. That kinda threw me, but it was still really nice."
"That this interview was a waste of time and money. The interviewers were uninspiring. Both interviewers were late in starting the interview and basically ripped thorugh the process with 100% lack of interest. One interviewer indirectly told me that I was 'too good' for Meharry and I would be accepted anyway...before we began the interview! The second interviewer told me the same thing and mentioned "this process is not necessary as I am too smart for this institution." Well, goo luck to all Meharry students: I hope they are not as dumb as the interviewers potray them to be."
"Tuition had gone up but it's still cheaper than most schools. The interviewees are scheduled with the same interviewees back-to-back (giving less than 30 mins/interview--I went over during both faculty interviews)"
"tuition is 31k/year, closed-file interview"
"Meharry was found by a group of white men because of an act of charity which occurred recently after Mr. Meharry wagon broke down and a group of free slaves where took him in, fed him, and fix his salt wagon. He vowed to repay them...$30,000 and the Methodist church and the state of Tennessee decided that freed slaves needed a medical center to address their needs. Meharry is seemly strong in their curriculum. 8-5 days and subject boards are rigorously administered."
"That I didn't need to stress about this interview. "
"That the students have classes from 9 to about 4:30 PM"
"I wish the interviews were closer together"
"How old everything is- the facilities aren't the greatest."
"Lunchtime with the students will be an interview. The 3 interviews counts for 1/3 of your overall admissions score."
"They was no tour..it was more like a brisk 15 min walk with no talking in between. The lunch was really bad. You have to find your way around."
"Bring a lot of questions to ask!"
"That race seems to be of primary focus on the interviewers minds."
"that the school, despite what it says about diversity, is still very much a black med school. took a look at one of the classes and the freshman class was at least 90% black"
"That interviews were spread throughout the day and there was no seriously organized tour. I around 4 hours of dead time to go on a self tour of the campus or just sit. We had access to walk around but could NOT go see the gross lab."
"70% pass rate is not good on step 1 USMLE."
"That it was going to rain."
"Tuition is increasing by 15% next year; to stay on campus, you should reserve a spot "yesterday"; the acceptance range list is approximately all 500 interviewees. I'm not really hurt that I didn't find out this information before hand, but I'm glad they told us. Better late than never, I guess."
"I had a late interview, so I pretty well expected that I would be interviewing for a waitlist position, which did not bother me in the least since I really want to go there and wanted to give myself any shot possible of getting in. However, there were some other applicants who were quite upset at not knowing that they were interviewing for a wait list spot. They wished that they had been told this beforehand. I can see their point. Plane tickets are not cheap and some of us had to miss class to interview. "
"I wish I knew that I would not fit in in a school that is a traditionally black school, but its still medical school and a good education had be obtained here."
"the school is very close and supportive "
"That the weather was so cold in TN. How many interviews I would have that day. It wasn't until that morning that I realized I had two faculty interviews, and it wasn't until lunch that I realized that the students were also evaluating us. "
"That I was the only person being interviewed that wasn't african american."
"Nothing was unexpected, but the higways in Nashville are kinda confusing :("
"I didn't know anything about Nashville before the visit, and I guess I still don't know too much. "
"no research at this school"
"Have at least 5 good questions to ask the interviewers (not 5 each). You will have many opportunities to ask questions, and you always should. "
"Wish I would have know that only non URM's with outstanding grades and MCAT have a chance of getting in."
"The avg MCAT for first years at Meharry is ~8 (in each sxn). However, Meharry students, in the past five years, have scored well above the national avg on parts I, II of the boards. Also, for the past couple years, the top score in the nation on USMLE step I, II has come from a Meharry student......EAT YOUR HEART OUT JOHNS HOPKINS, HARVARD, STANFORD, and the rest of you pompous schools."
"This school is small but very mission driven. Know their mission"
"Despite being slow with regard to extending an interview, I had a good experience. Meharry is my top choice MD program."
"Great school that focuses immensely on fit and less on numbers or prestigious EC's. Just be yourself and demonstrate that you want to be a part of a historic program and have a desire to serve especially underserved communities."
"would have liked a longer tour"
"The interview day is a stress-free process and everyone is so nice!"
"Overall good experience and got good vibes from the students that its a place that cares and is a family. They really want to see their students succeed."
"Pretty awesome day and overall, I was very impressed."
"I loved Meharry and everything the college stands for."
"Overall liked the school; not my top choice but I would go there if other choices did not pan out"
"Good tour guide, students seem really happy"
"You don't really get to see much during the campus tour. I would recommend making some time afterward to wander around on your own to see lecture halls, library, etc."
"I was told to arrive on campus at 10am for an afternoon interview session. Brief introduction followed by financial aid presentation and audio tour with Dr. Atwater. We were supposed to go on a campus tour but the weather was awful. Dr Atwater is a very dynamic speaker and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him discuss the history of the college. Lunch with medical students and then interviews were scheduled in 30 minute blocks from 1-2:30. The day was done by 3pm. I had 1 interview; was supposed to be for 30 minutes. It ran over a bit. I believe the lunch with medical students was good though I think they do evaluate the interviewees. Following lunch, the admissions manager definitely pulled them into a room (don't know what that's about). Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Meharry. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did but I was impressed by the environment. Meharry seems like they are trying to get students that really believe in their mission statement. I really appreciate how all research on campus is conducted to fulfill their dedication towards serving minority populations."
"Don't stress! The interviewer was the least bit intimidating, and it felt more like a conversation with a respected elder in a grocery store more than an interview for med school. Try to be really thorough when you answer your interviewer's questions. It seemed like my answers gauged what she was going to ask next. Be very familiar with the school's mission. The student luncheon was very informal, and they didn't sit and take notes about us. The student center is not visible from Meharry street. You have to turn into the parking lot, and you'll see it from there."
"Enjoy the day it was a great experience. I would so excited to attend. My day was unique however in the sense that it was a really bad snow storm the day before so my day got cut short and there was no tour. But they were really accommodating to people and their travel plans. I loved the school!"
"It was a great visit. The school is very dedicated to serving the underserved which was amazing."
"Seemed like a nice place. Some of the attending students "interview" you during a lunch you have with them without you knowing it. I only found out later. Students seemed to like each other, but said some equipment was outdated. They weren't entirely enthusiastic, maybe they were tired of studying. . ."
"There were two one-on-one interviews. Everyone was really nice and seemed to be more concerned with getting to know you as a person as opposed to as a student. Lunch with the medical students was probably the most informative part of the day. You get a lot of great feedback and honest answers to your questions. I'd suggest staying at the Millenium Maxwell Hotel, the one that they recommend. Shuttle service is really great, will take you to and from Meharry and to and from the airport."
"Overall, the experience was truly wonderful. The interviews were laid back, the students were friendly. Everyone is really proud of Meharry and its efforts. You feel a sense of pride in each person you meet. "
"Interviewers only had my personal statement and activities list from AMCAS. No grades or test scores. I loved this school and would be fortunate to have the opportunity to obtain my MD from here."
"I loved Meharry and am praying for a miracle!"
"The day started at 8am. We had a presentation followed by 2 back to back 30min interviews. They asked very standard questions. There was a financial aid presentation and discussion about the curriculum. The tour was given and lunch with students. There was a group of students with afternoon interviews. I felt like there was something missing from this interview day that failed to draw me to the school or convince me to want to attend. The Maxwell house hotel was nice and the shuttle was convenient"
"Overall, I like Meharry's approach to education, albeit a bit overbearing. The familial atmosphere and super support system is a real plus for anyone needing it or wanting to take advantage of it. Hopefully all of the students aren't as unpleasant as the group we met!"
"This isn't about the school, but there's no place for comments in travel. I took the metro bus to and from the interview, and it was really nice. I would definitely reccommend it. For a day pass, it's only $4.80, and you can easily figure out which busses to take by going to www.nashvillemta.org."
"Friendly, great vibe, by the way the third interview is a group interview where you ask a panel of students your questions, and they write notes by your name. By the time you get to this portion, you have already been asked ''do you have any other questions?'' maybe 8 times"
"My interview went well. Both interviewers were interested in me and knew my application. Overall the interview went very well."
"Positive. I enjoyed my time at MeHarry."
"The day started off with meeting the other interviewies, then a couple presentations, lunch with the 1st and 2nd year students, then my two back to back interviews. Unfortunately the bad weather impeded the tour, however we saw the gross anatomy lab. Overall everyone I met was really friendly, and the interviewers were not intimidating."
"Wonderful... The school is great. I wasnt expecting much and It blew me away. The interviewers were very friendly. The first interview I had engaged me in a conversation so it really wasnt even question/answer... so I liked that. The second interviewer was a little more question/answer but.... he was very friendly and seemed to care about what I had to say."
"They interviewers were very warm and certainly seemed more interested in me as a person than me as a student."
"There were only seven of us. Some had morning interviews and some, like me, arrived at ten for afternoon interviews. I thought the afternoon interviewers had a slight advantage b/c they got to do the tour and meet a lot of people and ask questions (and hear questions be asked by the other interviewees) well before the interview. This exposure to the school and faculty beforehand helps during the interview, in my view. At ten we had an introductory sessions given by Dr. Mosely, Director of Admissions. Then a woman gave a presentation on financial aid, which did ease my mind a bit. Then the tour, given by a Mr. Atwood. We got to see the gross anatomy lab where three students had a cadaver out and were working. Then a lunch and interview sessions with students. There were four students. We asked them questions and they answered the questions while one of them simultaneously put notes about us down on a paper. After this, the afternoon interviews. Three of us were interviewing in the afternoon. Two of the interviewers didn't show. There was scrambling to come up with interviewers, calling people, and one doctor was grabbed as he came into the Anne Epps Center for an unrelated meeting. I ended up interviewing with the director of admissions, and my second faculty interview was with a surgeon. They were low stress. The one that had the potential to be more stressful was the interview with the surgeon, because he had a very reserved, serious demeanor. However, this ended up being a very enjoyable interview because of our common interests."
"small school, small class; students seem to be happy there. The curriculum will be changed this year to an integrated system. "
"Overall it was good, I learned a lot about the school and it was relaxed."
"It was nice, no stress, interviews went very well, med. students really didn't talk much during the lunch. Better directions should have been given on how to get to the building from the parking deck. Over all, the interview was great though. Meharry offers a lot of research opp. and they are doing great things, following their mission."
"I was in the afternoon group so arrived some time before 10AM, there was fruit, danishes, and juice/water available, day started with presentation on Meharry's history, financial aid, tour, lunch with med students, and finally the INTERVIEW. "
"Very nice, enjoyable experience, even though it was my first med school interview, the faculty was very welcoming and nice; if you have an interview at Meharry, don't even stress about it!"
"The interview experience was good. There were three interviews each 30 mins each. The 30 mins goes by really fast, especially since the interviews are set up to be stress free. I did have one really bad interview with an interviewer who really didn't care about anything positive in my application. I am sure she wanted to test my patience, but I would not go to the interviews not expecting at least one curve ball of a stressful interviewer."
"Interaction with faculty and students was very positive. The curriculum turned me off."
"Honestly, I can not say that i could have had a better experience. Seeing how it was my first interview, I still loved it. The faculty and staff were very friendly and the students were cool and funny and cute! I had a blast. The environment was laid back and non-stressful. I could easily see myself there come June."
"My interview was very organized and well planned. The interviewers were kind, polite, smiled, and were easy to converse with. They really seemed interested in getting to know me and learning about my motivation for applying to med school. The lunch with the students actually provided the most insight and I believe the close connection they had with each other was very unique to Meharry."
"Very good experience, impressed with how strongly the faculty is committed to researching issues that affect minorities."
"Very well, the admissons staff and the faculty interviewers were courteous. Overall, positive experience"
"Overall a positive experience. Starts with breakfast in the morning, followed by a quick brief with admissions explaining the interview process, your three interviews, presentations from financial aid and a Q&A with a faculty member on USMLE scores, class set up etc, lunch with students, questionaire and departure."
"To my surprise, none of my interviewers asked me why I chose medicine. "
"Arrive, refreshments, sign in, take headshot, intro, financial aid, tour, lunch with students, interviews, survey."
"The day went according to schedule from 8am-1pm. We had some presentations, the interviews, and the tour in the morning. In the afternoon we had lunch with the students, which allowed to ask questions about the student life. There was a cold front, so it was freezing, especially during the tour. I recommend that you check the weather before going."
"I had a great time at Meharry. Everyone was very friendly and nice. One of the faculty interviewers told me that with the smaller class size, they really watch out for their students. The students were also very nice and laid-back. It is not a competitive atmosphere, but more that everyone should do well. Like in other feedback, the community feeling was definitely there and great. Oh, also for us, lunch was good! They also had breakfast food setup for the morning group and we got to snack between sessions which was nice."
"It was an enjoyable experience and glad I was given the opportunity to interview there. I was quite pleased and impressed after my visit there. "
"Overall, I had a positive experience. My interviewers (Dr. Burnett and Dr. Shockley) were so supportive and geniune. I recommend that anyone have those 2. They made me feel at home."
"The interviews were pretty laid back, and fellow interviewees were friendly. Arrived at 8, went through three interviews, financial aid presentation, tour, lunch with students, and then I was done by 1. "
"Meharry is a great school. Speaking with one of the interviewers, I think Meharry students are at a real advantage because of how diverse the patients that they will see are. I really enjoyed the interview day- it was very relaxed and everyone was very nice."
"My first interview was laid back, but a bit unprofessional. He mentioned the interview performance of another applicant I knew at my undergraduate institution and asked me if I was married. My second interview was interesting. He basically pounded me with questions and when I gave my response debated with me on my opinion. "
"It was great. Talking with the medical students there helped the most. The school turned out to be greater than I thought it was. I hope I get in. "
"INCREDIBLE! Everyone was completely amazing and very friendly. The Meharry family made me feels right at home (aside: i'm a white jew). The school has a rich history and I hope I become part of their family."
"My first interviewer showed up 20 minutes late to my interview, so that threw me off. But my second interviewer was so kind and considerate, he did not mind that I showed up five minutes late and was enthusiastic about the interview."
"Over all it was a very positive experience. The professors were very informative and made you feel like they wanted you to be there."
"First interviewer did not ask many questions at all. He did not review my file. Asked GPA/MCAT and than talked a little about the cirriculum. A nice professor though. My second interviewer simply blew me away. Not only did he review my file beforehand, he mentioned that he "shed a few tears" while reading my essays. He was what every interviewee wants. He was caring and knew enough about me to hold a nice conversation. He described his role in the school and his background which was very considerate as this helped add substance to our conversation. I walked away feeling this person cared about me as an applicant and truly wanted for me to attend Meharry. Wow! The tour was led by a faculty member who gave a wonderful narration of the school's history and of the campus. It was like I was listening to someone doing a voiceover on National Geographic or The Learning Channel. It was a good tour. Just wished the sights were a bit more modern. Like the previous posts have mentioned, the day seemed slightly disjointed. The group (about a dozen people) met in a conference room in the Basic Sciences Center, an introduction was given by an old gentleman who also was one of the deans, after this a very short financial aid session was presented. Interview times were scattered throughout the day and the campus. My first was at 9:30 and a second one at 1:30. Lunch was at noon in the hospital. Every other moment was essentially on your own, there really wasn't an area one could lounge in. You had the option of attending a class (which was a nice touch). BTW, you have lunch with a group of 1st and 2nd year students and they actually interview you. They fill out short forms judging your motivations, interest, etc. It was like a third interview, but naturally a bit more causual."
"Over all a great experience. The interviewers were really nice, both interviews felt more like informative conversations rather than Q&A interviews."
"There is one interviewer, who is straight out mean. He looks into your background and will question you and attack you about things. He definately tries to break you down. He doesn't let you get a word in, always interupts, and won't shake your hand afterward. I met with him only because I recieved the wrong itinerary! When I got my correct itinerary, my ASSIGNED interviewers were so sweet. I loved them, especially coming back from such a rough interview! Just beware of the LRC Building, the beast will be awaiting you!!!!!"
"It was a very pleasant day. My interviews were both in the morning so after lunch I left to the hotel. The interviewers, students, and everyone else were very friendly and helpful"
"The experience was very relaxed. My first interviewer asked me only two questions, we basically just talked for 40 minutes. My second interview was the polar opposite. He asked me a lot of questions, and with great detail."
"I truly enjoyed the experience, this school is definitely on the top of my list."
"I had a good time and I enjoyed the school. I interviewed with 12 other students and they seemed to be pretty down to earth. The interview coordinator is the sweetest woman. She has been with the institution for 40+ years and really had a lot of good things to say about the institution. I wish I would have been able to see an actual class in progress. "
"The interview is really relaxed overall. It's a good opportunity for you to ask questions as well. The school is very committed to helping the underserved and the student body is very close knit. I really enjoyed myself and actually being able to be on campus and to interact with the students really endeared the school to me. "
"My first interview was pretty informal. My interviewer did not ask me any questions until 20 minutes into the interview, and that point she asked me where I went to undergrad. It seemed like she knew she should be following some form or template, but had left at home and was doing her best to wing it. My second interview was pretty straight forward."
"Wonderful place. Great Educators. Excellent student body."
"Overall I enjoyed my visit to Meharry. I knew some things about the school and having the opportunity to interview their really helped me to decide if I could be there."
"i had an overall exceptional time, from the start the dean made us aware that this school promoted a family mentality because they had all the interviewees introduce each other. the current medical students were beyond nice. the students in the hallways were giving me tips on questions that might be asked such as i was told to make sure that i know the mission statement, which i was not asked but still i was so appreciative. from them setting up my hotel,travel arrangements and lunch with the second year, i had the best possible experience."
"It was freezing cold! The temperature was in the twenties in the evening. Meharry is a relatively old school. They were doing construction in the building I was interviewing in so the construction was kind of distracting. On of my interviewer was late AND cut my interview early when I still had things to say. The interview ended up being about 15 minutes so I'm not sure if he really knows enough info about me."
"Toally changed what i was looking for in a medical school"
"Arrive in the AM, short video of the history of the school. Introduce the person next to you. You meet some students that come in and talk to you. Take a tour of the campus, which doesn't take too long. Lunch with students. Interviews are in the AM and/or afternoon. Day can end short if done with interviews!"
"Overall my experience at Meharry was extremely positive. The interviewers for the most part were relaxed and simply wanted to get to know me as an individual. One of my interviews was actually extended because we were having a great conversation. Although the interview is "closed-file" be prepared to answer ANY questions about your grades/coursework/GPA/MCAT scores/SAT scores (yes...SAT scores)/ACT scores. I actually had to go through and list all of this info. in one of my interviews."
"I had an awesome experience at Meharry. My first interviewer asked me all sorts of questions about my profile and took lots of notes, but never made me feel uncomfortable at all. My second interviewer and I had a discussion on medical ethics among other things, however once again I never felt like I was being grilled or put on the spot. My advice is just relax, be yourself, and know your AMCAS application inside and out."
"The visit was very nice. The boxed lunches were fine, except that they had too many Diet Cokes. The tour was great - I learned alot of history (esp. Black history) while there. The students and faculty were very easy to talk to. The campus exuded a family-like atmosphere."
"I was generally pleased with what Meharry had to offer ( I was not blown away by any one thing but it was definitely not a disappointment). My interviews were very relaxing. I felt that my interviewers were really concerned about getting to know that real me, and they tried to make the interview as comfortable for me as possible. The drawback for me was that we had to walk a bit to different buildings where the interviews were being held and for me that was difficult as they were back-to-back so I literally had to sprint across the campus to get to my other interview on time. One of the rooms to my interviewer's office was incorrectly listed so i had a really hard time finding her office and that increased my stress level a bit because I was beginning to get a bit anxious. But other than that everything was fine."
"Laid back, friendly, sometimes we found ourselves discussing trivial subjects, ie the weather. "
"Overall, Meharry is a very comfortable place to interview. Everybody is helpful and friendly and the interviewers were non-intimidating."
"My day began with a brief introduction by Ms. Baity, who is one of the kindest women that I've ever met. Next, all interviewees were placed in pairs. Each had to provide the entire group with a mini-introduction of their partner. Afterwards, we watched a short film on Meharry. One the film ended, we received our interview assignments, and left for a campus tour. At the end of the tour, some interviewees went to their individual interviews, while the remaining interviewees took personal tours of the campus. Sometime later, we all reconvened for lunch with the medical students. The day ended on a very positive note. I had three interviews. Two faculty interviews, and then a student interview. My entire interview experience was relaxing and overall, just wonderful. I really like Meharry, and would be honored to be accepted there. I'm sincerely praying for this to happen. The Admissions staff, in addition to all of the students I met, were all great."
"watched a video about history of school, was given a sheet of paper scheduling my interviews, and a map, left on my own to find interviewers and explore campus. room numbers were wrong on my sheet. 1.5 hours on my own in the morning. lunch was late. no representative of the school there until a half hour latter than supposed to be. question and answer session with second year medical students. went to financial aid. end of day."
"Awesome, a totally underated school and program. I"
"the interview was straight forward. nothing out of the ordinary. it was quick. Though I was sick at the time of the interview, the faculty made me feel comfortable by showing me a place to rest and drinks."
"Good experience...I enjoyed lunch with the students, all of whom were friendly, candid, and seemed to pleased with their decision to attend Meharry. I sat in on one course, and was impressed with the faculty."
"Overall I was not really impressed... the day started with a talk, a video about meharry's vision, a photoshoot (headshots of everyone) and then as I mentioned before you were given a schedule and then you were on your own for the rest of the day besides the required sack lunch with some med students...bring a book or something to do to pass the time."
"Overall it was not the best interview, but it definately wasn't the worst. It is a long day and by the time it is over you just think "I can't wait to get home." However, you get to spend a lot of free time exploring the campus"
"It was a laid back day. The faculty and the students are friendly and helpful. They are focused on primary care and not research so they will not have great facilities. They are a small school located in the ghetto area of Nashville. Nashville is all about country music- and if you dont like that and want more cosmopolitan place, then you may need to go somewhere else. We had many interviewees from California for some reason. Its not a bad school. I actually liked it. The good thing is that you hear back from them soon, unlike other schools. Its all about finding the best fit between the student and the school. I would not mind coming for med school here! "
"a very basic day, general introduction, 2 interviews, lunch with students, financial aid presentation, tour, a fun but long day, by the end of the day I liked Meharry more than I thought I would"
"I was very nervous being my first interview, but my interviewer made me feel so comfortable that it felt like I was more in a casual conversation then an interview."
"All in all, a positive experience."
"I thought it went really well. Honestly, after reading such negative things in other posts regarding Meharry, I went in with a negative attitude. Considering I'm not a minority, I thought I'd be treated differently. However,that was not the case. Everyone was very kind. Meharry may not be the richest or most affluent school in the U.S. but take it from a person who has been around, they are a damn good school. They are starting to use problem based learning and the student body is small and (from my observation) very close knit. And from the student's own mouths, the people who don't do well there chose not to do well. The interviewers asked me questions about me and they wanted to know how I would positively add to the legacy of medicine. Other schools I've interviewd at haven't asked questions so profound. So, for all those who have dogged Meharry (including myself in the past), don't knock it until you try it. "
"The interviews went very well. The people were very honest and straightforward about their program. They want to know what you think of their mission and how you can identify with it. Since it's closed file, you get to basically summarize your AMCAS file. This can seem like a waste of time but it's actually a good way to get comfortable and interview well."
"We took pictures and watched a movie in the morning. I had two interviews in the mornings. We ate lunch with second year medical students and had a tour with a member of the admissions staff. We were finished by 1:30pm"
"This was my first interview so I was a bit nervous. There was a lunch with some of the second year med school students and I gained a lot of additional information about the school, curriculum, etc. My interviews took place in the morning so I had some free time to walk around campus after lunch. "
"It was an overall good experience.The only thing I see as a potential drawback is their low graduation and Step 1 pass rates...but I definately am impressed by their research in the health disparities field."
"This was my first interview, so I don't have much to compare it with, but I really enjoyed myself. The student were nice, my interviewers were friendly and seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say."
"Very pleasant experience overall. I travelled all the way from Winnipeg to Nasville for the interview, but suprisingly I didn't feel stressed at all. The admissions staff were very nice and put everyone at ease in the begining when we got there. Each applicant had a different schedule depending on what time their particular interviews were supposed to be. Everyone had lunch at the same time with 3 first year and 1 second year med student. This gave each of us the opportunity to ask them unique questions, and get the answers from the student perspective. We got to know how life was like on Campus, what parts of the city to live in e.t.c There was lot of time in between the interviews; this was useful for me because I could explore the college on my own, I didn't even get to see everything that sparked my interested. My fellow interviewees were really nice people and this heightened the great experience. I got to meet people from all over the states and made some friends. I'd definitely recommend Meharry to any prospective medical student. And hey, it is a HBC too. "
"I think that it was great and I hope that they thought the same about me!!!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed my visit! They mad us feel very welcome. I worried that I was interviewing for a waitlist spot, but they spoke as if we had as good a chance as anyone else who interviewed. They broke the numbers down as far as how many apply, interview, and get in. I felt honored just to get an interview! I would go to this school, and be proud to say that I was a Meharry graduate. The students were intelligent, yet that typical competitive vibe that you encounter at the professional level was not there. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and talkative. Because it was the week after their Easter break, and people had finals that day, we only met with one med student and on former student who is currently a faculty member there. Other people said that the lunch with the students is an undercover interview, but because there was only one student, I don't know if she'll have a say or not. "
"really laid back place but that doesnt mean med school is any easier, 8-5 days. "
"It was very informal and personal. The student lunch and the conversation following was great. The students were awesome so caring and so close as a family. I was a little uneasy about my first interview. He asked only my gpa and mcat scores and if I had taken physiology and how I chose what med schools to apply to. It lasted 10 minutes only, I was afraid of the fact that he made up his mind off of just that. The second one was much more conversational and comfortable. "
"This was the least stressful interview I have ever had. The students were very helpful and very happy about their school. I also learned that once you are in you are guaranteed to graduate. As previously mentioned there was no tour of the school which I found to be odd since every school is eager to let pple. know something about there facilities. Students always find time to socialize outside school and they did not give the impression that they were stressed by the academics. Bring a book to read because if you are scheduled for an early interview and a late afternoon interview you will have plenty of down time. "
"Meharry is a great school, I had the time of my life while at my interview. The staff is great the students are great. All I can say is admit me and I will be there. I enjoyed this interview more than the others I have previously had."
"It was what I expected. One interviewer was calm and the other tested my composure a little more."
"The interview day was definitely low stress. It was great being at an HBC. My interviewers were pretty good, but one was kind of bitter about the students' low performance in some areas. During lunch, there is a question/answer session with some 2nd year students. You have to eat and talk at the same time so that was kind of difficult. Also, the students interview you after you finish eating. Bring a book to read or something to do because you may have a lot of down time during interviews."
"First, we watched a video on the history and mission of Meharry (it has a rich heritage), then we were given a tour of the campus. The admissions director was out of the country, but we were given his cell phone number if we had additional questions. After the tour, we had to find our intervewers on our own (which I didn't like), but the interviews were very laid back and conversational. While waiting for interviews, we could sit in on a class, which was nice and different from my other interviews. At lunch, we ate with some 2nd years, who went around asking us if we have any questions, then interviewing us one on one. Overall, it was a great experience!"
"The day was kinda long and if your interviews aren't spread out correctly, you'll have a lot of unnecessary free time. I was very comfortable at this interview and handled my nerves better than at any other school. It's a good school, but they do stress that they are most willing to give the "under dog" a chance at a great medical education. Meharry will not make you a good student just because it's a medical school so just because it's a place you can get into with scores that may not be accepted elsewhere doesn't mean you're going to do well if you don't put in the effort. (you know what i mean)"
"I read a lot of negative reviews about this school. Granted it's an HBCU but I can't really compare it to other schools I've interviewed at. It's one thing to be an affordable HBCU but at the cost of a solid medical education? No way. Heck no. Thankfully, I have other places to go. Don't get me wrong, this may be the school for you. My standards are beyond anything this school can dream of. Meharry looks good on paper but if you have a choice of med school to go to, please think twice. If you already have an acceptance, try to save your $500.00 for another interview. This school didn't seem to really care and I am really really pissed off. By the way, the tour sucked because the reverend had to tell the story of every wall, pillar, nook and cranny of the school...whatever"
"The day is split into three parts, morning interviews, lunch and afternoon interviews. Two faculty interviews and a student interview during lunch. The people were so welcoming that I didn't feel stressed during my interviews at all. I found out if you just carry a conversation with the interviewer it doesn't give them much time to grill you on particulars. I was impressed that two of my interviewers gave me feedback on my interview and the student even gave me advice for the next interview. I could definitely tell they wanted their interviewees to have the best opportunities while at Meharry."
"we had 3 interviews, 2 with faculty and 1 with students. they people were really friendly and it was a good experience."
"My first interview was very informal. It was in the professorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office. We talked for a LONG time. He told me at the start of the interview that he wanted me to tell him everything about myself I wanted him to know and that he would ask me questions when he felt necessary. This worked out very well and I was able to give him a lot of detail about my experiences. We also talked some about his research. We talked for over an hour! I was prepared for the lunch/interview with the students thanks to this site :) You eat lunch in a room with student and at first you can ask them all questions then you pair up with one student and he/she asks you some questions. At first, the group question and answer session was a bit awkward until we all warmed-up to each other. The students were very honest in their responses. I appreciated that. My second interview was with dean-type person. He basically wanted me to tell him about myself too. During our interview, he told me about the advantages of going Meharry over another school I am interviewing at. Overall, though Meharry is a VERY small school, the students can achieve big things. It appears that the support system at Meharry is really strong and all the resources for success are there. They have mini-practice boards and the student say that the professors are accessible outside of class. Every student and faculty member I met was extremely friendly and articulate. "
"I thought that the interview went really well and that the people there made you feel at home with them and secure. They also was very generous at pointing out there high points, some of which I was unfamiliar with, like one of the professors there is the only person alive to have ever seen smallpox in the wild, stuff like that. Really cool stuff like that"
"I felt good after my interview. The environment is very friendly and close. "
"The day started with a five minute video and interview assignments. There are two- but actually three- interviews. There is an interview in the morning, one-on-one with a faculty member, and another in the afternoon with a different faculty member. BUT, during lunch, you hang out with 3rd and 4th years who evaluate you afterwards, so really its like a third interview. That part was a little awkward because at most schools, the students you talk to are just there to help answer questions and to help you relax, but these students go back and report to the admissions committee. Other than that you are on your own for the day and left to wander aimlessly. Its not as bad as it sounds because all of the interviewees are in the same boat, so just stick together."
"I felt iffy about the whole interview visit. The people were nice, but the interview day seemed a bit unorganized. Nashville seemed like a nice place and it is an inexpensive city to live in. We had a chance to sit in on a lecture and all of the students were talking, passing notes, eating, playing games on their laptops, and all in all not engaged in what was being said. They were all just there because attendance gets taken during lecture (something that I've never heard of at a med school). Come with quesitons about the school b/c they all give you a lot of time to ask about the school"
"Not impressed at all. Would not go here if this was the only place I am accepted which is not...thank god. This is a good med school for students who anticipate to struggle during medical school because they will not kick you out even if you are failing and will do everything in their power to make you an MD. That is a good thing for some. "
"The interviews were easy, there was no formal campus tour--everyone was on their own to see the facilities (which doesn't take long because the campus has all of 5 rather small buildings). Eat breakfast because you get a sandwich, pop, cookie, chips, and an apple for lunch. Everyone in my group seemed to agree that they had one unfriendly interviewer and one very friendly and laid back interviewer. "
"no real tour, met with admissions ppl for 1st hr or so to just introduce ourselves, after that you were free to roam w/o any supervision... pretty boring considering no one is actually introducing anything to you so you are just getting lost everywhere"
"Meharry is in the middle of Nashville. We arrived at 8:30 and were all gathered in a room to talk about the admissions process and get our daily schedule. There we watched a video of Meharry and had a few MS1's come in to talk about their school. Interviews were completely spread throught the day and during the presentation students had to leave cause they had interviews slotted then. We then we led by an admission staff member on a walk by tour to where we might have interviews. This to me was not considered a tour of the campus. We did not see the gross lab, we did not see the library, we did not see cafeteria (if there was one), we just found where we were suppose to be next. I interviewed with a very nice woman and then I was on my own to find my way back. I did get lost but eventually found my way back to the main building. We HAD to be back to have lunch with students. This was suppose to be a time that the students but it turned into a question and answer session. We had a bag lunch with a fruit, sandwich, chips, and a soda. I try and eat healthly and they tried with an alternative veggie lunch but I was starving later that day. After the lunch we waited another hour and a half till our next interview. This person was very passionate about being motivated for medical school and he did most of the talking about how some students were not prepared for the work assigned to them and they should never have been admitted to the school. He was fairly nice but he was fustrated on how to get through to the students and blamed it on lowered standards. He also went though and told me I had points for or against admission based only on male/female, black/caucasian/minority, and residency (even though they are private). It made me feel less like a human and more like a object. That was the basic day, it was much different than other interviews I had been at as there was no serious structure. We were mostly on our own here where other schools ALWAYS had an admission member or a student with you. It seems like a great opportunity to help out severly underserved people at this school just don't expect to have the most up to date equipment or up to date maintance. "
"my overall interview experience was NOT good! Compared to other places I've been, Meharry was unorganized and there was not enough free time. Also both my interviewers seemed unexperienced in the interviewing process. Thumbs down."
"Nice school with a family feeling."
"Very positive experience. Low stress interviews, great MD programs. High USMLE pass rate and match rate."
"Both interviews went very well. My first was very special in that the fire alarm went off about 15 minutes after we started. We continued the interview, though, as we walked down the stairs and briefly outside. At lunch we also talked with first year students. Due to the high number in my group, the student interviews were not one-on-one as I expected. Instead we went around the room and asked questions in a very orderly fashion. I left Nashville feeling very good about my interviews."
"It was a really good day. I am not sure if the interviews are open file or closed file. One interviewer told me that they had not reviewed my file, but I kind of got the impression that she had access to it. Another interviewer was surprised by a comment that I made about my application and told me that when she was reviewing my stuff, that she did not have that piece of information. I am pretty certain that the student interviewer had a closed-file interview. "
"The day was probably the worst organized day that I have experienced at an interview. The tour sucked very badly because the admissions officer was not very enthusiastic. Its a small campus, and there is not much to see, but I felt that we could have seen more of certain areas, like the labs and the hospital, but we did not get to see it on the 3 minute tour of the campus. There is also a lot of dead time to kill. I had 2 hours to kill between my first interview and lunch. The interviews themselves are very laid back though, so don't worry at all about it...just relax and be yourself. The student interview during lunch was awkward and I really don't see how it was productive. Also, I don't think that I personally would fit in at the school. Kind of weird to say this about a school that has the most URM's in the nation, but I did not think the class is very diverse at all. If this ends up being the only school I get into, I would be happy and would do my best while there, but I would have wondered everyday how my life would be different if I was able to get into one of the many other schools I interviewed at. One more thing...ask very good and well thought out questions to your interviewers, not just the usual ones! (you know what I mean)"
"I had a very good experience at Meharry and loved Nashville. It is one of my top choices."
"Meharry is a historic school, that focuses on the health of populations that cannot afford medical care. But it is like a non-profit, in that services are lacking funding. I don't feel I left the school with a good idea of how my life would be as a medical student there. My interviews were pretty spaced out, so I checked out a class in the morning, but get there early if you want to sneak out, all the students had grabbed the easy-escape seats. My first interviewer gave me question after question, but it was worked into conversation. It wasn't that he was tryign to throw me off, but he did want to see how I responded to questions. The student interview was mostly off a check-list. The students seem to get along very well. And my third interviewer was able to take the info I gave him about my current interest in health care and ask me everything he could about it, it almost felt like a debate, but comfortable. Overall all three were comfortable, they all seemed interested in getting to know you as a person, as well as what you're capable of. The level 4 stress is that they ask more challenging questions than other schools I've seen."
"Overall, I liked the school and the area of Nashville. However, it seemed like my last interviewer was out to get me by asking questions that pertained to his area of work but was not my interest. That was the only intimidating portion."
"Overall it was a really good experience the interviewers were really friendly and lais back. I felt absolutely no stress whatsoever."
"It was a great interview experience and I really enjoyed the visit. "
"I think this is a great school. The interviews are not very stressfull and the admissions staff is friendly. Students seem really happy."
"The students and faculty were very warm and welcoming. There seemed to be a lot of comradery within each class. I really liked the visit and was most impressed by the people."
"Laid back and friendly. No reason to stress about it, just know the basics and you'll be fine. Also, it doesn't hurt to know Meharry's mission: training primary care (ob/GYN, family practice, internal medicine, etc.) physicians to work in underserved areas and why you're interested in that. "
"Overall I had a positive vibe from the school and the med students that attended class (the majority). They all seemed happy to be there. My first interviewer was watching TV THROUGHOUT the interview which made it seem as though she was distracted or not interested in me as an applicant. Lunch was provided. While eating, you are also in a semi-interview by a panel of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year med students. It gives them an opportunity to get to know you AND for you to get to know them. My second interviewer was very attentive and was very interested in getting to know me. There is no research at this school. "
"I really liked Meharry. Since I got to stay on campus with some friends, I was able to meet a lot of people and they were very encouraging before, during, and after my interview. I had a very nice interview experience and I loved the atmosphere at Meharry."
"I really loved Meharry, and I loved the students. They are all very dedicated to Meharry's mission. Just go prepared, and you'll be fine! Remember it's an INTERview, so you should learn about the school, students, and faculty, too."
"The days leading up to my interview I was really nervous because this was my first one, but as soon as I set foot on campus I just felt peaceful and I knew the day would go fine. Everyone was very friendly and the interviewers really just want to conversate and get to know you."
"It was a pleasent one. The brothers were pretty friendly to some one who wasn't african american."
"The students seem to love Meharry. I think its a great learning environment...everyone is there to help you. Great student support services. The facilities where the med students take courses are rather small, but they get the job done. Also, Nashville General was not terribly impressive, but it too gets the job done. The students get excellent exposure to rural medicine and they learn how to serve your everyday avg Joe. I don't think this can be said for most other schools. Anyway, my first interview sucked. The guy discussed himself the whole time. The student interview was great. She presented me with an ethical scenario and wanted my opinions, then asked me traditional questions..why Meharry? Is Meharry your top choice? How are you prepared to serve the underrepresented populations? AND finally, my third interview, with a faculty member went very well. It was relaxed and we talked about everything from healthcare dilemmas to the recent sniper shootings. "
"it really isn't a stressful experience at all. i was really stressed coz it was my first interview. the people there are really nice. you get a schedule of how your day will be like."
"It wasn't high stress, just relax and know what you want and why you want it."
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"Please send emails breaking down the whole interview process for the students you decide to interview"
"More information provided in brochures or emails. Website is somewhat plain."
"A longer tour that allows to see more of the inside of the other buildings would be nice."
"Did not respond to any emails..."
"Do interviews after the tours"
"There was some woman in the Financial Aid Office who spoke to us about "how hard" medical school was"
"Better tour of the school and cut down the time of the financial aid presentation."
"Everything is online so that makes things easy. Meharry has so many wonderful things going for it. T"
"the main guy who scheduled interviews didnt seem that happy with his job. he seemed bored and wished"
"This was a great experience."
"I would like to see ''off the record'' student interact. It allows the interviewees to feel more at"
"Assure the students that the haphazard way of coming up with interviewers will not affect their appl"