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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"1st: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why/How did you choose your undergrad school? What did you do to finish your undergrad in just 3 years? What is something special or unique about Hawaii compared to mainland states (I'm from HI but attending mainland school)? Why do you want to come back here in Hawaii? Do you think you can handle the med sch coursework? How familiar are you with the PBL curriculum? What are your parents' jobs? Is it confusing to know how to speak in three different languages? Do you work? Tell me about your research. What is your favorite subject? Why JABSOM? What did you do in the HPA program?" Report Response

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

"2nd: What is the most stressful moment/experience you had? and how did you handle it? Who is your hero? What's your favorite book? the last book you read? How many siblings you have? What are your parents' jobs? Do you know Dr. ____ (he asked me about many doctors in our island of Kauai)? How was your high school experience? Tell me about JROTC (I was a member in h.s.). Do you know how to dance Tinikling (I told him that I love to dance)? Did you ever hurt your ankles dancing this? What is your favorite subject? Why JABSOM? Was there any specific thing you were expected to learn from your preceptorship at Houston VA?" Report Response

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

"3rd: How did your parents choose your name? What does it mean? How about your middle name? What are your siblings' names? Which part of the island are you from? Why/How did you choose your undergrad? What are your plans if you don't get in? How many schools did you apply to?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"none" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"none" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Went over my AMCAS and secondary application. Review my journals of my preceptorship in Houston VA and my job-shadowing/volunteering experiences. Read Medical Technical communication book. Talked to JABSOM's med students. Had mock interview with pre-med advisor. Checked out this website and JABSOM's website. Asked for feedback and pieces of advices from my friends. Checked out the bio's of the interviewers (physicians) in the internet." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone made me feel so special. The interviewers were very flexible for scheduling my interview. Two medical students had a dinner with me just to make sure I'm very familiar with almost everything about JABSOM and the interviews. The friendly, laid-back, non-competetive atmosphere is very evident." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school really needs to be replaced now. The lecture room looks old. The 2nd interviewer is not familiar with the JABSOM PBL or financial matters." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The Imi Ho'ola Program application process. This is a very great option for any "disadvantaged" applicant who is rejected. (Just in case JABSOM rejects me.)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was awesome! I was relaxed most of the time in all three interviews. The meeting (not really an interview) with Dr. Isutzu was a bit serious. Advice: be serious but laugh when it's really appropriate to laugh, and smile, smile, smile. It was more like a "reality check" meeting. We went over my application, and I learned about my cumulative academic points. It was great, because I was able to see my overall academic performance. The first two interviews were very relaxing. These were like a warm chat with a new acquaintance. Their questions were not difficult to answer. There was no ethical question. I know that the 1st interviewer does research, so I asked her something about her work, and she went on and on about her work and other things about herself for at least 10 minutes. (Score!) I know the 2nd one loves Kauai, so I asked something about his favorite island, and he was very excited to tell me his story of falling in love with the island. (Score!) It paid to know something about my interviewers beforehand. Also, I took my premed advisor's words: "Be yourself, be honest, and enjoy"." Report Response

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