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  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Atlanta, GA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Tell me about yourself and your family." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me about your missions trip to Portugal." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could be anyone (living or dead) for a day, who would you choose to be and why?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"We have many talented and gifted students here, and many gifted applicants for next year's class; what makes you special?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read everything on the Emory website, reviewed my AMCAS personal statement, reviewed current events (although they didn't ask me anything about current events)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school is really fantastic, with great facilities and several affiliated hospitals or research clinics. The national headquarters for the CDC and the American Cancer Society are also a block away from the medical school. First, second, third, and fourth year students came by all day to meet us and answer any questions we had, and it was obvious that they all really love Emory; they also seem really well-rounded, no eggheadedness or pomposity. The curriculum seems like a healthy balance between traditional methods and problem-based learning. The interviews themselves were very low-key and focused mainly on my personal interests and background, not at all on academics. The admissions staff stressed that receiving an invitation to interview means they already want you, so the interviews are just a chance to get to know you better and strut their stuff for you. The whole day was actually pretty enjoyable." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The idea of a group interview was horrifying and had me nervous for days, but it was actually not as bad as I had feared. The cost of tuition is pretty high, even higher than many Ivy League schools. Real estate in downtown Atlanta is also pretty steep." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Egleston Children's Hospital, which was a major selling point to me, is now only loosely affiliated with Emory University." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was in the afternoon interview group, so we took the tour in the morning. After lunch, a faculty member came to get me for my individual interview, which lasted about twenty minutes and was entirely stress-free. No hardball questions, just friendly conversation, and he had seen my personal statement, my undergrad institution, and my GPA. After that, I went upstairs for the group interview with two other interviewees, who I already knew from the morning tour. The interview was conducted by two faculty members and the student who had given the tour, who I had also talked to a lot before lunch. The interviewers had seen only our personal statements and colleges, but not our grades or credentials. The questions were aimed at only one person at a time, so I never felt like I was competing to get a word in, and most of the questions were not repeated for the other candidates, so I didn't have to worry about their answers being better than mine. It really wasn't all that scary." Report Response

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