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  • Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Portland, OR
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Do you work well in groups/teams? Are you a leader?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What do you most like about your job? What do you like least? How do you handle that [what I like least]?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Let's assume that you're accepted to multiple schools. How will you decide which school to attend? This was a particularly hard one, since OHSU is NOT my first choice, and yet I've heard repeatedly that being open about such a thing is a huge black mark on your application. I tried to be as honest as possible while still making it sound like I would lean towards OHSU." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"They didn't ask anything really all that interesting, really. Most of the questions were clarifications of my history (where/when/why I went to school, what I've done since graduating)." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Imagine that you're a 2nd year medical student, and you catch a classmate blatantly cheating on an exam. What would you do? The difficult thing about the question was that I felt (perhaps erroneously) like the interviewer was looking for a specific answer, something like "I would confront the student, ask if he needed help studying and tell him that if he did it again, I would turn him in" (not what I answered)." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read interview feedback, tried to relax. I figured that my experience would speak for itself, which I believe that it did (for the most part, the interviews both went smoothly)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"OHSU was a little lower on my preference list because I had the impression that their focus was so heavily on primary care that they would discourage specialization. I was pleasantly surprised that neither the faculty nor the students believed that to be the case at all. The students seemed very happy, and had nothing but very positive things to say about faculty and staff (even administration, about which so many people often complain)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Students seemed a little TOO laid back. They kept talking about how much they love all the free time they get and how little time they have to spend in class. They seemed more focused on snowboarding than on medical studies. I got the impression that they were not the most motivated students in the world." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing of note. I already knew about the parking situation (which truly is dire)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"On the whole, it went well and was relatively low-stress. Interviewers have your entire file EXCEPT grades and MCAT scores, and they ask no questions which would hint at those scores. As I have since been told is common practice, I was given one relatively free-form interview (basically conversational) and one rigid interview (answer the question, no time for elaboration, answer the next question). The rigid interview was somewhat disheartening, as I didn't really feel that the interviewer got to know me. I tried to direct the conversation a bit, but the interviewer interrupted me constantly in order to get on to the next question. For the last 20+ minutes of the interview, he was constantly looking at his watch. Finally, he asked me if I had any questions. I had several, but I only got an answer to one before he said that we were out of time. The conversational interview was very pleasant and encouraging. Interview #1 lasted almost exactly 60 minutes. Interview #2 lasted approximately 70 minutes." Report Response

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