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  • Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Portland
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?

30 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)?

"What was the hardest time during your undergraduate and post-graduate experience? What would you have changed, and what did you learn from it?" Report Response

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

"Why OHSU? Is the school your first choice?" Report Response

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

"Having been a non-science major in college, are you concerned that you will have difficulty in the first and second years of medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was the most memorable patient you've had and why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"No stumpers here. What ethical issues do you feel are the most important today?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed my application, Oregon Health Plan guidelines, and viewed OHSU's website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The brand new children's hospital, the match list and the percent of students passing USMLE step 1 last year (100%)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The parking situation is truly dire. Because it's on a fairly isolated hill, the options seem to be to get an apartment up there (sadly removed from anything city-like), or live in the city and bus it in. It wouldn't be horrible, just a pain. Also, the clinical testing rooms seemed old and kind of thrown together." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I was going to have tons of unscheduled time on my hands. Bring a book." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"So I was the only interviewer that day. It was strange to have lunch with five medical students and just me, but nice because I could get all of my questions answered. I had two with a family practice doctor and another with a pediatric cardiologist. Both were very warm and welcoming, and both new my file very well. It is open file, but the interviewers are not given your GPA or MCAT information, and you are discouraged from talking about your numbers. The interviews are very conversational and relaxed, but know your application well. They are interested in your emotional maturity and motivation to become a physician, among other 'soft' criteria. The students seemed very happy and pleased with their choice. Average age for MS1 students is 26.5 and it seemed like a large majority were engaged or married. Portland is a great city to live in with culture, arts, and outdoor recreation. Just know that it averages about 11 days of sun between November and May. If you haven't experienced this, it can be very depressing. Overall, the experience was impressive and the school became my top choice." Report Response

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