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  • Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Nashville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Tell me about your personal statement" Report Response

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

"When did you have a critical time to make a decision and what did you do?" Report Response

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

"Do you think it is fair to lower standards, which may cause you to fail, if it allows more minority students to become physicians?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How will you use your degree to help the underserved?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"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)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS app, interview feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The administration was really friendly and there was a strong family atmosphere. The students were really friendly and were willing to talk about anything. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"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." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"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." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"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. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/17/2003

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