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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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?

Open file

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

"What did you learn getting your BA in English Literature?" Report Response

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

"What authors did you read in your US Literature courses?" Report Response

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

"Why the transition from literature to medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What did getting your BA in English Literature teach you? Both interviewers avoided the stereotypical interview questions and, from my essays, generated questions that were aimed at assessing my personality, history, conversational style, and interests. Both interviewers were relaxed, gregarious, and informative." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Probably the same question as above. Wasn't really prepared for that, and how do you distill a four year degree into an interview format?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Re-read my personal essays, many sample questions, and mock interviews." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I really liked the atmosphere of the the facility and Portland in general. The docs who interviewed me seemed to be genuinely friendly guys and interested in what made me tick." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Location of the campus and the transportation issues it poses. My interviews, orientation, and lunch were spread out over an entire day, so I ended up reading the paper for about three and a half hours between meetings. Once you're up on the hill, you're pretty much stuck there!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not much, I was pretty well informed." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"After talking to a few other interviewees, I would say that, when interviewing at OHSU, be prepared to be asked about your personal acomplishments (via your essays). It seems they are looking for straight, honest input about who you are and why you want to be there." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/19/2003

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