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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?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Tell me about yourself. (grrrr) Describe your research. Describe your experience abroad. Why OHSU? Where else did you apply. What is the greatest problem facing healthcare? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Who has had the greatest impact on your life? What is your greatest accomplishment? What is your greatest failure? What do you wish you could change about medicine?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Who has had the greatest impact on your life?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Describe a difficult situation you had with someone. What did you learn and what would you do differently?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read-up on the Oregon Health Plan. Read about the school on their website. Looked through the other feedback posts." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"A very good program with a solid reputation. The hospital was beautiful, esp the Children's Hosp. The walkway has an AMAZING view of the mountains. The students seemed pretty laid back." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"OHSU definitely doesn't "dress to impress." We never had an official rep from the school speak to us--just the admissions coord, a lady not much older than the interviewees who had only been there a couple years. The school is on a hill--literally sits at the peak. Portland seems a bit dreary... everyone said to expect 10 months of gray. You either have to live on the "hill" or down the "hill," and each are significantly different experiences. There is no student lounge/area (yet... they are working on it though)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I had no idea that the "hill" is more like a mountain (or at least feels like it)!!! This is definitely a good school for older students. Portland lacks a lot of diversity. There is a required rural medicine clerkship (not something I am really interested in at this point)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was very impressed with the overall program. OHSU educates its students very well. The day was pretty spread out (I was advised ahead of time to bring a book), and the provided lunch was less than impressive (didn't have enough for everyone--and there were only like 6 of us!!). My first interviewer showed up late and hadn't read my file so he just said, "tell me about yourself." He was friendly though... my second interviewer was a very nice lady but she had some pretty intense questions. I thought it went well, but I also felt like I may have revealed too much about myself... (is it possible to be too honest???). I am glad I went to check it out, but I am not sure if it would be the right place for me." Report Response

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