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  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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?

1

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)?

"Describe your research." Report Response

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

"Why BU?" Report Response

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

"What do you do now?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"A young woman has recently given birth and is now is a vegetative state. The family is thinking about stopping life support and seeks your advice. What do you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read about the school on their website. Read the other posts on this website. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The history and class of the school is clearly apparent. The medical center is very very nice. I like how they see patients from all walks of life--both upper and lowerclasses are represented." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everything about the school is so ridiculously expensive. Super cold already in October. A ton of lecture hours. Although the school is technically a PBL-based curriculum, it is still very traditional and heavily lecture based. They had a very sorry looking library. I felt it was very inappropriate to take a group of students through the ER during the tour. I also didn't feel they gave as much respect to the cadavers having us trapse through there as well (may it was just my tour guide). I don't like that there are 2 groups to each cadaver because each group does not dissect the entire body; they rotate with dissection days and "bone days." (You spend the lab period in a room full of bones...)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"According to our tour guide, the PBL system is a joke and the schools is very heavily lecture-based. She admitted that she likes it because it focuses a lot on basic sciences, which works for her, but that's not something I am looking for..." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"BU is a good place to study medicine because regardless of certain issues I had with the school, the students still get a better education than they would get at many other places, and BU's name still carries good press for residencies. Unfortunately, I believe the school does a lot just for show and rides too much on its rep rather than its actual program. The school looks nice from the outside, but is that really where all the student's money goes?? The library and labs were very sorry looking. I just kept thinking all day--where does all the money go??? But I have to say that my interviewer was very pleasant and not antagonistic at all. He even sent a letter later to thank me for my card and to wish me luck. I don't know who those other posts had, but with 40 students on each interview day, there are bound to be some tough nuts." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/20/2003

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