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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?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Your motivation for medicine?" Report Response

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

"The happiest and saddest moments in your life?" Report Response

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

"Why OHSU?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Who/what has had the greatest influence in your decision to pursue medicine?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is the greatest problem facing health care today and what would you do to change it?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read about school (though their website is of limited help); SDN; read over application and old notes from a related class." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Innovative curriculum; early clinical exposure; stunning location (even better views if it were a sunny day!), very family-friendly; good public transportation" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The dreary winter weather (perpetual rain); lack of parking all around campus." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That my 9 am interview would be re-scheduled for 2 pm, making my day that much longer. But I did enjoy wandering through all the hospitals." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, lived up to (and beyond) my expectations from what I had heard/read about. The staff and faculty are genuinely concerned for your education and training. Research did not seem overly emphasized throughout my visit but definitely a lot of strong work goes on there, and opportunities for students abound. The early focus on clinical training (starting from first year) is a bonus. The 4th year students told us about feeling very well-prepared compared to their peers (as gauged from residency interviews and USMLE 2, I suppose?) The vibe I get is that each class is quite close-knit, and the place is super-friendly/supportive of student families. I had plenty of time in the morning because one of my interviews got re-scheduled, so I explored the main hospitals, and they were at least on par with the better ones I have seen from other interviews. That is, much effort goes into renovation, updating, gearing for patient-friendliness, etc. If you go, you must not miss the opportunity to cross the Sky Bridge (a 1/4-mile long glass-covered corridor connecting two of the main hospitals)." Report Response

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