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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Honolulu
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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)?

"What is the one quality you posess that you are the most proud of? (Asked as if it was a REALLY deep question!!)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What would your best friend say was your best quality? (Asked as if it was an even deeper question.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why Hawaii? (I was SO prepared for this question, and could have talked forever about it, but they really didn't want to hear it!! I think they wanted to know that I wasn't coming there just to surf. I did surf the best waves I have ever surfed while I was there though! The surf is more challenging than the interview!!!)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"I was not asked any interesting questions at all - they were all very generic and unimpressive." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Where do you see your self in 10 years? This is always a hard one. But it also illustrates my main frustration with the interview - the questions didn't ask me to think at all." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I did a ton of research for the interview - read up on current issues of consequence to the various hawaiian communities, learned about the problems with their health care system, talked to many community members about their opinions about these issues. None of it came in handy though, since my interviewers asked me NOTHING about interesting/challengeing topics." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The way that the school takes into account the students' evaluations of the curiculum. They have just included a new basic science course per the student's request for more lecture based courses. My interview was also REALLY long - 2 hours! Although this could have been great, it consisted of a long list of really basic questions." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I was disappointed that I was not asked at least one question that made me think. Physicians should be critical thinkers - don't they need to make sure that med students are capable of thinking through challenging issues? It wasn't that I was disappointed that the interview was relaxed. You can be relaxed and still ask intellegent questions. I just felt that my interviewers didn't get to assess the issues of most consequence to being a medical student and my ability to shoulder the responsibility of being a physician. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It is WAY more laid back than I thought it would be. My student interview was at a coffee shop. While this could have been really great, I felt that my interviewer was distracted." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Complicated. Left me with a lot of questions about the quality of education I would receive and the abilities of my prospective classmates. It is no wonder that Hawaii sometimes feels inferior to the mainland. They need to raise their level of expectation." Report Response

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