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  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

15 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)?

"Why do you think you have what it takes to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"What are the qualities of a leader?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to practice medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"My interview was too busy being an asshole to ask me an interesting question. When he opened my file, he made a noise and sort of shook his head. What was that all about?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why do you want to practice medicine? Maybe it was difficult because every reason I gave, he questioned it and/or shot it down. For example, "If you like science, why don't you do research?" or "There are a lot of ways to help people." He actually said, "Hmm, I still don't know why you want to practice medicine, but I guess if you know then it doesn't matter." " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This website and Howard's website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The morning actually went a little better than expected. Completing the "secondary" was time consuming but it gave us something to do for the hour that we waited. The students were very helpful and offered us a lot of insight about being a med student. I really appreciated their help. Several faculty members and random students did "pop up." It was random, but helpful. I think the whole day just lacked organization." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I arrived at 9:45AM, and did not leave until 6:10PM. After eating lunch and going on the tour, we were pretty much ready for the interview. It was around 1:30-1:45PM mind you. I did not interview until 5:45PM. What the hell?! I brought my book like the previous comments suggested, but that even got old. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That my interviewer would be a jackass and not ask me any questions that may give him information about me and ability of becoming a successful doctor. My interview was a waste of time, I could have a random person on the street getting smart with me. I believe that he was annoyed because he had to stay late, I would have been annoyed too, however, I question his role on the admissions board and his thoughts on the questions that are necessary to ask." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My day was fine in the beginning, however, as you can tell the evening is what really turned me off. Initially I was impressed by the comments made by the students, but those are easily forgotten when you are waiting for 4 hours. Yes, it is a very "family-like" atmosphere, however, problems with the administration over shadow that. I honestly do not think that I can look over the lack of organization. This was not my first interview, so I do have an experience to compare it to. I do not expect every school to operate the same, however, if I am thinking about paying $38,000/year to attend an institution, the least they could do is be organized and not have me waiting for an interview for 4 hours. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/17/2004

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