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  • Harvard Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
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 another location

How many people interviewed you?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response

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

"My background is in engineering and ob/gyn. Taking this into consideration, could you please explain your research to me?" Report Response

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

"If you could not work in medicine, what would you do? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"This interview was for HST. Most interesting question was what would I do if I suspected a colleague and good friend of stealing painkillers from the hospital?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Specifics related to my research. What forces are acting on DNA as it travels in gel electrophoresis? Why does it travel?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the background material on my previous research, read HST website literature, and had lunch with a friend who is a current HST student. Also, having had 3 med school interview experiences prior to this really helped." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The HST students are treated really well and have better financial aid compared to the New Pathways students. The students are amazing; there's more of a collegial atmosphere than I've seen at most schools because they are such a small group (~35 students). Grading is Pass/Fail and you can get funding to do research in any lab at Harvard or MIT. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The classroom time (8AM-5PM) every day!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There were huge blocks of free time between the morning talk with the Dean and the lunchtime tour (both at HMS) and the late afternoon interviews (at MIT). Good thing the MIT student center has DDR... =)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was by far my hardest interview experience. Having interviewed at 5 of the top 10 med schools, I can honestly say that nothing else compared to the depth, pace, and difficulty of questioning at my HST faculty interview. It was more of an MD/PhD style interview than MD. The faculty interview was with two professors at the same time and it was really hard to maintain eye contact with both of them. However, my student interviewer was great. Very relaxed and easy-going. Overall, I came away feeling like this was my top choice program and having been accepted, I will likely attend." Report Response

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