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  • Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Portland
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"How will you pay for medical school" Report Response

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

"How do you deal with stress" Report Response

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

"Who is your mentor" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about your childhood- asked by my second interviewer and without preamble. I had no idea what I "should" say so I just blabbed on. I wondered if something in my app had given the impression that I had a bad childhood, but I talked to someone else who was interviewed by the same person and she, too, was asked this question. IN FACT- she was asked the exact same questions I was. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What most affected your decision to go into medicine? Even though this question is routine, I always find it difficult to give a succinct, non gimicky answer." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over website, my secondary, read Oregonian ( local paper) SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How open the students were, the kind manner of the admissions office, the fantastic and lengthy tour- this school really knows how important it is to take students everywhere, including the gym, the different hospitals, the anatomy lab etc. Students were down to earth, friendly, involved and in tune with the positives and negatives of the school. They really seemed to be there to answer our questions." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Absolutely no diversity in terms of race. All people in my interview group were white female, all students who spoke with us were white, interviewers and admissions were white as well. The students didn't have much to say when I asked how OHSU was addressing the lack of diversity. But they did say that the in the PCM classes cultural sensitivity is addressed and that they didn't feel that the lack of diversity had negatively affected their experience as students. Coming from a very diverse ultra pC undergraduate institution I was surprised to hear that." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Their admittance procedure is very complicated. 80% of your score is based on interview summaries which are presented to the committee- then you are voted on by the committee, those votes become 80% of your score. The other 20% is your grades, MCAT etc. Admissions committee never sees that stuff. THEN you get either accepted, rejected or put on hold. In mid May the entire hold pool gets reevaluated and you may be accepted, rejected or put on a ranked waitlist. You know your number. It is a very long process." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I enjoyed it. If you have time make sure to check out the peral district in Portland- as an out of towner I really enjoyed it!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/24/2004

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