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  • East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Johnson City, TN
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 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?

Closed file

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

"Interview 1: Began with discussion of family history and TN. Jumped into the science, disease questions (see above). What about the immigrants, followed with a little politics, and discussions of the necessity of having a second language. At the end, the interviewer turned and said "I've really enjoyed spending this hour with you and getting to know you. I hope to see you here next Fall." That seemed very kind after the 30 minute science grilling. So, I must have done alright." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Interview 2: Very pleasant, seemed to be entirely conversational after the first couple of questions: What got you interested in medicine? What area of medicine are you interested in? What do you see as being the biggest disadvantage of being a family medicine doc? What do you foresee as being the hardest aspect of medicine? Tell me about this story with your family (from personal statement - the only part of your file they have). We discussed parallels between M.D.s and D.O.s as my interviewer found out that my childhood family physician was a D.O. Discussed the benefits of being a returning student." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think about Johnson City being 97% W.A.S.P.?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me what you know about Mad Cow disease, HIV, and rickets? In case you are curious, rickets is a disease, especially of children, caused by a deficiency in vitamin D that makes the bones become soft and prone to bending and structural change. He wanted to know if I knew that Mad Cow disease was caused by an abnormal transmissible protein (prion) and was related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. In asking about HIV, he wanted me to know HIV was a retrovirus and wanted me to explain its process of infection and how it spreads as well as suggest some ideas on how to combat it (what sort of drugs to use and what mechanisms those drugs had). My answers were less than acceptable. I asked a lot of questions and was honest when I didn’t know the answer. He acknowledged when I got an answer correct. It was very much a science interview for about half of the hour I was in his office. To note, he was extremely kind and I think he was honestly curious what extent of knowledge I had. He wasn’t trying to be mean. He may have wanted to check for honesty, ability to acknowledge you just don’t know, and to see how flustered you would when put on the spot. I must say, I was broadsided, but I felt that I was able to hold my own and even learn a few things during the process. You better believe I will not forget anything I learned in that 30 minute barrage. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, and ETSU's website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Almost everything, the reputation of the school, the facilities were incredible, the clinicals seemed to be amazing, the scenery is second to none. I was especially impressed by "Phil" (sometimes called "Phillis"). They (3 professors) took the time to give us a full 25 minute presentation on this super upgraded version of "Harvey." We were told that students can reserve a full hour any time you want with a professor and Phil starting after January of your first year. They hope to procure two more "Phil"s in the next couple of years." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really, maybe my broadsided science interview. Even that seemed completely acceptable to me though." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I needed to brush of on my knowledge of viruses." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"ETSU has been my "dream school" every since I knew I wanted to go into medicine. The small class size, the locations in the gorgeous mountains, the access to rural clinical sites, the reputation of the school (consistently in the top 5 in the nation in rural medicine). So much about the school is enticing. They are a close group of students with a family friendly atmosphere. There is just so much" Report Response

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