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  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 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)?

"Tell me about yourself, why you want to be a doctor, and why you want to come to BU. (Yes, they were ALL asked in one breath, 7 seconds after I sat down.)" Report Response

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

"How many uninsured are there in the US?" Report Response

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

"How would you prioritize limited healthcare resources?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"none were interesting, all were the typical cliched interview questions, however I think I got to make an interesting point contrasting the number of uninsured and the number of people covered by medicaid that don't have access to health care, probably the most interesting comment during the whole interview, and it wasn't even in response to a question, but rather me desparately trying to say something meaningful." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"again, all were the typical questions that we've all heard/prepared for/are sick of by now" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"this site, BU's website, other interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the urban area of the campus/hospital pretty much guarantees a wide variety of exposure during medical school" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"almost everything else. The 1st and 2nd year students were not impressive (although the 4th years seemed competent). I am always wary of a school who's students think a selling point of their school is that about 50% of students go to class at any one time. The curriculum is old-school, making me think they are not open to advances/changes in current medical education (our 4th year tour guide admitted that medical information is better taught in PBL/clinical situations rather than lectures, while BU is steadfast in their "lecture heavy" curriculum.) My interviewer was rushed and unengaging during our "conversation" (which was nothing of the sort, but rather a litany of unconnected questions with no interesting follow-ups or additions on the part of the interviewer). Honestly, this is the first school I've been to that I will NOT attend if accepted." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I didn't like it at all." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Early start, long Dean's talk covering the history of the school and the curriculum (all of which you can get by reading the viewbook, or being in any way familiar with the school). Inteviews interspersed with "informal" discussions from random faculty members/students/finaid & housing reps (which are all boring and unorganized since there is no set schedule and people are walking in and out of the room the whole time). Lunch, tour (great anatomy lab tour, I have to say), wrap-up when the Dean tells you they get 1/4 of total number of applications nation-wide and the final selection procedure is basically random, so yeah, good luck with that. ;-)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/13/2005

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