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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Cleveland
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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?

Open file

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

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Why did you apply to Case?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any questions for me?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing. My interviewer asked me the Big-3 and nothing more." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over Case's website, read" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The newly built research building (where the admissions office was) is beautiful, and Case seems to be well-funded. All students seem to get laptops their first year. The class we sat in on talked about the biology of love, which I though it was a very unique and refreshing topic for a lecture, and the professor seemed very amiable and had an entertaining lecturing style. The Dean of Admissions himself also came to talk to us, which I thought was very flattering and impressive, especially since he was so fascinatingly soft-spoken but appeared very dedicated and driven toward the goals he had for the school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The entire interview experience was, sad to say, fairly mundane. I had read on that most interviewees at Case had had a wonderful time there, and I was looking forward to the same experience, but I never got it. Perhaps it was just a fluke, but that day there were only about 8 interviewees, and there was A LOT of dead time, which gave the impression that the interview day was not well-planned. My interviewer showed no evidence that she had looked over my application, and instead asked me a few basic questions and then responded to my answers by answering the questions again herself. She didn't write anything down or showed any interest in representing me before the applications committee. What other little exposure I had to faculty was promising, but in the class we sat in on, many of the students seemed ridiculously bored--perhaps the free laptops are not a good idea, because I saw quite a few students sitting in the back of the lecture hall, playing computer games and completely ignoring the professor. Regarding the curriculum, research is mandatory, which didn't quite agree with me. Finally, the admissions staff told me I would receive a reply by mid-December, but at the time of this writing, it is now January and I haven't heard a thing from them. Case seems to be well-funded, but in the end, I couldn't quite say whether or not that money is going to the right places." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How poorly-planned and disappointing the interview day would be. If I had known, I would have brought a book or something to pass the time, or better yet, never gone at all." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"At first glance, Case seems to be a promising school with an innovative curriculum. But the interview day itself was disappointing--poorly planned and full of surprising failures by both the admissions staff and the students. A good school if you're into research, I guess, but otherwise, look elsewhere." Report Response

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