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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Honolulu
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 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 another location

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)?

"When have you had a personal crisis, and how did you solve it? (next question was academic crisis)" Report Response

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

"Do you intend to stay in Hawaii to practice medicine? (Their goal is to get people who will stay in Hawaii and do primary care, and those who would do well with the PBL system.)" Report Response

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

"Is there anything information you would like to add to the interview?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Did Baldwin (my high school) prepare you well to go into medical school? We don't get very many applicants from Baldwin." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"When have you had an academic crisis, and what did you do to solve it? (There were a bunch of questions that caught me offguard, but I am so incredibly nervous in interviews that they all converge into 1 in my mind.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read all the interview feedbacks on SDN, read over a few articles at" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewers were very nice. All were pretty much conversational. The 3rd with the associate dean went over why I was invited for an interview, their scoring methods, told me about the school and the PBL curriculum, and answered questions I had." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"PBL. I'm sure I could handle the problem based learning with very few lectures (the only lectures are for basic sciences), but I'd prefer to have standard lectures, not mostly small group taught." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"What PBL was about in more detail. They did explain it really well though." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"All interviewers were nice. The first was a faculty member and clinician at UH. She was more abrupt at starting the process. The second was a pediatrician. He was late for the interview, so I sat in his office reading a book I brought while all these kids played around me. He went over what the sheet, and the information he was supposed to get. He gave me pointers for his interview and the one with the assoc. dean. He said that he knows growing up in Hawaii makes it so people tend to be more humble, but I had to say why I was good for med school, and he also said that some people are intimidated by Dr. Izutsu, but if I knew my place, the interview with him would be fine. I didn't have any problems with Dr. Izutsu, I found him very nice and helpful. The new Kaka'ako campus is opening in April, so this year will be the first year to use it. The flood in October messed up most of their offices, so I had to find my way around the Honolulu area which wasn't too bad, but living on Maui, I'm not used to the traffic there." Report Response

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