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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?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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 was the most interesting question?

"Nothing interesting... all standard" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Hawaii" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read sdn, read some med ethics, re-read my app " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Location is excellent, students seem friendly, if you like a very mixed culture with a decided asian cast, then this is great. Faculty were very friendly and accessible. If you're interested in cloning or stem cell research check out Wakayama's institute... he's a major hitter and incredibly friendly)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The dean was very rude to me. He treated me like I was some sort of distasteful creature (presumablely b/c I'm a Haolee from the mainland). Without saying so openly, he made sure I understood that he thought I was too aggressive and that I wouldn't be welcome. He obliquely compared me to a cancer! (And believe me I did nothing to provoke him except wear a suit) Current facilities are second to third rate. This is especially true for research facilities. (Apart from one extremely well funded lab and the cancer institute.)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It's a waste of time to apply from out of state unless your family is actually from Hawaii and you recently moved away or you have some extremely random, but strong connection, like your parents used to be missionaries here." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Hawaii is a nice place to visit but they don't want you live there. Basically the school is undergoing a transition from producing, as one researcher/faculty member put it, "barefoot doctors", to becoming a real biomedical research center. The president is pushing for the biomed angle, but the entrenched bureaucracy with the support of the local medical association is foot dragging because they favor the community doc model. On the whole Hawaii is happy to have you as a tourist, but there's considerable hostility not the least because mainlanders are driving up prices for real estate and an influx of mainland physicians would threaten the entrenched physicians. My own physician interviewer liked me a lot, said I was a strong candidate and he'd do his best but basically told me I should go to Boston, New Haven or New York or "someplace where they'd appreciate me." He also let me in on how racially politicized Adcom is, apparently there's 1 rep per ethnic group (white, chinese, japanese, korean, hawaiian, etc) and they rank each candidate on a secret ballot. Which says to me that the process is so politicized that they can't work together openly to shape a class. I was told to expect resistance if I come here to practice after graduation unless I bring a million dollar piece of equipment (like another doc/researcher did) or if I have an 'in' whether with an ethnic group or from doing med school/residency here. Overall, the experience really broke my heart because I really wanted to come here... even over some much higher ranked schools... but it was clear that (surprise) as an island society, Hawaii is very very insular and that I wasn't welcome. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

3 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?


Where did you stay?

At school facility

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

9 out of 10

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