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  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Baltimore, MD
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"Tell me what you are doing right now." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Your MCAT scores are below what we like. Can you explain why they don't seem to agree with your academic performance and experience? (oh, sure, start out being negative! I think this was an important question to ask not just to get the facts, but to see how I reacted under pressure when put on the defensive.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"I want to use this space to make one mroe point-- yes the neighborhood outside of the campus is dangerous. That is one of the reasons why the patient experience is so good here. I challenge anyone to find a more diverse patient base with such a safe campus (security is good). Besides, you would NOT end up living near here unless you lived on-campus (which is perfectly safe). There are plenty of great neighborhoods with loads of culture and restaurants that you could choose from and just be a few minutes from Hopkins." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think is the biggest problem medicine faces in the near future?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"What is not in your file that you would like me to tell the committee? (open question but one that is OH so important!)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read website, talked to current students, read catalog, SDN, reviewed applications, mock interview" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities, faculty, and students are top-notch. The Dean (Paul White) is very friendly and easy to talk to. The evaluation period in the room full of 4th years was not as bad as some people make it out to be. The student interview was totally relaxed and fun." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The competition is so high among your other interviewees, you can taste it. In a room of 10 people, you know that 2 or fewer have a shot at getting in, so there is some competition for attention during the group evaluation. My interview with the faculty member was very stressful and he seemed disinterested and distant; or was it just that he was acting that way to see what I would do?" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That it was by sheer miracle I got the interview-- I was surrounded by Ivey Leaguers and felt pretty out of place and intimidated." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day begins with a talk from Paul White, who is awesome, just going over general admissions things, financial aid, etc. You immediately go to lunch with 4th years and faculty NOT on the admissions committee, so you can have an "evaluation free" time to ask questions and get to know people. Then, we were taken on a brief tour with a 4th year (and believe me, for the size of the place, the tour was too brief to even highlight the top 10 things to see). Then it's back to the room of doom. No, that's a joke. It was not doom at all! You sit in the room waiting to be interviewed by a student and faculty member and you are surrounded by fellow applicants and 4th years. Yes, the 4th years ARE evaluating you, so don't sit and look mad or scared, just relax and have a conversation. This is also a good time to ask questions, but ask question that you really want to know the answers to! They will see right through you if you are just trying to show off. My student interview was very laid back, closed file of course, and went really well. We talked for a long time! The faculty interview came next (which is first or second is pretty random) and I was totally stressed by it. Part of the problem was that this is my 1st choice, so I was nervous and clearly not my usual relaxed and confident self (I am not a babbler, but felt my mouth moving a mile a minute!). He asked some really basic questions and did not seem interested in my answers. It was not conversational at all. It was hard to tell if he was acting like this to seem impartial, or he was really quite unimpressed by me, and maybe wondering why he was wasting his time there. I got the feeling he only reviewed my grades and scores and did not look much at my experiences or letters (other med school interviewers have had praise or at least positively-toned questions regarding these things). I know I did not do as well as I could have, and it was hard to relax enough to be myself with his demeanor. It's odd, because I know a few physicians in his specialty and they all tend to be very friendly and warm. So, maybe it was an act?" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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