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  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Newark
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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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 be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Can you tell me about a problem with the US Healthcare system" Report Response

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

"How would your friends describe you? (there were others, but this sticks out in my mind)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would your friends (others) describe you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Can you tell me about a problem within the US Health Care System? (something to that effect) - be prepared for a question like this; it will definitely be asked in one form or another. Also, the interviewer asked me about an inconsistency in one part of my grades -if you have some sort of inconsistency, be prepared, but more importantly, be honest and clear." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read of my AMCAS, read the school's website extensively, researched healthcare issues/opinions/etc, thought about strengths and weaknesses, why I wanted to be a doctor (which was asked as well), and I chose reasons why I liked NJMS. Prepare for the interview, but don't over-prepare because it was not a stressful process." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"What truly impressed me about this school was the extensive growth that seemed to be going on (as we speak), and the growth that had occurred over only the past few years. Also, University Hospital is such a dynamic place with a trauma center (we were told that the TLC program about trauma/er has been filled there several times), and many other important centers. There is a new cancer center that will open soon, a new ambulatory center, a new student apartment building, more parking, more and more research funding, etc. The student tour guides were great; they were very funny, seemed content with their choice, and answered any questions we had. Plus, it seemed that most of the students new each other very well; its not a pass/fail system, but the students told us that everyone tries to help each other and the system does not make thing competitive. Finally, there is a ton of clinical experience that you get starting even from the 1st day as a 1st year student - there is a free clinic, many community outreach programs, and 1st year preceptorships with doctors. You really can't say that about most other schools. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much - truthfully, the area is not too great, but that really didn't bother me because getting clinical experience in an area like Newark will prepare you for the boards and give you great experience as a clinician - plus, you get to work with people from every culture, and cultural competency as a physician is vital, in my opinion. The only other semi-negative aspect was the fact that the school's facilities aren't beautiful, and some seem a bit old - but again, this school is all business, and no frills." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing - just remember that parking is a real hassle, so either get a ride (if you're close) or get their really early. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview lasted about 65 minutes. The interviewer was very nice, answered all of my questions, and had obviously read my file before meeting me. He seemed interested, and it was not stressful for me. Just prepare yourself for questions about your decisions, motivations, and about health care (but don't go crazy). Breathe, relax, and go in confidently - it really makes the difference. Also, have questions in mind that you want to ask the interviewer!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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