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  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Durham, NC
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?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Abuse of narcotics and alcohol is a big problem in medicine, why do you think doctors abuse these things?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me about your research (can be dangerous because it is so open-ended)?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How will you make sure not to get overwhelmed at Duke?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What was my most significant relationship, both non-academic and academically." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Same as above, simply because I wasn't expecting it." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed my application, went through example interview questions, read Duke website (very nice and comprehensive), talked with mentors and advisors, read up on current events (especially those in healthcare)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The campus is absolutely beautiful. People were very friendly. Students were very approachable and willing to answer questions. Everyone seems very laid-back and relaxed, but they work very hard and it shows. Duke Hospital and the Children's Hospital are both very impressive facilities. Great student interviewer! Both knew my application and asked questions that prompted meaningful responses. Not a lot of ego, which was nice. Faculty and administration very down to earth and courteous. The ampitheater where you have most of your first year classes was AMAZING (like the UN, only better, you'll get what I mean when you see it). I'm very happy that I traveled to the campus." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not a lot. The laboratory classrooms were a bit sparse. There wasn't a big student presence on campus because of the time of year (four days before Christmas)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The alpha and beta interview classifications don't always apply. Don't be too geared towards classifying your interviews. Also make sure to know your research and explain why it's important. Research is a big priority at Duke. Be sure to buffer in time to get around and find locations. Be careful during lunch with the students, apparently they report back to the SOM office." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Arrived at SOM Admissions @ 8:00. Met in group with the Associate Dean (great guy!). He mainly went over curriculum, the curriculum at Duke is unlike other schools in that all the basic sciences are crammed into the first year and the third year is open (usually used for research). Then we had a brief meeting with Financial Aid. Shown a video on Duke's financial aid package (not that interesting a video, but lots of money is available). Then we went on a tour given by a student, it was somewhat unstructured but the student was very cool. After the tour we had lunch with medical students in a conference room nearby the admissions office, nice way to unwind. Then interviews were given from 12-3:00. Most of the interviews in our group ended well before 3. They aren't back to back which is nice, the wait varied person to person. My faculty interviewer was very nice, little intimidating though. My student interviewer was fantastic. The interview became more like a conversation. Everyone at Duke is very welcoming. I'll feel extremely blessed if I get in. This experience definitely moved Duke up my med school list." 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?

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?


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Hilton Durham

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?

9 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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