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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Do you have any questions for me? (Dr. Izutsu)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What high school did you go to? (this is a hawaii thing, since we don't have many colleges in state, people differentiate each other by high school)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What would you do if you did not get into med school?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"If you were going to invite 5 historical figures to dinner, which ones would you invite and why?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

""I'm going to be seeing 489 students. Why should I remember you?)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my personal and secondary statements." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"PBL, student entusiasm, tuition (if you're a resident), opportunity to travel and study all over the country/world, weather, proximity to bars/clubs/beach/restaurants." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"lack of student subsidized housing, the fact that the curriculum is built so that getting a master's while in medical school is near impossible." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really, I'm from Hawaii so the interview process was leisurely for me." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'll be very honest. I would never discourage anyone from applying to any medical school, but there is a caveat when applying to JABSOM. They publicly post that they favor Hawaii residents. Out of 52 available spots, only six are set aside for out of staters. Please feel free to apply but keep in mind that the odds are stacked against non Hawaii residents. from my experiences, the interview process works as thus: Interviews are granted according to a rubric which determines residency. There are a certain number of points that given depending on residency, MCAT scores, EC, advanced degrees, etc. Residents need to score a 7+ in order to be considered for an interview. Non residents need to score 14+ in order to be considered. There are three interviews total: The first two are with faculty or local doctors affiliated with JABSOM. These can range from 1-2 hours each. The third interview is with the Dean of admissions, Dr. Satoru Izutsu. The nature of the first two interviews were very plesant for me, the faculty were very nice and the interviews was more like a conversation. The interview with Dr. Izutsu is interesting. My impression of him is that he is a man of business, he is polite, but thats about it. He will be very blunt about things like residency and he will either like you or not. VERY IMPORTANT!! When you go into the interview with Dr. Izutsu, have many many questions to ask him. Do not be discouraged though. The first two interviewers send in evaluations either recommending you or not recommending you. A committee meets and they look at your file. Then they rank you without discussing the rankings (this is all confidential). the registrar averages the scores and the top 52 (62 total spots, but the Imi program reserves 10) are offered admissions sometime in April. " 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?

9 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?

10 out of 10

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