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  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you have any questions?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"As a physician, what would you do if you had a patient give birth and have a seizure leaving her in a persistent vegatative state and her family asked you if you thought you should stop feeding? Apperently the answer is consult a ethics committee... I tried to answer how I felt about the ethics behind it, but apparently those are irrelevant. The ethics committee shall answer." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"site, this site" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview was early in the morning, so I left without the tour cause I disliked the school so much. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Boston is horrible, I'm from NYC, but DAMN, the people here are rude. The school is more worried about ethics than medicine. They spent the day trying to convince me their school was great, but never showed us anything that made them great. The head of admissions openly admits the school is the same as other schools, while also admitting he hasn't seen other schools... therefore he doesn't know what he's talking about." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The school was so..... fake. The people there were like salesman." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Honestly, I was truly looking forward to going to Boston and seeing BU. I quickly realized Boston is nasty, the college students there are real cool, but the Bostonians are horrible. I called a cab in the morning, the guy asked me for my number, I asked him if I could give him a long distance number, he said "i only asked for your number its not that difficult" and hung up the phone. The attitudes of this city is pathetic. When I walked into the admissions office the lady at the desk didn't greet me, just pointed to the room beside her with her head down reading a book. The process is extremely impersonal, if you like people and are social the staff here isn't who you want to be around. My interview was cool, till the so called "ethical" questions. First thing you learn in an ethics course is how to think ethically. Ethical questions should make you consider many aspects of a situation and the outcome of every possible solution. Learn to branch out of an answer, instead of conventional convergence to an answer. Point is, interviewer asked questions that had nothing to do with ethics and told me the answer was consult the ethics committee, which does not help him assess my intellectual thought. He asked me a question, I answered it, he then told me I wasn't answering the question in the "correct" way. A few minutes of me explaining how that wasn't the question he asked led to him apologizing and that he did ask something else and I did answer correctly. If you're confused by what I just wrote, imagine how I felt. He then asked me if I had any questions, I said no and he said "not even about blah blah blah." A few times of me sayin no i dont have questions, led to him telling me about how boston differs from other schools. I told i know how boston differs from other schools, he asked what, I began talking, a few words into it he cut me off and said no thats not it, I said i'm getting to it, he apologized for cutting me off, I said serving underserved patients and wealthy patients with the same quality of medicine, he said yup. Horrible experience. Oh... he then askd me several times in several different ways if i thought I could handle medical school. Mind you the head of admissions clearly states "if you got an interview it means we know you can handle the work in medical school and the interview is just for us to meet you and you to meet us." All in all GREAT SALES PITCH... HORRIBLE PRODUCT." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/11/2006

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?

1 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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