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  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

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

"Yeah....I was asked so many questions specific to my application it would be pointless to post it here as they wouldn't be asked of you." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So how about those Steelers?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you want me to tell the committee to ensure your acceptance to Howard University School of Medicine?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"To be honest I do not prepare for interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The fact that Howard University, Meharry and more recently Morehouse have single handedly produced some of the brightest and most dedicated minority physicians in the country. The students are the strong point of this school although you may not get that impression at first. In none of my interviews have I met a more talented pool of minority applicants than I have here. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It is very hard to get over the initial shock of just how bad (old, dilapidated, and non-functional) the two medical school buildings are. However the newly built Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library is new and amazing. Also, as is traditional in the Northeast, Howard instead of being rebuilt from the ground up is being gradually renovated. When I arrived it was undergoing major renovations with the admissions office and pathology department being finished. Don't be suprised to find desks, carpet, and chairs ripped out and being replaced" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I think the history of Howard University School of Medicine is very unique and to get a full appreciation of what they have accomplished following emancipation needs to be studied prior to coming." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Before I summarize my interview experience I will let you know a few things I wish I knew before coming. It just helps to know what to expect I believe. First people have posted that Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) is in an unsafe neighborhood. If you consider any neighborhood that is predominately black unsafe then this school may not be for you. If you are afraid to live in the underserved community the medical school strives to serve then this school may not be for you. If you don't want to commute from a "safe" neighborhood then you probably don't want to come here either. Next, if you need the most modern equipment (Stan, Harvey, videotaped lectures posted on the net, antiseptic hallways, track lighting in every cooridor, simulation centers, etc..,) then Howard may not be for you. Look medical school is hard and Howard has a reputation for accepting students that would otherwise not have the opportunity to practice medicine. Howard appeared to have a great support network that really looks out for their students and gives them a decent opportunity to pass USMLE I, II, III and obtain a decent residency. Howard University hospital (where MS III, IV's rotate) see's a great mix of pathology attributable to its inner city location and allows students a great hands-on learning opportunity. If you have a chance to look at some of the physicians that have graduated from Howard you will be very suprised to see that they are oftentimes leaders in their field. Howard will produce a competent, able physician. Ok about my interview. They say it's laid back and conversational but it really depends upon your interviewer but I really enjoyed mine. Thank you. Again this school is not for everyone I hope this helped a bit." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/14/2006

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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