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  • Oregon Health & Sciences University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Portland, OR
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"How do you measure success?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Tell me about your family? (1st question asked)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why OHSU?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"How does a person with my ethnic background get involved in a non-profit organization that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What side am I on? (both of my interviewers asked questions about this activity so know your actvities!). I was also asked about my volunteer work in helping to build a sweatlodge at a state park. My interviewer knew a lot about this tradition." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you see yourself doing in X years? (I got caught off guard with this one so I ended up rambling a little bit)." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read primary AMCAS, secondary essays, interview feedback, sleep, and a hearty breakfast." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The entire OHSU complex is huge and still expanding! Lots of beds = lots of interesting patients that I might encounter during 3rd and 4th years. Everyone that I met on my interview day was friendly and helpful which made me feel like I would be happy at OHSU. They really take care of the students here and it shows. Also, Portland is beautiful and housing is cheap. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really. I was impressed with everything that I saw with the tour and on my own." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Info about the VA Hospital and details about the fully integrated curriculum." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I interviewed with 10 or 12 other applicants. Two were MSTPers and the rest were straight MD candidates. Most were from out of state, some from as far out as MO and HI. The morning started off with coffee and a short Q&A with one of the medical school deans about the curriculum and the school. After the Q&A we were sent out to our interviews. I had an hour before my first interview so I explored the campus a little bit, chatted with some of the other interviewees, and then went to the Financial Aid Office to get some info. The woman working there was very nice and showed me a bulletin board where I could look for scholarhips/outside aid. She also gave me a packet of info about gov't funding. Then I went to my back-to-back interviews. The first was with a retired ob/gyn who is now head of alumni association. I was nervous at first so the first part our conversation was more like a formal interview. By the end of the interview, however, I was more relaxed and the interview became more conversational. My second interview was with an research MD at the VA. I was more relaxed during this interview and felt like I left a favorable impression by the time the interview was over. I made it a point to stretch out both of my interviews from 45 minutes to 60 minutes to make sure that I had answered ALL of their questions. After my interviews I rushed to a lunch hosted by some of the med students. All of the food was gone by the time I got there so all I ate was an apple. Lunch was followed by a short tour of the campus. After the tour, I met with the head of the multicultural affairs office for a short information session. I was particularly impressed with the outreach that OHSU is doing in the local community. My interview day was over by 1:30. This gave me time to further explore the OHSU campus and parts of Downtown Portland." 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?

2-3 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?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Four Points Sheraton

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?

10 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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