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  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Pick any person, alive or not, that you can relate the most to and why." Report Response

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

"How did you choose dentistry over medicine?" Report Response

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

"How do you deal with stress? (My answer had to do with preventing it in the first place.) Ok, so if you just have a crazy week and can't prevent it, how would you deal with a lot of stress?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you deal with a "difficult" person, either patient, friend, classmate...?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Who was your single most important source of inspiration? (Easy enough if you had an answer, but I just couldn't think of one!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, slept the night before" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"That they actually make an effort to prep you for entering general practice right away (few schools do), GREAT facilities, simulation lab, difficult curriculum but with a high payoff in preparation" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"All of the information sessions and tours were given by non-science, non-health admissions staff, many of whom were new and didn't really know much about Tufts or dentistry. We had to wait until lunch to meet any students or faculty. Also, because they work the students so hard to go right into practice, they are in class MUCH more and seemed MUCH more stressed out than most other students I've met. None seemed to be having fun. And, of course, it's $75,000 a year with only tiny merit scholarships!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Left more time to explore..." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"As for the interview itself? Mine was with a faculty member and a 4th year in training to do interviews. It was in a room with another faculty member doing work (they don't seem to have their own offices), so don't be freaked out if someone is "listening in." They were both very friendly and low-stress. They seemed to mostly know how you deal with stress, asked about my family (my dad went there), and asked where I got my inspiration from. It is given right after lunch. As for the school in general, it will DEFINITELY prepare you to be a dentist. On the bad side, that makes for very stressed students and lots of class time. No one could really answer "so how's the student dynamics? What do you guys do for fun?"...they all stared at me and said "we study". PROS: They have an excellent simulation lab, great clinics with semi-private cubicles, low loan default rate (i.e. Tufts dentists make $$$$), great opp's for externships, specialties. CONS: stressed, unhappy students, COST, large class (pro or con, depending), more class time than other schools, restrict curriculum to dentistry and have their own hospital rotations so that dental students purposely never meet med students" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Milner Hotel Boston

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/18/2005

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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