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

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"How did you go from being an engineer to being here?" Report Response

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

"What adversity have you faced in life?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How were your leadership experiences different between working with your peers and leading enlisted troops?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Explain how you are well-rounded." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read this Web site, newspapers, NIH MedLine Plus news briefs, and much, much more. All of this turned out to be of no use for the interviews." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The campus is nice, and development next to the river is progressing quickly. OHSU is seeking to become a “top 20” school, and NIH funding shows that they have been making progress. The troubled aerial tram project has been saved in a close-call funding showdown. The Portland area is so smart, pleasant and beautiful. It has great hiking, running, and biking trails. The transit system is superb. Powell’s Books is a nice place at which to spend the day. The weather can get rainy but is relatively mild." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I didn’t think the interview day did the school justice. There were no in-depth informational presentations. Many applicants were already displeased by the parking situation. The interviews seemed to follow a “good cop/bad cop” gimmick, in which I actually felt more comfortable with the apparent “bad cop” interview. My first interview lasted 30 minutes. This “good cop” interview was completely conversational dealing with irrelevant outside interests. I felt that it didn’t give me any opportunity to distinguish myself. Then, the “bad cop” gave me an hour-long interview, in which he did much more talking than I could. The early questions were premised on arguments that seemed intended to discourage me from being a doctor and give me an impression that my chances of getting accepted were low. There were no questions about my research or current events and issues. At the end of the day, I was a nervous wreck because I had no clue as to whether or not I had done well, but a month later they did accept me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Studying medical issues would not help me." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Don’t be fooled by the interview process. This is a great school. The interviewers have your file minus your MCAT scores and grades." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

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?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/01/2005

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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