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  • Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Columbus, OH
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Tell me about an ethical problem you experienced. (I discussed a dilemma I had regarding confidentiality with a female friend who had psychiatric problems and was at risk of harming herself. Fortunately for me, I found out later in the interview that my woman faculty interviewer was a psychiatrist.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why medicine? Why not law? Why did you not practice law after becoming an attorney? Explain bad undergrad grades. Are you published (I do biomedical research now full-time), to which journal did you submit, has it been accepted, what author are you?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Do you have any questions for me? (My student interviewer left lots of time, perhaps 10-15 min, for questions. My faculty interviewer, b/c we started our interview late, seemed anxious to present her information to the committee right afterward, so she reserved more like 2-5 min for questions.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"nothing was particularly interesting - it was pretty cut and dry, most questions identical to those posted on this website" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"it being my 10th interview, and having encountered every type of question reading SDN interview feedback, no question was difficult to answer" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS, OSU secondary, MSAR, Univ of Washington bioethics website, NY Times Healthcare Reform book (dated, published in 1993), talked with student host (2nd yr student in ISP curriculum)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"can acquire OH residency after only one year; growing Global Health program (goes to places such as India - i'm Indian); research opportunities; clinical opps w/ satellite hospitals; Columbus a more manageable/livable city that NYC (where I am now); OSU constantly expanding infrastructure; very rapid climb in the rankings over the past 5 yrs (from 40s to 30s in research rankings)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"OSU football fanaticism; diversity - it's there but not there (Brigham Young Univ/Mormons overrepresented, as are Gujarati Indians - the MSIIs have 5 Patels! i am a Patel by the way); OSU grads represent 25+% of the class; not impressed by residency matches in my specialty interests, though it's true that doing well at OSU will write your ticket to any program; class size ~210-220 ppl, even though the 140 students in IP/70 in ISP breakdown is comparable to many med schools; 6 students/cadaver" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"after 1 year in OH you can claim OH state residency (and pay ~$15,000 less per year); there are 4 student-run free clinics affiliated w/ OSU; that my student interviewer was another Patel (as were my tour guide and another interviewee); Honors Surgery course during 4th yr (do procedures on animals); int'l med rotations during 4th yr are abundant and FUNDED; current IP/ISP curricular dichotomy in existence since the 1970s" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"7-7:30 student host gave me a driving tour of downtown; 7:30-8:30 sat in on a 3rd yr family med lecture (ENT doc was presenting naso/orbital pathology and complications); 8:30-9:30 sat in on 1st yr lecture (cell block intro/biochem lecture); 9:45 check-in; 10-11:30 welcome, introductions, curriculum overview, financial aid, overview of clinical yrs, med IV speaker; 11:30-1:15 lunch & tour; 1:50 interview w/ med II (who chose the IP curriculum); 2:15 faculty interview (psychiatrist); 3:30 hitched a ride w/ MSTP student & 2 fellow interviewees to CMH airport; 6:50 flight back to JFK" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

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?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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