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  • Harvard Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Boston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

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 did you get involved in community service?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"What do you think you will be doing in 10 years?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You mentioned [insert phrase from AMCAS application]. What did you mean by this?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There were no curve balls at all, so I got asked standard questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read HMS's website, its viewbook, talked to my student host." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities seem great, and the simulation sessions were very, very cool. My host was wonderful, and the one other student that I got to talk to during the day (when I was lost...) was really nice and helpful when I asked her questions about campus life/culture." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My experience seems to be the exception rather than the norm, but I really did not enjoy my visit at all. There was very little structure to the day and a *ton* of down time, and I never got to meet any students because my interview schedule made me miss lunch *and* the tour (which are the two major opportunities to ask questions). Thus, by the time that my interviews rolled around, I was really hungry and completely unfamiliarized with the school as far as first-hand experience goes. I read a lot about it and talked about the school with my host (who was wonderful!), but that still represents all that I know about HMS. If I actually get in, I'll have to go for second look to even begin learning what the school is really like." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"1. There is NO breakfast; there are some granola bars - and water if you're lucky. So if you're going to need to commute to get to campus as I did, eat something in the morning! 2. Your interview may be scheduled during the lunch/tour. If this happens, you will not get to meet any students during the day; nor will you get to eat. Ever. 3. There are 0 scheduled events other than the introduction/tour/lunch. So prepare for lots of downtime. The admissions staff wants you to get to ''know the school,'' but it's really hard to do this if you're wholly unfamiliar with the campus (and wearing dress shoes!). 4. Your student interviewer may be a M2." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"As mentioned above, I did not enjoy my visit because of the poorly planned day. I really got a sense that the admissions office did not care whether or not I thought highly of the school because (the student greeter made plainly clear), Harvard gets about 80% yield and ''everyone who gets in comes.'' I know that a lot of people place a premium onto the name of the school (and HMS is certainly quite a name). But throughout the day, I could not shake the feeling that I was not valued as a person, which was awful." Report Response

Tour and Travel

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

Train or subway

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


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

9 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?

7 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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