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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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 was the most interesting question?

"How do you feel about being around students with viewpoints that are different from your own?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Is there anything you want me to know about that isn't on your application?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This site." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are beautiful and so is the surrounding area. Portland seems really cool. I stayed with a student host, and she was awesome. The class I sat in on was very interesting, and it seemed like most students attended lectures. Everyone seemed to like it there. My interviewers were both very nice, interesting people and I had great chemistry with them both. There is a huge emphasis on clinical experience, starting the second week of classes." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The students live all over Portland as opposed to living in one centralized location. The grades are Honors, Near Honors, Pass, Near Pass, and Fail, which basically seems like a grading system (though it sounds like competition is still low)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I might not hear back from the school until after May 15th. The school assigns you a score based on your interviews and a score based on your grades and MCAT score, and combines them into an overall score. That score determines your spot on a list, and they accept a few people from the top of the list every Thursday. You might hear right after the interview or months and months later." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"We met briefly in the morning. There was coffee and tea, but no food. Each person got their schedule and a map, so that we could find our interviews. Both of my interviews were after lunch, so I had a ton of free time. Ask about sitting in on a class if this happens to you. I recommend calling ahead and asking what time your interviews will be, so that you can plan your flights around them (I did not do so, and wish I had). Then we had lunch with two 4th years and two 1st years. Then I had my interviews, which were both really comfortable. I did not have a good cop and a bad cop, as I had been warned about. Both interviewers were extremely nice and informal, and just wanted to get to know me. They didn't know any of my scores (since the school has already assigned you a numerical score based on your grades and MCATs), but had studied my application well. I had a very positive experience overall." 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

PDX

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/18/2007

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?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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