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  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Washington
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

""Besides your one grade of a C, how did you manage to get all A's?" (I'd suggest talking about your strong work ethic and commitment to success - if this describes you)" Report Response

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

"Would you consider academic medicine? (I think he asked this due to my 2 year experience at the nation's largest research facility)" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your Senior Experimental Thesis. (My interviewer does basic lab science research so I'm thinking this was why he asked me about my original research)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Were you discriminated against? (This was asked after I said I attended a racially homogenous high-school on a merit-based scholarship)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""I'm going to have to pick on you a little bit. Explain your one grade of a C senior year." (My interviewer didn't have pre-planned questions. He basically scanned my grades listed on my AMCAS and asked about the only grade that stood out.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Went on this website and looked at all entries in the past 2 years; wrote down possible questions asked and practiced the main points I would discuss in front of a mirror (try not to sound like you rehearsed at the actual interview); did a mock interview with my academic advisor; my friends asked me questions and I practiced thinking about them" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewees were nice. I don't know if they did this purposefully or not, but everyone in my group was female. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing impressed me negatively, mainly because I know quite a few Howard med students and so I had a pretty good impression of the school beforehand. But I still made a list of questions to ask the student who led our tour because you want to seem engaged and interested. They are doing construction and building a lot of cool facilities so be prepared to walk through areas in the process of being renovated." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I was called in for an interview earlier than expected. Based on the order of your arrival, you are called in whenever your interviewer is available to speak with you. Personally, I liked this because I wanted my interview earlier in the day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I felt this interview was very laid back and conversational. You will fill out another supplementary form, which asks about your experience with the underserved and interests in Howard. Just use that as an opportunity to reinforce your "theme" i.e. wanting to be trained as a culturally-competent physician for underserved areas at Howard. My interviewer didn't have pre-planned questions; he basically just scanned my AMCAS application and asked about things that jumped out at him (my grades, course titles). With this said, review your AMCAS and responses to secondary questions. Re-read descriptions of the courses you took in college, and use that to tie them back into your overall "theme". If you want to get your interview done with earlier in the day, arrive earlier (I'd say 7:30am or so) because the person who interviews you calls you in based on your time of arrival." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/29/2008

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

6 out of 10

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