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|By Duperme (Duperme) on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 07:24 pm: Edit|
I just got back from my USC interview. It went pretty well I would like to think. If you were interviewed by USC, please say so, cuz I might have seen you there.
|By Dr_Slc (Dr_Slc) on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 07:40 pm: Edit|
were you a presidential candidate? also, what other programs have you applied to/interviewed at?
|By Rishi718 (Rishi718) on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 06:57 pm: Edit|
any more info on the UMDNJ interview or wut types of questions they had. It's my ONLY program, yikes.
|By Blindfury86 (Blindfury86) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 11:56 am: Edit|
Hiya. I got an interview at Howard University's 6-yr BS/MD program...and have NO idea what to expect. Can someone give me some tips on what to expect?
|By Blindfury86 (Blindfury86) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 11:51 am: Edit|
Hello. I've gotten an interview at Howard University for their 6-yr BS/MD program. This is one program that I have never seen mentioned on this website. If anyone has any information that would be helpful. Also, what should I expect at the interview?
|By Enzom (Enzom) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 05:53 pm: Edit|
Typically, the interviewer will ask the standard questions such as what made you become interested in medicine, what field do you see yourself in, what are you most proud of, where do you see yourself in 10 years, etc, etc. I would suggest you make sure you understand exactly what the school's emphasis is before the interview; i.e. if it is primary care oriented(which I imagine Howard is) or research oriented. I have to be honest and state that I really don't know if BS/MD programs are a terrific idea. There is something to be said for having a broader experience in college than such a focused eduaction can provide. I was actually a political science major in college. Having a broad liberal arts background has really gievn me an advantage over my more narrowly focused colleagues. Also, an extra couple of years of life before heading into medicine is probably going to stand you in great stead. Wisdom comes with some age and quite frankly my colleagues in residency who came from the 6 year BS/MD programs lacked in maturity. Just something to think about.
|By Bignit551212 (Bignit551212) on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 07:47 pm: Edit|
are u talking about the acceleerated programs..like 6 years? becuase most programs are 8 years, and you can major in anything you want 2. I got accepted into VCU's 8 year program, and i can apply out after 4 years if i want 2. also, i can major in anything I want 2. so....i guess if you are accelerated, then you don't have as much broad perpective, but otherwise...combined programs are awesome.
|By Blindfury86 (Blindfury86) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 07:43 pm: Edit|
Bignit551212 I suspect that our iterviews will be similar since we both applied to combined degree programs. Would you mind sharing your expericences in your interview? Thanks.
|By Duperme (Duperme) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 10:40 pm: Edit|
I have been to several interviews, the order in which I received them were: Harvard, Boston U's med prog, Brown's med prog, and USC's med prog. I got rejected to all of them except USC, which was my first choice anyway.
To give you guys an idea of how to prepare and what to expect, I will simply tell you guys what I went through.
This was my first interview and probably one of the worst. The guy I talked to was very nice and very casual. We just talked in the form of a conversation between two people getting to know each other. He was also very intelligent. I, being the inexperienced interviewee, tried to flex my own intellectual muscle, and probably ended up sounding pretentious. So my advice to you is: don't talk like you are someone whom you are not! Also, one of the questions he asked was who was the most influential person in my life (Since I really had no hero, I just said my father and gave a weak followup).
The interviewer asked me very specific question in which he was looking for very specific answers. One of my essays was about my music, and he asked me how my music will affect my career as a doctor. On my essay, I had stated how my music has helped me in various ways (like how to work to accomplish something in a team), but I had not thought of relating that directly to my career (it was more of a character relation). So I gave some vague answer (like how creativity can better help me diagnose problems) and he seemed unimpressed. Anyway, the lesson I learned was: know exactly what you meant and wrote on your essays and expect the interviewer to base several questions off of that. Also, one of the questions I was asked was, if I had one year off from my life, where would i travel to and why (I gave some half-witted answer cuz I was under pressure).
This interview went very well, (although i did not get into Brown's program). The interiewer also asked about my music; this time, I was thoroughly prepared and gave a great response and elaboration. He also asked me where I would go if I had 3 months off from my life. Once again, I was prepared.
One of the first things the interviewers (2 out of the three) positively commented on was my solid handshake. Once again, the interviewers followed the same pattern of questioning: Q's based off my essays (like how has my music affected me), who's my most influential person (I said Howard Dean, and although Dean already lost the primary, I gave a good response by saying that he is not afraid to say whats on his mind)... Additionally, before the med interview, I had spent 2 days on campus for my scholarship interview, thus, I knew the attitude of the place very well. I told them why I liked USC's atmosphere why I would choose USC over the other schools. This really pleased them. So my advice: go to the campus first, take a tour of it and try to talk to students who go there so you know what the attitude there is like. If you like it, tell the interviewers that.
By the way, I was asked why I wanted to be a doctor on all occasions. You really dont have to give some unique reason, you can just say that you like to help other people, so long as you are earnest about it.
And that is my 2 cents.
|By Bignit551212 (Bignit551212) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 11:43 pm: Edit|
i'll only talk bout UMKC's interview and VCU's interview.
This interview i thought was very well structured. There was no dead time, and everyone was pleasant. The interviewers were nice and very welcoming. The interview itself was in two parts, one with the honor's college, one with a MCV (med school) representative. Both interviews asked general questions about urself, ur plans, and general motivation. Make sure you know these answers. Overall, just be relaxed, and answer with confidence.
This interview was not as well structured. I first had to take a toledo chem test, which was pretty simple. Then, I got interviewed by a med student. This interview I thought was useless because the student didn't ask me anything useful. Dumb stuff like...do you drink, smoke, wats ur social life. The second part of the interview was with the assist dean. She was well prepared with her interview questions. She asked the usual med questions, motivation, school, etc. She also asked my school activites and current events. I thought this interview was well rounded and well organinzed. The overall day: lots of dead time. but hey, they say that UMKC is a tough med program to get into...
hope that helps....let me know if u need anything else
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