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Georgetown University School of Medicine

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Papi, Feb 10, 2002.

  1. Papi

    Papi Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2001
    Hi Everyone,

    For those who have interviewed or been rejected\accepted here, what are your impressions on the school? Do you like it?

    I also have a weird question. When I was at the interview, I was told that there's a list of questions that the interviewer is suppose to ask, and I actually saw my interviewer pull the list of questions out. But the entire interview was just conversational, we didn't talk about medicine or georgetown at all. So for those of you accepted or rejected, were your interviews like this at all? Or did it follow the questions word for word.

    I'd love to hear what you guys think, I know you are are fast with responses. Good luck to all in this weird process!!!

    - Jean
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  3. italianlove

    italianlove Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2001
    St. Louis, MO
    Hey Jean,

    I just got back from interviewing on Feb. 5. I have to say that my experience there was awesome. The faculty and staff are really nice, the students are nice, although they seem a bit overworked (maybe they were just not very talkative). There seems to be a lot of gripe about the infamous, Ms. Sullivan and her speech, but I really liked what she had to say and took her words to heart; I didn't feel like she was being condescending or whatever some other interviewees have said. I come from an undergrad with a Jesuit tradition so perhaps this is one of the reasons that I feel more at home with the philosophy, but I don't think that they try to stifle you or your beliefs in any way. The clinical experience that you get during 3rd and 4th year is tremendous! The only drawback I saw was how expensive it is to live in the D.C. area.

    My interview was really laid back and conversational also. Although Ms. Sullivan did go through the questions we would be asked, I was not asked any of them and our topics ranged from school mascots to my research interests. :D My interviewer was such a cool guy, I was shocked. That was definately the most relaxed and enjoyable and interesting conversation I have had and 45 minutes went by like nothing.

    The thing that really impressed me when I was there is that they really let you now if g-town is for you. They are very honest and up-front that g-town is not for everyone and if their philosophy is not for you that's ok. After interviewing it became my first choice school and I really hope I get accepted!! (Although the odds are not that good, even after interview it's like 1 in 5).

    Good luck to you Jean. Hope things work out for the best, and maybe I'll see you there next year! :D <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Ciao.
  4. BlueDevil7

    BlueDevil7 Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 2001
    CA/ Washington D.C.
    Hey. I interviewed there in late January and I agree with Gino. I haven't heard back from them yet but if I'm accepted, I would have a difficult time choosing between there and Tulane. I was very impressed with G-Town.
  5. figure five

    figure five Member 7+ Year Member


    I interviewed at georgetown sometime in november, and was accepted in early december. I thought the setting was nice -- sort of bucolic with all the pretty trees. As for my impressions of the facilities and curriculum, I can't really say because we only got to talk to two students, and the posh interviewee lounge was set apart from the teaching facilities and stuff.

    I was a little turned off by their continuing emphasis on financial concerns in their correspondences with me and in the actual interview day activities. It seemed kind of tacky to me that they led off the whole day with a financial aid talk that lasted almost twice as long as the schpiel by the dean!

    Anyway -- finances are a concern for me, but it seemed like most of the info that they have given out has demonstrated more concern for the financial solvency of the school than for the ability of students to pay (i.e. $120,000 average debt after four years).
  6. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A. 10+ Year Member

    Georgetown was sandwiched between my two favorite interviews in late Nov. and the day before my best one (Pitt) so it was going to be difficult for the school to really shine for me, but it did!

    I happened to be one of those that was so impressed with the Sullivan speech that I checked out the book she recommended (which she now denies for some strange reason...) as soon as I got back from my trip. My interviewer seemed a little weirded out by my continued interest in international health and health policy [these were the main reasons I would live in the DC area]. The interview actually ended with him saying "there's just SOO many problems with the health care delivery in Africa, I couldn't imagine where'd you start." Guess the rest of my stories were good enough to balance out, putting me on the 'highly select' list last month.

    The students that I stayed with lucked out with cheap housing (5 in a house) and the two I did talk to at length chose it over great schools [U of Chicago, UNC] and had no qualms about their decision. I could defintely see myself happy there in the fall, but it's not really my choice now. All up to the waitlist trolls :p
  7. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2002
    i absolutely loved Georgetown.
    my interviewer was SUPER nice and didn't read from a list of questions at all.

    i like their cura personalis philosophy and curriculum.
    i also think that D.C. is an exciting and important place to be, given my interest in public health.

    i haven't heard any decisions from them but if i'm accepted, it will be hard to pass them up for another school.
  8. DrSuga

    DrSuga Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    I'm so excited to finally hear good opinions of Georgetown! It seems that with the rejections early on, many SDN'ers turned to bashing the school, leaving those who actually liked it shy about sharing their thoughts. I thought it was great, and my interviewer was a sweetheart! We just sat and had a normal conversation--no list of questions, etc.
    USef: I know it seems like the highly select pool is a waitlist, and they don't pull people off until the end of interview season, but this IS NOT TRUE!! If you write them a letter stating your specific interests in the school, you could get pulled off long before the interview season is over...This happened to one of my friends who interviewed during the first weeks of sessions (mid-Oct), placed in pool sometime in Nov, and was accepted last month. Just be sure your letter is persuasive!
  9. Malarkey

    Malarkey New Member

    Jan 31, 2002
    Hey everybody, I'm looking for a bit of help here. Everyone keeps talking about Georgetown's unique approach, but no one ever really describes what it is. I keep hearing about this Ms. Sullivan character, and her speach, but no one ever says much about the content. I'm interviewing at GT this Friday and would love it if people who have already been there could shed some light on these mysteries. Thanks.
  10. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A. 10+ Year Member

    realize they are a Jesuit instituion in the modern day. Also Georgetown is a traditional school, despite some unique aspects in their curriculum. To be honest, if we tell you much more, it will ruin it and you'll be bored when she finally does speak :D

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