I wanted to give a "field report" for all of you who are going to interview at Hopkins this year. First off, I have been incredibly lucky with interview invitations. I have gotten interviews at all the major programs (3 Harvard hospitals, UCSF, Wash U, UCLA, Stanford, Duke, Yale, 2 Chicago programs, + others) I was excited when I received the notice from Hopkins, because it is known to be an excellent program. I went into the interview day with an open mind. Needless to say, I was VERY DISAPPOINTED. I felt as though I wasted a plane ticket. The issues with Hopkins 1. Attitude. I was flat out interrupted during an interview because "time was up." (The secretary knocks on the door when interviews should wrap up.) In fact, the interviewer had just ask me a question AND, while I was in mid-sentence, he rose from his chair, opened the door and said, "thank you," and left the room. It was incredibly rude. None of my interviewers (except for one) had read my file, including the chairman. "Where are you from again? What were your test scores?" No attention to detail. All the residents kept stressing the "Hopkins way." "I think you will find that although we do things differently here, you will find that the Hopkins way is the better way." Give me a break. 2. Appearance. I know appearances aren't everything, but when the residency director walks (who is very nice, no joke) into the room in the morning wearing a faded, flanel shirt with a pair of pants that look like they're 10 years old, you worry. The day was held in a small, cramped, old office. There was hardly enough room to sit down. 3. Organization. The day was very disorganized. No agenda for the day. No simple program overview. The director mumbled on for 45 mins--very hard to follow. 4. Residents. Some were very nice, others seemed completely disinterested with us. I even had one of the CA-2's comment to me (NO B.S., I AM STILL IN DISBELIEF; THE COMMENT MADE ME WANT TO CRY), "We work hard here. For the most part people are professional, but not exactly warm. It is rare that someone tells me I did a job well done. BUT, I am leaving here with the reputation of a great program and will likely find a dynamite job." I was also shocked that for such a "top-ranked" program how many D.O. residents were in the CA-1 and CA-2 classes. Hummm. Wonderful, who cares? 4. Facilities. First, I must say in defense of Hopkins, they have every specialty know to man. The cancer building is fairly new and modern, the eye center looks up to date, but the remainder of the building (mainly the gen OR's) are small, old, and dreary. If you can get over this, then it might be fine for you. Baltimore itself is not horrible, but the immediate neighborhood was questionable. 5. Didactics. Very questionable. Seems that a Monday conference is pretty much it. We actually sat in on the conference for a little while--it was disorganized (I was told it varies from attending to attending). It seems like everyone expects learning to come from self-study. The bottom line: I have no doubt that you leave Hopkins a well trained anesthesiologist. But, if you want a place with a strong didactic program combined with approachable, warm staff and stellar facilities/city, Hopkins is not it. I hope this helps. You can have my place in the Match.