1 out of 10
At the school
"Tell me about yourself (this was the first time I've actually ever been asked that!)"
"Do you know specialty you want to go into? (He didn't ask why, but was glad i chose a surg subspecialty like him)"
"Explain your research to me as if I was a layman, and tell me why it should be important. (It seems as if the student interviewers read these SDN posts to pick good questions from!)"
"Explain your research to me as if I'm a layman, and explain why it should be important to fund....not really that interesting because I saw it on SDN before. Actually, both my interviewers only asked me easy questions for about 10 minutes, and the rest was just me asking them stuff....my student basically told me I would get in."
"Nothing really...I was expecting a difficult question because I got into Rice/Baylor's straight med program before but turned it down, but neither of them asked me about it."
"The students were all really really happy, and the weather was AMAZING! Think about it, there's no point in going to a place with "better" nightlife like manhattan, boston, or chicago when it's freezing as hell half the year you're in school and you're too damn cold to go out (trust me, i know, i'm from chicago)...baylor students seem to have a better life in that they go out practically every night, even if the clubs and bars arent as ritzy as other places but they're definitely a LOT cheaper!"
"Methodist Hospital (the largest private hospital in the nation) and Baylor may be ending their affiliation because Baylor wants to build its own clinic in a few years....it seems like a lose-lose situation to me though, but I guess we'll find out for sure in April once the current contract ends. Also, it seems like everyone was in-state, but I'm not....Baylor just got rid of its $4800 scholarship for all out-of-state students due to lack of funding, starting this year, and they didnt even bother to tell us, I had to ask financial aid."
"They decide whether to offer you acceptance or not that very same night! So I guess you are at somewhat of an advantage in interviewing so late actually, because you are so damn fresh in their minds. I guess you wouldn't really have to bother with thank you notes then. Also, I just learned about the Methodist rift, and the elimination of the out-of-state scholarship."
"I was nervous at first because this was the absolute LAST interview day of the year, and there were about 50 students there, the most I've ever had. But it wasn't a big deal at all. THe interviews are technically open-file, but my second interviewer did not discuss my application at all, and my first asked only maybe one or two specific questions. My student interviewer was VERY chill and laid-back, which often isn't the case with some student interviewers who are up on their high horse. He was very relaxed and shared a lotta helpful advice, both in the interview and throughout the whole day as we talked (I noticed his nametag early in the day, and that he was my interviewer.) Ask your tour guide LOTS and LOTS of questions! They're not on the committee, so don't be afraid to ask what's on your mind. The food wasn't so great for lunch or dinner, so eat up ahead of time....but going to Two Rows Grill afterwards was GREAT!!!! Make sure you go, it's a lot of fun....but once again make sure you eat a lot somewhere in between, cuz I got pretty fucking drunk by 1 am not eating the whole day....(either that or don't be an idiot and have 10 drinks like me) also, i didn't stay with a student host, but i wish i did, it would make everything a lot easier, and a lot more fun....houston was great, and is in a much better city than duke, washu, hopkins, umich etc., whatever you do, make sure you fly out saturday night so you can go shop (and ice skate!) at the galleria the day after your interview, or just wander around the hospital if you're a dork like that =) so to summarize, baylor was GREAT!"