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  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Houston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"Interviewer 1 (student): why do you want to be a doctor? Why Baylor? Tell me about your senior research thesis. Tell me about your patient interactions. Have you ever shadowed a doctor, or gotten to see what a doctor does on a day-to-day basis? I see that you're a musician; what do you play? What did you do with the musical group you joined? Given all your diverse interests, what happens when, a year into your medical education, you decide that you find something else more interesting? When you were a part of a medical research lab, did you feel like an outsider since you had a liberal arts background/how did you deal with that? Is there anything else in your application that we haven't covered? What are your two biggest strengths and biggest weakness? Do you have any questions for me?" -Posted 12/13/2008 | Report Response

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

"Interviewer 2 (faculty MD/PhD): why do you want to be a doctor? Why Baylor? Have you ever gotten to shadow a doctor? What sorts of clinical experiences have you had? Give an example or two of an issue(s) that you, and the new generation of doctors may have to face, and a potential solution(s) to the problem(s). Do you know what track you might enter, if you were accepted? (I answered: research.) Do you know whether you'd like to work with patients or with animals in your research? Do you have any questions for me? " -Posted 12/13/2008 | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Previous interview, mock interview, researched BCM website, spoke with a BCM student, reviewed the basic questions expected in an interview (e.g., why do you want to be a doctor, why this school), SDN interview feedback." -Posted 12/13/2008 | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Texas Medical Center: not only is it huge, there is yet more expansion to come, including the completion of Baylor's own teaching hospital (to be completed by 2011); the enthusiasm of the students for the resources available at BCM; the flexibility of the curriculum and ability to tailor it to your own interests; the diversity of opportunities for developing academic interests, obtaining faculty mentors, and boosting your residency application, weaved into the curriculum; the attempt to make Houston seem like a very interesting city to be in (I'm from Houston; so I have a bit of inborn skepticism); the humble/jovial attitude of the students (i.e., they were proud/confident of their school and own accomplishments, but no arrogance whatsoever); the atmosphere of cooperation among students; the unbeatable value of medical education at BCM (tuition is almost cheaper than my undergrad)." -Posted 12/13/2008 | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Poor road design surrounding the school (but what can they do about that?), expensive parking, no BCM-affiliated housing, not a very bike-friendly campus, very metropolitan (nothing outstanding in terms of the natural environment), overly bulky welcome packet from the school. " -Posted 12/13/2008 | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That there is no paid parking for interviewees. That you need a very good map to get to campus if you're driving in (try to get one from an actual BCM student). To expect traffic to increase your travel time by at least half an hour, if you're heading to BCM for the interview in the morning or at lunch." -Posted 12/13/2008 | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Student chairs for the interview day are extremely friendly. The day is long but well-planned, and BCM feeds you both lunch and dinner, as well as paying for snacks at Brian O'Neill's pub afterward, to compensate. Make sure your boots are made for walking, 'cause that's just what they'll do. Like the rest of Houston, TMC is absolutely sprawling." -Posted 12/13/2008 | 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?

Automobile

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/12/2008

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 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?

1 out of 10

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