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University of Kansas School of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1905
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 210
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University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUSOM)
Allopathic Medical School
Kansas City
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 123 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 1 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $34,150
  • Non - Resident Tuition $60,462
  • Application Fee $50
  • AVG MCAT 509
  • AVG GPA 3.5
  • LIZZYM Score 65.0

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Mail Stop 1049
  • 3901 Rainbow Blvd
  • Kansas City 66160
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Founded in 1905, the KU School of Medicine is proud of its rich legacy as Kansas` only medical school and its international reputation as a leader in biomedical research. Every day, KU medical students learn basic and clinical sciences from those on the cutting edge of discovery.

Curriculum

The University of Kansas School of Medicine provides an innovative curriculum that combines intensive instruction in the basic sciences with hands-on patient-based clinical training. Students have opportunities to use a variety of teaching tools, including small-group discussions, case-based learning, electronic procedure simulators, labs and actors portraying patients, to perfect their skills. On-campus board examination preparation programs also are provided. The more than 500 full-time faculty instructors are among the best clinicians and scientists in the their fields.

Facilities

The hospital, now a quasi public authority known as The University of Kansas Hospital, is part of a large campus known as the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) that is comprised of the School of Medicine, School of Allied Health, School of Nursing, Graduate Studies, Kansas University Research Institute, and several other research and clinical centers.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 99
Negatively 8
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.56 121

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.52 97

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Allow time for a longer tour. We only got to see the outside of many of the buildings because we didn't have time to go in and actually see the facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would switch to providing decisions solely through email." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think it would be helpful to let us know the names of the people conducting our interviews beforehand" More from this Member | Report Response

"No suggestions to the admissions office. They were very nice, and responsive to any requests of mine. They also were very good to detail all the information of the interview date (schedule, parking, location, etc). It made it very easy to plan for the day and to know how long to expect to stay." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"None - was a very positive and low key affair." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...they were great and very informative!" More from this Member | Report Response

"They're great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very nice people, thanks!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work." More from this Member | Report Response

"put more effort into the tour. we couldn't get into any of the rooms because they were all locked." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Ethics questions about end of life care" More from this Member | Report Response

"Imagine yourself practicing medicine in 15 years. What does a good day at the office look like for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of hypothetical questions: What would you do if your partner was overprescribing opioids and taking some on the side? What if they showed up to work high? Which patient would you save out of three: heart transplant smoker, breast cancer, AIDS patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What events and experiences have lead you to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today? What should we do about it? and even more specific questions asking me to back up my answer." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe yourself in three words?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one of the biggest medical problems in the location you are from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most negative aspect of you pursuing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is a problem in healthcare today and how would you fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with three people, who would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your biggest concerns with medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you improve healthcare in Kansas?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths/weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem in health care today? How do you think it can be fixed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine, why KU, why early decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why KU? (I was OOS) Why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of specific questions about my ECs.. not in a 'grilling' way, just curiosity about them in order to break the ice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? Why do you want to be a doctor? If you could do one thing to change health care, what would it be? Why did you choose to apply EDP?" More from this Member | Report Response

"At what point in your life did you feel that becoming a physician in medicine became necessary? What do you do in your free time? What is the biggest issue facing health care? Which course in your undergraduate career do you feel you 'got the most out of'?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? What do you do for fun? What book have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your standard Jehovah's Witness and blood transfusion question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself. Explain such and such about your personal statement. What is the most interesting medically related article or book you have read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Health care reform and the election" More from this Member | Report Response

"Hypothetical: 1 kidney to give to either a Single working mother, a Prostitute, or an alcoholic...who and why? Followup: Compatibility comes back...Alcoholic is most compatible, then prostitute, then the single mother...now who and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A random question on diversity. I was asked how I've handled diversity in the past. I gave what I thought was a good answer, but the interviewer didn't agree. Rephrased it to include that I couldn't have seen much diversity in my life due to where I grew up, went to high school, went to college, and the fact that I was in a fraternity. So how could I deal with "ignorant african americans" in the inner city. I wish I was making this up. Needless to say I was shocked, a little offended, and blew the rest of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"An issue regarding a cheating student, and how I would respond." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 15 years in terms of your career? Be specific." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"who has influenced you the most? why KU? why did you go to NYU? the whole jehovah's witness scenario " More from this Member | Report Response

" Describe your life after high school. (I had a span of time after high school which was unclear)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as the biggest health problem? (I got this question in both interviews, one currently and one in the next 10 years)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had any extra power, medical or non-medical, how would you use it globally?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Introduce yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think was the main difference between healthcare here in the US and healthcare in Africa? (I had been to Ethiopia the summer before)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The blood transfusion question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has had the greatest influence in your life? Why? Who else? (This ''who else'' threw me for a second, because I had considered who I would say for my greatest influence, but not really beyond that.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you done in the past year to make you a better candidate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself/ goals in life." More from this Member | Report Response

"almost all of the questions i was asked were straight from my application or already listed on this site." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be the hardest thing for you to deal with in medical school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"One heart, three patients, which one would you give it to? I was actually asked this one twice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from working at Best Buy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your learning style?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's a major problem with healthcare" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your friends say are your best and worst qualities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Stock Jahovah's witness question. Child in the ER needs transfusion, parents don't want it. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you first become interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your family? What do your parents do? How has this influenced you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"A pretty standard Jehovah witness question: A five year old girl needs a blood transfusion to live, but her parents are Jehovah witnesses and say no blood products, what do you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"You are the head transplant physician in a hospital and two patients arrive in the ER, and both of them need a heart in order to live. You only have one heart to give. The first is a 58 year old man who is very active in the community, and his family will give the hospital 5 million dollars if you give him the heart. The other patient is a 24 year old girl medical student, and she drinks a lot and isn't passing her classes. Who do you give the heart to? " More from this Member | Report Response

"You have 1 minute to tell me why you should be accepted to KU over anyone else; GO!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe an ethical situation you have been involved in (what decisions did you have to make, etc)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which activity has most greatly influenced your choice to pursue medicine as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think healthcare is a right or a privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"13 y/o female presents for bunion excision, directly before procedure, lab results indicate she's pregnant. What do you do? Do you tell her parents, etc...? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about cloning, is the person cloned going to be the same as the original person he/she was cloned from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an experience in your volunteer work that made an impression on you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my extracurriculars. Why Kansas." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above." More from this Member | Report Response

"From the leadership positions you've held in your ec's what have you learned about teamwork?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel the biggest challenge facing medicine today is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your best friend describe you? What do you do in your free time? Where do you see yourself in 10/15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could bring 3 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would they be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. How do you feel about stem cell research? Did you experience any ethical dilemmas in college? What is your favorite movie? Who is the one person that you would like to go to dinner with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can we encourage people to seek preventative care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was just the routine ethics questions. They asked me quite a bit about my family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about flying airplanes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem with the healthcare industry today? What is being done about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are 3 ways you would benefit KU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Of your clinical experiences, what did you see that troubled you the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the governtment spending my tax dollars for antismoking campagins and to provide condoms in schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor, and why do you want to attend the University of Kansas School of Medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions above and What do you think of cloning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some pro's and con's with the cloning issue?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whay did you major in biology?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you learned through one of your EC experiences that will make you a better doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why kind of medical practice are you interested in and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"From the interviewer that presented me to the selection committee: Tell me whatever else you would like the selection committee to know." More from this Member | Report Response

"You are fluent in 3 different languages (English, Spanish and Tagalog (Pilipino). Do you think or dream other than in English?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What one decision would you change if you could go back in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite any three people whom were deceased, who would they be and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the social issue that you are most concerned about?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you hope your colleagues will say about you at your retirement party?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The "lightning round" questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were an MLB player, what would be your up-to-bat song?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your hero?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite class in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about the happiest time in your life." More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of cows were at the dairy farm you worked at?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your childhood" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would I fix healthcare, and how would I pay for it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you had a diabetic patient who was non-compliant with their care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you use your culture to help your community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will your patients say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite 3 people (living or dead) to dinner, who would you invite and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"situation: terminal life support patient, 2 sons are fighting over whether or not to take him off. One wants to one does not. Both lied about being power of attorney, real DPOA cannot be contacted. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"From the 4th year interviewer... Say you are sitting in my seat 4 years from now interviewing a student, what are three questions that you would ask them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical question about OBGYN treating a 14 year old pregnant girl... do you tell the parents? What if there is a law that the girl has rights to her own privacy? Would you still tell the mom who's there at your office with her daughter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe it should be mandatory for all KUMC MD grads to practice for a year in an underserved area of Kansas?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The health care started a good discussion, I felt it was one of the strongest portions of the interview for me as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"20 years down the line you become the surgeon general. What is the biggest health care facing America and how do you go about fixing it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what have you prepared for and we haven't asked?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Scenario question-Who would you rather give money to? either 1. baby with Down's Syndrome for surgery 2. 40 yr old man with 3 sons and who needs liver transplant or 3. 3 Ethiopian ladies with HIV" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does professionalism mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"While shadowing, what is one thing that you saw a doctor do that made you think "wow, that was a good thing to do" and what was one thing that made you think "i would have done that differently"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine? Why be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name three people (dead or alive) you would want to have dinner with and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"You're a surgeon and you are closing up and realize you forgot something inside the patient that probably won't have any negative side effects. What do you do? Go back and get it? Do you tell the patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Beware of the question: "is there anything you prepared for that we didn't ask?" This came right after the diversity question and I wasn't prepared. " More from this Member | Report Response

"a specific question regarding my personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we pick you? Sell yourself to us!" More from this Member | Report Response

"As a doctor, how would you want your patients to describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you saw a fellow resident come in late and then fake his patient reports, what would you do" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the best movie you've seen lately." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was my favorite class of undergrad and why? I answered it was a medical ethics class, and so he asked me to elaborate arguments for either side on euthanasia." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the negative experience you had while you were shadowing the doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing that you are working on right now in your life? One area that you're trying to grow in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"i don't think any were particularly interesting - just the typical why medicine? why KU? where do you see yourself in 15 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the nicest thing you've ever done for somebody?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had $20 million, would you give it to lung cancer research, HIV research, or prenatal care? (You cannot split up the money)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does the government need to do to stop the problems of illegal immigration? Seemed like a question to test me as I am Hispanic, but those issues don't bother me and I told him how the problems should be fixed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research (only because I love what I do)!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about specifics from my background...athletics, medical experience, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was probably something about me attending the in-state rival school (Kansas State)." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any type of animal, what would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will I prepare myself to be a physician for cultures other than my own?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will your patients say about you? What did China teach you about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the first thing you read when you open the daily newspaper?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I went to a dinner party, and could have three guests, who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A specific question about some non-medical volunteering on my AMCAS." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any kind of cell in the body, which one would you be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looking back at my childhood till now, do you think you have grown?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The very first question asked during the second interview: Why are you here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would I deal with the stress of medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly personal, pertaining to my activities and research." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a med student and had a Diabetic patient in a coma, the resident doctor presented the case as being DKA, but the patiend had no ketones in their urine. The resident was wrong, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that you hold stereotypes and prejudices? (This was in response to me discussing how I was a minority in my community growing up, and how I wasn't necessarily the victim of blatant racism, but I felt that I people held prejudices against me and stereotyped me because they were ignorant.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite movie?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you believe the appropriate course of action is should you observe academic misconduct?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What special healthcare issues (if any) are present in Kansas?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your favorite movie?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about cloning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we pick you over the others that are applying? Why will you be a better doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of prejudice." More from this Member | Report Response

"What communities would you be willing to locate to, if you are accepted and graduate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a major ethical dilemma you see in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Think of something that has recently been featured in the news and describe how it's affected health care and what you think about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last movie you saw?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked several questions involving Pharmacutical companies and whether or not they should provide free lunches and such for doctors and advertise their medicines on tv." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had one week and no financial limitations, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you had one day off?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In the future, how can we determine who needs flu shots the most, and how can we ensure that they receive them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you failed an exam due to lack of preparation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"can't remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do to fix the current health care crisis.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you a feminist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you saw a good friend cheating on a board exam, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is wrong with medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked me if as a non-trad student, if I would be more likely to study individually or in a group. I answered that in hands on activities, I would take advantage of the group atmosphere to learn from others, however, I would also spend a great deal of time studying on my own." More from this Member | Report Response

"A 14-year-old girl is in a relationship with a 22-year-old and asks you for birth control. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What 5 words describe you" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about an interesting book that you are currently reading. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What health issues are prevalent among students at your school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"People from Spain and Colombia are considered Hispanic, yet they on two different continents, separated by a huge ocean. What is a difference between the Colombian and Spanish cultures? [I am from Colombia, and luckily have been to Spain, so I was able to give my opinion on both differences and similarities]" More from this Member | Report Response

"A six year old girl needs blood to survive, and her parents say no. What would you do and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you address the HIV/AIDS crises in Africa? What would you try that hasn't been tried before?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an experience that was very disappointing to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an unusual/difficult situation you had during one of your EC experiences and what did you learn from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Taxpayer money is used to fund public awareness campaigns against issues such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and gang violence. Do you agree with the use of taxpayer money for this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think human cloning is moral." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a young girl needed surgery to live but her family objected for religious reasons, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you were working with a colleague you suspected of doing drugs what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If George W. Bush called you up and asked you to assemble a group to recommend what his stem cell research policy should be, who would you select." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite any three people to dinner, dead or alive, who would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

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Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

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0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

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How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

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Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

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What do you like most about this school?

"There were a few exceptional faculty members." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The school is not accepting of students who do not fit the mold of a traditional midwestern man. Outsiders are not welcome. The school feels this is "serving to produce primary care physicians for Kansas." I believe it has stagnated the academic prowess, cultural diversity, and creativity which lead to strong programs." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"The research reputation has suffered recently as well. A large percentage of research funds have been diverted from other programs to fund the National Cancer Center designation. Researchers and physicians are now being pressured to give up their interest to help fund the cancer program. This has caused the removal of a former School of Medicine Dean (Barbra Atchkinson) and led to difficulty recruiting top physician and research faculty. As a result, mediocre faculty has been recruited with promised of exorbitant funding and salary (which is the only way currently able to land candidates.) Unfortunately, this situation is not sustainable and has led to a tarnished reputation and lower quality faculty." | Report Response

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