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University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Year founded: 1970
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 125
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University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS)
Allopathic Medical School
Worcester
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  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 121 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS - 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $32,000
  • Non - Resident Tuition -
  • Application Fee $100
  • AVG MCAT 511
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM Score 67.0

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • 55 Lake Avenue North
  • Worcester 1655
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) was founded by proclamation of the governor and an act of the legislature to meet the health care needs of the residents of the commonwealth. Its basic mission is to serve the people of the commonwealth through national distinction in health sciences education, research, public service and clinical care.

Curriculum

The curriculum itself is the result of ongoing evaluation, review and renewal, with more than 20 curriculum committees, faculty groups and student-centered focus groups involved in its initial development. While traditional medical education models consist primarily of departmentally managed courses and clerkships, stressing retention of facts and specific knowledge, the school`s process for curriculum reform and ongoing renewal has established an integrated model of curriculum design, with comprehensive integration and coordination across a four-year plan of study. The school`s curricular programs provide a wide variety of educational opportunities and learning modalities, including lectures, small group sessions, computer-aided instruction, study abroad, service learning, community-based education, volunteer and community service, independent study and research opportunities. This diverse learning environment pro-vides our students with the evolving needs of medical education, advances in the medical sciences, and the health care challenges facing diverse communities and populations.

Facilities

The Worcester campus is one of five University of Massachusetts campuses, and one of 28 free-standing, university-based academic health sciences campuses in the U.S. Its main components are the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing. Its clinical partner is UMass Memorial Health Care.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 100
Negatively 5
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.01 119

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.74 94

0 = low, 10 = high

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"would be great to be more in-the-loop regarding where my app is in the process" More from this Member | Report Response

"There must be a better way to hand out acceptances instead of waiting until may" More from this Member | Report Response

"Maybe describe what the interview day will be like prior to the interview so we know what to expect and can prepare better" More from this Member | Report Response

"For the afternoon interviews, the day was too crammed and the presentations felt rushed through." More from this Member | Report Response

"Organization is key! My interview invite email said to arrive at 11am for a 2pm interview. So I ar" More from this Member | Report Response

"No complaints thus far. All my questions have been answered promptly and cordially." More from this Member | Report Response

"Organize schedules better so there's no weird downtime or sudden changes." More from this Member | Report Response

"I enjoyed the tour of the facilities greatly. The admissions office presentations, particularly on" More from this Member | Report Response

"No suggestions, I had a great experience!" More from this Member | Report Response

"They do a great job and actively elicit feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think of evidence based medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your clinical experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk to me about your internship in South Africa" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Tell me something I haven't already read in your file" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why medicine, specifically for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your attachment to Massachusetts?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What led you to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see American healthcare going?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you enjoy your time at _____? (undergrad school)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are there so many incompetent doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe your journey to medicine (i'm non-trad)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whats wrong with Mass Healthcare" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looking at your transcripts, I see you got a B in [subject]. Can you explain what happened?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your shadowing experiences in such and such a place." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is Medicaid?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What about (specific specialty I expressed interest in) is appealing to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer, while she could have looked at my file beforehand, chose not to. She just wanted to talk about what got me to the interview. My classes in college, activities, experiences etc. Very laid back." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something about yourself I didn't read in your file." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to UMass Med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your clinical experience" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about yout yourself... you where born and...?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Talked & asked questions about current research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to attend ''this school'' for your undergraduate education?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe the graduate program you are currently in." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself and your experiences in Ireland." More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes people comfortable with you or want to confide in you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very standard questions about my application. They had read through my application and written down questions to ask me." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you choose to come to UMASS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How has your work as an EMT influenced what kind of medicine you want to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Favorite book and favorite movie." More from this Member | Report Response

"I see that the few B's you got in college were in your major - why do you think that is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you do when not working or studying?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what field of medicine would you like to enter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(didn't read my file) So tell me about your life, starting from birth." More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about you current job - what do you do and how does it make you feel?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who influenced your decision to become a doctor the most? " More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your travel abroad..." More from this Member | Report Response

"How can you be sure that you are prepared to handle the amount of work required in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?/why now? (I'm still in college and want to go immediately after graduation)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you follow pre-med track as undergrad? I have a BA." More from this Member | Report Response

"A few questions trying to gauge my motivation to practice in MA" More from this Member | Report Response

"What clinical experience have you had that makes you ready to enter medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about volunteer work" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you apply to PA/DO schools? Why/why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, tell me about yourself...(They mostly want to get to know the person behind the AMCAS and secondary...paper only tells so much)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see as a major problem in healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You're not a typical cookie-cutter premed student, tell me about how you ended up deciding on medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I go down south for school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What kind of emotional support system do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you siginifantly impact patient's lives as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest challenge facing health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you say to someone that you are diagnosing with a fatal illness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare? Which system would you choose if you could only choose one?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do think are the problems with today's healthcare system? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine and not other helping proffesions, what my parents do etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of my quesitons were very specific to my application. And I don't remember a whole lot of them properly at this point. :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor... especially with the field of medicine going in the direction it is going." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where did you get your name?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your patient describe you 10 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why choose a career in medicine over any other helping or research profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(All from the second interview)Who has been a role model for you, and what were some of the qualities that made them a role model?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you cope with the emotional and physical stress during medical school and as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide medicine was your career path?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you been doing since you graduated?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are doing now? What do you do for fun? Why medicine ( in a general way)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"HMO and effect on clinical practice" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what do you think the biggest challenge facing healthcare today is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"questions that have nothing to do with medicine or healthcare. they are about your innate human qualities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you Indian? I'm definitely not Indian." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you when you are over-stressed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers gave me a senario of a young patient coming into the ED who needed surgery and many blood transfusions, however the parents refused the blood transfusions due to religious reasons and he asked me what I would do in the situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you chose to go to __ (my undergraduate university)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About one of my specific activities" More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of questions (see below)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical dilemmas: would you bump a major hopsital donor to the head of a transplant list, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What personality type(s) do you not get along with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I talked to one of my interviewers about gardening, and he showed me a picture of a tobacco hornworm he had found in his yard." More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you different from other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think it is ethical for doctors to be overly optimistic during the consent process for an experimental therapy that may not help the patient? How would you handle the consent process of such a patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are there so many incompetent doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See Q 2 above" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could tell the admissions committee one thing about your application, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your hometown and why I would want to go there." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did that experience make you feel?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both asked, "What would your friends say about you?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is Medicaid? (see below)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm curious what your age group thinks about the shortage of primary care physicians." More from this Member | Report Response

"In 15 years when I open a medical journal, what will it say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"After working a long, hard 18 hour day and coming home exhausted, how could you be fulfilled by your career choice as a doctor? What will it give to you, not to other people? Whats in it for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Actually... nothing. I wasn't asked many questions at all. It was pretty much: ''tell me about yourself.''" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was out of the ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"What drives you emotionally to medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your support system? I've never had a school openly express interest in that." More from this Member | Report Response

"the questions were pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Questions about my earlier career." More from this Member | Report Response

"Many people go into medicine because they want to be leaders. But now, doctors aren't usually the leader, it might be the HMO, or someone else; how do you feel about this? " More from this Member | Report Response

"As a doctor, you may be faced with many limitations that are imposed by HMOs. How will you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No questions were asked, instead, I was asked to talk about myself and my experiences working and living in Ireland this year." More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities do you look for in a friend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think physicians have a responsibility to be politically active?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever experienced a time when a doctor or the medical field let you down?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from your abroad experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What advice would you give someone in high school who is thinking about becoming pre-med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think the placebo should be used in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are physicians obligated to give back to their community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked to discuss the balance between medicine as a science and medicine as an art" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most significant problem in healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine and not law or politics, teaching like your parents?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing incredibly ''interesting'' was asked. Actually, very few questions were asked. One of my interviewers asked about my minor in astrobiology and we talked about that for a good 10 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like about rock-climbing? (Follow-up question to What do you do for fun?)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your favorite movies?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what was a difficult and stressful situation you had to deal with, and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Soo.. what's a book you've read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wasn't asked anything too exciting or unexpected, it was just an easy-going conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why is the patient so important to you? (this was in regards to a question relating to my desire to pursue medicine)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why didn't you apply early decision if this is your number one choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could pick any vegetable that describes you, what would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you have to bring to the class of 2010?" More from this Member | Report Response

"one interviewer asked me where i was born and the name of every school i attended" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nothing too difficult or interesting -- pretty standard (Why medicine? Problems with US Health Care System?, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to pursue your interest in journalism while being a physician, and how will being a physician help you do that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does a TLR3 do? (dont freak out, this is because i'm currently taking immunology)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do we solve the crisis of the cost of healthcare and disparity of coverage?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your impression of Umass?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most important issue in health care that needs to be adressed?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most underserved area of Massachusetts?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your weaknesses affect you in medical school or as a doctor? " More from this Member | Report Response

"You're sitting in my chair, what do you ask an MD/PhD candidate to show you that they are the one who you'd like to put into your program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you good/bad at? How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did I planned to continue writing in medical school, particularly if I had given thought to writing a memoir piece of medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you really really messed up." More from this Member | Report Response

"Your grades for X semester aren't very impressive -- could you explain them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of emotional support system do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you siginifantly impact patient's lives as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most of the questions were straightforward and my interviews were conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"none really - standard questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you consider your parents to be intellectuals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem facing medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do think are the problems with today's healthcare system? " More from this Member | Report Response

"25% of applicants are so great they will get in no matter what. 25% of applicants will never make it. 50% fall in the grey zone somewhere in between. Why should we pick you out of that 50%?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My second interviewer questioned me at length about how I had changed from the beginning of college to now, and how I had become better equipped to deal with the workload and learning environment." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would I deal with death." More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as hardest question (below)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What tools do you use now to handle your many activities and how can your carry those into your pursuit of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your patient describe you 10 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"related to ps" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities made X person a role model for oyu?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all pretty basic questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are so interested in social justice, why medicine and not law?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite Simpson's episode?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing in particular" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discussing the role of physician as advocate vs. scientist and relating that to a previous job I had held. My first interview was very converstational and flowed well. The interviewer was attempting to get to know me not by just hearing my story. This discussion on "uncertainty" seemed very abstract but I thought was very intereresting" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle the frustration of medical practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I view as the negative aspects of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do I deal with difficult people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would characterize the interviews as conversational. We discussed my file. It was very comfortable." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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