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University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Year founded: 1905
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University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS)
Allopathic Medical School
Grand Forks
  • SDN RANKING 1
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 2 44 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 2 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $29,494
  • Non - Resident Tuition $53,388
  • Application Fee $50
  • AVG MCAT 507
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 66.0

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
  • Room 2912
  • 501 N. Columbia Rd., Stop 9037
  • Grand Forks 58202
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The mission of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is to educate and prepare North Dakota residents as physicians, medical scientists and other health professionals for service to the people of North Dakota and the nation, and to advance medical and biomedical knowledge through research.

Curriculum

Our goal is to prepare medical graduates to be competent, caring physicians who have the skills of lifelong learning necessary to incorporate new knowledge and methods into their practice and to adapt to a changing professional environment. They should be able to identify, analyze and manage clinical problems effectively and humanistically. Toward these ends, our students should demonstrate: (a) the values and attitudes that promote caring and concern for the individual and society; (b) the ability to obtain, assess and apply knowledge of basic sciences, clinical sciences, social sciences and the humanities; (c)skill in the collection of clinical information, in communication and in the building of rapport with patients and other professionals in order to facilitate diagnosis and therapy; and (d) a scholarly awareness of the traditions, power, limits and culture of medicine.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 31
Negatively 4
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.91 43

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
6.81 36

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep doing what they're doing because they're really wonderful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people in the admissions office have been extremely helpful and friendly. They make sure that all of my questions and concerns are addressed." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Snail mail is very outdated, time-consuming, and not very eco-friendly. Email or status updates online would be much appreciated." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions staff should keep doing what they're doing! They were super friendly and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone in the admissions office was very friendly and helpful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"People who get in at one school are likely to get in elsewhere, and if they had an experience like m" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell us about your experiences as a CNA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the physician of a 15 y/o girl who came in pregnant and you wanted to inform her parents but she pleads for you not to do it because she is scared that they'll hurt her--what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you make a patient feel 'cared for'?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you best friend list as your strengths and weaknesses." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of questions about my experiences and what I gained from them. They asked several times how I could apply what I've learned to clinical medicine in North Dakota. They also asked how I improved my MCAT score the second time I took it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Typical questions. Why medicine, addressed questions from my app etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about [application activity]. Why did you do it, and what did you gain from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you learned from X experience in your application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about growing up in Bismarck and why you want to attend UND medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself and why you decided to pursue a career in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself. / What's the most exciting thing you've done? / What kind of medicine would you like to practice? / Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to study medicine? What field would you like to pursue?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you encountered any physicians that have qualities that you would like to emulate? What were they?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The typical--why do you want to go into medicine, tell me about yourself, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions to my file e.g. What did x activity mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nearly all the questions were about my application and experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The norm, "List three positive things about yourself followed by three negative."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe some of the current issues in healthcare." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you know about the concept of patient centered learning?" More from this Member | Report Response

" How did you prepare for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had quite a few... Mostly questions about my background. How have to prepared yourself for a career in medicine? Who has been a mentor to you, encouraging you to pursue medicine? The the ever present, "Why medicine?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Note the above questions. The rest were about my application. They asked me two questions about what they thought was a weakness in my application but I clearified it for them. Then they asked me to talk about my research, work, and my family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about your MCAT experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you what to become a doctor? I answered the question even though they had my bio before them" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer experience with __________." More from this Member | Report Response

"What did your abroad experiences teach you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has (insert activity) taught you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Basic questions about volunteering, work experiences, and school activities. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most fulfilling experience in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Addressing MCAT, GPA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you satisfied with your MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about two of your favorite memories from studying abroad." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could sound like any bass player who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book would you recommend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you had to teach yourself something." More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were rather bland, nothing out of the ordinary to try to throw me off, make me think, or make me feel uncomfortable." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite bodily fluid and why? This will probably be one of my favorite questions that I encounter on the interview trail." More from this Member | Report Response

"questions pertaining to my application/specific experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me the one book I need to read before I die." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you end up back in this part of the country?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm a medical student, and all I've read is textbooks for 1 1/2 years. What's a good book for me to read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me something funny that has happened to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research to me as though I was in 3rd grade." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about a family planning clinic experience abroad and how I thought family planning was perceived by that culture and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UND School of Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions were directed specifically at me and my application and essay." More from this Member | Report Response

"With out letting the interview committee know your personal stance, give the pros and cons of a contraversial topic in medicine. (they said, "like abortion, stem cell research, physician assisted suicide") " More from this Member | Report Response

"Teach me something non-medical. I taught the group how to cast a fly-rod, they enjoyed it :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you nervous?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you generally take in a group and how would you change yourself to take on a different role?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't think the questions were that interesting. They asked me about working in groups because of the way the curriculum is set up, which part of is done in small groups with your classmates. I liked the question about what do I like to do for fun, because I'd rather talk about that than anything else they asked me. But unfortunately, that was the last question. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of things have you done to test your desire to enter medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked if a professor or a teaching assistant made a big mistake on the board, and I knew what he/she said was wrong, would I help out or would I just let him/her keep going. I told him that it all depends on so many factors then he asked like what!! I told him the kind of instructor I am learning from, what the error was and is it going to affect the rest of the lecture? He was like let's say it is in a physics problem and the instructor ignored one of the newton's laws... Anyways, I think I did a good job answering that question but I was never asked anything like that in any of my interviews. At least I made him laugh." More from this Member | Report Response

"You are in a group and a member is presenting information on a particular piece of a patient's case. Unintentionally, the presenter reveals information that YOU know is incorrect. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a good chance you won't get into Medical School what will you do? (I had already been accepted to four schools)! " More from this Member | Report Response

"So I hear you had a "cosmetic" surgery recently...how did insurance cover it - do you think insurance should have covered it? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you in particular a good tutor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who do you think Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" will be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who do you think will win Time's "Man of the Year" award and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"Cost, small class size, PCL, and getting to work directly with attendings." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Bureaucracy in administration, different administrators giving grossly different answers as to how tests are put together, if we're ranked and how, how AOA works, etc. - none of which is listed in any policies available to students. Overall administration does very little to address student concerns. It usually takes several years of consistent complaints from multiple classes for issues to be addressed, and when they are administration usually makes a very half-assed attempt. Outside of FM there is little to no faculty mentorship or guidance to help plan for applying to residency, and if you do seek out guidance from faculty most are so far removed from residency that they either give poor advice or none at all. The school re-uses >90% of exam questions from year to year, some of which come verbatim from resources students use to study (on one MCQ test 2nd year every single path question came word for word from Robbins Review of Pathology), some come from lectures that are no longer part of the curriculum or are now taught by different lecturers who don't cover the exact same material, or have been moved to different Blocks, and some questions have incorrect answers due to being based on old data or clinical guidelines that have since been updated and are covered in lecture, all of which just confirms that they reuse exams/questions. Current administration denies this and claim they put together new exams every year and that all lecturers are required to submit X number of questions for the exam. However, if you ask the lecturers many will say they never submitted questions, or if they did it was a number of years ago and they haven't since. The fact that the school pretty much uses the same exams year to year has been confirmed by upper classes, students who have had to repeat 1st or 2nd year, graduates, and faculty, some of whom were also involved in administration and curriculum planning (3 second year basic science faculty members and a campus dean who left after my 2nd year due to frustration with administration, as well as 2 current 1st year basic science profs. who also facilitate PCL). Test questions get passed down from previous classes and there's also a Google doc file that is shared between classes which contains several years of worth of entire MCQ and case exams and answers. It only takes 2-3 students to come up with every MCQ question after an exam, and exam reviews aren't monitored (they kind of are but VERY half-assedly) so anyone can take pictures of the exams and the correct answers with their phone or write things down. Students are also pretty nonchalant about looking-up answers on their phones during exams, which aren't supervised and are on an "honor" system. All of this has created a culture of cheating which gets progressively worse throughout 2nd year as students are preparing for Step. These specific issues, with evidence, have been reported to administration, however almost nothing has been done about it. One student who was reported to admin took the fall for one of the main students providing test questions, lied about how she/it/he got the info, and got off with a letter in it/his/her file, despite the fact that UND supposedly has a zero tolerance policy with cheating. I highly suspect that if UND addressed the test issue without making any other curriculum changes their Step 1 average (which is below the national average, but not statistically significant) would drop considerably, as the overlap between school lecture material and Step is awful, hence the wide spread cheating to allot for more Step prep. A significant amount of biochem, pharm, immunology, and embryology material is not covered in any lectures (I started making a list while studying and searched all of our pre-clinical lecture notes after taking Step to confirm) and needs to be self-taught for Step 1. Dedicated study time for Step 1 consists of 4 weeks (if you start the day after Block 8 exams and take Step the day prior to 3rd year orientation - so no time off between 2nd and 3rd year) during which the majority of the class has to relocate 1-4 hours away to a new campus. Many other schools give more dedicated study time for Step, and their student's don't have to worry about moving at the same time. In terms of Step prep, all UND offers are some sporadic, optional noon review sessions given by basic science faculty and 4th year students which mainly consist of going over old lecture PowerPoints. 3rd year rotations vary considerably between campuses. My Peds, FM, and Psych/Neuro rotations consisted solely of shadowing. I never saw patients on my own or presented patients to preceptors, even if I made the effort to pre-round during the inpatient portions. The minimum scores needed on the shelf exams for honors during 3rd year are set SIGNIFICANTLY higher compared to many other medical schools. Classes are very cliquey. If you didn't go to UND or Concordia for undergrad, appreciate actual music v. EDM, top 40 pop garbage, and country, aren't a bro, midwestern passive-aggressive, religious, or conservative you can either fake it to fit in, or accept being marginalized if you have any self integrity. In large classmates are not supportive of older/non-trad students or married students, particularly when it comes to picking 3rd and 4th year campuses. Apparently swapping campuses so classmates who have been dating for 2 months can be together takes priority over swapping campuses so the spouses of married students don't have to find new jobs, or so students with children don't have to move more than once during 3rd and 4th year." | Report Response

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"There's a significant disconnect between administration and students. If you suck-up, keep you mouth shut, play the game, and are either okay with just passing Step 1, or cheating on school exams to allot for more Step prep time you're fine. And as mentioned above administration doesn't really seem to care about student concerns and it takes A LOT for them to address them. Unfortunately the issues with administration have been getting progressively worse over the past several years and most of the admin that advocated for students have stepped down out of frustration. If you want to end-up in ND doing FM and/or a low-tier residency then UND is the place for you." | Report Response

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