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"Why do you want to practice medicine in New Mexico?"
"What are some current healthcare problems that New Mexico faces and what can we do to fix them?"
"What have been some of your life experiences with diversity?"
"Why are you choosing medicine?"
"Do you know about the major health problems in the state of New Mexico?"
"If you could change three things about our current healthcare system, what would they be?"
"Why do you want to come to UNM?"
"Why do you want to do pediatrics and not family practice?"
"Do you have any special talents?"
"Interest in becoming a doctor."
"What led you to choose medicine?"
"What are three major health issues in New Mexico and how would you address them?"
"Problems of health-care on a national level?"
"How would you treat the current diabetic problems in New Mexico?"
"Give me the top 3 reasons you want to be a doctor?"
"What are some of your strengths and weaknesses? "
"''If you were a bird on my shoulder in the committee meeting, what you whisper in my ear for me to tell them about you''"
"Tell me about your positive and negative qualities."
"If you didn't get into any medical school this year, what would you do during the coming year to strengthen your application? "
"What are some of the best advancements/discoveries in medicine in the last 100 years?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What are the major medical issues facing New Mexico?"
"Why New Mexico (asked at every interview)"
"You say you're stubborn, what happens if you and a patient disagree? Say your patient has a viral infection and requests antibiotics, what would you do?"
"What are some of the important healthcare issues today?"
"What kind of practice are you interested? "
"Why study medicine?"
"What do you know about New Mexico health issues, and what will you do to fix them?"
"Expect to talk a lot about clinical experiences you have had."
"What do you see as the most significant healthcare issues facing New Mexico?"
"Should we be accepting if patients do not want to take our advice?"
"What would be the most rewarding thing of becoming a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"What are some healthcare issues specific to New Mexico and how would you solve them?"
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"What were the hardest parts of adjustment when you moved to Albuquerque from a rural area? Did you feel prepared?"
"Why become a doctor and not a nurse practitioner?"
"Specific questions about my AMCAS application."
"What are the major health issues in NM, and how would you fix them if you could?"
"What is your strength when working in a lab?"
"Strengths and Weaknesses?"
"Name a few problems with the healthcare system in New Mexico and how would you fix them?"
"What are 3 major issues in healthcare in new mexico?"
"What are the biggest healthcare issues in New Mexico?"
"What are the biggest healthcare issues faced in New Mexico and how would you fix them? * Make sure you know about issues in NM, they will definately ask you*"
"What did you learn from your clinical experience that helped prepare you for medicine."
"Describe a difficult situation you faced in which there was no good solution."
"What are your strong and weak points?"
"How would you change health care?"
"You didn't do very well as an undergrad, but your post-bac grades are great. What accounts for the improvement?"
"Why MD/PhD (sound familar? It will)"
"You've lived here before, and have returned for one year, how do we know that you're going to stay in nm?"
"Do you have any political/religous/cultural beliefs that would cause moral or ethical dilemmas for you in your practice?"
"biggest problem with healthcare?"
"Why New Mexico? They have problem based learning and are highly rated in Family Practice."
"Greatest needs of our state? --poverty, lack of access to care, high unemployment rate, HPSA in most of our counties, lack of appropriate infrastructure, teen pregnancy, etc..."
"What was a meaningful clinical experience you had with a patient?"
"What is your motivation to pursue medicine?"
"Where do you see yourself in five years?"
"What are some of the greatest medical inventions?"
"Would you have any biases as a doctor?"
"What is one time you failed at something?"
"What are some national healthcare issues and how would you solve them?"
"What kind of specialties are you interested in?"
"How do you feel about the healthcare reform?"
"Have you ever witnessed a diagnosis made by a physician that ended up being wrong?"
"Creative ideas about fixing problems in health care. "
"What other interests do you have/ what would you do if not medicine?"
"You shadowed for one summer do you feel that this has been enough to give you an idea of what the life of a doctor is like?"
"If not medicine, what would you do?"
"You have a lot of different experience. What did you learn from them? How did they influence you going into medicine? How will you use what you learned from these experiences as a physician?"
"Describe a situation where you had to deal with a difficult person and how you handled it. "
"Talk about a struggle in your life in which there was no solution and how you dealt with it. What are you strengths and weaknesses."
"Tell me about one of the people you worked with during your clinical experience."
"What are some of the most important medical discoveries ever made?"
"What's the most difficult situation/hardest decision you've had in your life"
"What are the most important attributes of a physician?"
"You've only lived here a short time. Tell us what you know about the history of New Mexico."
"What is your clinical experience? Actually, this school seemed to stress clinical exposure fairly heavily, more so than the others I interviewed at."
"What 3 things should I tell the ad com to so that you are accepted to medical school?"
"If, for some reason, you were not allowed to practice medicine at all, what other career options have you considered for yourself?"
"why is your research important?"
"If you had a patient who received a concussion during football, what would you say to his parents? What are your personal opinions about concussions and football?"
"Do you see yourself working in a community or academic setting?"
"How do you think you would do in a rural setting?"
"Man with Diabetes comes into your office and you know he is not taking his medication. What are all of the reasons this could be?"
"How will personalized, genomic medicine fit into efforts to curb costs?"
"Tell me about Valley Fever. (I guess one of my prof. said in his LOR that I did a presentation on it in his class)"
"What do you think are the most difficult parts of being a doctor?"
"I was given two different ethical scenarios. One involved an obese man with sleep apnea, the other a child with a severe case of lupus that had severely damaged her organs."
"How would you get children to wear helmets (I am interested in public health and community education as well as clinical medicine)."
"What attributes would you look for in an applicant if you were on the admissions committee at UNM?"
"How would you address the health care issues of New Mexico? (really open ended, leads to a discussion rather than a simple answer)"
"Some good tailored questions. They read your file and ask some good background questions."
"So you are thinking of becoming an ER doc, huh, you would just like to treat and street?"
"What are some of the healthcare issues in New Mexico, and if you were in a position of power, what would you do about them?"
"''If you were a bird on my shoulder, what wyould you whisper into my ear fo rme to tell the comittee to convince them to accept you''"
"If you could change one thing about health care in this country, what would you do?"
"If you were to teach a class tomorrow, on any academic or non-academic subject, what would it be and what important ideas would you try to get across?"
"What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?"
"If you could whisper in the Health Care God's ear, what would you tell him?"
"How did you score so high on your MCAT? "
"Why do you want to waste so much time with getting an MD?"
"if I could wisper into the medical god's ear, what would I change about medicine?"
"If you were on the admissions committee, how would you evaluate your application?"
"More like brainstorming the furture , than a question"
"What did diversity mean to me?"
"Would a prisoner deserve a heart transplant over a civilian, and how do you feel about the fact that it would be paid for by the state, when a civilian would have to pay a large deductable...?"
"If I were a Dictator of the world, what would I do? They also asked questions pertaining to healthcare in our state of New Mexico, Obesity, diet, access to care, etc... "
"Nothing really interesting. Both interviewers simply asked me questions about myself and why I want to go to UNM."
"I was asked specifically what types of conversations I had with family members of hospice patients concerning end-of-life. It was a little out-of-left-field, and definitely not something I was prepared for."
"If you could not become a physician, what career would you pursue?"
"What do you think is the most important advancement in medicine and why?"
"You have little to no clinical experience with US doctors. 50% of my work is paperwork, not just visiting patients. What makes you think you can handle that?"
"Most were pretty straightforward. The question about healthcare in New Mexico is the one you should prepare most for."
"What are some ways that physicians could help to direct legislation on healthcare reform?"
"How do you think technology and internet will influence the healthcare and education in rural areas. "
"Nothing overly difficult."
"Why not just get an MPH?"
"I'm an middle aged woman with a potentially malignant lump in my breast, and I have no insurance, what would happen to me in your hometown?"
"How do you think you will be able to adjust to life as a doctor?"
"If not medicine, what would you do? "
"Describe something you regret doing. "
"None of the questions were difficult. The just want to know your personality and how you will use it to give back to New Mexico. I am out of state but was able to apply because of my military status so it was somewhat difficult to explain my ties to New mexico and how I could give back."
"None were particularly difficult"
"How should we deal with the related problems of rising obesity and increased rates of diabetes in NM?"
"Has there been a problem in your life to which you couldn't find a solution? (my life has been pretty easy, so I was unsure if I could just say no...)"
"What is the most rewarding aspect of becoming a physican? There weren't that many difficult questions."
"Why should we accept you?"
"I did not get any of the ethical, high stress questions. They really just wanted to know why you were there, and how they can help you get to where you want to be."
"how was I able to change my grades so drastically from undergrad to post bac?"
"What should I tell the adcom to convince them that you are more qualified than the other great applicants that we have?"
"Are research and patient care similar and how how not"
"same as above"
"Nothing very difficult. I genuinely answered how I felt about studying medicine and it went well."
"Nothing overly difficult. One question pertained to an adolescent girl that wanted an abortion."
"Spoke with a current UNM student, read all about UNM, read An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal, prepared outlined answers to 200+ typical interview questions/questions listed on this website that are specific to UNM, found interview clothes that are comfortable and wore them in advance to ensure comfort, practiced my hairstyle in advance, did a mock interview in my interview outfit, practiced interview answers OUT LOUD (it makes a huge difference than just writing them down on paper or computer. Make sure to practice speaking!), etc."
"SDN interview questions, NM Department of Health website, read Healthcare Handbook (latest volume available), UNM SOM website (for school specific questions), advice from current students"
"Reviewed health care in New Mexico"
"Looked up healthcare issues in NM, youtube, and read interview books."
"Read SDN, looked over my amcas and secondary application, talked to some current med school students, and did some research on current affairs. "
"Mock interviews, read up on healthcare in NM and US"
"re-read my AMCAS and secondary applications, used SDN, looked up UNM rankings in fields I was interested in, read about UNM SOM programs I am interested in participating in"
"Read secondary, sdn questions"
"Read questions on SDN, talked to current students at UNM and discussed public health issues with family and friends"
"Read a few books on healthcare and went to the school's website."
"Looked over SDN, brushed up on my AAMC and secondary app, brushed up on health care issues in New Mexico"
"practice interviews, SDN, talking to staff and students at UNM"
"I talked to a UNM student, used SDN, read the UNM website, and reviewed my applications. "
"SDN, New Mexico Public Health Website"
"I read about health care in New Mexico, read over my application, and did a mock interview."
"Read over personal statement and secondary, talked with friends and family about my answers to various questions I might be asked."
"looked over SDN, talked with my parents, talked to my friend who is a current nurse in New Mexico "
"Read SDN stuff, talked with my parents."
"I bought a new shirt."
"The same prep as all other MD/PhD interviews"
"talked with coworkers a lot (I work 3rd shift on a gen. med floor)"
"Researched current health issues, especially things that are of central importance to New Mexico."
"looked over the ciriculum and my apps"
"Read Public health information page, student doctor interviews and AMA ethics guidelines"
"researched stats online"
"I looked up interviewfeedback, talked to public health workers, and taking some classes also helped."
"The students, faculty, and staff were all so friendly! I love the culture at the school."
"Not a whole lot other than the fact that the people I ran into were really nice."
"Students seem really passionate, students seem very engaged with campus activities, admissions office staff was very friendly."
"My first interviewer was able to make it a conversation"
"LOVE the culture of New Mexico and how everything is synced to apple products. Almost everyone just carries around an iPad. Also, ALL lectures are digital."
"The second interviewer was very friendly and easy to talk to"
"Quality of options for community outreach (PIE)"
"Everything about the school."
"The office staff and interviewers were all very friendly. "
"Found out more about UNM, and that it is an even better match for me than I thought. "
"friendliness of staff and students, the curriculum at UNM- you start clinics in the first "phase", campus facilities"
"The students all seem very happy with the school. No "cutthroat" attitude. The area is beautiful (as is all of New Mexico) and the weather is great. (I love high desert)"
"PBL and early clinical exposure in the curriculum. The maturity of the student body(older group of students). Beautiful new hospital and the campus is being upgraded."
"Problem based learning method"
"The interviewers were both very friendly. Interviews were laid back, and felt more like a friendly conversation than an interview. Nice facilites, inculding one new building and plans for 2 more new buildings for the medical school in the next few years. The staff and faculty are encouraging and friendly and the students that i met were very laid back!"
"The facilities are really nice."
"UNM highly advocates patient contact early in the first year. They really focus on making you comfortable with being around people and ensuring that you are an all around great clinician. The problem based learning is also a great tool to learn how to approach case studies- the thing that many students have trouble with. The faculty, staff, and interviewers are very nice and really came across like they were trying to help students get accepted. They have a new student union being built right now so by next year there will be more studying space and dining options right on site. Also, there are so many teaching hospitals in the area so the opportunity to learn in different places is definately there."
"The students I met were happy with the program. It seems like once people are accepted, they really want to keep them."
"A brand-new UNM hospital is opening in April, and there will be a new basic sciences building shortly after that, both of which are going to be great. For anyone who is interested in primary care and health issues particular to NM, the school is perfect. I appreciated that the whole thing was laid back-- I wasn't herded around in a group of other suit-clad applicants as I was at some of the big-name schools. "
"They heavily recruited me during my interview, and discussed how the school caters to a lot of my interests. ALL new buildings (sub, anatomy lab, lecture hall) will be finished in the spring, just in time for next year!!!"
"My student interviewer was very enthusiastic."
"Library looked nice, anatomy lab looked good too."
"The interaction between the faculty/mentors and the students. It was quite impressive the level of personal attention each student received. It seemed that every student actually helped each other with their research. I have not seen this in any other program. Those that were good at running confocals helped those good at other aspects, and vice versa. Quite impressive, and this reinforced the image of collaboration both between researchers and students."
"Both interviewers were easy to talk to."
"Both interviewers were very friendly and interesting to talk to. "
"how well they knew my file and how great the throught the ciriculum was"
"First interviewer loved New Mexico and being a physician"
"This may sound very clique but the interviewers really wanted to know me. I was absolutely impressed by their detail knowledge of my application. "
"Faculty were very accessable."
"The issues with safety and the lagging technology (UNM is very inexpensive, so they aren't at the forefront of medical school technology)"
"Most of the interview day. It started in a dinky little classroom where we were welcomed by someone who went over some of the highlights of the school. She did not have a presentation. She just sat at the same table as us and talked for a half hour. Next, we had lunch. Not that this matters, but it was by far the worst lunch I had at any interview. We got to ask med students questions at lunch, but they were MS-I's (even though their average age was probably almost 30) and I interviewed in early Sept., so they really didn't know a whole lot about the school. Next, we went on a tour of the school with the MS-I's who already were talking poorly of some of their experiences here after 5 weeks of starting school. They took us to two places for about 15 mins on the tour then decided they really didn't have to take us anywhere else because we would get to see everything if we went there. Then, we were supposed to have a curriculum overview but the person who normally did it couldn't be there so they just didn't have the curriculum overview. They told everyone to find a place to do nothing for an hour until the interviews would start since they weren't gonna even try the curriculum overview. So we did. We just waited for an hour by ourselves in a lobby we found. Oh, did I mention they are starting a new curriculum this year? And they didn't even tell us what it was. Then the interviews started. Both interviewers kept me for longer than they were supposed to. They were pretty nice interviews and not terribly stressful but don't expect it to be a walk in the park like most places. Then that was the end. Thoroughly unimpressed."
"Lackadaisical effort by faculty during curriculum presentation. No tour of facilities besides the library and one classroom. Clear bias for reapplicants"
"My second interviewer did not seem enthusiastic, he just wanted to pick apart my previous education and experience in a condescending fashion."
"Parking on campus looks awful. Also, I was kind of disappointed that UNM graduate and medical schools don't cross talk very much. It's like they're separated by a street and no one communicates across it very well."
"The second interviewer showed up late to my interview and was not prepared to ask me questions."
"information about STEP 1 scores and how some students struggle."
"The student tour afterwards was just me and two very young first years. (I am a slightly older non-traditional applicant) Although they were nice, they weren't able to answer many of my questions because they had just started. "
"The student tour was really just a question and answer with one student. The "tour" part wasn't well defined. Not a huge deal really. I loved the school."
"Anatomy lab is pretty crowded(they're building a new one). North campus is fairly isolated from the dorms and gym."
"The buildings are getting old"
"Nothing. I really liked this school"
"Nothing really. "
"The class size is only about 75-80 because of limited space. "
"They weren't able to schedule a tour for me, and if you like a lot of fanfare on your interview day, you won't get it. I also didn't get to talk to students other than my interviewer, who was an M3."
"Didn't really negatively impress me, but after being 15 minutes late, my student interviewer cancelled, and so I was interviwed by the associate dean instead (guess it worked in my favor...)"
"The facilities were horrendous. Very institutional looking. I didn't get a tour, my tour guide didn't show up. I never saw one other interviewee."
"My first interviewer showed up several hours late. Admissions staff was unorganized."
"The program is so young; they have yet to graduate an MD/PhD student. Also, there were two interview days, with lots of interviewing. All said, you were one-on-one interviewing for about 9 hours over the two days. This could be good or bad, however."
"I was interviewed by two PhDs, no MDs."
"The student that gave the tour was nice, but didn't seem overly enthusiastic."
"office staff not helpful"
"The administrative staff were not even there when I arrived to get my interview schedule and then they had changed the time of my first interview without notifing me so I was late."
"Student tour was weak and he was only motivated by the free lunch he got for showing me around."
"Nothing from my visit. "
"The admissions staff were pretty bad. I showed up a few minutes early, and was asked if I could go walk around for a while until they were ready. They were nice, just not very professional. Also, the facilites were so-so."
"That I would have 2 hours of free time between activities. I would have brought a book to read so I didn't look like I was sitting on my phone scrolling through Facebook."
"That one of my interviews was on Skype. I had little time to prepare for a Skype interview and feel that it did make a slight impact."
"Nothing-- previous feedback prepared me well"
"To come up with an answer about the best medical invention. There were just so many rushing through my head that I literally froze."
"How important clinical experience with a US doctor is. Even if it was five hours, if I had gotten a letter from a US physician, I think there would have been less questions about my lack of qualifications"
"Can't think of anything. "
"That I was going to be interviewed by a psychiatrist! For some reason this made me extremely nervous."
"Where the office of Admissions was in relation to the parking lot. :-) I should have brought something to read for in between interviews"
"I would have liked to know who my interviewers would be but they don't tell you that."
"How much I miss NM."
"Who my interviewers were"
"Nothing besides to wear comfortable shoes if you're going on the lunch tour."
"oh my god!! dress shoes kill to walk around in, bring comfortable shoes to change into!"
"Bring money for lunch! The $5 lunch voucher they gave was barely enough to buy a drink and two small tacos. "
"The collaboration between UNM and the National Labs in the Area (The big ones -- Los Alamos and Sandia). If you want to customize your biological research program, this might be a very interesting option to do so. The program is young, and they are willing to let you define your work with great flexibility. However, if you are looking for a very structured program, you might want to look elsewhere."
"Excited to hear that they are in the process of building a new anatomy lab. "
"Don't trust what the staff tell you about the time of your interviews."
"I had stressed myself out before the interview but it turned out that it wasn't that stressful at all. "
"Don't expect the red carpet from the admissions staff. You'll have to find your way around campus to get to your interviews, so be prepared to walk around. Also, park in the hospital's parking garage for visitors. it's close to the SOM, and it's free."
"This is a really neat program! I think the culture is what makes UNM stand apart from other schools. I think UNM receives less credit than its due, and anyone would be fortunate to attend here!"
"See negative impressions."
"Make applicants feel more wanted. This has been my dream school since I can remember, but the treatment of me on interview day soured me. I had already received an acceptance to an out-of-state medical school, and I made my decision to not attend UNM as soon as I walked off campus."
"The day is so long, it makes it incredibly hard for people traveling long distance. We do not know the itinerary for the interview day until the day before which makes it difficult for travel. Also directions to the admissions office are very poor-- clearly they are made for current UNM students. It was very frustrating."
"Love the school and the culture. Medical students seem very friendly and laid back. They all want to help each other succeed and it's not some big huge cut throat competition. It seems as though the students still have personal lives and can have fun which was comforting."
"Great school, especially for primary care, though the opportunities for research in specialty areas are also there."
"It was a positive experience. Even if they interviewers start off rough and really throwing lots of questions out, it get's better. I think they just want to test your ability to handle stress at the beginning. "
"Very conversational and laid back. Other people who interviewed here had similarly pleasant experiences."
"Both of my interviewers were doctors who work in the UNM health system. The interviews were at their respective offices. Both were nice and conversational and asked interesting questions. "
"The interviewers are in general really nice. Maybe too nice, I don't know. (I might have got a rosier idea of how I did than my actual performance would justify)"
"Great curriculum at a great price. Easily my #1 choice."
"Both of my interviewers complimented me on my honesty in both my application and interview. keep your answers sincer!"
"The interviewers had access to my AMCAS and my secondary application, but they didn't know my grades or MCAT score. The interviews were both about an hour long, but the stress level was very low; it was very laid back. I was asked about my connections to New Mexico, state healthcare issues, and how I became interested in medicine. I was also asked to mentions my strengths and weaknesses and other character questions along those lines. "
"My experience at UNM went very well. I was impresesd by the overall objectives of the program and the support they guve to their students. The fact that teamwork is heavily emphasized was great. The interviewers were so laid back and genuwinely wanted to get to know you well so they could convince the committee to accept you. The campus is medium sized but offers anything you may need on site. The students made me feel at home and overall it was a great day. The biggest piece of advice that I'd give is to make sure you can talk about your time in New Mexico and tell them how you feel you can give back to the community, they're really big on that. Just describe how you feel you can fit it. "
"It was very positive. Everyone was friendly, from the admissions office staff to the interviewers. One of my interviews was with two faculty members, the other with a second year student."
"My interview day was very short. Both of my interviews were in the afternoon, so I just drove to Albuquerque, checked in, walked around a bit, interviewed, and left. The interviewers have seen all of your file except your GPA and MCAT score. Talking to my interviewers made me even more excited about NM healthcare and issues."
"They seemed to know my application pretty well. They also acknowledged their weak points, and addressed them up front, which I thought was a good move. If you know what the medical school stands for, then you know to research New Mexico healthcare issues beforehand. I guarantee they will ask you about it."
"The interviews were relaxed and great, but the facilities and the accomodations were awful. I didn't get a tour, so my student interviewer went and showed me the cadaver lab but that was it. They seem to not have enough foundation in addition to problem based learning as students told me. They definitely don't sell the school through an interview day like the Texas schools do. "
"Both interviewers were MD's. First interviewer was friendly and seemed genuinely interested in me as a person. He made me feel like a shoe-in. The second interviewer had a way of making me feel like I shouldn't have bothered to apply. Good cop/bad cop experience...definitely."
"Wow! They really try to wine and dine you; except I guess a little light on the wine. Limo travel to and from the school and hotel; a very historic hotel in Downtown Albuquerque, scenic trips up to Sandia Peak, and dinner at the director's house. Very nice"
"The second interviewer was easier to talk to, but also asked some pretty stern questions about the weakest points in my application. So I really don't know how I did!"
"Overall, the entire experience went very smoothly and was much less stressful than I had anticipated."
"Very relaxing styles, but you have to be forward or there would be a lot of silence"
"My first interview was positive. I have heard that New Mexico does the classic good cop bad cop style of interviews. My second interviewer was late and did not seem interested in interviewing me. At one point she stated she was required to do these interviews. If you have the option to go else where, as I did, take it!"
"The faculty were very nice. Both interviews were fairly relaxed, and both interviewers made me feel right at home. I got there about 10 in the morning, and was done by 3. All in all, I'd go there if offered. I really liked the emphasis they have been putting on research. The students I met were all pretty cool, and they only had good things to say about the school. I would go here if they accepted me."
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"Send out a more thorough interview day schedule. The schedule I received via email did not have certain activities listed that were listed on the schedule I received day-of."
"Admissions office was the most positive element of my interview day experience. My suggestion: give the staff a raise, they've earned it."
"Make sure the buildings are unlocked so applicants can see the inside of them!"
"The receptionist was incredibly helpful and friendly. My interviewers were very different, so it was"
"They really should let you pay the application fee with a credit card."
"None, the staff was helpful and kind during my interview process"