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  • University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Edmonton
Individual Feedback 2 38 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 25
Negatively 6
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
5.08 38

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.35 26

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.38 26

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 2
35 minutes 3
40 minutes 6
45 minutes 12
50 minutes 11
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 3

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 37
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 12
In a group 25

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 34
Closed file 3

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
3.00 37

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

"10 MMI stations - topics confidential. 10 minutes per station." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's special about you/life story..." More from this Member | Report Response

"- Spirituality in Medicine, alternative medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

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

" You show up at work, and the building has burned down. How do you spend your unexpected day off?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most special volunteer activity you did?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In addition to the ones mentioned above. What would you do if 13 y/o wanted an abortion? 18 y/o? Would you perform one personally? Would you tell parents... etc. etc. etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How will music contribute to your career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"10yo needs transfusion, parents wont allow it, what do you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what was the last novel you read and why? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"-Why medicine? -Strength/Weaknesses -10 yr old jehova witness comes in and their parents don't want a blood transfusion -Public vs Two-tier system -AIDS drugs in Africa, and what should be done so they can afford the drugs -How would I balance a medical career and my social/family life" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your opinion of "natural" health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read? Why did you read this book?" More from this Member | Report Response

""Why have you decided to apply to medical school, and why the University of Alberta?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, why UofA, what do you know about the curriculum, what are the failures of the UofA cuirriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself... why medicine... how have your volunteer experiences given you skills to be a better physician? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What experiences lead me to where I am now? Where do I see myself 5 or 6 years from now (threw me for a bit of loop since I had prepared for the 10 year question but not this one!)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a friend admitted to you that he had just cheated on an exam?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities would your friends say you have that would make you a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest crisis in national healthcare? in global healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why U of A? Tell me more about (stuff in personal attributes)? What do you do in your spare time? How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? What are your experiences with doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three qualities in a good physician? Describe a situation in which you worked in a group and tell us if you thought that was good or bad." More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"What do you see as the three greatest challenges in med school and during your occupation as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"Tell me about a conflict you had with a co-worker..." More from this Member | Report Response

"- 15 yr old girl wants abortion, doesn't want parents to know, what do you do and why? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the UofA program?" More from this Member | Report Response

" If I told you that medicine does not begin until after you are done residency, how would you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can be done to help troubled aboriginal people in our community? (did volunteer work with aboriginal people)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Jehova's witness, would you transfuse blood? baby? 35 y/o? Pregnant 35 y/o woman? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a career successful?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A friend tells you they cheated on exam, what do you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a conflict and how you handled it." More from this Member | Report Response

"if a person came and asked you for a prescription for viagra but admitted that it was needed only when he was taking cocaine, what would your response be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you couldnt get into medicine (ever), what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about the last book you read." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you were faced with a difficult ethical decision." More from this Member | Report Response

""What do you think makes a good leader?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"what if your colleague/supervisor was abusing a drug, what if your patient was abusing a drug (double doctoring), what if your patient was selling a drug" More from this Member | Report Response

"You're an emergency doc and you've got a conscious, sound-minded 14 year-old Jehovah's Witness girl with two broken femurs who will certainly die unless you give her a transfusion, which she is adamently refusing. You cannot reach her parents. What do you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How do I work in groups? Why U of A?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you think of a situation you were in that resulted in your displaying the qualities of a physician, a situation where you didn't, and what you learned from it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Let's say you are against abortion, but for whatever reason your patient wants one. How would you deal with that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with the religious/cultural differences of your patients?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are on duty in the ER when an unconscious 5 year old girl is brought in. It's clear that she needs an immediate blood transfusion to survive, but her Jehovah's Witness parents are adamantly against it. What would you do and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who was my role model?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest success? What area of medicine are you interested in? What will you do if you don't get in? What would you do as the health minister? What do you like/not like about your family doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us what you think about private vs. public health care system. Tell us about a recent BC health care change (I'm from BC)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were a surgical resident and your attending came in smelling of alcohol?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of gambling?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you anticipate will be the most difficult aspect of medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three of your weaknesses? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a old dying women offered you her jewelry on her deathbed in the hospital?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favourite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(After I mentioned what sport I am involved in) How many hours do you train a week, and how do you fit it in?" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

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

"Why medicine, how do you rank yourself among the other applicants, lots of ''tell me about your experiences'' type questions (I have an unusual background)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about private health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

" What if a patient doesn't like your treatment options?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your patient wishes to use alternative medicine to cure her cancer. What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Complications arose, would you perform hysterectomy if you knew couple was trying to have children? What would you do if saw coworker steal medication? What would you do if saw classmate cheat on exam? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Is your professional life EVER more important than your personal one?" More from this Member | Report Response

"3 positive and 3 negative traits. They also asked about my volunteer work, and why it was all at the university." More from this Member | Report Response

"What difficulties do you see yourself being faced with in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is the biggest problem in civilization today, and what have you done about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"A 13 year-old girl comes into your office and wants an abortion, what do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most stressful situation you were in? (I said "this interview"..haha)" More from this Member | Report Response

""How do you spend your time?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of doctor do you want to be, what role will you take as a physician, what role are physicians taking in future, most important attribute of a physician" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whats the biggest problem in our health care system? What's the role of the physician- should he/she be responsible for education of the patient? Why not nursing? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If I couldn't get into medicine (ever!) what would I do (not just if I didn't get in this year...this threw me for a loop too!). What kind of research am I interested in? Explain my research project in layman's terms." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think, out of the many applicants we are interviewing, that you stand out and should be chosen over them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you been in a conflict with an authority? How did you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked several questions involving the extra-curricular activities I mentioned in my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"A senior citizen is suffering from terminal cancer and is in continuous, searing agony despite being given high doses of painkillers. He asks you, his primary doctor, to euthanize him, saying: "I've lived a life of dignity; I want to die with dignity." What would you do and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was my favourite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Scenarios to discuss re: alternative medicine, Jehovah's Witnesses, withholding of information, interpersonal conflict." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most difficult ethical dilemma you may face as a physician and why? What do you think about the recent human embryonic cloning in S. Korea? Tell us about your research. What's your outlook on the treatment for spinal cord injury?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were accepted to all the medical schools you applied to? What would you do if you didn't get into any of the schools you applied to?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where have you demonstrated leadership skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to choose between intelligence or compassion as a characteistic in a physician, which would you choose and why? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about a time when you were faced with a conflict, how you handled and what you learned." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient came to you to tell you that he opted for alternative medicine what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do with your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why have you chosen UofA?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Is the oil boom good for Alberta? (I wasn't able to give a good answer for this, but I've been thinking about it ever since, lol)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Based on your teaching of young children tell us how you would gauge a child/adolescents maturity level in a clinical setting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that capital punishment should be used in Canada?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can my basic science research be used in a clinical setting today?" More from this Member | Report Response

" What is the craziest thing you've done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you get up in the morning and do the things you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your role-model? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you can meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Should VLT profits be used to support new heart center" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you think humour plays or can play in the healing process?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your favorite kind of art?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think about the Canadian Men's Hockey Team losing in the Olympics, while the Women's Hockey Team won the gold. (I loved this question, because I was randomly thinking about the other day)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting, maybe the pharmceutical one" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does being a parent better qualify you for medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many houses did you paint over the summer? (I worked for a student painting company)" More from this Member | Report Response

""So tell me about yourself"" More from this Member | Report Response

"IF your patient was selling the drugs you were prescribing to him, what would you do" More from this Member | Report Response

"what I thought about the Terry Schiavo case. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting... a question about what I thought the problems were with health care in the developing world. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Based on your personal experience, how would you define 'leadership' in one sentence?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whatis your opinion on euthanasia? Person has cancer and wants to die but you won't let him so he asks to be referred to a different doctor who will (In Oregon, euthanasia is legal and doctors actually do it). What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any part of the human body, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Should it be mandatory for med students to first have a Bachelor's degree? The question is pertinent because U of A med currently accepts applicants as young as those fresh out of their second undergraduate year." More from this Member | Report Response

"If my mom needed treatment and could get it faster by paying, therefore budding to the front of the line, would I pay...and then grilling me on my answer" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me one of your weaknesses (that can't be turned into a strength)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you relate rock climbing to medicine? (I mentioned that I'm a devoted rock climber during the interview)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What characteristics would your freinds say you have that would make you a good physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of gambling?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the pros and cons of fee-for-service doctors versus salaried physicians?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing exceptionally interesting. Probably what I would do as the health minister to fix the Canadian medicare system." More from this Member | Report Response

"have you experienced any ethical decisions in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the situation in Iraq? Is war on Iraq justified?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about alternative medicine and how what would you do if your patient told you they were seeking alternative therapies?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Have you ever experienced compassion fatigue? ... (I think that I dodged the question by saying that I've never dealt with dying people. The truth is, one can suffer from compassion fatigue from all kinds of problems with patients/clients, not just death. I realize now that I should have recognized this! I probably have suffered from compassion fatigue a little bit. I think I answered some of my questions too quickly without giving them enough thought....)" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above, and ''what are your views on the role of spirituality and alternative medicines in the medical field'' (I'm not religious)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The parents of a child with a sever disability want to stop treatment. How do you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Define ethics (I felt it was one of those words where you know what it means but its hard to define). " More from this Member | Report Response

" You catch a classmate cheating. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you address the shortage of Doctor's in abortion clinics specifically?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not be a nurse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most painful experience you have ever had (emotionally?) How did you cope with it? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good doctor -- now explain which one of these traits you need to work on." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an example of a time you failed" More from this Member | Report Response

"You're the head of a department and having difficulty recruiting physicians. A good physician who is a friend of yours works in your department, but there are complaints from other staff about verbal abuse...how do you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"if a patient asked for a referral to a "prestigious" doctor who you knew had drug problems, what would you say to them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"An ethics questions about choosing between going to see a rare surgery in my field of choice performed by a surgeon I wanted to impress, and attending to a child who needed to be admitted (there was a second part to the question about another resident who didnt show up for work)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of conflict and how you solved it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Which of the schools you applied to is your first choice? (This school was my 2nd choice)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of the sale of drugs by Canadian pharmaceutical companies to the States? Is this fair to Canadians?" More from this Member | Report Response

""Based on your experiences working internationally in the health care field. What discrepancies did you observe between the system of health care in the developing countries and the Canadian health care system?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"If your defensive partner in your hockey game starts to slack when you're down in the game, how do you motivate him... pressure for what exactly you would say" More from this Member | Report Response

"don't really know " More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you work well in a team? Your role in a team?....Lots of temawork questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What areas in health care did the Canadian gov't put funding into last year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Suppose you were a medical student and you detect alcohol on the breath of your supervisor (who can make or break you). What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You attend a conference where your undergraduate professor is also present. You don't know him personally but he asks you to join him for a drink in a room. How would you respond to that? Would you say that's sexual harrassment? Would you report it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you administer a birth control prescription to a 12 year-old?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your current summer research to me as if I were an elementary school child." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would I determine where to allocate funding for healthcare research? How would I determine between funding cancer research (the faculty member was an oncologist) and funding AIDS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A 14 year old girl wants an abortion - what do you tell her parents when they call?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing too hard" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do we know you are being sincere about your volunteer work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the pros and cons of fee-for-service doctors versus salaried physicians?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if your supervisor, in charge of passing you on your rotation showed up drunk to work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as the most interesting question that I was asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"stolen exam, what would you do... " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you saw a friend cheating on an exam? (this question per se wasn't hard, but they grilled me for ten minutes trying to get me to change my answer)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? It's a classic question, but I have yet to find a unique, non-cliche response for it." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I did not have my password for U of A webmail, so I actually did not even know I had an interview until Feb 14th (when the package came in the mail), 1 week before my interview. Needless to say, I was working everyday until just a couple days before...... (I took a few days off work so that I could do some introspection and review some basic ethics)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read ethics book, interview feedback, talked to a friend who is in the MD program here." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on current events, medical ethics, attended community lectures, spoke with med students and doctors, practiced with friends and family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. 21 years of living (Looked up Canada health care stuff but wasn't even asked about it)." More from this Member | Report Response

" I talked to a u of a student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice questions, researched the school, attended a mock interview session." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice interviews with med students and used this site for practice questions. Also did a prep interview with a Career Counseler which was okay. Read the newspaper, watched the news and kept rehearsing answers to Q's." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read lots of ethics books!!! Read up on health care system, read up/watched current events every day for a couple of months beforehand. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethics, romanow, read file" More from this Member | Report Response

"websites, introspection" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on the school, thought about some answers to predictable questions, tried to get a good sleep." More from this Member | Report Response

"read ethics stuff, looked at old questions and discussed them with a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read an ethics book (no assisted suicide!!!), read some news articles (Public vs. Private), read interview feedbacks, went over questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read sample questions, researched health care and ethics, talked to doctor, practiced with family" More from this Member | Report Response

"Had someone ask me potential questions and practiced responding. Asked some docs for advice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over sample interview questions and brushed up on medical ethics." More from this Member | Report Response

"I kept up to date with current events, health care issues, read up on ethics, but mostly reviewed my application and noted the key points I wanted to highlight during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"prepared a joke, prepared a 'teach me something', prepared a 'why do you wanna be a doctor' and a 'tell me about yourself'" More from this Member | Report Response

"looked over probable questions, thought about several issues, did some research on ethics, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over application. Some ethics stuff." More from this Member | Report Response

"Introspection, interview websites, basic ethics reading" More from this Member | Report Response

"Introspection, Re-read my application, kept up to date with current affairs, medical ethics..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did a lot of introspection, try to be honest with myself (I kept on thinking about what the interviewer would want to hear). Mock interviews with friends. SDN interview feedback. Read up on health care private vs. public. Current events." More from this Member | Report Response

"Introspection. Read Macleans/Times from last 2 Months. Watched CBC News daily. SDN Feedback. Researched CMA ethics code." More from this Member | Report Response

"Did a lot of personal reflection, kept up-to-date with current affairs, visited various premed internet forums." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was my first interview so I was very stressed...don't be! I read ethics book, kept up on current events, read over my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews, read websites, made a list of my personal qualities and experiences, brushed up on ethics and current events." More from this Member | Report Response

"Watched the news on CBC every night, read the Maclean's and The Economist on a weekly basis, reviewed my application, lots of introspection, brushed up on medical ethics and Canadian health politics" More from this Member | Report Response

"Caught up on the news. Thought about all the "self" questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"news paper, this website, classic cases in medical ethics" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on Canadian health care and the U of A curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"sample questions online, lots of introspection." More from this Member | Report Response

"Went over my past experiences by going through my resume. Recalling details of experiences so that I had anecdotes to tell." More from this Member | Report Response

"read current events, health care, reviewed all my work experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"this site, mock interviews with friends and the school career center." More from this Member | Report Response

"Spent time thinking about my life, strengths, weaknesses, experiences etc. Practiced answering sample questions (but no scripted answers). Read past interview feedback. Talked to friends who have had interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The friendliness of the interviewers, the warmth and hospitality of the first year med students, as well as their encouragement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are awesome, and the med students were generally nice. Good video presentation by the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly and open everyone was." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Med students made an effort to talk to you and make you feel comfortable and relaxed. They genuinely seemed to be happy with the school and were great at selling the UofA as the best school in Canada. " More from this Member | Report Response

" The university hospital." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendly environment, and lack of stress in the interview. Also one of the interviewer's was a neuro-surgeon, and was more than happy to discuss several important issues in the field." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people interviewing me were very nice and made me feel so comfortable and at ease." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very friendly, very relaxed. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The new facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of new buildings going up, and the ones that are there are for the most part absolutely beautiful. Interviewers were extremely friendly and easy to talk with." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly demeanor of the interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is this student lounge with amazing stuff (X-Box, Foosball, Pool, etc.) and once I saw it, I was like: "I am coming here."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Relaxed interview, wasn't grilled, felt comfortable. Pizza afterwards!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendly interviewers, impressive campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"How enthusiatic the med students were about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions staff was incredible. They were socializing with all of the interviewees and did much to take all the stress away while you were waiting to be called in." More from this Member | Report Response

"I go here" More from this Member | Report Response

"fantastic facilities, enthusiastic students, very solid teaching program." More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt the interviewers just wanted to get to know me; they weren't trying to "trick" me. They asked some follow-up questions for clarification, but I never felt they were "attacking" me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not too much. I know the school pretty well since I did my undergrad here. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions staff and volunteer medical students made the environment virtually stress free. They were very accomodating and encouraging." More from this Member | Report Response

"They understood that I was very nervous and asked fair and very standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The great enthusiasm of current students and how they seemed to be a close-knit community with lot's of extra-curricular activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"The politeness of the 1st-year med students, who gave us a tour of the hospital and other facilities." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students in the waiting room were very friendly and helpful" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are well funded and maintained." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were really friendly, and made me very comfortable. The med student was especially supportive during the interview. The first year med student I billeted with was really friendly and helpful. He gave me some really useful interview tips. Everyone I met during the visit was very nice, supportive and didn't have an attitude." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers responded positively. First year students were there before and after the interview to help us relax." More from this Member | Report Response

"The amazing university hospital." More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of respect everyone had for each other, the other applicants, faculty, admin, and med students were all super." More from this Member | Report Response

"The university hospital looks amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are wonderful." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school was GREAT! Very bright and sunny, lots of facilities, nice hospital, good location of University in Edmonton. The students on hand for questions and tours were great too." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My tour guides were very unenthusiastic, for our tour we saw the library and the entrance to the emergency room... thats IT. It was rather unimpressive in that sense, they didn't seem to care too much, but other people had great tours, guess I just got unlucky." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing much really. Didn't like the room where all the interviewees sit just prior to the interview but that has more to do with nerves. " More from this Member | Report Response

" The pizza was pretty bad." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was really nothing sepcial done for the applicants (i.e. no interview video etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The waiting room was the most tense environment I have ever been in. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The first year med students couldn't even bother to make a new video/presentation. I also had one interviewer less than I was supposed to, no explanations" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much, only thing was that when you come in early, its hard to meet people unless you approach them or sit at a table where someone else is sitting and start talking, but after that its all good." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewees were somewhat bland" More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt intimidated, I had expected a one-on-one interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewers were late getting to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was called in to my interview almost an hour late without an explanation or apology." More from this Member | Report Response

"parking for the day was $8" More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour wasn't that great. " More from this Member | Report Response

"While my tour guide was enthusiastic, he seemed disorganized in terms of what we should see and when. Since my day started with the tour, it wasn't the best first impression of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers didn't make much eye contact in the beginning and made me even more nervous." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was little done in terms of describing the medical program, the positives of attending this school, the overall student life, etc. Interviewees basically waited for their interviews, then went on a short tour, and that was it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There was no organized information sessions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tour was somewhat cursory." More from this Member | Report Response

"Edmonton is very spread out." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour was not planned at all and was not very informative" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very unfriendly which made it difficult to relax" More from this Member | Report Response

"the interview rooms had a glass door, so others in the hallway walking could see you in your stressful situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There are lots of one-way streets in Edmonton" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, I go to the school already, there were no huge surprises. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed the interview was." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I wouldn't have a med student on my panel (I had two docs and a proff)." More from this Member | Report Response

" Where the best parking is located." More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed the interview was going to be. It was more like a friendly conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing since I went to UofA for undergrad." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was completely ethics questions - very little on my personal experiences/motivations. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The dean made a speech before the interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"3 interviewers in a small room will make you nervous" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pizza lunch was provided and the Dean gave an address before interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"interview setting was less stressful than anticipated. " More from this Member | Report Response

"1) The set-up of the interview room is surprising, its a really small table, with the interviewers all sitting on one side of the table, and you sit at one, so you gotta move your head back and forth to make eye contact, and the interviewers are really close (but makes you comfortable that they arent "high" above you. 2) No matter how much you say you arent going to be nervous, its just a natural thing, and you have to try to calm yourself down so you can focus on the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Wasn't going to be stressful or nervous" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview format" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would be the last applicant to be interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The med school tours only ran to a certain time." More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought the UofA was renowned for 'stress interviews' and pressuring you to decide something then hammering you on it. They certainly didn't do that; very calm and comfortable interview/interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"the safeway down the street where you can park for free. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How DRY it is in Edmonton during the winter!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How nervous I would be and " More from this Member | Report Response

"The time-table of information sessions and tours." More from this Member | Report Response

"I attended the school as an undergrad, so there were no surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had been less stressed. I knew that they were going to grill me to see how I reacted under pressure, but I still let it get to me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Edmonton is not a safe city." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was my second interview in two years at that school so there weren't any unexpected surprises, though I did expect 3 interviewers instead of 2. But nothing really mindblowing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Know yourself and your own motivations before you do too much studying about ethics, health care etc. I didn't get asked any real ethics scenarios, nor current events." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"An over-all positive experience. I do wish I had taken more time to think about each question before speaking though. Perhaps my answers were not articulated as well as they could have been. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers tried very hard to keep me relaxed, which I appreciated a lot. They asked some hard questions, with some minor grilling/clarification questions after, but at no point did I feel really uncomfortable. The hardest part was answering questions which I didn't have strong opinions about ie alternative meds, or spirituality in medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"The overall experience was very positive. The med students were great at keeping us calm and informing us about the school. The other people being interviewed were also very friendly and liked to talk. The hardest part is not knowing how well you did in the interview and having to wait so long to find out!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty good (for a first time interviewee)" More from this Member | Report Response

" The med students were helpful and outgoing. They made me feel a lot more relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very positive, especially for my first interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Was excellent. Advice for applicants = relax and be your self. Be proud that you have made it this far in your pre-medical careers and use this interview as an opporunity to show us why you deserve to be a doctor!! Good Luck" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was not as bad as expected, the interviewers were very nice and very friendly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers were friendly, although slightly unprofessional." More from this Member | Report Response

"I got in there and was just nervous. It was embarassing" More from this Member | Report Response

"AMAZING! Adrenaline is pumping, and its just the greatest feeling when you leave the room and you are pleased with the way things went (although you'll still feel nervous for a little while for no reason)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty good, wasn't nervous or stressful. Now I have to wait a few months!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers were pleasant and amiable. I felt intimidated and had difficulty phrasing my responses eloquently. If I had been better prepared I would have enjoyed the experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Even if you think you did badly, you probably didn't. So try not to be so hard on yourself afterwards. The interviewers were friendly for the most part, even laughing at my attempted jokes. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview process can be nerve wracking but props to the U of A for minimizing the stress the way they did. This school was the best interview I had, mostly because of how courteous everyone was and how comfortable they made me feel sitting in that chair. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Specialist, GP and first year med student mostly asking ethical scenarios then building the next question off of the previous one" More from this Member | Report Response

"Unlike my U of C interview, there were two docs and a med student that interviewed me. They were very friendly and straightforward, maintained eye contact, asked specified and relevant questions, and responded with nods and comments like 'ok' and 'good'. They definitely emphasized the ethical questions, but covered quite a bit of material for 40 minutes. The time went by at warp speed. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was EXTREMELY nervous but the interviewers seemed to understand this. Some ethics and teamwork-related questions. Didn't really get asked any questions directly related to my application/things I had put on the application." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was okay. I didn't get a chance to bring up some of things that I wanted to bring up (e.g. volunteer work that I started after submitting my application). I didn't feel like the questions they asked allowed much of my personality to show through (plus I was really nervous!). Waaay too many questions about health care and gov't policy and research which are two least interesting areas for me to talk about. The interviewers were polite and said right at the beginning that they wanted to keep it relaxed and informal which was nice since I knew what to expect. I didn't get any ethics questions which is surprising for the U of A. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was relatively calm while waiting for the interview. My interviewers were very easy to talk to and didn't want to 'drill me' at all. Two of my three interviewers didn't seem hesitant to give me facial-expression feedback to my answers (whether it was by smiling, nodding, or even laughing at a bit of humour I managed to end with). The third interviewer seemed more dominant and gave me the impression he tried to rush me out of the room. Though on the whole It was hardly a nerve-racking experience and they made it quite clear that they genuinely wanted to get to know the person behind the application as opposed to deliberately putting me in a stressful situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was a nervous wreck for this first-time interview. In the beginning I had a difficult time communicating my thoughts. But I gradually became more relaxed and started being myself. Overall an intimidating yet a very good experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"A great experience. The interviewers were extremely friendly; they understood my initial nervousness and were even courteous enough to laugh at my poorly attempted jokes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pretty good. I came away being impressed by the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"No unexpected questions at all. It was my first interview and upon leaving I felt I hadn't presented myself as well as I could have, but I guess it was good enough.." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was my first interview so I didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be very interactive and more like a drawn out conversation. I would answer a question, and then an interviewer would ask me about some details, or move on to a related question. I actually enjoyed the interview because it felt really personal, and the interviewers seemed to care what I had to say. Overall, a very positive experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a faculty memember, a 3rd year student, and a lady on the polic commision (lay interviewer). The student was trying to be really tough--but the others were really good." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very nice and and friendly and really wanted to know who I was and didn't grill me." More from this Member | Report Response

"For my very first interview, it was nowhere near as dreadful as I thought it would be. The interviewers were very nice, and comforting." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would love to go to U of A as it seems to be a professional well-thought out program." More from this Member | Report Response

"good" More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a great interview experience, but it may have been difficult for someone who hadn't prepared or practiced." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not a walk in the park, but definitely a good experience overall. It wasn't too too stressful, and once we got to talking about things, I eased up quite a bit. There weren't any out of the blue questions, and I didn't get to tell any jokes, or tell them what kind of vegetable I would want to be, oh well, they were quite a serious bunch." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 32
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 0
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 14
Neutral 6
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.80 25

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 24
Out of state 1

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 15
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 2
7+ hours 1

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 3
Automobile 13
Train or subway 3
Other 6

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

Response # Responders
< $100 6
$101-$200 0
$201-$300 1
$301-$400 2
$401-$500 1
$501+ 1

What airport did you use?

YEG

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 2
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 3
Hotel 4
Home 0
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.73 26

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
7.85 26

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.81 26

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 2

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No responses

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