How many people interviewed you?
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|At a regional location||21|
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"Talk to me about your research"
"Why USF? (2x)"
"What were you like in high school"
""What does your family think of your career goals?""
"What brought you to medicine?"
"They asked if I could see any potential ethical problems with medical missions trips (I went on one)"
"Why medicine? What brings you to USF?"
"How is your research funded? Who owns the data? Are you involved with the IRB approval process? Do you know how to consent a patient? What were the inclusion and exclusion criteria of the precursor study (done 10 years ago) and how do those differ from the current inclusion and exclusion criteria. Very odd questions"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"What would your friends say is one of your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Tell me about your leadership experiences."
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"Why did you choose to pursue medicine?"
"Why did this particular period of college have bad grades? (I had issues in the beginning of freshmen year)"
"What is something I wouldn't know about you by looking at your file?"
"3 parts: Why did you pick medicine? Why should they pick you? Why did/would you pick USF?"
"Tell me about your research with (insert project name)."
"Take me back to highschool...."
"Tell me why you want to do medicine?"
"Tell me about a major challenge you had to overcome in your life."
"What is the toughest thing you will face as a physician/ what are the challenges to studying medicine?"
"Why do you belong here and deserve to be a DR?"
"Tell me about a major life-event and how it has affected the way you think and live today."
"What are the greatest advantages in medicine in the last 10 years?"
"Tell me about yourself: research, volunteer, leadership, grades, mcat, family."
"Name an ethical situation you may find as a doctor and how you would deal with it."
"The clasic: Why medicine?"
"Why did you choose to attend ---- college?"
"Why USF? Why medicine?"
"tell me about yourself"
"Why Tampa? Why USF?"
"Is it ever appropriate to lie or be dishonest?"
"What is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?"
"Tell me about an importand decision you made and how you made it."
"All very typical, and every single one was listed on previous posts. What motivation for medicine?"
"Why are you applying to this school?"
"Why USF? "
"See question above. "
"Tell me about your best friend."
"see previous posts - they are exactly the same"
"Desribe a stressful situation and how you solved it."
"What is the most interesting thing you have ever done?"
"why did you choose to attend [school]?"
"Of what accomplishment are you most proud?"
"If a doctor prescribes a homeopathic treatment that he does not believe in just to get a patient out of the office, what is the ethical problem? "
"When is honesty not the best policy?"
"Do you think it's ok to prescribe herbal/alternative treatments to patients?"
"Doctor/Nurse realationship. Most interesting about yourself/what you wish you could have done that you haven't."
"What is the relationship between a doctor and nurse?"
"At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a doctor?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"Why medicine? What is the biggest problem facing health care today?"
"What do you think about the AIDS crisis in Africa (b/c I founded a medical organization in Kenya and spent part of a summer in South Africa)? How is it being resolved, and what do you think can be done?"
"Tell me about yourself....(as usual)"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What are your favorite movies?"
"why do yuo wnat to be adoctor"
"Tell me about yourself. (I'm a non-trad, so this took up the bulk of both interviews!)"
"Difficult thing to deal with growing up"
"What qualities are essential for a leader to possess? Do you feel that you have these qualities? What are you strengths and weaknesses?"
"What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? Any doctors in your family?"
"Both interviewers opened their interviews with, "So, tell me about yourself." And then wanted to know GPA, MCAT, etc. So even though it's closed-file, these interviewers are still interested in your numbers."
"Paint me a picture in words of: who you are, where you've come from, where are you going, where do you hope to be in 5 years?"
"What do you consider are your strengths and weakness?"
"How did you know you wanted to be a doctor?"
"Why USF? Do you like Tampa?"
"What is Ox Phos (Oxidative Phosphorilation)?"
"Tell me what you want to become a doctor? When did you make this decision?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"tell me what is on your application."
"Your GPA, MCAT scores, volunteer experience, leadership experience, research experience"
"What is your opinion on euthanasia?"
"Was your decision to be a doctor gradual, or all at once?"
"What experience have you had as far as volunteer work and exposure to medicine?"
"tell me about your hobbies"
"When did you decide to pursue medicine?"
"Why medicine? Tell me about your self/leadership/hobbies/research etc."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What do you think are good qualities found in a physician? "
"What are your hobbies etc."
"Why your undergraduate university? Why did you pick medicine? What type of research have you done? Why did you do it? What is your weakness? what do you offer to a medical school? Do you have any leadership experience? What do you like about USF? Where do you see yourself in 10/20 years and what would you want to have? Basic stuff. No ethics questions."
"Usual questions, nothing tricky. Background, motivation, scholastic ability, team skills, family, future plans re specialty (if any), and others."
"Why do you want to go to medical school? Were there any experiences that influenced this decision the most?"
"why medicine? what do you like to do for fun? what work/volunteer experiences do you have? what do you think are current issues in medicine? how would you resolve these issues?"
"So, what do you want to tell me about yourself?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor...and don't say to help people because that is not an answer."
"Do you have any questions for me before we begin?"
"What volunteering have i done"
"What lead you to medicine? What leadership experiences have you had? Tell me about your community service activities (non-medical)? "
"What is your favorite bacteria?"
"Is anyone in your family in the medical field?"
"What kind of work do your parents do?"
"Do you want to tell me anything about your file that may come up in the committee meeting?"
"What will you do WHEN you don't get accepted?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What are some of your leadership experiences?"
"Why do you volunteer where you do?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me about yourself and why medicine?"
"Other than the ones above, "Tell me about yourself.""
"other than the two mentioned above... "What do you regret?""
"Tell me about yourself."
"Talk to me about X experience"
"Why Medicine? In a group setting and then individually with each interviewer"
"Can you describe (blank) experience from your amcas app"
""Has there been a time you worked very hard but received a poor outcome?""
"What experiences make you a good fit for a medical career?"
"Why USF Morsani?"
"What's a weakness in your application and how would you turn that into a positive?"
"I mentioned having surgery and the interviewer asked for the name of the hospital, surgeon, and my primary care doctor. So uncomfortable."
"If you didn't get into medical school (ever), what would you do?"
"Why do you want to go to USF?"
"Why did you choose to pursue medicine specifically at this school?"
"Why this school?"
"Tell me more about this activity."
"why do u want to study medicine"
"Why do you want to be in USF?"
"What is your opinion on the health care debate?"
"Which of your experiences has been your favorite medical experience? Why?"
"What would the people you volunteer with tell me about you?"
"Tell me about your experience with [a volunteering activity]?"
"what was greatest health discovery in the last 20 years"
"Why do you want to go into medicine? Why USF?"
"What do you do on your spare time/for fun?"
"Tell me about yourself and what has brought you here. Why do you want to become a physician?"
"Have you ever been faced with a difficult decision in your life and how did you solve it?"
"So, what made you decide to switch from engineering to medicine?"
"What is a mistake that you've made and what did you learn from it?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"How would you contribute to a team? Also, was asked specifically about the doctor/nurse relationship."
"What are some disadvantages of being a doctor?. What is the most important medical invention in 100 years?"
"Is there a time were honesty is inappropriate?"
"What is an ethical dilemma that you could likely face?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me how you go about solving problems."
"Who were your role models?"
"What were your scores?"
"What has been your most exciting/ interesting experience in the past four years? "
"Tell me about your clinical experience. "
"What was your favorite movie and why?"
"Give an example of when you solved a tough problem."
"what is the most interesting thing you've done?"
"Is it ever okay to lie?"
"When is honesty not the best policy?"
"What is the most intersting thing you've done in the last three years?"
"How do you solve a problem?"
"Where would you like to go where you haven't."
"What did you do for research?"
"Describe a case when honesty is not the best policy."
"Recently, there has been a rule that limits the number of hours a resident can work per week to 80. Give me your thoughts about that."
"Have you done research? I did 2 years of research and I talked about it a little, but my interviewer was an M.D., not a Ph.D., so he didn't seem too concerned about my research. That worked out great for me b/c I'd rather talk about my clinical experiences any day."
"Why did you pick your major?"
"What do you want in a medical school?"
"What kind of medicine do you want to practice?"
"What service have you performed in the past?"
"what do you do for volunteering"
"What are your community service activities?"
"Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses. "
"What do you do for fun? How would a friend describe you? What's your favorite non-science class? Why are you graduating a year early?"
"Tell me about _______ volunteer experience."
"tell me about your family; where do you see yourself 10 years from now."
"What would your friends say about you?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What attracted you to USF?"
"Tell me about your clinical experience. Tell me about your community service. (USF is big on both clinical and service activities, so keep that in mind if you want to go here.)"
"Why medicine? why USF?"
"Where do you eventually want to practice medicine and why?"
"Why do i want to be a doctor/ enter medicine?"
"Why do you want to study at USF? Why medicine? What are some life lessons you have been taught, by whom, and how have they shaped you into the person that you are today?"
"Why do you want to pursue a career in medicine? "
"Volunteer work, leadership, community service, clinical experience"
"The Ph.D. who interviewed me was very interested in the research I did and asked many questions about what I did, while the M.D. was only somewhat interested in my research and wanted to know about my exposure to and understanding of medicine and the medical profession."
"Based on my response, i was asked what i learned from the experience."
"Tell me about yourself and your family."
"Describe one thing that would make you a good doctor."
"Why don't you like the Bucs?"
"Tell me about your major."
"what are your hobbies? research experience? how did I prepare for a career in medicine? why medicine? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why USF? Why Tampa?"
"Do you think American citizens have a right to health care?"
"What Community service have you done? clinical? non-clinical?"
"If you had a clinic, would you rather treat more patients or less patients in a given amount of time?"
"Do you know what you want to specialize in?"
"Have you been involved in organizations outside of school and what type of extra-cirricular activities do you take part in?"
"tell me about yourself"
"What type of extracurricular activities do you participate in?"
"Tell me about your activities in college...."
"What do you think about the school?"
"What have you done to explore the field of medicine?"
"What do your parents do?"
"Why medicine? - of course."
"Should you not be accepted in this cycle, what would you do to strengthen your profile? We agreed that it would be useful to know the specifics of what the school would like to see improved or strengthened."
"MCAT? GPA? Volunteer experience? Research experience?"
"tell me a little about yourself. what field of medicine are you interested in? what is one thing that you would like me to tell the committee about you?"
"what volunteer experiences have you had"
"What is the hardest thing you have have had to face in your life? How did you resolve this?"
"How have you pursued medicine in your life?"
"Why can't you perform these things as a counselor?"
"What would you do if you don't get in this time around?"
"What brought you here?"
"Why go into medicine"
"Tell me more about your shadowing. What experiences have you had with medicine (volunteering)?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Did you have any leadership positions?"
"What have you done to prepare for a career in medicine?"
"What kind of things do you do for fun?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"What are three major problems in health care?"
"What do you know about anesthesiology?"
"Why are you interested in medcine?"
"What leadership skills do you have?"
"What volunteer clinical experience have you had?"
"What was the hardest class you took?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What influenced you to want to go into medicine?"
"Some questions on what I do on my spare time. I am a math major so I got: "What do you do when you are not doing word problems?""
"What activities have helped you prepare for med school?"
"What do kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"Why med. compared to other helping professions?"
""What sparked your interest in medicine?""
"What research are you doing? Tell me the title of your publication."
"Talk about your research/ gap year experiences."
"Tell me about your research experience."
"You're a unimpressive candidate. We have many people apply every year who are far more deserving of a seat in the class than you. Explain to me why you deserve to be accepted to USFCOM."
"What do you think of the ACA?"
"What is your opinion on the Affordable Care Act?"
"How can we make improvements to bring about positive change in the healthcare system?"
"Why did you choose to go into medicine?"
"At the end of your career, what do you want people to say about you?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"tell me about your volunteer/medical experience"
"Why did you choose to do medicine?"
"Describe you best friend."
"Why the MD?"
"What got you interested in medicine"
"Tell me about [a personal issue I had to deal with during undergrad years]?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"teach me how to do something"
"What specialties are you interested in?"
"Which extracurricular activity has had the most impact on your life and why?"
"Do you have any questions?"
"What plans do you have for the future?"
"In 10 or 12 years, where do you see yourself?"
"What qualities do you have that will make you a good physician?"
"Have you ever worked in a group before and how did you resolve any conflicts that occurred?"
"What do you want me to tell the committee about you?"
"Tell me about yourself? The interviews are all closed file, so the interviewers know nothing about you. You've really got to sell yourself and essentially cover everything in AMCAS and any other info you want them to have."
"Is one anyone in my family a physician?"
"What is a difficult problem you have faced and how did you go about finding the solution? "
"Tell me about an important decision you have made and how you made it?"
"how have you demonstrated leadership/ability to resolve conflict"
"What was the most rewarding experience you've had?"
"What are some disadvantages of being a doctor?"
"What problems do you envision yourself facing as a doctor?"
"What do you think are the disadvantages of going into medicine?"
"How would you contribute to the group dynamic of a medical team?"
"What community service/leadership/research experience have you had?"
"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?"
"How do you know you are prepared for medicine/ medical school?"
"How will you deal with breaking the news to a terminal patient?"
"What do you think are your strengths?"
"Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of."
"what would you do if you were paid no money?"
"What has been your greatest accomplishment/challenge?"
"Talk about a difficult decision you had to make."
"The TV show question"
"What medical achievement do you think is the greatest in the past 100 years."
"Any questions about USF?"
"There was a doctor who treated a patient with homeopathic medicince just to have the patient think he was doing something for him...What was the ethical problem?"
"Most difficult time in your life and how you dealt with it."
"What kinds of activities do you take part in that demonstrate that you are a team player?"
"Are you interested in athletics?"
"Tell me about the medical volunteering/shadowing that you've done."
"What type of leadership/research/community service have you done?"
"Any leadership? Basically both of my interviewers just covered the topics on their score sheet."
"What are your volunteer experiences?"
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"No hard questions. Just be yourself. Seriously. I am a stressed out person by nature (have had anxiety attacks during interviews) and I was at ease even with my so-so interviewer."
"Have you done research?"
"What are you up to now (since finishing school)?"
"What did you get on your MCAT? (only a little strange because I thought it was closed file)"
"The one about the female drug addict. Again, I can't stress enough about the importance of medical experience and shadowing. I shadowed several surgeons, GP's, Opth's over the years and went into the OR on several occassions and the interviewer was a bit puzzled because to him that didn't seem to be enough shadowing. "
"Describe your volunteer work/medical experience/research."
"Do you have any physician role models? What clinical experiences have you had that has affect your decision to enter medicine?"
"Doctors in your family?"
"Talked about different styles of BBQ."
"Docto's role in the community?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"What do you consider is the serious problem we have in today's health care."
"What do you like to do during your free time?"
"What would i do if i was Terry Schivo's attending physician?"
"Tell me about your research and your medical shadowing experiences. How do you find time to participate in all of these activities?"
"What healthcare or volunteer experience do you have?"
"How do you deal with stress? What do you think will be the hardest part of medical school?"
"One interviewer asked me if I had ever worked with the underpriviledged or the poor community. Both interviewers wanted to know about my involvment in organizations and charity groups."
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"What kind of community service/volunteering/research/etc. have you done?"
"Why are you in a fraternity?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Explain your research.. be ready for this if you have done any research."
"what will I do if I do not get accepted to Medical school?"
"What questions do you have? (Make sure you have some so that the interview doesn't deteriorate into silence)"
"How will you handle being on the bottom rung of the ladder for your new profession-medicine- when you previously acheived some success in a previous profession."
"What is oxidative phosphorylation?"
"Have you done research? explain."
"tell me about your family."
"If you are not accepted at USF this year, will you reapply next year?"
"What are some of the problems facing healthcare today?"
"How do you feel about doing medicine without getting paid (indigant patients)"
"What type of qualities do you think it's important for a physician to have and do you possess them?"
"do you have any clinical-related experience?"
"What do you think is the most pressing issue in medicine and how can we fix it?"
"Any siblings.... significant others? "
"other miscellaneous questions."
"Tell me about your research?"
"What activities, serivice, etc. do you particpate in outside the classroom? "
"I was surprised that medical ethics did not come up at all."
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
"tell me about your family. is there anything in your application that you need to explain to me? what are you looking for in a medical school?"
"Who do you get support from for traveling the hard road to and through medical school."
"Volunteer experience? Research? Leadership experience? Grades? MCAT? What questions do you have for me?"
"Why did you choose your undergrad school?"
"What motivates you to be who you are?"
"Are you an understanding person?"
"What do i do for fun"
"Do you do research? (I am guessing they would have asked me to explain about that one if I did do research)What do you know about the current problem that physicians are having with their insurance providers.. blah blah.. "
"How would you handle a situation as a medical student in which you know the correct diagnosis for a patient, but a more aggressive student is insisting on another diagnosis?"
"Have you done any research?"
"What qualitites do you have that would make you a good physician?"
"What are your plans if you don't get into medical school this application cycle?"
"What specifically influenced you to want to become a physician?"
"Why would you come to USF?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Have you ever been out of the country? "
"What would you do if you didn't get in this year?"
"What do you do when you don't study?"
"What community service activities have you done?"
"What are your plans between now and the time you will start medical school?"
""What specialty do you think you want to go into?""
"What leadership roles have you had?"
"What sort of activities are you involved with at your college?"
"The interviewer had a family member undergoing treatment and wanted to know what I would advise them on for next steps"
"What specialty and why?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school"
"Questions related to a unique extracurricular I have."
"What is your best and worst experiences while counseling? (I was a sexual assault hotline counselor)"
"Asking about my research."
"Tell me about your family and culture. Interviewer was very interested in learning about different cultures (which was written on his bio given to us at the beginning of the interview day)"
"What did Alzheimer die of?"
"Have you ever been treated differently because of your race/ethnicity? (I'm Middle Eastern)"
"Why did you choose to apply for SELECT? How will SELECT help you achieve your career goals?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"One of my interviewers literally read my entire file cover to cover. They had highlighted phrases and wanted to know why I wrote certain things in particular."
"What is the single most important event in the history of humankind?"
"All of them were interesting!"
"It was about Indian culture because I'm Indian and the interviewer had knowledge in that area"
"If could wish for anything, but just one thing (no wishing for more wishes), what would it be and why?"
"Do you know how your sister is doing? (I addressed a lot of relevant family issues in my secondary and AMCAS)"
"How do you see the patients' right to choose how and when they die?"
"Tell me how you would address health disparities."
"What will you personally find the most challenging about being a physician?"
"How do you believe you will deal with a situation where a patient refuses to comply with your advice/orders? What would you do?"
"I see that you did a lot of community work, what plans do you have to increase the number of minorities going to college?"
"Youre in the ER, and a patient is unconscious and the physician wants to perform a procedure but the patient's surrogate cannot be found. What do you do?"
"A lot of ethics questions. What is an ethical situation you may run into as a doctor and how would you deal with it?"
"As a doctor, what would you be more interested in: ambulatory or hospitalized care?"
"The interviewers were given a sheet with standard questions they were expected to ask. Regardless, the conversations tended to be more open to other topics; typically, ''why medicine, and why USF''?"
"How do you feel about end-of-life policies? Why?"
"Nothing particularly interesting, just standard interview questions about my background and interest in medicine."
"What is the most interesting thing you have done in the past several years?"
"What is the most interesting thing you have done in the past 3 years? What is the Accomplishment that you are most proud of?"
"tell me about yourself"
"What is the most important medical invention in the past 100 years?"
"What was your most difficult class?"
"When is it appropriate to be dishonest?"
"What was the most important discovery in medicine in the last 100 years?"
"When is it appropriate to be dishonest? What do you think was the most important medical discovery in the last 100 years? Typical of all the other posts on this site."
"What's the most interesting thing you've done in the last 3 years"
"What does your last name mean?"
"What has been the most innovative discovery in medical history?"
"When is it appropriate to lie?"
"What are your feelings on homeopathic medicine?"
"What has been the greatest development in medicine in the past 100 years?"
"An ethical question about homeopathic medicine."
"my faculty interview was the most interesting...the whole interview was pretty weird, but i think he liked me. my second interview with a med student was a little more bland."
"If you knew that a homeopathic drug had no known positive affects on a patient, etc would it be ethically responsible for you, as a doctor, to give them to a patient?"
"There were lots - the homeopathic ethical one, when is it ok to lie, acomplishment you were most proud of, greatest difficulty, etc. "
"When is honesty not the best policy?"
"What TV shows do you watch?"
"Homeopathic medicine- wheter its ethical to give or not. "
"What can you contribute to USF?"
"Just the basics"
"From my student intervewer: I had a question about the nurse-doctor relationship And from the physician that interviewed me: I had a strange ethical situtation about homeopathic medicine "
"Most difficult time of your life?"
"The most difficult question I was asked led into the most interesting questions I was asked. The most interesting question was: based on all of the negative issues facing the medical practice, especially in Florida, what makes you still want to become a doctor? What really made this question interesting was the cenacle manner and the tone in which this question was asked. The PhD who asked this question was very standoffish, unpleasant, and verging on rude, which made for a very uncomfortable interview."
"Have you or anyone you know had a bad experience with a doctor?"
"What was your favorite non-science college course?"
"How would you say that you're empathetic? (This could have been a difficult question, but the person left the question very open and that allowed me to create concrete examples and put in my two cents.)"
"None - there were hardly any direct questions, mostly we just talked about my experiences."
"none-questions were very basic"
"None. Very standard."
"If you had a son that had many horrible thins and now was going on trial to go to prison, and you were asked to testify, what would you do?"
"I really wasn't asked any interesting questions. Just the basic stuff off the sheet: leadership, volunteer, shadowing, blah blah blah."
"What would you want to be if you didn't want to be a doctor?"
"What is oxidative phosphorylation? (he said he likes to end with a "throw-away" question, but it was good to know, and I was prepared b/c it was asked before and listed on SDN)"
"If you were a bacteria what would you be? This question was asked to me by a microbiologist who interviewed me and told me that he ask this question to all students who major in microbiology."
"If you could be any cell in the body, what would it be?"
"What would I do as a doctor to help a drug addict who kept having operations as a result of her addiction."
"Questions were pretty routine; nothing really too interesting to mention."
"Nothing. I was actually prepared to answer anything they would throw at me, but it was a very standard interview... Why medicine, what leadership roles, etc. My interview w/ the medical student though was not really much of an interview, but more of the med student talking and talking and talking. I almost had to fight to get a few words in."
"What does "humanism in medicine" mean to you? I confessed that I had only heard this term at USF, but then gave an answer about treating the "whole patient.""
"What do you think is the role of a doctor with regards to community service?"
"None really. I basically talked the entire time. The interviewer doesn't know anything about you and hasn't read your file, so it's very open-ended."
"No supprise question. Every questions were expectable ones and nothing interesting."
"Nothing interesting or surprising, very standard interview."
"Ethical question about Terry Schaivo"
"Do you feel that you will be able to continue all of your hobbies and community service activities while enduring the rigor of medical school? How do you plan to manage your time so that you can do this?"
"If you were not to be accepted into a medical program, what would you pursue career wise?"
"None were too interesting or difficult... pretty standard.. see questions below. "
"The Interviewer pulled out a picture that he obviously cut out of the comics section (one of those find the differences between two pictures puzzle) and asked me to find the six differences between the two pictures. This one caught me very much off guard and left me a little baffled, but I found most of the differences."
"None were too interesting"
"What was the most difficult situation in your life?"
"How should the U.S. address the issue of AIDS globally?"
"They were pretty standard questions..."
"What is Ox Phos?"
"Do you know what hospice is?"
"Medical insurance liability insurance are rising in Florida, how do you feel about having half of your paycheck taken away?"
"If I gave you twenty dollars and told you to go buy something from the local CD store, what would you get?"
"There was nothing that was too surprising."
"What in your application sets you apart from other candidates?"
"No really interesting questions. All the questions were basic. The interview is closed file... so they just asked me about my experience, if i did research, etc."
"no interesting questions. all were standard questions."
"Do you believe in global warming & why? Give reasons. Is global warming bad, compare it to the ice age?"
"If my supervisor asked me to perform a procedure which I knew would be harmful to the patient, would I do it?"
"Do you have a lot of friends or a close circle of friends? (close circle) How do you decide who gets to be in that close circle?"
"Give me an example of how you are a caring and compassionate person."
"all very standard"
"What do you think is the most pressing issue in medicine and how do you think we can try to fix it?"
"I was asked mostly about my resume, experiences, grades, etc. We talked briefly at one of my interviews about ethics and medicine... discussed how personal ethics can sometimes conflict with choices a patient makes. "
"All just normal interviewing questions."
"If you could have a single superpower, what would it be?"
"Just the basic "tell me about yourself", "why are you interested in medicine""
"Are you an introvert or extrovert? Which one is better for a doctor to be and why?"
"Since I am a nontraditional student, who originally majored in music, my interviewer surprised me by asking me whether I regretted not venturing on that path. I thought it was a thoughtful question and one that would catch me off guard so I appreciated her efforts to show her how I 'think on my feet.' "
"What is my opinion on women in medicine?"
"Nothing particularly interesting. Like everyone has said, it was like carrying out a conversation."
"What are your favorite books/ authors?"
"Nothing was especially interesting or difficult. They basically just wanted to get an impression of how you interacted with other people. Don't be scared about this interview -- go over the standard interview questions relax."
"If you could, what would be the one item that you would like to have removed from you application file or past history?"
"A question about presciption drugs and generic drugs, and which one to choose. It was such a long question that I could not figure out what was being asked by the end of it."
"Nothing out of the ordinary. "
"what do you think are current issues in medicine today? "
"nothing, all the questions were very straight forward, normal questions."
"What is the hardest thing you have had to face in your life?"
"I was not really asked any interesting questions."
"What do you think of the Shrevo case?"
"If you had one wish for yourself, what would it be? "
"The interview was conversational, so i really didn't get too many "questions." The most interesting topic was probably terrorism."
"To sell myself, why would i make a good doctor"
"nothing unusual. typical interview questions"
"None were too exciting. I did get asked how I planned to pay for med school and how comfortable I felt with the debt."
"What do you think about the MCAT and GPA as a means of determining who to admit to medical school?"
"Everything was very straightforward"
"None out of the ordinary. All questions are straightforward interview questions."
"How would you try and solve the nursing shortage (relates to my research)?"
"Do I think that I am a kind person?"
"What do you see yourself doing WHEN you don't get accepted? (apparently, they already filled up their class by the time I was invited to interview)"
"How have your experiences helped you become more sensitive towards peoples of other cultures?"
"asked normal questions, but the interview was very conversational so I wasn't grille with questions"
"Nothing very unique at all, just a lot of repeating my resume since it's closed file. Why do I want to be a doctor, volunteer experiences, clinical experiences, etc."
"Are you scared of being bitten by a shark when you are surfing?"
"What would you do if..."
"What is going to be the hardest thing for you as a doctor?"
"Who is your favorite composer? (because I like music)"
"The questions I was asked were not too hard at all, but the most interesting question I was asked was "What are some of the things you would like to emulate from the doctors you have been around?""
"Tell me about yourself. Specifically, what influenced your decision to pursue a career in medicine."
"If you were attending a party, what would you bring that would be original and interesting?"
"Nothing especially interesting - they have a list of questions they're supposed to ask you, so everything is pretty standard. Since it's closed file you end up repeating stuff on your AMCAS. You'll have one faculty interview and one student interview. "
"how much do you think are your living expenses minus tuition for the school year?"
"Person has a few months to live and wants increase in pain medicine but this will shorten their lifespan. What would you do?"
"What's the difference between empathy and compassion"
""If your mom complained about one thing about you, what would it be?""
"Have you read a book on leadership? What are the characteristics of a leader?"
"None. Very laid back and not stressful in the slightest."
"What's a weakness in your application and how would you turn that into a positive?"
"Explain the life cycle of the Hepatitis C virus. How does it differ from the HIV virus? Are they DNA or RNA viruses? Single or double stranded? (My research has nothing to do with viruses at all)"
"End of life treatment is very expensive..."It is a waste of money." (his words, not mine) What is the physician's role in end of life treatment?"
"Describe a time when you received criticism, and how you responded."
"Why do you think you are being interviewed later in the cycle?"
"why do you think you should be here?"
"What book have you read that has changed your life?"
"How do you feel about your MCAT score?"
"None...totally laid back conversational style interview with my of my interviewers. A "getting to know you thing" more of a "let me grill you to see what you know" thing."
"Whole thing was very laid back, so I don't even remember any particular difficult question."
"What are your thoughts on the current health-care reform?"
"Tell me about a time in your life where your ethics was put on the line."
"What will you personally find the most challenging about being a physician?"
"Do you realize that being a DR you see a lot of sadness, death and depression? How do you plan to deal with that? My first interviewer was very strange and seemed very cynical. But it all worked out ok. "
"Provide an example of a time you completed a project with a team and looked back and appreciated the value of working with a group verses working alone."
"Do you feel that we didnt cover something about you? This happened after we talked about my background and my life. I really didnt know what else to add."
"In the past 15 or 20 years, what has been the most significant advancement in medicine?"
"If you were a third year medical student and knew that a patient's test results were negative but were told by the attending physician not to say anything, what would you do when the patient asked how the results looked?"
"Name an ethical situation you could expect to encounter as a future physician, and how would you deal with it?"
"Is there a time, when faced with an ethical dilemma, that honesty is not appropriate?"
"Is there a time when honesty is inapropiate?"
"none were difficult, espcially since they were all asked in a non-threatening way."
"If there a time were honesty is inappropriate?"
"What was a mistake that you made and how did you recover or learn from it?"
"Give an example of an ethical dilemma you expect you will encounter as a physician and how you will solve it."
"Tell me how you would contribute to the field of medicine in a positive way as a doctor."
"What was a situation in which you had to make a difficult decision?"
"What's a situation when it is appropriate to lie?"
"When is it ok to lie to someone? The rest was really straight-forward."
"What has been the most innovative discovery in medical history?"
"In what situation do you think it is acceptable to lie and to whom?"
"An ethical question concerning alternative medicine"
"What is the most difficult thing you've done?"
"what would you bring to USF?"
"How did you approach the hardest problem you've ever had?"
"What would you like the admissions committee to know that isn't already in your file?"
"Qestion about homeopathic medicine"
"Can you think of a situation where you would justify not being truthful...or something along those lines."
"Tell me about a problem you faced and how you solved it."
"Do you think it's ethical for doctor's to give patients natural/herbal treatments?"
"Just the basics - conversational"
"None...They were very straight forward. In years past, USF was more of a conversation but this year they had a list of question. "
" The most difficult question I was asked was: explain to me the problems that the medical profession is currently facing with regards to malpractice insurance, Medicare... and how do you see the medical profession changing in ten years. "
"None. The interview was very casual and conversational. No difficult questions were asked. "
"None of the questions were difficult. The interview was relaxed and conversational."
"How would your friends describe you? (Difficult only because I don't spend much of my time thinking about others' views of me.)"
"Why don't you have more one-on-one service?"
"None of them were hard at all. The hardest part was trying to keep the interviewer talking and aviod the silences."
"The guy took out two copies of a cartoon, and I had to find six differences. It takes a good five minutes to figure it out. Look at the skateboarder's head, and the two windows, and the fence. "
"In your opinion, what are the biggest issues with the state of the current healthcare system?"
"What would your friends say is something annoying that you do?"
"Same. It was difficult to think of something on the spot that was symbolic of how I viewed my own role as a doctor (which seemed like the point of the question). I ended up saying something that was versatile yet had a pretty significant role in the body."
"above. It doesn't seem difficult to look at it, but the interviewer should have been more specific as to how I should best help the patient. I took the question to mean what would I do in order to deal with her problem and dicuss the options; rehab, etc. while providing medical care. The interviewer later mentioned that the patient needed immediate surgery; which was the heart of the question. should have asked the question more specifically."
"Tell me about yourself. (Not a hard question, just too general for my taste.)"
"Why USF...I was trying to figure that out...I think I still am."
"Nothing really... I mean, "tell me something interesting about yourself.." is always a little awkward."
"above. everything else was standard, conversational."
"Do you really need an MD, or could you achieve your career goals without going to medical school?"
"No hard questions either. Just normal questions such as "why medicine?" "why USF?" "tell me about yourself." type stuff. "
"What would you say to a sexually active teenager who refuses to use contraceptives because its agaisnt his religious beliefs if you were his doctor?"
"What are some of my weaknesses that will make it tough to be a doctor (i was like huh)"
"Do you have any weaknesses? How do you think these weaknesses will affect you as a medical doctor?"
"What would you say your biggest accomplishment is?"
"Aside from the "find the differences" ordeal described above, the same interviewer was difficult because the wording of his questions was... difficult. He asked me to desribe my humanism. While this isn't a difficult question, it was rather poorly worded and left me searching for a way to answer it for a minute or so."
"Paint me a picture in words of: who you are, where you've come from, where are you going, where do you hope to be in 5 years?"
"All the questions were about about my personality so they were easy."
"Given recent admendments and their turnout, would you still want to practice medicine in the state of Florida?"
"None really, I had read on SDN that the Ox Phos question was asked so I knew ahead of time that it was an option although I never in a million years thought I would be aksed it :)"
"Nothing really was all that difficult or caught me off guard."
"Given your age and experience in another field, how will you adjust to being on the bottom rung of the ladder in your "new" profession-medicine?"
"What is oxidative phosphorylation? (Thrown out at the end of an interview, when org chem is the last thing on your mind. Pretty cool gotcha question, actually...)"
"None. Very relaxed, converstional interviews."
"none. i wasn't asked about ethics or healthcare."
"If you were to run for the office of a health institution (as a physician), how will you convince the people to elect you?"
"Do you like working alone, or in a group?"
"Give me an example of how you are a caring and compassionate person. The physician had first asked what qualities are important for a physician and when I mentioned being caring and compassionate she asked if I was and how I could show her. It was difficult for me to articulate how I am an empathetic person, but I used volunteer work at Shriner's and my compassion for the children to try to have her understand."
"none really- all very standard. It was more of a conversation than anything else. Just be prepared to ask A LOT of questions, as that will be what most your time is spent on."
"What do you think is the most pressing issue in medicine and how do you think we can try to fix it?"
"Nothign difficult - honestly!"
"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee? Also, first question was "what would you like to tell me"?"
"If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?"
"What is a fear or concern that you have about med school?"
"Nothing was difficult. The 1st interview was exteremely laid back. The 2nd guy seemed a little less interested and engaging, but still it was not bad overall. "
"None were really difficult. Explain the importance of your research."
"There were no difficult questions"
"Asked to discuss the last book I read (I do not consider this difficult, but it was the only question I really had to think about) "
"What were the biggest advances/ revolutions in medicine? "
"Having a family, have you planned well how to manage the parent absentee years while in residency? How thoroughly has this been discussed/agreed with your spouse? (This is something that a parent needs to consider very carefully.)"
"No difficult questions. There were no questions about current issues in medicine, ethical debates, etc."
"what do you think we could do to resolve these issues? (while this question was difficult, it was asked in a very non-threatening way and my interviewer didn't challenge my answer or tell me I was wrong)"
"no really difficult questions were asked. I think they were just trying to assess if I could communicate and to see what drives me to become a doctor."
"See above. Also, the dreaded "so, tell me about yourself" popped up. When this happens, I always feel like I am giving an autobiographical speech instead of participating in an interview."
"There were no difficult questions either. In fact my first interviewer did not ask me a single question other than why I chose my undergraduate school. So the main difficulty was finding ways to ask questions during his discussion of the school."
"How do you plan to balance the demands of being a doctor and having a family? Do you think it is possible?"
"nothing very difficult, pretty conversational style. "
"What do you think of the situation in Iraq?? (wanted to be careful not to offend him) Don't let this scare you though.....he asked it in a very nice manner and wasn't trying to play devil's advocate."
"the tour groups continuously asked if we had any questions at each little stop, so it was an effort to keep thinking of questions to ask"
"None were very difficult, they just wanted to know about me as an individual."
"Do you think that managed care has tarnished the image of medicine?"
"Do you teach best one on one or to a group? I wasn't really sure why I was asked this question."
"none... really, easiest interviews I've had so far"
"Name three things that the committee should know about you to choose you over the other candidates."
"Nothing - it was all rather common-sense."
"I was asked a lot of questions about my research. If you did research, be prepared to speak about it at length."
"none were difficult"
"What do you know about the USF COM? I didn't give a very specific answer to this question, but the interviewer didn't seem to mind."
"Tell me about molecular biology?"
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Who is your hero?"
"None were very difficult, more probing than anything else."
"Tell me about yourself? (so vague...hard to know what they want to hear!)."
"Nothing really difficult, but be prepared to have some good questions for them - they leave a big portion of the time for that, and both my interviewers were impressed with my questions and said they liked that I had obviously thought a lot about the school. Because of this, both interviews went about 15 minutes over, and I had more of a chance to let them get to know me."
"Reviewed AMCAS, secondary, had other interviews before so prepping for those helped here"
"Reviewed school website, SDN questions"
"Practiced common questions; reviewed AMCAS primary & USF secondary; reflected on different experiences from my past"
"Go over primary and secondary"
"Reread my applications, researched school"
"Reviewed my applications and practiced common questions."
"Researched the school and read my application thoroughly"
"SDN, mock interviews, talked to current medical students, looked at school website"
"SDN interview feedback, read my PS/AMCAS/ secondary answers, and studied ACA tenants (although I was not asked about it)."
"Reviewed my whole application, reflected on all of my experiences in detail"
"Youtube, talk to students, review amcas, SDN"
"Looked at my application and thought of stories and specific instances that showed that my background matched the program's drive"
"SDN Interview Feedback"
"Read through SDN's interview feedback, reread my application."
"School website, prepare answers to some questions before"
"Reviewed SDN interview feedback, read my primary and secondary responses, researched the school's curriculum etc."
"Relied on past interview experience"
"I looked at my entire file and really thought about the ideas I wanted to convey so I would not choke up on questions or phrases I wrote in my application. I did not study it though because I did not want to seem rehearsed."
"SDN, Mock interviews, reading"
"SDN, reread my application, USF COM's website"
"I reviewed a few questions with some of my friends who knew me the best and had a good night's sleep"
"Practice interview, review website, relax, pray"
"SDN interview feedback, review primary and secondary applications, review the school website, go to the dinner with students the night before and ask them a ton of questions"
"Read SDN, read over the school's website and noted what made them different from other schools and researched those things so I had questions, read up on health care debate (didn't end up needing to know anything), read over what I'd written in my AMCAS and secondary."
"SDN, read over app, read over Virtual Mentor, mock interview, etc"
"SDN, read medical related books, reviewed secondary and primary"
"Read my primary and secondary applications, SDN interview feedback."
"I did my research on USF. I went into the interview day and asked tons of questions (about the curriculum and student life) throughout the day."
"Reviewed AMCAS, SDN, googled interview questions, mock interview, RELAXED over the weekend"
"SDN, read my secondary and AMCAS, relaxed"
"prayer, sdn, school's website"
"talked to host about the school, SDN"
"SDN, MSAR, school's website, brochure, ethics websites"
"This web site, read about current issues, reviewed my resume"
"SDN, reviewed file, school's website"
"SDN, mirror, prayer"
"Looked over website, re-read AMCAS application, SDN"
"Mock interviews, read up on current issues in healthcare."
"I read about USF and used SDN interview feedback."
"Read SDN feedback, relaxed"
"SDN, my AMCAS and the school website"
"this website, read over my apps, researched florida health care issues"
"SDN, school website"
"school's website, sdn, looked over my application and essays."
"studentdoctor.net, USF website, looking over my research and activities"
"SDN, my application and essays, read magazine articles"
"SDN. Tried to just relax."
"SDN, my applications, CNN"
"SDN, interview preparation through my school."
"SDN, AMACAS, current newspaper articles, secondary"
"Read SDN, talked to current students."
"Other interviews, read SDN"
"Read 2 books on health care, mock interviews, SDN, scrutinized my app/essays. I feel I was over prepared"
"Website, talked with friends who were current students."
"read SDN, winged it"
"Read the SDN interview feedback - I was asked all the same questions that have been previously posted for this year's interviews"
"Reading SDN, MSAR, USF website"
"It was closed file, so just chilled beforehand."
"SDN interview questions, mock interviews, read up and made a packet on health care and ethical issues."
"SDN, re-read app"
"Was ready to answer honestly and be myself."
"Nothing really. Just tried to be myself!"
"SDN definitely prepared me, and use common sense. "
"By reviewing previously posted interview question on this website."
"SDN, school's website, mock interviews at school, talked to friends who interviewed at USF "
"Read my essays and applications, reviewed my research, read SDN, mock interview at my school."
"read my application (including all essays, resume), SDN.net, going over possible questions (like the inevitable "Why do you want to be a doctor?")"
"Read my application, SDN, and this website. Talked to friends who have been through or are currently in this program."
"This site, read the school's web site"
"SDN, looked at school website"
"this site, school website"
"Read interview book, and the USF COM strategic plan and outline (found on their webiste), reviewed my application materials"
"This site, read the newspaper and books on healthcare."
"Read over AMCAS and secondary, SDN, and website."
"mock interviews at my school, read practice questions given at school, skimmed SDN the night before, read current health news"
"AMCAS and SDN Honestly this interview was very straightforward, nobody was out to get you."
"review some of the blogs here; look up general questions. Nothing too drastic."
"studentdoctor.net, read my application/resume, practiced possible questions"
"SDN, USF web page, Ethical Issues Website."
"SDN, USF website. You really don't have to know that much background info. Just make you have rehearsed with somebody and that you can tell others why you entered medicine."
"SDN, AMCAS, Personal Statement"
"Talked with current students, read USF Website, SDN"
"this website, USF website, talking to current students"
"Looked at the feedback on SDN, practiced answering questions, read the school's website, talked to some friends who go there, read my AMCAS and secondary (even though the interviewer doesn't have access to them, I wanted to remember what I had already told them so that I could tell them about new activities since I sent in my app.)"
"This interview feedback website. Some ethics website (link provided by SDN). But I really didn't need to do this for USF interview."
"AMCAS, studentdoctor.net, mock interview, secondary essays"
"Read SDN, read over AMCAS and secondary application, read newspaper articles I had saved about health policy"
"I didn't, I am a firm beleiver in being myself."
"Read SDN feedback, read many websites offering tips and possible interview questions, read over my AMCAS and USF applications"
"Researched the USF College of Medicine Website. Read previous experiences on studentdoctor.net. Re-read my application. Talked to my personal doctor and a few current medical students."
"Re-read PS, Read USF COM website, read this site's interview feedback"
"SDN, USFmed website, research in the web"
"SDN, website, and read my essays"
"Read their website, this website, some of my application"
"SDN, read application, looked at website"
"Read my application, SDN, and USF website"
"Usf website and studentdoctor. (thank you to all of the previous students who have interviewed and took the time to post some valuable info on this website!)"
"Student-doctor network, re-read my essays"
"studentdoctor.net, USF School of Medicine's website (but this was a little difficult to find), my application, speaking with my student host"
"Read application. Browsed USF website. Talked to current students."
"SDN, USF website"
"studentdoctor.net, read over my application"
"SDN, read princeton review's interview questions, USF website"
"Looked through the USF website, websites giving tips on medical school interviews, and StudentDoctor.Net"
"This site, USF website, went over my essays"
"Yes, I went on studentdoctor.net and reviewed past interviews as well as rehearsing questions I thought might be asked."
"this site, read my application, and the school website"
"this website, briefly looked at the USF website, thought about the most typical questions like "why do you want to be a doctor?""
"Looked at USF website, SDN"
"Research the school and the healthcare system to build confidence. "
"Looked over USF website, re-read my application."
"SDN, website, re-read my AMCAS application and secondaries."
"Read USF website, attended information session when Rel came to our school, practiced interview questions from books, reviewed my resume"
"Read some of the posted notes on this net and I slept well."
"SDN, read USF website, read application materials, asked a lot of questions during presentations before interview"
"I looked at past USF interview postings and wrote down the questions, then wrote down 4-8 word answers for each to act as mental stimulants."
"Reviewed AMCAS application, essays, current medical ethical issues (try www.cmdahome.org), other SDN reviews, USF's medical newsletters."
"SDN, mock interviews"
"Read through interview feedback, talked with USF students about their experiences, reviewed medical issues (not necessary for these interviews)."
"SDN, read over AMCAS and secondary app, read about USF"
"read over my pesonal statment, essays for the secondary, and SDN website."
"SDN, MSAR. Talked to friends who had interivewed there. "
"I stayed with a med student, so I spoke to him about the school and the institutions affiliated with them."
"reviewd questions on SDN, USF website"
"AMCAS, SDN, talked with 1st year students there"
"studentdoctor.net, AMCAS essays, secondaries."
"USF website, reviewwd application"
"SDN, read over my essays, checked out their website."
"Read over my AMCAS and secondary application as well as the USF website. Mock interviews and this site also helped. "
"SDN, reading my AAMCAS, mock interviews"
"interview feedback, school website, talked with current students there"
"SDN, USF website."
"I read through my application and just relaxed."
"Closed-file interview, so just make sure to bring up points that you want the interviewer to know about you."
"Read website, reviewed apps, studied general healthcare issue info"
"Student Doctor, looked over my responses to common interview questions, researched about the school on the website."
"Mock interviews and read what previous interviewers posted"
"read my application, school website"
"The website, talked to the student host."
"read SDN, read info on school"
"SDN interview feedback and forums. Read the website and I have spoke to students."
"Studentdoctor.net and USF's website."
"reading studentdoctor.net, reading up on the school, other interviews :)"
"I read the school's website, got other info off the net, thought about answers to typical interview questions, and prepared my own questions. If you're prepared, it should be really relaxing. I also talked to my student host, and she took me on a tour of the facilities the night before so I knew where everything was."
"a good night's sleep"
"Lots of talk about moving downtown to a newer and more advanced campus"
"Students and faculty spoke so highly of their school and were very willing to answer questions about anything and everything!"
"Niceness of students and staff; continual improvement and adjustments of curriculum based on student input; amount of support students get in terms of coaching and guidance"
"Friendliness of interviewers and students, excitement for future facilities"
"Future plans to move downtown and the simulation center. We met with a simulation actor which was neat!"
"How down to earth everyone was"
"Their experiential learning simulations."
"The campus culture is collaborative--they all want each other to succeed. The admissions staff are the most encouraging people I've met in a while. Overall an excellent experience."
"Great facilities, awesome environment, students were very eager to help."
"The camaraderie many of the students had, the culture of the Tampa area, the unique aspects and focus of the SELECT program. The school also seems to provide many opportunities to practice clinical skills."
"Such a laid back interview where they truly try to get to know you more than the words of your applications. The interviewers personally picked my file as they liked my application. They try to pair you with an interviewer that has similar interests/experiences."
"How happy, laid back, and welcoming the entire community seems (it's probably the sun)"
"They're established with good clinical sites"
"The mentorship program and the Lehigh valley hospital"
"The two interviewers had very distinct backgrounds."
"The experience at CACL and interviewing the standardized patients."
"Everyone was so friendly and enthusiastic about the school. The students genuinely enjoyed their experience at the school and the atmosphere was very laid-back."
"How nice everyone was"
"The friendliness and professionalism of the students and staff."
"The happiness and fun that many of the med students seemed to have really impressed me. A lot of the people at the USF School of Medicine seemed happy to be there."
"Everyone gives you hope that you have a strong chance. Also the staff, interviewers, and medical students create a very relaxed environment for the interviewees."
"The enthusiastic, friendly students and factulty"
"the students were nice"
"The comfortableness of the interviews. I just kept talking and talking because i didn't run out of things to say"
"The dinner with the medical students the night before and getting to talk to the standardized patients"
"The clinical experience that the students get right away. The integrated curriculum. The students were extremely friendly and enthusiastic about being there. The hosting committee id a nice job of welcoming everyone the night before."
"The LCE program, how friendly all the students were that we talked to and ran into, the sim labs"
"The sheer volume of standardized patient visits."
"Everybody was very enthusiastic about the school!"
"The clinical focus is simply amazing. They actually gave us a lecture on what to listen to during a heart exam on their robot during the tour, talk about early clinical exposure! The scholarly concentration program is also excellent, and it should help you in whatever field you choose to do in the future. Oh, and hot girls ;p"
"The entire interview day was very relaxed. I would consider the clinical program at USF to be arguably one of the strongest in Florida, if not in the country. The school prepares you well for residency. I was particularly impressed by CACLS (pronounced "Cackles"), the scholarly concentration program, and the family atmosphere at USF. USF likes to personalize your interview experience and all of the faculty and the fellow students are very friendly people who genuinely care about you. After lunch, the collar on my suit was flipped up and the Director of admissions, Mr. Perez, tells me "[My name], your collar is flipped up" and fixes my collar for me. I think that simple act, by itself, speaks volumes about the school. After the admission committee reaches a decision, Mr. Perez will personally call you. As far as research goes, the Dean of the Medical School, Dr. Klasko, in conjunction with Mr. Perez have been pushing USF towards the direction of a more-research oriented school. As someone interested in research, I am pretty excited about this change."
"facilities, happiness of students, curriculum, early clinical experience, less than 2 week turn around time on the decision"
"Facilities were amazing, faculty out of this world- actually cared and took time for students; active student body in community"
"THE STUDENTS ARE AWESOME! They took us to dinner the night before and really made us relax by talking about random stuff. They were willing to answer any quesiton we had. The school was very chill. no cut-throat crap you hear about at other schools. They also get back to you with a decision within 2 weeks from your interview."
"thier massive amount of resources ---the morsani building----students raving about the support they receive"
"the "concentrations" or "minors" that the school offer and the community service opportunities that they offer. Tampa general Hospital is super cool."
"The staff and students are very down to earth. I felt at comfortable the whole time. I also liked the cirriculum set up."
"Medical students and doctors at the local VA hospital."
"The staff truly cares about the med students. "
"Everyone is so suportive at USF. The faculty and administration will bend over backwards in order to help you succeed in the program. I was really impressed with the clinical facilities. There are numerous clinical and research opportunities in the area. All the students seemed to be very happy about attending USF."
"The Director of Admissions, Mr. Larkin. He's honest, straight-forward and forthcoming. The transplant facility. Efficiency and availability of the Admissions staff. Also, Mr. Larkin calls all interviewees 10 days after the interview with the adcom's decision."
"The people, definately the best I have met so far interviewing; both the students, interviewers, and Mr. Larkin were incredibly enjoyable"
"Students start having contact with patients from day one. Additionally, all the students I met were happy to be at USF."
"Great medical students. AWESOME hospital ED (TGH). Hospital tour was led by staff, so I felt like I learned much more. Great progressive curriculum. Scholarly concentrations program is a great idea."
"How happy are the students to attend USF!"
"everyone was really helpful and wanted to get to know you. the students were really friendly and seemed happy there overall. the staff and faculty support of students seemed outstanding"
"there are lots of nice student facilties (brand new lounges, room with huge flat screen with exercise equipment right on campus), students share notes"
"The many opportunities that were given to talk to current students and how much they seemed to enjoy school at USF."
"The students seemed extremely happy to be there. The staff was overwhelmingly helpful and enthusiastic about USF. "
"sooooooo firendly and unintimidating, they seem like they are really excited about you"
"The admissions team was extremely friendly and inviting. They had snacks and drinks ready for us in the morning. The interviewers were very nice and seemed down-to-earth. "
"Everyone was extremely positive. All the medical students we met during the day were very excited about what they were doing and were encouraging of all of us who interviewed that day. The students were what really made the day special. The interview was extremely laid back and very enjoyable. The two 30-minute interviews were colloquial and fun. "
"The VA hospital is the largest in the nation, so there are good opportunities if that's your thing."
"The amount of clinical experience the students are exposed to, the new workout facilities that will be available this Fall for med students"
"The friendliness of the staff and the vast opportunities for clinical exposure. "
"The day was very well organized. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly. You also find out about acceptance the next week."
"The hospital tour; admissions staff"
"The school seemed to focus a great deal on patient contact early in medical education. They say that their students are well prepared to go into their residencies. Also, the students and staff were wonderful. One even walked the extra 1/4 mile out to my car to make sure I could figure out how to get home. =-)"
"the students i talked to were friendly..then again, there's obviously a selection bias on the part of the admissions office in choosing who we talk to"
"The students were very enthusiastic. Also, TGH & Lifelink were very nice. The admissions staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating (Mr. Larkin has a great sense of humor and is great to have around to make the day more manageable)."
"How honest and enthusatic everyone I talked to was. Everyone seemed genuniely happy and satisfied with USF and the facilities, faculty, and curriculum."
"Shriners, the attitudes of the students and interviewers."
"The student who interviewed me seemed to like USF."
"The friendliness and transperancy of EVERYONE! Very honest and open about the admission process. The Tampa area is very diverse."
"REL and the other Office of Admissions people were nice, lunch/breakfast were good"
"Clinical facilities, faculty, staff, and students."
"The hospitals (we toured Moffitt but that changes depending on the day), the people and atmopshere of the school. They are really looking for people that "
"Mr. Larkin is an awesome guide. The 4th year medical students were very friendly and honestly informed us about variety of issues and questions the group had. Clinical training is awesome, given you are in the Tampa Bay Area. Have a VA and Moffitt Cancer across the street. Research funds are definitely up especially in the Pediatrics division of the school. "
"I really liked the location of the School. There were four hospitals within walking distance and two other large hospitals within a 20 minute drive. All of the admission staff was very kind and welcoming (with the exception of the PhD that gave me my second interview). The students that I spoke to seemed to be very pleased with the cirriculum and with the medical school in general. It really seemed that the saff would do anything to help the students."
"The faculty were so kind and treated me as if I was already accepted. The medical students were very enthusiastic and had only positive things so say about the school. "
"The students seemed happy and enthusiastic, and Mr. Larkin was very informative. He really tried to make us relax and feel welcome. The tour of Tampa General Hospital was exciting- I've had four interviews and USF was the only one in which I had a tour of the teaching hospital."
"Mr. Larkin and admissions staff are awesome, students were very friendly, there are many high-quality medical facilities (Moffitt's Hospital- a cancer hospital, Shriner's Children's Hospital - a pediatric orthopedic institute, and a Veteran's Hospital), innovative curriculum (focus on small groups and case-based learning), focus on applicants as a person vs. as a set of scores"
"The breadth of opportunities that are available during your time at USF and the degree to which they encourage you to seek out experiences that you'd like to do."
"The students! They were clearly tired but soooo happy. I was interviewed by a 4th year who said she had absolutely no regrets. That seemed to be the general sentiment. The faculty and administration were very genuine and seemed very eager to help students. A previous medical student (now a 3rd year resident) led the tour we had."
"exposure to clinical experiences in year one, friendliness of students and staff"
"Strength of clinical education, time off between 2nd and 3rd years."
"They put a lot on emphasis on the eduction you receive there, and they don't stress out their students"
"Mr. Larkin and Dr. Spector were both very nice. The students were very excited and the school boasted many opportunities including research and mission trips. "
"everything, but mostly their openness on the whole process."
"The extensive tour of the clinical facilities. Students' happiness and insight on the school (positive and negative). "
"The enthusiasm of everyone, the friendliness of my student host, and the welcoming atmostphere fostered by the students and admissions staff. They talked to you like you were in and were just recruiting you. I also liked how they provided the residency placements. The day was also very organized and informative."
"I really like the classroom the chairs looked really comfortable. The Shriner's hospital was great it is a pediatric orthopedic hospital."
"The location- Tampa is a great city to live in. Also, the people went out of their way to make they day informative and enjoyable (they even gave out chocolates!) "
"the laid back atmosphere. Everyone seems to want to bend over backwards in order to help you. Mr. Larkin made everything click into place nicely. "
"Larkin and the admissions staff are some of the nicest people! Interviews emphasize you as a whole candidate (i.e. personality, academics, involvement) rather than just you and your test scores."
"Students appeared happy enough. I think I could get a good clinical education there."
"Resources for students. Helpfulness of the admissions office. Overall family atmosphere."
"The Admissions staff was very kind, upbeat, and really made you feel comfortable. The clinical curriculum, specifically the LCE is amazing!"
"the staff is great, very caring and attentive"
"Several things about USF really appeal to me. 1) Mr. Larkin's transparency-he explains exactly what's going to happen and when, as well as how the committee considers us. And then he calls you the next week to tell you where you stand. 2) USF is not a numbers whore-your clinical, research, and service activities are very important to them. 3) They have strong clinical training and great affiliated hospitals. 4) There are lots of non-trads there; the average age of the first year class is 25. 5) The Moffitt Cancer Center is fantastic and I'd rate it to be better than any of the other cancer centers in this state (I've also seen Sylvester and Shands.) 6) The administration seems caring and responsive to students and their problems. 7) I really felt like the school wants me to come here and was working hard to recruit me."
"People are super nice at USF both students and admissions stuff, even interviewers. This is one of those school where you can feel welcomed, at home, and less stresses. Also there are many pretty large size hospitals at Tampa region which would provide you good clinical trainings. Their new curriculum seems to be really students friendly (not dry). "
"Nothing. I've already been accepted elsewhere but being an instate applicant I decided to go check it out just in case. "
"The students are great and really happy. They have a lot of positive things to say about the school"
"Mr. Larkin was extremely accomodating and did a great job of putting me at ease. The students seemed very happy to be studying at USF. Breakfast and lunch were outstanding. It seems that USF has an endless number of possibilities for top-notch clinical training and research. Shriner's Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, VA Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer Center are just a few of the medical centers that students can gain exposure to while studying at USFCOM."
"The teaching hospital and the friendliness among students and faculty."
"How amazing the students and staff were. It was actually test day for all the students and they were still trying to calm our nerves while dealing with the stresses of their exams. Our tour was of the main teaching hospital, Tampa General. Was very impressed by the facilities and staff there as well. "
"The openness of the faculty, staff, and students. Everyone was honest, friendly, and helpful. Everyone tried very hard to help you relax, as the interviews themselves were not that stressful."
"Enthusiasm of staff, number of teaching locations...i go to this school and thought i knew them all but they have more than they say"
"How organized the day was."
"The organization and flow of the interview. "
"Their facilities are good, Mr. Larkin was great, made everyone feel welcome"
"The whole staff was extremely personable and they seemed to care very much about the success of the students. Also, the realization that early clinical experience is stressed in the curriculum."
"The extensive facilities that are available to the medical students, the admissions staff, the cleanliness of the campus, and the excellent teaching facilities."
"how friendly and helpful EVERYBODY was "
"The entire staff at USF was incredibly hospitable and willing to work with anybody. I stayed with a student host and was able to meet several other students, and everyone was more than kind and seemed pretty relaxed. Also, USF has a very hands-on, clinically oriented curriculu, which is appealing to me."
"Mr. Larkin, the administrative staff, Tampa General, the clinical experiences, my student host. Most importantly, that you receive a response (acceptance, waitlist or rejection) within 10 days."
"Faculty. Hospital facilities: USF's med school is affiliated with some pretty damn impressive hospitals (Tampa General; Moffit Cancer Center; Shriner's; All Children's; Haley VA; etc.)"
"How friendly and helpful everyone was. "
"everyone was extremely friendly. mr. larkin is very nice and tries to make everyone happy. the va hospital spinal cord unit is amazing. great facilties."
"Mr. Larkin's courtesy, the students were very friendly."
"The admissions staff were very friendly and Mr. Larkin went out of his way to please eachand everyone of the interviewees. Also their clinical facilities are fabulous."
"Friendliness of everyone encountered"
"The feeling you get that the faculty are really there to help you in any way possible and the students were extremely nice and helpful."
"very friendly enviroment, very stress-free day. Very nice facilities, beautiful weather"
"Moffit Cancer Center is really really nice, also the admissions staff was exceptionally inviting and friendly"
"Moffit is an AMAZING facility. Our tour guide was very soft spoken so it was difficult to hear her but I was impressed anyway. USF did a great job at outlining the app process and timelines for acceptance as well. Dr Larkin was very helpful in that respect. "
"Students were nice, and they do a good job in selling the school. Facilities were nicer than I thought."
"The administration and faculty are very welcoming. The affiliated delivery institutions (Moffit, Tampa General, Shriners) are quite pristine."
"LifeLink, Tampa itself, the admissions staff (who are really friendly and actually seem to want to help the students who are applying..if all of the faculty/staff offer that much support, USF would be a great place to attend!)"
"The school is definitley all about giving students the best medical experience possible. They realy seem to want to make sure that you are a good fit for USF. Mr. Larkin does a great job of organizing the day."
"Rel and his admissions staff really have their act together. Excellent job in running the show. And I appreciate the fact that he personally calls you and tells you the results. It's got to be a tough job."
"Everything; the tour, the students were very nice, everything they had to offer, and the food."
"All the students and faculty seemed very positive. I asked about negative aspects and most students could find very few to complain about. Medical facilities are very impressive. "
"Staff and interviewers."
"The faculty and students were an incredibly warm and happy group of people. The atmosphere was very positive and people want to help each other rather than harm each other, academically. Also, lifelink, a transplant center that is one of the top 12 transplant centers in the nation was neat. Additionally, the staff is very receptive to comments and is continuously uses feedback to update their courses, faculty, and facilities."
"There seems to be a genuine desire to help the applicant become well informed in order to make a sound decision. The tour provided an objective view of the school and hospital facilities. Students seem to work as good teams, instead of competitive individuals. There is a strong emphasis on clinical practice, starting in the first year. Mr. Larkin runs an excellent admissions process, with efficiency, transparency, and consideration for the applicant."
"the hospitals affiliated with usf and dr. larkin"
"Students and staff were very friendly. "
"how extremely nice the admissions office staff was (making sure we knew where we were supposed to be, feeding us enormous amounts of good food)"
"The sampa General Hospital where most of the student's do their clinicals and the curriculum itself."
"Everyone was entirely too nice. Mr. Larkin made this an absolutely stress-free day. Also, Tampa General has some awesome views of the bay. It was nice to see other areas besides the med school."
"The tour of Life Link was very interesting. I was unaware of the magnitude of transplant surgery that came through USF and Tampa General. The admissions staff was courtious and made you feel very comfortable."
"The friendliness of the students and the laidback atmosphere. Also, Mr. Larkin is fantastic. He makes you feel so comfortable."
"Moffit Cancer Center was beautiful. The Magic Web which is a filmless radiology system was the coolest thing I have ever seen."
"friendliness of staff and students. The students seem less competitive than other schools and look to help their fellow classmates."
"Nice studnets, good facilities"
"The admissions director is wonderful."
"They tried very hard to make make it a good day for all of us and did everything possible to make us comfortable. Also they have 4 medical centers in the area that students rotate throught, a very diverse patient base."
"Friendly students, laid back attitude. The lunch was good."
"The admissions staff and the Dean who spoke with us were great. I got the impression that they really care about the students, how they're doing, and what they think. TGH and Lifelink were also very impressive. "
"The people are great. All students are happy to be there and happy to help. Moffit is also a great facility."
"curriculum, including the patient contact during years 1 and 2 as well as the simulated patients; Moffitt, the cancer hospital/research center, is a beatiful facility and very state-of-the art in terms of treatments and integrating technology into day-to-day practice (they have PCs in every exam room and are moving to electronic charts); students were really friendly, and not in a showy way (ie, one just randomly came up to me and started a friendly chat); overall atmosphere seemed very "family-like" and the administrators come across as rather parental over the students (in a good way)"
"The admissions faculty were very nice."
"Rel Larkin was very refreshing and easy to talk to. "
"The school's facilities are really impressive! I came thinking that USF was maybe top-10 on my list of schools, but right now it's at least top-3. Go with an open mind, and really take a look around you. The admissions staff were incredibly nice, and every student we met took time to speak with us. I think it would be a lovely place to study medicine for the next four years."
"The new curriculum, the new MD-MPH program, student happiness, Ethnic diversity of Tampa, number of hospitals to work at, the adminstrative staff and faculty completely support the students and will go out of their way to help you get what you want"
"Emphasis on clinical learning. Excellent program. Private hospital is gorgeous and busy."
"The VA hospital was beautiful, brand new"
"USF is a badass school. Great clinical facilities and Moffitt is awesome. Laid back atmosphere also."
"The facilities and the students, everyone seems so happy, The transplant center was amazing, Mr. Larkin was very impressive"
"The facilities are very impressive, many of which are amazing like LifeLink, the transplant facility that works in conjunction with Tampa General Hospital. Mr. Larkin was also a very impressive person, the director of admissions. He was very honest and very friendly, like most of the faculty and administration. Class rooms are completely "wired" Students love it there, especially my student interviewer who gave up acceptances at top schools to come to USF. The teaching seems to be great too. Pretty impressed overall."
"How happy the students were with their choice of medical school, and how caring the admissions staff was."
"The admissions office staff, the students, the hospital, my interviewers."
"The facilities are incredible, and I personally really liked the area. The physicians we spoke with were beaming - obviously thrilled to be there. Dr. Ackermann is amazing, but he'll be retiring in October. Also, the students, including my host, were really friendly and very down-to-earth, and they seemed to be genuinely happy to be there."
"the clinical facilities at usf are wonderful."
"Lots of talk about moving and using better campus (CAMLS + new building), but not actually showing us what it looks like, etc Interview day seemed pretty rushed--as if the admissions officers were just going through the motions and trying to get us in and out as fast as possible. Tone of voice for some of the administrative things they talked about was pretty negative: "If you are put on the waitlist, DO NOT send us updates. We do not want them""
"Lack of focus on student wellness"
"Morning food was lacking"
"One of the presenters couldn't answer anyone's questions."
"Was told these would be student interviews, but turned out to be faculty. Some faculty were experienced at giving interviews, and that was more stressful."
"Very humid in Tampa, rained sporadically and lots of lightning. Awkward two-stage interview groups. One half of the interviewees get interviewed first, then the second half. If in Tampa, you don't get to talk to any upperclassman because they're all in Allentown. (this applies for SELECT only)"
"Tampa doesn't seem like a very exciting city and lacks good public transportation system.. Would definitely need a car"
"The interviewers were very rude and borderline antagonistic. They told me I was "unfit" for USF, which is absurd to say regardless of context. They also questioned me very aggressively about specifics of my research (primary start and end date of a 20 year prospective study), who funded the projects, and who "owned the data." One guy got so personal as to ask me the name of my (dead) fathers physician. He passed when I was 10, how the heck would I know that? He also asked the name of the surgeon who had performed a minor procedure on me, and and the name of my PCP. I felt very personally violated."
"There was not much time for them to answer my questions any time during the interview, and the interviewers did not tell me much about themselves in the beginning. A few of the questions were phrased in a confrontational manner - e.g. questioning certain minute details (showing they didn't truly believe my story)."
"The admissions office should discourage interviewers from asking questions about politics. It is unprofessional and irrelevant to medical school admissions."
"Nothing really. Everything went smoothly."
"The facilities seem dated. Out-of-state tuition for SELECT students."
"The school seems a little rundown, but they are working on improving the infrastructure and buildings slowly."
"the facilities were a bit run down looking... especially the library but it's ok I heard med students study elsewhere"
"the interviewer was a douche...Dr. Campos...he thinks he is above everyone else in the world"
"The campus was not very aesthetically pleasing. The classrooms appeared old and run down. The library was dated. The surrounding area adjacent to the campus was nothing spectacular. Also, the size of the interview group was very large and impersonal."
"Sim center, curriculum, the atmosphere was not very exciting"
"It was a long day..."
"I can't really think of much, actually. Maybe give us a tour of the anatomy lab? We did get to see the histo lab. Oh, the only two girls in my interview group both got the same interviewers, and one of their interviewers drilled both with difficult questions. That's in sharp contrast to the relaxed, conversational interviews everyone else had. Coincidence or sexism?"
"Do less tours with guides and more tours with med student interactions"
"Day was too long. 7:30-4:30"
"student body didnt seem diverse, not all affiliated hospitals are close to campus."
"I thought the interview would be more challenging."
"Nothing negative about the school."
"Nothing really. USF is a great school."
"Classrooms. One of my interviewers. Military recruiter presentations. Dean Ackerman -- seems like a "ladies-man" and kept referring to one of the other interviewees as his "lunch date". He could have been just kidding around, but I thought it was in bad taste."
"I thought some of the "rank" talk could have been left out, the same way a student with some slightly-negative aspect of their application doesn't start an introduction revealing it. "
"The tour was a bit thrown together. Originally, it was supposed to have been a tour of Moffitt, but that was canceled. We were given a tour of the Moffitt researh center instead. However, this ended up being very interesting."
"Curriculum limited in some areas (left for ''colloquium''). Main hospital is off-campus. Some facilities were just OK."
"How logistically disorganized was the interview day."
"nothing much...only most students have to commute at least 20 minutes to school."
"the students are ranked (based on their grades)"
"USF's facilities weren't up to par with some of the other schools I've visited. Their computers and buildings are outdated, and I didn't see much in the way of technology. Everything looked like it had been around since the 80s, including their student lounge. They should really do some remodeling, considering the medical school is where students will be spending most of their time. Plus they don't do much research which is a negative thing in my opinion."
"some facilities aren't super up to date"
"The tour of Shriner's Hospital seemed pretty useless. We got to visit the pediatric prosthetics department, but this is a very specialized area and probably only stuck the interest of a couple of the interviewees."
"At times it felt that the admissions staff was trying to reason with us to still consider them as a school, acting as if they were not confident of their school's place in the ranking of Florida medical schools. The assignments of staff to interview us was a little hectic but ended up just fine. "
"I hated Tampa, but I'm an Oregonian so I guess that's to be expected."
"The facilities were older, there were not enough places to comfortably study on campus, few minorities"
"The amount of driving you'll do to different facilities, and the area around campus."
"Some of the facilities were older and diversity was lacking."
"Neither of my interviwers seemed to be very happy with the actual interview process. One was a med student who showed up in jeans and flip-flops. The other didn't like the closed-file process. Some interviews were conducted outside on the benches."
"the location of the school, relatively limited research"
"Although they are currently redoing much of it, the USF campus portion was so-so. Also it seems like it might be a driving school in that you may do your rotations in hospitals pretty far away"
"The commuting required, but it's also a positive since you have so many hospitals and clinics to obtain clinical experiences at, and a huge diversity of patients "
"Some facilities seemed old."
"Extraneous information. The interview day could have been cut in half without any loss of information. Also, the tour guide was was not enthusiastic at all."
"The facilities are sort of blah. "
"The location, facilities, didn't see that many med students"
"Not the most attractive learning facilities."
"The medical school facility should be remodeled."
"The school could use a little renovation and my second interview was not very enjoyable at all."
"My interviewer did not show up :c"
"I wasn't terribly impressed with the med school classrooms but some are now being renovated."
"clinical centers are spread out over Tampa (and the need to commute), large amount of time in the classroom"
"Nothing. I've never seen a school who had to together like this. Amazing! However parking services were not very helpful (but the school had warned beforehand). "
"I think this school has a lot to be proud of, however, they made it seem as though they were trying to prove something to us since the school is not as prestigious as other Florida schools"
"It seemed sort of blah. I thought I would like it a lot more than I did."
"The distance between their teaching facilities"
"Everyone all day was late. The woman who was taking us on a tour of Moffit center forgot about us apparently. She also had very little information about the research or anything that happened at the center. The med students also had a test that day (no ones fault really) so we had only a small opportunity to speak with students. My interviewers did not know much about the medical school, which was a little bit of a detriment. "
"the length of the whole shbang."
"There was no discussion of diversity and composition of the patient population of the teaching hospital. "
"My Ph.D interviewer ended the interview saying he hoped I'd choose "just good old USF" over better schools that he "assumed or at least hoped [I]applied to." That was a very negative statement about the school. After asking what college I attended, he also told me that the interview was a recruiting tool for students from big-name schools. I just don't like how he put the school down like that and assumed I was using USF as a safety. Also, there were many statement throughout the day justifying why USF is not as well known as UF and UM. I think USF is good enough to hold its own w/o comparing itself to others."
"The interview day was too long, I was exhausted by the time it was over. As with most other med school interviews, I felt that the financial aid speech should be optional. Most interviewees are more concerned about being accepted, then they will worry about all of that stuff."
"Nothing too bad; One interviewer was around 45 minutes late. It seems many interviewees have gone through the same thing at this school; some don't show up at all."
"One of my interviewers did not show up, resulting in a quick alternate interview with another person. The hospitals were you do rotations are far from the campus, so a car is a must after your first two years."
"Campus environment and culture are weak/nonexistent. The school accept that they are the 3 school in the state. This doesn't instill much excitement."
"Couldn't tour the anatomy lab. Physical Diagnosis lab was unavailable."
"the buildings and the classrooms and the library."
"While the facilities were nice, I've seen better. Furthermore, the USF Health thing where you have to share clinical rooms with nursing students seems pretty rinky dink."
"1) There are grades and class rank, which I don't love. 2) Non-trads are not considered independent for financial aid, no matter how old you are. 3) USF is a relatively young school, so they are still trying to make a name for themselves in research, but their new dean is very research-oriented, and they have just started a new MD/PhD program. 4) The teaching hospitals are spread all over the Tampa Bay area, necessitating a lot of driving during the third and fourth years for clinical rotations."
"I actually thought med school facilities were not bad, contraly to what others mentioned in their posts. However, other part of the USF seems less impressive. "
"facilities are old, but not bad. "
"The area in which the school is located and tuition (yikes!)"
"Nothing really.. only thing I could mention is that the classrooms, library, and buildings themselves are pretty plain and old, but this might be because I'm spoiled now by attending a school with the most beautiful campus I have ever seen. "
"The number of classrooms for students. In your first year you have one classroom where you have all your classes. The second year you move next door to an identical room. Maybe I'm too used to undergrad classes where you have to walk all over campus. There seemed to be a large number of rooms that were used for research, and only a few for teaching. "
"tour of facility, would have liked to tour the main teaching hospital"
"Wish we could have looked inside the anatomy lab!"
"The tour of the Moffitt Cancer Center was a bit lacking."
"Well, for one, I think some of the people may give the applicants a sense of false hope. There was a great deal of "when you come here" and "we hope you choose to come here". There was very little or no "if you are accepted""
"Nothing really, except maybe the fact that the main tecahnig hospital (Tampa General) is 30 mins away. Although the fact that there are 6 hospitals in the area associated with the school can be a plus in that it provides for diversity."
"the organization of the interviews. Some of the interviewers found out that same day that they would interview candidates and everything was done in front of the candidates."
"Nothing. I still have not heard a single negative from any past or present student or anyone affiliated with the school at all."
"my medical student interviewer who was fixated on my age and how I would interact with younger classmates. The medical student had a more confrontational attitude (on this issue) than I expected and a negative tone (maybe it was because we were rushed). The yearly bugdet is higher than I thought it would be and financial aid is rather limited."
"Lunch only had three dessert choices. What about those of us who need our daily creme brulee? Man doesn't live by a cheesecake assortment alone..."
"Nothing except the facilities are a bit old."
"the interviews were not very structured. my first interviewer was 20 mintues late and he didn't really let me talk much, but he was funny and friendly."
"The tour guide (who was supposed to show us around the VA hospital) didn't show up"
"The facilities are kind of old although the school is getting sort of a makeover."
"The tourguide (MD) for the hospital was called in for a procedure unexpectadly, leaving the group with an unexperienced tourguide."
"It was a bit disorganized in getting to the interviewers, since my first interview went over because we were running late."
"Nothing really. Maybe the classrooms because they didn't look state-of-the-art but that's not really a major thing. "
"School facilities. My first interviewer kept me late. My seconnd interviewer upset that I was late and the interview was cut short."
"Some of the facilities are a little outdated and could use a renovation. It's nothing I couldn't handle, but a new paint job or some new desks may help out a little. "
"Most students interviewing hadn't really interviewed anywhere else. School doesn't really have a community feel to it."
"Brevity of the tour of the school itself."
"the facilities seem a bit decrepit and my faculty interviewer did not seem particularly interested in getting to know me, nor did he have any prepared questions to ask me."
"LONG DAY!!!!!!!!! and the buildings are ugly. "
"Classrooms seemed a little old."
"It wasn't all about come to our school, it was more of like we are here to show you the reasons while you should come to USF however go to the school that comforts and suites you the most."
"The classrooms and computer lab were not all that impressive looking; however, they were adequate. I guess I am a spoiled Emory undergrad. "
"The hospital had areas that seemed older and the campus did not have a lot of trees and comforting scenery."
"The financial aid presentation could have been a bit more thorough."
"the length of the day, but it did end early"
"The campus isn't very pretty and the facilities aren't the best. The school is in a pretty unexciting part of Tampa, so a lot of students live about 20 minutes away. "
"nothing (am i USF undergrad so I am used to the architecture.) "
"The interviews seemed a little disorganized. For example, my first interviewer said he had not received the forms he was supposed to fill out about me, some of the interviews were rescheduled on the fly, etc. In the end, it all worked out though. Also, the school facilities were adequate, but not impressive."
"My second interviewer rushed through the interview and seemed completely uninterested in the interview. Also the campus wasn't the greatest. "
"The tours were a bit disorganized."
"the student labs are not the newest facilities."
"the school isn't exactly "aesthetically pleasing." great facilities, but not the prettiest campus"
"During the tour they did not show us what the third and fourth years were doing during their rotations"
"They made several negative comments about FSU, UM and UF. "
"It was ugly, but that is really not a big deal. :) Also, there were only maybe 4 or 5 medical students that we saw all day long...I would have liked to have had the opportunity to talk with a larger group of them."
"At times it was too laid back, that is, it seemed unorganized and people didn't know what to do. Also we finished an hour early, which I would usually think was positive, however I had to wait for a ride."
"The day is very long. It is informative, but at the end you get sleepy."
"the campus is ugly (drab colors, boring architecture... you can tell the school was built in the 1960s); they compared themselves to UF and UM a bit too much - we know it's a good school or we wouldn't be interviewing there"
"A LOT. First, they already filled their class BEFORE our group interviewed so we were all competing for a spot on the wait list....and they decided to drop this bomb on us right BEFORE we were to go on our interviews at TGH. Nothing like a ton of bricks before your interview. They could have at least waited until later to drop the news. Also, they kept comparing themselves to UF, FSU, and Miami by putting the other schools down. They appeared very insecure. A student tourguide made negative comments aimed directly at the University of Florida which was uncalled for. I was there to learn about USF....I didn't care for their "dogging" tactics for recruitment. Anyway, I found the USF staff (for the most part) and students to be extremely unprofessional. Also, my first interviewer was 15 minutes late (for a 30 min interview), and my second interviewer was 20 min late!!! (a dean and a medical student, so it wasn't as if they were busy doing surgery or something.) Very unprofessional in my opinion."
"The comparisons to the other Florida schools. I don't think it was necessary. USF can stand on its own without making any reference to other schools."
"Not very well known only because it is a young school"
"I wasn't impressed with the attractiveness of the campus. It was okay... just nothing special. Reminded me of a community college in my hometown. Same opinion of Tampa. Yeah the water's cool, but not much else going on for it."
"Too much time spent on military scholarships."
"There might be something, but I can't really think of anything that would prevent me from taking an acceptance here and run."
"the campus and surrounding areas. I had to park like a million miles away from were the interview was, and then walk (in 90 degree weather)."
"I actually didn't like the closed file interview. I don't know how they can decide among the applicants based on those questions. It was almost too easy and relaxed. If you can't handle that interview then you shouldn't be a physician."
"both my interviewers were unprepared(asked about 4 questions each), seemed uninterested, and were late(25 minutes)."
"The interview woult not be as stressful as I expected"
"The walking tour can get HOT, might want to take off jacket"
"Your "breaks" really don't happen for as long as they say."
"To prepare more for harder questions and specific ones. Was told this interview wouldnt be as stressful."
"The medical campus is moving to downtown Tampa."
"Tampa can be cold sometimes."
"That only 2 of the 14 interviewees would be from Florida...its a state school, come on!"
"That they would only focus on behavioral questions, asking about why and how you did things in past situations. I wish I had thought to turn the conversation towards how the current me would do things differently and focus on how I am always trying to continually improve."
"That one of my interviewers was tough."
"Wear comfortable shoes!!"
"The SELECT interview group was very small - there were only 4 of us when I interviewed."
"How long it would take USF to get back to me after interviews (over 6 weeks)."
"that my interview day would be sooo chill and my interviewers would be so awesome"
"that dr. campos would be a jerk"
"Facts about current medical issues such as the healthcare reform and technology"
"How truly relaxing the interview experience is"
"That my interviewers were selected for me based on things we had in common (eg: psych major got a psychologist as an interviewer)."
"That the affiliations with Tampa General are less than official and that it's pretty far from campus and where most people live."
"That it was going to be an open-file interview. Apparently they just changed it this year. Also, it sounds like they no longer hand out decisions 1 week after the interview either, it's gonna be as long as 8 weeks."
"that neither of my interviewers were going to read anything about me before the interview"
"that we would get to see Stan and talk to standard patients"
"lot's of walking/standing---trust them when they say wear comfortable shoes"
"Relax and wear comfortable shoes!"
"To take some tylenol with me due to a headache; which I would imagine is quite common after interviews and hours of powerpoint."
"How expensive the school is for out-of-state students."
"I should have worn my Sharon Stone Basic Instinct outfit. hehe"
"Thankfully, there were no big surprises. The visit is very relaxed and I would recommend attending the pre-interview dinner or staying with a host. It was a great way to get to know students and other interviewees. "
"About the scholarly concentrations program."
"that this is an extremely low stress interview!"
"which teaching hospital we were touring that day."
"My only concern is that the interviews didn't seem to hold much weight - they weren't given by members of the admissions committee, but rather with students and M.D.s or PhD's anywhere in USF. My MD interview was with a doctor at the V.A. who didnt even know she would be interviewing someone that day. However on the spot she was extremely encouraging and I was surprised at her adaptability to the situation"
"make sure to eat their breakfast, even if you are nervous or not hungry. . . . it is like, 6 hours until you will get to eat again and you don't want your stomach growling during the interviews!"
"Suit + Late Summer in Florida = Lots of Sweating!"
"I felt very well prepared, but the process is as laid back as it has been reported many times before. If you have an interview here, don't worry about a thing."
"The hospitals were the students do their clerkships are 30+ minutes away from campus (not convenient.)"
"that the interview was closed file...nice surprise"
"It is a LONG day, longer than the provided itinerary. Wear comfortable shoes and get a good night's sleep. "
"Wear comfortable shoes!"
"Mr. Larkin, the admissions director, is EXTREMELY nice and approachable. You can ask him any questions and he won't hold it against you."
"not much, it's a pretty nice, down to earth school."
"USF does systems-based blocks, which seemed really nice."
"I wished that I had taken everyone else seriously who said wear comfortable shoes - my interview day went to Tampa General Hospital and we walked around for nearly 3 hours straight. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!"
"The quickness of their reply to you after you interview. Usually only takes about a week for them to call you with a decision!"
"Definetly how easy going it was. Felt like I overstudied for the interview!"
"Where the parking lots were! And the heels are not the best shoes for walking around that campus!!!"
"How easy and nonstressful the interviews were. "
"None of the admissions faculty have a vote in the committee that makes a decision on your application, so feel free to talk and joke with everyone. Once you matriculate into a med school, no other schools can give you acceptance offers. (While not specifically about this school, it is something to keep in mind if you are accepted to a school that starts earlier than others but are still interested in another school.)"
"Nothing - I felt really prepared for the interview day."
"They discourage thank-you notes to your interviewers. "
"Nothing. This site is a good resource."
"That they wouldn't have any signs or anything pointing you in the direction you needed to go to get to the interview."
"Wear comfy shoes. Lots of walking. "
"it would be seem so long."
"That the teaching hospital and medical school are a distance away. "
"You need to park in a parking lot that cost $3 but it is a machine that gives tickets and it would not take my $5 so I had to get change and I was late. So have three singles."
"That it would rain (bring an umbrella if it looks cloudy)."
"How much emphasis is placed upon medical experience. It seems that mcats, gpa's, and basic medical involvement and volunteer work take a back seat to extenuating circumstances and years of varried medical experiences. For this school shadowing, volunteering, and research don't seem to be enough. Many people who get in have had some grandious story either about setting up triage units in Guam or having more clinical experience that would rival 3rd and 4th years. I know some people whose mcats and gpa's would be a stretch for D.O. schools and yet they get in easily here because of a great story or unusual experience. "
"interview questions are VERY general because of the closed file nature of the interview; the school emphasizes small group learning"
"Nothing. It was kinda what I expected."
"Long day, so make sure you eat at the beginning and time your bathroom breaks accordingly."
"Beware of inexperienced medical student interviewers. Like I said, it was hard for me to even get a word in."
"That my student hosts had exams the next day... that kept them from showing us around the town more or getting to eat in some cool restaurants."
"VERY low stress! great as a first interview"
"USF is a very non-trad friendly school, and Tampa is also a family-friendly city. There is a science museum and also Busch Gardens located practically within walking distance of the campus. On-campus childcare is also available."
"That there was nothing to be stressed about for RSF's interview."
"That I'd hate it there, I could have saved the gas money."
"The day is very long, and the morning lecturers go on forever. I felt like taking a nap during the day, but didn't. "
"To relax-- it really is an enjoyable experience. "
"The cost of tuition (out of state)."
"They feed you breakfast. Which included pastries, fruit, coffee, juice, water, tea, and more. And don't get stressed, it's really a relaxed environment."
"The USF campus can be confusing. Get there early!"
"Nothing, this website helped out a gret deal. Aslo, it is a long day so get some sleep, I fell asleep at 4 am so I was yawning the whole time"
"The student body is made up of incredible individuals that are willing to answer question with complete honesty. "
"Nothing, really. I'm a non-traditional student and the staff did a good job of making me feel at home. I also did my pre-med science requirements at USF -- had a good chance to learn about the med school over the past few years."
"this is an extremely relaxed day."
"I was very familiar with the school and the are so I knew my way around."
"Get there early, the conference room is hard to find. Lots of covered walkways, no blaring signs guiding you to the door."
"That it is really comfortable and laid back so there is no need to stress out over it. They really are just trying to get to know you since the interviewers don't know anything about you."
"just make sure you give yourself time to find the place- it can be a little confusing"
"The interviews really aren't terribly challenging, but rather a nice conversation."
"Interviewers do not have to be members of the admission committee. It destroys the interview process because all of their impressions of you get reduced to a couple of sentences quickly jotted down."
"It's kinda hard to find the conference room. Also, it was a very hot day."
"There were no surprises. "
"Just remember to bring singles if you plan to pay for parking!"
"The location that my interview group was supposed to meet...I was late, don't do that."
"The bagels disappear after the morning session, so eat up while you can. "
"Where the conference room was. Give yourself plenty of time to find it."
"Get a good night sleep. You will be walking a lot."
"No surprises. The process is open and transparent."
"Allow more time than you need to get there because the traffic is horrendous."
"how much information they provide, the day is mostly you learning about USF and the interviews seem like just a small part of the day"
"you do ALOT of walking so wear comfortable shoes, not shoes that will feel fine for the first 4 hours because you end up walking around almost the whole day with short stops to sit and talk in-between."
"Parking costs 3 bucks. This may have been mentioned somewhere in an e-mail or webpage, but I never noticed it if it was. "
"The school has an honor code."
"parking is annoying"
"I wish i had prepared more questions to ask about Tampa and its institutions"
"That you find out if you get accepted a week and a half later."
"Lunch sandwiches come with mayo on them. This is becoming a common theme for me, so maybe someone in an admissions office will catch on and request that the caterers bring condiments on the side. A boy can only dream..."
"The directions to the school were not the greatest."
"The class was full by the time we interviewed (end of January) and has been for some time, apparently."
"There is lots of food there and they want you to eat all of it"
"Nothing, I felt prepared for this easy and relaxed interview."
"The parking vending machine costs $2.50 and ONLY takes COINS!"
"How great this school is."
"to get there earlier than they say to"
"How relaxed the day is. Its a long day, you'll be there from 7:45-3:30, but its a relaxed day, so be relaxed!"
"I wish I would have eaten more breakfast! There is a lot of walking on the tour, really make sure you were comfortable shoes!"
"How relaxed it was. I would have been much more at ease the days before."
"the conference room where you first meet is hard to find (at least for me), my advice: get there early!"
"I was impressed with USF on a prior visit because of their positive energy and great campus. Definitely did not feel the same way on this interview day--what a shame."
"Loved the interview day and the overall atmosphere of the school. The Allentown campus was impressive"
"Seems like a great school with some great students."
"Eat before because breakfast is not great. Interviews are the last part of the day so try to keep your energy up. I had one interview last 30 min. And the other 1 hour. Many interviewees had 2 30 min ones, it just depends I guess. Some interviewers grill you on healthcare issues and some ethics so be prepared for them just in case you wind up with one of those."
"Overall a positive and relaxed experience"
"Great place/ school, great environment. People ready to answer questions and interview day was very well planned."
"Very stress free interview day, pack antiperspirant if it's not winter because you'll probably sweat during the tour. Just enjoy yourself and don't worry excessively about the interview, they just want to get to know you."
"Great laid back interview that was my best and most relaxed interview so far. Very impressed by interview day and would love to attend."
"I felt compelled to review this school because I was in the same group of the guy before me who gave a negative review (I met the bow tie guy he was referring to and actually thought he was very nice) and I had a very different experience. Both of my interviewers were pretty laid back, and I was able to bond with them through shared interests, passions, and food preferences. One of them even gave me awesome suggestions for dinner. It almost didn't feel like an interview except for the occasional interview type questions I wrote above. I think luck can play a big role for interviews at any school but I'm hoping this neutralizes some of the bad of the previous review and doesn't deter people from giving this school a chance."
"Aweful experience. The dean kept ranting at us about how they don't want their students getting too involved in extra circulars because it could jeopardize their grades. Of the 14 interviewees, 10 were from California and all were absolutely strange. One guy wore a wooden bow tie, and another girl kept asking random people if they felt the school was a "safe space" for Arab students. Interviewers asked strange, nit-pick questions and were way too personal. One asked for my personal doctor's name, and another told me I was "unfit" for USF. They need to do a much better job screening interviewers and interviewees."
"They were also late in starting the interview, about 10 minutes late. I had informed the coordinator that I had a flight to catch, and barely caught my flight. This all added unnecessary stress to the situation in my view."
"I was very impressed with the interview day at USF. I had a great time and learned a lot about the school, especially its curriculum."
"USF campus is pretty nice. SELECT program is very ambitious, and the partnership with LVHN can only be beneficial for clerkship training."
"Lovely school Lovely students Seemed like a wonderful place to study medicine while enjoying Tampa, FL."
"Great school and program!!! Def my top choice in FL hands down. The students were so welcoming. Definitely go to the Jason's Deli social the night before."
"Wonderful school, amazing facilities, incredible staff that truly cares"
"Long day, but filled with info. Never really spent much time just sitting around. enjoyed lunch with the faculty members. Very impressed by the curriculum."
"Very laid back, don't worry about the interview, just play up your strengths!"
"Two ~45 minute interviews, open-file, very conversational."
"The two forty-five to fifty interviews are semi-open in which your two interviewers know everything about you other than your academic record (GPA & MCAT). I found the interview to be more conversational than anything else in which the interviewer just wants to get to know you as a person. Also, the interviewers are hand-picked by Dr. Klasko because they are nice people. As far as suggestions go, be prepared to casually talk about yourself, don't forget to smile (it's easy to forget under the stress of an interview), and try to be yourself."
"2 30 min one on one interviews, both interviewers were really nice and it was low stress. "
"It was an amazing day and I am so convinced USF is the school for me! Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of questions to ask!"
"intv is partially open-file; they view your amcas personal statement and activities"
"The interviews were laid back. Lots of food is provided. Parking and a place to stay overnight was provided. Don't be shy to ask blunt questions. The staff wants to help you make the best decision for you."
"Overall, it was a good experience. I actually enjoyed speaker with my two interviewers. The day was a little long and seemed to be dragging on at the end."
"Very relaxed and easy going. The interviewers very very friendly and showed true interest in getting to know me."
"I really enjoyed my interview experience. If you have gotten this far you are essentially fully qualified to be a student, it really comes down to whether or not you fit with their program. The interviews overall are very laid back and unintimidating. If you relax, be yourself, and share your heart and desire you should be fine."
"Both interviews were straight-forward. One of my interviewers seemed pretty green and didn't know much about the application or interview process. I learned later that the class was already full when I interviewed. I was waitlisted and then subsequently admitted."
"Enjoyable, interviewers appeared to be truly interested in what I have done, my experiences, etc. Only negative aspect of the interview was that they were required to fill out a sheet of paper, which I think took away a bit from the otherwise relaxed atmosphere, it added a bit too much structure as the interviewers felt compelled to go through questions one by one."
"Overall, I had a great experience. I interviewed with one faculty member and one student. However, it is a bit of a long day so make sure to bring water and eat. "
"Same questions as everyone has posted. 1 4th-yr student and 1 faculty interviewer, closed file. Day was really full and got boring for the last few speeches, but overall very impressive. The students seem to be very involved in the program and the interview day."
"The day started at 8:00pm, we were taken to visit Tampa General and then we came back to campus for the interviews, tour and talks. "
"overall it was great, i felt really at home and got to know the students, other interviewees, and the staff/administration."
"I definitely recommend going to the dinner the night before with the medical students. The interviews are closed file so they know nothing about you. The medical students have a list of questions that they are expected to ask you (one about difficulties you've had, one ethics question, and one about medicine)...the faculty was very laid back..the students were all very nice and enthusiastic about their school"
"Overall it was a really great day and very laid back. I had one interview with a 4th year student and one with a faculty member...both were very nice and personable. They gave us the opportunity to have dinner with current students the night before...I would definitely recommend doing it...a great opportunity to talk to current students and meet some of the other applicants before the big day. Also, be sure to eat breakfast. They are very fast in their response....I heard back their decision a week later."
"The interviews were relaxed and comfortable. Almost no pressure. Both interviewers seemed interested in everything I had to say (even if they weren't, it was nice of them to act like they were!). No difficult questions were asked and we spent most of the time talking about what I had mentioned in the "Tell me about yourself" questions."
"This was my first interview and I don't think I could have had a better experience. They are so friendly and unintimidating. I could tell they are just trying to get to know you. I tend to get super nervous about stuff like this, but I was soon put at ease. "
"My first interview was a one-on-one interview with Dr. Specter. He was very kind and gave me the opportunity to tell him about myself before the official questions. He was very kind and relaxed, which enabled me to answer questions candidly and honestly without apparent judgement. The second interview was with Dr. Cutolo at the VA hospital across the street from the school. He was, again, very relaxed and nice. His questions pertained more to the medical field than did Dr. Specter's. "
"Great experience, have 7 more days until I find out the result. Shame Rel Larkin is no longer on staff, he sounded really nice on the phone. He is now at the UCF medical school admissions program. I was very impressed with the staff, and it seems that the needs of the students there are the most important goal of the staff and curriculum."
"Pretty laid back, very nice interviewers"
"The admissions staff is amazingly friend, especially Rel Larkin. I had the unfortunate experience of getting the flu the night before my interview, but they took really good care of me and were extremely accomodating. The students are really happy and there are good opportunities, but it wasn't the school for me."
"I stayed with a second year the night before my interview who was really nice and helpful. There were a lot of boring speeches we had to sit through. One speaker, Dr. Akerman, participated in the first heart transplant surgery (that was exciting!!).After hearing from the speakers we headed to TGH for our two interviews. My interviewers were surprisingly laid back and easy to talk to. After the interview we ate lunch and toured the campus."
"I loved USF. The strength of the program, the superior residency placement and the willingness of the staff to help you through med school was awesome. I hope I get in!"
"Overall good experience..."
"all the previous questions posted are EXACTLY what they ask"
"Arrive 8:00 am. Pastries/coffee/small talk. Info on curriculum/financial aid/interview day. Bus to TGH. Tour. Interviews (2). Lunch w/ med students. Bus to USF. Tour school...final wrap up session."
"overall it was enjoyable. i think faculty interviewers make better interviewers than med students (more experienced, maybe more professional?) but maybe its just me... "
"Quick talks in the morning with breakfast; bus to Lifelink to see transplant center; bus to Tampa Gen'l Hospital for interviews and lunch; back to campus for tour and closing- seemed a lot shorter than it actually was"
"Overall it was very low stress and informative. Make sure to eat something in the morning - we walked a lot and didn't get to lunch until after 1pm. Also, and I cannot stress this enough, WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES and do not be hesitant about asking questions. "
"Started the morning lost, looking for the conference room but luckily a 1st year med student helped me find my way. Breakfast was good...be sure to eat, because lunch is not for a few hours. Then had some speakers before we took a tour of Shriners, which was amazing! The doctors working there seemed so passionate and the facilites are top notch. Then we had our interviews. Mine was with a PhD and a fourth year med student. The interviews were very relaxed and conversational. The med student was very eager to answer my questions and she seemed very honest in her responses. Then we had lunch and had a tour of the school led by med students. Lastly there was a presentation about financial aid."
"The day started too early and was too long. The medical campus looked like my high school. "
"Its a pretty long day. Wear comfy shoes. I cannot stress this enough. They make you walk forever. We first toured the VA hospital after listening to a curriculem by Dr. Specter (which is very informative, by the way). After the tour we did our 30minute interviews. Mine was first with med student-a super nice dude , and than a faculty member- also super nice. We ate lunch (also really good) and chit chatted with everyone. It felt like social hour, but it was fun. Dr. Larkin than told us how the admission process worked. We took at tour of the school, and then the Army and navy gave us a talk on their military scholarships. These people are SUPER NICE and HONEST. They answer any question graciously! "
"I didn't really like it overall. The med students that I did see weren't very enthusiastic, neither were my interviewers. The second one, a professor, was not very friendly at all."
"Was a good experience. REL and the rest of the staff made everyone comfortable. Interviews were relatively laid back. I didn't perform perfectly on the first interview, not sure why. Just could not present things as I intended to as I was very nervous for some reason. Second interview went much better after I relaxed. "
"Overall, I had a wonderful experience. Mr Larkin was amazing and very insightful. He shared lots of information about the school, students and staff at USF. The school really has its own unique atmosphere. Its very condusive to learning and everyone is really interested in helping you suceed!"
"2 interviews. 1st interview was with a an awesome 4th year student. Other interview was with a knowledgable oncologist who truely took the time to answer your questions. Very friendly and supportive atmosphere. "
"My fist interviewer was very friendly, personable, and relaxed. As I previously described, the second interview was just the opposite. I think he wanted to see how I handled myself when I felt cornered. When I spoke to the other students in my group, they said that all of their interviews were really laid back, so I think I just had an unlucky draw getting that type of interviewer. Otherwise, the overall experience was very enjoyable. "
"USF was my first interview and I had a very positive experience. I loved the administration and the medical students who were so helpful and the day was very well planned out."
"We had breakfast in the morning with one of the med students, then listened to an hour presentation about the curriculum. Then we took a bus to Tampa General where we had a tour, our interviews, and lunch with the med students. The interview was conversational and it seemed like the interviewers were just trying to get to know me. We even had a few laughs and I asked them some questions. I was super nervous (as usual) but by the end, I didn't want to leave! They seemed more concerned with "will you fit in here" and less concerned with your statistics. I was surprised by how much I liked the school. I've been to other Florida schools- ones with better facilities- but USF is now my top choice because of the community atmosphere, the attitude and the clinical experience right off the bat. I hope i get in here!"
"The day is pretty long but relatively low stress. (If I have one complaint, I would be that the day goes from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm.) Much of that time is spent with discussions and presentations. You tour a facility assocaited with the med school (like Shriner's, Moffitt, Tampa General, etc.) and then interview, either at the tour location or back at the med school depending on the place. There are two closed file interviews, so interviewers know nothing about you. That means you will get general questions. My interviewers were quite nice. Don't worry if your interviews go long, are short (one of mine was only 20 minutes long), or if your interviewer doesn't show up/you get a replacement interviewer. Roll with it. Be yourself and give honest answers that describe you as a person, and you'll be fine. USF specifically is closed-file to ensure that you are seen as a person (that means you can't rest on your GPA, MCAT, or other fancy accomplishments; you have to able to articulate you experiences). Lunch is given and there are more presentations in the afternoon (which can be a challenge to keep focused through as you are done with the actual interview). Mr. Larkin (a credit to the school) will personally call you 10 days after the interview to tell you the school's decision. P.S. The sheet interviewers are given to evaluate you has categories like shadowing, medical volunteering, community service, leadership, research, empathy, personal appearance, etc.; this might help you prepare answers to questions in these areas."
"The day could probably have been cut in half with all of the same content. Tours and virtually every talk could have been shorter, though all were helpful. Everyone was very nice all day and enthusiastic about the school. I was very impressed by the wide variety of opportunities that are available while in the program and that the schools seems as though it will support you no matter what your interests are. I interviewed with a PhD researcher who was very nice. I had some experience in the specific types of research that he conducts and he was interested in my background in that especially. My other interviewer was a 4th year medical student. She was nice, but I didn't feel like I could get a good "read" on her - very stoic. Nothing negative from either interview regardless though. Very laidback and comfortable."
"This school was thus far the most wonderful interview I have had (3 down and 2 more to go). I was very impressed. "
"It was a long day but very well-organized. I feel as though we were treated very well (breakfast and lunch!) and the interviews were very laid back. Some of the previous remarks on SDN mentioned that interviewers have a list of questions that they are supposed to ask. Although this is true, neither of my interviewers were actually writing during the interview. It seemed to flow very nicely, and the interviewers actually seemed like they were trying to sell the school to us since they spoke at length about the programs and curriculum."
"I had one very good interview, and another that was so-so. The second interviewer sort of made me seem like I was a disturbance to his day (which I probably was, but jeesh!). He didn't even write anything down. I doubt he knew my name when all was said and done, and probably had to look it up to give his feedback to the committee."
"It is a very long day, especially after the interviews are over, but everyone is very nice. Rather than disorganized like many other reviewers are writing, I found it to be more laid back and relaxed. Prepare for your service answers! They are HUGE on service! They have a sheet with questions they must ask you (all of the answers are in your application so I don't know why they do closed file) but they talked mostly about your service experience. They want to know they are getting "compasionate, caring" people, and you have to prove it with your resume. One interviewer spent ten minutes telling me about all this great stuff some other applicant had done and then expected me to match it. Then gave me a lecture about what medicine is really about. So watch your words carefully. If you haven't set up a free clinic in Africa, you better describe what service you do have very eloquently. "
"The interviewers actually were very busy. They didn't have much time to talk and just asked the most basic questions and pushed me out the door. "
"basically both interviewers had a sheet that had the following headings: Professionalism, Empathy, Leadership, Community Service, Medical Experience, Research, and one or two other categories. Under each is a space to take notes. At the very bottom is where the interviewer can rate the whole experience 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The interviewer has to circle one."
"I had one student and one faculty interview. Althougth it was closed file, the student had more formal questions than the faculty member. The faculty member did not ask very much but: "Tell me about yourself?" The faculty member was hard to read but must have given a positive response because I got in. "
"Overall it was a great experience. I love how they tell you the decision within 10 days! At the end, Mr. Larkin tells you he will call everyone from 9am-12pm in exactly 10 days to touch base. Mr. Larkin is awesome, and he knew I had an exam when he was going to call everyone about the decisions, so he called me at 8:30am just before my exam to tell me I was in. The care they show towards their applicants says a lot about the school. My first interviewer was a Ph.D and my second was a 4th year med student. The interviews were closed-file, and both interviewers seems to have a list of questions they had to cover. My tour guide was a 2nd year med student and she was great. My student host was a 1st year student and very accommodating. This was definitely the friendliest and most welcoming interview experience. Definitely a school to consider."
"I liked the school much better after taking a tour and meeting some people over there. I was neutral about the program going into the day and they really impressed me."
"I was overall quite happy with my interview experience. The school is a good choice for in staters and offers a more big city environment than the other state med schools. The med students seemed happy too. The only thing that would have made me LOVE the school would have been a straight pass/fail grading system (not honors, high pass, etc). But most schools are not, so what can you do?"
"The interview experience as a whole was a good one. The questions aren't too tough, just the general stuff; why medicine, tell me about yourself, etc. In fact, I think the experience is deceptively easy. Everyone is so nice and helpful; it seems you've already been accepted. Then to be low on a wait list because other applicants made the decision to go into medicine at an earlier age (I mean like 7)seems a bit unfair."
"My USF interview was my first med school interview, so I was very nervous. The interview process was interesting to say the least. The day was kept light by Larkin. Important to note: interviews are somewhat disorganized. Many interviewers showed up late or not at all. I understand that they were taking time out of their schedule to interview that day. Jusu roll with it. Stay calm and focused and you'll do fine. Oh, and prepare for closed file questions; translation: you will be asked general questions like "why do you want to be a doctor" and "describe so-and-so event" a lot. (I prefer to be drilled on specific issues or flaws in my application, so general questions threw me off a bit.) Overall, it was an eventful day."
"First interview was with a 4th year guy. He was very down to earth, and after talking for a while he basically tried to convince me to come to the school. Second was with faculty PhD. He was actually really nice, but it was my 1st interview and I was a little jittery."
"USF is a really good school and surprised me with their level of excellence. Apparently the clinical experience you receive at the school is pretty much the best in the state and one of the most comprehensive in the nation. One 4th year student remarked that some USF students knew more clinical procedures than residents in some cases. Medical students seem to really enjoy the school and there are renovations currently in progress to improve the medical student lounge and computer labs. Just really a positive experience overall and this school moved up in my draft board."
"Arrive at USF and get a presentation from the admissions committee, then travelled to Tampa General where we were shown around the hospital (it's amazing!). Then had our interviews at the hospital, one faculty, one student. Very relaxed."
"great. very impressed with how invested the college is in the med students. This is my first interview, so my perspective may change, but overall, USF moved up on my list"
"This was by far the most relaxed interview that I have attended. The interview group was small (16 of us), and the interviews are conducted off-campus at places like Tampa General Hospital, Shriners' Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, or Lifelink. There are two interviews, both closed-file. This feels kind of bizarre, because the interviewer literally knows nothing about you, not even your name, until you step into the room. One interviewer was a physician, and the other was a student. Mr. Larkin calls you the following week to tell you how the committee voted. (I got in!) Overall, this school is a great option for FL residents, and it is one of my top choices."
"They tour you for one of the medical facilities before the interview. Our group visited Shriner's hospital, which impressed me a lot (they treat children patients there). Plus before the actual interview, you get to talk to med students and Mr.Larkin (very nice guy) and all of these should help you relax before the actual interview. Overall I had good experience there, I liked the city originally, and people were just so kind at USF. I'm glad this was my first interview."
"DON'T STRESS, the admissions staff is very nice. "
"I have always like USF, and i think it is an above average school. "
"I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The interview was fabulous and the school is top notch as far as clinical and research opportunities go. I was impressed with the honesty and integrity that the admissions staff possessed- they even gave us a detailed sheet of residency matches of previous years as hard data we could look at and take home with us. The staff seemed very open to suggestions and I even overheard students talking about a curriculum change to improve the great curriculum that USF already has. Another plus is that students gain clinical exposure beginning in their first year of medical school. Just relax and have a fun day- it really is a great school and a great experience!"
"Very good. I really felt more like I was having a conversation with a friend."
"This was my first interview so I was very nervous, but above all the students and staff were VERY helpful and tried to relieve your nerves. "
"This is an all-day experience which begins with food before 8am. You are given a talk about what exactly you will be doing if you get into USF Med School (which is kind of hard to stay awake during). Then a tour of one of the affiliated medical centers nearby (we toured the Shriner's Hospital). Then, two interviews each 45 mins long. Next, lunch with staff and several students. Afterwards, several discussions about financial aid, a military presentation, housing options, etc. Then you're done by around 3:30pm!"
"A little stressful since it was my first, but still enjoyable. My interviewers, one a doctor on the adcom, the other a med student, were really easy to talk to."
"It was a long but well organized day. Laid back and stress free day. Presentations and tour in the morning and then two 30min interviews. After that was lunch and then financial aid presentation. End the day about 3pm. "
"The interview was everything USF promised. It was laid back and easy going. Rel did a great job of organizing and providing an overview of the school."
"Great time, good people, tohught I did quite well on the interviews but I think the school is very focused on numeric considerations like MCAT and GPA. They say they arent but from what I have heard they are."
"Overall it was a positive experience, the interviews were laidback, except for the Ox Phos question which if I hadn't seen on SDN could have stumped me pretty badly. "
"I thought that this was a very laid-back experience as the admissions staff was very friendly and really made you feel relaxed. I liked how the interviews were in the morning instead of after lunch. Also, I liked how they presented information regarding the military scholarship. They also were very good about having ample students around for you to talk to and ask questions"
"it was great. Just be yourself and hopefully things will work out. It really felt like the interviewers were trying to get to know us."
"A great interview. The staff makes the day go incredibly smoothly. Mr. Larkin was very welcoming. I liked the campus and the affiliated hospitals, the curriculum looks good, and the students seem like a good blend."
"Overall, it was pretty low-stress. It was my first interview or I would have ranked it less than 5."
"Mr. Larkin and the admissions staff do a good job of making an inherently intimidating process feel comfortable. During your visit, Mr. Larkin (the admissions director) also commits to a date/time when he will call you to let you know whether or not you made the grade. I won't find out for another 36-39 hours (who's counting?) but I admire their professionalism and commitment to the applicants. USF is a young school (~30 years), but the staff and faculty are way impressive. Their clinical partners (hospitals) are first tier. This place is a hidden gem -- like Microsoft circa 1981."
"Very relaxed atmosphere. Very friendly staff and students. Good food."
"it is a very long day so get plenty of rest the night before. we had breakfast and listened to two speakers. we have a short tour of the va hospital and then the interviews. afterward, we had lunch and more talks. the day ended early, which was good."
"I had a great time during this interview. Unfortunately I did not do that well since it was my first interview and fear of the unknown took over me. My first interviewer was kind of intimidating and I was really nervous but my second interviewer was a lot more easy to talk to. The overall experience was good and the admission staff tries to do their best to make you feel comfortable prior to your interviews."
"Very laid back. No one threw me any curveball questions."
"One of the two interviews was with a fourth-year medical student so it was completely comfortable and conversational. The other interview was with a physician and primarily she wanted to know about volunteer work, research, my motivation, leadership, and my humanism with medicine."
"very relaxed, very friendly"
"It was a good experience. The first interviewer was a 4th year med student and we had a very comfortable and laid back conversation ranging from my experiences in medicine to him going hiking soon. It was a good warmup for the second which was with a physician who is also the head of the admissions committee. He was much more serious and seemed extremely concerned with making sure that I had a good reason to want to become a doctor. When he presents me to the committee he said he wanted to be able to tell them something good about me, so it seemed like he really cared which was reassuring. When I asked about USF not being popular around the nation (unlike Harvard, Stanford, even UF, etc) he said that it's not so important and if you put in the effort you will succeed, and I believe him. So overall a great experience at USF today!"
"Warning, USF will interview you even if they have no intention of offering you an acceptance. Both of my interviwers told me that I would definitely get accepted. Later I was told I had a poor chance of getting in due to things they saw as lacking in my application. They shouldn't have offered me an interview and wasted my time. They also said I had typos in my app. essay, which was completely untrue. There was not a single mistake in the entire thing. I am guessing they were unfamiliar with certain terminology used and assumed they were mistakes. It might pay to pick up a dictionary. "
"A VERY relaxed day. Really, the stress level was very low. Everone had different interviewers but no one came back in tears or freaking out. USF chooses its interviewers because they're nice folks. They aren't out to trick you, so relax. This has been my most laid back interview so far! Dr Larkin is very approachable, so ask him questions if you've got them. He'll also give you a straight-up answer as to your chances of getting in off the waitlist if that happens to you. "
"Interviews are closed-file, so questions are very generic. My interviews went well, however, I interviewed with a student who didn't seem too interested in me. We finished rather quickly. Rel was great - very nice and put you at ease."
"The staff go out of their way to put applicants at ease. There is not much to worry about."
"USF seems like a good school (which I already knew:) It is just a matter of seeing if you fit into the overall atmosphere."
"Overall very laid back. Do not stress! "
"Pretty standard - met with other interviewees, faculty and students. USF Admissions does a really professional job organizing the day. School is very interested in supporting its students academically. Tampa General was impressive."
"It was a fun experience. It felt like a mock interview...although I've never had one before. It was my first but I don't think it completely prepared me for others. Since others were not as relaxing as USF's."
"The day was long, but the admissions staff did not leave a single question unanswered. I cannot count how many times we were asked for questions. Also, there are many presentations, but as the day wore on, Rel moved the process along more quickly. The students are awesome and really helped me gain perspective on the positive and negative aspects of the school. We were able to talk to at least 6 students throughout the day from every year. The interviews were very low stress and conversational. I felt like USF was more intersted in making sure the students are a good match for their school than to necessarily pick the most qualified students."
"The admissions staff at USF is great. You leave feeling well informed. There are no surprises. The interviews were actually relaxed for once."
"Good visit overall. Talking with 4th year students over lunch was very helpful (it would have been nice to have more time). The short visit to the catheterization control room was brief but VERY interesting, as was the visit to the neonatal ICU. For a med school, the lab facilities appear a bit outdated. Perhaps they serve their purpose well. Interviews were with one Doctor and one 4th year student. Good people. They are trying to ascertain if you are making the right decision. Both at Tampa General Hospital."
"The interview process was pretty laid back. We took a tour of Shriner's Hopsital. It was interesting, but some of the other interviewees complained that the tour focused too much on certain aspects of the hospital. There are a lot of interviewers; you could get matched up with MD's, PhD's or med students. If you don't like one of your interviews, you can ask for another. "
"overall, this interview experience was very low-stress and informative; the admissions office is very helpful and friendly; interviews are mostly conversational and are very non-threatening"
"Both my interviewers were extremely nice and the interviews were both a conversation. There were no trick questions or abstract questions (like what color are you and why?). All of the questions were straight forward and it was a good experience overall."
"Overall, great experience. We were bussed to LifeLink for a tour and to Tampa General for our interviews. Both of my interviewers were very friendly and conversational. There was food everywhere, so come hungry. We changed locations often, but I don't think we were ever more than 10 meters away from a bagel. A little long, but very low stress day. "
"Both of my interviews combined took up about 30 min. It was advertised as 30 min a piece. They did offer a third interview to anyone who wanted this, however. Overall it was a positive experience, if a little long."
"I did not have the experience of a warm, friendly, conversational interview. My interviewer was harsh and yelled at me that I was naive. This is a bit tough to handle from an interview that you are told will be laidback and informal."
"The admissions staff is very friendly, direct, and informative. They told us how the process will go and exactly when we can expect to hear from them regarding our admission. It makes the process much easier with them and you can really appreciate the school. The day borders on being a little too long, but overall the school was very impressive (great opportunities in clinical years with many options)......Larkin makes you feel at home"
"Overall a long day, very informative yet laid back. They were very concerned that all our questions were answered honestly"
"The closed-file interview meant that they don't put much emphasis on the interview. I was not accepted and had great experiences with the interviewers."
"They give you breakfast, and then talk, then we went on a tour of the Shriner's Hospital (given by one of the doctors there). After that we all had our two interviews and then went to lunch. We went on a tour of the college facilities (given by a student) and then got more talks and went home. :)"
"The interviews were very relaxed and open. Both interviwers were friendly and made an effort to get to know me and my interests. "
"This interview experience was enjoyable and non-threatening."
"There are two CLOSED FILE interviews... I mean, they don't know a thing except your name. I had one with a clinical faculty professor and my other with a 4th year student. Both were extremely laid back and they just seemed to want to get to know me. I got asked a fair number of questions having little to do with medicine and more to just find out how I converse. "
"Overall, it was a good experience. No stress at all, so don't worry."
"USF is a great school with lots to offer! I think you have to really walk around and see if you feel comfortable there, and if you can imagine yourself studying there for the next few years. Tampa is a great city (home of the 2002 World Champion Bucs!!!) and living there would be a lot of fun. Be ready for the longest interview day you have ever experienced, and don't sweat the interviews. As one of my interviewers told me, they are just trying to get a "gut feeling" as to whether or not you will make a good physician."
"I went to the school thinking that it was merely a backup school, but I left with a very positive impression. The school is definitely on its way up and whatever experience you want out of medical school you can get here. "
"Mr. Larkin even gave us a "treat" at the end of the day. Chocolate, yummy. Very relaxed day on the whole, though I think the stuff afer lunch is entirely unnecessary. If you want to fly or drive out early for whatever reason, don't hesitate to let your travel plans cut into the after lunch military and financial aid presentations. "
"It was very relaxing and Mr. Larkin and staff where extremely funny and friendly. Talk to people and enjoy the experience."
"Long day, but pretty laid back. "
"This school is well on its way to becoming a great school. It is a young school and very receptive to its students. It only doesn't have a reputation because it is a relatively new school. "
"It was overall really nice, but it was a very looooong day so be prepared. It seemes like on of my interviewers was not that interested in the whole process, she just wanted to get it over with, she didn't know what to ask. But overall, it was great"
"I had an interview with a surgeon and a medical student, while some had two faculty members, either MD or PhD. They ask basic interview questions because it is closed-file so be prepared for that. For me, this interview was much more conversational than other interviews I have been to, but I can't say that its a good or bad thing since every school looks for different things. But you must come up with at least three intelligent questions to ask your interviewers, they seem to almost expect it from you. Again, be relaxed! "
"This interview is a get to know you session, so be yourself and be prepared to ask intelligent questions of your interviewer."
"The interviews are closed file, so the they don't know ANYTHING about you...be prepared for that. My interviewers were great. One was a 4th year student and the other a practicing physician in the hospital. They made me feel comfortable and I really didn't get any ethical questions (thank god!). The only problem was that the interviews were disorganized. My original interviewer didn't meet with me, so I had to run to the other end of the hospital to meet with another guy, for whom I had to wait about 30 min to speak with (it turned out well for me though!). "
"Overall very easy. Definitely not one to stress over."
"from my experiences and others interviewing with me, i felt that the interviewers are "green" and unsure how to ask questions, etc. since the interviews are closed file, this makes it even worse. the med student interviews are enjoyable and friendly but for the faculty ones i suggest being prepared to carry a conversation by yourself and talk alot, even if you get little feedback. good luck!"
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"Prepare umbrellas for interviewees in case it rains. Flip the schedule so that interviews are in the morning--will have a more enjoyable and stress-free afternoon for tours, etc. Don't make the lunch a panel with the office of financial aid and just have one of them come talk to us after interviews, etc."
"-better breakfast -move interviews up earlier- would make the day more relaxing!"
"Screen the interviewers better"
"Please have a more structured and productive tour. Also, the first 90 minute lecture to start the day could have been presented in a more engaging manner, maybe by involving discussion of what applicants are looking for, and then the faculty responding by saying how the school meets those needs."
"No complaints. Staff was very friendly and helpful."
"Admissions office TOOK FOREVER to get back to me after interviews. They were nice, however. Ms Kinsella was very nice and I enjoyed talking with her."
"E-mail updates to current applicants. The process is already long, but it makes it more difficult when you don't know where you stand as an applicant. Exact ranks don't need to be given, but priority versus low chances can be helpful for those who are reapplying."
"Keep up the good work!!! Lots of enthusiasm"
"Continue making the students feel like they are #1 priority"
"Superbly organized, can't really find anything to complain about."
"None, the Admissions Office did a superb job of arranging the interview day."
"start the day later"
"cut down on the Morsani center floors and TGH floors. Med student tours were great!"
"would've liked to be able to review entire secondary application before interview--it's not accessib"
"The staff is very supportive and extremely nice. Perhaps the best administration staff I've met."
"Get the e-mail situation sorted out."