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University of Utah School of Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine
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  • Year founded: 1943
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 92
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University of Utah School of Medicine (UTAH-SOM)
Allopathic Medical School
Salt Lake City
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 118 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 3 2 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $33,837
  • Non - Resident Tuition $64,059
  • Application Fee $100
  • AVG MCAT 509
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM Score 66.0

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Room 1C029
  • 30 North 1900 East
  • Salt Lake City 84132
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The University of Utah School of Medicine is responsible for the predoctoral, graduate, and continuing education of physicians; the graduate and postdoctoral education of biomedical scientists; and the training of certain other health professionals. In determining the size and types of its educational programs, the school is guided primarily by the needs of the State of Utah. The school is also guided by the imperatives of affirmative action and by the needs of the surrounding states which lack their own medical schools. In addition, the school emphasizes high quality programs that address national priorities, such as the need for generalist and academic physicians, rural practitioners, basic biomedical scientists, and selected medical subspecialists.

Curriculum

Problem-based learning sessions are utilized in many of the basic science courses. Many courses have developed innovative web-based learning tools. Also, standardized patients are used to further clinical skills. The curriculum committees evaluate and recommend changes continuously to improve courses and the educational structures.

Facilities

As a regional, tertiary medical center, the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics provide specialized patient care in a variety of areas, such as the Intermountain Burn Unit, the Intermountain Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Artificial Organs, etc.. University Heralth Care has been named among America`s best hospitals for the 12th time and recognized among the top providers in cancer care and orthodpedics. The Fourth Street Clinic, which provides comprehensive health care to homeless families and individuals, is a program of Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc. Students may volunteer at the clinic through a program coordinated by the Department of Family Paractice. The University of Utah School of Medicine has developed programs to meet the needs of our students and the residents of Utah. The school is dedicated to updating and improving those programs as necessary.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 92
Negatively 9
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.66 117

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.77 79

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Let people know as early as possible if they are rejected!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Instead of using a "request this date and we'll call to confirm" system for interview scheduling, it would be nicer to have "pick from these available dates" -- only because I was twiddling my thumbs about booking travel while I was waiting for a confirmation of my interview date." More from this Member | Report Response

"Send out post-interview rejections fairly quickly to those that historically have absolutely no chance of being selected." More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole process went smoothly." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day should be less waiting around and more active participation by either current students or faculty. Sitting in the Starbucks for an hour was not the best use of my time at the school, and a self-guided tour is not a great way to impress applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be friendly. Let us know you're people. Smile, it's not against the law since communism fell." More from this Member | Report Response

"Eco-friendly? Honestly SDN..." More from this Member | Report Response

"It seems like they are more focused on students "getting through the hoops" than they are about the" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would like to know more about the curriculum and board pass rates." More from this Member | Report Response

"Eco friendliness is Dumb" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Three greatest weakness" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do I think the affordable care act will affect medicine over the next 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would I change about the health care system if I was the president and congress." More from this Member | Report Response

"Define what being a leader means to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient of yours died, or worse, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a strength and weakness you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why Utah? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why should we pick YOU over everyone else?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there is a rationing of health care in our country?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think the University of Utah considers research to be one of the necessary criteria to be considered for admission?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain to me your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could kill Hitler, the 9-11 hijackers and someone attacking your family would you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could go back in time and kill Hitler/the 9-11-2001 terrorists/someone who attacked your family, would you do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research, volunteering, clinical exposure, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research. What is the big picture?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Who do you admire as a leader and what qualities do they possess." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses and strengths?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a leadership experience in which you had an extreme dificulty and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(With all the presidential debates going on and what not) how do we need to fix the healthcare system in America to make it better?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the lifestyle of a physician is like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do handle pressure and stress in school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you maintain a balance in your life." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are two extracurricular/volunteer experiences that you'd like to talk about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you had a chance to understand how other cultures view healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about specific experiences in application." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do as a leader if....(a host of different questions)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Questions about my research, I was asked to clarify it more and explain it in simpler terms. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What about the University of Utah do you like, what makes this school your first choice?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research experience? Leadership experience? Service Experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your research hypothesis?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe to me the process of medical education." More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine, why no phd, why no D.O. schools, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did your volunteer experiences impact you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? What qualities do you posess that will make you a good physician? What makes a good leader? How do you deal with stress and difficult people?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role does a rural physician play in their community and how do you see yourself filling that role? (I'm interested in rural medicine)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why was your research important?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you manage to do so much of the activities in addition to school work?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"At what point did you decide to choose medicine as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain how this influenced you (activity from resume)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had one liver to transplant and two candidates (a 30 yr old alcoholic and a 14 year old honor student) which would you choose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you feel makes a good leader and then relate that to your own leadership experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"just asked me about leadership, service, clinical work, and research I have done...stuff they had in my file." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you applied to any other schools? Which ones?" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked me about my leadership experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions regarding my file!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why not do research?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why a doctor? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what's a weakness you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Utah? (I'm from out-of-state)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your time working in the operating room." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell about a hardship you have had and how you dealt with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? Do you know what you're getting into?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Who was a teacher that influenced your life, and how did he/she teach?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths/weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of difficult person have you encountered and how have you dealt with them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you took the MCAT twice (which I did not). How did you study differently to do so much better?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Was there a moment or experience that had an impact on your decision to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you design a spice rack for a blind person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a weakness you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Weaknesses/Strengths" More from this Member | Report Response

""Where else have you applied?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the pros and cons of being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you see your life being 15 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe what makes a good leader." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research/ involvement with XX organization, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. What you like to do. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Woman getting a Cesarian and her platelets are low. Of course, her religion calls for no infusion of blood products. She says no blood products. She passes out. She is in a bad way. Her husband says "give her blood." What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Sorry - I will decline to share this." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer told me his 90yr old mother with dementia needed a hip replacement surgery and asked if I was her doctor whether or not I'd try to convince him to allow the surgery. Why or Why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"nothing out of the ordinary at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you cope with failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some suggestions you have to alleviate the problem of overworked doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethics: Physician assisted suicide scenario. After the interview, the doctor told me his father had suffered for two weeks in hospice care before dying because the doctor was afraid to prescribe too much pain medication. I was really happy about the way I answered, and that I stuck with my convictions when he criticized me." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be the worst part of being a physician in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked about healthcare reform, health policy." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was Taiwan like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"1" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you kill Hitler?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really, all the questions were pretty typical." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The questions were very basic. They didn't even ask why medicine or biggest health care problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Question #3?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who do you think is a strong leader?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You made the claim that you had researched for over 50 hours over only two months with this professor, that seems like a lot, should we call to verify that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"explain how education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty (something from my personal statement)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Same as most difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had a magic wand and could fix one problem healthcare faces, what would you fix and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"An ethical situation. Say you are a 3rd year student on rotations as a OB/GYN. You and 3 other people are attending a patient knocked out on anesthesia and your attendee tells you to perform a pelvic exam. The other students perform the pelvic exam, and it is finally your turn when you realize that you haven't personally obtained the patient's consent. What do you do? What if the attendee threatens to write a bad evaluation that will affect your chances for residency if you decline to perform the pelvic exam? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What accomplishments are you proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think Competition is good or bad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about X country that you visited and your medical experiences there. Tell me about the culture." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what you think about this ethical situation..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem with healthcare today? (there were no questions that were particularly intellectually stimulating)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are some of the negative aspects of health care you've experienced? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the riskiest thing you have ever done? What is the most important public health issue and how would you choose to attack it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty interview was great - informal/conversational. The 4th year interview was strange because he simply pulled out a sheet of ''good'' questions. The most interesting involved a heart transplant dilema and deciding between two patients - a 35 year old drugee or a 70 year old grandfather." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a leader of a country that had a conflict with another country, how would you make decisions? Who would you have as advisors? What are the important characteristics of a leader? Much more questions about leadership." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me an experience that has shaped your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did your up-bringing affect your choice to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A lot of students say they want to go to medical school, what is the difference between you (the ones that do), and the ones that don't go through with it." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the leader of a country what things would you take into consideration, who would you consult?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What characteristic in you will make you a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could only persue one extra-curricular activity throughout MEdical School, what would it be? (I said sports and he really liked that!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were any object, what would you be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why does a fire truck come on every medical call? Can't an ambulance just handle it? (talking about my job)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most influential experience you had while volunteering?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you failed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why is Dostoevsky considered exsistential (we were talking about my hobbies)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would the debt incured from a medical education effect your choice of a specialty? " More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could only choose one extracurrucular activity to participate in during med school, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Was asked about a Tolstoy book I was reading, turned out the fourth year interviewing student had an interest in philosophy." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the director/physician of a clinic in France and one of your nurses wore a head covering as part of their religion, knowing this is against regulations and the law how would you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I volunteer at a research clinic that is doing clinical trails for drug companies. The MD wanted to know the names of the drugs and some of the ingredients used. Some of the information he asked I am not allowed to give due to privacy issues. I mentioned this to the MD and he understood. I gave him one ingredient that is used in the research and he checked it out on a computer during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you think your religion will play in your practice as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

" How would you as a leader manage potential conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"A Basic Ethical Question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have intentions of becoming a writer on the side?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you died today, what would you want engraved on your tombstone to reflect who you are?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We were talking about problems in healthcare and the foreseeable changes in American healthcare, and the bureaucracies in medicine, etc., and I was asked where I felt I would fit in all of that, as a physician, and what role I would play." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best critisism that you have ever recieved?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would my friends say about my strengths and weaknesses if I was not present to hear them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If we do not accept you, what will you do to improve your application for us next year? (As if I wouldn't be applying or getting into any other medical schools!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were working in the ER and a patient came in complaining of back pain and you suspicion was that the patient just simply wanted pain killers, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What demands might be placed on a rural physician in Utah (I am from out of state...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other service have you completed other than what is listed in your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing particularily interesting. Just basic med school questions. They try to keep it very conversational. Interviewers have everything in your file except grades and MCATs and the interviews are designed to assess whether you as a person would fit in at the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your favorite book? why? followed up by, what is the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"A variety of ethical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some positive and negative parts of the medical profession as a whole?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none, all the questions were about my file." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the best piece of criticism you have received?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All of the questions I was asked were very straight forward." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were in a bind who would you call?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, tell me about some adventure you've had." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are some of the qualities of a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose to go to (my undergrad school) instead of the U?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe the strengths and weaknesses of one of your friends?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Which characteristic trait helped you to overcome [X experience]?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So, tell me about this Wedding Coordinating Experience? (I spent last summer running 3 weddings, one of which I did all the flower arrangements and cake for) " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked typical questions. The interviewer didn't have my grade or MCAT info, but asked a lot about my activities and experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you travel and what did you do there? That was a great question to answer and I liked the interviewer alot. There was a question about the state of healthcare today, which is pretty standard I would guess." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem in health care and how would you fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why have you not written more letters to the editor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about a time when you faced adversity and how you dealt with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest thing about being a follower?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you have a 5 quart bucket and a 3 quart bucket only and a tap of water (unlimited source) how would you measure 4 quarts?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an ethical situation you have been in, and what did you do about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I thought about malpractice insurance?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything question was about my file, like... I read in your file that you did this... tell me about that experience. It was a very pleasant conversation with both." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses and do you really believe they are weaknesses? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Who has been your greatest mentor?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What my stance was on the pending case against McDonalds, which states that McDonalds caused a man to become overweight." More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been one of the most influential criticisms you have received in your life? What did you do with that criticism?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your leisure time? Yeah interesting right? I know its not but really every question was very basic. They could have asked my favorite color and it would have been more interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are the challanges of a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I want you to tell me a joke?" More from this Member | Report Response

"We discussed the State Audit done last year on the U of U's admissions process. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your work with an environmental group." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about Physchiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could eat with anyone in history, who would it be? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you do an Elvis impersonation? (Had to do with ECs) " More from this Member | Report Response

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Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"Excellent organization; high resource availability; open administration" | Report Response

"The physicians" | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Communication is sometimes lacking, but not often" | Report Response

"Paternalistic administration, lack of trust" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Very pleased with my education" | Report Response

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