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  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • El Paso
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What was the last book you read?" Report Response

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

"Would you report a medical mistake made and subsequently corrected by a resident or attending that did not adversely affect the patient in the long run if he asked you to keep quiet?" Report Response

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

"What do you think about the Affordable Care Act?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Would you report a medical mistake made and subsequently corrected by a resident or attending that did not adversely affect the patient in the long run if he asked you to keep quiet?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"An inane and irrelevant ethical question besides the one mentioned in response to specific question 2." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN Interview Feedback, Application Review" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nice facilities and certain faculty members left a great impression. The newest self-reported STEP I average is quite high compared to what I expected @ 235 though take I would take that with a grain of salt." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Students seemed very disinterested as did many of the admissions staff and faculty members. The staff member who led the tour acted as if he could not care less. Many MS1 and MS2 students did not seem to know each other which is concerning for such a school with such small class sizes. Where is the community and the camaraderie? Student panel was very negative about more practical aspects of the curriculum like the Master's Colloquium and about the faculty members and administration going so far to name names. Yikes! Many students did not seem to have any sort of proficiency in Spanish despite mandatory classes and the school's emphasis on serving the large Hispanic population in El Paso." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

No Response

What are your general comments?

"I went to this interview with very high expectations based on past feedback, comments by other interviewees at other school interviews, and commentary on SDN threads. I found myself extremely disappointed in this school due to the extremely negative and disinterested vibe I got from the students, some of the admissions staff, and a few of the faculty. That being said a couple of faculty members were upbeat and left excellent impressions. Unfortunately the bad impressions significantly outweighed the good. It is really a shame, because I wanted to love this school. Unlike other interview experiences almost none of the students I interacted with seemed to love this school. That is a very bad sign. Maybe there is some truth to the negative comments posted in past application threads on SDN. It is very apparent the school is eager to shed its status as a back-up/last resort school, but until the faculty, staff, and students are able to work together to develop a sense of community and a positive atmosphere this school will not be able to improve its status in most applicants' rank lists. I hope they are able to get it together, because this school has the potential to be much better. However, currently I would not attend this school even with the offer of a 15k/yr merit scholarship." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Discouraging

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

El Paso Airport

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Holiday Inn Express El Paso - Airport Area

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/06/2012

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

1 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

2 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

2 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"See general comments." Report Response

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