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  • University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Galveston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Tell me about yourself. (This very vague, very open-ended question was how both interviewers began the interview.)" Report Response

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

"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?" Report Response

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

"What are your hobbies?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Looking back on your whole life, what is your most significant accomplishment?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do we fix the public school system?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"The usual" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interview environment was very laid back and stress free. It was my second interview of the season which probably helped, but it was much less stressful than my first experience. I liked the small-community feel of Galveston as well as its history and evident character. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Both the students and the faculty seemed a little hestitant to fully endorse the relatively new curriculum. Some third and fourth year students implied that they didn't feel quite as prepared for the Step One Exam as they may have in a more traditional environment. Overall, however, the curriculum seemed positive for the motivated among us. I think the character and the makeup of the class is probably more important at Galveston than most places given that you rely so much on your peers in order to learn." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They have a Medical Humanities Department that appears to offer a lot of opportunities, not only for dual degree programs, but for some deeper exploration of the human side of medicine even if one is interested in only a four year program. The staff was not very helpful in connecting me with the right people to pursue this while I was there, and they only gave it a cursory overview in the morning presentation. I had to seek out the department myself when the day was over, and they provided me with some contact information and a packet. It seems an opportunity like that would be a motivating factor in a student's ranking of the school, but they didn't seem to promote it, even when I showed a lot of interest." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Galveston appears to be a wonderful place to live for those, like myself, who are attracted to a smaller, more intimate community. The clinical facilities seemed to offer a lot of opportunities, and the option to spend the vast majority of your third and fourth years at Breckenridge in Austin was very appealing. (Although, again, no one seemed to be very informed about this either.) The school has more of a campus feel than many other Texas schools. They have a nice gym, plenty of quiet study environments, and a decent student center. The curriculum allows for a ton of time off during your basic science years, which implies that a lot of the learing is done by you at home. Honestly, it was really hard to get a straight answer as to how this formula played out as far as future success in residency, but this is likely because the curriculum is only 5 years old. They are conscious of their reputation for turning out low board scores and strongly emphasized that there second year class this year had a 97% pass rate for Step Ones, and that their mean score was well above the national average. It's hard to know whether or not this speaks to the tweaking of the curriculum or to a unique class. I tend to lean toward the former. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

08/15/2003

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