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  • University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Columbia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"Do you support either population cloning or parts cloning?" Report Response

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

"Do you think the MCAT is a valid measure of a person's aptitude and potential success in medical school?" Report Response

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

"What other schools have you applied to and have you been accepted?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing too interesting." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What will you do if you don't get into medical school this year? This was difficult because I told him that I had been already accepted. My interviewer became visibly annoyed, so I answered with what I would have done. This did not appease him. It was clear the interview was over at that point, though he did continue to ask me questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read interview feedback, had mock interviews, read my application file, got up to date on current events, read the school's website, spoke with a doctor who does preceptorships with MU med students." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were pleased with the program." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"One interviewer was not up-to-date on his information for the newer and alternative practices in medicine, the admissions office had an imperial attitude, with the exception of the receptionist, the clinician, who I liked, didn't particularly believe in the curriculum, there are double the number of students per cadaver as compared to the other institutions where I interviewed, and there was a complication with my interview and instead of taking me to an office to explain this, the admissions administrator told me in the common area with other interviewees for the day." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Had I not known (from this website) that there would not be an opportunity for lunch, I would have wished to know that. I wish that I would have known what should have been a 2 1/2 hour visit could turn into the 5 hour marathon that it turned into. I also wish I would have known that attending the school tour is not worth it: all you are shown is the library, computer lab, study area, and mailboxes. Patient treatment and simulation areas, the gross anatomy lab, and the pathology lab are all off-limits, as is a tour of the hospital. Definitely not worth the effort to get there early." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I found the attitudes of the administration to be patronizing. I found the academician, who believes in the PBL curriculum at MU, to be out-of-date with the information he provided me in answer to my questions. The clinician, who was very personable and asked excellent questions, did not believe in the PBL format, which was telling. (Don't get me wrong--MU does get excellent results with this format and they do produce good doctors, as well.) The alumni I met with from MU was kind of a "cold fish". I wouldn't have wanted him for my doctor. All in all, I went in really wanting to like the place. It was my top choice. I left knowing that MU was not the school for me. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/06/2003

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