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  • University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Salt Lake City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 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?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could eat with anyone in history, who would it be? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked a crap load of dumb unreallistic questions. One of the interviewers asked me to formulate a medical problem (when I asked him what he meant, he said some students talked about health-care reform etc...), describe the factors associated with it, and then propose a plan for correcting it. I was also asked to describe the participates in a typical small group, identify the different personality types that might be in that group, and then tell him how I would lead this group of people to a postive goal. That is only two of the six questions he asked me. What a nightmare!!! His final question was "what are you going to do if you don't get into medical school?" Not a good sign. The interview was done by phone two days after I had surgery. I was also asked to travel to Boise, Idaho for another interview. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"After very postive interview experiences at Wash U and Columbia where they focused on the experiences listed in the application and asked some questions about my motivations for medicine, I just reviewed my AMCAS application." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was really impressed with mountains so close to campus. There is a lot of private money going into the Medical School, Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Moran Eye Center. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The medical students were very disinterested in the applicants. I attended two class periods and not one student said "boo." They did step over me to get to seats though. I was interviewed three times by the clowns in admissions!!! Holy cow, how long does it take to make a decision? My first interview was by a medical student, frazzled by Residency interviews, who seemed more interested if I was a "cool" medical student than a competent applicant. I also had to travel to Boise for an interview and do another over the phone. It did not impress me at all that several medical students (there was a free lunch that these guys came to) bragged about bagging 15 days skiing that semester. Sorry guys, I want to go to some place more devoted to studying. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Utah's application department has a bad reputation for being close to incompetent. I wish I had believed the rumors. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview experience here was horrific. We all have nightmares about bad interviews, but this was worse than I ever could have dreamed. I was interviewed by a med student more interested in finding out if I was "cool" or a "gunner." Grades and test scores were thrown out. I then had to travel to Boise for another interview. Three weeks after that initial round, I was given a phone interview from hell by a non-MD faculty member teaching at the school probably still bitter about not getting into medical school in the first place. Luckily, I was already accepted into a good school, or I would have come out of this experience feeling next to mud." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/20/2002

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