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  • University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Gainesville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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 what high school was like for you. Why didn't you pursue the activities you were involved with in high school? What was your point average in a high school sport? why did you chose your undergraduate school? Your major? Tell me about your family." Report Response

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

"What is your greatest accomplishment? How has your ethnicity effected your opinions? What do you think about the new Oregon law (allowing physician assisted suicide)?" Report Response

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

"What do you do to handle stress? As a doctor, how would you handle the malpractice crisis in Florida? Where is medicine headed in the next 25 years? Why do you want to come to UF? Where does UF stand in your ranking of schools?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How has your view of death changed? (I volunteer at hospice)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Students begin medical school and their careers full of altruism and enthusiasm, but are often quickly jaded by the health care system. How are you going to keep yourself from being jaded by the system?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"student doctor, UF website, read over my amcas and UF applications, talked to current students." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"one of my interviewers was a fourth year medical student who was genuine and very informative. the students are also very excited to go to school at UF and rave about the faculty. Robyn Sheppard is really nice and frank. Also UF developed "Stan" the standardized patient manequinn, which was really cool to see (it blinks, breathes oxygen, bleeds, and dies)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"After the first interview was a tour of some of the facilities. They give you less than 5 minutes to get to your next interview. Mine was at the VA Hospital, which is across the street (NOT a 5 minute walk), so I had to run all the way there. I got there a few minutes late, and the interviewer was on the phone so his secretary told me to wait outside. When he got off the phone, he came outside and acted like it was my fault for being late. During the interview he MADE (not answered) two phone calls that lasted like 15 minutes, and not in between questions either. I was in the middle of an answer and he told me to hold on, picked up the phone, and made a phone call (twice). He could have at least waited to call between questions. Then when I asked about community service, he told me he didn't believe students should be involved in community service in med school (because they are just "playing doctor") and they should be spending all their time studying. Then he started piling about 50 pounds worth of books about the kidney into my lap, almost yelling at me about how much stuff he has to teach about the kidney in 6 hours of lecture time. He didn't tell me when our 60 minutes of interview time was up, and let the interview go over by 30 minutes, so I missed the other tour. And the fourth year student who was waiting for me to take me on my own tour (in the remaining 15 minutes) was rude and wouldn't tell me what I was missing on the tour." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you are at all interested in touring the facilities, ask your interviewer ahead of time to keep track of time for you (I thought it would be rude to glance at my watch) to make sure you don't miss the tours." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UF tries to pair you with interviewers who have similar interests as you. So if you write about something you're interested in on your application essay or do research on something, make sure you know the subject enough to discuss it. They only arranged for you to talk to first year students (besides the fourth year interviewer and the two fourth year students who led one of the tours), which kind of sucks since they've been in med school a whole 6 weeks when they talk to you." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/10/2003

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