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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 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)?

"The bulk of the interview were questions directly dealing with what I had written in my essays and my AMCAS. Why did I stop working at a certain place? What did I enjoy most about being in a specific department? Give a specific example of an experience you had in this organization." Report Response

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

"In both interviews, I was asked why I wanted to be a doctor. This was followed up with what I thought were some characterisitics that doctors needed to have and how I have demonstrated these characteristics." Report Response

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

"I was asked what I considered to be the most serious problem in medicine today. There is no right or wrong answer to this, but it is important that you have some facts to back up whatever you think." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You have had a lot of healthcare experience. Tell me which of them was the most significant to you and why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There were a couple of difficult questions in both interviews. In the first, she brought up one thing I had said in an essay that she disagreed with. So, I had to defend my point while not insulting her. There was also another point where I had begun to answer why I wanted to be a doctor, but I said something she disagreed with. Again, I had to defend my point. The second interview had a tough question. We were discussing problems in today's healthcare system. I had solid knowledge on the issues, but then she asked me how I would solve them. And I had no idea." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read over everything I had every submitted to them - personal statement, essay I wrote for their secondary, all of my post-secondary activities I had listed on AMCAS. I was sure that everything I had discussed had substance and that I could come up with concrete examples for all experiences. The only question I prepared for was, "why do you want to be a doctor." I wanted to make sure I had a solid answer with plenty of support for this question. I had been reading a national newspaper for months beforehand so that I would be up to date with all the latest news about healthcare. This was a huge assett when responding to questions dealing with HMO and malpractice. I also read up on everything about the school. I read the school's entire website. Most importantly, I not only read all of this material, but I thought about it critically. I asked myself questions and evaluated how I felt on many specific points. The result was that by the interview, I could give answers that had been thought through and made sense." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"During our lunch, they had medical students of all years stop by and talk to us. The atmosphere among them was phenomenal. They had so much energy and were so enthusiastic about their education. It most impressed me because my date fell on one of their test days (block testing = testing for 8 hours). However, they still had the very best attitude possible." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My one criticism of the school is the actual facility itself. The teaching labs are excellent, as well as the hospital. It really is top of the line. They also have many places in the school where they can relax and have some social time. However, the medical school itself is located in a building that is very dull and boring on the inside. The hallways go on and on and are a very bleak looking light blue color." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Absolutely nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The experience was unbelievably enjoyable. The overall atmosphere of the school was excellent and the energy of the students was overwhelming. I really fell in love with the school after the interview. You meet with two individual people, which could be anybody on the committee. There are ten fourth-year students on the committee. So, my first interviewer was actually a student. My second interviewer was a pediatrician. Both interviews were very relaxed. We basically just talked like any two normal people. The interviews are held in the afternoon. Each one is one hour and they squeeze tours of the facility in between each one. The morning is an orientation where they give a lot of general information about the school and then lunch with the students and the chairman of the medical selection committee." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/24/2003

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