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  • University of Texas Medical School-Houston
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Houston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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?

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)?

"If you could change anything about your college career, what would it be?" Report Response

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

"If you could take any class next semester, what would it be?" Report Response

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

"What is your greatest accomplishment? (None were that difficult or probing)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Pretty standard questions. Unfortunately the most interesting questions had to do with hindsight and whether I would change anything about myself or my experiences." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing was that difficult." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my application and personal statement" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The Texas Medical Center is huge. We saw a surgery in progress during the Texas Heart Institute Tour. Classes are available online one hour each lecture in streaming video format. The students were supportive of one another. There is a huge emphasis on clinical care (as opposed to research). My interviews (along with others whom I met) were with doctors (MD and PhD) in areas I had listed as being interested. They offer some interesting programs, one of which allows students to analyze paintings in a nearby museum for subjects' emotions in order to more efficiently diagnose a patient. They also have the Problem Based Learning program and something along the lines of a spirituality in medicine program like those mentioned in Newsweek's recent article." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The dean's speech at 7:45am left a lot to be desired, especially because he had to cut it short once he realized he had been talking for over an hour and people had to leave for interviews. Many people were unable to take tours because of interview scheduling. The overall feel was a little "too" laid back - the grading systems, the lack of class rankings, classes acknowledged by students as those of the obvious 'blow-off' variety. Traffic and parking sucked as well." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Eat a LOT before you go. They offer muffins and juice for breakfast but it didn't hold me over and I was trying to be too cautious with the fajita lunch they served. Be prepared for traffic." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The social dinner was a nice touch to meet a few students before the big day. The med students that showed up were easily approachable but I thought it was more beneficial to meet the other applicants. As one student put it, these would be the people with whom I would potentially be spending the next 4 years of my life. There was a lot of time for social interaction during interview day as well. I was a little uninmpressed by the cavalier attitude from some of the students and faculty I met. They seemed to lack focus and bragged about sleeping in all day only to watch their classes later that night while having a beer or three. My first interviewer was very dry and only asked questions directly from my application. In fact, he was reading it during the interview and would just ask questions as he went along in the exact order I had listed them on the app. My second interviewer was awesome. She is a PhD in surgery and ended my day on a positive note. Her questions weren't exactly difficult, but I at least felt like she learned something about me not evident on from the piece of paper in front of her. If I decide to go to UT-Houston it would be mainly for the Texas Medical Center, some of the unique programs offered, and the focus on clinical care." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/14/2003

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