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  • University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Tampa
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Usual questions, nothing tricky. Background, motivation, scholastic ability, team skills, family, future plans re specialty (if any), and others." Report Response

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

"Should you not be accepted in this cycle, what would you do to strengthen your profile? We agreed that it would be useful to know the specifics of what the school would like to see improved or strengthened." Report Response

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

"I was surprised that medical ethics did not come up at all." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could, what would be the one item that you would like to have removed from you application file or past history?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Having a family, have you planned well how to manage the parent absentee years while in residency? How thoroughly has this been discussed/agreed with your spouse? (This is something that a parent needs to consider very carefully.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed AMCAS application, essays, current medical ethical issues (try www.cmdahome.org), other SDN reviews, USF's medical newsletters." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"There seems to be a genuine desire to help the applicant become well informed in order to make a sound decision. The tour provided an objective view of the school and hospital facilities. Students seem to work as good teams, instead of competitive individuals. There is a strong emphasis on clinical practice, starting in the first year. Mr. Larkin runs an excellent admissions process, with efficiency, transparency, and consideration for the applicant." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The financial aid presentation could have been a bit more thorough." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"No surprises. The process is open and transparent." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Good visit overall. Talking with 4th year students over lunch was very helpful (it would have been nice to have more time). The short visit to the catheterization control room was brief but VERY interesting, as was the visit to the neonatal ICU. For a med school, the lab facilities appear a bit outdated. Perhaps they serve their purpose well. Interviews were with one Doctor and one 4th year student. Good people. They are trying to ascertain if you are making the right decision. Both at Tampa General Hospital." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/01/2003

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