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  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Grand Forks
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 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?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why do you what to become a doctor? I answered the question even though they had my bio before them" Report Response

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

"Why UND? I answered because they a leader in rural medicine. Actually there are many schools ranked higher for Rural Medicine than them even though they state they are tops (see US NEWS Rankings)." Report Response

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

"There is a good chance you won't get into Medical School what will you do? (I had already been accepted to four schools)! " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"There is a good chance you won't get into Medical School what will you do? (I had already been accepted to four schools)! " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Are hospitals/providers responsible for infections patient acquire during surgery? (I answered that you assume risk in any setting/procedure but should strive to avoid such complications)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, School Web Site, and mock interviews." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Really Nothing, I left knowing nothing more about the school than when I arrived. UND made no effort to sell me on their program which is OK, but it discourages multiple acceptances applicants from going there." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I had to ask for a tour, nobody from the administration bother to come by and introduce themselves, the anatomy labs use prosections and have up to 10 students specimen. The medical school is mostly in a dark basement and the Problem Based Learning relies too much on groups throughout the first two years (to much opportunity for some students to slack off). My interviewers and most of the students seemed clinically depressed, I kept thinking Prozac the entire time. The medical student that interviewed dominated the process and seemed search for my shortcomings rather than getting to know me as a person and assessing my potential as a physician. I am not kidding that that not one of my interviewers smiled the entire process. Every school has their own style of interviewing candidates, but this unfriendly and rude approach help form the negative impression I have of the faculty and some of the students. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is a reason UND is a lower tier medical school. Do not waste your time unless you have no other options or interested in rural health. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My advise to people who apply to UND from out of state, WICHE or Minnesota residents is not to go unless you have exhausted all your options. Of my six interview experiences, this was by far the worse. The interview was on a Saturday, and no one seemed to what to be there. I had heard the interview day was relaxed and streamlined, but it seemed more disorganized and unprofessional to me. Instead, on meeting the Dean or Assistant Dean (like most schools), you watch a 10-minute video presentation from the Dean welcoming you to their school, very impressive. I was offered no tour of the Medical school or the campus even though I had spent 14 hours driving to get there. I guess they assume that every one has seen the facilities because most applicants are from North Dakota. The Financial Aide Presentation is slip of paper in a booklet they give you referring you to their web site, the student handbook is several years old, and there was no information concerning housing if accepted (basically you can get more up to date info on the net). I also found it interesting that never disclosed how their student performed on the USMLE or provided information on the residency placement of their graduates (most schools are proud of this information and make it readably available." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/15/2004

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