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  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine-Memphis
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Memphis
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?

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)?

"Lot of personal questions about my family, what they did, education, where they live, and things like that." Report Response

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

"Where do you think health care is heading? What do you think a physician will see as issues in the future. Did any of those physicians you shadowed give you insite on what they thought of this?" Report Response

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

"Summerize your clinical experiences. Did you shadow/experience any primary care specialties? What are you long term plans in medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You are the FP physician and you have just prescribed a very expensive drug to a pt. The patient cannot afford to pay for the medication on his health plan. His wife asks you if you could prescribe the drug to her cause her plan will cover it. What do you say?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing too hard at all. I was asked best choice I have ever made...and worse choice I had made. I was also asked what I would say to a 18 y/o couple that asked for an abortion." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, traveled to UT memphis to meet with admissions staff, talked to other medical students/premedical students, already did other medical interviews previously in the year." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The incredible clinical exposures and great curriculum. The students and staff were EXTREMELY nice and down to earth. They made this process as least stressful as possible. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much at all. I guess after going to other medical school with large lunches that getting a boxed sandwich for lunch was a disappointment. Especially since there was a cafe area downstairs from admissions. This is a pety thought and really has no effect on the medical school as a whole." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I stayed at the Wyndham resort. The resort that has a flyer in the interview packet was ok but not a super great place to stay. It said 70 dollars to stay there but this is if your alone and if you don't have to park. It was an extra ten dollars for another person and a extra five to park. This pushed the total with tax near 100 bucks. These were not suites but it was located fairly close to the school and it was downtown. I just wish I knew a more economical place to stay but at least it was close." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview at UT Health Science Center was a great experience. I had actually come to the school before I applied to learn about the school and to see what I needed to prepare to apply there. I was happy to get the opportunity to interview there. My interview day started with a gathering at the admissions area on the school where the applicants and Mr. Strother/Mrs. Harris gathered to discuss the day and start a small tour of the facility. A small continental breakfast with muffins and juice was provided. We were shown where to meet our interviewers and told to meet in the main lobby after our interview. My interview was split into two parts. The first part of my interview was held at the medical hospital in Knoxville and the second part was in Memphis on the interview day. They are split into two ideals. One academic (alpha) and one personal (beta), these are to get to know you as a person. I felt after having my interviews that they were friendly conversations and I truely enjoyed the whole experience. They can last from 30 minutes to an hour ideally. I had spent an hour and forty minutes at my interview in Knoxville and an a little over an hour at my interview in Memphis. These were low stress interviews for me. They really just wanted to see who I was and what made me passionate about medicine. After the interview we then met M2 students in the main classroom building. There we toured the building and the two M2 students answered our questions. They were very honest and very helpful in answering everything. They were an asset to the school. After that we all went back to admission to have lunch. There we had a changing of the guard where the M2 students left and we had an M4 student give us a clinical tour. This included walking through other parts of the campus, the MED hospital, Le Bonheur childrens hospital, and we tlaked about rotations at other parts of the city. Our guide was incredibly helpful and very positive about his experiences at the school. They have a great clinical program that I believe rivals the best in the country. Our day concluded with a final meeting at the admissions office and there the other students went to their final interviews or left for the day. In all this is a great school that care a lot about their students. They are consitantly refining the curriculum to get the best education possible. At the current time they end the M2 year in March and allow time for the USMLE before starting rotation with an extra 2 months. These extra months give you that much more clinical experience to use your knowledge you built up form the first two years. Every student seemed happy to be there and was quite happy with their education. It is my first choice for medical school and would be very happy to attend there." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/08/2004

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