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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Madison
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 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)?

""if you didn't get into medical school this year, would you re-apply the next year?" i think questions like this are awful, as they are not rational and merely want students to say they'll re-apply immediately, even if it doesn't make sense with their application strengths/weaknesses. i initially said i would evaluate my application and determine if i should apply next year or the following year. then she stopped me and said "no, just answer if you would re-apply next year or not." it would be easier for them to demand "jump!" and the interviewee respond "how high?"" Report Response

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

""what three words come to mind that describe your personality?"" Report Response

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

""what interests you most about medicine?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"nothing - very unremarkable questions" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"not a difficult question, but an awful one. see question 1 below." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"reviewed app materials" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"very little - i got the impression that students didn't really want to let people know about the competitive nature of the school. students were making jokes about people trying to get certain grades on anatomy quizes during our lunch, but they didn't seem like jokes as much as comments on student attitudes." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"very little diversity. it seemed that 90% of the students are from UW and half the students went to the same high school in Madison (certain interviewees kept noticing med students they new in high school.) i got the distinct feeling that it's the Madison-area medical school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"the self-absorbed nature of the school. in general, UW thinks it's just a wonderful place and all those people that think otherwise are simply ignorant of its greatness. the tour of the hospital was basically a pr woman giving pep-rally-like statements about the hospital, very lacking in substance. couple that with the very homogenous student body and you have a school i'd rather avoid. nobody really informed me about the quality of classes or their feelings on the school's atmosphere. I also wished i knew ahead of time that i would NOT be interviewing with a professor but with an administrator that knew nothing about the school!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"very canned, as has been stated by others on this forum. the woman simply read the questions from her sheet and offered no responses in return, probably because she had no knowledge about the school! I asked several questions about the school and every single question met with "i'm not sure." even basic questions about schedules and student resources!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/05/2002

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