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  • University of South Alabama College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Mobile
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"Why medicine?" Report Response

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

"see the two questions i listed above." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you fix the situation at USA Medical Center in that it is running a large deficit by seeing indigent patients without health insurance, and is in jeopardy of closing?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you tell a family that their family member just died?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read SDN, and expected a lot of ethical/moral questions because it is a conservative school." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The small class size (64) and the awesome city of Mobile. Also, the brand new library that the school has built, not the biomedical library, but the big university library." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour did not show us anything about the school. All we saw was the lobby of the biomedical library, and the 2nd year classroom..not even the first year classroom! Plus, the tour was given by 2nd year medical students and so was the informal discussion at lunch; essentially, these guides provided no useful information for incoming students. Also, none of the guides were from America; they were all Canadian, and could not relate to the native Alabamian in terms of the criteria that a local resident would make in choosing USA. Finally, a big negative was that the school did not describe the curriculum or rotation schedule in any detail. Also, the interviews were NOT on campus, and most of us had to drive far away to get to remote places!!! You will find out where to go once you arrive at the interview orientation, but not earlier! Also, most of the class in married and white; so don't go there thinking you will hook up, unless it's with your existing husband/wife! " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That USA Medical Center is on the verge of shutting down!!! " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"South is a great school and a great medical school... I did not like how they did not provide us with detailed curriculum/rotation outlines like the other med schools do...also, for a small school it is very disorganized, requiring interviewees to drive all over the city of mobile for remote interviews! i've never seen nor heard of any other school that does this; usa should instead have panel interviews which would be more efficient...south's main strength is actually its campus; it has a brand new library and a nice campus where u can also meet undergrads...the city of mobile is also really awesome and way better than the city of birmingham...uab however is much much more organized and professional that south alabama, with detailed curriculum outlines and student tour guides who actually give a tour of the school's facilities! south alabama is a good medical school but i noticed most of the kids there are married, so it may not be a lively place to go to to get an active social life; finally, uab has a lot of hotter chicks...however, all this being said, i would probably go to south alabama over uab because it is in mobile, and the weather is hotter down there and closer to the beach..." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

MOB

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

4 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Magnolia Blossom Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/23/2004

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

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