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  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Miami
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"What activities do you participate in that are not related to medicine?" Report Response

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

"What would you do if you didn't get into medical school?" Report Response

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

"The kickers: "I know I'm not supposed to ask you this, but where else did you apply?" and "Are you going to write bad things about me on those interview websites?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why U. Kentucky? (In regard to a graduate program I had attended several years ago.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Please give me the highlights, not related to medicine, of your life.... (I asked what specifically the interviewer was interested in, given that it could take me hours to answer that question otherwise...the interviewer replied by asking what hobbies I had outside of medicine....)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read SDN, printed questions off of it, and had someone ask me the questions. I participated in a mock interview with an admissions director from another institution (at a Pre-Med conference). I went to Borders and read books on interview questions & perused similar websites." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The vast range of clinical and research opportunities & the new technological resources. (I worked at UM Med for many years, so I was already familiar with the campus & the schools offerings before the interview. I believe the school's biggest asset is its relationship with Jackson Memorial Hospital (county hospital) and the Miami VA Hospital. The range of clinical experiences & cases one has the opportunity to see there is truly unparalleled.)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The cost of tuition--it simply keeps going up, & up, & up.... Given that Miami is an expensive city to live in already, & that the amount of federal loans is limited, it is hard to imagine how one might find the money to pay for school & living expenses." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. (But as I mentioned previously, I worked at the school for years. If I hadn't, I'd want to know the following: (1) it's usually *very* hot, so don't wear a suit that you'll sweat to death in; (2) do *not* stay near the medical campus (i.e. the Days Inn) as it will give you a bad impression of Miami. a good choice would be to stay at the Dadeland Marriott or a hotel on Brickell so that you can take the MetroRail to campus (that way you don't have to rent a car) & have a postive experience of Miami; (3) wear comfortable shoes--the campus is *huge* & the tour involves a lot of walking; (4) if you choose to drive to your interview, give yourself a *lot* of time to get there--Miami traffic is horrible & parking at the medical center is not great, either. also, do yourself a favor and print directions off the internet so that you don't get lost.)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UM does a good job of putting together a well thought out, informative interview experience. The day proceeds as follows: You arrive before 9:00 am. The first person you'll meet is Agnes Murphy, secretary extraordinaire, who shepards the students throughout the day like a loving mother. She'll provide you with a folder of information, containing your schedule & all sorts of information about the med program & Miami. You may then sit in the admissions office, eat dougnut holes & drink coffee, & chat with current med students & other interviewees. The day officially begins at 9AM with an orientation talk by Dr. Hinkley, who is hilarious & very welcoming. At 9:30AM there's a talk about research opportunities. After, the day diverges a bit. Your interview will either be at 10AM, 11AM or 1PM. During each hour, you'll either be interviewing, touring the facilities, or hearing the financial aid talk. At noon, you have the opportunity to have lunch with current medical students & residents. Fretnot--the food is good & they do have a vegetarian option. At ~1:15PM, Dr. Hinkley provides a closing talk, during which he tells you when you can expect to hear back from the school. In all, it's an informative, well-scheduled, & relatively non-stressful experience." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/04/2005

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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