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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?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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?

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)?

"Some ethics questions: What do you think about abortion, doing things that go against your beliefs, etc., and how would you handle these situations?" Report Response

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

"Some health care questions: What do you think about HMOs, universal health care, why so many people lack health insurance, etc.?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research and clinical experiences. (Miami is big on both.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Since I'm a re-applicant: You said that you had a bad interview the last time you applied here. What happened?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where does Miami rank on your list of schools? This question followed another where he asked where else I had interviewed and expected me to name names. I have to say that I found these questions to be completely inappropriate. Of course, you can't say that to the interviewer, but be forewarned that you may get asked this, so have a positive, noncommital, pro-Miami response ready." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the Miami website, read the feedback on SDN, practiced answering questions, re-read my application. The interviewer has access to both your secondary and AMCAS applications." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Miami is a diverse city. Jackson is a bustling place with tons of opportunities for clinical exposure. The students seem relaxed (maybe TOO relaxed!) and seem to like the school. They do a lot of service projects to help the surrounding community (health fairs). Dr. Hinkley and Agnes are both super nice. There are tons of research opportunities available here for students who want to take advantage of them. The FAU satellite campus is really awesome. Right now the FAU students spend their first two years in Boca and the other two in Miami at Jackson, but they will eventually have their own teaching hospital in Boca. I speak Spanish, and this is a very useful thing in Miami." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The biggest things that made me uncomfortable here are that the Miami campus is in a horrible area (I felt very unsafe), and the attitude of some of the students on the Miami campus. When I mentioned being interested in FAU, they pretty much all started bashing FAU. These students probably hadn't ever even seen FAU, so I took their opinions with a grain of salt, but it still left a bad impression on me that they would bash their own satellite campus. Also, Miami may be a little TOO laid back for me. I think it's great that the students there don't stress or get competitive, but I was not impressed by some students bragging about how they have never opened a textbook the whole time they were in school, and how they go clubbing every night. Call me crazy, but I think people SHOULD read their textbooks in med school. Finally, I am not that into seeing major trauma, but if that is your thing, you will absolutely love it here." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How fantastic the FAU campus is. They don't talk about it much during the interview day. You'll have to make your own arrangements if you want to see it for yourself." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I felt that this interview was kind of lukewarm. Not that it went badly, but it seemed like the interviewer was asking me a lot of standardized questions, as opposed to asking me questions that were pertinent to my specific application. I got the impression that the interviewer would ask the exact same questions to every single applicant, which made the interview seem kind of impersonal. Note that the area around Jackson Memorial is not very good, so be careful about walking around there by yourself. And of course, this is Miami, so you can expect it to be hot and humid here. I took a separate trip to see the FAU satellite campus, which is up in Boca Raton. I highly recommend doing this if you think that you might be interested in attending that campus." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/17/2005

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

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

2 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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