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  • University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Gainesville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"What would you say is your most prominent non-academic achievement?" Report Response

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

"What would you say is the major problem facing healthcare today? How could it possibly be solved?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your clinical / patient contact experiences." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Specific question about my research...it actually got me thinking about variables I had not considered and may help me out in the next few weeks in the lab...who would have thought." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You have x doses available of a miraculous (and highly expensive) drug that seems very effective in treating a high mortality rate cancer...you have 2x number of patients who need the treatment...what criteria do you employ in deciding who gets the treatment and who is left to, more than likely, die? Some of these patients are known to have lifestyle factors that decrease the effectiveness of the drug...does this play into your decision and how? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up all interview feedbacks on SDN, browsed UF website, reviewed my application completely, did a little bit of minor research on public health and HMO's (I was really ignortant in that field)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school overall is incredibly impressive. The academics are stellar - UF boasts USMLE step 1 scores well above the national average and right up there with all the most impressive ivy leagues. The professors must be doing something right. Students appear to be incredibly happy at their school...they have a sense of comraderie not seen at other institutions and look like one big happy family. The facilities are state of the art and very modern. The anatomy lab visit was very cool, and the Harell Center is excellent (rooms with simulated patient interations for clinical training and testing - you'll see). Shands Hospital is really big. With regards to Gainesville, cost of living is much cheaper than in other places like Miami and Tampa. Tuition at UF is cheaper than other schools and there seem to be numerous opportunities for financial aid." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I'm not quite sure how strong and varied the clinical experiences are during third and fourth years...Shands is a huge, very modern private hospital ideal for clinical opportunities but the regional location sets it back in my opinion. Gainesville is a quiet college town and lacks the diversity and hussle of a busy, urban, public hospital setting, like Miami. The students say that those in search of that kind of experience can do more than the standard required rotation at the Jacksonville setting...this is more urban and hosts a greater variety in cases (ie, more diseases, trauma, gunshots, etc.), so thats a possibility. As far as life in Gainesville goes, well, it seems like there isn't much to do there though, aside from the typical college scene of...um...drinking and debauchery...I have a girlfriend back home though and am not much of a drinker, so I would essentially be shut out of the social activities there....maybe I'd go kayaking or something." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall my experience at UF was a very positive one. The negatives are minor in comparison to everything positive the school has to offer. I detailed specifics below. " 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?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

GNV

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn...1 mile or less from campus

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/28/2005

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?

3 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

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