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  • University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Tampa
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Why did you pick your major?" Report Response

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

"What type of leadership/research/community service have you done?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you say that you're empathetic? (This could have been a difficult question, but the person left the question very open and that allowed me to create concrete examples and put in my two cents.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would your friends describe you? (Difficult only because I don't spend much of my time thinking about others' views of me.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read my application (including all essays, resume), SDN.net, going over possible questions (like the inevitable "Why do you want to be a doctor?")" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Mr. Larkin and admissions staff are awesome, students were very friendly, there are many high-quality medical facilities (Moffitt's Hospital- a cancer hospital, Shriner's Children's Hospital - a pediatric orthopedic institute, and a Veteran's Hospital), innovative curriculum (focus on small groups and case-based learning), focus on applicants as a person vs. as a set of scores" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"clinical centers are spread out over Tampa (and the need to commute), large amount of time in the classroom" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"None of the admissions faculty have a vote in the committee that makes a decision on your application, so feel free to talk and joke with everyone. Once you matriculate into a med school, no other schools can give you acceptance offers. (While not specifically about this school, it is something to keep in mind if you are accepted to a school that starts earlier than others but are still interested in another school.)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day is pretty long but relatively low stress. (If I have one complaint, I would be that the day goes from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm.) Much of that time is spent with discussions and presentations. You tour a facility assocaited with the med school (like Shriner's, Moffitt, Tampa General, etc.) and then interview, either at the tour location or back at the med school depending on the place. There are two closed file interviews, so interviewers know nothing about you. That means you will get general questions. My interviewers were quite nice. Don't worry if your interviews go long, are short (one of mine was only 20 minutes long), or if your interviewer doesn't show up/you get a replacement interviewer. Roll with it. Be yourself and give honest answers that describe you as a person, and you'll be fine. USF specifically is closed-file to ensure that you are seen as a person (that means you can't rest on your GPA, MCAT, or other fancy accomplishments; you have to able to articulate you experiences). Lunch is given and there are more presentations in the afternoon (which can be a challenge to keep focused through as you are done with the actual interview). Mr. Larkin (a credit to the school) will personally call you 10 days after the interview to tell you the school's decision. P.S. The sheet interviewers are given to evaluate you has categories like shadowing, medical volunteering, community service, leadership, research, empathy, personal appearance, etc.; this might help you prepare answers to questions in these areas." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Doubletree

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2006

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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