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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?

2 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?

60+ 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)?

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response

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

"What [activities] have you been doing in the past year? " Report Response

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

"How do you know your letter of recommendation writers?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What volunteering activities have you done that you recommend to someone else? (It was implicit that the activities were to help someone understand what it is to be a doctor.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think about the clash between science and religion? (This was an informal question and not really meant to catch you, so don't worry if you get a controversial issue like this.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, reviewed my application, went over possible questions I could be asked (e.g. why do you want to be a doctor, describe some activity, etc.)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students and staff were willing to answer any question and were very friendly. UF COM is continually growing and adding to its facilities (a cancer center, proton therapy center, and genetics institute are just 3). There seems to be a solid commitment to providing the best possible education. Also, the quality-of-education-to-cost ratio is very high (i.e. high quality and low cost)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The day is a bit too long; some of the presentations could have been shortened or eliminated. It would have been faster and more efficient to just provide handouts of the Powerpoint presentations so we could review the info on our time. While I realize that UF is proud of its students, there was too much about how high USMLE and shelf exam scores." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"This may be common sense, but get a good night's sleep. The day is long (~8 hours) and you don't want to be struggling to stay awake (that could leave a bad impression). Oh, and the interviews don't necessarily go for the full hour slated; both of my interviews were around 45 minutes, so DON'T WORRY." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day at UF COM is long (9 am to 5:30 pm) but informative and fun. The interview group was large (~20 people); that doesn't really mean anything, but I was surprised since most schools aimed for no more than 15. There were presentations about the school, financial aid, the Harrell Center (where students learn clinical skills on standardized patients), STAN (a robot patient), and the reading room (a place for med students to relax). There was lunch during which you could ask med students questions. We were then sent off for 2 interviews and 2 tours (hospital and school) in different orders for different people. My interviews were good (see other SDN feedback for other experiences); the people seemed genuinely interested in learning about me. Questions were straight out of your application because UF is open file (translation: give explanations and examples, don't just repeat what your application says). Tours were interesting; we got in-depth views of many wards and clinics. The day wraps up at 5 pm. The admissions process is as follows: after interviewing, you are accepted (very few), rejected (even more rare), or put on hold (the majority). Hold IS NOT the alternate list; it is a list of applications about which no decision has been made. Around March-April, people on hold are reviewed to be accepted (a few more), rejected (still rare), or put on the alternate list (about 100 people). The alternate list behaves as it does at any school (it may be informally ranked too, but this is speculation/word-on-the-street); few people are taken from the alt list though (weirder things have happened). Update UF COM with important happenings, awards, new grades, or anything you feel will improve your standing. I hope that helped. " 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 primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

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?

8 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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