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  • University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Toledo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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?

Closed file

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

"How did you find out about MUO? Why do you want to come here?" Report Response

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

"Do you have any leadership experience? Can you tell me an ethical scenario you've faced in your life recently, and how you handled it? (I had to think for a minute, but that was fine)." Report Response

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

"Best quality? Worst quality?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You said your favorite course you took in college was philosophy, why is that? (This led to a fairly lengthy discussion that I think was more to get a feel for my personality, beliefs, and character than anything to do with my direct qualifications for medical school or interest in the medical field)." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you fix our healthcare system? (I have a pretty well formed opinion on this, it was just difficult because it's a complex question, and I could tell that my interviewer didn't share my viewpoint)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Previous interviews, the feedback here, looked over their website, and I read a little info about Toledo since I knew almost nothing about the city." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Pretty much everything. The facilities are beautiful, the students are friendly and seem quite happy in general, the faculty and staff are supportive of the students and the match list is good too. I also liked the integrated, non-traditional curriculum. The biggest positive to me was that they seem to take a genuine interest in you as a person and how you would be as a practicing physician, which was very refreshing to me versus selecting candidates who are the best academically that they can get to come there. Oh, and the in-state tuition after one year is a big bonus. Additionally, the cost of living is quite cheap (like half or so for housing costs) compared to coastal California or the Northeast Corridor." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Toledo is actually pretty nice overall, but it was cloudy and gloomy that day, the trees were bare, and the grass was brown. It's still very much winter in that area in late March. I could see it being depressing if you lived through 5-6 months of that. The biggest negative thing was that the morning presentation by one of the faculty members reeked of waitlist (since it's so late in the interview season). This is more of an FYI than a negative, but the school (and area) is pretty conservative in general (probably why my plug for national health insurance didn't go over so well) and I wouldn't bring up touchy issues like abortion or euthanasia unless specifically asked. Oh, and does anyone else find it strange that 90% of the cars here are American made? My rental car was Japanese (randomly), and I seemed to be getting some dirty looks for driving it around the Motown area." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Well, I kind of enjoyed learning this first hand at the school from the students and faculty, but MUO is very focused on the students and training them to be a good doctor who can relate to their future patients, and use the knowledge they've gained to help them. It's a school for people who want to be clinicians, not researchers. And that's okay. In fact, that's awesome in my opinion." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had one faculty interviewer, and one with a current student who was on the admissions committee. Both were pretty laid back, especially the faculty interviewer. The student had a list of prepared questions, but it was still pretty conversational. My faculty interview was pretty informal, and he was quite positive. He seemed to have already made up his mind after about 30 minutes and then asked if there was anything else I wanted to talk about (but I think this was a good sign, because he was quite positive). Basically, I thought the interview day was great and I would love to go to school here." 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

DTW

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?

Wyndham Toledo

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/15/2006

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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