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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Madison
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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 was the most interesting question?

"What kind of music do YOU listen to, in response to me asking her what she listened to." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me more about yourself." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I went all out with like 5 mock interviews, read about every issue related to health care, memorized my secondary and AMCASS, read about school, its streangths and what they look for in applicant, stressed needlessly, and bought a new suit, shoes, and warm coat. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I guess coming from California I did not think that people in such a competitive enviornment could be so warm and hospitable." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Absolutely nothing." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not to trip out!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I got to Madison a few days early so i could get a feel of the town. I was picked up from the airport by my student host, who coincidentally also happened to be from the San Francisco Bay Area. It was damn cold, but at least there was snow. It was amazing seeing snow for the first time in seven years. I was glad i got the new wool coat. The next day i went to class with my host, and met a bunch of students, one of which just happened to be my MCAT verbal instructor from Princeton Review. I checked out the facilities (brand new, and the whole med school is wireless) found out where the interview would be the next day, and walked around the city. The day of the interview I arrived ten minutes early, 7:50, and was practically the last one in my seat. There were at least 30 people in the room, which was not very encouraging. The competitive pre-med spirit came right back at me. Hate that! But i guess it comes with the territory, or we wouldn’t be here. A few minutes later the admission and financial aid people came in and stared the long introductory presentation. That was great since it gave us all time to relax. I know when i got in there my hands were shaking. After the presentation we were split into two groups, the one that was headed for the faculty interviews and the other for the tour of the med school and the hospital. I went straight to my interviewer. I was supposed to be led to her office, which was pretty close by, but i missed the escort and started running back and forth from the first to second floor trying to figure out where it was. I got there at exactly 10:15, the scheduled time. She opened her door, welcomed me in and told me to take a seat. I was pretty hot, and a bit sweaty from the confusion. I think she noticed and asked if i would like to take my jacket off. During one of my mock interviews (with a second year med student from Stanford) i was specifically told NOT to take my jacket off. So i did. Anyway, she was in academic affairs and began a long introduction, probably about 10 minutes. She told me about her work, family, schooling, hobbies. So, i asked her what kind of music she listens to. After a thorough answer she responded with the first and only question i would be asked "What kind of music do YOU listen to?" I don't know how...but from that i ended up talking about myself for the next 30 minutes. Everything from where i was born, to where i was working, and what kind of medicine i am interested in...to taking pictures of the ducks walking on the newly frozen lake Mendota, and the crazy kids that play hockey on thin ice. I was myself, she was herself...it was awesome! At the end I gave her a big hug. She was so warm and hospitable, with the kind of nurturing bosom one just wants to nestle into. Weird…but so true. I later sent her a thank you note. It was sincere. " 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?

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

MAD

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/03/2006

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?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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