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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?

Negatively

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?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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 medicine?" Report Response

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

"Any questions?" Report Response

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

"Oh, so you do XX activity? Tell me about it." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What will you do to keep yourself motivated in med school? (from the group interview)." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None. The UW interviewers were very easy and were more about selling the school." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Interview feedback, primary and secondary AMCAS" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Research, newer building, lots of expansion, good integration with technology." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The curriculum and grading system looked like it needed a little work. Everything at the school looks good on the outside, but could be better on the inside. For instance, the "houses" thing they are doing isn't working (all of the students I talked to recognized this) and nobody can figure it out. The hospital is small. The emergency department doesn't get that many interesting patients (my tour guide told me this). Based on my interactions with some of the students, this felt like is a school where a lot of very smart people end up because they didn't get in anywhere else and they are bitter about it. I had cold interactions with some of the students including one who coldly and intentionally ignored me when I reached out to shake her hand to say thanks for having me at her party and a tour guide who responded with a "no" when I asked him a detailed question about his research experience (I know, WTF). Everyone else was very nice, but those two interactions were enough to influence my decision not to attend. In addition, the COLD weather and lack of diversity make it hard to consider this a place I want to be for the next four years. Plus GPP should be once a week, not once a month!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"This school itself is going towards the research-end of things. They really don't have that diverse a patient-population to draw from so they send you away for some of your clinical rotations. Not cool, since, with the exception of Milwaukee, the rest of the state isn't as diverse as Madison. They are more about diverse medical delivery environments and not about serving diverse communities." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was okay. The interviews don't account for much which made me think afterwards that going to Madison was a waste of time. They interview a lot of people on the same day (20) so my visit didn't feel personalized at all. It was easy to get lost in the crowd, and my attempts to ask students about their perspectives were unsuccessful. Throughout the day they make it a point to ask if you have any questions but I prefer to see what goes on away from what the admissions people want you to see. It definitely felt like the student body was very cliquish and there really wasn't an overwelming group identity at the school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Discouraging

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?

2-3 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?

msn

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/24/2006

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

2 out of 10

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

1 out of 10

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