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  • University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Vermillion
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 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?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

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)?

"Describe how you envision your medical practice 10 years from now." Report Response

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

"What sets you apart from the other applicants?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could be remembered by your children for something, what would it be?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"In the past century who do you feel is the most influential person and defend your claim." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN (not much help there). Researched my interviewers since they tell you well ahead of time who they will be. Contacted students who are friends of mine that attend USDSM." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Small class size. Female student that I ran into took the time to talk to me and made a good impression. Admissions staff was awesome. I love rural South Dakota... kind of gives you that frontier kind of feeling. The brand new facilities that are under construction are a big plus. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I try not to dwell on the negative, but I guess to some, the rural setting would not be desirable. But like the plains and it couldn't be a better location. Rural-yes, but state funding makes it nice." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I was pretty well prepared, but I wished i would have researched my interviewers' backgrounds better before I got there." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Much like the others have reported. Two interviews held in different places. One in V-town and one in SF. First interview was with a Vascular Surgeon. Very nice man, wasn't affraid to be real with me - he didn't emphasize the much-talked-about state mandated rural primary care. He just kind of rolled over it for formality sake. Im not suprised since his specialty is as far from primary care as it gets. He represented the school very well. Interview wasn't easy, but it was definately fair to me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

OMA

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2006

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?

10 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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