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  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Baltimore
Overall Experience

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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?

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)?

"What area or field of medicine interests you? (asked by MD)" Report Response

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

"I see you have quite a bit of clinical experience, tell me a little more about this XXXXX from high school. (asked by MD)" Report Response

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

"Why UMD? Who do you know here at UMD SOM? --> this question really threw me b/c I the way he said it I thought he expected me to know profs/students/alums of the school (and I knew maybe just one)! (asked by MD)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"At the end of the interview: What would you like to tell me about you that I have't hit on and you think is important for me to know? (asked by the MD)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I'm not saying you won't get in this year, but if you didn't what would you do? (asked by the MD)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, read UMD website, reviewed standard med school interview questions from a few books, went over AMCAS application, went over UMD sec app, went over details of significant activities/research/awards I tried to go over too much info, and couldn't quite find the time to finish everything I had wanted to get through...this left me a little nervous on the day of the interview and lacking some sleep (got about 6 hours). " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are gorgeous and students were enthusiastic. My interview was the just a few days after Match Day, and the fourth-years I met had all landed competitive residencies. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing in particular stands out at this time (two months after my interview date.) " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really...if you go through their websites (both the school's and the medical center's) you should know enough to not get any nasty surprises." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviews were in the afternoon, and I was kind of feeling tired after eating lunch, listening to a fin aid presentation, listening to Dean Foxwell's pitch, and touring the campus. In addition, I felt a little nervous during my interviews for some reason. In short, I felt like my two interviews went completely different. The first interview was with a PhD and he had probably skimmed my file to latch onto one thing that were of interest to him. The interview was very informal and off-the-bat; we ended up doing the interview in an empty classroom since all the conference rooms in his research bldg were occupied. We discussed one thing in my file kind of in length. This one activity elicited research-specific questions, travel questions, cultural questions, political questions, etc b/c of the nature of my activity. The interview seemed almost like a conversation. Near the end, the interviewer commented upon the high caliber of the other schools I applied to and gave me reasons why I should attend UMD. He then gave me a quick tour of UMD shock trauma (he showed me some of the old trauma facilities and talked about his graduate experience at UMD while walking me to my next interview.) The second interviewer was an M.D. and had quite obviously read my file *very* thoroughly. I could even see some highlights and circles on my AMCAS application in his folder! This interview was definately the more traditional type -- he asked the questions and I basically answered them. By this time, I was really quite tired and more nervous. I've been through quite a few interviews, and this interview was definately my worst. I, at times, rambled, was a little too blunt, and paused too long. Basically, I knew I was tired and constantly kept thinking in my head of alternative answers I should have been giving (or of more eloquent ways of putting things.) A few times (maybe twice), I think I saw some ill-hidden looks of mild surprise on my interviewer's face, which made me feel even more nervous! Basically, the entire interview seemed a little akward and forced. Afterwards, I felt like I had done reasonably well during my interview with the PhD, but done poorly with my MD interview. However, I remembered a story Dean Foxwell had told us about a girl who thought she had done extremely poorly on one of her interviews but who, in fact, received the only top score that that interviewer ever gave! So I decided to just wait things out and hear back from UMD... ...four weeks later I got an acceptance letter in the mail!" 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 total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/20/2006

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

7 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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