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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Birmingham
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"Talk me through your past history. (all 3 interviews)" Report Response

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

"How do you explain your high MCAT score?" Report Response

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

"We are the richest country in the world, and yet we have (x number) of people in Alabama with no insurance and receiving substandard care. What do you think about that?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"There is a growing disparity between the number of family practice physicians in this country and the number of specialty physicians. The US needs more family practice doctors. How would you fix the problem?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The follow-up to the above, in which the interviewer aggresively advocated a socialized medicine model, while I argued against it and also tried to incorporate the prior family medicine changes at the same time." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, review AMCAS and secondary application, UASOM website, newspapers and NPR for current events." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone was very friendly, the interview process was well organized and ran smoothly, and the student tour gave us a good opportunity to interact with students other than the hand picked tour guide - and they also were very excited about the school. Also, the 2007 class will be the first to use an integrated, organ-based curriculum." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I'm a 34yo non-traditional student with an extremely varied (and somewhat checkered) academic and work history. While I understand that the interview committee needs to address those issues, I was essentially asked about nothing else. Questions like why UAB?, why be a doctor?, what are your strengths/weaknesses?, etc. never came up." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, it was a positive experience. The faculty and students both seemed to care about the school, and the students that I talked to were pleased about the quality of education they had received." 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

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/05/2006

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

8 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?

8 out of 10

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