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  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Minneapolis
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?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Very detailed/pointed questions about everything on AMCAS and personal statement. Also, be prepared to give a very good explanation of why you want to be a doctor, and why they should pick you at U of M." Report Response

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

"What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?" Report Response

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

"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare? As a physician, what would your role be in resolving those issues? What will you be doing in 10 years as a doc? Don't try and B.S any of these answers, the interviewer will follow up any sweeping general answers like ''I want national health insurance'' with stuff like ''OK, so what do you think is in the way of that? what about rationing? how have Britian and Canada done?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your greatest accomplishment?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"All easy questions. By easy, I mean no hard policy/ethics questions. However, you better know everything about your experiences/desires for medicine/yourself front to back." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read school website, went over AMCAS, wasted time preparing for ethics questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Up until we met the students, I was leary about the school (see below). However, the lunch and tour were absolutely awesome. First off, the students were VERY enthusiastic about the school and did a bang-up job of highlighting it's strengths. Most of these ''highlights'' are nowhere to be found on the website. eg...top ranked research/primary care, very dedicated faculty, tons of opportunities to work with rural/international health, extremely flexible for taking time off or doing clerkships at other schools. Yeah, crazy huh. I also loved Minneapolis; it's just like Seattle (best city in the US in case you were wondering)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The main rant I have is that the interviews are FIRST thing in the morning and are VERY LONG. My interview was at 8:30 AM, and lasted until 9:50!! Not only is it pretty tough to be on your game at 8:30, but you go into it without having heard all of the good stuff about the school. Because the school website doesn't have a lot of information about the school, it's really hard to get a good answer to those ''Why do you want to go to U of M'' questions. The facilities were moderately ghetto. By that, I mean some parts were brand new, and some parts were hella 60's. I guess that doesn't really matter unless your materialistic. Just kidding, I'm sure non of you applicants are materialistic ;)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Maybe I was too preoccupied with other things, but I didn't expect Minneapolis to be so freaking cold. On my interview day, the temp was about 4 degrees farenheit. It snowed 6'' about 10 miles south of the city. Plan this accordingly since the airport can sometimes be shut down due to snow delays, especially this winter. ALSO, Minneapolis has AWESOME light rail. For about 1 dollar, you have a fast ride from the airport to downtown, and to the Mall of America. See my plug for mall of america above. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I wasn't really sold until the student's met us for lunch/tour. The early interview (first thing) could be considered good or bad depending on the person. But, since the website doesn't have a lot of info about the school, and the interviewers want to know exactly what you like about the school...It would've been nice to have the tour first. Minnesota is cold as balls, so prepare accordingly. Finally, I would recommend you go to the Mall of America. It's quite a spectacle: 400+ stores, 50 places to eat, huge indoor amusement park, wedding chapel, over 3 million square feet. Good way to kill time before a flight. Take the light rail from downtown, it'll get you there in 20 minutes for less than a buck. INFO ABOUT THE INTERVIEW: your interviewer only has your AMCAS without grades or MCAT scores. They do not see any of your letters of rec, or anything from your secondary. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of 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?

$401-$500

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

University Radisson

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/10/2006

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?

9 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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