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  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Cincinnati
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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?

Open file

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

"You're appointed by the President to fix healthcare. Tell me how you'd do it. After I answered, he changed the scenario, saying that I could completely scrap the current healthcare system and start fresh. What would I do then? He encouraged me to think outside the box." Report Response

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

"What makes you special, someone that would add to the community here at the College of Medicine? What do you do in your spare time? Where else have you applied?" Report Response

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

"Why Cincinnati? Why medicine? Why not law (I am an attorney)? Did your family support your decision to go into law (I was premed in college and then switched)? Do they now support your decision to go into medicine? Do you have any questions?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Imagine you have died after a long career in medicine. Your body is laid out at a ceremony at Cincinnati - what will be said of you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Very stylized ethics question with limited fact pattern - interviewer (obviously a doctor) and his attorney brother have a father on life support. Interviewer wants to discontinue it, while the attorney brother wants it connected and will sue you, the doctor, if you disconnect. Patient spouse is dead, patient siblings are dead, there is no legal proxy or guardian, and continuing support ostensibly would be medically futile. Basically the only people are you (ICU doctor), interviewer (another doctor/child of patient), brother of interviwer (attorney/child of patient), and the comatose patient himself. What do you do and why? I favored a quality of death argument and decided on withdrawing life support. The interviewer responded saying that there is no right answer in this case, but that it is okay to be a subjective physician in this case, too, and decide based on your personal morals and values." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"AMCAS, secondary, MSAR, Univ of Washington bioethics, read ethics/finance sections of Social Medicine Reader, watched Cincinnati beat Cleveland 30-0 on Sunday, relaxed with my buddy from high school who lives in Cincy (took me to Newport, KY to Hofbrauhaus brewery; downtown; more ghetto uptown; Mount Lookout; etc.)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"class turnout for MSII neuroscience lecture; existence of Center for Surgical Innovation, 1st emergency medicine residency program in the country; flexible in taking time off from school for other pursuits; integrated curriculum w/ early clinical exposure; case-based learning in small groups w/ clinical preceptor; strong musical tradition in Cincy; Health Policy Institute; 4 students/cadaver in anatomy; downtown has a Tiffany (my fiancee works in the Manhattan headquarters and would like a similar job where we move); in-state tuition for out-of-staters after only one year; Academic IT & Libraries (AIT&L) ranked #1 in OH, tops in U.S.; int'l med opps; Cincy Children's is cream of the crop for peds" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"class size about 160; construction not yet finished; no student dorm or centralized housing; board scores not that impressive (school average 224, nat'l avg 219); tour guides did not know how AOA selection works; staff helpful but seemingly not friendly" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"b/c of a snafu w/ the city's fire-coding, that the College of Medicine is unsure when the new buildings will open (could be as early as Oct 2007 or as late as Jan 2008); anyone over 90 percent gets Honors, and if not enough people do, they try to max the number of those who make Honors; admissions is delayed processing interviewees and will get back to us in more like 4 weeks (instead of 2 weeks)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"hung out with friend all over Cincy the day before; 8:45-9:45 Brain and Behavior 2 lecture on Movement Disorders (esp Parkinson's Disease); 10-10:45 Microanatomy lecture on integumen (skin); 10:45-11 lunch (too early!); 11-12 school and curriculum presentations; 12-1 student-led tour; 1-1:30 financial aid; 2-3 interview" 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

CVG

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/27/2006

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?

9 out of 10

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