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  • University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Kansas City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 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)?

"What have you done in the past year to make you a better candidate?" Report Response

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

"What defining characteristic would you say would make you a better candidate than the other students?" Report Response

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

"Last night, you had an private dinner with Albert Einstein. Tell me about it..." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What does the government need to do to stop the problems of illegal immigration? Seemed like a question to test me as I am Hispanic, but those issues don't bother me and I told him how the problems should be fixed." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The hypothetical questions can be a bit difficult as they say there is no right or wrong answer, but I am sure you look much better if you answer with the most correct response. Mine was of the typical Jahovah's Witness blood transufion variety. I researched what is actually done in that situation ahead of time and was able to respond with an educated anser that really pleased my interviewers." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I interviewed at KU last year, so I had a good idea of what was coming. Its good to go over the hypothetical question, review the AMCAS/supplemental applications and keep telling yourself its all going to be ok. I made a personal list of questions I expected to encounter, but did NOT have someone interview me beforehand. I feel that they can tell if your answered have been rehearsed (insincere), but good to go over them in your head so that you don't stumble or go blank through a question." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone at KU is very supportive, from the students to the staff. They are competitive, but not at the expense of their fellow students. You feel free to ask questions and get a sincere answer. Having current students around to talk about their classes and life as a med-student gives you a better understanding of what you are getting into." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing negative. The ONLY thing that may stand out to some is the state of the fitness center. It is a bit old and outdated, but has all the necessary equipment. Besides, the intensity of your workout, not the equipment, is what produces results. Also, it is a gym, so how great can one be?" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Again, since I was here last year, nothing came as a shock. If you interview with a PhD, they are very interested in GPA and MCAT whereas if you get an MD, they like to hear more about your experiences and character." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was a repeat interviewer from last year, so my interview day went by very well as I knew what to expect from KU. It definitely helps with the nerves. I knew coming in that the focus would be on what I have done to strengthen my candidacy, so I really focused on that. My GPA and MCAT are a little average, and last year the PhD I interviewed with was most interested in the academic side of it. This year, I was lucky to interview with an MD which wanted to talk most about my shadowing/volunteer experiences and my work as an EMT. I think PhD's care more about which candidate would make the better STUDENT whereas the MD's focus on who would make the better doctor. I can only hope that I am right. The first interview is one-on-one with the person who is presenting your file to the admissions committee, therefore it is open file. The second, is two-on-one and they have only seen your personal statement and secondary applications. Overall, my day went well and I went back to the hotel (Best Western is the best choice for anyone coming in) feeling like I may have got in this time. You have a 1 in 4 chance of acceptance, so why not me! " 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?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$201-$300

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/08/2007

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

6 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?

10 out of 10

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