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  • University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Tucson
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?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?

Closed file

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

"Why UA?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your clinical experiences?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why UA?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read Schools website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"1. Price: This school cannot be beat for the cost. I was accepted by several other private out of state schools, but chose to attend UA because I will be 130K less in debt at the end of 4 years. 2. Campus/Facilities: The Health Sciences campus in Tucson is rapidly expanding with beautiful new facilities for public health, nursing and pharmacy. Also, the second floor of the medical school educational facility has been completely redone and the results are stunning, ie: 4 enormous lecture/study rooms with 16 plasma TVs in each, brand new furniture, new student lockers, new private study room. 3. Integrated Curriculum: Although there seem to have been some bumps in the road for the first year class, the general consensus is that the new curriculum was badly needed and that this type of integration will eventually happen at all medical schools. 4: Small Class Size: Although it might not seem like much of a difference, UA's class of only 110 students, compared to 180+ students at other schools I interviewed at, is significant. This smaller class size lends itself to better student-faculty interaction and more hands on learning. 5. Phoenix 3/4 Years: The opportunity to rotate 3rd & 4th years at the enormous network of Phoenix hospitals which UA has affiliations with. 6. Medical Student Research Program: Within a week of being accepted, I had already been contacted about participating in the MSRP for the summer before school begins! This school is making a concerted effort to improve its own reputation and the opportunities for its graduates. The school knows that the best way to do this is via a significant dedication to research. So far, I have been very impressed with the schools devotion to research and how easy they make it for students to find opportunities. 7. Arizona Health Sciences Center Library: This library is amazing! I attended a top 10 undergraduate institution and our libraries were nothing like this. If I have to spend the next four years in a library, I want it to be a library like this one! 8. Administration: From what I have gathered from talking to students both here and at other schools, the administrators at UA are extremely accomodating to their students' needs. After hearing horror stories about administrators at other schools, I was relieved to discover that they are so helpful at UA. 9. Early Clinical Exposure: Students raved about the CUP program and other clinical opportunities in their first 2 years. Although these types of experiences have become par for the course at most schools, it seems that UA has taken a more active/hands on approach than most." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"1. Average Step 1 Scores: Scores for the last few years have hovered at or only slightly above the national average. 2. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a large number of students who are seeking to enter primary care fields. 3. 3 Interviews: Having to do 3 separate interviews on 3 separate days is crazy! How is it that every other school in the entire country can schedule all of their interviews for a single day, but UA can't figure it out? 4. Tucson: After living in a large cosmopolitan city for the last four years, it will be a transition to move to Tucson. However, tucson does have several redeeming virtues, including great year-round weather, lots of outdoor activities and a great party scene/nightlife. 5. Residency Placement: Although UA students matched pretty well overall, the number of matches to prestigious programs was low. I suppose that part of this can be chalked up to A) students aiming more towards primary care fields B)AZ residents not wanting to leave the state C) possibly a lower achieving student body in general (although i don't think this is the case) D) Could be connected to average step 1 scores. 6. Older Class: Also not necessarily a bad thing, but there seems to be a higher percentage of non-traditional students here than at other schools. Some students said that having more non traditional students led to some divisions within the class, but I don't believe that this is a big deal. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I would not hear back until the beginning of February! This is crazy! I submitted my application to UA at the same time as all my other schools and I found out from most of them in the middle of October! It took UA 4 months longer to accept me. This is a really bad policy because some students start to hear from other schools and begin withdrawing from other schools. I bet that UA loses out on some great students because of this and their notoriously strange admissions standards." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interviews were fairly basic. The Tucson & community interviewers wanted to discuss my clinical experience, while the Phoenix interviewer only wanted to talk about my research experience. It's true what everyone says, a very laid back experience. No ethics/tricky questions like at other schools." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2006

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

10 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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