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  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Tallahassee
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?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"Tell me about your family; what has been their impact on you, your decision to practice medicine, etc. " Report Response

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

"How would you handle a young patient's family that decided to ignore yor diagnosis and prescription even though you know their decision will hurt their child?" Report Response

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

"Why medicine? why FSU? Also, practically everything from your primary and secondary app is not only fair game, it's covered with a fine-toothed comb. Just be prepared to talk about your experiences; why you did them, and what impact they've had on you." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The interviewers aren't there to grill you. They genuinely want to learn more about you as a person rather than simply another applicant. The interview sessions each lasted 35-40 min. Practically all the questions come from your app. Some questions included what I would do if I were in peds and my patient's mother wanted to take her child off the recommended medication. Just answer honestly, openly, and most importantly, remain CALM. When you freak out and clutch the chair they will feel nervous and uncomfortable" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Again, by the time you get to interviews they know your app backwards and forwards. Many questions centered on your personal life. How I dealt with stress, how my family has supported/raised me, etc. Both were really interested in my practice vision; where I saw myself in 10 or so years. Nothing was difficult. Although, I did hear of a female applicant getting into a heated discussion concerning abortion. All in all, they want to get to know you more, so don't be timid and shy." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, practiced in a mirror. The biggest advice I could give is not to be nervous, which is pretty difficult considering the circumstances. You've got to remember that these PhD's, deans, profs, MD's, etc. are people too. Be yourself, be confident, and let them know why you're there." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are amazing. They are really tech savy. Practically any medically related textbook and reference book can be accessed online. Everyone seemed really excited about being there. The interviews were really intimate. There were only 6 people interviewing including myself. What really stood out to me was the fact that they were very interested in me as a person. I didn't feel (like some schools) that I was taking up there time, or that I was one in a huge pile of names. They really went out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. I had the afternoon interview schedule (11-4). We ate lunch, talked with students, etc. and then toured the campus for two hours. There were facilities accessible 24-7 to students where you could shower, study, cook dinner, etc. The CLC (clinical learning center) was also very impressive. They tailor your education in such a way that all of your tests are structured similar to the boards; i.e. when you take pharm, micro, path, you take tests which include subject matter from each area. Same way the boards are set up, same way you'll be expected to practice. We then toured the anatomy lab; something some schools don't allow. No cadavers, although we did see a few brains and human skeletons. I like the fact that everything is in one location; you don't have to run all over Tallahasse to get to your next class." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really. Each school has strong and weak points. I think it's up to each applicant to decide which school makes the best fit for their needs." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I didn't need to be so nervous and uptight about the process. Everyone was very laid back and the interviews were more like conversations rather than a typical interview. Very personal approach. If you just relax and be yourself you'll do fine." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Like I've said previously, if you're approaching your interviews here from a defensive, I've got to prove myself, approach, then you've got it all wrong. Once you get to the interview level, you've essentially proved to them you've got the stats to make a great doc. They really want to know you. What you do in your spare time, your fav. movie, etc. They also want to see that you've had the experience to know what you're getting yourself into. If you've never shadowed or done any volunteer work in the medical field, you might have a hard time leaving them with the impression that your decision to go into medicine is a mature, well thought out plan. They want to know about the patients you've met, how they've impacted you, why you want to go into medicine, etc. Just saying you're smart and capable isn't enough. If you're professional, mature, and can demonstrate to them that you truly want to be a physician because that's your desire and purpose, then you will have no problem. Again, relax, be yourself, and answer honestly and sincerely; there's a reason why you've gotten this far." 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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

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?

Red Roof Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/28/2007

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

9 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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