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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Birmingham
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

4

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)?

"Why medicine? (By all 4 interviewers)" Report Response

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

"Explain your research. (By most of the interviewers)" Report Response

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

"How was travel, tell us about this or that, etc. True conversations. They all knew our files and seemed genuinely enthusiastic to be interviewing us." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you do if you found out you hated clinical practice? (I assumed he was fishing for mention of research, teaching, etc.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"No very difficult questions. One out of four interviews was friendly but conversation was formal and forced. My other three were conversational and relaxing." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read AMCAS, read my responses to secondaries, sacrificed a goat." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities. Research money. Beautiful campus and nice surrounding area. Weather. Notified of acceptance <2 weeks later, also." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The grading system. Pass/Fail with Quartile ranking that ''you only have to know about if you so desire.'' Please. It is a highly ranked state school which must show preference to Alabama residents: the competition is necessary to help the superstar graduates attain residencies from similarly ranked institutions. The three campuses and the ''Preference Questionnaire.''" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How many interviews there were. Though they were all relaxing and ''easy'', the day leaves you mentally exhausted and very, very glad to be done with the whole thing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Nice day overall, great food. Tour was a little disorganized and the students seemed a little dazed and unenthusiastic, despite being on fall break." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

ATL

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?

Double Tree

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/18/2007

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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