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  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Baltimore
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"[something to the effect of: you are aware of medicine's dark side, yes?]" Report Response

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

"do you think you will be able to not lose sight of your current goals during your training?" Report Response

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

"why maryland?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I wanted to ask you about your work in [x]. (it was something I really wanted to talk about that no one had asked me before)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"what satisfactions do you think you will get out of medicine that you didn't get in your previous career?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS/2ndary, AMSAR, mock interview, school website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Hospital and library are INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL. Student's daily schedules in first two years are chock full of ''independent study'' time. Students do REALLY well on boards and graduates rate themselves as very prepared by their training. Block curriculum allows students to focus on one thing at a time. Full, complete anatomy course with 5 to a cadaver. Faculty are super friendly; students are really down to earth and seem happy (although the first years I saw were not very animated). School has tons of money; buildings and technology are really state-of-the-art, and they are building a new outpatient clinic and student center (2 separate buildings). Several different kinds of ERs. Baltimore cuisine has lots of tasty fishes, and there are lots of really cute neighborhoods, nice architecture, and interesting views. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Laptop requirement (although the laptop is paid for by the school, which is nice); especially the fact that the laptops are used for taking exams. There are some ugly parts of Baltimore that are fairly near the school, although they really aren't that bad (although I probably wouldn't walk alone at night). Even when the school does something amazing, they have trouble getting press because Hopkins steals lots of the thunder. School of Public Health that they were going to start has run into some financial and political trouble." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Most of the things I didn't know were positive things, so I was pleasantly surprised and am glad I came. It's not a problem that I didn't know them beforehand." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"If you have morning interviews (which you won't know until you get there), you won't be able to sit in on a lecture. I managed to because I got there at 8:15 and convinced them to let me stick my head in for 5 minutes before my first interview. Both my interviews were with faculty; both were incredibly easy-going and friendly and warm and I felt very comfortable; very conversational. Lunch was the usual box-o-stuff. Financial aid presentation was particularly good, the presenter seemed very good at what she does. Asst dean likes to talk but is amusing and fun with his stories about history of the school. Then lunch with students -- eight students showed up! a record for an interview luncheon. and the tour guides were all 4th years, which is really unique as far as I can tell for interviews; it was great to get a sense of the differences between the classes, too. If your interviews are in the morning, for the tour they might group you with other people who are also done for the day so you can get the special extended tour (we also saw the fitness center, which is usually not on the tour. it's big; it's about to be replaced by the new student center). BRING WALKING SHOES -- you will be expected to find your way to your interviews through a very complicated campus with only a map and some somewhat vague directions. some interviewers take pity and walk you to your next destination. that, plus the lengthy tour, and I'm glad I didn't wear my heels for the whole thing!" 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?

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?

$501+

What airport did you use?

bwi

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?

Days Inn Inner Harbor

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/28/2007

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?

7 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I thought it was really fantastic that we had access to so many students during the interview day." Report Response

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