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  • University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Reno
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

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

"So why do you want to go to medical school?" Report Response

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

"If you couldn't do anything health care related, what would you do?" Report Response

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

"What are your worst three qualities?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If your sister was dating a HIV patient of yours, what would you do?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What are the specific responsibilities of physicians in providing health care access to the uninsured?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, ethics book, practice with friend" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students I met were really friendly." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The second year interviewer was late and seemed unprepared." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not sure if it's OK to put this here, but here?s a little inside information (not typical recruiting propaganda)I received from someone in their second year at Nevada: Well, if you decide on UNSOM, do so for personal and family reasons. The school itself is really not that good. We have a lot to improve upon. A couple of friends at other med schools (one back East and one on the West Coast) chose much better programs. For example, our school administration really doesn?t care or is on too much of a power trip to do much for our students. If someone struggles academically, they are pretty much on their own. The administration likes to pretend they?re supportive and that they will help students succeed, but what that really means is getting called up to the assitant dean?s office for ?a discussion? (basically a warning to shape up or get out) or if a student really has other problems, they may get to repeat the first or second year (like being held back in grade school). Part of the problem may be that our school is run by some power tripping secretaries (sorry, I mean administrative assistants). Some of them are really nice but some should probably work for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Our dean is really disconnected from the students but is pretty big on career climbing. He recently said that students aren?t a priority but he?d like to see more residencies in Nevada. He probably forgot who is going to fill those residencies. He?s been promoted to vice president of the university. Another problem with the administration is that they are super paranoid about cheating now. A while ago a student was totally copying off of another student (in the class ahead of me) and of course eventually got caught (they did a ?statistical analysis? to see if he was cheating). They tried to expel him but he sued so they put him in our class. We have to sign an ?honor pledge? which means almost nothing because it?s coerced and is just used against us to try to prevent cheating. Seems like they missed their chance on that one. So now we can?t use the bathroom which is like three steps away from the classroom during tests and sometimes we don?t even get to see the tests to know what we missed. Lame. I hear the class after us can?t even review test problems in some classes. That sucks because some of those instructors couldn?t even write a test question. One of them broke down crying when we challenged her exam questions. So the first year class can?t see their tests in that class anymore. Sucks to be them. The curriculum is pretty mediocre. Some of our instructors are good, but a lot of them shouldn?t be teaching med students. It was even worse last year. I?ll have to wait and see what I get in some of my classes this year, like Path which is taught by this little Napoleon guy who has turned out to be pretty good. Other classes just sucked. I went to _________, a pretty good undergrad school, so I wasn?t prepared for the shoddy instruction we?d get in med school. You can?t understand some instructors at all because of English problems, which is stupid because we are supposed to be learning stuff to save lives. A couple of our ?clinically oriented? classes are run by three or four people who are totally unqualified to do so, but they?re way too arrogant to accept criticism or change. Some other course instructors just don?t care or are really just totally oblivious if we understand the material. We do course evaluations but it doesn?t affect anything. Usually, the same bad instructors keep doing the same bad lessons. Since you?re not a ?traditional? pre-med, you may be on your own. The overwhelming # of students are traditional white upper middle class, with some Asian students as well. My class has two black students (thank god! they are both awesome) out of over 50 students but the other classes don?t have any black members. Diversity is not very strong here. Hispanics and native americans are way underrepresented, which is lame because Nevada has strong populatons of both. There?s a couple older students in the first year class and one in the third year class but they don?t seem to be involved much in school. They got in because they had super high admission scores but all they got for financial aid was loans. I think they came here because of family obligations. And you definitely don?t want to be openly gay here. There are a lot of rednecks, even the students who say some pretty ignorant and offensive things about gay and lesbians. Some don?t believe that HIV research and treatment should be funded. We?re pretty backwards here sometimes. The good thing about my school is that we get to be with patients pretty fast. In one course, we pretty much shadow a doctor in their office for two semesters and get to do procedures depending on the doctor. Also, we have a Student Outreach Clinic for people without insurance that is cool. There?s a lot of student politics around it sometimes and you have to wait a lot to get a patient, but our class has really done awesome with it compared to the previous class It?s only a couple times a month though, but it?s still cool. That?s about it. I hope this helps your decision. Keep this to yourself because this could really hurt my school career here if the administration knew I told you this. Good luck in your applications. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interviews went OK. They weren't very deep. A lot of it was spent going over stuff that was on my application because it was a closed file interview." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2007

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

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

4 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"They seem very busy, but were good at getting back to me, especially Mrs. Marshall." Report Response

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