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  • University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Vermillion
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

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)?

"Can you explain your academic record? How do you feel about your MCAT score?" Report Response

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

"What are your exposures to medicine?" Report Response

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

"Could you talk about your interests and history?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why did you major in Philosophy?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What was your involvement with the "Nonviolent Alternatives" student group? (The group is an anti-war group that identifies with oppressed peoples. The interviewer who asked works at the VA. Yipes!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interview, read SD.net feedback, re-read my applications, read generic interview questions, wrote-down my own list of questions, bought a new suit from Macy's." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone, including the interviewers, were very, very supportive and friendly. The new building will be gorgeous, and I've heard only positive things about the curriculum. Patient contact in the first year." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Very homologous student body in a small college town. The building is still getting finished." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the interviews would be so laid-back. I was way too worked-up over the combative horror stories listed elsewhere, and I should have been working on better jokes. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"If you look beyond spending two years in a wheat field and two years in suburbia, this is going to be a great school. It has a small class size with accessible lecturer and promises a solid background for any specialty. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

Omaha

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/10/2008

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?

6 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?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The Admissions Office was impressively responsive and accommodating." Report Response

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