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  • Texas A & M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Bryan
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"which volunteer experience had the greatest impact?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about the time you got to shadow Dr. X (specific to my application)" Report Response

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

"why did you transfer schools?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"can't really think of any" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"none really" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read over my application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the interviewers, the expansion of the school and campus, small classes, emphasis on rural medicine, the med students were genuinely enthusiastic, no curve grading system, residency match list. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Curriculum is changing for the incoming class. Don't mind block scheduling but I do mind comprehensive shelf exams (NBME) at the end of each semester. Students can't move forward to next semester if they don't pass shelf exams even if they've passed all of their class exams. I don't like the mandatory scholarly project required for graduation (equivalent to a masters thesis)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that we wouldn't have breakfast." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was really impressed with this interview day. My interviewers were awesome... they were amazing actually. We had wonderful conversation vs straight interview. It was obvious that my interviewers read my app. They mentioned things that I barely mentioned and barely even remembered putting in my app. They nearly spent the entire time trying to convince me why A&M would be a good choice. My interviews flowed so well that my first interview was 45 min (supposed to be 30 max). The only reason we stopped was because a facilitator was knocking on the door because the next interviewee had been waiting for 15 min. My last interview went way over.. we talked for over an hour. And after the interview, he walked me outside and we talked for another 20 min with a couple of other interviewees and a couple of professors. I didn't get any of those challenging ethical or health care policy questions that this school is so infamous for. No questions about the state of medicine or anything like that. However, I did talk to some other students that were interviewing who did get these typical questions about challenges in medicine, ethics, healthcare reform, etc. I was definitely impressed by this day. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

Automobile

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

$201-$300

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

La Quinta Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/19/2009

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