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"Who do you most admire and why?"
"Tell me about yourself, why FSU"
"Tell me something interesting about yourself that you've not written on your application (they will have your primary app in front of them)"
"Why choose FSU for medical school?"
"Explain your story to me"
"Where do you want to begin? (I used this as an opporutnity to provide a general discussion of who I was and how I got into medicine and what I've done to prepare for that). This allowed us to build off of that the rest of the interview."
"Choose a controversial topic and explain to me both sides to it."
"Describe the most challenging point in your life."
"Can you tell me about yourself?"
"You have a lot of activities and that could be a double-edged sword. Explain what I mean by this and how it isn't a double-edged sword for you."
"How do you feel about the health care reform?"
"At the end of the interview: If there was one thing you wanted me to relay to the admissions committee, what would that be?"
"What do you think of health care reform?"
"If you had 30 seconds to impress upon the admissions commitee why they should admit you, what would you say?"
"Tell me about ... event. How did you do this?"
"What's your opinion on health care reform?"
"If you don't become a doctor, what would you become and why?"
"First interview: "Tell me about your family." Second interview: "How do you feel you've prepared for medical school?""
"Tell me about yourself / Why medicine"
"Out everything you could do with your life, Why Doctor? Why FSUCOM?"
"Why fsu, why do you want to be a doctor"
"Why FSU? This was a very big question, both interviewers asked this same question. Make sure you look at their website for their mission statement and additional info. They are very big into primary care and geriatric, so make sure you mention it."
"Why medicine/Why FSU?"
"Why FSU? "
"How has your family life influenced your medical career?"
"What do you think of the state of health care in the nation right now? What do you think it will be like in 10 years?"
"What is good judgement? "
"Why did you get X grade?"
"Ethics related question. How would you handle X Y Z"
"Experiences from my AMCAS app. WHY did you do this certain thing? (Not asked in a very friendly way)"
"Tell me about what you did from High School until now."
"How do you fit in with Florida State University College of Medicine's mission?"
"What do you want to go into?"
"Discuss one major problem in healthcare today."
"Tell me about your family. Many questions about my AMCAS or secondary."
"What is the hardest challenge you have faced?"
"Lots of questions about my application"
"Strengths and weakness?.. "
"Tell me about X in your application."
"Tell me something that is not on your application."
"Tell me about your family; what has been their impact on you, your decision to practice medicine, etc. "
"Do you read books?"
"What would a friend say are your pros and cons?"
"Why do you want to attend FSU college of medicine?"
"Tell me about your family?"
"If three of your closest friends came in what would they say they like about you?"
"What do you do in your freetime?"
"Why did you get such and such grade? Tell me about a difficult time in your life? Tell me some of your hobbies? "
"If I had never seen your file and had to present you to the committee, what one thing would you have me focus on?"
"What is the healthcare system like in your country of origin?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Tell me about your family; why do they support your decision to go to medical school?"
"If a young girl came to you asking for an abortion what would you do?"
"Tell me more about *** experience..."
"You have a medicine that must be given in doses of 10 mg/kg and a patient that weighs 50 lbs. How do you figure out how much medicine to give?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"All standard questions."
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What would you do if one of your clients (I was working as a counselor for young pregnant women giving up their babies for adoption) decided that they would rather have an abortion? Would you tell her your opinion? Don't you think that would sway her to do what you thought was right and not necessarily what she wanted? etc, etc, etc..."
"Why are you interested in attending our school?"
"What world issue interests you most? "
"What does your dad and mom do?"
"If I was a 55-yr old man with cancer and did not want any kind of treatment and would rather die, what would you say to me? "
"Why was your MCAT so low?"
"Is there any reason your beliefs would get in the way of your practicing medicine?"
"16 y/o female comes to your clinic and asks you for an abortion, what do you do? (after answering) what do you do if her parents already know? (same question others who have posted here were asked before)"
"Tell me about yourself focusing on your healthcare and medical experience. Explain such and such grade."
"A dosage question: if a dosage for a medication is 10 mg/kg, and your patient weighs 45 pounds, how much medicine would you prescribe?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Tell me about your family."
"How do you see yourself in 10-12 years from now?"
"Tell me about your parents"
"What is your family like? "
"Why FSU COM?"
"Why medicine? "
"Tell me about your clinical volunteer experience"
"What was your very course in college and why?"
"Talk about my research."
"How did your volunteer experience prepared you to handle cultural diversity?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about your activities, research, etc."
"How would you like the admissions commitee to see you as."
"Tell me something about yourself that is different than anything in your application. What would your friends say about you?"
"Change the healthcare system?"
"What problem do you see in health care today, and how would you fix it if you were the US health care czar?"
"What are major problems facing healthcare today? (have several answers, because they will ask you "what else?""
"Pick one problem with US healthcare and tell me how you would fix it."
"Tell me about yourself. "
"What do you do to relax?"
"If all your friends were in the room right now, what would they all say about you?"
"Why a doctor?"
"How do you study? (got asked this by both interviewers)"
"If I asked youto make a 2 molar solution, and told you the compound has a molecular weight of 44g, how many grams would you need?"
"You have done three years of pediatric research, why primary care medicine?"
"You seem to have a lot of passion, where does this come from."
"You have an excellent file. I have no doubt in my mind that you will get into another school, so why FSU?? (totally wasn't ready for this one!!) "
"Why I want to be a doctor... Where do I see myself 10 years from now...What field I want to specialize in...."
"Tell us about your self?"
"What is a problem with healthcare"
"why medicine? "
"What are the most pressing issues in healthcare today? How would you solve them?"
"Do I think that FSU COM "matches" my personality?"
"What else should I have asked?"
"What is one of the biggest problems facing medicine? (BOTH MY INTERVIEWERS ASKED THIS)"
"Explain MCAT score"
"Why be a doctor?"
"Tell me about your extracurriculars (focused on my extracurriculars in art, music, and dance)"
"Questions detailing experiences listed on my application"
"What type of medicine are you interested in?"
"Asked questions about any weaknesses in application. (Explained what happened and most importantly what I learned from it)."
"Tell me about your life starting from high school."
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Please explain the C's you made in calc and gen chem freshmen yr..."
"How do you feel about abortion?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why not go straight to med school? (I took a year off)"
"Explain this discrepancy in your academic record?"
"Tell me about the town you were born in."
"I see you didn't do as well in class x as you normally do. Why is that?"
"What was the most difficult thing you have gone through?"
"why medicine? why FSU?"
"Where do you see yourself in the future?"
"How do your aspirations match our mission statement?"
"Share your thoughts on healthcare reform."
"First: "How did you end up deciding on medicine?" Second: "What specialty do you see yourself going into?""
"Talked about family.... really a conversational interview."
"pick a healthcare/reform topic and discuss it"
"Why did you chose medicine ? Simple question that all of us applying to medical school should know the answer to."
"Tell me about X activity"
"Best/Worst qualities your best friends think of you. "
"What do you think will be the most difficult part about medical school?"
"What are you doing now? (I am a re-applicant)"
"I can see from your application that you have done ..."xyz"...tell me about that."
"What is professionalism?"
"Tell me about a time that you failed. ::answered academically:: Now tell me about a time you failed in your personal life."
"Why FSU? Would you come here if accepted?"
"Relate personal experience to mission statement"
"Tell about someone who inspired you to go into medicine/your research/why you want to be a physician"
"What is a difficult part of being a physician?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What have you done to test your interest in a career in medicine?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What is one of the most difficult things you are going to encounter as a medical student? as a physician ten years from now? "
"Why medicine? What did you learn from your shadowing experiences?"
"What is your strength/weakness"
"Why Medicine? "
"What are you strengths? Weaknesses?"
"In reference to my medical experiences: Tell me about a specific patient that was memorable. "
"Do you have good judgment skills?"
"How would you handle a young patient's family that decided to ignore yor diagnosis and prescription even though you know their decision will hurt their child?"
"What are you positives and negatives?"
"What makes you unique?"
"What would your friends say about you if you weren't in the room?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years"
"Describe what you are proudest of."
"Tell me about why you chose your major? "
"Do you want to integrate travel in to your education? "
"Why were you a humanities major as opposed to a science major?"
"If three of your closest friends came in what would they say they DON'T like about you?"
"A patient has had a heart-attack and is willing to change his lifestyle. You see him again in a few months and he hasn't stayed with his diet plan. What do you do? You see him again and still is not following the plan, even though he wants to. What do you do?"
"Why FSU (for med school)? Why FSU (for undergrad)? Tell me about your family? What makes a good doctor? "
"How do you feel you resonate with the college's mission statement?"
"Name some problems with our current healthcare system and possible solutions. "
"Are you really interested in FSU?"
"What would you say were primary influences in your life that drove you towards a career in medicine?"
"What would you change about our current health care system?"
"What specialty are you interested in?"
"You've been asked by the prison to perform an execution through an injection and then later to preside over another one. Would you do either of them?"
"What was your most challanging time?"
"What is your greatest ability/weakness?"
"How do you know so and so who wrote your peer letter?"
"What are some of the volunteer activites you performed throughout undergrad? (Fairly typical stuff asked)"
"What would your friends say about you? "
"What is your first choice medical school (I was honest, it wasnt FSU)."
"What do you do in your free time? "
"What can u tell me for all the bean counters on the committee, that will sell you and why u should be accepted? (something along that line)"
"What issues to you see being a problem in the medical field in 10 years?"
"You are an extremely competitive person (college athlete / infantry officer), and yet you are drawn to this school because it is a more relaxed environment; how do you think you will be able to adjust? "
"Would you mind moving to Tallahassee?"
"Tell me about yourself what's not in the application....what are your dreams as far as what you want to do with your career."
"What are the positives and negatives of our current health care system in america? What would you change about it?"
"Tell me about your volunteering/shadowing."
"Your greates influence to become a Physician"
"If you weren't a doctor, what would you be"
"What one thing happened in your life that made you decide to choose medicine as a career?"
"What makes this medical school a good fit with your aspirations and expectations?"
"What would you say are your strengths and your weaknesses?"
"Talk about my family and friends."
"You have real good science gpa, now tell me about your verbal score? (My lowest score)"
"Tell me about your family"
"What three people, living or dead, would you invite to dinner?"
"Some ethical questions, but nothing hard. I wasn't forced to be pinned to any answer."
"What do you think of all the doctors leaving florida due to high malpractice, and the 3 strikes laws."
"What has been one positive and one negative change in healthcare recently? If you were the US healthcare czar what are 3 problems you would address?"
"A lot of quesitons about the personal statement."
"What do your parents and siblings do?"
"Why FSU? Why do you want to become a doctor? What do you think will be an obstacle to you if you get admitted into our school?"
"What were your most interesting classes as an undergrad? as a grad student? What was the most challenging classes? "
"Give an expample of a hardship you faced and tell me how you battled it."
"Why medicine? Why FSU?"
"What specialty do you want to enter?"
"What activities do you do in your spare time?"
"What is your opinion on stem cell research?"
"Where do you see yourself ten years from now?"
"What do you do for exercise? What do you do for yourself?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Your letters talk about you being bright and intelligent, why do your grades not really reflect that (ouch?!?!?)"
"What is your relationship to Dr. So-and-so (he asked me this both about a professor and a physician who had written letters for me)."
"Tell me about yourself? Why Medicine? Tell me about your experiences in the ER. "
"About my family, my volunteer experiences, my research"
"What are the most important qualities for a doctor to have?"
"What are my hobbies"
"tell me about....(insert e.c.)"
"Tell me about your experiences with volunteering, leadership positions, etc."
"summarize volunteering experiences"
"What has been your biggest challenge?"
"Are you a leader?"
"Questions directly from my personal statement"
"Asked by my Undergrad"
"What is one of the most challenging things you have faced (when I asked if she meant personally or academically, she stated either/or, I chose to speak about a personal challenge during undergrad. She eventually asked me about academic challenges as well)"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Explain your activities to me"
"Why medicine/doctor? Why FSU COM? If there was one thing you would want me to know remember you by, what would it be? If you could tell the admissions committee why they should pick you, what would you say?"
"Describe an ideal physician."
"Does anything frieghten you when you contemplate being in medical school?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What are some traits of a good physician?"
"Tell me about ____ activity."
"How did your friend die?"
"What do you think makes a good doctor?"
"How important is trust to the doctor/patient relationship?"
"Tell me about ________ (activity from AMCAS application)."
"What is the one thing you are most proud of?"
"Why FSU COM? What do you know about it?"
"Talk about your family."
"First: "What do you think you have to offer to your fellow medical students and the school?" Second: "How do you fit into FSU's mission statement?""
"Pick an ethical issue to discuss."
"questions about specific activities I was involved in in undergrad, had my amcas app printed and right in front of him and took notes on it.."
"What should I tell the committee about you? This was asked at the end of the interview."
"Pick an ethical issue to discuss"
"Who is your best friend? (Last minute question, obviously meant to end on a relaxed note)"
"Why medicine? Why FSU?"
"What was one of your past conflicts and how did you deal with it?"
"Tell me about a confrontation that you've had and how did you deal with it?"
"Pick an ethical issue and discuss it."
"Discuss healthcare in America. Know your terms... HMO, PPO, know how our system works and how you would improve it in accordance with the school's mission."
"Where do you see yourself in 12 years"
"A lot of specific questions and conversations starts about things on my AMCAS and secondary. Study them! "
"Where else have you applied? "
"Let's say that by the time you graduate, physicians will only be making four times the national household income. Do you have a problem with that?"
"Why FSU? Why did you attend X? "
"Questions about leadership and other activities on my application. What do you do for fun?"
"Who has been your greatest role model"
"What do you think will be the hardest part of being a doctor?"
"Have you ever had a problem with miscommunication?"
"Why medicine? why FSU? Also, practically everything from your primary and secondary app is not only fair game, it's covered with a fine-toothed comb. Just be prepared to talk about your experiences; why you did them, and what impact they've had on you."
"why become a doctor and not stay a emt?"
"They asked me a lot about my family."
"A lot of questions about activities on my AMCAS. "
"Most questions were very personal and had to do with my application. All the interviews are well versed in your application, both the primary and secondary. If there are any blemishes they will find them and ask you them about them. Just be prepared to explain yourself ^_^"
"Describe some of the patients you remember most and that had the biggest impact on you from you clinical experiences."
"Why FSU COM?"
"Are you considering specializing?"
"What specialty would you like to go into?"
"If you had a chance to speak directly to the admissions committee, what would you say?"
"Sum up your application in 60 sec. "
"What can I tell the Committee about you? "
"What is the last fiction book you have read?"
"How do you feel your parents have shaped you in your quest to become a physician?"
"Are you interested in traveling while you practice medicine?"
"What are some of the biggest issues in healthcare today?"
"What has been your most fulfilling volunteer experience?"
"What questions do you have for me? (I asked about what first year students complained about the most or said they wanted changed)"
"What's the biggest problem in healthcare and how would you fix it?"
"Tell me about yourself, Why MD? Tell me about your family."
"Why have you chosen to apply to FSU college of medicine?"
"Do you regret not applying to any Ohio schools the first time around and having to take a year off to reapply? (I was an Ohio resident before I took a year off to get Florida residency and therefore was unable to get in the first time around.)"
"What do you do for fun in your spare time? (Throwaway question, usually does not matter. Reply: Chess, which led to five minutes bragging about his son's own chess abilities.)"
"Which do you feel represents your academic horsepower more accurately, your grades or your MCAT score?"
"more of a conversation with the second interviewer. In fact, we went over time!! That is always a good sign, no? Be yourself and you should do fine."
"(They noticed that I'm non-science major, so they asked me why I chose that route and if I feel like I'm ready for the heavy science load in medical school)"
"What is one prominent healthcare problem and how would you fix it?"
"Tell me about your favorite volunteering experience and why."
"Explain why you GPA in college was so low? (must know your AMCAS application, as well as all the FSU secondary information you provide, very well)"
"Tell me about what you do in your current position."
"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Basically everything in my file. Know it well."
"What should I tell the committee about you?"
"What did you do different the sencond time you took the MCAT (it increased by 7 points althought my final MCAT score is not stellar)"
"Tell me about a time when you helped someone."
"What type of medicine are you interested in?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences."
"What is your family like?"
"Why should we select you over other equally well qualified individuals?"
"If you were not allowed to become a M.D. or a D.O. what would you do instead?"
"Where I saw myself in the future and what field of medicine interested me."
"questions about my amcas."
"Where do you see yourself in the future...asked twice"
"Is there anything we have not covered that you would like the admissions committee to know?"
"What do you do for fun? exercise? relaxation?"
"What challenges have you faced?"
"Once in medical school what will be your biggest challenge?"
"What type of research are you involved in?"
"Why do you get along with people so well? Tell me about your family."
"Tell me about (each thing in your file, including each person who wrote you a letter of rec)"
"Pick two of your favorite patients that you have seen and tell me why they are important to you."
"Medical school is stressful. Do you have a good support system? How do you handle stress?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What makes you different from other applicants?"
"Would you like to practice in the city or the country?"
"Is there anything else you would like me to present to the admissions board?"
"In the future do you see yourself living in a big city or small town? What field of medicine do you think you want to go into?"
"What is your biggest fault!"
"There are many problems and high interest issues in medicine today. Pick one, give your opinion and state what impact it will have on medicine in the future (talk about an MCAT question!! haha)"
"Why did you decide on the Early Decision program?"
"What would you want me to tell the committee on your behalf. (this was the first time i was asked this question, and I think he was proud that I paused and gave him a FIRM answer)."
"Suprisingly no ethics or healthcare questions from either of my interviewers"
"Tell me about your opinions on end of life care and the Terry Chivo case? Do you think it was appropriate for the state to intervene?"
"What would i do if not a physician"
"what doctors have impressed you, which have negatively impressed you?"
"Why medicine? Why FSU? Where else have you applied?"
"what specialty would I consider"
"What do you think will be the biggest challenge in attending medical school?"
"Explain an ethical issue in healthcare and argue both sides."
""explain a traumatic experience""
"Questions about the future of healthcare"
"Are we as a country and society at fault for the obesity epidemic?"
"Discuss you travel experiences"
"How would you solve the obesity epidemic we see in America"
"How and when do you think research/being a scientist plays into practicing medicine?"
"Describe your ideal physician."
"Why do you think you have not been accepted in the past?"
"Give me an example of something you feel strongly about? (in the context of healthcare)"
"Our conversation on malpractice & the absurd sue-happy culture we live in."
"What do you think the term "Obama-care" means?"
"When did you first started working?"
"An ethical question regarding a colleague drinking."
"After they read about my autistic son: What do you think causes Autism?"
"How do you feel your religious beliefs will influence your patient care?"
""What would you do for a career if there were no doctors?" "How do you think you'll handle being surrounded by people less mature than you?""
"Explain the phrase "If you lay down with dogs you're going to get fleas" and how it relates to medicine"
"Asking them questions. I was able to speak with a psychiatrist, she was awesome. "
"about my activities"
"Tell me about your family? Where are you from? What are your good and bad habits as a friend? etc... A lot of questions where from the AMCAS, so study it well and you will ace it. One questions was about my MCAT score (my wasnt so high) but I was prepare for it. In all the questions were not hard at all, I didn't get any ethical questions or healthcare field questions. But one of the other person being interview later told me that he was asked a lot of ethical questions. So be ready for the subject, do research on it (I used Wiki) on ethical issues and healthcare in the US just in case."
"Why do you think doctors do not like homeopathic medicine? "
"Can you imagine a difficult scenario that you might run into as a doctor? What would it be and how would you handle it? "
"What organ in the body would you be and why?"
"After taking Macroeconomics, what do you think about our future (universal) healthcare system?"
"nothing out of the ordinary"
"What's your favorite type of book to read (sci fi? historical fiction? autobio?)?"
"Have you ever been to Rattlesnake Roundup?"
"Why would we say a current medical school student was a poor choice? Why would we say one was a good choice and pat ourselves on the back?"
"At the end of the interview: Summarize for me in 30 seconds why the college of medicine should choose you. "
"We were talking about bomber planes (he wasn't expecting me to know anything on the subject)"
"Why did you switch careers? (nontraditional, coming from another professional career)"
"What was your favorite class? What was your least favorite class? Why?"
"What is the greatest problem in health care today?"
"Are you very religious?. Let's say a girl comes into your office pregnant and thinks that abortion is her only option what would you do? What would friends say about you? "
"If you were posed with a situation where the patient's request disagreed with your personal beliefs or morals, how would you handle the situation?"
"What does the term biopsychosocial mean to you?"
"Define professionalism. "
"The interviewers aren't there to grill you. They genuinely want to learn more about you as a person rather than simply another applicant. The interview sessions each lasted 35-40 min. Practically all the questions come from your app. Some questions included what I would do if I were in peds and my patient's mother wanted to take her child off the recommended medication. Just answer honestly, openly, and most importantly, remain CALM. When you freak out and clutch the chair they will feel nervous and uncomfortable"
"pick one person died or alive that inspires you and why"
"Has there ever been a time when you were misjudged?, Who inspired you to pursue medicine and why?, How do you problem solve? (this one threw me off guard, I didn't know exactly how to answer it...)"
"If you could have dinner with any three people dead or alive who would they be?"
"If you were to change one thing about the future what would it be?"
"If I would have removed the feeding tube from Terry Schiavo and why I would or would not have."
"everything was pretty standard"
"How will you carry out the mission statement of FSU?"
"My daughter wants to go to Florida State University undergrad. Would you endorse it and how."
"What question do you want me to ask you?"
"What do you think is the most prominent problem doctors will face in ten years?"
"How do you handle acute and chronic stress?"
"Recently, some counties in the state of Florida rejected a 1% increase in sales tax that would have gone to insuring the uninsured. Why do you suppose this bill was rejected?"
"When they asked me about my travel experience. "
"Why do I think the bill that was being voted on in some Florida counties for adding 1% sales tax to go towards funding health insurance for uninsured individuals in those counties was voted down?"
"Do you think there is too much violence in sports?"
"Tell me more about your trip to the Philippines..."
"There weren't any real ''interesting'' questions."
"Why do you want to be a primary care physician? Why not say GI, what can they do that a neurosurgeon would not be able to do?"
"Hypothetically, if all medical schools closed what field would you go into? If after a surgery your patient did not follow your prescribed post-op plan and complications arose how would you approach it?"
"Tell me why your a unique applicant."
"What has been the most difficult time in your life?"
"Did you participate in your high school's math teams."
"What are your opinions regarding the issue of disclosure in medicine?"
"Nothing too interesting."
"If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?"
"What negative thing would your close friend have to say about you."
"What issues to you see being a problem in the medical field in 10 years?"
"16 y/o female comes to your clinic and asks you for an abortion, what do you do? (after answering) what do you do if her parents already know? (same question others who have posted here were asked before)"
"Is it correct that you took your MCAT in 2003?"
"If a 17 yr old girl came to you and wanted an abortion, what would you do? Long answer short..i basically told her I would not be comfortable performing the abortion but I would still make sure that the patient is well taken care of by another physician. But then the interviewer asked me, What if you were the ONLY physician on staff at the time within 2 hours? "
"What are the positives and negatives of our current health care system, and how would you change it?"
"How would you get a non-compliant patient to listen to you?"
"What experiences with patients do you remember from the days when you were a volunteer."
"Honestly, it was just like a conversation and I don't really remember any questions . . . especially since the interviewer didn't know anything about me and didn't seem to want to"
"When I go back to the committee to give my report on you,what are some things that you would like me to tell them?"
"What do you think will be most difficult for you in medical school?"
"Was there a single event in your life that influenced your decision to become a doctor and if so, describe it."
"If you were the one interviewing, what qualities would you look for in a student?"
"Tell me about a time where you helped someone? (I had trouble thinking of a specific example that was noteworthy though I have helped many people throughout my life)"
"To talk about ethics in medicine."
"Seeing so many kids in those conditions (kids that had just gone through chemo); how did you managed to not get affected by the child's condition and managed to volunteer there?"
"Nothing really that interesting. The questions were all pretty straightforward, i.e. tell me about yourself, etc"
"If you were a car, what kind of car would you be?"
"How do you think you will handle being married and being a medical student?"
"2 of them: What's been the most difficult thing for you? What do you think of of recent florida legislature concerning doctors?"
"Pick a controversy in medicine and imagine that you are faced with a patient dealing with it. Describe the situation and explain how you would handle it."
"All about my secondary. They spent a lot of time learning my application... it really showed."
"Tell me about your family."
"I was already familiar with the questions from other people that posted their response about this school on this website."
"If a group of your friends were here what would they say about you? Which of these qualities will make you a good doctor?"
"What do like and dislike about being a leader?"
"What I thought about the recent Florida Healthcare amendments?"
"Will you be able to work with patients of different religions?"
"If you could be any organ of the body, what would you be?"
"If you had a clinic, what would you want your patients to say about you?"
"If you were health czar of the United States, what one change would you make to the health care system?"
"Describe your best friend and name a quality about them that you admire."
"If a child weighs 66lbs, and the medication calls for 10mg/Kg, how many milligrams do you give the child?"
"What coping skills did you use to make it through the experience of breaking your neck?"
"Questions about my relationship with one of the physicians who had written me a letter of reccomendation."
"Is there anything that I did not ask that you would like me to present to the committee? "
"How will your parents handle you becoming a doctor?... stemmed off from talking about my family..."
"What are the biggest problems in health care and how would you fix them?"
"What is the greatest problem facing healthcare today "
"Questions about my small magazine."
"What do you think about living wills? Tell me about your anatomy class. "
"During the many years of volunteering at X hospital, what patient sticks out most in your mind?"
"What would your friends say is your worst quality?"
"Choose a controversial topic and debate both sides"
"Explain an ethical issue in healthcare and argue both sides. OR What is one of the biggest problems facing medicine?"
"Question about abortion"
"I was caught off guard by this one: how do you relate the work you did outside of the country back home?"
"What is your greatest weakness?"
"Nothing really that difficult"
"How does being a humanitarian play into being a doctor."
"If you had a magic wand and could fix one thing about health care, what would it be and why?"
"How do you think you'll balance getting emotionally close to your patient without letting it wear you down?"
"Which one of your patients (I am a CNA) has had the most profound influence on you?"
"What would you do if a girl came in and wanted an abortion? even if you didnt want to do it, would you refer?"
"None - the conversational style of the interview didn't have any surprise, difficult, or trick questions."
"Hmm. Probably "What does "Obama-care" mean to you? It was hard to answer it without getting political."
"What do you think your letter writers said about you?"
"Where would you call home? (I've moved around a lot)."
"Do you think you can juggle family life and med school?"
"Health care, etc."
"No difficult questions. Very straight forward."
"30 second sales pitch"
"What are your best/worst health care experiences?"
""What do you think the biggest drawback of FSU is?" "Everyone has formed an opinion on healthcare reform. What's yours?""
"The questions are pretty straightforward. They don't try to trick you."
"Do you have any discrepancies that you would like me to tell the committee on your behalf? (Open ended, didn't know how to respond"
"why did you choose to be so involved with environmental groups.. "
"Tell me about interesting cases that you saw as a volunteer? This was tough because I volunteer at an ER and a Cancer center so I had to think on the fly and pick a random case that I remember."
"There really wasn't one. The interview was super relaxed. "
"What is the hardest thing you have ever been through? (asked in both interviews)"
"What is professionalism?"
"Why should the admissions committee pick you? What makes you stand out from everyone?"
"What is the Biopsychosocial model?....(awkward silence) "
"Why should we choose you? What do you have to offer this school that other applicants do not? What sets you apart?"
"What is an obstacle you had to overcome? How did you overcome it?"
"What are some issues that you believe doctors will face in 12 years?"
"Pick an ethical topic and discuss it. I was just caught off guard, I expected them to give me a scenario."
"Many other students were asked ethics questions. One told me they were asked if they would perform an abortion. "
"Do you have any questions? (They'd already answered all of them very thoroughly, so I explained that and then led into a discussion about the regional campuses)."
"How do you think the health care system can be improved?"
"Would you perform an abortion?"
"None. the interviews were very conversational, they just want to get to know you."
"If you were a doctor and a 16 year old girl came into your office pregnant and scared to tell her parents, thinking they would discipline her. She believes her only option is abortion. What do you do?"
"What do you consider your greatest achievement and then the converse- your greatest dissapointment?"
"Again, by the time you get to interviews they know your app backwards and forwards. Many questions centered on your personal life. How I dealt with stress, how my family has supported/raised me, etc. Both were really interested in my practice vision; where I saw myself in 10 or so years. Nothing was difficult. Although, I did hear of a female applicant getting into a heated discussion concerning abortion. All in all, they want to get to know you more, so don't be timid and shy."
"nothing was that hard..... I had one ethics question about assisted suicide "
"I see that you love working with children and have an interest in pediatrics... so why medicine as opposed to teaching? (They also drilled me A LOT about my personal application and specifics about patients I worked with, etc.)"
"about some of my grades"
"If you were to change one thing about the future what would it be?"
"How to provide healthcare to everyone in the country. (He said he didn't expect a right or wrong answer, he just wanted my opinion)"
"What is one of your more negative qualities?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"How do you see yourself carrying out FSU's mission statement?"
"Why don't you have any clinical experience? (i.e. shadowing)"
"Choose one medically or otherwise health care related issue that you have read about and discussed with other people, and tell me what you think about it and how it could be solved. (Difficult because of how vague it was worded)"
"What is your take on the different health care systems in the UK or Canada versus the US? Do you think there should be changes in the US healthcare system?"
"Where will you be in ten years?"
"What was one big obstacle in my life... it was worded weird though and caught me off-guard, more of a personal weakness question."
"Why didn't you join a fraternity while you were in college?"
"What questions do you have for me?"
"You are a family physician and a man comes in with his wife who is obviously demented. He tells you he can't take care of her anymore, he's too old and doesn't know what to do. You live in a state where physician assisted suicides are legal. What do you do?"
"Why do you want to be a primary care physician? Why not say GI, what can they do that a neurosurgeon would not be able to do?"
"If your friends were asked, what would they say your greatest weakness was? "
"Questions about academic weakness."
"If you were called by the state penitentiary and asked to come to an execution by lethal injection to perform/observe/confirm death, would you go?"
"Why did you apply to this school / What attracted you to Florida State (Ans. Clearly as a backup, why else does anyone apply here?)"
"What percentage of Florida's population is uninsured?"
"What is a controversy in medicine today."
"Why was your MCAT score low?"
"What would you do if your dad was your patient?"
"Is there any reason your beliefs would get in the way of your practicing medicine?"
"You are an extremely competitive person (college athlete / infantry officer), and yet you are drawn to this school because it is a more relaxed environment; how do you think you will be able to adjust? "
"How would you have ruled if you were the judge in the Terry Schiavo case?"
"Not really any difficult questions, but one question that I didn't really prepare for was: what was one of the most traumatic life experiences, and what was one of the most inspiring moment of your life? I also got the dosage question like someone else on SDN. It's not hard..just have to know the convertion of pounds to kilograms."
"Positives and negatives of the health care sytem."
"Nothing bad. Maybe "what was the hardest thing you had to do" or "how are you a good fit with the program.""
"Explain these X bad grades"
"There were no ethical questions or any questions about the healthcare system."
"What do you think about euthenasia?"
"If you were a judge in the Terry Schiavo case, how would you have ruled?"
"If a mother brings in a 42 pound child and the dosage of a given drug is 3.3mg/kg and a kilogram is about 2.2pounds, how much of the drug would you prescribe."
"Tell me about a current problem facing medicine today that you might have discussed with your peers or family."
"How would you fix healthcare problem in the US? but kept asking "and?...and?..." to my response."
"Healthcare and ethics in medicine."
"None really it was mostly about get to know you type questions. There not there to put you on the spot or drill you. Really positive experience."
"The only ethical question all day...what do you think about abortion?"
"If you were a car, what kind of car would you be? This was the most difficult for me because I'm not into cars and I didn't really know what to say."
"What do you think of the whole Terri Schiavo case?"
"No difficult questions, everything was conversational and fairly easy to answer"
"Change one thing to improve healthcare?"
"If you were the czar of healthcare, what changes would you make and why?"
"How would you deal with a patient's noncompliance?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare and how would you fix it?"
"If you were the health czar of the United States, what would you change about health care?"
"What is the most important issue in healtcare and how would you fix it?"
"How do you think we will be able to solve some of the major problems in healthcare (malpractice, uninsured, etc.)?"
"Same as above"
"Have you ever been in a heated argument with your research mentor? If so, explain the situation in detail and how did you handle it? Also, would you handle it the same now?"
"no real hard questions"
"None really. The difficult thing is that you will be TOTALLY distracted when you see them strumming through your file at the interview. I literally could see some of my letters of recommendation, scores, etc... It's a little intimidating"
"If I was Terry Chivos doctor what would you recommend to her family?"
"trying to remember all the details from each of my job shadowing experiences"
"no difficult questions at all. commonly asked medical school interview questions. "
"What do you say about people who can afford health insurance but decide not to? Do you think they should be forced to? What other volunteer experiences have you had (we had already discussed all of them so i had nothing left to add)"
"What was your greatest disappointment/flaw/weakness ?"
"What has been your biggest disappointment?"
"SDN questions are spot on! Read Dr. Gray's interview book."
"Two mock interviews, read the Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview, practiced in the mirror, and BIG interview website."
"Prepared for ethical questions, and the common medical interview questions but it was very conversational"
"Reviewed file + sdn"
"Looked over primary and secondary many times over, looked at SDN questions, mock interview w a family member to get a feel for how I would answer the questions, and looked over material regarding the school itself."
"Studied my primary and secondary application"
"I read thoroughly read their website interview tips, student handbook, and discussion threads."
"Mock interviews, FSU website, and SDN"
"Uses SDN and created a general outline of what I wanted to say and then practiced it so I felt comfortable. Bought a medical school interview book but only read a little of it to get a gist of how to phrase my answers."
"I read SDN interview feedback, and my primary/secondary applications."
"Reread AMCAS and secondary"
"1)brushed up on healthcare reform 2)expanded my knowledge of the school 3)answered questions posed to other students (presented to me on SDN)"
"Researched thoroughly on the FSU-COM website & SDN."
"SDN, reviewing my FSU app and AMCAS, reviewing topics in healthcare reform (I was anticipating that question)."
"2 Mock interviews"
"I read the school's mission statement, I looked at their curriculum, and I read about the previous interview questions posted on SDN."
"SDN, yelling at myself in a mirror"
"Reread AMCAS, Secondary."
"mock interview, reviewed current events & health reform, reviewed past research experience"
"read SDN (thx) and FSU website. read all my applications/secondaries- i forgot what i wrote 4 months ago!! Also read up on the news.."
"Looked through the FSU Med website and reviewed current health care topics."
"Mock interview, read about the school online, read over my AMCAS and secondary applications"
"mock interview, SDN Interview Feedback, came up with answers/stories for questions I came across, AMA's Virtual Mentor on Medical Ethics, read up on healthcare reform, asked friends and family for some insight about my strengths/weaknesses, SDN Interview Secrets, reviewed my primary and secondary apps, read the school website"
"SDN, Reread primary"
"Read primary, secondary, healthcare info on Obama, SDN, read FSU awesomeness... "
"read a short interviewing book, reread my amcas and secondary "
"SDN forum, SDN Interview Feedback, FSU website, Wikipedia and a few mock interviews"
"Looked at previous questions from SDN, made sure I was prepared to answer them. "
"SDN, Primary/Secondary, I went to the COM website, read up on healthcare and wiki'd Biomedical Ethics just to make sure I knew SOMETHING about any topic. "
"I printed out my secondary, AMCAS, the school's mission statement, curriculum and compiled a list of questions from SDN"
"Mock interview, SDN"
"Looked over secondary, SDN, and COM website."
"SDN, FSU COM website, AMCAS app, secondary essays."
"Read the past interview feedbacks of FSU! Read over your primary and secondary application."
"School materials (ex: the med school magazine), SDN, practicing answers with friends"
"School's website, interview feedback page"
"SDN, Read primary and secondary (interviews are open file... specific questions are asked related to your application), Read mission statement (and contemplate how your past experiences support their mission), Take some time and think about ethical issues that might arise in you might encounter in life/school/career and how you would handle them"
"SDN, school's website, AMCAS, (didn't read my secondary app again -- way too many questions)"
"AMCAS, SDN, Website"
"My primary & secondary applications. They ask you alot about your application throughout the interview, they will go through every detail (grades, activities, mcats)you gave them in your application. I also read up on the school- they place a heavy emphasis on their mission. "
"Read the site, SDN interview feedback, kept up to date with healthcare issues both domestic and foreign, and talked to students."
"SDN, school website, AMCAS, my secondary"
"SDN & the school website"
"Read up on FSU, SDN, and read AMA medical ethics."
"SDN, read about the school curriculum. "
"SDN, read the school mission and goals."
"read over amcas, SDN, practiced with my mirror"
"Read over AMCAS, Secondary App. Practiced answering questions from SDN."
"Read SDN, practiced in a mirror. The biggest advice I could give is not to be nervous, which is pretty difficult considering the circumstances. You've got to remember that these PhD's, deans, profs, MD's, etc. are people too. Be yourself, be confident, and let them know why you're there."
"AMCAS,SDN, review secondary"
"Went over primary and seconday applications, mock interviews with friends and family, SDN"
"read my AMCAS and Secondary application, SDN, mock interview"
"Read books about the interview process and read feedback on SDN"
"SDN, school website, reading over all my application materials, MSAR, looking over some current events in medicine"
"SDN, browsing their website, going over recent healthcare issues, etc."
"Read SDN, researched a few current healthcare and ethical issues, got a good night's sleep. "
"I was grilled by friends and loved ones on different topics. I read the school's website and became as informed as possible."
"SDN, school website, mock interview"
"Read over my applications and questions posted here."
"studentdoctor.net, amcas essays, and secondaries. Mock interview with some friends that had already had theirs."
"Relaxed and read over other posted interview feedback (and made sure I knew kg to lb conversion was 2.2 even though it didn't come up :) "
"student doctor, googled health care system and its problems"
"sdn, school website, MSAR, articles on recent health care issues"
"I read over studentdoctor.net questions (helped so much!), KNOW YOUR application very well (they both had highlighted/memorized my application)."
"FSU website, read up on some controversial issues in medicine, primary and secondary applications"
"studentdoctor.net, practiced with husband, reviewed ENTIRE AMCAS and 2ndary application"
"Nothing, really. Read over SDN and did a little research on HMOs (only one site though). "
"SDN, read up stuff of internet,, health care, ethics stuff."
"Nada, went in prepared to be completely honest about myself and my application."
"SDN, Personal Statement, FSU supplimental essay, Read up on current medical issues"
"Read up on school, reviewed applications, SDN"
"Website, SDN, MSAR"
"Oh man, I did a lot. AMCAS, SDN, mock interview, ethics, read up on hot topics."
"Read over my AMCAS app and secondary app, reviewed the FSU COM website, read over studentdoctor.net"
"SDN, school website"
"SDN, read over AMCAS and FSU application, read up on current events"
"Reviewed application, spoke to current students, and reviewed this website"
"Student Doctor, reviewed AMCAS application, FSU web site, reviewed secondary application"
"Read SDN--helped a lot!!, read my AMCAS and secondary questions, did a mock interview with a friend, and prepared my views on ethical questions like abortion, euthanasia, withdrawal, etc."
"Read SDN, mock interview, looked over application, researched FSU medical school mission and program"
"reviewed my application/essays, went through a list of common interview questions (I got them online and just guessed common ones), mock interview"
"School's website, talking to a friend who's a student at FSU, SDN, a couple of mock interviews with friends."
"This site, read AMCAS and secondary materials"
"SDN, read my application, the college of medicine website"
"I read this website, went over FSU COM's website, wrote down a couple questions to ask the interviewer in case they wanted me to ask them questions, and I reread my AMCAS application."
"SDN, brushed up on ethics, re-read my app and personal statement"
"Reread my AMCAS and secondary application, purchased and read a book about getting into medical school that had interview-type questions in it. Read the latest news and current events."
"Read over my applications, looked at the school's website"
"Looked at SDN, FSU Website, AMCAS"
"Read over my application, SDN, tried to research healthcare issues"
"Reading up on healthcare and my application."
"SDN, Schools website, other sites"
"Read SDN and got a good night's sleep."
"SDN, Medical Ethics textbook, FSUCOM website, NY Times"
"mock interview, AMCAS, secondary essays, and of course Studentdoctor.net"
"studentdoctor.net, moch interview, read the school's website"
"Read my secondary, SDN, and walked around the campus for a while before the orientation/interviews."
"Read the website, personal statement, Amcas, and prior interview feedback"
"By going to the school's website, reviewing my AMCAS application, reviewing my sec. application, and visiting this website."
"FSU website ( they don't give a lot of history to the school so check this out), SDN (all the extra questions in my interviews were exactly like the questions I saw here-I think they have a standard list of questions), AMCAS app (this is important because both interviewers simply went through my AMCAS and asked me questions about it), and secondary app ( I don't know if they even use this, but it's good to know what you wrote anyway)"
"reviewed interview questions (very helpful!!!), this site and the schools site"
"SD.net, my file, school's website"
"SDN, the FSU website (www.med.fsu.edu), re-read my application"
"studentdoctor.com, mock interviews, look over application"
"Browsed through FSU's College of Medicine website, looked up some websites with interview tips for medical schools, and looked through the StudentDoctor. NEt website"
"SDN, AMCAS/Secondary appl. bought a suit"
"Student Doctor Network, reading up on current healthcare issues, talking to medical students"
"Read the web site, SDN, AMCAS application"
"SDN, secondary, and AMCAS essay"
"read my AMCAS, secondary, this web site and looked for any recent events material."
"I read my AMCAS application, my FSU secondaries, this web site, and any current events stuff. "
"www.studentdoctor.net went through the school website, newsletters"
"SDN, school webpage"
"SDN network, studying up my AMCAS application"
"SDN, mock interview"
"SDN, website, read over my applications"
"Nothing. Just know that they focus on primary care. If you are going into primary care, you might want to consider this school. "
"SDN, MSAR, FSU webpage, mock interview, and other pre-med books."
"They were very nice and seemed committed to their mission."
"My interviewers gave feedback at the end to reassure me of how my interview went. They were knowledgeable about the school and the community. The Dean of the COM answered all the questions we asked in our dean's session."
"The focus on patient care"
"The warm atmosphere"
"The community groups"
"EXTREMELY welcoming interviewers and faculty, open to answer any questions and are very delightful people to be around in general"
"Student tour and what they had to say about the school"
"Everyone I encountered was incredibly friendly, the campus was beautiful, and interactive student body."
"The welcoming atmosphere of all the faculty and students"
"How relaxed and comfortable the interviewers made you feel. They specifically told me to just relax and lets just talk. You also get greeted at the door first thing by 1st and 2nd year students that help you get relaxed and ask them questions about the school or interview."
"That both interviews were extremely tailored to my application, my interests/experiences, and getting to know me."
"The "human" oriented educational philosophy and kind people"
"the staff and students who did our tour (they kept it real)"
"The personalities of the students & faculty alike are just glowing, a consistent good time up there."
"I really liked both of my interviewers. I particularly liked my second interviewer. He's a real inspiration and a sweetie pie. I also liked how they really do try to look at the whole application and don't concentrate on numbers."
"Awesome facilities, friendly and enthusiastic students and faculty, curriculum"
"the responsiveness to the student body"
"The environment/atmosphere. They worked to keep the tension away, and to provide you with an overall good experience. Also, the facilities here are almost NEW!!!! Lots of technology, videos of lectures online, student learning centers, etc."
"The overall atmosphere of the school was very laid back and everybody I met was very enthusiastic about the program."
"Very beautiful medical school! Very technologically forward. Integrated curriculum. The students seemed very down-to-earth and friendly. Very happy students and faculty."
"the responsiveness of the college to the students' best interests"
"really beautiful- gorgeous brick buildings in cold December. very sweet down to earth medical students showed us around and made the tour fun! really amazing clinical training.."
"The facilities were aesthetically pleasing and everyone at the school was incredibly nice. "
"The facilities are amazing. The dean took time to meet with us and have a Q&A. Both the students and faculty are all extremely excited about FSU COM."
"The hi-tech facilities, the student body's enthusiasm, the campus, the curriculum. They have lots of videotaping, lots of mannequins. Only 6 people per body. "
"Everything. Awesome people, happy students, great equipment"
"How the school is really about the student rather than the institution standings. Newer facilities, LC's, admissions process, students, etc."
"the schools desire for feedback and that they actually make changes based on what the students want, technology , doctoring classes"
"The school looks brand new and very nice. It incorporate a lot of technology in the classroom, tablet laptop, PDA and SIMs so you can practice on. The medical students seems happy even though they got a big test coming up. FSU has a positive environment feel to them, the staff are friendly. Plus I was told their new dean is very student friendly."
"The school is pretty new so it's beautiful and technologically equipped. Everyone - faculty, staff, med students, was really friendly. "
"High-techness of the school, the open and friendly environment. The school is beautiful. It's really new so they are trying to make the advances that older schools can't. "
"Non-competitive atmosphere; new facilities; respect given to students by every staff member and faculty; the cheerfulness and good humor of the student guides "
"Everyone was really friendly, very laid back atmosphere for students, student learning communities."
"The friendliness and helpfulness of the students and the staff, the new equipment, having a prestigious professor for Anatomy, importance on clinical opportunities."
"The facilities were incredible. I have spent 3 years at FSU for undergrad, on campus everyday walking through the med school all the time and never knew how amazing the facility actually was. "
"Laid back atmosphere, non-competitive environment."
"The brand new facilities, the sim people, the friendly students, staff, and teachers/doctors, the laid-back quality of the school and interview, the student groups and break rooms"
"facilities-all brand new and really nice, simulation center, lots of faculty-student interaction, friendly students"
"Teaching facilities, faculty extremely dedicated to teaching students, positive faculty and students, noncompetitive and nurturing atmosphere"
"The tour of the clinical learning center, sim lab, anatomy lab, friendliness of the students, enthusiasm of tour guides"
"The school is new, clean, and technologically up to date."
"Amazing facilities, students truly love the school, high tech- each student gets a tablet pc and pda w/tuition, Student learning communities, professors focused on teaching students, and last year a 100% USMLE step one acceptance rate."
"The facilities are amazing!!"
"Amazing campus and incredibly nice faculty. Blew my mind!"
"The facilities were beautiful and they were very technologically advanced. The staff, administration and students were very welcoming, encouraging and helpful. "
"The amazing new facilities! Everything is brand new and high tech! The staff is also really nice and helpful!"
"I was impressed with the amount of opportunities to work in the community. FSU allows students to spend the majority of their time out of a hospital and in clinics."
"The facilities are top notch. "
"The facilities were top notch and the students were enthusiastic about their education and school."
"Happy students, beautiful new facility, friendly staff/faculty."
"The school's facilities are phenomenal."
"The facilities are amazing. They are really tech savy. Practically any medically related textbook and reference book can be accessed online. Everyone seemed really excited about being there. The interviews were really intimate. There were only 6 people interviewing including myself. What really stood out to me was the fact that they were very interested in me as a person. I didn't feel (like some schools) that I was taking up there time, or that I was one in a huge pile of names. They really went out of their way to make you feel welcome and at home. I had the afternoon interview schedule (11-4). We ate lunch, talked with students, etc. and then toured the campus for two hours. There were facilities accessible 24-7 to students where you could shower, study, cook dinner, etc. The CLC (clinical learning center) was also very impressive. They tailor your education in such a way that all of your tests are structured similar to the boards; i.e. when you take pharm, micro, path, you take tests which include subject matter from each area. Same way the boards are set up, same way you'll be expected to practice. We then toured the anatomy lab; something some schools don't allow. No cadavers, although we did see a few brains and human skeletons. I like the fact that everything is in one location; you don't have to run all over Tallahasse to get to your next class."
"The new medical school building, How happy the students appeared to be. "
"Excellent, brand new facilities. The tablet laptop and PDA you receive at orientation are a nice plus. Also, from what I understood, the professors are all full-time faculty and do not practice in addition to teaching. It is nice to have instructors that are 100% dedicated to your education."
"Everything is state of the art since it is such a new school and you get a laptop and PDA. "
"How motivated all the prof.s were to producing good doctors."
"The students were very friendly and all were eager to tell about their experiences at FSU. The facilities are all brand new and the entire college is very technologically up to date. I also liked the patient interaction you get in the clinical learning center. The fact that the students really get to know the faculty was a plus side too."
"The enthusiasm of the students and the awesome facilities really impressed me. Also my two interviewers were extremely nice and made me very comfortable."
"The enthusiasm of the faculty. They're really excited to share their knowledge. Also, the curriculum seems really managable and student-friendly."
"The facilities, they are brand new. The fact that every med student gets a tablet laptop and a PDA. "
"the campus for 1st and 2nd years is new and nice"
"The facilities are amazing, and you get laptops and PDAs. "
"How commited to faculty is to the students, and the students to eachother. The students dont really compete with eachother to see who has the best grade, they dont mind sharing notes when somebody needs them. Great facilities, tons of places to study, and the Learning Communities were awesome."
"The positivity and enthusiasm of the students, and the dedication that the faculty and staff had to the mission of producing physicians who would be good clinicians and who work well in teams. Also, the study areas are AWESOME!!!"
"Beautiful campus, interviews were very conversational and stress-free. "
"A lot! Everyone was very nice, the facilities are beautiful. They are a very innovative program too...it's evident through everything you see."
"Everyone was incredibly laid back and nice."
"Brand new facilities, friendliness of the faculty/staff/students, CLC, free tablet laptop & PDA"
"Facilities are GORGEOUS, students were a great mix of people, and several made a point of emphasizing the chose FSU over much more prestigious schools because of the fact that the professors are there to teach, and you are ensured time with doctors not residents during the 3rd & 4th year rotations."
"The facilities were beautiful because they are brand new. You also get a laptop and pda (well, technically you're probably paying for it through tuition). Lunch was really good."
"The friendliness, low stress caring environment."
"Facilities, student body, faculty, and staff. All excellent. Oh, and the interview food was great. "
"The genuine warmth and friendliness of the entire student body and staff. The facilities were above and beyond expectations. You have to see it for yourself to understand."
"Enthusiasm of everyone involved in the process, from the librarian to the admissions coordinator to the dean to the students. Everyone was great."
"Building is brand new and very neat and clean."
"Every faculty member I met seemed incredibly nice, interesting, intelligent, and down-to-earth-- I was highly impressed! The medical school building is beautiful and technology-forward. The students were friendly, knowledgeable, and seemed happy. The lunch was tasty. The match and board scores are impressive for such a new program. "
"the facilities were beautiful."
"The facilities are amazing and state-of-the-art. I did a lot of research ahead of time on the school, but was still impressed by the building, especially the famous CLC. My interviewers were great and seemed to genuinely want to get to know me as a person. I could tell they had taken time to really peruse my app and come up with questions specifically for me. It was so laid-back and relaxing that I wasn't stressed out at all. "
"everything! The staff was very welcoming, students very jovial, and everything is targeted towards the students success, they are very technologically advance with 95% of the library on your free computer,team based learning, very easy going environment, a huge effort to make u comfortable and stress free, great lunch"
"Everyone was extremely nice and the facilities were amazing. They really stress student-centered learning which sounds very impressive."
"The facilities are amazing and are brand new. They are continuing to grow, brining in patient simulators for the bottom floor of the building next to the CLCs. Students were extremely happy to be there and numerous ones commented that it is a less stressful environemtn than other state medical schools. I was able to sit in on a class after my interview and was impressed by the integration of the computers they give you for free with the lecture (gives you the option to either print it out or to take notes on the power point slides provided by lecturers prior to lecture)."
"New facilities! Their new auditorium looks more like a performance hall. They are the only MD school built after the internet came into use so the school is structured around wireless and paperless learning."
"EVERYONE was so friendly, and you can tell that the students REALLY do enjoy med school at FSU. The school is very high tech. Very nice facilities, especially the LC and the CLC's."
"The building is brand new and it looks great. The students all had fantastic personalities and did a very good job selling their school. I could tell that they really enjoyed going there. Also, they did a great job giving me tons of information about the school. The interviewers themselves were pleasant and gave me plenty of opportunities to show who I was as a person. They seemed generally interested in what my personality is like."
"high-tech focus (they give you laptops adn PDAs of you are accepted), friendly students, upfront and courteous administrators, polite interviewers (see "summarize your experience"), progressive teaching"
"The friendly atmosphere, the facilities, the CLC and LC. The building is brand new."
"Facilities and medical students "
"The facility, the technology, and the people."
"The school is very new, so all of their resources are state-of-the-art. They are the first medical school to be built since the advent of the internet, so their entire curriculum is very internet-based."
"students were happy; enormous tech resouces; standardized patient program; faculty committment to students"
"The facilities, faculty, technology and integration of WiFi resources, learning communities and patient contact early in the curriculum."
"Everyone seemed to really care about the students and made sure your day was going well. "
"The facilities were new and nice looking and catered to the students. The staff that showed us around was really nice and seemed to really care about the students."
"The school was absolutely amazing. It really knocked me off my feet because I wasnt expecting the school to impress me so much. The facilities are outstanding and brand new. There are special student quarters for groups of students to gather and study with lockers and kitchens."
"The facilities were amazing. The CLC was amazing in the fact that they are so technologically advanced."
"The facilities are outstanding. Brand new building, state of the art technology, etc. The learning communities are so cool."
"The students I talked with seemed happy and the way the school integrates technology is amazing. I can't think of any other school that gives you a laptop and a PDA. Integrating technology with everyday clinical decision making is the way of the future and FSU understands this. Despite the school's young age, I think anyone coming out of FSU will have a great medical education and be well prepared to practice clinical medicine."
"Everything. The building is amazing. The tuition is very low, and it includes a laptop & PDA which are pretty highly integrated in the curriculum. The learning communites are fantastic, and really foster a great study environment. The clinical learning center is great. The faculty are genuinely concerned with your well-being and your education, it is apparant that they love what they do. The students are very happy. Clinical experience from the very beginning - not just standardized patients."
"the brand new facilities were worth the wait, they are very impressive. They effectively integrate laptops and PDAs into the curriculum and give one of each to every student. The new Learning centers where you study are really cool, too."
"The facilities are amazing, esp. the learning centers!"
"The enthusiasm and friendly nature of the students, the helpful faculty, new building."
"I was positively impressed by how much the school is dedicated to helping their students, and how happy the students are. Most of all, I love their student learning center and their clinical learning community, which is very high tech. And I also like how they reach their admission decision quickly- in less than a week."
"The students were so nice. The facility is awesome. They have "Learning Communities" which are basically apartments for a small group of students. This really would make the long hours studying more comfortable!"
"The school is beautiful, the students and staff were very enthusiastic and the program is very student focused. I feel they would bend over backwards to help their students."
"The facility is amazing. Beautiful building. Very friendly staff and students. Early clinical exposure."
"The whole campus is new. Everything is wired. Students get lounges, PDA's, laptop. All but one of students passed Step 1 on the first try."
"Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The interviewers were relaxed and tried to make you as comfortable as possible."
"Everyone was extremely friendly and their new building is gorgeous."
"Everyone seemed hell bent on making it as stress free as possible, including the students. Everyone was really nice, and boy do they sell themselves well."
"The new building and friendly attitude. They straight up told us at the beginning that they weren't here to trick us or make us nervous... they just wanted to get a feel for who we are. They also have an optional medical Spanish course, which I thought was a great idea. "
"How friendly the students and faculty were, and the BEAUTIFUL new building which we were the first interview group to get to see"
"They have a brand new school that they are moving into next month. The school is also very student oriented. I know students at several other colleges and I can not say that I have seen anything like the community attitude at FSU. I also was notified of my acceptance three business days later."
"The buzz of excitement about their new building and the newness of the school in general. The whole atmosphere was full of as much anticiapation as I have about med school."
"The facilities are amazing!! They will have a new building with three floors. I think they're called LCL's learning community something. Anyways, a class is divided up into these communities. For example, the current freshman are divided into two communities and have two rooms. Each room has four rooms that are equipped with 2 dry erase boards, a computer, a projecter, a huge desk and nice chairs! The main room has a shower, almost a living room type area, fridge, and lockers! They planned very well for their students are very equipped and technologically advanced! Next, they're open minded! If you're interested in missionary trips internationally, and want to organize fellow classmates to join you, the will support and help you for the mission. -they currently have international trips over spring break. The free laptop, pda, and wireless internet given to each student is also a plus!!!"
"the friendliness of the students, staff"
"Students are happy the technology is a great asset to the students. Also, the smaller class sizes are a major plus."
"How friendly all the students there were. I would recommend everyone stay with a student host, not only because it can help prepare you for the interview to talk with students beforehand, but also so you can see the FSU nightlife. The small class size is very appealing."
"the students seem very happy, the staff and faculty are very helpful, everyone is friendly and competition is minimal"
"Despite its criticism, I was very impressed by FSU's new medical program. They have hired great faculty and teachers who will make it a great school. It's a new school, but they don't have new teachers. The people there seem very experienced and are excited about pioneering "the perfect medical school." Becuase they were able to start from scratch, they have integrated modern technology into just about everything- each student is given a laptop and PDA, and they use them for many classes (everywhere is "wireless"). They have small but good facilities, and when all the construction is competed next year, it's going to be really nice. The students were motivated and welcoming, and the interviews were really easy."
"The fact that they take anatomy over the summer before (takes a lot of the pressure off during the year), the medical students seemed really happy, the fact that they give you an answer within a week (I got in!), the fact that they give free laptops and palm pilots to med students, the clinical learning center, small class sizes"
"They matched me up with my interviewers according to my activities and interests."
"The students all seemed friendly and group-oriented. The clinical simulation facility had some impressive technology. Overall they had cutting-edge resources because it is all new. The faculty also seemed dedicated and friendly."
"One of my interviewers was very rude to me"
"Still not sure about having to move around 3rd and 4th year..."
"None of the clinical locations for M3 and M4 seem appealing to me. Felt they asked questions irrelevant to my practice in medicine."
"Hmm...nothing that I can really think of right now."
"the unprofessional behavior of our student guides, the de-emphasis and utter disdain for research, the un-preparedness of one of my interviewers regarding my record"
"The schools focus on producing primary care's. I like rural medicine/practices, which is also a part of their mission, but I'm not entirely sure if that is focused on as much as producing PCP's."
"The location. As soon as I left campus I heard banjoes."
" i am NOT a fan of using the same laptop as everyone else- it sounds HORRIBLE and crashes. I like my own laptop:( i also dont know if there are alot places to study in the area- everything seems so crowded cuz there are so many colleges around. "
"Our tour guides were not particularly enthusiastic. Primary care seemed to be the only emphasis. No option for research. "
"The information session was a little unstructured for my taste, with no info about financial aid. No clear leadership, just a lot of coming and going from random people. Tallahassee apparently has a lot of crime, and friends tell me you shouldn't walk around alone at night, even on campus. One of my interviewers asked me an inappropriate question, but that should be in the process of getting sorted out. "
"Tallahassee may not be the most public transportation friendly town, which worries me as I have no car. "
"Loved the school, but Tallahassee was unimpressive..."
"Tallahassee isn't the nicest looking town but you only have to be there for 2 years anyway. After 2 years you are off to their regional campuses. "
"That we have to go elsewhere for 3rd and 4th years and that there were no 3rd/4th years to talk to us. "
"There were actual grades, not just S/U"
"I have to wait till January to find out the results because of the Christmas break."
"Nothing...the faculty, facility, and students were all wonderful."
"The lack of a teaching hospital, and the marginal availability to do reseach (but apparently still an option)"
"second two years are in a different location, board scores recently"
"Tallahassee (not much to do but drink, football, etc...), Clinical Experience (not much of one)"
"Interviewers seemed intent on not giving anything away/being too encouraging"
"the 3rd and 4th years "aren't for me." Though they seem effective. Also, they told us in the interview that they would let us know (verbally by phone) the next week what the outcome was, however, they didn't let us know until October 15th (written)."
"Nothing about the interview... could use its own teaching hospital but oh well... not a major point with all of the teaching locations in town."
"That there is no teaching hospital and you generally only spend your first 2 years in Tallahassee. After that, you are assigned to a regional campus to do your clinicals at for the next 2 years."
"I have no real negatives except maybe that Tallahassee is not an exciting city."
"The clinical rotations are assigned by lottery and are not in Tallahassee."
"moving after the first 2 years for interning"
"The city of Tallahassee isn't the most appealing town in America."
"Nothing really. Each school has strong and weak points. I think it's up to each applicant to decide which school makes the best fit for their needs."
"no 3rd or 4th year students around to be able to ask questions to."
"I do a great deal of my studying in libraries, and I was very unimpressed with the one at the med school... however, I'm sure med school students also have access to the main FSU library. I was also disappointed in the lack of a teaching hospital nearby. "
"Didn't really discuss the curriculum at all and there weren't that many students to talk to during the interview day. "
"The tour guide was student who was extremely unprofessional and really annoying."
"The fact that there is no teaching hospital and you end up picking from a lottery to find out where you are going for your 3rd and 4th years."
"The idea of doing 3rd and 4th year in a random location."
"The 'lottery' process for selecting the year 3/4 sites. "
"The tour guide seemed a bit out of sorts but he was enthusiastic nonetheless."
"Not enough stress on research and the program seemed like it might still have some bugs to work out. "
"The lack of a teaching hospital is a big one. I dont really mind that the rotations are in a different city, but the fact that you have to take your clinicals skills test in Tallahassee, sucks. You have to travel every couple of weeks back to Tallahassee."
"Lack of third and fourth year students to talk to, lectures are mandatory and they are not videotaped and posted - only the notes are, the having to move for your final two years, and the lack of hospitals for clinical experience in the first two years - although you are matched up with a physician in the community for a semester in your first and second years."
"The immediate area did not seem as nice as I had hoped."
"Mandatory class attendance, Lack of a teaching hospital, lunch was delayed"
"Nothing really! The school is closer to central campus than I expected, they have a huge connection to technology, they are the most recently built school so they are MAJORLY hooked up and wireless. All of the money that would have gone into building an academic hospital has instead been poured into the students and the faculty so they don't have to spend their time finding grants to pay their salary and instead be what they should be -- teachers."
"Nothing much; the second years were having a test so they weren't able to do the tour. It was a little chaotic because they were trying to find someone else to do it (they settled on first years who were nice)."
"I'm not a huge Tallahassee fan. "
"The tour guide was slightly confused as we navigated the school. "
"No third or fourth year students to talk to."
"The location is absolutely terrible, lack of research facilities and opportunities"
"FSU's lack of an academic hospital, but we knew that already. "
"The fact that you have to go off site for your 3 and 4 years."
"I don't particularly care for the Tallahassee area, probably because I'm biased and from its rival school. But overall, the city doesn't intrigue me like other cities I've visited. "
"The school was hard to find. It was not labeled very well...it's right by the stadium, in case you get lost."
"Only slightly negatively impressed by how some of the students appeared to be at the school and not be as focused as I would want future classmates to be (although I believe you see this everywhere, it was more apparent at this school)."
"Wish I could have talked to some third or fourth year students...They do their third and fourth years at one of 4 campuses in Florida."
"The library is really small...but that's because 95% of the library books are available on the students' laptops. There are not any labs at FSU except the anatomy lab. No teaching hospital..."
"The lack of a teaching hospital is definitely a minus. You have to travel to other hospitals to gain access to needed resources. Also, the fact that you have to leave after 2 years and go somewhere else in the state to work at a hospital."
"nothing during the visit was bad to me (well, maybe the fact that I felt residencies were somewhat limited, but that's personal opinion, not fact)"
"The staff seemed a bit short-handed with guiding, shuttling and giving directions for students to get to their interviews on time."
"There was too much time inbetween the tour and the interviews. I sat around for an hour doing nothing. "
"Didn't get to see any classrooms or labs."
"The city of Tallahassee isnt the greatest, but i doubt much time will be spent outside of the school."
"Nothing really, all the students seemed really happy to be there. It would've been great to have the opportunity to speak with M3 and M4."
"The tour was pretty random, student didnt really have anything planned. We didnt get to see the CLC, it was locked :( Seemed like poor planning."
"Even after the interview, I'm still confused on how the school decides which satellite campus you will go to for years 3 and 4. "
"While I got a great sense of what the first 2 years will be like, I didn't get a good understanding of the last 2 years. Since the third & fourth years are all off campus, and many scattered about the state, there is no one there to speak from personal experience, rather just faculty & staff talking about the programs. "
"I don't like the city of tallahassee, the school FSU, and the parking is terrible."
"The parking on campus and the fact that classes start June 1st."
"Lack of opporunities because their facilities are so new... which is to be expected."
"The old building was a high school, however the new building has recently been opened."
"The fact that no one really knows of the school's name, because it is new. I guess it's a small price to pay if you are happy for 4 years. "
"Students who gave the tour did not know where they were going because the building had just opened."
"Just getting around the constuction, however, things should be pretty much finished by the time the new class starts"
"FSU has a stigma of being a backup school. Most of the students who go to FSU could not get into UF. Classes begin June 1st."
"All the construction, but that will be done by next year."
"I didn't like all the construction, but most of it is supposed to be done in a year or so."
"The construction, which is only temporary"
"The school is still relatively new and the class size will be increasing over the next three or so years. They still have yet to obtain final and permanent accredidation."
"I had to call to check on my app but they were very nice over the phone."
"I asked one of the students about research, and he had no clue how to go about pursuing research. "
"construction around the school- they are in the process of building a new medical building. "
"The touring portion was a bit disorganized."
"How the students seemed to not really know any of the doctors who were interviewing. "
"the fact that they havent had a graduating class, but im sure the first class will be impressive during match"
"They are in a tough situation at the moment because they have never had a 4th year class; they can't talk about residency placements or even much about the rotations (although they don't seem to be at all worried about not getting residencies)."
"They are still very new (which of course they can't help), my second inteviewer hadn't looked over my app yet which i thought was unprofessional, the construction was annoying, i had a hard time finding where they told us to park"
"All the construction."
"The facilities are pretty sparse because the new building is under construction."
"That I shouldn't stress to much about it"
"That they do ask difficult questions (PRACTICE THEM), although most people will tell you the interview is very laidback. Still want to be prepared."
"Less about my application and more about my psyche"
"I was under the impression that it was going to be low stress (from previous people), but found that the staff seemed rushed"
"I wish I had known that it would be a very relaxed style of interview, nothing like MMI, never received any ethical-type q"
"Come prepared with questions"
"How many applicants would be present"
"How easy and conversational the interview was"
"When you get to speak to the dean, make sure you have a question to ask!"
"you MUST park "NOSE-FIRST" in the parking garage! (i got a ticket for backing in... fortunately i was able to get it repealled)"
"I wish I knew they would be coming down so hard on my personal beliefs."
"I feel like I was super prepared for this one, nothing came that I wasn't ready for."
"Nothing. There weren't any trick questions or anything like that."
"Everyone goes out of their way to make the interviewees comfortable , there's no need to stress at all"
"That this school de-emphasized research."
"How easy it all would be. I thought I'd be grilled pretty badly about research and shadowing deficiencies, as I had no research and only one ongoing shadowing experience (albeit multiple doctors). These were merely touched on, and my explanations of why were sufficient."
"I wish I had known how laid back the interviews were going to be. Very low stress level. Very friendly people."
"I wish I had known more about my interviewers"
"That it wouldn't be so bad- just be the motivated little pre-med that you know you are and they will be very welcoming :)"
"I wish that I had known that it wouldn't be so hard!"
"Just how laidback the interviews would be. That the information sessions would not be so informative, that there wouldn't be anything about financial aid. "
"When everyone else has said relax - they mean it. I stressed out way more than I needed to for this interview. "
" Where to park so I could know how not to get a 100 dollar parking ticket...."
"how relaxed the interview was going to be, maybe thought of some more questions to ask the interviewers as they talked the majority of the hour each, they were great"
"That a 5 hours drive from where I lived to FSU was so boring. They start school very early June 1 and my interview was so late, which doesn't allow me any vacation time."
"Well I though the shoes I wore would be really comfortable, but they were not."
"That Call St. splits in half! To get to the COM, take Tennessee, turn left on Stadium and the COM is on your left. My dad drove me, so I didn't have to worry about parking. "
"Knew a lot about the school already - had interviewed the previous year"
"NOT TO BE SO NERVOUS! They were so welcoming and relaxed. DON'T STRESS OUT! :)"
"Just read the past feedback questions! "
"(1) Go to the bathroom before you report to the library -- you may not get another chance. (2) That the interviews would be a full hour each and that there would be no break in between them."
"How great the facilities are..the apartment-like rooms are amazing!!! (CLC's maybe..I forgot the abbreviation)"
"They should have told me the quasedillas they served for lunch were going to be so good."
"That all of the students were gone for Winter break. However 3 students were nice enough to come in and answer questions and give us the tour!"
"I wish I had better directions to the interview."
"Interview groups are very small. Everyone is super nice! "
"Third and fourth year clinical rotations are around the state of Florida. First year starts May 27th."
"very low stress!!!"
"That I didn't need to be so nervous and uptight about the process. Everyone was very laid back and the interviews were more like conversations rather than a typical interview. Very personal approach. If you just relax and be yourself you'll do fine."
"That the interviews were much more stressful than I thought they would be."
"I had my doubts about the program since it is so new but everything seems to be working out really well and the school is really invested into its students,"
"That parking was gunna be hard to come by."
"That I really should consider FSU as an option for medical school and not simply a back-up. I was very positively impressed."
"How much I would enjoy my visit and how good the lunch would be (i wouldn't have eaten so much for breakfast:)"
"How happy the students seem to be, and the addition of 2 new regional campuses. "
"No big surprises."
"while med school is certainly challenging, students are still able to set aside free time to have fun"
"I wish I had actually trusted all the feedback on sdn. The interviewers are really nice, they dont try to put you in the spot they really just want to get to know you."
"That the interviews weren't nearly as stressful as I thought they were going to be."
"The facilities are great."
"How easy the interview process was going to be."
"How stress free it was."
"How ridiculously laid back it is. Could not have been any more of a relaxed environment, yet it retained a fully professional feel. "
"The interviews contain no ethical or medical issue questions of any kind. I spent a lot of time stressing out and reading current medical issues for interview prep. "
"Interview day was shorter than expected."
"The 2 main bombs FSU COM drops on you during the interview day are 1) MS1 Orientation is in LATE MAY- they cover anatomy over the summer. 2) Selection of location for the clinical years is done by lottery, with married people and parents having the only preferences. Everyone wants Orlando. "
"Choose the morning interview time so that you are not stressed during the rest of the day. "
"Nothing really. No surprises. "
"nothing. I was prepared because I did my research before applying. I left in love with FSU COM!"
"Nothing really. I was pretty well informed about the school going in. There was little signage on the way in so just look for the big, new building "
"Trust student doctor...the interview is REALLY chill. I wish I would have known that you can request the morning or afternoon interview time."
"I would have scheduled myself for the 8 AM visit instead of 11 AM, because I wasnt done until pretty late in the afternoon."
"Traffic can be bad as with any college town; a more precise description of FSU's mission statement; how good the school is."
"I was very informed since is was my first interview and nothing surprised me."
"My application would not even be looked at by my interviewer until I was sitting there in their office."
"Park in the parking garage."
"Parking is terrible! My advice--stay at the Ramada Inn and WALK to the med school building (it is about a 5 min walk)"
"Come up with good questions to ask your interviewer, they wanted me to ask more questions of them than I expected. "
"Parking was bad."
"I read the interviews were very laid back and conversational. I wish I had taken this to heart and been more relaxed during my interviews."
"How amazing FSUCOM really is. Too few people respect the school, simply because it is new and "untested". But the first graduating class had pretty decent residencies, and step one scores have been above the average."
"Nothing, its a well-done interview day."
"The entrance to the medical school is by the construction site in the back of the medical bldg."
"Lunch is more of a snack and refreshment, it's not a bad idea to eat breakfast beforehand."
"How nice everyone is. There some extreme southern hospitality goin on in Tallahassee, it's shocking!"
"I heard from another interviewee that he got a really great rate at a hotel right across the street from the medical school on Tenn. St. -$50 a night for 2 people."
"The directions to the parking lot are horrible. Be sure to turn into the first lot with a guard gate. The day only lasts from 11am - 5pm."
"That the other interviewees are just as nervous as you are."
"I arrived a day early to become familiar with the area so I would not get lost. "
"Nothing...it is my undergrad instituion, so I was pretty familiar with it already."
"The interviewers have the choice of reading your file ahead of time or not. Both of my choose not to, so that threw me off a little. (They read it after they interview you if they don't before)"
"How laid back it all is"
"The whole idea of working with a "proceptor". During your schooling you are paired with a proceptor, a physician in the community whose office you go to work and learn in. I had to kinda pick up the term as students spoke."
"It was nice to hear some hard numbers about how the two classes they have that have already taken the USMLE step one had done."
"They are focus on primary care, however you do not have to specialize in it. You spend 2 years at FSU and transfer to either orlando, st. petes and somewhere else. The research thing scared me."
"the casual atmosphere, the busy crowded streets of Tallahassee, the interviewers may not know much about the college curriculum "
"If your from down south, bring warm clothes. "
"that FSU road signs are barely visible while driving... got lost a couple of times"
"Much of the class did undergrad at the University of Florida, and you live in other Florida cities for your 3rd and 4th years."
"Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I think it's going to be a competitive school in a few years. "
"Get there plenty early because the parking lot is hard to find and the area is all under-construction."
"hope I get in hahaha"
"Great, relaxed, welcoming school"
"Excellent time during the interview. Just make sure to remain confident. If they asked you for an interview that means they really wanted you, so it is not the time to be nervous/anxious."
"Overall, relax and have fun. I wish I knew that it was a very chill interview process. The interviewers really just want to get to know you and see if you would be a good fit for their school, so if you really want to go to their website and find things that you would relate to. Definitely explain how you would be a good mission fit in both or at least one of your interviews."
"School tour and faculty only validated my love for this school"
"The school offered two different interview sessions, choosing the afternoon was beneficial because it gave me an opportunity to meet with my fellow applicants, tour the school, and led to some questions that I wanted to ask my interviewers."
"Very laid back interview. Not stressful at all"
"Great place, great people. Easy school to fall in love with. Amazing facilities & grounds. The students are very thorough in their tours, I was quite impressed with the way the whole day went."
"I really enjoyed my time here at this school. The medical students were super friendly (and attractive), and the faculty was great. My first interviewer was a little tough but funny so it was okay. My second interviewer was wonderful. Don't stress too much, guys, I stressed because it was my first but this is a really good place to interview first at."
"FSU is a really great school! Its MCAT average may be the lowest among all the Florida schools, but the USMLE pass rates is equal to or higher than other FL schools. Tallahassee is not the nicest place to live, but most people will only be there for two years anyway."
"It has a great investment in its students for primary care and boasts an innovative curriculum but really they try to make up for the sub-par quality of their students, at least the ones that I met. All one of them talked about was how she liked to party all the time and complained about how hard it is to wake up at 8AM. It gave me a really bad impression of the school."
"I'm sold on this place...will be entering the class of 2014!"
"I loved this school!"
"There are just so many medical schools in Florida (i have no idea why!) that I really hope FSU makes a name for itself academically in the next few the years. Its going to be harder with UCF doing so well and with FIU having a similar mission... with that said FSU definately stands out as student centered and friendly!"
"I like FSU. I did my undergrad here and it has a sentimental value to me. However, I was still surprised by the level of structure to the FSU Medical School. The facilities are top-notch, the library is innovative, and the staff is pleasing and easy to chat with. There may not be much here for those looking to get into fields outside of primary care, however. "
"The school was REALLY impressive. The students were REALLY happy. Great tour, super laidback interview. There were TWO interviews, each about an hour long, each with ONE faculty member."
"FSU is amazing. I really really really hope I get in. "
"Loved the school, loved the people, loved the mission, will adapt to to Tallahassee "
"my last question was "i like to tell people pretend there Is a camera in here and you have 30 seconds to state your case, something along those lines.. while I was talking and he was writing..he said "good..good.." I dunno if that meant he was cutting me off or if my answer was good haha"
"This is a great school, I got accepted into FSUCOM without being place on the waitlist even though it was the very last day for interviews (May 1). My stats weren't that great, so that mean I did really well on my interview. My tips are to relax (FSU interview is kinna informal) prepare your answers ahead of time, BRING A WATER BOTTLE INTO THE INTERVIEWER ROOM you will definitely get dry-mouth from talking for 50 minutes and save some water for the second interview which will be another 50 minutes."
"There are actually 2 interviews that last 45 minutes. You get a tour and lunch with a couple med students. I suggest the morning session - you have your interviews first, then lunch and a tour. The afternoon session has lunch and a tour with the morning interviewers before their own interviews. "
"It was a nice school and an easy interview. I don't know how I did because I get my results back next Weds, but it was fine. Know your primary and secondary... they just went through and asked me questions. Remember that you can direct your interview! I didn't get any ethics questions until I directed the conversation towards healthcare (hey, I studied for it so we might as well talk about it!) They asked me questions such as "why is it so important for doctors to be able to effectively communicate and have interests other than medicine?" "who is your best friend/why is she your best friend/what does she do for you/what are her good and bad traits." They talked to me about my music and volunteering and my shadowing (I've done a LOT so it was no big deal). We talked about my thesis. They asked what was my biggest obstacle, what you want them to tell the committee. They asked whether I will continue to do research, and indirectly asked "why medicine." The other interviewees were also happy with their interviews. The most important thing is to RELAX! Smile and be friendly and you'lll be fine. "
"This school is really big on their mission statement - focus on primary care or experience/desire to work with underserved populations - If you have ANY story about a patient that you can relate to the mission, tell it and tell it well. It will show them that you are observant, compassionate and ready to be a part of the class. "
"The location, facility, staff, and students are all very impressive. My first interviewer was really laid back and wonderful - did not feel like an interview, more of like a conversation. My second interviewer was still nice, but it felt like an interview. No ethical questions and both were really interested in my extra-curricular activities during college."
"Know their mission and know why you wan't to live in Tallahassee. Be able to explain your passion for medicine and particularly serving an underserved community. Just be yourself, be honest, and show them that you care about this school and their mission."
"Know their mission statement! They are a very driven mission driven medical school. "
"Florida State is one of the newer schools in the country and has a beautiful new building that houses the facilities that students use during their first two years of medical education (classrooms, anatomy labs, common study rooms, medical staff offices). The students I met seemed genuinely happy to be there and enjoy their experience. They cited the noncompetitive atmosphere of the school and a camaraderie among the class as highlights. The staff impressed me positively... not only do they have a dedication to the school's stated mission, they are dedicated to the students. Unlike other schools, there is a lot of one-on-one interaction between faculty and students and learning often takes place in a small group environment. Lectures are mandatory. Third and fourth year clinical rotations take place in one of five satellite locations affiliated with the school. Students did not cite these satellite locations as cause for concern. The school is focused on teaching and producing physicians who are seeking to pursue a career as primary care physicians and practice with underserved populations (geriatrics, minorities, etc). The newness of the school and the smaller environment afford opportunities that are not available at larger schools, but also presents challenges with the lack of a teaching hospital and big name research. To prepare: interviews are open file. Read your primary and secondary and be prepared to answer questions specifically related to your experiences that you listed. Also, read and read the school's mission statement. This is something that is taken seriously here. Be prepared to tie in all of your experiences to the school's mission statement. That is really the only thing that was school specific that I could advise. Other than that, questions were fairly general... stuff that you should know for any interview. Knowledge of healthcare and issues currently facing the nation's healthcare system. Also, sit down with a parent/friend/peer and discuss ethical situations that could arise in your career as a physician. That covers it. Good luck."
"I came away from the interview being positively impressed with the school, even though I thought I knew most of the things I could know about it. However, unlike what I have read from other SDNers, the interview did NOT feel like a conversation. It felt like an interview. I felt very neutral about the interview, thinking it had gone neither great nor poorly. But I got my acceptance letter a week and a half later. So, impressions aren't everything I guess."
"It was very relaxed. We listened to the librarian and then a couple of students came to take us to our interviews. They led us to each interview, so I didn't have to worry about getting lost. We had a tour, lunch, and comments from members of administration."
"I was very impressed with FSU COM, this school surpassed all of my already high expectations."
"It was great, I was very impressed with what FSU is doing, if it weren't for the 3rd and 4th years, it would be my first choice. "
"The interviewers were really nice and down to earth. It was a very relaxed conversation because they just want to get to know you. Be honest and don't say the ''textbook answer''."
"The experience was very relaxed. I felt the interviewers were there to answer questions as much as they were to find out about applicants."
"The experience is pretty relax. I was in the morning group so the day started at 8:30 and ended around 1. "
"The interview was enjoyable. The process is not too stressful. Be prepared to answer questions about your application. Also, I was asked several theoretical ethics questions, but there is no real way to prepare for those. Stay calm. "
"After my interview I feel I'd be very happy to go to FSU COM. Everyone was friendly and welcoming- the students are the school's priority."
"The interview is very relaxed. Not stressful at all. The faculty and students there seem to really enjoy themselves there."
"Like I've said previously, if you're approaching your interviews here from a defensive, I've got to prove myself, approach, then you've got it all wrong. Once you get to the interview level, you've essentially proved to them you've got the stats to make a great doc. They really want to know you. What you do in your spare time, your fav. movie, etc. They also want to see that you've had the experience to know what you're getting yourself into. If you've never shadowed or done any volunteer work in the medical field, you might have a hard time leaving them with the impression that your decision to go into medicine is a mature, well thought out plan. They want to know about the patients you've met, how they've impacted you, why you want to go into medicine, etc. Just saying you're smart and capable isn't enough. If you're professional, mature, and can demonstrate to them that you truly want to be a physician because that's your desire and purpose, then you will have no problem. Again, relax, be yourself, and answer honestly and sincerely; there's a reason why you've gotten this far."
"The interview experience was not stressful at all even though it was my first interview. I was the afternoon group and we first went to the libary and had a short presentation there. Next was lunch with a couple of first and second year med students. after lunch we had the tour of the school. I then had my two interviews back to back. Both interviews went very well. It felt more like a conversation then an interview. I had only one ethics question but the interviewers just really want to get to know you better. After the interview we had a short presentation on financial aid and what next in the admission process. The last thing that you do is a small survey on your interview experience. "
"I thought I did terribly, but ended up getting accepted... so it just goes to show you that you should stay calm and be yourself!"
"I liked that it was only half a day but I wish that we would have been able to talk to more students and that there was some kind of presentation about the program. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful, the interviews were laid back and they made you feel comfortable. Overall a good experience."
"Two, one on one interviews back to back, lunch with 1st and 2nd year students followed by a tour of the school. Pretty painless... except the tour guide didn't seem to understand that most of us had bladders......."
"I was pleasantly surprised by my experience at FSU COM. All the students, faculty, and staff seemed genuinely interested in us and did all they could to make us feel welcome. I found the interview process to be laid back and non-intimidating. I especially enjoyed being able to talk with the medical students. There were also plenty of opportunities to ask questions."
"As mentioned before both interviews were very laid back and engaging. Be sure to have some questions for your interviewer."
"This is a great school, even though it's brand new. After my interview, I completely changed my mind about FSU being a back-up school. "
"It was my first interview and I really enjoyed it. The interviewers made me feel like I was having a conversation with them and not being grilled about my life. "
"in the afternoon session, we met for a short meeting, then lunch, then the tour, and finally the interviews. I really enjoyed the student lounges and learning centers ( computers/pdas for everyone) and the team work atmosphere"
"My interview was great. Both of the interviewers were really nice, non of them really ask me any hard questions, I didnt get anything on ethics or current events. Most of my questions were really personal and academic. The students were really nice, willing to share their experiences with the school."
"Very laid back. Everyone was extremely friendly and accomodating. I admit to applying to FSU as a ''back-up'' school, but after visiting, if I am accepted, I will be seriously considering their program. The interview day would have only been better if the second year student you gave us our tour hadn't gotten lost when attempting to take us to our interviewers, although I felt badly for him because he was a very nice person and seemed to be more stressed about being lost than we were :) "
"Very stressfree interview. "
"I had the morning sessions, so my interviews were the first thing. After the interviews, we had lunch with the students. They are a wealth of knowledge...ask them lots of questions! Then we took a tour of the facilities, and the day was over. It went very quickly."
"The interview experience was conversational and there were 2 one-on-one 45 minute interviews. I was very nervous because it was my first interview, but immediately they make you feel relaxed."
"Everyone that has posted regarding the FSU interview was telling the truth. Your interviewers aren't there to stress you out and try to make you as comfortable as possible. Almost to the point where I think if I had screwed up answering a question, they wouldn't even mention it just to keep it laid back and comfortable. So it's very hard to judge how well I did in an interview when it was virtually impossible to do poorly. "
"Very laid back, just know your entire application, and review the questions that people have written down here and you should be ready for anything they can ask you."
"It was pretty laid back. The interviewers asked me a lot of ethical questions, some of which I wasn't really prepared to answer. I wouldn't go so far as to say it felt like a conversation, probably because there were so many tough questions."
"It was my first interview, and it was a great one! They tell you in a week if you're accepted! I had a great time. The facilities are great, the food was good. You have to see to understand. And Tallahassee is BUEATIFUL!"
"Very good experience, allowed me to accurately depict myself and my desires to enter into the medical field. Conversational, well directed interviews. The questions were all asked in a manner that made it seem less like an interview and more as an introduction to one another. "
"The interview was relatively informal and usually around a small coffee table. The rooms have large windows with open light and the overall mood is very relaxed. Interviewers tend to conversate rather then interogate. Plenty of positive feedback to good answers. Overall, it is hard to feel like you had a bad interview under these comfortable circumstances."
"I arrived about fifteen minutes early was given a parking permit and able to find close parking easily. I had been in the school before (I attended FSU for undergrad and had had several meetings inside before) so finding my way around was easy. We met in the library and then went directly to our interviews. I was an early decision applicant so there was only one other applicant there with me at this time. We were taken to opposite sides of the college to meet with each of our interviewers and had two one on one interviews back to back. Both were 45 minutes long. My guide, a first year student, told me all about my interviewers how their personalities were and what to expect. This helped my stress level a great deal, even though I knew from SDN I shouldn't be worried. My first interview went very well, it wasn't as conversational as I expected but that was fine. My interviewer was a professor at the school (Phd). He asked me to do a lb to kg conversion to prescribe medicine to a child and then asked me how to make a two molar solution of something. I could tell he was really just trying to feel me out and see if I really knew all that I supposedly did on my application. He asked me several ethics questions knowing that I claimed to live by my faith and he never mentioned a word about the healthcare system. I don't know if it was an accident or not but when I left he shook my hand said that it was a pleasure speaking with me and said he would see me next year. :) That was encouraging. My guide picked me up and took me to my next interview. This interview was with another instructor, this time an M.D. He seemed a little intimidating at first with a lot of questions about my time away from school and drilling me about various decisions I had made and when I had answered him sufficiently he lightened up and seemed to be genuinely enjoying our conversation. He also asked a lot of personal and ethical questions and made sure that I had thought my answers through to the end. And at that point he looked at me, grinned and said, "
"The school is very new and so are all the facilities. It does not seem like they have a ton of decent faculty on their staff, as the same few professors run a lot of the school's programs and conduct all the interviews. The research facilities are minimal, and it is clear that this is not their focus. Focus is overwhelmingly on primary care, and definitely on churning out as many doctors for the state of Florida, regardless of the quality of doctor generated, in order to address Florida's growing physician shortage."
"The day was short, sweet, and pleasurable as far as med school interviews go. They did a great job matching me with my interviewers- one had attended my undergrad and the other was just a great guy. Both asked thought-provoking questions and I felt they covered good ground and brought out the best in me. This program is not BSing when they say that their faculty is dedicated to the students. Their interactions seemed warm and friendly. Overall I think this school receives less love than the other FL schools due to its focus on creating community and primary care physicians. However, many of the students are interested in competitive specialties such as anesthesia and EM and they claimed that FSU helps them pursue these interests. I left the interview day with a very high opinion of this school and if accepted, would strongly consider attending."
"We began the day in the library where we were greeted warmly by a library staff member (very cheerful and warm). Afterwards, we were joined by 3 medical students who were our guides for the day. They took us to our rooms and picked us up as well. Afterwards, we met with the dean some other staff, had a tour, and that was it. I ended up sitting in on a GI lecture which was a little dull (but then again, i also had no clue as to waht they were talking about, but the lecture hall was nice!)."
"Both my interviewers were incredibly congenial. They really wanted to get to know me. My first one went through each of my experiences listed on my AMCAS and asked me to talk about them more, which was great for me to be able to flush those out more. My second interview was really conversational and I felt like I was just talking with someone. There was no pressure that I had to have the right answer. I felt comfortable and they made me feel like a guest, not like someone that THEY wanted to see if they liked ME. "
"It was conversational and stress free. Know your AAMCAS stuff though because it can be thouroughly focused on. Be prepared to talk about anything and everything from grades to family."
"I really enjoyed my visit. Upon arriving, they had assigned one medical They were really helpful in finding the interview rooms and helping to make us feel more comfortable. After the 2 interviews everyone met up to have lunch and ask questions. Then the medical students gave us a tour of the CLC. It was really amazing, very high-tech, and so advanced."
"Stayed with a friend who is a first year student prior to the interview and ate dinner with four students the night before. Students are devoted to ensuring that the group as a whole succceeds, rather than just looking out for themselves which is a real positive. I interviewed with the early group and the interviews went well. Interviews were conversations and my whole application was discussed. They do a good job of reading up on you before hand, both of the interviewers had sticky notes coming out of my packet with questions they were going to ask. Ate lunch after both interviews with first and second year students who were very open about their experiences and willing to discuss what they liked and did not like about the school. Tour was after lunch and lead by Dr. Eveland, which was interesting as he was not supposed to be conducting this tour (a second year was). Took us around facilities and they were immaculate. After tour my official day was over. I then sat in on a physiology lecture."
"Overall, I was very happy with this interview and the school. It is great to know that they will give you a response in about 2 weeks (even if it is waitlisting). Despite the fact that its a relatively new school, the faculty all have extensive history at other schools and in the medical field. It was very relaxed and conversational. Just be yourself. "
"Awesome experience overall. I started my day at 9 am. Half the ppl come at 9, and the others come at 11. I was glad to get my interviews done in the morning though, because at 11, you go to lunch and meet all the ppl that have not had their interviews yet...everyone is kinda nervous and asking the med school students about their specific interviewers...that would have made me more nervous.. But anyways, both interviewers were realllly nice people. They made me feel very comfortable. They were both very conversational. I wrote down as many questions as I could remember from the "convos" that I had. I hope they help you all prepare for your interviews! Good Luck to you all!! Here are the questions i remember: 1. 63 yrs old patient wants to withdraw from life support...she can communicate thru eye blinks. Her family agrees. You are her doctor. What do you do? 2. B/c of your faith, would anything cause you any discomfort/problem as a doctor? 3. Would you consider going to D.O school? 4. Tell me about your family. 5. what are your strengths and weaknesses 6. Most memorable volunteer experience 7. Most interesting paitent experience 8. What kind of place would you like to work in: small town, big city, etc. 9. Tell me about your research. 10. What field of medicine are you interested in? 11. Why FSU? 12. What do you think is the most pressing concern in healthcare? Basically, know your amcas application well. One of my interviwers focused greatly on my application and asked a lot of questions revolving around my personal statement, while the other interviewer was just literally making conversation. I hope all this was helpful for you guys. I interviewed on Jan 27th, so I should find out by tomorrow or wednesday. Please pray for me!"
"I got there around 11 AM and had lunch with fellow interviewees and some med students, who were extremely friendly and talkative. They told us all about their experience with the school and what they liked about it. Then I met with 2 different interviewers for about 45 minutes each. They basically pulled out my file and asked me about everything in it. Then they asked me some general questions like "what should I tell the committee about you?" It was very informal and made me feel like they were just trying to get to know my personality."
"Wow. I was very impressed by FSU's school. The interviews were great! Trust me, I've been thorugh bad interviews, so this was a welcome change. The day was short (8-2), to-the-point (other schools ramble about information you don't care about until after you're accepted), and laid-back. Interviewers were professional and courteous. Example: During one interview, the interviewer's phone rang; instead of cutting me off or pretending I don't exist/matter, the person said, "I'll call him back later." (Other schools are not as considerate.) I had morning interviews, so I was "done" by lunch. (I recommend requesting morning interviews, by the way.) The med students made the day. They had a great sense of humor and showed that they work and care about each other. Added bonus: you find out the school's decision by two weeks of your interview (someone will call or e-mail one way or the other). FSU's med school is very new, so many don't give it respect. To a certain degree, it is unproven (first class graduated 2005) and so there is still much left to be seen about the school (i.e. is the education provided producing quality doctors). Nonetheless, from what I saw, it looked like and excellent institution that IS ready to compete. Great staff, students, and facilities."
"I interviewed the 20th and I will not be receiving an answer for two weeks but I thought it was only fair to post a comment now because I didn't want the outcome to affect my overall opinion. The student were very happy (I could tell they were not faking it) They would answer any question you had without vaseline and I liked that (sorry for the image) and in conclussion everything you read in the rest of the posts here at SDN"
" The facilities are AMAZING, and during the first part of the day I was very impressed with all of the faculty and medical students I met. However, one of my interviews was quite bad. The interviewer had not read ANY of my application; in fact, I was stunned as I watched them casually peruse my application (and insult my choice of a major) and all of my letters of recommendation and actually stop the interview to check e-mail and talk to an assistant. I did not feel that the interviewer even really cared that I was there vying for a spot in the medical school class. It was as if I was inconveniencing them . . . which didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really impress me and make me want to attend FSU even though the students seemed happy and the facilities were amazing. "
"The interviews were very laid back and comfortable. Everyone was very nice and the day went very smoothly."
"This was my first interview, and it was a great first interview to have. The faculty was very nice, and the students came and ate lunch with us, even though they had exams that day. I think that once FSU COM has been around for a few years, it will move to the forefront of medical schools, because of its adaptability. The interviews were very conversational. I didn't feel pressured at all to answer with the "correct" answer on anything I was asked."
"Overall, it was a very laid-back interview. The day starts with an informal/small-talk meeting in library with med students, then you go to a quick meeting, followed by a tour. Next, you eat lunch with another group of med students and then its time for interviews. Everyone has 2 interviews, and then a meeting where you are told whether or not you have to be interviewed by a third person."
"The tour of the new building was excellent, lunch was provided and everything was well planned and executed and the interviews went smoothly"
"Overall, a enlightening day. This was my first med school interview and it was a great one to get started on. Everyone was very friendly and the atmosphere of the college is wonderful. "
"Great. Both interviewers (one was faculty the other was a physician in private-practice) asked really good questions that weren't too difficult. Pretty stress-free."
"I felt completely comfortable. The staff was very nice and just wanted to make you feel 100% at home. I managed to stay stressfree for the interview process. "
"It was really laid back; so laid back that I resisted the notion to put my feet up in the table and untie my tie. But seriously it was so laid back the first interview we just had an hour long conversation about healthcare (not cause he asked me but I wanted to talk about it) and at the end he just asked me about my volunteer experience. The second interviewer tried to do everything possible to be accomodating. Really nice person who was curious about my volunteer and teaching experience."
"Overall, a great day. It was nice, because it started at 11:30, which gave me time to go to their medical library and prepare more. Food was great, all the students were very nice, down to earth. The two interviewers were very nice docs, also laid back and down to earth. "
"The day starts off at 11AM with a meet and greet with Dr. Eveland. Dr. Eveland is a real nice guy and he gives you a great overview of where the school is now and where it's going. After that, you have lunch with a couple second year medical students followed by a tour. When I was there, the CLC was locked and we didn't get to see it but the rest of the school was impressive. Both of my interviewers were great and I learned a lot about the school. Dr. Van Durme was great and told me how FSU is integrating evidence-based medicine into the curriculum."
"It is a very nice, stress-free day. There are no long, boring powerpoint presentations. The days starts at 11am, where you get introduced with a few people. Afterwards, lunch is served. Food was good except that I didn't like having to cut chicken off the bone while worrying that I was going to flick a piece of it at myself. You eat lunch with a couple students, who are very honest. They then take you for a tour, and then you wind up at your interview locations. Both interviews were very laid back - I honestly felt as if I were talking with friends or colleagues. Bother interviewers were sincere and honest, as well as interested in what I had to say. "
"Everyone was very friendly, and there were many students around to talk to and ask questions of about the school. They're honest too, because they will tell you the bad parts and the good parts of the school. "
"The interview was pretty laid back. The whole day seemed shorter than some of my other interviews. Everyone was very nice, including the two doctors who interviewed me. Overall it was a good experience. "
"Very relaxed. The interviewer was very knowledgeable and interested in the students."
"My interview experience was very wonderful. I was so relax during the interview process that it was almost hard to believe how nice the faculty and students really are, even though I had previously read from this website that they are very nice. Also, to make everything even more wonderful, I was told about my admission in less than a week. I look forward to attending such a wonderful school."
"Interviews are always stressful no matter what, especially when you have two within a short period of time, but all the students were really nice. They tell you the real stuff, so talk to them a lot. They even give you tips about your interviewers before the interview. You will probably be surprized at how much you like the school, I was. Even the other applicants seemed cool. I think they like more personable people than the typical premed kid. I liked the school a lot and was accepted the week following my interview."
"The expience was very relaxed. The students and staff tried their best to be sure all interviewees were happy and comfortable. "
"Overall, the interview was very laid back. My interviewers were very nice. Ask a lot of questions- The staff and the students were very welcoming and the students will be very honest about what they think."
"The day starts with meeting current students and asking them about their experiences. Then you'll meet the Dean of Admissions and the rest of the staff. There was no presentation as I've seen in other interviews. Instead, the Dean talked to us for about ten minutes and then let us go to lunch. After eating, you'll go to your interviews which last about an hour each. You'll spend any breaks you may have in the student lounge, visiting with the admissions staff and taking a VERY short tour of the facilities (when I interviewed, the new building had opened only the week before. Our tour guide did not know her way around the new school). P.S. If you get Dr. Skilling, be prepared to talk about health care in America. Whatever position you take, he will argue against it. He's not being rude; he just wants to make sure that you've thought through your answers."
"My interview experience was very positive. I learned some areas that I needed to improve in. I also got some positive feedback from one of the interviewers."
"This was the most fun interview I've had so far. I actually enjoyed my time there and everyone including the students and faculty made us feel at ease. My interviews went smoothly and I really had a nice time talking with my interviewers. I did not feel threatened, on the contrary they made me feel comfortable and they wanted to know more anout me. I liked the fact that the interview was open file because I could tell the interviewers had taken the time to review my file since they already knew quite a bit about me. I got a decision in 5 days and I am looking forward to attending FSU in the future."
"Really relaxed. A session of selling the medical school, followed by lunch. Then student tours followed by two seperate interviews."
"It was a really low stress interview and everyone was really friendly. Everything was really nice and new. If you are immediately accepted you find out by the following Wednesday, so I only had to wait four days! That was sooo nice."
"The experience as a whole was fantastic, and I would defiantely accept an interview offer again if I had to do it all over. Its very easy, just be yourself... I did and I got in!"
"All in all this school really impressed me (aside from the food they served at lunch). The faculty seemed to really care about the students that were there. I also felt like the interviews were set up so that the students had a sense of genuine interest from the interviewers. "
"The interview was very good. The first woman I interviewed with was really easy to talk to and the interview was very conversational. The second interview was a little bit more stressful and more like a traditional interview. It was scheduled to be an hour long but he finished after about 30 minutes which made me nervous, but he was the same for everyone."
"I totally didn't like the guy that interviewed me. He NEVER smiled; he occasionally smirked. I couldn't really tell if he was pleased with my answers or if he was just really stern. I had another interview with a lady, she was very cool!! Very easy to talk with and just a great person. It was very conversational, yet she did ask me questions. "
"The students want to genuinely help you do well and do everything in their power to calm you down. The interviewers also try to relax you and just want to know you"
"When you arrive you are able to speak with medical students and ask questions before they take all of you to get started. The students love the technological advantages they are afforded and say that they are like a close nit family there. The dean spoke with us and gave us a rundown on the short history of the schools medical program and the direction it was heading in the future. Then we had lunch during which time we were able to chat amung our selves and to speak more with medical students. Following lunch we had our interviews which are two separate one hour interviews. Mine were back to back so I was interviewing for two hours. My first interview with Dr. Epstein was low stress and he practically wrote a book about the answers to the questions I was giving him. Mostly it was just tell me about your self up to this point and he interjected with some questions now and then. You could tell he was supposed to ask me a few specific questions because he was trying to remember what to ask and I was asked some of the same things in both interviews. My second interview with Dr. Skilling was not as conversational and relaxed. He started by telling me he did not look at my file because he likes to start with a clean slate not knowing anything about you. It was not high stress but I was possed ethical questions and joted things down when I answered. Other than the ethical questions both interviewers were fair and nice. The entire experience was a good one and it is encouraging to see how much the students enjoy going there and they are all very laid back."
"I was impressed with the curriculum, the class, the people. Didn't really meet the professors. Once the new medical building is complete, the school will be perfect."
"the easiest interview i've had thusfar"
"A good and easy day. "
"Overall, it was relaxing and conversational. I was surprisingly impressed by the school. I came in with the attitude that it was my backup school. I even enjoyed both interviews and felt very confident with the students and the atmosphere. THe students seems to love it there. "
"All in all, the interview went well. The medical students were really helpful. They went out of their way to accomodate me. They all seemed like one big happy family. (Very Brady Bunch like) There is a great emphasis on team work and community instead of cut throat competition. Lots of new technology and new smelling classrooms kind of like a new car. Also, they give scholarship for tuition and housing. Bling Bling. $$$ This is a plus. If you are accepted, you receive a call within a few days. Although, this school does have a stigma because it is "new" and has not even undergone the match process, I think that in a few years it will be at an equal level with the other three florida med schools."
"Overall very relaxed and informal experience. The med students were all very helpful and friendly on the tour."
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"More communication, and the ability to update application through the portal"
"I really like how user friendly the website is; I found answers to all the questions I had pre- and post-interview!"
"Show your presences more. It seemed as if the students ran the entire interview day. One the students spoke really bad about another med school."
"None. They were super accommodating and warm."
"None. The office was incredible with their communication, and coordination. They kept the mood light hearted, and did their best to keep you from being uneasy."
"None, they were wonderful"
"Great service! WHEN I call I actually get a person on the phone- so I end up calling FSU for everyth"
"The two, back-to-back, hour-long interviews is a lot of talking. Possibly consider breaking up the t"
"I got lost trying to find the college because Call St., where the COM is cuts in half at the busines"