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"What characteristics do you possess that will allow you to succeed at UMC?"
"What are some of your strenghts?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Tell me about yourself...... What kind of doctor would you want working on your mother? "
"Ethics Questions: "Your in the E.R. and you have two patients who are dieing. One patient had assaulted a child, spent his time in jail and was now out on parole. The other patient was a fine upstanding citizen. Both had an equal chance of survival if you treat them...but you only have time to save one, which one do you save and why." "Do you think that medicine is a privledge or a right. Why?" "Someone once said, that there would be no need for rules if men could maintain their integrity. What does this mean?" - it was something like this.. "What is the most important Human Right to you..and why?""
"Why is diversity important?"
"Tell me about yourself... Why do you want to be a doctor? Why did you attend "x" university? What is one of your strengths as is relevant to medicine? What is a weakness you have, and how are you coping with it or trying to improve on it? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Do you have any questions for me? What would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you? What is an ethical dilemma you have faced, and how did you deal with it? What do you think about your academic performance? Tell me about your research... Why MD/PhD? What do your parents do? What is one big decision you've made that you are happy about? What is one big decision you've made that you regret? How do you plan on approaching your medical school studies?"
"Name a responsible person and describe him/her."
"What did you like and dislike about your undergraduate university?"
"What was one positive/negative about your undergraduate institution?"
"Name a time when you were put on the spot and had to think quickly on your feet."
"Where in your high school class did you graduate and out of how many? What was your ACT score?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"Name a time when you were responsible."
"What did you do to prepare for the MCAT?"
"What are your study habits?"
"Tell me about your life before high school. "
"What is one quality that you have received from your mother and one from your father. "
"Why do you want to become a physician?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"What do you do for fun? (asked twice) I answered "read," and I was asked what I liked to read. What are your weaknesses. How do you"
"Why did you choose the MHA over the MPH degree? How do you plan to use this degree? (There was a whole line of questioning from all interviewers about my graduate training.)"
"What do you do to relax?"
"What is one quality you have that you think will make you a better physician?"
"What is the difference between a good doctor and a bad doctor? (I was asked this 3 times!)"
"Why do you want to do this at this time in your life? (I'm a non traditional student)"
"Why don't cannibals eat clowns? (Don't worry, this was specific to my application.)"
"Name one positive and one negative about your undergraduate institution"
"tell me the most important leadership role you have played in your life (not necessarily a leadership position with a title)"
"Name one positive and one negative thing about your undergraduate institution."
"What does your college record reflect about you?"
"What is your ACT score/MCAT score? I scored not so well on my standardized test so I think they wanted to see how I do on tests in general. I should have mentioned my GRE now that I think about it. I did pretty good on that one, too bad that one doesn't count!"
"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you"
"What do you like about clinical medicine as opposed to research?"
"What would your best friend/enemy say about you?"
"What is your favorite volunteer experience?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"How did you study for the MCAT? (Both asked this.)"
"Are you and your sister going to attend the same medical school?"
"What will you do if you do not get accepted?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"Why do you want to be a physician over another career choice (I'm currently out of school and working)."
"give me some interesting facts about you pre high-school years."
"What made you choose your undergraduate school?"
"What do you do for fun? (Asked by both)"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why do you think Mississippi is ranked at the bottom when considering health care?"
"Regular Questions: "How is your research going?" "What has been the most difficult part of your research and what is something new that you have learned from it" "How is your research applicable to Mississippi?" (I do renal research) "What is your strength/Weakness?" "Do you think there should be an honor code?..why?" "What does Integrity mean to you?" "What was your undergraduate/Graduate GPA?" (Two interviewers opted to not see my file until after the interview) "What do you think of Diversity?" "Do you ever find working with someone of a different culture difficult?" "Have you ever experienced or heard racial comments? How did they make you feel?" "What is your support structure like?" "How does your wife push you to be better?" "What did you do to increase your MCAT scores from last year?" (I am a reapplicant) "What cell type do you take most for granted?" (Not sure if this was a research related ? or not...) "
"What is altruism?"
"Tell me about a time you showed responsibility. Tell me about a time you showed altruism. Have you ever been sick? What was that like? What are some characteristics of a good doctor? What are some characteristics of a bad doctor? "
"If a fellow M4 was high during clinicals, how would you respond?"
"Where are you from? (My first two interviews were closed file)"
"What do you think of diversity? Is it important, and if so why?"
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"What are your personal feelings regarding academic honesty?"
"If you had to pick the single biggest influence on your decision to become a doctor, what would it be?"
"What do you go in your spare time?"
"How do you feel about your academic record?"
"What makes you a good applicant to UMC?"
"Tell me a story of a time you showed persistence."
"Suppose you take your first med school tests and you are in the bottom half? What do you do? I said study harder. He said ok, 2nd tests and you are still in the bottom. What do you do differently? I said crank it up a notch. The correct answer was that there are some great doctors from the bottom half of the class."
"What has been your greatest achievement?"
"What the hardest thing you've ever had to overcome and how did it change you?"
"What is the most recent book you have read?"
"I was asked my ACT score three times. I was also asked about my high school graduating class size and which quarter did I graduate in, and how I moved from the bottom of the class in high school to summa cum laude for my BS."
"What is the greatest challenge to providing care to Mississippians?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses coming into medical school?"
"What do you think will be the hardest thing to deal with as a med student/doctor?"
"Who was the most influential person in your life?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What is one positive/negative about your undergrad institution?"
"How has racial/ethnical backgrounds influenced your persuit/perception of medicine. Tough question for a Caucasian."
"what caused your grades to go down during X semester?"
"Who do you admire?"
"How have you demonstrated leadership outside of an elected position or organization?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Name on positive and one negative thing about your undergraduate school"
"Give me a pro and a con about being a physician."
"What type of doctor would you like to become?"
"What was the most difficult experience of your life? "
"What is the worst thing about being a patient?"
"What is your favorite class and why?"
"What was your GPA? Your MCAT? Would you like to offer any comments on either? (My GPA wasn't beautiful, but my MCAT was a 28.)"
"If you were interviewing a medical student, what would you ask them and why?"
"Why did you go to University of Mississippi (my undergrad) when you probably had offers to go to more prestigious schools?"
"What specialty would you like to pursue?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What personality characteristics make you suited to be a physician?"
"why do you want to become a physician."
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"Where do you see yourself in the next 15 years? (Asked by both)"
"What is the best/worst thing about your undergrad institution? "
"What would you could not be a doctor?"
"How did you prepare for the MCAT? What do you think will be the biggest challenge for you in medical school? "
"Ice Breakers: "What is the last movie you watched?" (My answer was Zombieland and the interviewer got a good laugh out of it. Though, it wasnt the best for making conversation) "
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What is one of your strengths? What is one of your weaknesses? What is your support structure like? What do you think of diversity? How do you feel about your academic performance? Tell me about your study habits. "
"Tell me more about... (a specific experience listed on my AMCAS application)."
"What are some weaknesses of your undergraduate institution? What suggestions do you suggest for them?"
"What do you think of stereotypes?"
"What would you like for me to tell the committee about you?"
"Name one positive and one negative thing about UMC."
"What is the hardest part of being a patient? (I answered fear of the unknown and not understanding treatment or prognosis). Then he asked: With that in mind, what would you do to help patients with those challenges?"
"What community service effort were you most involved in?"
"Give me a summary of your life."
"Tell me some characteristics of a good doctor. A bad doctor."
"How do you feel about your MCAT score and academic performance?"
"What are your views on diversity in medical school?"
"You said that you were an only child... Are you spoiled?"
"Will you take the MCAT again?"
"Which EC was most meaningful to me? What did I learn from my EC?"
"What other schools have you applied to? For the MCAT, what is the mean subtest score for admitted applicants here at UMC?"
"What career will you pursue if not admitted into medical school?"
"What's the worst part about being a patient?"
"Who would be the first person you would call if you had a really bad day in medical school?"
"What has been your most important leadership role? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Who has stood out in your mind as a good leader and why?"
"Do you like to travel?"
"What do you think is the most important issue facing physicians in Mississippi?"
"Name one positive and negative thing about your undergraduate institution."
"What problems do you see in the medical field"
"How would you deal with a patient who won't listen to you?"
"What was your ACT score?"
"What would you change if you could change anything? (Open topic)"
"Is there anything you would like to add? (I think this is the most important question, so have an answer!)"
"What is a difficult situation that you have encountered, and how did you handle it?"
"Describe your volunteer experiences."
"How have you interacted with people of other backgrounds/races in the past?"
"Your teaching and research experiences seem to qualify you to pursue academic medicine. Why are you more interested in clinical medicine?"
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"If you could have a dinner party and invite any 6 people, living or dead, who would you invite? (Both interviewers asked this!)"
"what made you decide to choose the undergraduate university that you did."
"Describe your clinical/volunteer experiences."
"What's the difference between a good and a bad doctor? Tell me about these experiences. (Dr. Case)"
"Where do you see medicine going?"
"You're trapped in a car during a blizzard. Stranded. What do you do?"
"Would you rather be a catcher or the pitcher?"
""How is your research applicable to Mississippi?" - It connected some dots for me and really made me think. Thanks for asking it Dr. Case."
"What qualities would you want your mother's doctor to possess and why?"
"How did you decide you wanted to go to medical school?"
"What was the craziest question the interviewer next door asked you?"
"Would you rather be the glove or the ball?"
"What characteristics would you want your mother's doctor to have?"
"Would you prefer an altruist physician or a talented/good physician? "
"If a fellow M4 was high going into clinicals, what would you do?"
"If the governor appointed you to oversee health care in Mississippi, what changes would you make and why?"
"I didn't really get any of the ''off the wall'' questions."
"If you saw an old lady dropped at $20 bill, but then she disappeared into a crowd, what would you do?"
"Of all the doctors you have shadowed, is there one that you would most like to emulate as a physician? Why?"
"If you had unlimited resources, how would you fix healthcare in MS."
"What has been my funniest Poison Center call?"
"Give me a brief overview of your life. Tell me about your pre- high school years."
"Tell me about your life before high school."
"What did you do as a child?"
"You are a forth year student and were about to make rounds when you noticed that a fellow forth year was high, what would you do?"
"Tell me about your wife? What kind of music do you like? "
"Do you view cooking as a play or a science experiment?"
"what foods do you like? what do you like to do for fun?"
"You're a used car salesman. Sell yourself."
"Tell me about your favorite ambulance call?"
"One of your fellow M-4s is high; how do you respond? (Hint: see above post)"
"If your fellow student was high going into clinicals, what would you do? (**Hint always let the faculty know)"
"If your mom wanted a friend's patient record information how would you handle the situation?"
"What role has diversity played in your life?"
"If I were a nervous first time patient of yours, how would you handle our first meeting?"
"What would you say to a person who says: "I would like to know my father's condition, please tell me before you tell him. I don't think he can handle any bad news.""
"What is the most difficult thing about being a patient?"
"Which would you rather be-the ball or the glove?"
"I dont remember"
"What I liked least about my undergraduate institution?"
"What would I do if I noticed that a fellow med student and friend was high on drugs before practicing in clinical?"
"What would you ask if you were the interviewer?"
"What major issues do you feel face medical students today?"
"If you could invite any five people to dinner, who and why?"
"How did you study for the MCAT? (Both interviewers asked this.)"
"How have your community service experiences impacted your personal development? (The question doesn't sound terribly interesting, but I enjoyed answering it...:) )"
"Tell me about your life from childhood to now."
"Tell me everything you have done since waking up this morning. or, What did your dress at (Pageant X) look like?"
"Well, it was interesting to discuss the effects of the medical career on family life...chatted with one interviewer about her double doctor household."
"asked me twice what i made on my act."
"What good qualities have you seen in doctors, and what bad qualities have you seen?"
"Nothing outside the list that Kaplan or any interview book will give you."
"What have I done today from waking up until I got here? Where do you see medicine going? Mainly typical, conversational stuff."
"Starting when you woke up this morning, tell me everything you did prior to arriving at the Medical Center."
"What are your weaknesses?"
"What do you feel you failed at?"
""What cell type do you take most for granted?" - This one caught me off guard...I said skin because it seems to take care of itself pretty well...(lame ..i know)."
"Tell me the one aspect of "Human Rights" that is most important to you and why?"
"If you knew a fellow doctor in your practice was changing the books to get more money from Medicare, what would you do?"
"You are on a team with 8 other students going in to see an AIDS patient. Your attending is not present and one student refuses to go in. How do you respond?"
"If you could be the ball or the glove, which would you choose?"
"Would you rather be the glove or the ball?"
"If you saw a classmate cheating what would you do?"
"Name a time when someone behaved in an way that showed integrity. "
"What is altruism? Name a time in which you were altruistic?"
"Name a situation in which someone was stereotyping another person. How did you handle the situation?"
"If you could go back and change anything you have done, what would it be? "
"What is the most difficult problem in the medical field?"
"What makes you unique?"
"What ethical dilemma would be the hardest for you to face as a physician?"
"Tell me a story of a time where you showed you were responsible."
"Have you overcome any adversaties?"
"What do you not like about other people?"
"How would you make sure a patient understood their diagnosis. I answered and he said what if they still didn't understand. I answered again and he said what if they still didn't understand again. This went back and forth until I ran out of ideas. I found out that he was wanting me to include that I would make the patient repeat back to me what I was saying which personally I don't think I would ever do... but that's what he wanted."
"What did you do as a child?"
"I was asked about my life during my pre-high school years. He asked what I did after school, and I told him that me and my little brother liked to be adventurers and played in the woods all afternoon. So, he asked "what did you learn from the woods?" WTF? I didn't know how to respond. I was also asked which people did I find the most difficult to work with."
"Explain your GPA and your MCAT. (I was asked this every time.)"
"what is your greatest achievement?"
"What ethical decision would be the hardest for you to make both in the medical profession and your personal life?"
"What do you want to ask me? I could not think of a thing! Finally, I asked Dr. Case in the post interview when I would know about the decision."
"Why UMC? I had to avoid the answer, "I have the best chance of gettin in here.""
"What are weaknesses? You have to be honest, but in a way that doesn't reflect too negative on yourself."
"How much clinical experience do you have?"
"Describe your relationship with your father in one word."
"What do you think are the 3 most important qualities in a physician?"
"What is the most recent book you read? I hadn't read any in while and the interviewer asked me to give a synopsis of the most recent one!"
"What would your enemy say about you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (Sounds easy but actually hard to avoid the cliche answers)"
"What are ur weaknesses?"
"Why didn't I take the MCAT in Aug. to improve my April score?"
"None were that difficult. Very Straightforward."
"What would my enemies say about me?"
"If a man found out he was HIV positive and said he wasn't going to tell his wife, what would you do?"
"If there were only 1 spot left, and you and another personal with identical credentials were competing for the spot, What would you want me to say to advocate you?"
"If you could be the ball or the bat, which one and why?"
"What would your friend say about you? Your enemy?"
"What would your enemy say about you if I asked him or her?"
"When I go to the admissions committee, what do I say to convince them to accept you to dental school?"
"You're a used car salesman. Sell yourself."
"What were my weaknesses in college -- do you want to explain weak points on your transcript?"
"Name one postive and one negative trait about you that would help and hurt you in the medical field."
"Where will you be in 15 years? (I hate questions like that..it's probably just me though)"
"Nothing too difficult. No current events. No opinions on medicine. Basically questions from your resume."
"None, really...a few about managed care issues, insurance and medicare stuff, etc., but nothing difficult if you know current events in medicine."
"What one specific thing would you have me tell the admissions committee about yourself?"
"reviewed previous years questions which they have not changed in years"
"Read a med school interview book. Stayed calm."
"Looked over my application and this website really helped (thanks)"
"I have been practicing my whole life..just being me."
"SDN forums and read my application"
"I looked at this website, at the questions, and mentally prepared myself."
"Researched possible interview questions at studentdoctor.net. Talked to other applicants that had already interviewed. Thought through responses for likely questions."
"SDN Interview Feedback, current med students at the school, basic school website information"
"Read their website, read SDN feedback, and looked over my AMCAS application."
"This website, Princeton Review's ''Best 168 Medical Schools'', reread my AAMCAS application"
"this website, UMC's info"
"Read UMC's website, interview feedback on SDN."
"This website, read other online interview questions, kept up with current events via Internet and news magazines, mock interview."
"this website, mock interview, talking with friends who had interviewed at this school in the past."
"this website, and friends who had already interviewed"
"sdn website, practiced typical interview questions, mock interview"
"mock interview, studentdoctor.net, went over common interview questions, researched recent health topics."
"Mock interviews, reading up on HMO's, medicare, and other healthcare issues. "
"Read over my application and this website "
"SDN, questions from the internet, talking with other applicants, and some good soul searching"
"SDN, AMCAS application, mock interview"
"Read over questions on this website and talked with my pre-med advisor who also had a list of questions for UMC."
"SDN, talking with my wife, reviewing questions from Barron's "Essays that will get you into medical school"."
"this website, reading over amcas statements, practicing with friends"
"read sdn, talked to other people that have interviewed, looked at website, looked at kaplan book for interview q's, drafted possible responses to common q's, conversed with my mom about answers"
"Reviewed questions from this website."
"SDN. Internal conversations. "
"SDN and tips from friends"
"This website. Cnn.com/health for current news. Review application and made questions reguarding weak points in my application"
"This website, lots of talking to myself."
"Reviewed interviewing techniques, made sure I had answers for the most often asked questions"
"Read over this website, my AMCAS appication, relevant issues facing health care"
"read over application, this site"
"Read over AMCAS, this site, and talked to other students."
"Talked with Dr. ONeil and with students at Olemiss in Oxford who have already had there interview."
"I read through my AMCAS application, the current political issues pertinent to medicine, and through the posted experiences on this website."
"I read the Princeton review on medical schools, which was very helpful and had lots of questions, read my AMCAS application over to refresh my memory, and read on current medical events and issues."
"Read up on the school's website, looked at this website"
"Read over AMCAS application, secondary application, looked over this web site and the web site of the school."
"Read over AMCAS, talked to other students who had interviewed."
"Made flash cards of the questions UMC has asked in the past, reviewed my AMCAS, and all of my essays."
"I read sites such as this one. I also reviewed a few books and polished up on the medical policies."
"not a whole lot...I read a bit on current medical issues"
"Not too much. This was my second year to be interviewed, and I stressed out about it the first time. This year I decided to just go in and be myself."
"Read over my AMCAS, looked at sites like this one"
"Studied website, read over AMCAS application."
"re-read personal statement."
"Read up on the school, looked over commonly asked questions, read over my file."
"Went through the list of questions to answer from the Kaplan book. Read up on current events. Knew my opinion on them, though they never really asked."
"I didn't do a lot, honestly. Read the school's website, reviewed my application and research."
"Not much prep, just knew why I wanted to be there."
"Excellent facilities, engaging student body, surprisingly impressive history, and an extremely helpful admissions department."
"The friendliness of the admissions office."
"the staff made me feel very comfortable"
"Everyone does a great job at keeping the stress low. Interviewers seemed excited about having the oppertunity to talk with you. M4 tour guides were awesome. Both were knowledgable and answered questions honestly."
"The interviewers and receptionists interacted with us on a personable level that made the whole thing enjoyable and painless."
"They were very nice, and did not try to intimidate me at all. The one-on-one style really made it less stressful."
"The process was much less stressful and intimidating than I was expecting. The interviews went very quickly."
"The facilities, the staff and interviewers, and especially my M4 tour guides. I felt as though they were really trying to get to know us."
"-Admissions folks were very friendly and extremely professional -Interviews were relaxed and low stress -Interviewers were genuinely interested in me and my story -The students who gave us the tour were enthusiastic and pleased to be at the school -New physiology research building is one of the nicest facilities in the country"
"-The interviewers offered advice for achieving my goals. -Dr. Case wasn't offended when I asked why UMC wasn't listed among US News' top 50 medical schools. -We viewed the simulation lab, checked the vitals of a manikin, and I intubated a manikin. -They gave us lunch. -We were given alarm clocks with the UMC logo. -Admissions staff escort you to each interview to make sure you don't get lost."
"Everyone was very nice and enthusiastic. The staff and faculty went out of their way to calm everyone down, and the schedule cards they handed out made the process easier. "
"Interviewers were pleasant and comforting, tour guides were enthusiastic and seemed to really like the school."
"The Admissions Secretaries and the members of the Admissions Committee that I met with were incredibly nice. The interviews were very laid back and relaxed; the interviewers didn't attempt to interrogate me or make me feel nervous."
"The interviewers are great...it was not nearly as stressful as I anticipated. They were nice and genuine. They were also encouraging but honest. Also, the secretaries in the front office are great. They make you feel at ease before the interviewing process begins."
"the interaction of the students with each other and the focus of the staff on the students"
"The office staff was very welcoming and tried to put you at ease."
"Everyone was really welcoming."
"The interviewers really tried to put you at ease."
"The intervieweres were really great. The students seemed like they enjoyed school. The hospitals are pretty nice for MS."
"How laid back it was. "
"Everyone was very welcoming and it was not an uptight situation at all. The new hospital is almost finished too."
"friendliness of staff and students"
"Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. The interview day was simply their way of getting to know me."
"Dr. Case and his staff goes out of their way to ensure that you are as relaxed as possible during the interview process. A new hospital is all but completed for the medical school. Progressive involvement of student government and student body with administration. USMLE step 2 scores are a full standard deviation above the national mean."
"Everyone was very friendly. The secretary put me at ease when I first walked in the door. The interviewers were fun to talk with. They're building a brand new hospital. The student tour guide was really fun and friendly. She showed us where all the good cafeterias and coffee stands were! Overall, every student I met looked like they were having a good time."
"faculty and students were all really nice and seemed happy about the school, new lecture hall and building is really nice, small class size, really affordable, lots of restaurants in jackson and very low cost of living, systems based first year curriculum (new!)"
"How nice and helpful all my interviewers were"
"How UMC has changed in the past few years and how they are growing by leaps and bounds. Finally, new buildings and new surroundings."
"the note-distribution system between students "
"Friendly Atmosphere, and great USMLE Pass statistics. Step 1 - Pass Rate 92%/National Avg 92%. Step 2 - UMC Above National Average"
"Everyone is friendly."
"The friendliness of the staff and students."
"The faculty and students are just like a family. The doctors and even the secretaries have great senses of humor."
"Everyone was friendly. I also had heard so much bad comments about the facilities and Dr.Case. I found this to be untrue. The student union is nice and they have a lot of construction going on."
"new construction, friendly staff"
"The amount of clinical experience students get-it is considerably more than most med schools and students felt they were very prepared for residency."
"UMC sees alot of everything. Very strong clinical program. MS2's get free Qbank to prepare for the USMLE. The classes are alot more geared towards prep for USMLE and clinical years. Alot more hands-on work with patients in MS2."
"How polite and easygoing the interviewers were. I also was impressed by the new hospitals."
"The friendly demeanor of the staff and faculty. They were doing their best to make the interview a positive experience while they met the real you."
"Lots of hands-on experience for students, everyone was really nice, facilities were better than I expected after what I had heard"
"How incredibly nice and hospitable everyone was. They are much more open-minded than I had imagined."
"The students were happy, felt they had gotten a good education."
"The interviewers were prepared, positive, and pleasant to talk with."
"The easy-going laidback style of everyone. The new Children's Hospital was very impressive."
"I was pleasantly surprised, honestly. They are building a brand new hospital, which should be done soon. 3rd and 4th years get tons of hands-on experience. The students appear to have a genuine rapport--not a whole lot of cutthroat competitiveness. Also, despite the fact that UMC isn't really highly ranked, its students match at some pretty impressive places."
"How friendly and close everyone is to each other, probably because the faculty-student ratio is small (30 per class). The school may also be getting more residency programs in the future. "
"Our tour was given by a resident, who was very nice, and had a dry sense of humor. He had attended UMC and liked it so much that he wanted to stay for residency. Dr. Case was very welcoming and gave a very good overview for the entire day. "
"Attitude of the physicians, students. Also great that it is the only teaching hospital in the state - for this reason, gets a good amount of funding for facilities."
"interviewers were very laid back and 2 of them were closed file b/c they didn't want any pre-conceived notions about me before they met me."
"I came away with a far better impression of UMC than I had walked in with. Everyone is super-friendly, the clinical experiences during 3rd and 4th years are far more hands-on than you will find at most schools."
"The new Assistant Dean of Admissions, Steven Case. If you have any serious questions about the medical school, ask him. Do not ask your M4 or your interviewers. He's only been in his position for 3 years, and he's making great strides to improve the school. He put up the web page (yes, MS only recently got a web site). He's published more pamphlets. Yes, MS only had a measly one page, 2-toned brochure before. And he can give you tangible answers on why MS might be a good education, in particular the direct interaction that M3s get with patients."
"Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. I had thought of UMC as kind of a safety school that i would attend if I had to, but now I realize that I would be so happy there. The office staff is so friendly and helpful, as are all the interviewers."
"The seeming comraderie of many of the students I saw as well as the laid back atmosphere."
"The one thing I didn't like was that we didn't really get to see the classrooms/labs where we might be spending most of our time as M1s "
"Nothing really impressed me negatively."
"There isn't typically enough time alloted for the tour. However, interview in the morning - and you may be able to get one of your M4's to hang around for longer than the alloted time. :)"
"The parking for medical students and employees is fairly poor, but what major medical center does not have terrible parking? "
"I didn't have time to finish lunch. "
"No negative impressions."
"I actually wish the campus tour would have been a little more in-depth. We didn't get to visit very many locations on campus."
"Some of the facilities need some work, but there is an entire new wing to the hospital that is very nice."
"The tour was not that great. Tour guides did not seem too eager to really sell UMC."
"It was raining outside and I was burning up in my suit"
"The tour guide couldn't answer a lot of our questions because she was a M4 and the curriculum and rules have changed alot since she was a M1."
"My interviewers talked a lot about themselves, I wanted the interview to be more focused on me."
"A few medical students seemed less than enthusiastic about the school. Our tour guide wasn't sure about what to show us."
"The school is not in the best part of town. There also seemed to be some miscommunication between the medical and graduate schools, but it was their first time for both schools to interview students, so I can understand a little bit."
"lack of summer clinical opportunities abroad linked to med school"
"nothing, I want to go there."
"UMC ain't got a football team... what's the deal?"
"No chance for a breather or drink of water in between interviews."
"Nothing really negative."
"It was a little run-down."
"The food wasn't very good, but you can't have everything."
"Not much. I was hoping for more questions from one interviewer and less questions from another one, I think she asked me 30 questions in 50 minutes!"
"The facilities are old but they are constructing a new building where students will have class."
"It's jackson, so i think only people from Mississippi that want to live at home will like this school. "
"I truely had this vision of UMC being this grand place of medicine and research but once I got there, walked a mile to the medical school I was completely disappointed. I can truely say it is nothing more than Shoemaker part II. The facilites were rundown and there seems to have been no effort into modernizing. The faculty that I interviewed with were rude and egotistical and most of all Dr. Case was just a complete "ASSHOLE." When we meet back in the early Fall everything was "great" and "wonderfull" but the interview day it was like meeting Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde. "
"The University hospital could use some update and improvement."
"The parking is very far away from the school."
"almost no diversity"
"Not enough diversity in the student population, and the classrooms could have been a little nicer. "
"My second interviewer didn't show up. They sent me to another member of the committee, who announced that he had forgotten all of his interview questions because he had done his last interview the week before. He had to cancel a lunch appointment, had never seen my file, and was the type who wanted to memorize your file. We spent most of the interview talking about things that he already had on my AMCAS app."
"Many of the buildings are in dire need of renovations."
"not a whole lot...again, I was pretty pleased with the whole experience."
"Some parts of the school are older, but gradually being renovated as is the rest of UMC."
"nothing really, but if i had to say it would be the age of the main hospital, but they are in the process of building a new one."
"The lack of diversity."
"The campus could be much prettier. The facilities could be much nicer. The student body more diverse (in the lunch room, I saw, oh, one asian girl. nothing else. maybe they're hidden.). The social outlets more abundant. The hospital reasonably attractive. And the M4 could be more knowledgable."
"Nothing. The facilities are great, they are in the process of expainding, and the hospitals all seem really nice and well run. A very positive experience."
"There is no reason to be stressed about the interview process at UMC. They are very welcoming and provide for a relaxed atmosphere so they can really learn about YOU."
"How to tie a tie"
"There's really nothing to stress out about. I stressed way too much and it's really better just to be yourself."
"Nothing, I felt adequately prepared."
"I think I was fairly prepared."
"They validate parking if you park in garage A."
"That the interviews would be so laid back. I wouldn't have stressed as much. "
"The interviewers were members of the AdCom, but they were physicians as well, not just admissions staff."
"Ladies, when they tell you to wear comfortable shoes, heed their advice! You will be walking quite a bit."
"To not be intimidated of Dean Case. He interviews everyone, and I was most uptight with him. You just have to go in confident and yourself."
"Wear comfortable shoes"
"Try to go in the morning, it is tough interviewing after lunch and touring. They pay for parking and for lunch."
"Bring good walking shoes...seriously"
"Not too be too stressed. Be yourself. "
"Think of questions to ask them"
"That one of my interviwers has a somber personality and rarely shows any emotion on his face. I thought he just didn't like me until I talked with those that know him well!!"
"The lunch and tour included the other two interviewees of the day."
"There was no need to bring anything with me except for my driver's license for finger printing. No portfolio, pen, or anything."
"That the interview process was even more laid back than I had imagined."
"By walking tour they mean walking tour. Wear shoes that you can trek a mile or two in."
"it really is laid back, don't worry so much!"
"nothing...I was well prepared"
"The interviewing rooms were pretty warm. I might should've dashed on a little more cologne if you know what I mean."
"Felt well prepared."
"lunch is really short. don't put a lot of food on your plate because you don't have time to eat it all."
"There was absolutely no reason to be nervous."
"Practiced: "Who has been the most influential person in your life?" and the book question."
"That they hadn't received my secondary application. (I sent it in in August but apparently it didn't get transmitted electronically.)"
"I had no idea UMC had such a great USMLE pass rate and people matched into real good residencies ie derm, ortho, ENT, etc..."
"How completely uncompetitive UMC is on a national level to other medical schools, and that if you have any desire to enter a competive residency or even leave the state of MS for residency, you have a snow balls chance in Hell of getting it."
"There is nothing to stress over!"
"I didn't know that Doctor Case was going to interview me for thirty minutes IMMEDIATELY after I arrived, so it seemed a little fast, adding to my unease. However, after this it got much better."
"That one of my interviewers taught ethics; I would have read up on some ethical questions."
"Its not stressful! Relax!"
"That I wasn't going to get in anyway. If I had known that, I would have gone home and told them to call when they were ready for me to interview."
"The admissions committee is listed on the UMC website. Would have read up on their research and position to ask better questions."
"how to get to the admissions office...it is not anywhere near the registrar or the library...but a nice lady at the registrar's office walked me right over, so everything worked out fine"
"The interviewers had the option of not reading the file, and neither of mine did. Dr. Case, however, knew mine very well, and grilled me for everything he didn't like (every B, etc.), but he also commended everything that was positive."
"the interview was much more laid back than i could have imagined."
"They are building a new addition to their hospital complex. Once this building is complete, all of the UMC hospitals (except the VA) will be 10 years old or younger."
"Don't waste too much energy asking your M4 questions. If you want answers, hunt down a M1. "
"UMC is a great place. Don't count it out as just a safety school because it is a good school. It does very well in residency matches because of the clinical experiences students gain; this is very important. I cannot say enough good about this school."
"No real surprises."
"MMI style interview"
"Hotty Toddy, bros and ladybros."
"Its about as relaxed an interview as you'll get. Although its impossible, try not to stress about it. Think of it like a series of conversations, not a life-or-death interview process."
"good school, good people, good luck"
"You either have a morning or afternoon interview. If you're there in the morning, you have 4 time slots, 3 of which have individual interviews and one of which you use to get fingerprinted and have a picture made. Then, you meet up with the whole (morning and afternoon) group for lunch. The morning group is done after lunch, and the afternoon group has their time slots after lunch."
"Think about a few things that you want to tell your interviewers no matter what they ask you. Be sure to get your important points across explaining why you should be selected to attend UMC."
"Great school, my top choice. Praying for an acceptance!"
"I applied for the MD/PhD program, so here is brief overview of the interview day. 8:45 - Arrived in the admissions office and received a schedule for the day 9:00 - First interview (with researcher) 9:30 - Second interview (with physician) 10:00 - Third interview (with Dr. Case, the Dean of Admissions) 10:30 - Fingerprint and picture session 11:00 - Group exit interview with Dr. Case, during which he gave us an overview of the admissions committee deliberations, and informed us when we would hear a decision from them 11:30 - Lunch and campus tour with two fourth-year medical students 12:45 - The MD-only applicants left, while I went on to more interviews for the PhD portion 1:00 - Meeting with three current MD/PhD students 1:30 - Interview with researcher 2:00 - Interview with physician 2:30 - Exit meeting with Dean of Graduate School"
"*Please note: I interviewed for MD/Ph.D. program* -Arrived at 8:00 for breakfast with MD/Ph.D. minority student -8:45 went to Dr. Case's office for interview schedule -9:00 first interview -9:30 second interview -10:00 Fingerpringing and photo 10:30 third interview (with Dr. Case) 11:00 Group exit interview (with Dr. Case) *3 other students rotate in each spot (interviews and fingerprinting until all have been to 3 interviews and have been fingerprinted) -11:30 lunch and campus tour with M3s, those who rotated with you and the four afternoon interviewees -12:00 Simulation Lab see manikins, etc -1:00 interview with Ph.D faculty -1:45 question session with MD/Ph.D students"
"Great, relaxing experience. The interviews were more like conversations than someone drilling you. "
"Very positive. Tour group meeting at 8:45, then 3 one-on-one interviews followed by fingerprinting, lunch and campus tour. "
"Overall, a great experience, but not what I expected. I thought the interviewers were going to grill me on medical ethics and current events, but I barely got any questions concerning those topics. All of the interviewers were really nice and laid-back; all asked about my family, which was nice. They said they are gearing the questions a little differently this year, focusing on more relaxed questions in order to really get to know the applicants. Overall, a painless experience."
"Overall, this was a very good experience. I was impressed with the people and think I would like going to med school here. The day was actually more fun than it was stressful."
"It was completely laid back. The interviewers were not out to get you. They just wanted to get a feel for your personality. Just be real and you'll be fine."
"The interview was very laid back. It didn't seem like an interview, but more like a conversation. I interviewed with three different members on the admissions committee, then met with Dr. Case to wrap it up. The six interviewees then went to lunch and then toured the school with two M4s."
"There are three 1 on 1 interviews and then at the end Dr. Case describes to you about financial aid and how you will hear about your decision. All of the interviews discuss your strengths, weaknesses, and responsibilty level."
"Very positive. The interviewers were great, not ''out to get you''. The M4s were willing to answer all of our questions. I got to know the people I interviewed with as well."
"It was pretty good. Much more relaxing than I anticipated. It was definitely positive. "
"I enjoyed the interviews. The 2nd interviewer talked the whole time; I was wondering when I was going to get to speak :) Every question except my difficult one was on this website."
"The entire process was so much easier than I expected. They really just want to get to know you and get a feel of what your personality is. They won't ask you the weird ball and glove questions and they don't care about how much you know about genetic engineering or HMOs. My best advice is to MAKE SURE YOU THINK OF GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK THEM!!!!!"
"It was wonderful. The people made me feel really comfortable. Their questions were only meant to get to know me, and not to challange me. Dr. Case was the only who reviewed my file prior to our meeting. After each interview I was actually disappointed that we didn't have more time to talk. I answered questions, asked questions, and they told me more about the university."
"My interviewers had the option to read my file before my interview. Two read the file, one did not. "
"The overall experience was very good. The staff immediately put me at ease with pleasant conversation, until Dr. Case was ready to interview me. Dr. Case interviewed me open file, while the other two chose to do it closed file (its the interviewer's decision). One was the associate dean for student affairs, who was pleasant. We talked a lot about my wife and the pressures of medical school on spouses and support groups. The other was an ER physician that I connected well with, and spent a full 10 minutes talking about our tastes in music."
"Interviews were fun and laid back. Make sure you have questions to ask about the school, etc., because Dr. Case will ask you for questions. They tell you they are not out to make you nervous. And medical school is medical school...you get the same education anywhere else. I wouldn't worry about trying to apply to other schools unless you are bent on going out of state because UMC seemed alright to me!"
"Positive. Interviewers were really interesting physicians that I wanted to talk to and learn about regardless. Both of my interviewers did everything possible to make me feel comfortable. I couldn't have asked for a better experience."
"Dr. Case was very helpful. He immediately put me at ease--actually I liked talking to him more than my other interviewers. In general, the interview at UMC is more like a day spent talking with good friends than an interview. Just sit back, relax, be yourself and have fun with it."
"I had a great time and felt really at ease with the interviewers. I felt like I connected with them on personal and professional levels. UMC is an under valued school that deserves more credit than it gets. The MS4 that gave the tour was terrific! She had nothing but positive things to say about UMC and she just returned from doing clinicals at 3 different universities. She delighted in telling us how UMC was doing so well in comparison to other schools and what the benefits of going there were. I told Dr. Case he needed to recruit her services again. She did a terrific job of giving us information about UMC even before we asked! "
"Solid experience. Dr. Case's secretaries immediately make you feel at home. Interviewers were all very personable. Any questions I had before the day were answered, and it's obvious that UMMC is underrated."
"Overall the faculty and interviewers were very nice, and really tried to get to know you. Dr Case was very informative and personified what a great school UMC really is."
"It was my first interview and I was really scared, but Dr. Case immediately put me at ease. One interviewer seemed out to get me, but the other one was very conversational. A very positive introduction to the art of interviewing."
"Dr. Case has a great sense of humor. After talking with him, I was completely relaxed for the rest of my interviews."
"I was really nervous to begin with but Dr.Case helped settle my nerves. He asked a bunch of questions that I had prepared for to a certain extent and I may have stumbled on one or two. The second interviewer was very nice and really wanted me to just talk about myself. The third interviewer spouted off question after question. It was intimidating but she was nice too. Overally, I'm not sure if I made myself stand out any more than the next person, although I'd like to think so. Good thing is, if you don't get in, you can set up an interview to go over what you need to do to be a better candidate for the next go around."
"I thought it was a good experience. The interviews were very conversational, not stict question and answer. Dr. Case interviewed me in the first interview, the last interview he simply asked if I had any questions(make sure you have some questions to ask). "
"Wonderful-I initially thought it was an ok school but after talking to Dr. Case and the M4 guide I realized it is a great school whose students are very well prepared."
"I transferred from another school, and Im alot happier here. I like the students and the teachers and I feel that over here I have the tools and resources to pursue whatever residency I want and I dont have to worry about being in 200K debt when I graduate."
"If Mississippi is where you want to do residency or practice medicine UMC is the choice for you. Other than that, UMC provides a marginal education which seems to be only slighty better (in terms of USMLE scores) than most progrms in the Caribbean. If you can get around state residence in any other school or have the money and MCAT/GPA for a private school, go there. "
"It was overall, very good. My interviewers were very kind and seemed to know exactly what they were doing. It helped me to ask a few questions about the people who were interviewing me when I received their names. This led to an easily flowing conversation."
"First I met with Dr. Case, who briefed me on what would happen during the day. He also asked a bunch of interview questions; even though it wasn't classified as an interview, it felt like one. Then I had another interview that lasted around 30 minutes. Next was lunch and tour with a fourth-year medical student. He knew everything about the school, so the tour was good for information that Dr. Case doesn't give. After that, there was yet another interview that lasted about 30 minutes as well. This interview was the hardest for me, because I was tired and started to get nervous again. They tell you before you interview what your interviewers' positions are, so that was a little helpful. However, they failed to mention that my third interview was with an ethics professor. Prep ethics questions! The interviews were rather informal, and I felt at ease the whole time. The questions were pretty standard, too. I didn't get any of those bat/ball questions or get grilled on my grades at all. I actually had fun."
"Overall, a really good experience. I did not feel that I had to defend myself or that I was under intense scrutinization. Go in with confidence, know who you are and what you can bring to the medical field."
"The whole experience was very unprofessional. Rather than preparing another interviewer, they dumped me on someone totally unprepared, after having all morning to check and make sure the interviewers were accounted for. Nobody bothered to apologize, even when I came back this year for interviews."
"Much better than last year's (see 1/??/03). Enjoyed talking with the interviewers, and the M4 was very helpful. Was impressed by the efforts to use laptops for more efficient learning and note-taking in the classrooms."
"Really, everything is pretty laidback. I promise. :) If any of the questions they asked me seem weird, don't worry...they came out of a fairly natural flow of conversation. No one is going to try to trip you up or scare you. They really just want to get to know you. Plus, they feed you lunch and pay for your parking, which doesn't hurt. They are all about selling their school, so just sit back and enjoy. :) Interviews are open-file, but the interviewer can choose to look at your file before or after they interview you. I had one of each type."
"Over all, my experience was much improved from the previous year. I realized that everyone is competing for a few slots so I had to go into the interview with a positive attitude, stay focused, and organize what I had to say. "
"I was exhausted after the day's events! Each student meets with Dr. Case twice and with two other interviewers (usually an M.D. and a Ph.D.). My M.D. interviewer was very nice, and she answered my questions very openly. The Ph.D. interviewer was harder to read, but he warmed up toward the end and really asked creative questions."
"Overall, a very positive experience. Very relaxed atmosphere; students seem to get a lot of hands-on experience and are quickly thrown into the mix after the first two years."
"This was a great experience--Dr. Case is a great ambassador for the school, I had wonderful interviewers who were very personable and did everything they could to find out more about me, rather than grilling me. The staff is so so nice...it seems like a great place to be!"
"Overall, a pleasant experience. The Admissions staff seems very pleasant and easy going. As the previous posting says, you have two interviewers and Dr. Case. He meets with you for 30 minutes to give you and intro. Then you have your one hour interviews with people on the admission's staff. At some point, you meet with an M4 to have lunch. That's not too exciting, so maybe you should eat a big breakfast. At the end, you have a one hour re-cap wtih Dr. Case. That's when he wants all your questions."
"As I stated above, wonderful. Full of friendly and helpful people, and the school is better than I originally realized. "
"UMC runs interviews of three students at a time. Each student arrives approximately 1 hour apart. You start with the Associate Dean for Admissions. He gives you a little intro, your schedule, and tells you how the interviews are used by the admissions committee. He is also your first interviewer. You then have two faculty interviewers who are members of the admissions committe. They can be either closed or open file--I had one of each. At 11:00, all three students gather and are taken to lunch by an M4 who then gives a tour and answers literally any question you can come up with. You end the day back in the Associate Dean's offices for another little Q&A. Interviewers were very laid back and seemed very interested in getting to know who the applicant is. All in all a pleasant experience."
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"I loved my experience with the admissions office!! They were friendly yet professional, and were able to answer all of my questions."
"Ya'll are awesome. Keep doing what your doing."
"Keep up the great work!"
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