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"MMI can't disclose"
"Why did you choose to go into medicine?"
"MMI; can't disclose"
"MMI with 8 stations. They will explain as many details as possible shortly prior to the interview."
"MMI, can't say. A bunch of ethical, nonmedical questions."
"MMI, can't say"
"Provide recommendations to the media regarding how much information should be broadcasted about a pedophile being re-introduced to society."
"It was an MMI, so there were some scenario questions, some question about myself and a role play station."
"my clinical volunteering experience"
"Various ethical scenarios"
"Think about the most stressful situation you have ever experienced. Think about it, and describe how you dealt with the stress."
"Alternative medicine ethical scenario"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"its scenarios. you prolly wont get the same thing but you can prepare by knowing what they are interested in thru the questions from previous yrs. It helped me."
"Can't divulge, and even if I could, you absolutely will not see the same prompt in any of your 8 scenarios, guaranteed. "
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"It was the MMI format, so it was random ethical dilemmas and situations, as well as a standard interview question and a teamwork exercise."
"Shhhh they're secrets!"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years? "
"Explain the discrepancy between MCAT scores?"
"Where else have you interviewed?"
"Describe extracurricular activity."
"tell me about your research"
"''I see you were involved with ___(stuent org)______, what was that like?''"
"if you saw someone cheating, what would you do"
"40 minutes on ''why do you want to be a doctor,'', challenging every reason I came up with. "
"Your undergraduate course work spans from Shakespeare to Biophysics, how has this range of classes helped you obtain your educational goals?"
"Why my grades were so bad, and then how I had done better."
"You really like Graeter's Ice Cream? Do you know why it's so rich?"
"describe your clinical experience at the hosptial"
"What do you do besides go to school"
"Explain bad grades, research experiences, etc."
"Tell me about yourself, activities, research experience, etc."
"You're appointed by the President to fix healthcare. Tell me how you'd do it. After I answered, he changed the scenario, saying that I could completely scrap the current healthcare system and start fresh. What would I do then? He encouraged me to think outside the box."
"describe yourself in three words why did you choose to study econ? have you ever considered something outside of medicine? "
"How I had prepared for the MCAT, and why were grades ''less than stellar'' in undergrad?"
"Has there been any traumatic event in your past, what was it, explain, etc."
"Describe an ethical issue and how you would handle it."
"Walk me through all of your summer activities during college"
"Does your family support your choice to enter the field of medicine?"
"If there is one word that you would want me to remember you by, what would it be?"
"What happened on X section of the MCAT?"
"How do you handle frustration in lab?"
"Why did you get a C in this biology class? (It was my only C)."
"What are 4 adjectives to describe you? "
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"What do I think about the effects of HMOs on medical care?"
"what do you do to relax? what do you do when you're stressed? what do you do for fun?"
"Amcas stuff. "
"Why I got a C in calc 2 (only C on transcript)?"
"What do you like about UC?"
"Do you feel that your MCAT scores are accurately reflective of you?"
"What do you think will be the biggest challenge for you in medical school?"
"Questions related to the AMCAS application."
"What would you do if you are not accepted?"
"Are you and your family close?"
"Were you happy with your MCAT scores?"
"What would your best friend say are your 3 greatest strengths and 3 greatest weaknesses?"
"a question regarding my stance on physician assisted suicide. I answered I would not perform PAS. What if the patient insist on dying and if you don't do anything, he will commit suicide himself."
"If you were to become an influencial doctor what would you do?"
"When were you in Spain?"
"Tell me about your academic accomplishments."
"Why did you not do so well in undergrad?"
"Why is medicine interesting for you?"
"How do you decide who gets a liver?"
"Why MD/PhD and not MD or PhD?"
"WHY MEDICINE? WHEN DID MEDICINE BECOME OF INTEREST TO YOU?"
"Just basic stuff. Wanted to know more about your app. Like how did you go up 8 on your MCAT, etc."
"All about AMCAS app"
"mine was literally all conversational. they have a list of questions they have to answer for the admissions committee, and so she basically asked a couple questions to fill in some of that info, and the rest of time was literally just chitchatting and me asking questions"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What do you envision yourself doing in 10 - 12 year?"
"Explain any grade below a B."
"Did you have an experince in high school that really made you want to consider medicine? "
"if a patient came up to you and wanted 1)an abortion 2)euthanasia would you do it and why?"
"explain your research"
"How did you become interested in bioethics?"
"Specifics about ECs listed on AMCAS."
"Are there any restrictions in your belief system that would prevent you from seeing a patient on a holy day?"
"Besides questions above, also why UC?"
"Tell me about your choice to attend a private high school."
"Describe growing up."
"Future ethical problems in medicine?"
"why be a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself, and your desire to be a physician. "
"What do you think will be the hardest year for you in medical school?"
"Have you had any interviews at other medical schools?"
"how did you pick your undergrad college?"
"An old man is in the hospital with a terminal illness. One of his sons would like to withold further treatment and let him die a peaceful death. The other son would like to take all measures possible to prolong his life. How would you reconcile this situation?"
"If a terminally ill patient came up to you and asked you to help end his life (assuming i'm in Oregon where this is legal), what would I do?"
"Motivations (see above)"
"Describe Four attributes about yourself"
"How are you relieved of stress?"
"How would you handle people coming into the hospital drunk or high on drugs?"
"Moral dilemas: abortion/euthanasia, universal healthcare"
"What was your hardest class? "
"Explain any red flags in your app (any grades below B)"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution?"
"how did your personal experiences, as a patient, influence you?"
"What do you think about cloning? Euthanasia? Health insurance issues?"
"What do you feel are the most important ethical issues facing medicine today?"
"What is your family life like."
"How would you handle a situation where you needed to treat a patient who had in some way hurt or killed a loved one."
"How do you feel about abortion?"
"What is one of the recent technological breakthroughs in medicine that fascinated you the most?"
"If you had to pick between becoming a researcher or doctor which would you choose. ( I told him I really enjoyed research)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Here's a picture of a gel, what does these differences mean?"
"Why do you want an M.D? (Versus being an RN, PA, medical assistant, etc)"
"Why did you go to MIT instead of Case?"
"Why this bad grade?"
"What were your influences for wanting to become a physician?"
"Why did you choose your undergrad. school?"
"What would you do with the frozen embryos (see above)"
"Describe a major time in your life when you have helped someone."
"MMI can't disclose"
"Actor scenario where you had to tell a friend they were losing their leg and cheer them up."
"MMI; can't disclose"
"What factors lead up to a school shooting?"
"my thoughts on ethical dilemma"
"Stressful situation in my life and how I dealt with it."
"Should the hospital have insight into the personal life of physicians?"
"Dangerous lifestyle ethical scenario/roleplay"
"Ethical questions. Sorry, can't tell."
"Thou ur scenarios will be diff, i'll share mine a little. One station was me Knowing how to deal with cultural differences. Another was knowing how to deal with patient confidentiality and where you'll draw the line (the follow up question asked if i'll draw the line because my patient was in danger and my answer was yes. i'll report the case to social services)."
"Can't divulge, and even if I could, you absolutely will not see the same prompt in any of your 8 scenarios, guaranteed. "
"The rest were typical interview questions in the form of the multiple-mini interview scenarios. "
"Why are you interested in a dual degree as opposed to either a MD or a PhD alone? If you had to just get one of the two, which would you choose?"
"Questions related to research, shadowing, work, and volunteer work."
"What would you do if you did not get in?"
"What is the biggest problem with the healthcare system as it is today?"
"''I see you were involved with ____(research)_____, what was that like?''"
"what are some of your unique qualities"
"I notice you had lots of community service starting in 2006. Why isn't there any before that? What else have you done prior to what's on your AMCAS?"
"Have you ever applied for a grant or scholarship that was not awarded to you?"
"Various ethical situations. (abortion, right to die)"
"Which class in your college experience do you detest the most and why? Any justification of grades on transcript?"
"What leadership experiences have you had besides what's on your AMCAS"
"How would you changhe healthcare in America to ensure that everyone has health insurance?"
"What makes you special, someone that would add to the community here at the College of Medicine? What do you do in your spare time? Where else have you applied?"
"where do you see yourself in ten years? why medicine? describe your thought process that has brought you to this point. "
"Describe three words that best describe your strengths/weaknesses"
"Questions about shadowing experiences"
"Tell me about x, y, z activity"
"Explain what happened in the courses you did not do as well in"
"Who do you admire and why?"
"To you, what is the most pressing medical ethics issue today?"
"What type of medicine do you want to pursue?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"How could you improve the diversity of the entering class?"
"Were you happy with your MCAT score?"
"Three coflicts doctors face ?"
"Tell me about yourself in your own words."
"They're supposed to ask about any grades lower than a B."
"Tell me about your research?"
"What award are you most proud?"
"Talk about a problem facing the future of medicine. Ok, How about another?"
"Talk more about exposure to medicine."
"What did you do to study for the MCAT?"
"What are u looking for in a medical school?"
"Lots of medical ethics: "Would you give a child growth hormones because the parents wanted the child to excel at soccer?""
"How do you use your study time?"
"Where else have you interviewed?"
"What was your favorite class so far and why?"
"How did you hear about the school?"
"a question regarding patient confidentiality"
"If a individual had a genetic disorder and his family was likely to have the disorder too, but he doesn't want to tell them what do you do?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"What's the most difficult or mature (or something like that) thing you've done in your life?"
"What is one issue in medicine that you find most controversial?"
"What issue facing medicine (other than the uninsured) do you find the most compelling?"
"Please explain why you got a C in this particular class."
"What area of medicine are you interested in?"
"What would your thought process be if you had to assign liver for transplant patients. (Several situations)"
"What prompted you to make the switch to medicine?"
"Why medicine and what other health-related professions have you looked at?"
"what were your favorite classes in high school? "
"If someone came to your doorstep and instantly took you to Washington, D.C., how would you change America's healthcare system? [followed up by numerous questions on funding this healthcare reform]"
"discuss specifics of my school activities, essays, and transcripts"
"views on using animals for research"
"Describe your views on stem cell research?"
"Explain any grade below a B."
"Why do you want to come to U of Cincinnati?"
"Many detailed, specific questions about my AMCAS application."
"What are your motivations for entering medicine?"
"What are three problems in medicine, and do you have any solutions for them?"
"Question about time spent abroad."
"last book i read and what i thought about it?"
"With today's technological advancements, do you see any limitations or problems associated with cloning or gene delivery?"
"if you couldn't become a doctor what would you do?"
"There are many ways to help people, even within the health care field. Why does medicine and becoming a doctor appeal to you? "
"Tell my about your high school."
"is there something medically related that has been in the news recently that has caught your attention?"
"What are two areas of medicine that will face challenges in the future?"
"What are your thoughts on abortion? Healthcare? "
"extracurricular- what do you do, how often have you always played sports what do you read"
"What would you tell the family of Terri Schiavo and her husband about what they should do about their situation. (Terri Schiavo is the lady in a coma in Florida. There is a disput on whether to take her off life support or not."
"What is your family like? What does your brother do? What do your parents do?"
"I liked the way he phrased the most common questions: "other than the fact that you probably applied to all the schools in Ohio, why did you apply to Cinci?""
"How did you pick your undergraduate college? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor"
"Tell me about your family."
"tell me about your research experience. why did you switch labs?"
"what is one ethical problems you will face as a physician?"
"What is the origin of your desire to be a doctor?"
"Describe yourself in four words."
"What is your favorite class"
"How do you feel about euthanasia?"
"Explain your C in Organic Chem (they have to ask about any grade below a B)"
"Why did you leave such a glamours career to be a doctor? (I'm a former TV reporter)"
"What is considered a hypoxic environment in the tissue culture incubator?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today? How do you propose we fix it?"
"How many schools did you apply to?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Why UC? Why medicine? "
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Why did you choose a poli. sci. major?"
"Why medicine? Why Cincinnati (THEY WILL ASK THIS FOR OUT-OF-STATERS)? Why now? What you want to do?"
"When in life where you faced with a tough situation and how did you deal with it?"
"MMI can't disclose"
"Cooperation station to work together and build a tower"
"MMI; can't disclose"
"Mandatory drug use and the ethics behind it."
"Should it be legal to force someone to take medication who has shown signs of harming themselves or someone else?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"next station was about physician's time. Interfering with their life. how to balance it. Another was team work. Taking instruction from someone in one station and the next, you'll be giving instructions to someone else. Then another was making an informal communication with an actress (yes, they had someone in the room). she was suppose to be my favorite cousin so you have to interact well. I have tried to give you all my stations. Good luck ppl. Pls, relax. its not wat ure thinking at all. The stations are just you, who you really are. The good news is you have two minutes to stand outside (until an announcement is made for you to go in) to think about the question is its not the sweating situations. You have an idea what you'll say b4 going in."
"Can't divulge, and even if I could, you absolutely will not see the same prompt in any of your 8 scenarios, guaranteed. "
"Lots and lots of questions about my research work, although they were rather general."
"Tell me about the three ethical issues in medicine."
"How did you handle that? (after mentioning an ethical situation I encountered)"
"Tell us, in your own words, what you think it is like to be a doctor (the interviewer then followed up with more questions on this topic until he got the exact answer he was looking for!)."
"''I see you were involved with _____(sport)____, what was that like?''"
"Exactly what protein were you staining for? was the first or the second antibody the one with the fluorescent marker? [basically, VERY specific questions about my research experience]"
"Have you considered applying to our PSTP program?"
"Three things my best friend would say about me, both good and bad."
"What do I do for volunteer experiences unmentioned in primary app?"
"describe what you did to explore med."
"Questions specific to my program of study."
"Tell me about your mission trips"
"Why should we accept you into our incoming class?"
"What is the largest problem in medicine today as you see it?"
"Why Cincinnati? Why medicine? Why not law (I am an attorney)? Did your family support your decision to go into law (I was premed in college and then switched)? Do they now support your decision to go into medicine? Do you have any questions?"
"what are the positives of being a physician? what are the negatives? "
"Ethical question regarding end-of-life decision."
"Questions about issues in health care"
"How did you handle such and such stressful time "
"Have you ever witnessed an ethical dilemma while shadowing physicians, and would you have handled it differently?"
"Questions about transcript."
"How do you think you will be able to contribute to the College of Medicine?"
"Why do you want to study Immunobiology instead of Epidemiology, since you already have your master's degree in Epi?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Why do you want to come to Cincinatti?"
"Why did you take a year off between undergrad and med school?"
" Three current issues in medicine?"
"Describe your research experience."
"What hobbies do you have?"
"Why the Univ. of Cincinnati?"
"here's another situational question: "as director of NIH, would you give a recent large donation to a new center for oncology or a new center for indigenous medicine?""
"What do you think the biggest challenge will be for you in medical school?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why do you speak about an Appalachian patient population? Ohio is not Appalachian. (YES. Southeast Ohio IS INDEED APPALACHIAN!!!)"
"How do you think UC could help you achieve your goals?"
"What accomplishment (not award) are you most proud of?"
"How do you deal with people from different backgrounds? What do you think UC as a medical school can do to help you interact with people from different backgrounds?"
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"Why MD not MD/PhD?"
"Tell me about an instance when you had to deal with a difficult person."
"A few ethical dilemmas and how would I solve them: One heart that's a perfect match for a P&G exec and a single mother--who to give it to? Also, would I perform an abortion on a 17 year old without telling her parents? Etc."
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"what is the biggest problem facing medicine today? (i answered a lack of interest in pursuing universal care). What is the difference between universal care and socialize medicine? How do you think universal care will affect the poor...the rich? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor and what type of medicine are you interested in?"
"Tell me about your research experience"
"What other schools have you applied to, if you can tell me that."
"What changes would you affect in the realm of tort reform?"
"Talk about your research, activities etc."
"With all your research background, why are you deciding to do MD and not MD/PhD or PhD?"
"all about my research"
"TALKED ABOUT SOME WITHDRAWALS AND C'S FROM MY FIRST COUPLE SEMESTERS OF UNDERGRAD. "
"Why do you like Cincinnati?"
"If you could do anything different during your undergrad, what would it be?"
"What was one of the most inflential experiences in your life? "
"In recent years, the income of the physician has decreased significantly. Ideally, where should physicians "rank" in the hierarchy of income categories?"
"after spending the time you spent overseas, what is your opinion of socialized healthcare?"
"views on stem cell research"
"How do you relax?"
"How do you manage your time?"
"Personal issue questions, such as how do I handle people less organized, how would I deal with a patient who is non-compliant."
"What are your views on stem cell research?"
"What do you do to relieve stress? Do you have any hobbies?"
"College activities I participated in."
"why was i a computer science major and how will that help/affect me as a physician?"
"How will you balance so many obligations and medical school? "
"how would you deal with living in the midwest?"
"What will be some problems/challenges in the future of health care/medicine? "
"What do you think your greatest weakness will be during medical school?"
"list your academic accomplishments"
"Why medicine and not music? (I was a music major)"
"It was a question based on the recent bill that the Government passed, which is regarding "partial baby pregnancies" or something to that order. Basically, the question asked my opinion on whether the government should impose laws restricting a patients freedom of choice/options."
"what specialty are you interested in your from CA why Ohio"
"Talk about an ethical issue"
"We went through all my extracurriculars. Be prepared to speak about these."
"When have you faced a difficult situation, academic or personal, and how did you deal with it?"
"Why did you switch your majors several times in college?"
"How did you pick you major?"
"Talk a bit more in depth about your ECS (research, volunteering, shadowing, etc.) SInce my interviewer was a sciency type guy, I got to talk a lot about my research and actually go into depth about it."
"What kind of service have you done (high school and college)?"
"when did you first decide you wanted to become a doctor?"
"When did you move to the US?"
"List all you academic accomplishments."
"What do you feel are the qualities that make a good physician? What separates good physicians from bad ones?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor"
"How do you feel about the country's health care system? How do you feel about a physician falsifying insurance documents to give a patient things they need."
"Explain your upward trend in grades."
"What is your critical analysis of using cell culture in your experiments? (I still dont get that question, oh well maybe thats when the phD comes in)"
"What was your favorite course at school and why?"
"Two ethics examples were given and were asked to be evaluated concerning confidentiality and end of life care."
"What kind of people do you find difficult to get along with?"
"If you were appointed "sec of health" and was the final say in the US health care system for the government, what would you do to help others, uninsured, medication, costs?"
"How did your father's career as a physician influence you?"
"MMI can't disclose"
"What would you do if your patient's family member wanted to hide the patient's terminal illness diagnosis from them?"
"The teamwork station"
"If everyone died but you could pick three people (from a list), who and why?"
"I had a situation where I needed to convince my cousin Pat (played by an actor) that he should stop doing drugs, drinking, and eating fatty foods."
"Having to team up and draw pictures based on your partner's descriptions"
"The ethical questions."
"the drama station. and the team work station. Very fun but you know your future depends on it so gotta act well. Be yourself."
"The interviewer explained a problem that he is working on (very different from my own research), and asked me how I would approach the question."
"If you knew that your fellow classmates had a copy of an upcoming exam (but you didn't), what would you do?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"At the end of the day, what is the most difficult thing a doctor has to deal with, personally vs. professionally?"
"how would you change the current health insurance problem in the US?"
"did that intimidate you (when I talked about seeing a particular procedure)"
"how do you relieve stress"
"see ''difficult question.''"
"I see you have a plethora of research. What is the single most important thing you have learned from it all?"
"Asked me flat out why my first few years of undergrad grades were so, ''terrible.'' (they were)"
"What makes Graeter's ice cream so rich?"
"Nothing really interesting was asked infact it flew by with not many questions, it was mostly just explantions of my amcas application"
"What do you see as a major technological development in medicine in the next 25 years and is it a good thing or a bad thing?"
"If members of your class had a copy of a test you were going to be given, what would you do?"
"What would be said about you at your funeral after a long career in medicine?"
"If you were not permitted to perform a vital procedure for a patient because he/she was uninsured, what would you do?"
"Imagine you have died after a long career in medicine. Your body is laid out at a ceremony at Cincinnati - what will be said of you?"
"60 years from now, you are being honored with an award for being a great doctor, and your critic runs up and pulls the chords out during your speech. what would he yell about you?"
"If I could advise the next president on how to fix the healthcare system, what would I say?"
"Has there been any traumatic event in your past?"
"Name an ethical issue and how you would handle it."
"None really. The interview was pretty conversational."
"Would you give growth hormones to a short high school basketball player? What if you had previously referred his sister to a plastic surgeon for a boob job? So it's okay to grow wider but not taller?"
"If someone had a genetic disorder, and it was possibly fatal and inhereited so that other family members could also have it but the diagnosed family member did not want you to tell anyone, what would you do?"
"If there is one word that you would want me to remember you by, what would it be?"
"Why are you concerning foreign medical aid when there are people 30 minutes south of here in the same situations?"
"The questions themselves were normal, the circumstances were less so- the PSTP interviews are several days long- while you are only asked questions "officially" for a couple of hour-long interviews- I was asked the best questions and had the most substantive discussions with faculty and students alike at meals and social events. That was the interesting part- less the questions."
"A woman just gave birth to a child, but needs a blood transfusion to stay alive. However, she is against that because of her religious beliefs. What would you do?"
"What are you listening to now? (As far as, what kind of music?)"
"Tell me about Ghana? (I did an internship there last summer)"
"Ethical scenarios that doctors deal eith. Ex what if pt refused treatment based on moral grounds."
"It was pretty much straightforward, there wasn't a question that really stood out."
"How do you handle patients from different backgrounds with different outlooks and priorities?"
"Describe the bearing ethics has on medicine (it was purposely left to be an open-ended question)."
"Tell me about your family."
"How did you prepare for your mcats?"
"It was a mostly conversational interview, nothing particularly new or intriguing."
"A fourteen year old girl who comes into your office four months pregnant. What do you do? She is a foster child and the foster father is the father of the baby. She has no parents."
"What am I looking for in an medical school?"
"What do you think of Nancy Zimpher?"
"What do you think are three challenging medical ethics issues for doctors today? "
"What are the different roles you have observed physicians in while observing them?"
"Since my father is a Chiropractor, why medicine and how does he feel about it?"
"Why an MD instead of a PHD?"
"If a patient came to you with 20+ pages of information regarding their disease from an internet site, how would you react?"
"I was asked a few hypothetical questions that dealt with ethics...a pregnant 14 year old who wants to have an abortion but doesn't want to tell her parents, a grandpa who has a DNR order and comes in needing cpr and the family says they will sue if you don't save his life. "
"What do you think of euthanasia?"
"Do you think you're a good leader? If so, can you tell me why?"
"I have an older female arthritis patient who was taking care of her elderly mother at home and finally decided to put the mother in a nursing home. Later she came to me and said the pain she was experiencing was God punishing her for putting her mother in the nursing home? It relates to Christianity, which is something I emphasized in my application, and therefore seemed designed especially for me, so I don't think this question would be asked to everyone. It was a very hard and unexpected question that I wish I could have thought about ahead of time instead of off the top of my head on the spot like that."
"Nothing interesting...mostly standard questions"
"Since I am older, the interviewer had my resume. She noticed that I had changed jobs every three years. She wanted to know why I thought medicine would hold my attention more than the other positions."
"There is one liver and two people who need it. What goes in to deciding who receives the organ?"
"I wasn't really asked any interesting questions. Pretty standard questions, no cool ethical questions."
"NOTHING OUT OF ORDINARY, JUST TYPICAL WHY MEDICINE? WHY CINCINNATI?"
"Not much interesting. It was a very straight forward interview; VERY straight forward."
"What clinical rotation are you least looking forward to?"
"I guess something along the lines about, "Why do you think students with engineering backgrounds tend to struggle early in medical school?" Well, not interesting, just amazing."
"What I think about the problem of doctors and narcotic abuse."
"How do your majors and interests relate to medicine?"
"What did u do that was out of the ordinary in elementary school (i.e. music, sports)"
"If you were politically, morally, or religiously opposed to abortion and one of your patients, a single, young woman, asked you to perform an abortion, what would you do?"
"if i were to go onto your campus and talk to your friends what would they say about you? your enemies?"
"not really anything interesting. probably my views on stem cell research."
"How have you handled a crisis you have been in?"
"What do you enjoy most about Cincinnati?"
"So how hot does a kiln get? (in reference to my ceramics experience)"
"Several questions about political medical ethics (Vioxx, prescription drugs from Canada, etc)."
"If you had to choose a career between being a scientist or a nurse, which would you choose (I'm and engineering major)?"
"Tell me a bit about the history of your school. (that was actually a pretty fun one to answer)"
"last book i read and what i thought about it"
"What what you do if a patient did not want to be treated by you because of the way you look or your ethnic background? "
"Could you live in Italy?"
"Why did I take the MCAT so many times?"
"If you were faced with two patients who were waiting for a liver transplant and would die the next day, one a former mayor of cincinnati whose liver was degraded by his alcoholism, the other a young HIV+ gay man whose treatments caused an allergic reaction that destroyed his liver, and you had a liver that fit both of their medical backgrounds, who would you give it to?"
"What roles, both positively & negatively, will genetics play in the future of medicine?"
"Nothing...pretty much the standard stuff."
"How have I matured as a student?"
"A child needs a blood transfusion in order to live, but the parents of the child are opposed to it for religious reasons. What do you do?"
"Why do you think the number of MD applicants have declined over the years? (more specifically, why did the MD applicant pool not increase following 911 recession?)"
"4-5 questions about motivation for medicine- when realize, what reinforced decision, elaborate on clinical exp"
"If you have two patients in need of a heart transplant one patient was the vice-president of Proctor&Gamble and the other was a 19-year old single mother and they were both going to die tommorrow. What are some factors that you would consider in deciding who would get the heart?"
"Many medical students become stressed as a result of the demands of medical school. Who, or what do you turn to in such times of high stress?"
"Why do you like music so much?"
"How would you handle a patient that was homosexual?"
"What are some of the problems involved with universal healthcare in the United States?"
"Why did you choose to get involved with the extra-curricular activities that you did?"
"I was not specifically asked a question about it, but I had a pretty cool discussion about gene therapy."
"Went straight down my application from AMCAS."
"It was a very normal conversation... It was not really a question and answer type interview.. he jsut wanted to know who i was and how the activities i have done have affected my decision to pursue a career in med."
"What was the hardest question that another school has asked you and what did you say to them?"
"were you happy with your mcat scores?"
"Wasn't so much a question, but I did have to struggle to keep a straight face as my interviewer described problems in studying human sexuality (I hope this is the only interview I ever have where the issue of bondage comes up...)"
"What kind of hard question did your other interviews ask you and how did you answer them?"
"What will people say about you at your retirement party?"
"We talked about rural medicine. I'm not sure how it came up, but I've always thought it was an interesting topic."
"What is the most difficult decision you have ever made?"
"What is your favorite book you read in school, and the favorite book you read outside of school"
"He didn't really ask any specific questions. It was more of just working through how I would handle difficult scenarios."
"To be honest, I was lucky enough to receive every possible ethical/political question there is. It was a little uncomfortable and unnerving."
"There were really no questions asked that sparked my interests and allowed for creative expression."
"If there was a test for certain diseases such as Alzheimer's, how would you deal with a patient that tested positive for such a disease and how would you yourself want to be treated in that situation?"
"Why did I choose my undergraduate school?"
"Tell me about how make difficult decisions."
"What happens when only that proline residue is mutated on this particular gene?"
"What is your opinion on the stem-cell research debate?"
"Who is the person you are most close to?"
"What do you think about the new information coming out about autism?"
"How will you finance medical school?"
"What do you think are some problems with health care today?"
"None. I was asked the typical run-of-the-mill med school interview questions. "
"none too interesting. Asked about strange courses I had taken, research, and my work-experiences."
"How would your best friend describe you if she were here, naming strengths and weaknesses?"
"What do you think will be negative about a career in medicine?"
"Parents have IVF and multiple embryo's. They are killed in a car accident and you are in charge of the still frozen embryo's, what do you do with them."
"Why did you minor in Spanish?"
"MMI can't disclose"
"The acting station"
"This acting scenario we had to do was tough."
"The world is wiped out in an epidemic. Choose three people off of this list that you and your partner would save and explain why you chose those particular people."
"They all were tough, I thought"
"A specific ethical question."
"A follow up question from one of the stations asked, so will you work for an alternative medicine hospital, i wasnt sure of my answer and the time was up so i jumped up and said 'thanks, nice meeting you' and my interviewer and I chuckled."
"Nothing too overwhelming comes to mind."
"Do you have any questions for me? (difficult because the interviewer asked this question 15 minutes into the interview)"
"At the end of the day, what is the most difficult thing a doctor has to deal with, personally vs. professionally?"
"same as above"
"what are qualities that doctors should possess"
"The interviewer basically spent 40 minutes challenging me on why I wanted to be a doctor (instead of a nurse, a paramedic, a researcher, etc.). She was not unkind or overly confrontational, and in fact she was a super-attentive and fabulous interviewer, but it was a very challenging interview."
"Do you feel your undergraduate education has challenged you?"
"If we asked my best friend, what would they say are your three biggest weaknesses."
"Are there any grades on your transcript that you would like to justify/explain?"
"why did you get a c in organic 203 and why for a couple of withdr. these were in the first 5 min. of the interview"
"Tell me about yourself- with no lead-in questions."
"If you had a heart to transplant and two patients that were a perfect match, one is a single woman with kids and the other is a successful executive, who would you give it to?"
"Talk about a current topic in medicine...like stem cell research or abortion."
"What are three things you don't like about yourself?"
"Explain a certain bad semester of grades."
"Very stylized ethics question with limited fact pattern - interviewer (obviously a doctor) and his attorney brother have a father on life support. Interviewer wants to discontinue it, while the attorney brother wants it connected and will sue you, the doctor, if you disconnect. Patient spouse is dead, patient siblings are dead, there is no legal proxy or guardian, and continuing support ostensibly would be medically futile. Basically the only people are you (ICU doctor), interviewer (another doctor/child of patient), brother of interviwer (attorney/child of patient), and the comatose patient himself. What do you do and why? I favored a quality of death argument and decided on withdrawing life support. The interviewer responded saying that there is no right answer in this case, but that it is okay to be a subjective physician in this case, too, and decide based on your personal morals and values."
"the same as above"
"How would I advise the family of a terminally ill patient (in coma) on life-support, if one of the patient's son's is a lawyer who will sue me if I disconnect life-support?"
"What are some problems with medicine today...also, for the previous question, I said a patient's right to die...he followed it up by asking "
"What ethical dilemmas have you seen while shadowing physicians and would have handled it differently?"
"Ask me a provocative question. Any question."
"If I was taken magically to washington DC and told to fix the healthcare system, how would you do it?"
"To you, what is the most pressing medical ethics issue today? (I was not prepared for this question)."
"Why MD/PhD, not just MD or just PhD? How do you handle frustration?"
"What would your best friends say is the thing about you that drives them crazy?"
"Why did your P.I. not write you a letter of recommendation?"
"What do you think about stem cell research?"
"What do you think you would add to our class?"
"Why are your grades the way they are after your junior year?"
"The 14-yr old girl question: a 14-yr old girl walks into your office, and she asks you if you will keep a secret. she doesnt want her parents to know what she is there for. what do you do? Then he asked, if she said, I have an STD, do you treat her without telling her parents? Then he asked, what would you do if you then found out that the girl was raped by her uncle and that is how she got the STD. would you still act the same?"
"Some questions were dificult because of the language barrier between my interviewer and I. The interviewer had a thick accent."
"Do you think that great people are meant to be great, like fate? And if they fall, it is their fate?"
"After having all these experiences (with your extracurriculars and academics) what have you learned?"
"What are the different roles you have observed physicians in while observing them?"
"What would others say about me, what are their biggest gripes?"
"Tell me about your research. I happened to draw a phd in somewhat familiar in the area I work. Had to field some questions I wasn't expecting to have to answer."
"Is there any issue within medical ethics that particularly concerns you, and if so, please comment upon it. (so open-ended and broad...)"
"What do you think the biggest problems will be in medicine when you graduate? How do you solve that problem?"
"What is an issue currently facing physicians? (very broad...)"
"Describe to me a patient you had encounter and tell me why this patient is significant in your pursuit of a career in medicine."
"Name three positive and three negative qualities about yourself."
"What's the hardest thing you've ever had to tell someone?"
"What would you do if a fellow physician confided in you about a drug problem"
"The "Jehovah's Witness" question... If a child was dying and needed a blood transfusion and the parents refused, what would you do? Typical."
"Explain a C you got 2 years ago. I hate talking about bad grades."
"No difficult questions."
"Questions sort of related to my research, but about specific procedures that I told the interviewer that I had not actually done."
"none really, all questions about AMCAS app"
"What are the considerations when deciding to whom you will give organs? for various situations."
"Name a recent dilemma in medicine? (this isn't too bad, but it was the most difficult asked)"
"What was the hardest conflict you have had to deal with? "
"How exactly would you go about funding healthcare reform?"
"what do you think the biggest problem facing doctors is going to be in the next ten years? how would you solve it?"
"not really anything difficult"
"Two patients, each needing a liver transplant, are vying for the same donor liver. One is a former alcoholic with cirrhosis of the liver and the other is an HIV positive homosexual who needs a transplant because of liver damage caused by the anti-viral medication. Who would you give it to? Why?"
"If you had a patient who decided to put their faith in God and not take any treatment you prescribe to them, what would you do?"
"Be prepared to explain bad grades or other poor performance."
"If you could invite any three people, dead or alive, to dinner, who would they be?"
"Have you ever faced a stressful situation, and if so, how did you deal with it?"
"Nothing too difficult."
"Same as the most interesting."
"The questions were not difficult."
"With today's technological advancements, do you see any limitations or problems associated with cloning or gene delivery?"
"explain why you used bacillus subtils instead of e coli for the purification ( it was a detailed question about my research)"
"How will pharmaceutical companies affect the future of health care?"
"During your 3rd and 4th year of medical school, which clinical rotation are you least looking forward to? (not really difficult, but I had to think about it for a while)"
"give a specific example of how i have matured"
"There are many careers available helping people, such as social work. Why do you want to become a doctor and not pursue one of these other fields?"
"same as above."
"what is most difficult decision you have made "
"What are some good and bad challenges that doctors face? "
"No difficult questions--the interviewer had my AMCAS in front of him, and we went straight through it. He did not ask, "Why did you choose UC?" He did not ask, "Why do you want to be a doctor?" Nothing ethical. Very straight forward--it was all about me."
"Why did you do so badly in premed initially (I'm a postbacc)?"
"first question--is there anything you would like to add to your application?"
""Where do you see the future of medicine in 10 years, both for yourself and for the profession?" This question was very broad, but after I gave some answers, he repeated the question as if I wasn't getting at what he wanted me to say. It was rather confusing."
"Were you happy with your MCAT score? Do you think you were prepared?"
"Why medicine and not research?"
"nothing at all"
"How would you fix the problem of all the uninsured in America?"
""Ten years from now, what issues will physicians be facing?" This was hard because I had to go indepth on many different issues. We spent 20-30 minutes talking about every ethical issue under the sun. "
"regarding a grade below a B"
"no hard questions"
"If you had two patients who desperately needed heart transplants, one who is a senior executive at P&G, the other an 18-year old single mother, and you recieved one heart that was an exact match for both, who would you give the heart to and why?"
"There were no difficult questions really. It felt more like an enlightening conversation."
"Nothing was difficult."
"What have you failed in"
"None were difficult, it was just that they were political."
"My interviewer wanted to know why I had a "C" in organic chemsitry lab during the winter of 2000 - consequently the ONLY "C" I had in four years of college!"
"Nothing really...What's the most difficult aspect of medicine today"
"What is the partial pressure of oxygen in the artery? What percent of the air is oxygen?"
"What are some important ethical issues faced by physicians today?"
"Explain this (poor) grade"
"Why Ohio? (I am from CA)"
"How do you know that you want to work with people?"
"Very detailed questions about my research. I wasn't prepared to go that in-depth."
"What are the three most significant problems you will face as a physician?"
"Do you want to talk about anything else we haven't covered?"
"What do we do to solve the underinsured of this country, HMO's, socialized medicine, and costs."
"Who would you choose to sit on the panel that advises the president on health-related issues?"
"Read through MMI scenarios, spoke to a professor about the interview process, and reviewed my application!"
"Practice with my mentor"
"Being well rested. I don't think it's a good use of time to "prepare" for MMI's."
"Practice MMIs with friends, studied the school (which was pretty unnecessary)."
"I did not prepare"
"Read up on MMI."
"Read up on MMI"
"I looked at MMI prompts, but it's really difficult to prepare for because there's very little chance that anything you specifically prepared for will come up in the interviews."
"I did some MMIs and my school also did a mock MMI, but it honestly did not help."
"looked up MMI prompts online"
"just looked up some sample MMI questions and worked through them in my head"
"I just went through examples of ethical dilemmas until I was comfortable that I could address whatever scenario I came across."
"Read the sample MMI questions, but otherwise not much."
"Read a few sample MMI questions and watched a few youtube videos. Talked to myself"
"I did not prepare, other than having been to two interviews already. I did read a book on health care reform."
"Did nothing. Reviewed what the MMI was all about but that's it."
"Looked at SDN"
"SDN, school's website but dont worry about these. All you needed to get from the school's site will be covered during the interview info session. Just relax. its a different form of interview. "
"Did nothing really. This is not the type of interview you can prepare for."
"I read scenarios online, but it wasn't that helpful. You really don't need to prepare."
"They gave us a MMI 30 minute brief overview to calm our fears and understand the process."
"Read different MMI questions online; not really a whole lot you can do to prepare...just know the basic current conditions in healthcare and be yourself! all of the MMI interviewers were pretty friendly"
"I rested up, practiced my standard approaches/responses from other interviews, and approached it confidently. I agree with other posts stating you really cannot prepare specifically for it. "
"Not really anyway to prepare but to be comfortable and confident."
"I read the MMI material and links given to you on the interview invite website. I also looked up articles that talk about MMI, which is in-place at many Canadian schools apparently."
"No preparation, I was just myself!"
"Looked up information on MMIs. Practiced some hard, ethical questions. "
"Read over my application essays and the papers I'm an author on. Looked at the pages of the faculty members that I was interviewing with and read some of their abstracts. Spent a good amount of time on the webpages for both the medical school and the PSTP program to make sure that I had good questions."
"SDN interview feedback and forums"
"reread AMCAS + secondary read Understand Health Care Policy, Health Care Meltdown, The Medical School Interview: Secrets and System for Success had three mock interviews"
"my AMCAS application, various resources online, SDN"
"SDN, school website, MSAR, princeton review, etc"
"Thought about answers to typical questions, none of which were asked"
"re-read amcas, read website, mock interview (once, before all my interviews began), AMSAR, SDN."
"SDN, medical school website, mock interview, review of AMCAS and research."
"SDN, MSAR, read over possible questions"
"Mock interviews, read UC's web site, read bioethics sites, read NYT Health articles, etc."
"SDN, mock trials, Caducea"
"studentdoctor.net making note cards mock interviews"
"Studied my file and the university website."
"Practice interview with a professional interviewer."
"Looked at past questions on SDN, had a mock interview with my faculty."
"UofW Bioethics page, amcas, secondaries, online info about healthcare in America"
"Lots of mock interviews, SDN, read about biomedical ethics on the University of Washington website, researched the US and Canadian health care systems online"
"AMCAS, secondary, MSAR, Univ of Washington bioethics, read ethics/finance sections of Social Medicine Reader, watched Cincinnati beat Cleveland 30-0 on Sunday, relaxed with my buddy from high school who lives in Cincy (took me to Newport, KY to Hofbrauhaus brewery; downtown; more ghetto uptown; Mount Lookout; etc.)"
"sdn, school website"
"Reviewed SDN, looked at website, looked over notes on Healthcare system, reviewed my AMCAS App. and Secondary"
"Reviewed my AMCAS, looked at UC's website, made a list of questions"
"SDN, cincinnati's website, "
"went through website, read SDN, looked at MSAR book"
"Reviewed my application, read information on the school's website, stayed with a current student the night before to learn more about the program."
"Read over AMCAS, but didnt do much, had already had a bunch of previous interviews, just be yourself and be ready to answer anything. "
"-Look at my application over and over again -Organized important parts of my application into a coherent "dialogue""
"UCinci website, AMCAS, talked to a student who already interviewed there."
"Rehearsed a clear, easy-to-follow, description of my research on my drive to the school. Read the papers of the people who were going to interview me, read the abstracts of every faculty member and professor who we were told we were going to interact with."
"Read this website, news, bioethics, school's website, etc."
"Read this site, read over my application, the usual"
"SDN, School Website, looked over amcas and Wikipedia for background ethical info"
"SDN, School's website, ethics txtbook"
"This website, reviewing my applications and ethics websites."
"Read interview reviews."
"Browsed SDN and school website, Looked over my secondary application and personal statement"
"looked over amcas, sdn, school's site"
"SDN, school's website, talked to student I stayed with, interview books"
"Medical ethics websites. This site. Reading the UC viewbook, my application, etc."
"Read school's website and SD"
"SDN website, reviewed school's website, nothing too much because I work at this college of medicine"
"SDN, read UC website, medical ethics websites"
"SDN Interview Feedback, school's website."
"SDN, MSAR, looked at website and reviewed applications"
"2 practice interviews. Read a book on current medical controversies. Read SDN. Looked at school brochure and website."
"SDN, read over a couple medical ethics textbooks, read UC's medical school's webpage (esp. current research, curriculum), read current medical news from various websites"
"Read my application, prepared answers to sample interview questions"
"This site, reviewed articles"
"i had 2 acceptances going in, so I didn't really prepare for this one. "
"Read "Health Care Meltdown", this site, and got a new suit. :)"
"School website, practice intervew questions"
"Read the school website, AMCAS and Princeton Review websites about interviews."
"I don't think I prepared enough...but I did read over my AMCAS and secondaries"
"Practised with med student friends. Reviewed my AMCAS app. Slept well. Checked their website, reviewed their grant awards and current research projects."
"Read the website, learned a little about the city."
"STUDENT DOC SITE, UCINN'S WEBSITE, MOCK INTERVIEW"
"I think people who do mock interviews are gay. Seriously. They are interviewing you, they want to know about you, what the [email protected]# do you need to prepare!"
"looked at UC's website, this website"
"This website, school's website and literature."
"Just read over my AMCAS."
"UC's website, this website, medical ethics websites."
"I read the website as well as SDN. I also read a book on healthcare ethics and sketched out sample responses."
"mock interview, sdn, reviewed amcas and read about ethics and health care issues"
"Read interview experiences, reviewed my application, read on their website"
"looked on this website and watched the monday night bangles game"
"read ethical articles, UC website, amcas app, health care articles"
"Read SDN and looked at prior interviews. Looked through AMCAS pretty thoroughly."
"Read this website as well as the one provided by the university"
"read this site, the school's site, read about recent medical issues"
"SDN, read UC website, read about health care system, read about ethical issues."
"read up on health care issues, re-read medical ethics notes, reviewed UC website"
"Ate Arby's with my sister in Dayton. Listened to OAR during the drive over next morning. Rock on OAR."
"Student Doctor, UC Website, some UC Medical students I knew"
"Read over this site. "
"I ordered a big pizza from Papa John's and played with Jennifer's dog Woody."
"School website, studentdoctor.net"
"read sdn, reviewed research"
"SDN website, cnn.com/health, read medical ethics book, and read up on our current health care system. "
"SDN, mock interview, read about the school"
"SDN, read the website, went over my AMCAS"
"SDN, UC website, read cnn.com health articles."
"spoke with a 4th year student, read up on the school, healthcare, ethics, SDN web site"
"their website, SDN, other websites for questions"
"Read questions from this website, Looked on UC's website,and AMCAS."
"Student Doctor, read the UC webpage, check out the medonestop section of UC's webpage if you get a chance. Pay attention to the introduction given upon arrival to the school."
"read this website, UC's website and read the paper and magazines"
"Reading SDN, talking to some of the undergraduates that live in the area"
"read over my AMCAS application, this site, and read up a little on health related issues"
"Read the website, looked over my apps, I actually had the school's info session before my interview in the afternoon so I learned a lot of good info about UC from that"
"this web site"
"read cnn.com, went to the UC website"
"SDN, glanced at AMCAS and secondary."
"This website, mock interview, "
"read over interview feedback. looked at the website. reread my primary application (my interviewer literally went through each part of it, and asked about each experience)"
"SDN, website, learned how to spell Cincinnati..."
"read uc website"
"Reviewed my application, read the web page for UC. Read sites such as this."
"Read ethics journals, read WSJ, browsed numerous books/articles on what to expect on interview day"
"Read pages and pages of medical ethics info from the web. Read over my personal statement. Didn't stress about it."
"Got some sleep, reviewed my application essay."
"read this website and read about the Medical College, asked other students about the dual admissions program"
"UC website, This website, read over applications"
"Read this website, school's website, mock phone interview."
"read online material"
"I had already interviewed elsewhere, so I tried to just relax and be myself."
"Read over app, SDN, read up on ethics and healthcare."
"reread AMCAS, UC MSAR entry, health issues/ethics postings."
"Read this website"
"Re-read my application. Read some articles on the American Health Care System. Read over general response essays written for other schools"
"Interview Feedback, Ethics Website, UC website"
"Read the website, read over my application."
"Read interview feedback."
"Read the website. "
"This site, schools website, mock interviews."
"Researched the school on the internet, talked with friends who are current students, and reviewed mock interview questions."
"Looking at websites such as these, reading possible interview questions given by my advisor, learning about recent medical issues such as insurance and certain ethics."
"Websites like this and question lists."
"Read a ton of material from the web. I looked at politicalagenda.com, good material."
"Read the school's website, MSAR, researched Interview feedback, practiced with friends, and mock interview"
"Read information on their website, did mock interviews"
"Everyone there was so nice and welcoming. We spoke with so many medical students throughout the day and the staff were lovely. The whole day had a very close-knit community feel to it. The facilities are also beautiful and very modern."
"Their commitment to inclusivity and making the playing field equal for everyone to be able to succeed in getting an acceptance to their school. Their admissions committee was very prepared and welcoming."
"The people were very friendly yet serious about their education. The facilities were also very nice compared to other schools that I interviewed at."
"THE GOODIES. UCinci was one of the few schools where it felt like the administration actually cared about their students and overall image. They gave us a tumbler and notepad which were very well made. Their school looked absolutely beautiful. Everyone on the administration team brought their A game and seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs."
"The people were great. Interview was low stress and kind of fun. Loved the school."
"The dedication to not only the school but the city"
"Nice gym, great children's hospital"
"Cincinnati Children's and other surrounding hospitals have great reputations, and the school name carries a degree of prestige."
"Surrounding hospitals (Cincinnati Children's), innovative curriculum, cadaver donation program, workout facility (on site), university hospital and UCCOM are connected and welcoming student and faculty!"
"UC is a great school, and the students seemed very happy there. There were very extensive presentations on the curriculum, selection process, and financial aid. I really appreciated how frank the dean was when he discussed how students are selected after the interview."
"facilities, students, curriculum, location"
"The MMI was lower stress than I thought it would be! Also, Dean Manuel was very good at explaining the admissions process."
"Really nice facilities and the new curriculum sounds pretty cool."
"Dr Manuels is an amazing guy and he is very frank and open with you when he talks with you. He's just a likeable guy."
"The modern facilities and the impressive board scores."
"The facilities were really nice and the students seemed very down to earth."
"The amount of money the school has."
"they had many hospitals close by and they all looked beautiful. attractive library, may be it will encourage us to study..lol"
"Facilities. The novelty of the "Medical Sciences" building. The general atmosphere amongst students. The fact that they consistently prepare students to do very well on the boards."
"lots of computers, high USMLE step 1 score (234!)"
"I think there are many more opportunities to shine beyond your grades, scores, and EC with this style interview"
"Brand new main building; all the students seem very happy and are like one big family"
"The multiple-mini-interview format was actually much better than I anticipated. It gives a good picture of the candidate. I prefer it compared to my previous traditional interviews."
"The facilities were very modern and new."
"The new CARE building is amazing. Lots of study space, brand new labs and equipment, new medical bookstore, new library, and a modest fitness center."
"It was a fun interview process!"
"The students. The PSTP interview is a full weekend event, and the time that I got to spend with the current students was a HUGE selling point, they get along well, support each other, and have a huge sense of pride and ownership for the program. "
"#1 Children's hospital in the country, all the new developments, above average facilities"
"the NEW medical building, the friendliness of faculty/students, the enormous amount of research that goes on"
"the institutional commitment to progress and the pride everyone seemed to have in the university."
"strength of programs, dual degree options, lots of new hospital wings and research buildings going up, all hospitals are within a few square miles, med school building will be brand new"
"The campus is massively improving. New buildings, new faculty. "
"friendly students, good city, vibrant undergrad"
"The caliber, skill, intelligence, and attentiveness of my interviewer. How kind and willing to explain everything the two presenters were during the curriculum and financial aid presentations. Children's hospital, while I didn't see it, sounds like a majorly wonderful facility. Also I was pleased that U.Cin. teaches a full-blown gross anatomy course instead of what I'm seeing at some other schools."
"My interviewer was friendly and it seemed more like an hour long chat than an interview. I love that the school is so focused on medical research."
"Enthusiasm of the students/faculty, they really seemed to want to help the students succeed. The new building is going to be sweet!"
"-Everyone seemed very laid back. -The new building is going to be a huge plus. "
"The interviewer's enthusiasm, the talk about the new building to come, "
"brand new school will be ready next year clinical skills lab is a rare feature to have. students are enthusiastic about the school."
"Lots of hospitals to work with."
"The interview was extremely nice and did a good job with the interview but also with selling the school."
"Comments of current students about how willing faculty is to help you."
"University of Cincinnati has many, many accomplished individuals as a part of its hospital system and has a long, rich history of advances in medicine."
"My tour guides were cool and seemed to like the school. Also, the Dean of Admissions was very friendly and welcoming. They are building an entirely new med school facilities building, which will be ready by next Oct. or Jan."
"class turnout for MSII neuroscience lecture; existence of Center for Surgical Innovation, 1st emergency medicine residency program in the country; flexible in taking time off from school for other pursuits; integrated curriculum w/ early clinical exposure; case-based learning in small groups w/ clinical preceptor; strong musical tradition in Cincy; Health Policy Institute; 4 students/cadaver in anatomy; downtown has a Tiffany (my fiancee works in the Manhattan headquarters and would like a similar job where we move); in-state tuition for out-of-staters after only one year; Academic IT & Libraries (AIT&L) ranked #1 in OH, tops in U.S.; int'l med opps; Cincy Children's is cream of the crop for peds"
"pretty much everything. UC is a great place "
"How much the students enjoyed going to school there and the new facilities being built."
"The faculty member giving us the talk about UC's curriculum was very funny, I enjoyed his talk. "
"there seems to be a lot of comraderie amongst the student body "
"New facilities being built"
"Everyone was extremely friendly and enthusiastic. I felt like they cared about me as a person rather than an MCAT score and GPA."
"Everything. Tons of new top notch facilities going up and old ones being completely renovated to offer the best facilities possible. interviewer was super nice and admissions staff did a great job presenting the school during their presentation. Anonymous survey after the day was done shows the school cares about their image and the interview day. Students loved their school and said the administration was very supportive. OPPORTUNITIES everywhere - research, clinical exposure top notch, MSP program, international trips, student run clinic, every club possible, volunteering...."
"The faculty were surprisingly personal and friendly, as well as being empathetic."
"They have a great peds program (#4), you can apply for in-state residency after a year. Starbucks in the building."
"What the school WILL look like The students. The people there are really amazing- very close, friendly, helpful. I wish the interview weekend could be longer just to talk with them some more."
"The enthusiasm of the medical students, the facilities in the medical school. Also, Cincinnati has a highly ranked pediatrics program and Children's Hospital."
"Everyone seemed to enjoy it there, even a girl who was transplanted from So-Cal (where I'm from) had positive things to say, which was nice."
"The students, the clinical skills lab (sim-man) the curriculum is really integrated"
"The student's enthusiasm"
"The curriculum and the friendly atmosphere. I had the opportunity to sit in on a class with my student host and it was a nice experience."
"Faculty and staff walking by in the halls all greeted me. The whole school gave off the feel of having a very warm and inviting atmosphere."
"The presentation was very organized and well planned. It was also very informative, describing the basic curriculum the school follows, outlining student extracurricular activities and other points that I was curious about."
"The interviewer was a great person. We talked about everything from academics to research to music. The time flew by."
"the facilities, the friendliness, Dr. Wexler (you'll find out), the closeness of the students"
"How close-knit the students are, the facilities, though undergoing construction, were great, and will become even better by summer '07. Nice relaxed interview."
"Students, faculty, and staff seemed happy and all were friendly to me."
"The flexible curriculum."
"The facilities will be immaculate when the construction is finally complete."
"the students and how they treat each other, the USMLE exam passing rates, future (i.e. in construction) facilities"
"The hospital is beautiful, they have a fun student lounge, and the med school campus is separate from the undergraduate campus (though not far away), which I am more familiar with"
"The number of hospitals nearby, all of the new developments occuring, and the school's teaching style."
"The diversity of opportunities available and the students love for the school"
"Students seem genuinely happy here."
"Students and interviewer were all very friendly."
"The simulated exam rooms for standardized patients where you can videotape yourself and critique patient care."
"Students, faculty, what seems to be a collaborative environment that results in well-prepared students that score very well on boards"
"UC is an excellent school. The school of medicine is surrounded by millions of hospitals. I like the "feel" on campus. Additionally, UC has everything I ask for in a medical school: organ-based curriculum, clinical skill lab, early exposure to clinics, cheap tuition, research opportunities, student body diversity."
"The clinical skills lab and the friendly atmostphere."
"Students were friendly, lecture hall is fairly new, low cost of living in Cincy,the Children's hospital. 2nd-4th year in state tuition for all, $17000!"
"the clinical skills laboratory, one of only 3 or 4 in U.S. medical schools"
"Clinical skills training facility"
"The warmth and accessibility of the staff. All speakers and students were truly friendly and the antithesis of intimidation. The amount of growth and construction on the campus."
"Everyone was extremely friendly. They wanted students to know that they cared."
"Students all seemed happy and it didn't look like the school was too stressful."
"The students are really involved in the program. They are on the admissions committee, they can change the curriculum when they need to, and they also participate in the interviews. They were very open and honest and made themselves available to us the whole time. The school paid for EVERYTHING. The director of the program was very down to earth. He sat on the floor with us at the dinner he had at his house."
"HIGH PASS RATE ON BOARDS, I CAN GET IN STATE, FACULTY AND STUDENTS VERY NICE AND COURTEOUS, TEACHING IS A PRIORITY AT UCINN NOT JUST RESEARCH"
"small classes for histology and anatomy, 2-3 teachers for about 8 tables"
"I am not usually impressed by first and second year courses and how they are arranged, but Cincinnati's seemed very well integrated. They have well above average first time board pass rate. "
"Dedication to a whole new Medical Sciences Building, hospitals nearby, nice students."
"The atmosphere was very non-threatening - trying to sell us on the positive aspects of the school. I never felt like I had to sell them on why I should be admitted to their school. They have a HUGE amount of faculty - if someone doesn't want to teach/can't teach, they are replaced by someone who does/can."
"UC really cares abouts its students. Everyone there conveys this, which is reassuring throughout the day. If you're interested in peds, the children's hospital is fantastic too."
"They seemed to really care about the students and invest a lot of time into their sucess"
"The students, including those that gave the tour and those that my group ran into in the building, were very friendly and helpful. The interviewer told me to relax and that it was just a casual conversation. The presentation on UC was impressive, and the financial aid representative was very knowledgable."
"the people were very nice. my interviewer had more of a conversation with me rather than a...well...interview"
"people/faculty very nice"
"The students, the clinical facilities, and the organization of the day"
"The faculty and students are really nice. The clinical skills lab will be great prep for the clinical portion of the boards."
"The sincere niceness of the people working there."
"I really liked the school. There are interesting research projects going on. Also, I like their extensive use of simulated patients and standardized patients. The school seems to really care about the students, and the students seem very happy to be there."
"The curriculum, clinical skills lab, facilities."
"Cincy is an incredibly underrated school for many reasons. I was particularly impressed with their facilities, curriculum, and research opportunities."
"Tons of hospitals in the area, Cincy is a cool town, lots of character, and the area around the hospital really isn't as ghetto as people say. Acceptable facilities, the faculty I met were friendly and laid-back. Financial presentation was short and sweet, just like it should be."
"facilities, clinical opportunities"
"The facilities are very good"
"The female students were very attractive. Oh, and the university really catered to the students."
"The number and diversity of hospitals in the area."
"students are really friendly which promotes a good learning atmosphere without the cutthroat tendencies, their classes are usually only half of the day now because they cut out all of the basic memorization stuff that's in the books, and the program has lots of flexibility, there's a lot of support by administration and counselors, "
"How relaxing the interview was......it turned more into a conversation near the end. "
"Clinical opportunities!!! clinical skills lab...students I met were really down to earth. You can check your application status online!"
"the enthusiasm of the students"
"The reputation of the school, especially Children's Hospital, the Clinical skills lab, the laid-back atmosphere, the emphasis on opportunities abroad, such as a program in Honduras."
"the clincial skills lab, the faculty support, the opportunities for research, Children's Hospital is top 4 in nation, the Neurology Dept is the third most NIH funded public school."
"I was interviewed by a physician and he came prepared with several pages of questions, I really made me feel as if the school was genuinely interested"
"They have a great clinical skills laboratory where you are able to practice how to give blood and etc..The people are very friendly. They have alot of community service activities that you can get involved in and the also have a lot of FUN activities, such as the PUB CRAWL, Winter formal...."
"UC is 17th in the nation as far as funding is concerned, and I was very impressed at how they are making excellent use of this resource. Very nice labs"
"Many things. The environment was quite urban, which I dig. I went to school in NYC and like cities. There are many hospitals in the immediate area, the school is part of a huge university (unlike MCO), and the people touring us were very cool. The curriculum seemed pretty straightforward. The interviewees were the coolest that I have met at five schools. The clinical skills facilities were excellent."
"The enthusiasm of the medical students who gave us a tour"
"The facilities were very new, and it was interesting that they put so much emphasis on their professional patient program."
"The students are SO friendly and welcoming. They all seem really happy with their choice. The Children's Hospital is also amazing!! The lecture rooms are really nice too. Plus, Cinci. is a nice city. "
"My interviewer was a pathologist in the childrens hospital, so he gave me a tour of his lab. It was pretty impressive!"
"The cirriculum...organ system based and coordinated between every class."
"i really like this school. it is relaxed and dedicated to the curriculum"
"If you feel your interview went badly, they are willing to give you another interview with a blank slate if you request it. Also, the atmosphere is very communal and friendly."
"The teaching labs were great. The Professors care about patients just as much as you do."
"everything was very well organized. everyone was very welcoming and made the experience seem like THEY wanted to impress ME. not intimidating at all! I like the integrated/ system based curriculum."
"Nice facilities. They have a pretty cool clinical skills laboratory that students can go in at anytime to practice. "
"the students seem to like it there. "
"The students were very positive and the labs and lecture halls were nice. "
"The facilities were quite nice and are currently being rennovated. Faculty, staff, and students were helpful and friendly. There are lots of research opportunities in Cincinnati. Patient contact is encouraged early in the training."
"The faculty and students I met were very friendly. Some of the presentations could have been really boring, but the speakers were quite humorous and inviting. The clinical skills lab is really cool...and it's run by one of the funniest ladies I've ever encountered. The integrated curriculum is a great concept."
"The comraderie of the student body, the absence of cutthroat competition."
"They put you at ease, good facilities."
"The med school has some great resources for students, in particular they have a lab where you can learn proper technique for a variety of procedures on computer-controlled dummies. They also hire actors to act out diseases and disorders to teach proper diagnosis and to learn how to develop a rapport with the patient."
"The facilities were very good, and the students I talked to seemed to genuinely love and care about the school."
"the affilitaion UC has with other hospitals"
"The school has lots of interesting research going on."
"They have great facilities and excellent faculty, the information sessions provided excellent insight into the admissions process down the road."
"How the med students genuinely love their school and are willing to point out the bad along with the good. Oh and the children's hopsital and their research facilities are amazing...they take up almost an entire block"
"Hi-tech facilities, very student centered. Excellent USMLE scores and match %'s - top of the nation!"
"CHildrens Hospital, Faculty, Organization, Program, Research, Students, Students, and ....oh yea Students"
"The attitude of the students, the clinical facilities, and the downtown area."
"Facilities...lots of computers, nice clinical skills lab, and mock exam rooms where students interview standardized patients and can be videotaped to watch later."
"Med student activities, hospital facilities."
"Computers everywhere, clinical skills laboratory, standardized patient set-up, the newness of the lecture rooms, the involvement of the faculty, and the Cincinnati Children's Medical Center."
"There is a nice clinical skills lab. Tons of computers everywhere. "
"The fascilities and the students attitudes."
"The zillions of local hospitals. "
"the simulated patient lab, where you can go around and practice on dummies."
"The students were VERY nice, the facilities were as good as any of those of a private school. Faculty were also very friendly and laid back."
"The students seemed pretty cool and laid back."
"The facilities. The school has invested quite a bit in it's interior facilities, and are starting remodeling of the whole place this year. When finished it should be amazing."
"The school was amazing, new facilities, great faculty, students and city."
"The technology - this PUBLIC school has better wired than most PRIVATE schools I interviewed with (top 10 schools according to US News)."
"Nothing. I loved everything I saw and learned about the school. It seems like an amazing program with a lot of opportunity and the interview day was organized very well."
"Construction around the school made it difficult to find somewhere to park. Other than that there was nothing that I didn't like."
"Their main hospital looked a bit bland, kinda like every other hospital. But we didn't get the chance to visit the children's hospital, which is their pride and joy. I'm also personally not the biggest fan of MMI's. We didn't get to interact with that many med students (1 during the tour and 1 during lunch) during the day."
"There were some older facilities. Had to wait a few hours to interview. Wish the tour was longer."
"I wish the tour was more comprehensive so I could have seen the hospital"
"Grades in quartiles"
"Organ system curriculum"
"The facilities themselves are nice and updated, but still kind of drab. It just didn't feel like a place I want to spend four years. It didn't feel very welcoming either."
"MMI is kind of informal, but overall more effective for finding people who are suited for a career in patient care."
"In the past years, the Step 2 pass rate at UC has fallen below the national average once or twice."
"Tour guide was not very helpful and would have liked to interact with more students."
"The day was very long and it sort of dragged on towards the end"
"The fact that classes are not blocked. As a student, I will be taking several classes at once just like in undergrad."
"They still split their coursework into traditional classes. That bugged me a lot. And the facilities seem a bit over-the-top...money spent on making it that good could have been spent else ware better. I really didn't like the MMI, and they the faculty seemed extremely devoted to it."
"Cincinnati's not that great a city."
"the area was not very attractive. I had read this on sdn but when i saw it, i still had that 'wow' feeling...lol"
"Unlike UofM, you can't pick and choose when to take quizzes and tests (before a deadline) online. Pretty expensive too."
"Some of the interviewers needed a little more practice before the first round"
"Area around the school is not the best"
"Lots of construction."
"Some of the construction, but that just means new things!"
"The construction is a little annoying, but it seems like it will really be done next year."
"construction (which will be completed before August)"
"the interviewer was very impersonal...we had no conversation besides the questions he asked, and the responses I gave...everything else was great (the construction will be done by summer 2008)"
"1 block away is pretty thuggish."
"my interview asked me whether i had any other interviews so she could see how ''mean to me she could be'' but she wasn't really at all. it just scared me. "
"Cincinnati. There were sirens and screams all night outside my hotel one night. The food is not very imaginative as far as I can tell. Every where I went (I drove around for 4 hours one day), everything looked grungy and run-down. There also didn't seem to be anything particularly unique about the curriculum. "
"Everything was a little cramped, the school is undergoing major renovation and many classes have been condensed. All construction should be finished by July. "
"Some of the med school facilities seemed a bit old, but not too bad."
"-Lack of contact with 3rd or 4th year students. "
"The dry lectures about the curriculum and financial aid. Very straight-faced and serious speakers."
"it was still under constr. but it will be ready soon."
"The interviewer- seemed totally disinterested in me as either person or student, and wouldn't follow up any answer I gave. Felt like I was left hanging. The presentations- whatever was said about other medical schools was finished with ''but we do it better'' or some variant thereof. Total turnoff, knocking the competition. The students- all day, I never encountered a student happy to be at UC. They were happy just to be somewhere."
"Construction/Parking troubles really made the location feel poor. "
"Construction...but it should be almost complete by the time I start Aug. 2007"
"There is a lot of construction (to be completed by Jan 08) and the Clifton area is pretty intimidating."
"I would have liked to speak with students other than our tour guides. I randomly talked to some students for a few minutes and asked them why they liked the school, and they didn't seem too enthusiastic about being there. Also, a lot of people I interviewed with were reapplicants and just wanted to get in SOMEWHERE. I also stayed at the Holmes Hotel, which is an inexpensive option, but also feels like I was staying as a patient at the hospital...it was kind of depressing so that and all of the construction across the street may have clouded my impression of the school. "
"class size about 160; construction not yet finished; no student dorm or centralized housing; board scores not that impressive (school average 224, nat'l avg 219); tour guides did not know how AOA selection works; staff helpful but seemingly not friendly"
"not too much. maybe all the construction but it should be done by jan 08 and it will be beautiful. "
"I found the tour guide to be nice but less than enthusiastic. Also, my tour guide was the only student I spoke with. I didn't feel like I got as good a feel for the school, due to the limited contact with students. Also, the office people weren't very friendly..."
"My interviewer was 15 minutes late...and he was eating animal crackers during my interview"
"I didn't get a sense that people were excited to be there whether faculty or students"
"The facilities are all under construction. But, they will be finished by fall 2007!"
"Medical SChool not in safest area but no worse than any other school in an urban area."
"Personally, that the campus might become boring - I had visited many times and had done research here over the summer."
"Not as many resources as some other schools. Lots of construction, which is good, but makes finding anything really confusing. Also, the library is not in tact and things seem thrown here and there to keep it all on campus."
"Cincinnati proper. Eesh. Scary place to live."
"Cincinnati is not an exciting place to live in."
"Lots of construction, but this will be a good thing once it's all finished of course."
"It was fine. I liked the school more than I thought."
"The tour was a little hurried and there wasn't a chance to interact with current students aside from during the tour with the tour guide. It would've been nice to have a chance to have lunch with a current student and just talk with no other competing things to be done."
"The notice given before my interview date - Plane tickets were too expensive so I drove 8 hours to the school."
"CONSTRUCTION, cold weather, cincinnati isn't the most entertaining city..."
"construction sucks, but it will be gone soon enough to leave some nice brand-new facilities in it's wake."
"The massive construction zones, and the tour was short and uninteresting."
"My interviewer said that students there study alone contrary to what the students and the admissions office said."
"Dark and gloomy hallways do to ongoing construction."
"the large amount of construction displaced many parts of the college, such as library and study areas"
"I guess the construction, although it didn't seem to be too big a deal, and the new facilities should be impressive."
"All of the construction. Parts of the buildings were gutted and just about anywhere you went it seemed you had to go through a construction zone. "
"Some of the presenters spoke negatively about other med schools, this came up more than once."
"Construction construction construction. At least it should all be done by the end of my first year should I end up attending here."
"Construction never seems to stop at UC..."
"The med school is under construction, everything is underground and it seems as though the students spend their time in tunnels all day long without seeing outside"
"construction and the surrounding area"
"I knew going in I was interviewing for a spot on the alternate list. "
"Just the construction...it will pass."
"Nothing...maybe the weather? The renovations are not attractive, but they will improve the school."
"The surrounding area was scary and felt unsafe. I drove around Cincinnati and the for a good hour after I arrived just to see what it was like, and except for the actual downtown area, it seemed to be all unsafe and scary."
"All the construction and the surrounding neighborhood. It wasn't safe and "
"Parking charges, directions."
"It was exam time, so the students were stressed. Grades are given on a curve rather than pass/fail."
"There was all this construction going on...but who cares, right?"
"One of my interviewers started off by saying that he had been doing this for 7 years and he would ask me questions that I would give the same answers that everyone else did and it would be very boring for him. He didn't seem interested at getting to know me at all. He asked some good questions about my research, but his attitude was bad. If my second faculty interviewer hadn't made the effort to get to know me, I would have felt like it was a total waste of time. Also, the interview weekend was way too long. They kept us out late all 3 nights (11pm, 2:30am, and 11pm). There was stuff going on all the time and I never actually had a chance to sit back and think about how I felt about the school. Way too much for one weekend."
"WEATHER WAS A BIT NASTY THAT DAY AND THE CONSTRUCTION HAS EVERYTHING JUMBLED."
"Really $hi##y surrounding area. Very hard to imagine wanting to live there."
"construction, but i can deal with it, they've done a really good job to provide students with other places to study while the library is closed"
"the people i met, the construction work"
"The fire drill. We had to go outside for half and hour and it was really cold. There is a lot of construction going on. "
"Current medical school facilities."
"The construction - although it will be great when its done. The financial aid talk was pretty worthless."
"There's lots of construction, but that'll pass."
"There were a couple of questions that threw me off, and my interviewer seemed to keep asking me about funding healthcare reform, which I was not prepared for. The interviewer was also about 15 minutes late. Also, there is a lot of construction going on inside the building."
"the whole area of the medical school is blown up with construction"
"construction was yucky"
"Only that many of the students are from Ohio schools."
"Lots of construction everywhere. The library is presently split up in three or more locations, that is the ideal situation for studying. Fortunately, it'll be remedied soon."
"the construction going on around campus"
"Well, there's a lot, and I mean a lot, of construction going on, which means that much of the cool stuff they are building won't be ready for several years, and getting around campus isn't so easy with entrances and hallways being closed."
"Great school, but it seemed to lack the gestalt of some other schools I have already visited. hard to put a finger on it exactly..."
"Didn't get to meet many students, which would have been nice. Our tour guide was nice, but definitely high-strung. I don't have a good sense of what the students there are like."
"construction - the library is being completely reconstructed in addition to many areas around the facility"
"Roger Smith is a jerk. Watch out if he is your interviewer."
"The lack of a personal touch. That's vague but I didn't feel many people on the interview took time to get to know the interviewees."
"Nothing. I really enjoyed the medical campus."
"Nothing really, although lunch was served earlier than I would have liked. "
"That most of the other students that were interviewing with me probably will not attend. (they were a real competitive bunch...I really liked them!)"
"the area around the campus is pretty shady... not very pretty"
"I felt very closed-in in the building--there are no windows and low ceilings. Also, the emphasis on having time to party and drinking got a bit old. "
"all the rooms and lecture auditoriums are windowless...but I hear the school plans to build a new MSB within 6 years to address this problem. The library is going to go through reconstruction, so I'm not sure where the library will be located come next year."
"Not alot of scholarships"
"From the exterior, the appearance of the school is not overwhelmingly beautiful. "
"Not much; it's pretty much my first choice."
"There is a lot of construction planned for the college of medicine (so there will be inconveniences) "
"Both of the faculty members that gave the presentation, and also the medical students that gave the tutor talked about how there was still time in medical school to party there. There is a place and time for everything, and interview day is not the day to talk about partying at your school."
"A lot of the school was under construction, so we did not get to see the library. Also, the facilities seemed a little old."
"My interviewer didn't show up, the student tour guides were not very positive about the area the school was in, the classes, or overall experience."
"I didn't think the area was all that great and the financial aid presenter was very, very boring and not that helpful."
"It was raining, and i couldn't see the campus."
"My interviewer seemed more concerned with talking about his research than with interviewing me. Whenever he would ask me a question, he would interput me and not let me finish. The financial aid presentation was also pretty bad."
"didn't like the honor/high pass/pass/fail system. Wish that it was just pass/fail. "
"Some of the interviewers were stood up by their committee. One gentleman showed up for a 9 am interview and the person who was supposed to interview him was not there. The interviews were scattered all over the campus so some students needed to leave the building to find another building in which to interview. "
"Not much. No wireless connections that I saw. "
"No wireless hotspots in the Medical Sciences Building...so think twice about that new iPaq PDA with integrated WLAN. Maybe in the future, though."
"Nothing. Maybe the formaldehyde stench in gross lab..."
"Not in the best part in Cincinnati"
"If you stray a few blocks away from the med school, you quickly get to some REALLY bad parts of town. Also they're renovating the med school so a bunch of stuff, like the library is getting shuffled around. Also, the library isn't open 24-7. I think it only stays open until 12."
"I received a parking ticket."
"the facilites weren't anything special. it seemed very obvious from the medical students that the faculty weren't very available to the students. also, the clifton area where the campus is located is a dump. the other medical students said that racial tension was very high in the city and it is very scary to walk around at night alone. "
"My interviewer was very rude, abrupt, and even argumentative at times. "
"The city. I passed through a very bad part on the way to the campus that was quite shady and I also heard that the area around the school isn't the best part of town."
"I had to walk outside in the snow to get to my interview which was in another building."
"Brochure stating that 60% of entering students are age 18-22!"
"People in cincinnati eat chili over speghetti!!! And think its good!!! Amazing"
"The location of the medical school."
"Location--Clifton isn't the best neighborhood."
"The amount of time they spend in lectures, the students and fellow interviewees, their match list, and Cincinnati in general."
"The older buildings."
"I thought the building was kind of drab. No really great innovations in the curriculum, but there is an effort to integrate information and provide small group discussions. The clinical skills lab is a great asset."
"The neighborhoods. The med center is bordered by two areas that are not that great ("hoods"). The other side is undergrad campus, and the other is a nicer ritzy place."
"No official graduate/ professional network/ society as I've seen at some other schools - but that's just a fine detail."
"That I didn't need to be so nervous - which is obviously easier said after the fact. They truly worked so hard to make us all comfortable, even when I was in the MMI stations. Another thing is to not waste your time reviewing hundreds of MMI scenarios. You can't anticipate what they'll ask you and I can tell you not one of the scenarios I reviewed was in my MMI. You also don't need to talk for the whole six minutes. Every station had follow-up questions for you to answer."
"Find more comfortable shoes because you'll be on your feet a lot. Also you don't need a notebook because they give you one and you can't take one into the MMI anyways. Finally, I wish I knew that I should relax more, a calm demeanor is an asset at an MMI."
"How nice the weather would be. I visited around October and was expecting some chilly weather but it wasn't that bad."
"That you really can't prepare for these kinds of interviews. Just be yourself."
"I wish I had done an MMI before"
"You need to own a car"
"HOW LONG THE DAY WOULD BE - JESUS"
"The first thing they do is go over the MMI and give you some tips. It really helped and cleared up a lot of questions that I had about the interview process."
"I would like to have known what time the day ended."
"That the MMI was going to be the last activity of the day; however this was only the case for our group."
"How much the MMI would suck."
"The MMI is kind of fun, not as stressful as I thought it would be."
"that I did not need to start studying MMI questions from google. "
"How low-key and slightly chaotic the process is in reality."
"Building is quite large, may be helpful to come the day before and know where exactly you're supposed to be"
"That they will still make 40-50 offers this cycle. I thought they were done and we were interviewing only for the wait list."
"Bring a water bottle into the MMI interview, your mouth will get dry from all the talking!"
"N/A. I was a grad student here, so I knew everything about the school already :)"
"how nice this school is!"
"That MMIs are FUN! It seemed stressful, but as it was happening I started having a lot of fun. "
"If you're coming for a PSTP interview, they will put you up in the Holms on Eden. It's a converted hospital. Bring a blanket/sweatshirt something, cause it was rather cold. "
"UC is a much better school than I thought...they have some nationally acclaimed programs, such as Peds (Cinci Children's is the nation's largest pediatric hospital system)"
"Eating skyline chili gives me the runs, so having it the night before my interview was dumb."
"remember to bring comfy shoes for the tour. they stress financial aid. after one year, you can pay instate tuition. "
"Well, I sort of expected I wouldn't really love Cincinnati, so I guess nothing."
"They offer guided tours of Children's Hospital. Sadly I wasn't able to schedule one."
"How focused they are on research."
"The tour might go through the dissection lab so leave your jacket in the conference room!"
"that the int. is mainly based on the amcas primary. nothing about ethics, healthcare or anything like that. "
"UC has an overall culture, both institutional and personal, that is totally wrong for me."
"I had to walk to Cincinnati Children's for my interview...I wore heels"
"If you stay at the Holmes Hospital Hotel, expect to order in a crappy meal. I did speak to another interviewee that stayed at the Millenium Hotel, about 10 minutes away from campus, and she said it was very nice and the same price as the Holmes Hotel."
"b/c of a snafu w/ the city's fire-coding, that the College of Medicine is unsure when the new buildings will open (could be as early as Oct 2007 or as late as Jan 2008); anyone over 90 percent gets Honors, and if not enough people do, they try to max the number of those who make Honors; admissions is delayed processing interviewees and will get back to us in more like 4 weeks (instead of 2 weeks)"
"not too much, i am a cincinnati native so nothing surprised me"
"I wish I had reviewed the curriculum, but they covered it pretty well in the introduction."
"UC is building a new addition to their current building, and the building looks really terrible right now - exposed wiring, etc etc. I'm sure it will be nice eventually, but it looks pretty dreary right now."
"Nothing. I felt really prepared."
"How much I would like UCCCOM , will be attending in 2006."
"Construction- I got so lost just trying to find the admissions office. There were no signs and no directions given."
"Yahoo maps and directions are worthless with all the construction. Bring the phone number of your hotel with you, you will probably need to call for directions."
"Nothing, really. But it takes a long time to walk from the parking garage to the interview, so don't be late!"
"Nothing, I was impressed as I thought I would be."
"nothing. SDN provided most info i needed"
"The class is almost full and may well be by the time my app goes to committee (in ~4 weeks they say). This means waitlist at best. The school's educational goals are much in line with my goals. I didn't realize they would be such a good fit."
"Which parking garage to park at for free (even though it ended up being free anyway when it wasnt supposed to)."
"As the review before me wrote, that i would actually like the school. I thought it was going to be a thoughtless safety but it's a great school and the people there are marvelous."
"That I like it there. I thought I already knew where I was going to go....now I will have some hard decision making to do I think."
"The construction is huge right now, and its hard to imagine the new facilities being completed and hassle-free in the near future. Also, interviews tend to expose weaknesses of an application instead of strengths, and I hadn't thought enough about how I would approach certain topics."
"Make sure you allot about 30 minutes if you have the early interview, to get to your interview's office, which MAY NOT BE in the college of medicine (MSB)... you will have to walk there and you don't want to be late"
"You need to get your parking validated before you leave the admissions office. Also, arrive early. You are expected to go find your interview location and be there at the time of your interview. Your interviewer will not pick you up in the Admissions Office."
"That despite arriving really early, I should have arrived even earlier to navigate the construction."
"How highly ranked UC is in pediatrics"
"U of C is #3 in pediatrics, #1 in pediatric surgery"
"Holmes Hospital Hotel is awesome. Clean, quiet and literally a 30 second walk to the school of medicine."
"Not much, I work there for a summer."
"That I would like the school so much."
"Every interview was held in a different building in the interviewing MD's personal office. It rained while I was there, and that was unexpected, so be prepared! Parking is ridiculously expensive in the Eden Garage, don't go in there unless you absolutely have to."
"That I had to walk outside to the research building where my interview was to be held."
"That my interview was before the presentation on cirriculum etc. I didn't study this stuff as much as I should have. I didn't realize that there would be several ethical questions. "
"That the "hotel across from the med school" they put us up in was actually the third floor of the hospital, which was fine (and convenient) but it confused the hell out of the cab driver."
"See negative. See positive."
"The directions are a little hard to follow. Check with mapquest, AAA, and any other online map service to make sure you get there. "
"Get there early - it took a long time to find a spot in the parking garage, and it's a decent walk from the garage to the admissions office. If you're way early, you can take the advantage of the extra time to chat with med students that are passing by."
"I didn't know which parking garage to park in. I also didn't know that I could have scheduled my interview before all of the presentations."
"that i could have left right after the interview and skipped the tour, finantial aid talk, etc. "
"that there was no need to stress!"
"They have a large number of resources for ethical and laboratory research."
"Lunch at 11 a.m. I find that really early."
"That my interview time had changed from 1:30pm to 2pm!!!"
"They serve lunch at 10:30 am."
"That this week was exam week. It was hard to gauge the overall learning environment since all the students were stressed out."
"I wish I would have known that my interview date was on a day when both 1st and 2nd year students had exams. Understandably, the tour seemed very brief and there was not much time for questions. Couldn't really accurately guage how the students liked the school because they were all too busy getting ready for and taking exams."
"Seriously people, go eat a 3-way at Skyline while you are here. I was skeptical about the whole chili on top of spaghetti thing, but trust me, it's so money."
"so much construction"
"The real party area in Cincinnati is in Kentucky?! So I missed out on the good bars while I was there."
"The history and reputation of the medical college."
"if they put you up at holmes, it's actually a floor of a hospital that's been renovated into a hotel"
"That no ethical questions would have been asked. "
"Not to stress the interview."
"they serve lunch as soon as you get there... i wasn't hungry by then, and it sucked anyway"
"That the interview would be so laid-back."
"HOw much it can snow in Cincinatti!!!!!"
"Stay at Holmes lounge, cheap across street from school "
"One other thing...If you got a C in a class, be prepared to explain. I didn't get a C in anything, but the interviewer informed me they are supposed to question any student who has one about why it happened."
"how nice their facilities are, how much computer access there is, how cool the students are, that the interview would be a lot less stresful "
"The school has a pretty shady area around it which I might not feel 100% comfortable living around. But the students said that it was not that bad, although it takes a bit getting used to. Also, the school tries hard to make the buildings secure (ie card access) and as safe as possible."
"the disorganization of UC"
"most schools say they care about their students but are full of it.. cinci is really dedicated to graduating their students"
"check the weather for the day. dress accordingly, you may need to walk outside between buildings to meet for your interview"
"That they would be serving lunch as soon as we got there..."
"Nothing, really. I knew more about the place from working on the Med campus than I learned on my interview day...but I expected that. I think the people from out of town were positively impressed, but I can't say for certain."
"How easy the interview was."
"After going to school for a year in Ohio, you can get in-state tuition"
"the area is so bad! almost everyone i talked to had their car broke into or knew someone whos car was broek into. "
"The students giving the tour had to be honest about faculty involvement with the students - it quickly tapers off. If I'm going to pay upwards of 100,000 for a medical education, I want faculty members that are willing to interact and provide good learning resources for the students."
"It's cake to become an Ohio resident, meaning tuition is reduced after the 1st year by 15K!!! "
"The Holmes of Eden is NOT a bed and breakfast, its actually an old hospital thats been converted to a hotel, a little scary"
"The curriculum is integrative, meaning they have designed the courses to overlap (ie. while you're taking neuro you will be dissecting the cadaver's brain). "
"that the campus is nicer than i thought it would be."
"There was no need to be nervous, all of the interviewers seem to be there just to get to know you, not to intimidate you."
"How much coming from out of state can save you in the long run. You can get resident tuition after 1 year, potentially saving yourself 40k or more."
"How laid-back the interview would be, not stressful at all"
"That this school is terribly under-rated - it is high on my list of choices."
"I really loved my experience here. My interview group didn't go until near the end of the day (around 3:30PM when we had gotten there at 11AM) so that was a little bit stressful. Overall, it was a really relaxed day and a great chance to make connections."
"Honestly I was blown away by the school. Loved everything that I saw even though the interview stressed me out. Also even though they say they will call everyone with acceptances two weeks after the interview my group didn't get our calls for 3 weeks so don't worry if you haven't heard back in 2."
"Cinci has the greatest free swag game out of all U.S. MD schools"
"Great staff, low stress interview, med students were very friendly."
"Absolutely loved this schools"
"Pretty enjoyable, relaxing day."
"The interview day was 8 hours long. Come on. Detailed descriptions of every class we'll take over the next four years is not interview day material."
"It is such a great school. They have a lot of great faculty, hospitals, facilities and resources for students. What I really like about the school was the atmosphere. It is not overly competitive, but everyone still strives to do their best out of a sense of pride for going to UCCOM"
"MMI was not stressful at all. They do a great job of thoroughly explaining how and why the MMI works at the very start of the interview day. I liked having the MMI first thing so it was out of the way and I could focus on learning about the school afterward."
"I really enjoyed the school and the tour that they gave us and I look forward to hearing the results. Also the MMI is like a game so dont get too worried about it."
"This is an amazing school, and is absolutely my top choice."
"Looks like a well-run school with a rising reputation. When they change their curriculum and finish the renovations they have planned it will be pretty top-notch."
"OK, i'll try to make sense as much as possible. PPl have said it, dont bother to prepare and may be yes. But the questions still has things in it that it'll work to your advantage if you prepared. But dont prepare by using MMI questions online. Prepare with the questions that they had used in previous yrs. e.g something challenging in your life, how you'll balance cultural differences, etc."
"Overall was pleasant...when you nail a question, I think they add more info to give the situation a little twist....don't study for this, because you can't. Good luck!"
"I liked the MMI a lot, very interesting and challenging."
"Parking is not fun on the UCCOM campus...get there early! The school is the only one in the U.S. using the MMI (multiple mini-interview) format full-time. Read up on MMI online. "
"You will all do great with the MMI it's fun and refreshing in the interview world."
"The interview weekend is a bit of a marathon. The schedule for us was: Dinner Thursday night with current students. Friday: Information session and talks by program faculty followed by interviews with PSTP program faculty (2) and for the medical (seperate interview that doesn't matter for the PSTP) followed by dinner and a trip to a bar with current students. Saturday: Brunch with current students then interview with current students (2 at once) then a catered dinner with current students and faculty at a faculty member's house. Overall, the weekend is fun and not too stressful, and all the chances to talk to the current students and program faculty allowed me to get a great sense of the program."
"the interview was non-confrontational and very pleasant. it would have lasted only 15 minutes, but I made a point to bring up several aspects of my application that I felt needed to be addressed (weaknesses that were not mentioned, some of my most important strengths and why UC is the perfect fit for me) and turned my interview into a conversation. remember to sell yourself, and bring up each weakness in your app and what you did to overcome them."
"Overall it was a very pleasant experience. Everyone was very friendly and willing to help. My interviewers created a very relaxed environment which helped me to give the best and most genuine answers possible, and I honestly felt they wanted me to do well. The facilities in the school are still under construction, but the ones that are already in place are wonderful and they have great resources overall despite the work still being done on the school. All the faculty, staff and students seem to be very enthusiastic about their work and the school overall."
"the interview was not very positive (thick accent, impersonal interviewer, he answered his phone int he middle of the interview), but everything else was great"
"Fantastic. It was just like having a chat with a relative about what I've been up to in college. The only questions I was asked the whole time were ''I see youve done _________, tell me about that.''"
"Two more things to add: 1)Tour went through the anatomy lab, and the tour guide did in fact hand one of us a heart (thus the comment of the previous SDN poster about leaving your jacket in the admissions office so you won't get anything on it). 2) Interviewer said ''you can't just drop into a faculty member's office any time you want, you have to make an appointment, because they're busy.''"
"The interview day programming began at 11am and concluded at 1pm. Interviews were held before or after the programming. The dean of students begins with an overview of the application process and exactly what happens after the interview. Next we ate lunch from Bagel Boys. It was nothing special, but it wasn't bad. Then a faculty member explained the curriculum and answered questions. I really enjoyed the faculty member he was candid with his responses and clearly voiced his pros and cons of the curriculum. Finally a financial aid officer explained everything money related. After this it was off to my interview. The interview was very laid back. There were no probing questions or deep philosophical questions. Most of the time we discussed research and the different courses I had taken. Overall it was a relaxing afternoon and I really enjoyed my visit. "
"Overall, it was a very positive experience. I was really impressed with the faculty and the interview, as it was basically an hour long conversation. They have some amazing facilities, and this school seems to really be on the rise."
"It was a great day overall. The interview was mostly conversational, and didn't have any absurd ethical situations."
"Went by very quick because it was basically a friendly conversation. My interviewer did not ask the typical questions (why an M.D? ethical situations?) except maybe about stem cells. Talked about himself at the end of the interview."
"I had a good time interviewing here, they did a good job explaining the steps afterwords from a final dec. to financial aid. hopefully i got in."
"The interview was the biggest turnoff. If I had been given an interviewer who had shown the least bit of interest in me or my answers, perhaps it would be different."
"My experience was good, the interview was laid back and the programs were informative."
"It was very laid back...mostly Q's about my AMCAS application. I felt like the interviewer was just trying to get to know me better. No Q's about my grades or research."
"My interviewer was extremely kind, and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me. She didn't ask me questions that were too difficult."
"hung out with friend all over Cincy the day before; 8:45-9:45 Brain and Behavior 2 lecture on Movement Disorders (esp Parkinson's Disease); 10-10:45 Microanatomy lecture on integumen (skin); 10:45-11 lunch (too early!); 11-12 school and curriculum presentations; 12-1 student-led tour; 1-1:30 financial aid; 2-3 interview"
"Laid back interviewer and conditions. Seems like a great school and place to learn medicine. New facilities (ready by Jan 08) will be impressive. Nice campus area. "
"My UC experience was fine, but not thrilling. I didn't get a lot of enthusiasm from anyone about the school, which concerns me. The dean that talked with us at the beginning seemed rushed, the financial aid person didn't crack a smile once, the tour guide was nice but not enthusiastic....just not all that exciting. My interview was good, but I'm not sure if my interviewer had read my file, as there was no mention of anything that my personal statement discussed. My biggest criticism, however, was that I only spoke with one student. "
"We arrived early and then had a short presentation on the school followed by a tour followed by a very poorly thrown together financial aid presentation. Some people had their interview before all these presentations while others had them after the presentations."
"There is no morning welcome like I have had at other places. I showed up in time for my interview, had an info session, lunch, and tour, and was finished by 1:30."
"The interview experience was very positive. My interviewer was relaxed and comforting and the interview was more of a chit-chat. We didn't even cover much of my application, we just talked about life."
"My preparation for the interviews paid off tremendously - knowing the ins and outs of my application and preparing answers for questions the interviewers might ask. It does not hurt to occasionally throw in interesting details. Essentially, come to the interviews with an agenda to get across: who you are. Don't just anticipate."
"The day was as relaxing as an interview day can be. I interviewed first in the morning, so I had the rest of the day to think about nothing else but learning about the school. My interviewer seemed critical, but I still felt like she understood who I am and will be able to represent me well."
"Great conversations with people doing interesting research. The student sets the tone of the interview- confidence and personability go a long way. I think I only had ONE question about medicine. The PSTP interviews are very research- focused."
"Nice day, student-led tour was the most informative I've been on so far, but the financial aid presentation was reeeeeeeeal tedious, the lady didn't seem like she wanted to be there. Other than that, the rest of the staff seemed real nice, Cincy seems real concerned about you being happy, making things easy for you whether you want to end up at their school or not."
"The experience was good over-all b/c I was prepared for questions about MCAT prep, questionable grades, etc. Wierdly, my interviewer knew my dad!"
"I was very impresssed with the students, they were really nice. Interview was laidback, more conversational"
"My interviewer seemed more nervous than I was, but she was very nice. Some of the other students were asked situational questions, but I wasn't. It was conversational and my interviewer was really friendly. I think overall they just wanted to sense that you really wanted to go into medicine and knew about current events in medicine."
"Very laid back. Interviewer was very warm and welcoming. "
"Of the two schools at which I interviewed, it was very organized and stress free."
"The visit was nice, even though I didn't have much time to tour the campus like I wanted to. There is alot of construction going on all over the campus, which may look bad, but that only means that the school is headed for bigger things. My undergraduate school is/was the same way so I'm used to it."
"The interview was definitely tough. The interviewer really controlled it and didn't let me go off too much. It was a little scripted in that he had a packet in front of him. In the first part he asked questions and wrote answers. in the second part, he turned the paper over to the blank side, and asked hypothetical/ethical/situational questions. In the third part, he turned the paper back over and asked me about why i wanted to attend UC. it was somewhat but not totally relaxed; the interviewer was definitely a friendly guy. they really nit pick details in your application, so be prepared for that. such as, "why were your sophomore year grades not as good" or "how did you study for your mcat" or "are you satisfied with each part of your mcat, even your verbal which is a couple points lower than the others?" and the situational questions are definitely tough. he kept saying, there is no right or wrong, i'm just trying to pick your brain."
"The interview was pretty relaxed. I mostly was asked to talk about my activities, my honors, my choice to major in the non-premed field that I did."
"The interview was mostly relaxed, but it was hard to judge my performance because my interviewer dominated the conversation."
"Students were very friendly and happy with the school and administration/faculty."
"Very positive interview, relaxed, and the time flew by"
"My interviewer was very nice. The fire alarm went off at the beginning of the interview, and we had to move to the hospital cafeteria. He had thoroughly studied my file. There were three parts to the intervew: 1. Academic Experiences 2. Extracurricular Activities 3. Medical Ethics Questions."
"Upon arrival I was directed to my first interview which was decidedly more laid back and low stress than other interviews I have had. It seemed like the university was having some scheduling problems during the interview day. It was also strange having lunch at 11:00 while being given the financial aid presentation. The strange lunch time aside it was overall a pretty positive experience. I enjoyed what I saw and what I learned about the university and I wouldn't mind attending there."
"I felt more as if I was interviewing the school than they were interviewing me. It seemed as though there was a lot of selling themselves. Overall it was relaxed and conversational."
"Informal, the interviewer did a great job of relaxing me."
"Excellent. I went from feeling nauseous all morning to feeling extremely comfortable in my interview and even better when it was over!"
"Not so good...most of his questions were tough and he hard core debated me on almost all of my answers...it was like rapid fire questioning with no feedback...he got 3 phone calls during the interview"
"I interviewed with a very nice lady, who was well-prepared for my visit. Before I walked in, she studied my application from top and bottom and wrote down 4-5 pages of notes and questions. She told me that she will be presenting me to the committee and that her goal was to learn more about me so that she can make a strong case for me. We proceeded to some standard questions regarding my family background, personal attributes/qualifications, clinical experiences, educational background. After that, she asked some difficult ethical questions. Although difficult, these questions were very predictable so I didn't have much problems with them. My interview was supposed to go 60 minutes max. It ended up going over 85 minutes. I have to say, I was very fortunate. My interviewer cannot be any nicer and more supportive. "
"Interview was very laid back and very the interviewer was nice. Spent time talking about her and my research, why I want to be a doctor, some heatlh care issues, and a little ethics."
"I attended the Minority Recruitment Program, so it lasted 1.5 days. If you don't get invited to that, try to stay overnight and ask if you can see some of the things I mention. We met with a variety of docs, and got to see the sim lab and use the da vinci machine, so that was very cool. The interview was fine, low stress.The students mentioned that ethical questions were popular, but I didn't get one."
"They did a wonderful job giving turn by turn directions for arriving at the Dean's office where the presentations were held."
"It was high stress for me mostly because it was my first interview and I was nervous. She seemed to dwell on my GPA from undergrad (which sucked since I graduated 5 yrs ago). Overall, the questions were fast paced and I got the impression she wanted to make me feel uncomfortable to see how I handled pressure. Also she didn't seem too interested in my research and when I asked her about any opportunities for research she replied there wasn't much because I'd be too busy. This interview definitely did not feel "conversational," more like confrontational."
"Very low key, easy-going, direct and un-cheesy. The interviewer was NOT interested in my "onstage" self. She wanted to get a feel for who I really was. Excellent."
"The day started off with my interview. The interviews are with members of the faculty whose offices are located all over the building. The interview was conversational. The first half he asked me about my application, activities, grades etc. The second half he asked ethical and situational questions and wanted to hear what plays into my decision etc. Afterwards there was a presentation and lunch followed by a tour with students."
"It went by pretty fast. Someone walked into her office during the interview and she had to attend a phone call, so I'm guessing that's why it ended really early. She was really easy to talk to and the interview was conversational."
"OVERALL, MY EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT, INTERVEIWER WAS VERY LAID BACK. JUST WANTED TO GET DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY ON MY APPLICATION AND ANY QUESTIONS THE COMMITTEE MIGHT HAVE. I WAS PLEASED TO FIND OUT THAT UCINN OFFERS ABOUT 350-390 ACCEPTANCES TO FILL 160 SLOTS AND TYPICALLY INTERVIEWS ABOUT 600 STUDENTS. THAT MEANS IF YOU INTERVIEW YOU ODDS ARE OVER 50% FOR GETTING AN ACCEPTANCE. PROBABLY BETTER THAN THAT IF YOUR IN STATE. "
"Hmm, conflicted ;) There were very good and very bad aspects. Very bad being the surrounding area (and I come from the middle of Detroit!)."
"UC has been around for awhile now, they are always progressing with their curriculum and is pushing for more research opps, cheap rent compared to california, $2000 stipend for laptop, happy students, state residency after first year"
"overall, i wasn't impressed. the school just did not seem that nice, and i didn't really meet any cool people."
"Very positive. Of all the schools I've been to, this one impressed me the most, despite all the construction. The students were happy to be there and did things together outside of class. They have 98-99% pass rate on the first time boards. The US average is about 90-94%. "
"Everything went alright except for the actual interview. My interviewer didn't seem to really care. The interview only lasted about 15 minutes, and she took a few during the interview. She was an interesting person, but I just didn't get the sense that it meant much. Anyways, everything else went well, and I got a good look at the great medical school there. I was lucky enough to get accepted."
"Everyone was very friendly. Many students in the halls greeted us and wished us luck. My interviewer really didn't really ask any tough questions. I almost felt like he had made his decision on me prior to even interviewing me. He answered any questions I had in MUCH more detail than I really needed."
"My interview was extremely positive. It was much more conversational, and we spent half the time talking about UC, research, and the options that the school has. My interviewer made the situation laid back and put me at ease."
"I really liked cincy. It is a great school with a lot of hospitals surrounding it. The interview was laid back and he told me that he doesn't do confrontational interviews because then people clam up. It was nice and conversational. "
"I didn't thnk I did too well in the interview. The healthcare reform funding question threw me off, and the interviewer stuck on that subject. Nevertheless, he was friendly and attentive most of the time. The lunch was pretty early (10:30 AM), and the presentations were nice. Even though I didn't think I did too well, I got accepted about a week and a half later. The assistant dean was also very friendly and helpful, and told us that there was usually a 2-3 week turnaround time for a decision."
"the interview was fun. we talked for 45 min about me and my chances of getting in, then for another 30min about the election and politics in cincinatti. "
"very laid back. i gave my performance a 7 and stress level a 4, b/c it was my first one and i was definitely nervous. but the guy was very nice and pretty much talked about UC the whole time. "
"I was surprised when I saw two interviewers on the interview sheet. I was expecting a one-on-one."
"Overall it was a positive experience. I arrived when the other students were eating lunch. We were presented a powerpoint on the school and then financial aid. Then we got a tour by 2nd year medical students. Finally I had my interview with a professor in his office. My interview time was changed, and I didnt find out until 1:25pm. My interview was actually interrupted several times by phone calls which my interviewer had to answer, but it was because of personal issues that needed to be addressed immediately. I was not bothered by the interuptions once he explained why he was allowing them to occur."
"The interview was great. I met with a PhD who was very friendly, really made an effort to get to know everything about me, and he was very knowledgeable about the school. "
"It was a great experience. The interview was very conversational, although I was given a couple tough questions. UC is a great school!"
"A very positive experience. My interviewer and I really seemed to click, and he gave me plenty of opportunities to present myself and accomplishments throughout our discussion"
"I had read this site before and saw the comment about "Roger Smith is a jerk". I got my interview schedule when I arrived and saw that he was my interviewer. I was worried. For no reason. By no means is the guy a pushover, but do you really want that? He was a friendly guy who asked pertinent questions and was honest about my chances at acceptance; I don't know what problem the other person had. "
"very good. the interviewer went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and the interview was very conversational. It pretty much almost didn't even feel like an interview"
"There are a some attractive girls here. I was surprised. I mean the girls giving the tours were a cute blonde a sexier brunette. The interviewer treid to control the interview, but once I got him talkin about something interesting he couldn't resist discussing my background and research more in depth. He was really very cool. "
"The interview was very chill. We discussed a range of things and I even learned a bit about medicine. It was a prototype interview for all med schools."
"Absolutely relaxed, enjoyable, and well worth my time."
"laid back conversation with professors that make you feel comfortable"
"Overall, I really enjoyed my interview experience at the College of Medicine. The interviewer created a relaxing atmosphere for an open exchange of thoughts and ideas. The interviewer just went through my application and then he essentially just wanted to know my thoughts about our current health care system. Just be yourself and you'll be fine. The interview flies by and is not too difficult. "
"My interview was pretty much a conversation. My interviewer pretty much asked about stuff from my app. He also took me through some ethical scenarios...but I know where I stand on certain issues and am not afraid to say so. (must have not hurt me because I was accepted!) Also, the area around the school is fine...people act like they never lived in a city before! Good luck! Don't stress! Be yourself!"
"my interviewer (a pathologist) was really dull and had no personality so it made it hard to guage how i was doing... it made the interview really nerve-racking for me because i had no clue is he was following what i was saying or not. the orientation was really informative though. the people in general were really nice."
"Overall I had a great experience in Cincinnati and it is definitely among my top choices. "
"This was my first interview, so obviously I was nervous. My interviewer changed last minute (possibly due to the snow), so I interviewed with an MD from the Children's Hospital. But my interview was much more a conversation (which focused a lot on healthcare policy/ethics); still I learned a lot from the interviewer--very cool guy! The atmosphere in Cincinnati is very comfortable, and I hear that it's easy to live here. Many opps for research, teaching, education sounds solid."
"I was impressed, intervier mentioned above, also it seemed that the students enjoyed attending UC and there was a bond between classmates"
"The faculty at UC go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. They go so far that after the interview, if you feel it went badly, you are permitted to request a second interview, no questions asked. "
"The interview was laid back, but obviously it was an INTERVIEW for medical school, so it could only be so relaxed. The doctor was a great guy, and the questions he asked were predictable."
"My interviewer was really nice and the interview was fairly laid back. I didn't feel that my interviewer was prepared for the interview--it didn't seem like he read over my application beforehand. In some ways that was nice because I felt he got to know more about me talking with me than going over things that are already in my application"
"The tour and interview all went rather normally. The people seemed friendly, and they have relatively new facilities for the medical students. The financial aid presentation however was very brief, and I couldn't make out what the woman was saying."
"I had a great experience. I went into the interview a bit nervous, but the guy who interviewed me was so nice and he just wanted to get to know me better. It was more of a conversation than an interview, which was great!"
"The interview was VERY laid back and ended up being like more of a conversation than a firing back and forth of questions and answers. I had a great time here and am seriously considering this school as a potential possibility. The children's hospital is great, so if you are considering Peds, this would be a great place to go. Dont stress... the interview was not stressful at all!"
"Very disorganized day with not much flow to it. There was a long presentation of the schools cirriculum to start the day, followed by a tour of the facilities. My interview followed, the origonal interviewer didn't show up, so I had a replacement who was a really nice doctor in patho over at Children's Hospital (great place for peds if you're interested). The day was not great, but my other impressions of UC Med have been wonderful outside of the interview day. I live in Cincy and really ahve had positive experiences with it in the past."
"good experience. do not be nervous about this at all... do not lose sleep over it... it is a welcoming atmosphere."
"I get really nervous about things like this, but all butterfiles left after the first 5 minutes. They make you feel really comfortable. "
"VERY IMPRESSED. students there seem to really enjoy the school, academically and socially."
"I had my interview in the afternoon, after the information session, but most everyone else went in the morning. Admsissions people gave presentations on curriculum and financial aid and all that stuff. We then broke up into two groups and a second year student showed us around."
"Just to correct something from my earlier interview feedback, UC does in fact have wireless internet access...the tour guides just didn't know about it!"
"My interviewer was not ready for the interview. She started to look at my file when we started to interview. But she was a very nice lady and didn't ask any difficult questions. I was impressed with UC by their curriculum and their clinical lab. So far the best state school I have seen. "
"I just wanted to let people know that everything you do during an interview is being judged. One student brought his dad along! When checking in for the interviews the two students ahead of me did not even thank the person for directing them to their interview. "
"Overall, a pleasant interview experience. My interviewer was very open and friendly, and readily invited questions that I had concerning the program."
"The interview was basically him telling me his background, then me telling him my life story starting with high school."
"Went very well, this site prepared me good, be ready for ethics questions"
"I withdrew my application shortly after my interview."
"I had a great interviewer and she explained a lot about the school. She also was a very nice person and didn't make me feel uncomfortable at all."
"Overall it was a great experience. This was my first interview and my interviewer immediately put me at ease. We ended up talking for 75 min and he just wanted to clarify some things on my application and the usual...get to know me better as a person. "
"Excellent facilities, location and education. Don't be fooled by the area you SEE when you interview - yes, it's somewhat blighted. BUT the neighborhood behind the school (Clifton GAS LIGHT District) is as charming and highclass as Cincinnati gets!"
"The interview experience was GREAT. The students were great in showing us what the program was about. They gave us plenty of chances to ask questions about school, life, fun stuff. After the interviews, the students took us out for a night on the town. It was fun. It was the first interview that I had the chance to get down and boogie on the dance floor with some of the students!! (i hope dancing ability isn't part of the admission evaluations)But the program is strong, and the research here is very well funded. Facilities are nice."
"I interviewed with an very nice Ph.D. It was more of a conversation and she was very interested in my experiences during my year off, my family, and my interests outside of medicine."
"I was only stressed out because this was my first interview. However, my interviewer put me at ease and just wanted to get to know me as a person and my motivations for pursuing a career in medicine. I stressed out after the interview--but received an acceptance approximately 4 weeks later, so everything must have gone alright!"
"I was very nervous because it was my first interview but there was really no reason to be. My interviewer was very easy to talk to and he never formally asked me questions. We basically had a nice conversation that lasted well over 1.5 hours. It felt like talking to an old friend. The students seem to really like the school."
"My interviewer was very concerned about making sure prospective applicants know what they're getting into when they've chosen to pursue a career as a doctor. She had also read my application and said she was "trying to anticipate questions the admissions committee might have" so she could address them in her report to help me out; no idea if the other interviewers put as much thought into it, but it was nice. Lunch wasn't any good; make sure you eat breakfast. They definitely had a lot of elements I wish other schools I liked more had, but I was just simply not impressed by the students I met and the other kids there interviewing."
"My interview was in the morning before the presentation and tour, but some people had afternoon interviews. My interviewer had my application in front of her and basically made many comments about it, mostly about my classes and a few of my activities. I was not asked any ethics or health care questions. "
"It was good, I was late due to a traffic jam and my interviewer was nice enough to give me 35 more minutes to relax and get breakfast."
"The information sessions and tours were awesome. However, I was not impressed that my interviewer let a fellow colleague sit in on our conversation (as if I wasn't nervous enough already). Also, our interview was shorter than it was supposed to be and I felt pressured to stop asking questions of my interviewers about the school."
"my interview was fine, although i have a long standing personal bias against cincinnati as a city and couldn't shake it."
"I could even say I enjoyed the interview, because the information session was very helpful and the students were very friendly. The interview was also very laid back even though difficult questions were asked, basically they're there just to learn about you."
"The interview was honestly laid back. My interviewer was really nice and in a great mood. He seemed to be searching for questions to ask. After about 35-40 min. the interview was pretty much over and he asked me what I thought about the program and seemed to be highlighting the positives."
"The actual interview part is stressful, know your stuff especially your application! They will comment on your essays, grades, etc. As well as you knowledge of the world of medicine."
"This was one of the best interviews I had. I got along really well with my interviewer and we talked about everything under the sun . I'm sure that if I went to this school I would enjoy my four yeas of medical education. I am officially not using US News rankings in my decisions anymore - from facilities to people, I was more impressed here than at other "better" schools."
"The facilities at the University of Cincinnati are great. There are something like 5 hospitals in a mile radius. Not only that, but they are world renown for their research and treatments. The interview was a little more difficult than others because they probed into your motivation and willingness to sacrific a great deal. The morning consisted of lunch and an overview of the medical school setup. They where very nice, but at the same time rather distant. The interview was with a non-clinical faculty member, but others in the group did have practicing physicians. Overall they where rather impressive in regards to research and facilites as well as the general feeling of the campus. Good school, moderatly difficult interview."
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"Honestly I can't think of any improvements you could make to the interview day. It took slightly longer to hear back than what we were told but that's how things go sometimes so it wasn't a big deal. Also make sure you tell people that there is a key chain and a piece of paper inside the water bottles; several other applicants and I put water in them without looking and ended up with a paper and metal slushie."
"Give a longer time for tours, felt like I only saw a small portion of the school. Tour guide was great though."
"Shorter interview day please. PLEASE. Some of us traveled a long way and really need to hit the road home."
"Give interviewee more information about what to expect on interview day. For example, before the interview, I had no idea that different groups interview at different time on the same day or that my interview was in the afternoon."
"I would have liked to be able to talk to more current students. I don't want to judge the entire student body based just on talking to the tour guide."
"I absolutely hated the MMI. I do much better with traditional interviews, not "put you on the spot" scenarios."
"None! very organized and helpful"
"Better tour guides. My med student had no idea where he was taking us and had nothing special to say"