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"What is your learning style, and tell me about a time you learned something."
"Should you always follow the law?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"What do you think about restricting hours in residency ?"
"What are your opinions on Obama-care?"
"What do you know about the changes to health care that are occurring?"
"What type of medicine do you want to go into?"
"What is the most important part of the doctor-patient relationship. . . ."
"Why do you want to attend UC-Denver?"
"Choose an ethical dilemma affecting medicine today or in the future. Discuss the pros and cons"
"With all your research experience, why do you NOT want to do an MD/PhD?"
"What do you think will be the most difficult/frustrating part of being a doctor?"
"Why did you choose to discuss your particular topics in your personal statement?"
"How do you feel about U.S. healthcare, and where do you think it will be in 8 years when you start practicing?"
"Tell me about your medical experiences?"
"Hypothetical question about a patient who was terminal but whose mother wanted doctors to do everything possible because she believed in a spiritual healing by way of medical interventions."
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Do you think it is ok to use mice for research purposes? What about dogs? What about monkeys? What about humans? Why don't we just experiment on the prison population? (I work in a lab that uses animals)."
"Questions specific to my Colorado secondary essay."
"If you don't get in this year, what will you do next year?"
"tell me what you consider you biggest strength; what do u consider your biggest weakness"
"What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?"
"Explain a situation where you felt out of your comfort zone, and how did you deal with it."
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Obviously you've prepared to be asked about an ethics situation - tell me about an ethical situation you might encounter in medicine."
"Pick an ethical dilemma you have faced at work and explain both sides of the argument to me."
"How do you feel about the current health care climate? Then, What solutions do you propose?"
"Tell me about your course of studies/activities since high school?"
"How did you like [undergraduate institution]?"
"Describe yourself starting from high school"
"What would you like me to tell the adcom on your behalf?"
"Specific questions about my experiences/volunteering"
"What do you think about stem cell research and stem cell therapy?"
"What would you do to solve the healthcare problem?"
"tell me about a medical ethics question, excluding (examples given of most common 4-5 medical ethics questions). followup to this - now if you were in this situation as a physician (related to my example) how would you approach it?"
"If I brought my father in and he was basically non-verbal and dying and I asked you to do something to make the process quicker and painless, what would you do? (the interviewer was a lawyer)"
"Tell me an ethical situation in medicine"
"About my internship and other health-related experiences."
"Talk about the ethical dilemma of stem cells."
"Name an ethical issue in medicine and describe how you would handle it."
"Besides that experience which you did for like 2 months, what else did you do? what else? She repeated this making my accomplishments seem insignificant."
"What will you do if you don't get in?"
"Tell me about your research? (shocker)"
"How would you handle a patient who came in to your practice with research they'd found on the internet?"
"Last book read. "
"What other schools did you apply to/have interviews at?"
"what was the last book you read?"
"Tell me how you got here. "
"What specific things would you do to develop a relationship with patients and efficiently maximize your time with them?"
"What would you do to fix the US medical system?"
"an uninsured patient needs life-saving procedures. can you think of any creative ways or resources to help the patient pay?"
"What do you think about Stem Cell Research? What do you think about Euthanasia?"
"What is an interesting ethical dilema?"
"Explain how you got to this point"
"What country's health care system is most functional/moving toward the correct path?"
"How did you end up here at UCHSC, interviewing for medical school?"
"tell me about your research"
"I was asked to expand upon several statements in my AMCAS essay."
"what do you think about euthanasia"
"What will be a major area that will affect the practice of medicine in the 21st century?"
"What specialty of medicine are you drawn to?"
"Tell me about yourself and how you became interested in medicine."
"Explain your research as if I (the interviewer) didn't know anything about medicine."
"What is the best thing that has happened to you (and how has this helped you)?"
"If a patient wanted you to prescribe a medication that you didn't think was indicated, what would you do?"
"As a physician would you consider assisted suicide for your patients? (The question was a lot more case specific than this)"
"What athletics are you involoved in? (this one was asked three or four times by one of my interviewers and the answer didn't change:NONE!)"
"Have you ever failed?"
"How would you fix our medical system?"
"What would you do if you saw someone rustling through papers while taking a test (they have an honor code system, so you can take your tests anywhere)?"
"My background as a fine arts major"
"What do you want me to tell the committee I am about to meet? "
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Define critical thinking and how do you know when it is happening?"
"Take me through your experiences leading you to pursue a career in medicine."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What will you contribute to your class?"
"Why are you interested in medicine? "
"Explain ethical issues that you are aware of."
"Discuss an ethical issue- your choice"
"Have you ever had to teach yourself anything?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What are your top three schools that you applied to and why did you choose them?"
"Tell me about your family."
"What do you think is the most important issue facing health care in the US?"
"How would you improve the American medical system? What do you think will happen with health insurance?"
"interesting questions that provoked some organization and thought"
"Last book I read"
"Do you know anything about bioethics? Pick an issue and discuss it."
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Nothing unusual, except a detailed explanation of the type of rural town that I would like to live and practice in."
"What is one ethical situation that you might encounter in your career that you would like to talk about?"
"What do you know about socialized medicine? What are some possible ways in solving the current financial crisis in healthcare?"
"You are a pediatrician with a patient who is 24 weeks pregnant and beginning labor that you will most likely not be able to curtail. The child has a high likelihood of being born with cognitive and developmental problems. How do you counsel your patient?"
"Do you know anything about embryonic stem cells? Good, then you should be able to tell me both sides of the debate."
"Tell me about Monument (my home town in Colorado)?"
"Tell me about yourself and your family in 3 minutes"
"Why do you want to be a physician."
"What are two things you would change about our health care system?"
"What is C++ programming? Tell me what it is... (this had been briefly mentioned in my AMCAS application....I wasn't expecting this question)"
"Why do you want to practice rural medicine?"
"Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses. I skipped strength and went straight to weakness. I figure the best strength a person can have is to understand his or her own shortcomings and to be able to communicate them. So maybe I faked a move toward weakness and demonstrated strength."
"Tell me about yourself."
"What are the worst and best things that have ever happened to you?"
"What have you read recently?"
"What is the latest book you read?"
"Choose an ethical situation and discuss it."
"Why MD instead of DO?"
"What do you think is the most pressing issue in medicine today? How would you solve this?"
"Have you done much reading lately? What kind?"
"Tell me about why you want to be a doctor."
"Describe a difficult moment in your life and how you overcame it. "
"What are your strengths/weaknesses? What is the best/worst thing that's ever happened to you? These are harder than you think -- definitely put some thought into them, esp. your weaknesses -- try to put a positive spin on them"
"Tell me about your past experiences."
"euthanasia vs. physician-assisted suicide; legality of both in Colorado, how I would respond in specific situations"
"What do you like about art? What kind of music do you like? Why did OU get spanked by LSU in the National Championship?"
"What are the last few books you have read?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What is the worst thing that happened to you? Why?"
"What are some problems facing healthcare today?"
"What are the problems that concern you most in the field of medicine? What are your biggest ethical concerns?"
"tell me about the research you did this summer"
"What is a major problem in the US healthcare system? Why?"
"What is the biggest prob in healthcare and how would you fix it? "
"How does smallpox and plague cause disease? (I am a biodefense researcher)"
"What did I get out of specific experiences I had written about in my essays."
"If a 16 year old girl came into your office and asked you for birth control pills would you give them to her and would you tell her parents."
"You're dead and witnessing your own funeral. What are people saying about you?"
"80 year-old patient asks you to put him on the heart transplant list, he is on medicair, as well. What do you do?"
"Tell me your story"
"What books have you read recently? "
"Tell me about your travels."
"What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?"
"Have you read any interesting books or seen any interesting movies in the last year?"
"A woman with a family history of breast cancer wants her employer to pay for genetic testing to determine if she has the defective gene. What do you think should be done?"
"What do you think is the number one problem with health care in the US?"
"How would you explain how environmental and public health policy are related?"
"Specific questions relating to my research. "
"Tell me what a triplet codon does and how proteins are formed."
"How do you find balance in your life?"
"Describe signigicant medical experiences that may not have been detailed in the AMCAS application (interviewers only have access to the essay and secondary experiences from the AMCAS)."
"When you die in 70-80 years, what will your friends say about you at your eulogy?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Why do you want to attend the University of Colorado?"
"What is the best patient-care experience you've had? "
"What is the best thing that has happened to you?"
"Do you think that people who believe people with AIDS are being punished by God are fanatics and are crazy?"
"(Group interview) "You see one student berating another, what do you do?""
"If you had a disagreement with someone how would you solve it?"
"Why medicine and where do you see yourself practicing in the future"
"What do you think of the weekly hourly limits imposed on interns and residents? Is this a good or bad idea?"
"What characteristics make up a good research project design?"
"Please tell me more about (this aspect of your PS)."
"Can you tell me more about x,y,z from your AMCAS application?"
"Name a question you have asked about science . . ."
"Does the U.S. have the best health care system in the world and why?"
"So how do you think you ...[specific line from minor part of my AMCAS Work/Exp]?"
"What are the qualities of a good medical student?"
"What would you do if you caught a student cheating on a test?"
"Tell me about a situation in which you might face an ethical dilemma (VERY open ended)..."
"What was the worst moment of your life?"
"Why UC Denver?"
"Asked me about whether or not doctors should be activists/advocates for medical reforms."
"If a patient who was a Jehovah's witness was injured and needed a blood transfusion to survive, but refused it, what would you do?"
"Tell me about yourself/give me an autobiography (both interviewers asked this)."
"Both interviewers asked which specialty I am considering."
"What do you think of health care reform?"
"what was the last book you read"
"Name and important ethical issue in healthcare and state why it is important."
"I see that you are a reapplicant. What have you done since applying last year?"
"Theoretically - if you get waitlisted here and get in somewhere else, would you wait a year an reapply here? What would you do to make sure you got in?"
"What is one question you expected to be asked when you came here? Answer that question for me."
"I haven't read your essays. What do they say?"
"What is another problem with medical tourism?"
"What will be the most difficult thing about medical school?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What would you do if you don't get in this year?"
"What have you learned working with such a diverse patient population?"
"What do you think will be the hardest part of being a physician?"
"Why did you major in X?"
"What is an instance in which you faced adversity?"
"discuss an area in your past that you wish you could change and how it would have changed things"
"Talk about an ethical issue in medicine."
"What are two of the biggest problems which lead to the 47 million uninsured people in this country?"
"Are you keeping up with the current issues in health care? (yes) What are your thoughts?"
"Why are you applying here? (aside from being in-state)"
"Where do you think healthcare is heading in the next 10 or 15 years."
"What kind of books do you enjoy reading?"
"Why would you want to do that? Referring to a future career goal I have. Once again, my interviewers did a good job making me feel like a 5 year old. He later went on to insult me. Saying that the way I described myself wasn't the impression I gave him."
"What do you think of the healthcare system?"
"What specialty have you thought about?"
"Why become a doctor instead of a PA if you intend to go into rural medicine."
"The grandma question."
"Why did you major in ____?"
"In your opinion what is the most pressing issue in helth care right now? How would you solve it?"
"Is there anything you want to explain about your application before I read the rest of it? "
"A relative of yours tells you informally to never put them in a nursing home but then get Alzheimer's and you can't care for them yourself. Do you honor their wishes or not?"
"How can you reconcile your interest in translational research and rural medicine? What will your practice look like?"
"do you think self-reflection is important in medical school? how would you help med students learn to be more self-reflective?"
"How does your music/art relate to medicine?"
"What is your family like?"
"Why did I choose my undergrad university?"
"Do you think there is anything you haven't prepared for/considered in terms of what medical school/career will entail?"
"would your religious beliefs get in the way of your practice"
"What should a physician's role be in end-of-life decisions?"
"what should we do about the 46 million ininsured"
"What are your thoughts on patients' living wills and advanced directives?"
"What do you perceive to be the greatest problem in healthcare today?"
"How do you think your performing arts background contributes to your understanding/passion for medicine, if at all?"
"How do you think patients, families, and physicians should resolve ethical dilemmas?"
"What is the worst thing that has happened to you?"
"How do you see complementary medicine and Western medicine working together?"
"If you were a physician who was pro life and did not do abortions and a 22 year old came in demanding an abortion, what would you do? "
"What are the biggest concerns for doctors right now?"
"What sets you apart from the rest of the applicants?"
"What currently work or doesn't work in our legal system with respect to medicine?"
"How do you know when you are at your stress limit?"
"how i got interested in medicine"
"Pick and defend a topic in health care. "
"Do you want to research?"
"In your words, why should I go back to the committee and tell them to accept you to this school?"
"What do you think about the American health care system?"
"Numerous specific questions related to my application."
"Tell me about your research."
"What would your best friend say is your biggest weakness?"
"What else would you like me to present to the admissions committee on your behalf? "
"What should I as an interviewer look for to choose applicants with integrity? (huge question, but totally important!)"
"Why did you choose the undergraduate school you attended?"
"Suggest some changes that would improve the US healthcare system, re: medical insurance."
"Explain to me your research in words I will understand."
"If you weren't going to go into X specialty (the one I'm most interested in now), what is another one you'd like to go into and why?"
"How will your business background help you in medicine?"
"Talk about some ethical issues related to medicine."
"You have a 15 year old patient who you discover is pregnant, what do you do?"
"nothing about 'why do you want to be a doc' or 'why do you want to go to CU'"
"What do I think of the situation in Russia/Putin (I studied in Russia)"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare now?"
"Which area in medicine will you like to do research if you are given the opportunity?"
"With all of your research experience, why didn't you apply to the MD/PhD program?"
"What kind of books do you like to read, or have read lately? What do you like to do in you free time? "
"What are your thoughts on the stem cell debate in the recent presidential election? How do you feel about moving back to a relatively conservative state after living in a very liberal city?"
"End of life issues with a 90 yr old alzheimer's patient. 5th bout of pneumonia, son asks that you not treat it. What do you do? What if the woman was fully cognizant?"
"How do you think the citizens of Monument are affected by HMO's? "
"What is the biggest health care issue facing your generation?"
"Can you think of an ethical question regarding HIV and argue both sides?"
"What are some ethical issues you will be faced with as a doctor."
"Tell me about your family. What do they think of your choice to go into medicine?"
"What exactly do you want to practice? "
"What should I tell the admissions committee is the main reason to admit you?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"Why UCHSC. I discussed patient demographics of the Rocky Mountains and drew a parallel to my home state, where I plan on practicing."
"Typical ethical question. What is an ethical situation you would like to address? Also was asked about the ethics concerning other topics we were discussing."
"Describe your research."
"Name one good and one bad experience you've had with a doctor."
"Asked about my family (including ages, what they do)."
"What is wrong with healthcare?"
"Why did you choose Black Studies as a major?"
"What would you do if you didn't get into medical school this year?"
"Tell me what you meant by "I have a thorough understanding of the medical profession"? (in response to my secondary essay)"
"What is your biggest weakness? Biggest strength? How do you balance them?"
"Tell me about your experience in Argentina."
"What books have you read lately?"
"Why did you choose to move to CO and apply to UCHSC, and take a year off? (I moved from the east coast)"
"What was the most difficult obstacle you have been faced with, why, and how did you overcome it?"
"what is the current situation with regard to abortion (extremely general question)"
"Give me a timeline of all of the events that brought you to this point in your life."
"Describe your parents."
"What are three issues in health care and how would you deal with them?"
"What was the defining moment when the 6-year old boy became more like the applicant here today?(this related to the worst moment/thing I described)"
"Where will medicine be 10 years from now? What will we be seeing/doing then? "
"Tell me about this experience as listed on your AMCAS application"
"Do you agree with the "single payer" system used in other countries? Why/Why not?"
"Describe a difficult moment in your life?"
"Pick an ethical question and discuss your opinion. "
"Pick an ethical topic and tell me your position on it."
"What characteristics make a good physician."
"What do you think about cloning and stem cell research?"
"14 year old girl wants to be on birth control without knowledge of her parents. what do you do?"
"How would you fix the health care system? "
"How has your life influenced your decision to go into medicine?"
"What is the worst thing about healthcare today?"
"Discuss your feelings on a couple of ethical issues. (you choose the issues.)"
"Would you work in an HMO?"
"What will you do if you don't get in?"
"Why did you choose to be a doctor specifically rather than work in public health?"
"When do you think life begins and ends?"
"Why do you want to come to UCHSC in particular?"
"What other interests do you have (sports, music, etc.)?"
"If you had a patient with a terminal illness who was suffering greatly and wanted to die, but you were practicing in a state where euthanasia is illegal, would you give him an extra dose of morphine if you knew that it would be impossible for you to be caught?"
"What were the last 3 books you read?"
"What is the toughest thing you've had to overcome? "
"They asked a lot of questions on my AMCAS personal essay and experiences list."
"What is the most difficult thing you've had to overcome?"
"What do you think about people who go to church several times a week and pray in public?"
"Knowing that I haven't seen your file, tell me a bit about yourself"
"What would you do if you caught a friend cheating?"
"What do you see as a major problem with medicine today? Do you see this continuing in the future?"
"Describe a time when you had to overcome something particularly challenging. How did you deal with this?"
"What should the balance between work and other activities be for a physician?"
"What is a hardship you have faced and what have you learned from it?"
"Discuss a time when you made a scientific discovery. . ."
"Describe a day in your life, 10 years from now."
"Tell me about your research"
"In what way have you mentored your siblings? [Specific line from AMCAS PS]"
"Tell me about your study abroad experience"
"What do you do beyond school, work, and extracurriculars?"
"Tell me about your family, your high school experience, and your college experience."
"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee?"
"What questions do you have?"
"Solve childhood obesity in the US."
"why did you choose to go to [small liberal arts school not in Colorado] for college rather than staying local"
"Tell me about your life from the time you graduated high school."
"School can be stressfull, how do you handle stress or what do you use as a coping mechanism?"
"Give a brief overview of your life starting with your senior year of high school."
"What do you think is the worst part of medicine?"
"Is this your top choice? Do you have other interviews scheduled? How many schools sent you secondaries?"
"If you were, let's say, czar of the American Medical System, what would you do?"
"How did you pick your major?"
"Tell me about your current job."
"How would you deal with a non-compliant patient?"
"Tell me about the last year of your life? (I'm a re-applicant)"
"What do you think is the biggest issue in healthcare today?"
"What was an instance in which you were uncomfortable or felt out of place and how did you deal with that?"
"Talk about the candidates' plans for healthcare reform."
"So I bet you have seen a lot of crazy stuff in the hospital. How do you handle it?"
"How did you prepare for the interview today?"
"Talk about a challenge facing health care in this country today."
"Tell me about your research project."
"How do you handle stress?"
"What impact did your travel experience have on your sense of self?"
"How did you feel, what was the gut feelign, when you did not get in last year? (they only took 17 kids straight from college last year so I wasnt too shocked)"
"Give me an example of an ethics issue in medicine today in America, and don't say access to healthcare."
"What else can you tell me about yourself that I can tell the committee?"
"What about your childhood contributes to your interest in being at physician?"
"What is your stand on Physician Assisted Suicide?"
"What are the weaknesses of your application? "
"What impact will the large number of aging Baby Boomers have on the field of health care?"
"Other standard questions: What have you done to gain experience in the field? What would you do if you didn't get into medical school? What did you mean when you said __ in your statement? Do you have any questions for us?"
"as a health care professional, what are ways in which you would be a model for others to take care of themselves?"
"What do you want me to tell the Admissions Committee about you?"
"What do you think about Africa?"
"How have you evaluated a career in medicine"
"Why do you think you would be a good fit at UCHSC?"
"Explain my injuires from Division I Athletics."
"What do you want me to emphasize to the committee about you?"
"tell me about your family and who you resemble more "
"What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?"
"how have you dealt with diversity in your health care experiences"
"How would you deal with a patient who would not heed your medical advice due to cultural differences?"
"Are you a good problem-solver?"
"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"How did you develop the maturity to work with sick children at a young age?"
"How would you solve the health care problem in the U.S.?"
"Do you have any beliefs that you think could interfere with your ability to treat a given patient?"
"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"What would you do if you were failing a class in medical school?"
"''What else...?'' This was a damn confusing question because it feels like the interviewer wants you to say something that you haven't said yet. I'd suggest saying ''No'' unless you really have someting substantive to add. "
"What is a recent book you've read for enjoyment?"
"What should I go back and tell the admissions committee about you?"
"If my parents pushed me into medicine at all"
"What makes you feel that you can stick to medicine as a career path?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What do ultimately see yourself doing in medicine in the future?"
"What do you think about stem cell research."
"How would you change healthcare and how would you pay for it?"
"What do you see as the biggest problems in healthcare today? What could be done about them?"
"What is the best decision you have ever made?"
"How did you end up where you are?"
"What school is your top choice?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Is there anything I should know before I read your complete file?"
"What are the characteristics of a "good" physician"
"Tell me about running the marathon that you ran."
"What would you bring to medicine/medical school?"
"Talk about a time when you have had a conflict with a co-worker and how did you resolve it?"
"what's a problem in health care coming up, and what are some ethics issues"
"Why do you want to go to medical school"
"How has your volunteer experiences impacted you?"
"Do you know you will be over 40 years old when you graduate?"
"Tell me about yourself and your family."
"Why are you pursuing a business degree instead of a science degree?"
"Give me an example of a time when you had to be flexible. Give an example of a time when you had to direct your own learning."
"Tell me about a dark time in your life. And various stuff from my AMCAS"
"Why didn't I want to apply to the MD/PhD program? (because I'm not crazy:) props to you if you are applying for this though)"
"How would you go about learning about TB?"
"What were the most formative experiences of your life?"
"Is there anything you want to tell me about your file before I see it? (The interviewers only see your essays and experiences before meeting you, then they see your file. Better to tell them if you have a glaring issue than for them to find out on their own.)"
"How are you going to deal with the pressures of medical school? "
"questions concerning my undergrad research"
"Is there anything you would like to tell me about your file, like your grades or tests, before I look at it?"
"What is something that you have had to overcome in your journey to where you are now?"
"What do you believe the role of the doctor should be?"
"Pick an ethical issue and discuss it."
"What's an ethical situation you'd like to talk about?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What are your ideas to fix what is wrong in healthcare?"
"What will be the biggest challenge while doing the dual degree?"
"What is your biggest weakness?"
"What ethical issue would you like to talk about?"
"What are 3 aspects of a good communicator?"
"What would you like me to tell the committee as to why they should accept you? (love this question- spill your guts on this one!!- this is your chance to show them what you got!)"
"What do you think medical school will be like?"
"Why are you doing a business degree? "
"What do you do for fun?"
"What qualities will you bring to your class?"
"where do you see medicine going in the next 10 years"
"How can we solve some of the major issues in National health care? How many other schools did you apply to? Tell me about your family."
"Is there anything in your application I should know about?"
"Why should we choose you out of all the other applicants?"
"The 3 standrad ethics questions- abortion, PAS/right-to-die, stem cell research (although not asked this year, it was in years past, and this year with other applicants)"
"What are the best and worst things to happen in your life?"
"What sort of ethical problems did you encounter while working at the hospital?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What is the best and worse thing to happen to you?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What are your strengths and weakenesses."
"Explain Right ventricular heart failure (related to a paper I wrote)"
"How do you learn?"
"what characteristics do you possess that will make you a godd physician"
"Why would you make a good physician?"
"Tell me a bit about yourself. (Most of my questions were tough because they were so open-ended, not becuase they were tricky. "
"Who is your role model and why?"
"What books have you read lately?"
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school this year?"
"What would you do if you could not pursue scientific interests?"
"What is the weakest part of your file, in your opinion?"
"Tell me about your research and work experience."
"What do you know about Vietamese culture and how they view medicine?"
"What are some books that you've read lately?"
"How do you handle a patient who is terminally ill, but still quite lively, who wants to stop taking all medication and die?"
"Who do you look up to most and why?"
"What do you think about using animals for research?"
"How do you approach your studying? Do you have a certain "style" of studying?"
"If you could not go into any scientific field, which academic field would you like to enter?"
"What do you thing about the number of minorities being allowed into medicine currently? (give me a break!)"
"Tell me about a time you felt invisible, or encountered someone else who felt invisible. What did you learn from it?"
"How do you define perseverance?"
"How do you feel about healthcare reform? (cue ethics discussion)"
"What characteristic/experience do you posses that would be an asset to the incoming class"
"Why are some people against first world doctors providing temporary aid in third world countries? (ethics question)"
"If I were King of America what would I do. . ."
"What challenge do you foresee in medical school?"
"If you could say something to last year's admissions committee, what would you tell them? (reapplicant)"
"What books are you reading?"
"Most were pretty standard, but the interviewers were SO laid back it was hard to judge their thoughts... Seemed to care a lot about what I do outside of school/work."
"How do you feel about medical marijuana?"
"Do you consider yourself a philosopher?"
"What was one project you worked on that you are particularly proud of?"
"How do you reconcile the fact that some doctors are being paid huge sums of money while the hippocratic oath states that treatment should be free?"
"How has my time as a coach translated into my desire to be a doctor?"
"How do you deal with criticism/questioning of your professional judgement?"
"I was asked to talk about specific issues in the research I'd done."
"open ended what do u think about health care reform, what ideas do you have."
"Are you going to have any more kids?"
"If you had an extra year to pursue you own endevors, what would you do?"
"So you have seen the great medical capabilities of the CU campus and also have some experience in rural medicine. How would you bridge the gap between the urban and rural medical environments?"
"Say you have a couple walk in, and the woman is pregnant. They are not married, and tell you that they do not want an abortion. The mother is addicted to crack/cocaine and refuses to give it up. What would you do? Would you recommend abortion at all?"
"If you knew your best friend in medical school cheated on a test, and they would get kicked out if caught, what would you do?"
"Tell me about your family?"
"What do you plan to do with public health?"
"A patient comes in with calf pain, you do a work-up on them which is negative a send them home. The next day the die. It turns out they had a DVT and then a PE. How would you deal with the patient's family and how would you proceed?"
"A discussion we had on the best way to execute global health projects"
"Tell me about your view on global warming"
"What are some limits to quality health care in underrepresented patient populations on an international level? "
"Medicine is both a a science and an art - explain what that statement means to you."
"What is the difference between someone with a PhD and an MD? I thought kind of obvious...but wasn't sure if interviewer was looking for something in particular?"
"what about going into medicine scares you?"
"Tell me in Spanish how you came to the decision to pursue medicine."
"Is there anything you wished I would have asked? (knowing that you would have to answer it of course)"
"Why don't they include growth factors in injectable stem cell therapies? One other question specific to my research."
"''Would you say that our healthcare system is relatively on task with the complications of such a complicated issue or does the thought of US healthcare make you sick?''"
"what did i learn from being a patient? (i had back surgery when i was 20)"
"How do you think the increasing cultural diversity is affecting medicine in America?"
"Do you understand how much work this is?"
"What do you think about alternative medicine?"
"what was the last book I read that was not science related"
"What is the difference between morals, beliefs, and attitudes, and which is more malleable?"
"What did you have for breakfast?"
"15 yr old girl is pregnant, doesn't want parents to know, what do you do?"
"It's all a blur, but the questions mostly followed from my resume and statements. Nothing surprising."
"some very specific and personal questions about my essays."
"If you were walking down the street, doing your thing, what song would be playing that would represent you?"
"What is an interesting ethical dilema you encountered in your internship?"
"What had I done to evaluate the negatives of a career in medicine"
"The number of male applicants to medical school is declining while the number of female applicants is increasing. In 10-15 years, what will be the implications of this?"
"Are you comfortable?"
"what is the best/worst thing your closest friend would say about you?"
"I was given three different terms (diligence, empathy, and honesty) and asked to choose the one I thought was most important to the practice of medicine and explain why it was. "
"Describe the interaction between spirituality and healing."
"As an older student I was basically solicited to tell the story of my convoluted path to medicine, with occasional very specific questions where apropo to my research, and concerning medical ethics (euthanasia) and health care systems (uninsured) "
"How living overseas will affect my practice of medicine."
"What does the Colorado motorcycle community feel about mandatory helmet laws and Colorado's lack thereof? (I put on my AMCAS that I ride a motorcycle.)"
"Pick a health care ethics topic and explain your point of view. "
"What kind of role should the government play in ethical issues? (specifically in the context of really expensive palliative or Terri Schiavo-type care)"
"What are your views on alternative medicine?"
"Who was the weirdest patient you've treated?"
"What has the volunteer work that you have done taught you about medicine?"
"Describe a time you had to be really flexible"
"If you had a patient that wanted to use herbs or alternative medicine, would you support him/her?"
"In what stage of grief are you over your grandmother's death?"
"just personal questions, i seemed to have a lot in common with one of the interviewers"
"What do you find will be the most pressing issue in health care (your standard policy/ethics question depending on how you want to play it)"
"Define integrity and tell me of a time when yours was challenged and what you did in return."
"What do I think about stem cell research?"
"Who is your role model?"
"What types of patients do you think you may have problems dealing with?"
"What should I look for in a medical student?"
"Do you where sunscreen?"
"Tell me about the most challenging event/situation in your life."
"Are you more like your mom or your dad and why"
"Is there any question you were specifically worried about coming into the interview?"
"Questions about resource allocation, medical insurance, and the US healthcare system. "
"Who are you most like in your family?"
"Describe an ethical issue in medicine that you might be faced with as a physician."
"I was asked if I knew a particular symphony by a composer who I had taken a class about."
"Support and then defend universal health care in the U.S."
"Talk about some ethical issues facing medicine."
"Questions were all VERY general"
"How would you handle a patient who has termnial cancer and wants to die?"
"i was asked some pretty obscure questions relating to my non-science degree that aimed (I'm thinking) to see how well i thought on my feet and could articulate on short notice"
"None. Straight forward questions about myself and experiences"
"Tell me about the situation between China and Taiwan (my parents are from Taiwan, and I mentioned that I had recently visited the country). "
"What's your biggest intellectual challenge?"
"What would your friends say about you? Would you participate in Doctor Assisted Suicide? "
"What size of town do you envision yourself practicing in?"
"If I had your husband here, what would he tell me about you?"
"As a woman, how will you handle the pressures of family life and being a physician if you were to get married? This was somewhat difficult since I am not planning to get married any time soon."
"How did my experience working in an orthopaedic oncology clinic influence the way I would treat my patients/the role I would take on as a doctor?"
"How do I deal with stress and what kind of support system do I have?"
"What are qualities that would be bad for a doctor to have? Do you have any of them?"
"Have you ever made a decision that appeared correct at the time, but now you realize was the wrong decision? "
"A question about the ethical issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide."
"Had I ever experienced reverse culture shock after any of my travels?"
"You are a physician....a 16 year-old girl comes in and is worried that she is pregnant. How do you handle the situation?"
"Do you think doctors make enough money?"
"Have you taught yourself a skill on your own?"
"What makes people come to you for help/leadership?"
"Do you have any experiences with people from other cultures of ethnicities?"
"What are some books or movies over the past year that have significantly affected your life?"
"Do you believe in the legalization of marijuna?"
"How do you think doctors are perceived by society?"
"Would you consider being a teacher for the next 30 years?"
"How I thought the influx of women into this profession was going to change the field."
"If you were the director of WHO and had an unlimited budget what one health issue would you address?"
""Explain how your tutoring experience will assist you when you become a Physician?""
"What do you think about the high cost of medical education and its influence on what type of medicine doctors practice?"
"Tell me your favorite story about your swimming career."
"If you were an interviewer, how would you determine a student's integrity from a short interview?"
"Do you know who invented calculus?"
"What would you change, if anything, in your application?"
"How much money do you think a doctor should make?"
"What's the most interesting case you've witnessed? (I work in an ob/gyn's office)"
"Tell us more about your self. Very little was said about me as a person."
"How will you help patients to improve their long-term health? (based on my AMCAS essay; testing to see whether I had a realistic perspective on how much the physician can do vs. what the patient needs to do)"
"Tell me what you learned while living in Argentina for two years."
"How have your experiences gotten you to this point?"
"If you were a doctor treating somebody in a life- threatening situation and the family members came by and asked you to stop treatment, what would you do?"
"If our positions were changed, what would you want to know about me as a med school applicant?"
"Nothing that was truly interesting or unexpected. Questions about my activities for the past year (how I am different from last year), What other career I may choose if medicine was not an option, and the standrad ethical questions."
"Is there a time in your life you would not like to relive?"
"What will you do to contribute to your community outside of the practice of medicine?"
"What books have you read lately?"
"How would you get a Hispanic male without medical insurance treatment for his failing kidney? "
"Tell me why you like Native American art history as opposed to western? (I'm an art history minor)"
"What do you do to help relieve stress? "
"Nothing that out of the blue...I guess the best and worst/hardest thing I had to go through in my life"
"If two people needed a liver transplant (Mickey Mantle and a homeless person) who should be given the liver and why."
"I quoted from the book "On Doctoring" the interviewer wanted to know where I got the quote and what I knew about the author. "
"Do you think the Suzuki method or a simple method based on music theory is more useful for teaching guitar (I tutor guitar students)?"
"What do you think will limit you as a physician?"
"What is your favorite book?"
"If you had a crystal ball, what would you see in the future for you and medicine?"
"How would you fix the current health care system? I answered, and then we talked about the answer for about thirty minutes. The interviewer was involved in introducing legislation to change health care coverage systems, and was very interesting. "
"Would you perform a physician assisted suicide if the patient was in extreme pain and begged you for mercy to let them die?"
"Tell me about a lecture that motivated you."
"What was the best experience of your life? Worst experience? "
"My most interesting questions were about string theory and the characteristics of a 10 or 26 dimension universe."
"Tell me everything that has taken place in your life to get you in this chair at this moment."
"what do you think is the biggest problem facing America's youth? (this was NOT in context to any discussion we were having)"
"NO real difficult questions."
"None, the interviews were mostly a review of my application. "
"As chief of operations for a major hospital, you must decide which of two patients receives a heart for transplant; either a 65 year old philanthropist who is a pillar of the community, or a 15 year old gangbanger with a history of drug abuse."
"If you could tell me one thing about Polynesian herbal medicine, what would it be?"
"Basically: "How do you feel about genetic testing?""
"If the four-year medical students were to put on a skit roasting their fellow students, including you, which of your traits would be mocked?"
"Do you know the history behind St. Crispin's Day? (WHAT?!?) But he didn't care that I didn't know it and proceeded to tell me for TEN minutes!"
"How would you tell a Vietnamese family who speaks little english that their newborn son may have down syndrome?"
"Nothing really out there. Mostly standard questions"
"How do you think health care got where it is today?"
"What do you think of the current Mid-East crisis?"
"Did I know Samuel Johnson's definition of "oats?""
""Do you think AIDS was put here to punish gays?""
"Tell me about one of your core values driving you to become a physician (Difficult only because it was in a Group interview, and it was hard to create a discussion around this question)."
"How do you define justice? How can you, as a physician, pursue justice?"
"One of my interviewers canceled last minute and I was given another interviewer who had less time to review my file so the first question was " Give me a run down on all that is in your application, including your personal statement, in less than 15 minutes". Least fun question."
"A question about euthanasia and end of life care."
"Being a resident of Colorado, do you think you will be missing out on experiencing different health care set-ups (both domestically and internationally)?"
"Why are some people against first world doctors providing temporary aid in third world countries? (ethics question)"
"Name an ethical dilemma you have been involved in."
"The difficult time in your life questions, because the interviewer seemed extremely unsympathetic towards my story and that was hard for me to manage, emotionally, so I nearly cried!"
"Ethical question involving end of life AND stem cells..."
"How should I assess your critical thinking skills?"
"(I'm a runner and it was in my AMCAS) How is running an analogy for life?"
"Aside from ...[three biggest challenges I indicated on my application]... what was your biggest challenge?"
"Give me ethical scenario in medicine"
"It was a follow up to what I already said. I talked about medical disparities in mental health and my interview asked, "What if I told you that 70% of people with mental health issues had access to medical care, but did not take their medications? What would you do then?""
"Open ended ethical dilemma question"
"Ethics question about catching a classmate cheating on an exam and how you would deal with it."
"How do you identify with disadvantaged people and how will that affect the way you treat them?"
"If you could do anything you wanted for a year before medical school started, what would you do?"
"Human experimentation for drug research."
"Who is the most important person in your life?"
"What would you add to our school? I hate this question. It's so open-ended."
"is there ever an instance that we should not do everything we can to save a patient, and why?"
"If you could sit down with any 3 people who would they be?"
"What does critical thinking mean to you? And give an example of how you use critical thinking."
"The Colorado Governor recently said he would consider placing restrictions on who could get surgery. Example: A 90 year-old man may not be eligible for a heart transplant. What are your thoughts on this?"
"What are the best/worst moments in your life?"
"When one of my interviewers didn't ask questions- just looked at me- and I had to lead the interview."
"What is the difference between a though decision and an ethical Decision?"
"How do you define personal and intellectual honesty?"
"Describe values, attitudes, and beliefs. Which is the most malleable and which is the least. "
"Statement: Psychology is not a science... (In response to my Psychology major)"
"How do you think your parents divorce affected you, and how do you think that will help you be a better doctor?"
"What are some limits to quality health care in underrepresented patient populations on an international level? (the interviewer made me use a whiteboard to list my answers and explain)"
"What is your view on abortion?"
"Healthcare solution, ethics questions"
"questions by one of the two interviewers indicated that they felt strongly about funding and implementation of universal healthcare, and their stance was very different from my opinion. Needed to answer questions with this in mind so as to respect the interviewers opinions and continue the interview in a positive way."
"What is one recent innovation in healthcare that may have ethical implications?"
"what have you done to become a better applicant this time? Did you ask the dean how to improve and how well did you follow the advice?"
"Probably the ethical one. Not because ethical questions are hard, but the question was so broadly framed."
"Tell me about yourself--it's easy to start rambling and end up boring your interviewer...try to come up with a 30-40 second blurb about yourself, it helps a lot"
"''So, you hurt people for a living?'' (Since my job now involves human research. Ha.)"
"Three things to tell the committee that has changed since you applied last year"
"Why be a doctor instead of a PA, when you can help the patients just as much as a PA in a rural doctors office?"
"What do you do with an 80 year old grandma on a resperator who's not going to recover?"
"Tell me something specific about yourself that isn't on your application. "
"a question about Physician assisted suicide"
"If you were on the admissions committee, and were trying to find someone with strong morals and ethics, how would you find out if an applicant fit? "
"Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a big problem on Native American reservations. What measures would you take to combat that and should expecting mothers be forcibly prevented from consuming alcohol there?"
"What changes could be made to fix/improve the US medical system? -Not a difficult question; a stand-by in mock interviews. Why I want to pursue the various things I do, and how I can actually make it all work. -Again not difficult if you've talked about it with other people."
"several bioethical scenarios regarding religion, right to die, etc. what would you do if...?"
"same as above"
"In what direction should physicians and the health field in general move to improve healthcare domestically and internationally? "
"Why choose Colorado when it is very differnt from where I grew up "
"If you were in my shoes, how would you be able to tell in a 30 minute interview if a person was right for this program?"
"How do we fix the health care system?!"
"child of senile man with terminal disease doesn't want you to tell the man he is dying"
"Tell me about your journy from childhood til you got here"
"What was the greatest challenge you've had to face?"
"Name a medical ethics topic and discuss it."
"How will you attempt to reconcile the vast difference between the cost of healthcare and the unaffordability of health insurance?"
"How would you go about reforming our healthcare system?"
"What is an ethical issue, and what are the arguments for each side?"
"Tell me about California Medical Schools."
"What is the worst thing that has happened to you? "
"What would your bestfriend say was your biggest stength or weakness? (typical but still difficult)"
"Design an experiment to determine the effect daycare has on 3 year-olds in Denver"
"What do you do in your leisure time that strengthens your analytical ability?"
"How would you teach someone to be self-reflexive?"
"a specific scenerio about physician assisted suicide. It kind of caught me off guard and i fumbled a little"
"Name three people who you would like to eat dinner with. Some people that day got variations on the question restricting them to dead, non-family people. "
"Where you ever misjudged?"
"In your words, why should I go back to the committee and tell them to accept you to this school?"
"What do I think about the American health care system?"
"What I would do in a physician-assisted suicide situation."
"What are the pros and cons of using stem cells from aborted fetuses to treat diseases? What was difficult about this question was formulating a response that would keep my religious and political views concealed."
"How do you think your lifestyle would look to your patients?"
"Tell me about a time in your life when your ideals were challenged and you had to stand up for them."
"Choose an ethical situation and talk about it."
"How would an interviewer determine whether or not an MD canidate would be able to give patients hope"
"What is your impression of HMOs and PPOs and what do you think are the major problems with each?"
"A 15 y/o girl comes to see you b/c she thinks that she might be pregnant. What would you do?"
"Name a time you stood up against wrong."
"What would you do if you have a patient that wants to die?"
"How will your background in music history help you be a better doctor?"
"How would you go about finding ____ (traits) during an interview?"
"What's the most difficult experience you've ever had?"
"Tell me how you came to be here... This question could take forever to answer!!"
"What has been your best and worst experiences in medicine. "
"critical health care issues, abortions, PAS, etc."
"Explain your research to me in words that I would understand. "
"What do you think about 1989 Tian An Men Massacre? Since I was coming from China."
"None. Very laid back and conversational. "
"If I were the medical school applicant and you were interviewing me, what would be the most important thing you would want to know about me?"
"I found the questions to be easier than what I prepared myself for."
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today?(interviewer seemed very vigilant that I not seem too rehersed on this question)"
"How would you fix the health system in the U.S. I don't expect a Hillary Clinton answer, but throw out some ideas."
"How would you fix health care? Although the interviewer was really nice understanding about how difficult this question was I found myself talking on and on."
"How will the increase in geriatric care affect the health care system?"
"What is self-directed learning and are you one?"
"Explain what you meant (from my essay) by "the psychology of wellness and illness?""
"Explain how taking time off to play music after college relates to medicine. Why are you sure you want to go into medicine now?"
"Would I get an MRI for a patient when they insisted on it, or would I refuse because it was unnecessary?"
"Passive euthenasia question regarding a terminally ill patient who develops pneumonia, but does not want to go on a respirator."
"Is there a type of person that you would not want to practice medicine on?"
"What makes people come to you for help/leadership?"
"Tell us about your parents. I had discussed them in my AMCAS essay (they are both lifelong civil servants in education for low-income children and in health care for minorities). I just simply didn't anticipate such a fat pitch to hit out of the park."
"How will you handle cultural/ethnic diversity in your practice?"
"Describe the hardest moment of your professional (work, volunteering, school) career."
"If you were president, what would you do about America's Health Care system?"
"Tell me about yourself (really, really, have a brief summary prepared-it's easy to go nowhere with this one)."
"What was the worst thing you've ever experienced?"
"How I would deal with parents who refuse to take care of their children."
"How do you tell if a person is conscientious?"
"How would you fix health care in our country? How would you propose to pay for it? (The interviewer continued to ask me questions until I had to say that I didn't know exactly how to fix it)"
"Why MD instead of DO? My father is a DO and I really wasn't so great at answering it."
"Tell me about something you've read recently and what you have learned from it"
"Describe any ethical scenario that comes to mind and how you would approach it (very open-ended question)."
"Tell me about yourself. (because it was so open ended)"
"I see all of your accomplishments, but have you ever failed at anything?"
"What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you? But a student in my group was asked "What was the most dishonest thing you've ever done, and what did you learn from it?""
"Please explain your research as if you were explaining it to a high schooler. (This was really hard to do since I did Immunological research on integrins)"
"What was my opinion on stem cell research and why?"
"If you give a pt a medication that they can take at home to end their life, what is this process called? (but the question was asked in a very confusing way) Is this legal in Colorado? In which state is it legal?"
"What is required for a physician to fit into a small community?"
"If people know that national health care is more economical than private healthcare, why has nothing been done?"
"Do you think all patients receive the same quality of care at the hospital you volunteer at?"
"Discuss an ethical problem in medicine today. (x2)"
"If you had one heart and two patients who needed a heart transplant, who would get the heart? This question was asked in various forms by the same doctor - with one patient having HIV or a serious disability or living an unproductive lifestyle."
"Best and worst moment in my life and why."
"If you were appointed czar of healthcare, what would you do?"
"What stresses you the most and how do you deal with stress? "
"As part of the question above: If he needed to get a transplant and access to life prolonging medications, how would you facilitate this? "
"How do you learn?"
"Explain a problem in health care and describe how you'd solve it. (They asked me this in both interviews and one of them hinted that they had to, so be prepared)"
"What was the best experience/moment in your life?"
"I had a lot of ethical questions regarding: euthanasia, patient confidentiallity etc."
"None were terrribly tough compared to other schools like Univ. of Washington. All related to my personal info. "
"Give me a concrete answer to how we should fix the health care system. What is wrong with it and what kind of legislature could be implemented to fix the problem?"
"Whats the most difficult situation you've been in and wha measures did you take to get out tof it?"
"How would you define intellectual honesty?"
"Ethanasia and why would or wouldn't you want to be a rural physician?"
"See above. Not that many difficult ones; I was suprised."
"Is there a particular issue in medicine that you feel particularly strong about?"
"What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?"
"A 13 year old girl comes into your office pregnant, what do you say/do?"
"I didn't think that any where horribly difficult, but some were thought provoking ethical situation questions, and one about at what point did I think life starts (i.e. fertilization or not). "
"You have a patient with Parkinson's who is no longer responding to conventional treatment. There is a procedure to inject stem cells into his brain. The stem cells come from aborted fetuses. Would you advise him to try the procedure?"
"health care issues..."
"What would I do if I had a patient whose care was going to require a significant amount of time and emotional energy and I find out that he/she is a child molestor (or something that would bother me personally, be against my ethical/moral stance)?"
"What are you going to do if you do not get in?"
"Same as above."
"A series of biology and physics questions in the middle of the interview (like a short test)."
"Pro or con for alternative medicines?"
"How are you like your father, and how are you like your mother--I hate his type of question"
"If a patient came into your clinic who suffered from widely metastatic cancer and was bleeding and in pain, but was an illegal alien without any health insurance, what would you do?"
"If you had one thing to tell me, what would it be? (a very open question)"
"Nothing too tough."
"Ideally, what would you do to "fix" healthcare (access and funding)? "
"List three pros and three cons of HMOs."
"The student interviewer asked me about the doctor's role in ednd of life care."
"Please give 3 areas in which you believe there are problems that need to be addressed in medicine, and give your suggestions for changing the status quo."
"Multiple mock interviews, practiced common questions, had bank of meaningful anecdotes ready"
"Reviewed PS, mock interview, researched school"
"Reviewed my application and Colorado state laws on subjects that may be controversial in case they came up (abortion, medical marijuana, ACA, PAS). I talked about electronic health records in one of my answers and it helped to review some of the specifics on HIPAA and how physicians and patients felt about changes to the EHR system."
"SDN, practice interviews, read the website, my secondary, and my personal statement"
"Re-read my file and essays; reviewed school's website."
"Spoke with a current medical student about their interview, research the school, researched health care policies"
"Practiced with a pre-med adviser, read their website, read this site, found the school the night before."
"Practice questions, re-reading AMCAS application and personal statement, SDN info"
"Read allllll about the University. Wrote journal style, answers to generic interview questions I found on U of Delaware website, reviewed my essays to the school."
"reread my complete application"
"practice interviews with friends, career services (at my university), premed advisor, a science professor who had a professional background"
"Re-read AMCAS Work & Exp, PS, & secondary app"
"Read over AMCAS in depth"
"SDN and a list of top 100 interview questions from CU-Boulder's undergrad premed web site. Read over primary and secondary, and make sure you do too!!! That's mostly what they asked."
"Read over AMCAS application. Prepped with a list of interview questions. Read through CU's website and wikipedia info."
"SDN, 100 most asked interview questions, mock interviews (video taped), reading about ethics online"
"SDN, talking to students there"
"SDN, school's website, speaking with students and faculty"
"Practice answering questions, read through my AMCAS, secondary, and SDN."
"I went through all of my application materials to ensure that I knew exactly what I had put on my application."
"read over my application essays and publications, read up on ethics and healthcare reform, mock interviews, SDN"
"SDN, CU's 100 practice questions"
"read over my application, essays, and papers I have published or submitted for publication"
"reading my applications, mock interviews, sdn"
"mock interview, SDN review, review personal statements and essay, review basics of health care reform proposal, lol, bought a new suit and shoes."
"Mock interview, read SDN and CU website, previous experiences on the CU campus as well as with CU faculty"
"SDN, read primary & secondary. "
"Read through file, answered common interview questions."
"Thought about my motivations, strengths, weaknesses, read up on biomedical ethics, read the news, thought of school specific questions."
"SDN, read books and medical journals, mock interviews and spoke with doctors in the community about their experience."
"re-read and outlined personal statements, read abstracts in recent medical ethics journals, SDN Interview Feedback "
"Practiced with parents, set up a practice interview at my home school. Got on a job interview committee the week before which helped a LOT."
"Reviewed my AMCAS/P.S., reviewed healthcare topics, sample interview questions."
"not much at all - 7th interview, got lazy about prep"
"List of 100 sample question from CU website, sdn, New Physician, NYT-Health"
"Read over my application, kept up on current events in health care, knew my research inside and out, made a wicked awesome steak for dinner the night before and tried to get some good sleep"
"Studied candidates' healthcare proposals"
"SND, essays, website"
"SDN, mock interviews, friends throwing tough questions at me, researching presidential candidates and medical issues"
"SDN, bought a book by a U of Colorado person about med school interviews, spoke with med students who'd been accepted (and not accepted) after interviewing at the school."
"Read up on ethical issues online, read up on healthcare reform and candidates' "plans"."
"mock interviews, SDN, reading the school's website, reading over my secondary and AMCAS, reading into current healthcare issues and political issues, getting advice from coworkers/patients/doctors/family/friends, practicing at home."
"Reading. SDN. Lit in my research areas. My abstract. LOTS about health care (found a presentation on their web page about the health care system given to this years med students, www.gooznews.com, candidates positions, Gawande. . .)"
"SDN, CU's website, reading my essays"
"Reviewed application and website."
"mock interviews, reading studentdoctor.net, talking to friends in medical school"
"I read the NYT each sunday, kept current on new medical developments, read over my application essays, and made sure I had solid opinions on current medical issues."
"Mock interviews, this site, watched scrubs and greys"
"SDN Database. Mock questions. Web site research. Pubmed research."
"Mock interviews, SDS, review primary and secondary essays, reherse common questions (why medicine? Why my major? weakness? what else do you want us to know about you?)"
"UCHSC website, AMCAS, SDN (I wish I would have re-read my secondary essays)"
"school website, talked to med students prior to interview, mock interviews"
"SDN, school website"
"Studentdoctor.net, mock interviews, attending a panel presentation of pre-health interviewers, researching ethics and current medical events, researching the UCDHSC SOM website."
"mock interviews (some of the med students hosted a mock interview and dinner the night before), SDN, applications - AMCAS, secondary essays, researched school, ethics, healthcare"
"Reviewed all the material available on the school website, mock interviews with other med school applicants I know."
"studied essays--AMCAS and secondary, reviewed topics in health care and bioethics (thankfully), sdn, this site"
"sdn, school website, current events, practice interviews"
"Read AMCAs and secondary statements, slept"
"Reviewed AMCAS, supplemental application, the school website, SDN and meditated a bit"
"SDN, school's website"
"re-read AMCAS, secondary, sdn site, videotaped practice interview and reviewed that, asked friends for a list of my good and bad qualities"
"SDN, UCHSC site, read some current events"
"read my MCAS and secondary app. material, SDN, researched ethical topics,got list of questions from friends and practiced them"
"Studentdoctor.net, researched American Medical Association advocacy efforts and recent medical policy developments, reviewed my essays."
"researched health care systems, medical ethics, reviewed the more popular end of the field I did research in, SDN"
"Researched health topics, reread AMCAS topic organized personal thoughts"
"Reviewed AMCAS and other application materials, shadowed a current student for a full day, researched school, PRACTICE INTERVIEWS!!!"
"studentdoctor.net, Kaplan interview tips, revisited healthcare ethics topics such as assisted suicide, abortion, and healthcare reform."
"SDN, re-read my AMCAS material"
"Talked with friends and family, studentdoc.net, reread my amcas and secondaries"
"Reviewed SDN, essayedge.com interview questions, talked with a friend who had interviewed with them last year"
"This website, read over my secondary applications, read over AMCAS application."
"school website, practice interviews, reread AMCAS and secondary, this website..."
"Reread AMCAS, thought about some common questions (ie, why do you want to be a doctor, where do you see yourself in 10 years, etc)"
"SDN, Review Amcas, Researched some ethical issues"
"Mock interviews, SDN, reread PS (they have a copy of that and your activities), looked at CU website"
"This website, talking with friends and family, talking to others who had interviewed already"
"Read the school's materials, mock interviews"
"Read a few ethics books, practiced with friends"
"I researched important/relevant bioethical current issues and health care policy problems & how to fix them, had mock interviews, talked to students who have experience with interviews and looked at this website."
"Reviewed my AMCAS application and secondary application, school website, SDN."
"read over my application, SDN, spoke with friends and family."
"I read newspapers, Time, and Scientific American. I have a list of 50 commonly asked interview questions, and I made sure I could answer every one. I also read what other students wrote on SDDN."
"SDN, my application, school's website"
"Read my essays, checked out information from the schools website, read up on some current medical issues."
"Read SDN, lived the premed life for 6 years, read several medical ethics books, fell in love with the idea of being a physician..."
"Looked over my application"
"Read over my essays and application, practice interviews, and read over healthcare issues"
"SDN, read some ethics books, re-read my application, thought about good ways to summarize my research"
"SDN. Talk with students."
"mock interview, sdn, reviewed application and research, talked with students and doctors"
"Read about med ethics (didn't get asked anything about it though), read this site."
"CU website, essays, SD.net"
"Read StudentDoctor.net. Reviewed ethical issues in medicine and current issues in American health care. Reviewed AMCAS app."
"Read feedback on SDN about previous interviews. "
"ready my application, relaxed, studied up on ethics situations"
"Read SDN, my application, University of Washington ethics web-site"
"Read my secondary application and AMCAS, mock-interviews, and this web site"
"Kept up with current events, read SDN feedback, read over my AMCAS, and did some introspection about my weaknesses, strengths, etc."
"Browsing this website."
"Read over Colorado's mission statement, and my AMCAS."
"Read this site, UCHSC site, read over AMCAS and essays."
"I went over the questions on this website, reviewed my application, read periodicals, and discussed with friends and family the issues in healthcare."
"Read through the responses from this fall on this website. Reviewed my application and the student links on the CU website."
"Read my personal statement, and the ethics site poseted on SDN under useful links."
"I read my AMCAS, essays, and this website as well as AMA articles."
"Read over comments, kept up on issues"
"Read this site, read over the school's website and kept up on my reading. "
"Reviewed application, looked at website."
"Read SDN feedback, reviewed my application and essays, read book about health care."
"Read this site, read the newspaper, and the not-so-helpful colorado website."
"I had other interviews before this one so I was reading enough."
"read over entire AMCAS (make sure you can elaborate on all aspects), this website, read articles associated with healthcare and stem cell research"
"SDN interview posts, read over AMCAS and my essays"
"went over AMCAS, secondary, and SDN"
"Considered how best to play my weaknesses (age 33, 3.4 gpa) to my advantage. So I was prepared to discuss my former career as news reporter and my 37 MCAT score, but neither came up. Nonetheless, the prep helped improve my whole outlook on the process."
"Looked over my applications, read personal statements, looked at questions on SDN, tried to relax."
"This website, UW bioethics site, newspapers"
"Read up on ethics (U of W ethics page -- good), read interview feedback from previous years (I was asked some of the exact same questions), read a book on Healh Care Policy, read CU website."
"Read my essays, looked at CU's (very minimal) website."
"Spoke with friends at the school. Reviewed current events and read, read, read."
"Read through CU's website, talked with friends who got into CU last year, read through my AMCAS and CU essays"
"Read this site"
"This site, read health related articles, mock interviews."
"Student doctor network, talked to lots of people"
"Read AMCAS and secondary application, prepare for traditional interview questions and ethical questions"
"SDN, read current health news headlines, refreshed my resolve for why I'm doing this and what makes me a great candidate, discussed ethical scenarios with friends."
"SDN, read my app., read up on current events"
"Read the school website, went over my research and applications, read SDN. Also talked a lot with my lovely student host."
"Read lots of SDN reviews, read the newspapers, esp. articles on health care, read over my AMCAS and 2ndary apps, stayed overnight with a 1st yr med student."
"SDN, my file"
"Answered questions on SDN and did mock interviews with the career center"
"This site, talked to students, had previously heard presentation by student on committee, presentation by dean of admissions. Re-read my AMCAS essay and secondary."
"Read the school web site, fasting, prayer, a blow pop sucker"
"Colorado Website, reviewed application, and read up on healthcare and other current events. And of course SDN."
"Read SDN, school website, books on Health care policy"
"Internet research on school, MSAR, Princeton Review book of medical schools (similar to MSAR), this website, talking with alumni."
"Visited the school webpage, did a mock interview, read interview feedback."
"Read up on health care in the news, reread my essays, SDN interview responses for current popular questions, got some sleep."
"SDN, NYT, read personal statement/essays, read healthcare books"
"Read SDN site feedback, talked with doctors, re-read my application essays."
"read the newspaper, read articles from AMA, and thought alot about my stance on ethical issues"
"Read UW's medical school ethics page (highly recommended), my secondary, essays for other schools, Univ. of CO web page, etc."
"Caught up on current events and looked over diff views of controversial issues."
"re-read essays, read about health care issues online"
"Read up on the school, mock interview, ethics reading"
"I looked at their web site, read over my application, read SDN responses"
"I read through my stuff, current events, ethics but was generally overprepared. "
"Read SDN, reviewed my application, read the news daily and actively thought about what my opinions were. "
"SDN, ethics, interview feedback, read school's mission statement and website"
"Read over my app and kept current on medical issues?"
"Read this website and the school's website, which wasn't that helpful. "
"Read this website. Two CU med students prepared me the night before. Kept up on current events and read about ethical issues in medicine."
"Caught up on current events, read my AMCAS essays and past publications."
"Read school's website, read SDN interview feedback, tried not to "pre-answer" questions - just thought about subjects that may come up and my feelings on them, this helped!"
"Made certain that I was fairly aware of goings on at the school, read the prior interviews on SDN, reread my AMCAS and secondary application."
"I read up on bioethical issues, kept up with current events and read about the school. I also reread my personal essay the morning of my interviews."
"reviewed website, my application, practice interview"
"research the school, talked to students, reviewed my application"
"I studied all the moves of Trent Lott "
"Read SDN, UCSHC web site, reviewed current events and health care trends."
"Look at SDN, my AMCAS application, my essays for the school, and their website"
"Got up at 3 in the morning and drove through a snow storm over the mountain."
"Read the Web-site as well as reviewing commonly asked interview questions. I also talked to friends who had interviewed there."
"Looked at my AMCAS application, relaxed"
"Read the website and materials I received from the school, re-read my medical ethics class books, went to bed early."
"I read up on bioethics and learned what I could about different healthcare systems."
"Read up on bioethics and healthcare industry. Reviewed AMCAS and secondary. Read this site and SDN"
"Mowed the lawn."
"Kept current on the news, read up on health care policy, reviewed my AMCAS and secondary, and watched football the day before :)"
"Mock interviews, review personal statement, read current mainstream medical news (Time, Newsweek, etc.)"
"Positive/chill atmosphere, no grilling, well-organized zoom interview day with no major hiccups"
"The med students were all super positive about the school and seemed to genuinely love it."
"The facilities were very nice and the medical students were welcoming."
"The facilities are all very nice and brand new. Also, they talked about this computer program that the students have access to for learning anatomy that looked pretty great. The campus was great too. I like the idea of everything being in one spot for the most part."
"A tour of Children's Hospital - it's beautiful!"
"students are able to gain clinical experience within their first 2 weeks of school!!!"
"That the faculty make the students a priority and provide many opportunities for them. Also, the friendly attitude expressed by everybody."
"The campus is beautiful, very new and technologically advanced. And the students are all very down to earth and friendly!"
"My first interview, the students and the presentation by the ER doc"
"The admissions staff, the students, the curriculum."
"The genuine friendliness of my interviewer (she was one of the admissions dept. members)"
"Everyone was so friendly, especially the dean. Students seemed very happy. Facilities top notch"
"The gorgeous medical campus. The student atmosphere. The staff. :D"
"The students all seemed really happy to be there. The facilities are brand new. Faculty present at interview were all really friendly."
"Awesome facilities and extremely happy and laid back students."
"The facilities are gorgeous, and the anatomy lab software is mindblowingly cool. Also, the students and admissions staff are over-the-top friendly."
"New and expanding facilities, how happy the students were, Dean Winn (the coolest dean of admissions ever), simulation center, green spaces on campus, Denver & the state of CO (relaxed culture and awesome outdoor/recreational opportunities)"
"How friendly and happy the med students seemed."
"The deans of admissions and the head of the admissions office were very enthusiastic about questions asked by the interviewees."
"Very well organized interview day."
"Everyone was kind, laid-back, comfortable"
"everything! the new campus is gorgeous and the resources they have available are second to none. everything is brand new. the two interviewers were both nice and made me feel at ease, I truly enjoyed the day...which started with an intro from the director of admissions, and was organized so nicely."
"How friendly and conversational the interviews were."
"one of the interviewers was a second year med student"
"The balance between clinical training and research. CU really does have some incredible researchers but also provides great clinical training between the University and Children's hospitals. The tour was also informative."
"The facilities! Top notch, beautiful, all kinds of natural light in the buildings. Incredible resources range from faculty, to library, to their standardized patient center. "
"The interviewers were very friendly, and the medical students were very helpful."
"All the current students were so nice and enthusiastic. Admissions people were really kind as well. "
"Facility, excitment of students, strong honor code."
"The amazing facilities for primary care. The brand new buildings. The playful student community (on the tour, walked into an unused lectured hall to find gamers playing mario kart on the projection screen)"
"New school, amazing place, people were friendly. Ended the interview at the Children's Hospital - for a reason. The lobby is honestly like Disney World. Everything is up to date - the library is cool. "
"The brand new facilities and the enthusiasm of the students."
"the facilities are super nice and new, faculty and admissions seemed really friendly and great"
"Interviewers were friendly and genuinely wanted to find out more about the applicants than to trap them with difficult questions"
"The attitude of the med students as well as the facilities"
"The new facility"
"The beautiful new facilities, the spread out campus with lots of outdoor space, the students who love it there, all the medical experience you can get within your first few weeks in med school"
"Campus was in great shape and designed with nice touches, like fridges & microwaves in each "bay" along with 30 or so lockers on the first floor. Students were very nice when we had lunch with them."
"The school's facilities are brand new and ridiculously awesome."
"the tour guide was really great. The campus is beautiful. The technology is top-notch. The school really listens to feedback of students. You can take tests wherever you want because of the strong honor code!"
"Campus. Students. The sparkly Children's Hospital. 10:1 study room to student ratio (seemingly). Library. Fellow interviewers. "
"campus is brand new, and they've put in some great technology. The people were a lot more friendly than I was told they were by other applicants. CU has solid rankings for both care and research."
"The campus is very nice. The faculty interviewer was really great, and the MSIV was ok."
"the new fitzsimons campus--the patient rooms have plasma flat screen televisions (well, i don't know if that's a good thing...)"
"Because it's brand spanking new, the facilities were immaculate. They have a Global Track Program!!!!"
"The new campus is fantastic, the students leading the tour made a great impression, and the interviews were well conducted. If you don't get the humor of the administration, expand your mind. :)"
"the entire campus is amazing, the med students have only been there two weeks."
"Some of the new technology is impressive (3D holograph of the human body, mannequins that do nearly everything that humans do, artificial labor and babies). Nice campus that looks attractive."
"The facilities are first rate. The surrounding area is developing very fast. The students were generally happy, not stressed out, down to earth, were very helpful and friendly. "
"Facilities at Anchutz (Fitzsimmons) Campus. Friendly students. Welcoming environment. "
"brand new campus and facilities"
"The facilities in the children's hospital."
"The new campus - wow! Everything is so state-of-the-art and beautiful."
"Everything! This school was my first choice. Visual Human Project, Fitzsimmons campus"
"The new campus and Colorado are beautiful. Emphasis of the curriculum on functional units eg Blood and Lymph rather than academic divisions. Preceptorships beginning first year."
"the new anschutz campus will be amazing. the cirriculum seemed streamlined and understandable compared to others that i've seen. interviewers really knew my application and asked questions relevant to my essays and experiences--gave me a chance to represent myself as well as possible."
"new campus, enthusiastic students, Spanish language opportunities, new Global Health program, location in Colorado, PBL"
"The new campus and the personality of the students, great student outreach"
"The very relaxed atmosphere"
"The new facilities at Fitzsimons campus--there is a LOT of building and development going on, and lots of room to build some great facilities. The director of the MST Program was very personable, he got to know all the applicants and was very honest about how they were developing the new curriculum. The new curriculum impressed me...you take graduate school core courses while in medical school, but they replace some medical school courses. Thus, the grad school course is more geared toward what you need rather than the medical school course which is trying to bring everyone up to speed on the topics. The people were VERY nice, and it sounded like they knew how to relax and have a good time. They worked hard and played hard. Also, I like that the second years take the USMLE Step 1 in March--very early--which allows for MSTP students to do a lab rotation earlier."
"the new campus, the happiness of the students, the friendship between the students, the comm service opps, a global health track, the elective classes, the shuttle between the old and new campus even after the old campus closes (for students still living near old campus) Starbucks giftcard"
"new campus, Denver, current students were excited to be in med school"
"the new facilities at Fitzsimons, all the students were friendly and happy to be there"
"How positive and friendly the admissions staff, interviewers, and students were."
"Fitzsimons (a city block dedicated to medicine under construction including the new school)"
"Laid-back atmosphere, great new facilities at the new campus. Everyone was great and very helpful. After day ended I wanted to attend here more than ever. Easily my first choice."
"The Dean of Admissions and his staff are very cordial, warm, and helpful. They make you feel welcome there."
"The interviewers were extremely friendly and welcoming."
"The new facilities are going to be amazing. The staff was incredibly friendly, the entire experience low stress, and the students were interesting and sincerely love the school."
"The students, faculty, and even the other students being interviewed, were extremely friendly. "
"The new campus, the 1st and 2nd year students who spoke with us"
"I am really excited about the new campus, and about their curriculum block schedule."
"The new campus. It is really amazing and will probably make CU the most mosern school in the nation when it is fully opened."
"Fitzimmons will be a huge step forward for the SOM and for the University as a whole - it's slated to open in fall 2007"
"Nice faculty and students. The new school will be nice when it is complete, I believe."
"The thoughfulness of the interview questions, the humor of the admissions staff"
"all the students and staff were really nice"
"The new campus is going to be nice, there is a well-organized preceptorship program, and the students were pretty relaxed, even though they had just had a test"
"New campus is amazing, students seem genuine and enthusiastic. School seems very mellow"
"I was very impressed with how the school & interviewers genuinely backed up their claim to want to just get to know me rather than trap me intellectually or make me feel uncomfortable. Also, the future campus at Fitzsimons will be incredible."
"They're moving the the campus to a different location, centralizing all the health sciences in one campus. So everything is brand new."
"The new curriculum, how friendly the interviewers were and how fun the day was."
"The new Fitzsimons campus is amazing. Colorado would be my number one choice if they had already moved to the new campus. Also, everyone was really nice (including administration)."
"How friendly and excited everyone was"
"The school seemed very progressive, they have just recently updated their curriculum in a positive way, they will be moving into all new facilities in about two years, and Denver seems like a very pleasant place to live."
"Enthusiastic students, everyone had an honesty about them that I dig, campus looks great, Denver is a beautiful city. "
"Not only were the interviewers friendly, but those being interviewed were great. I would love to attend school with them! The new campus and curriculum are amazing, and CU is quickly becoming a top school."
"Students were outgoing and friendly. The Dean of Admissions was very friendly and kind of funny. New campus is beautiful."
"Students were happy and laid back. UC is awesome in both clincal education and research. New campus will rock. Denver is where I want to live the rest of my life!"
"the students and admissions staff were all very welcoming and enthusiastic."
"The really really nice new campus!"
"Students were genuine, expressing both upsides and downsides to the school."
"The students seemed happy and seemed to have a good balance of school with other parts of life (play, family, etc)."
"They have really nice research facilities"
"The new med school facilities that they are building look really nice. The other people who were interviewing at the same time were pretty laid back and chill. "
"the school really tried to make the day non-stressful and interesting, and everyone, including the students, were very happy to be there and friendly"
"really friendly interviewers"
"Friendly students and faculty. Research facilities."
"The interview environment was designed to minimize stress on the part of the applicant. The other students selected for interviews were all very outgoing and friendly. "
"The interviewers were very friendly"
"Friendly people, a strong focus on learning, and the faculty seem to really care about the studentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ success. Denver seems to have more to do then I expected."
"Colorado has tremendous access to the outdoors. The facilities are top notch."
"My interviewers - they made me feel so comfortable and really had good conversation. Acted genuinely interested in me and made me feel like they really enjoyed talking to me."
"Everyone was very friendly and laid-back. The students were very candid about describing their lives as "medical students." "
"The students spoke in depth with and those that I met in passing on the tour all seemed very down to earth, very friendly, and very, very happy and upbeat about the school."
"The director of admissions was great with switching around schedules that got all messed up due to the snow storm the day before."
"The interviews went a lot better than when I interviewed last time."
"Admissions staff really nice, students excited to be there"
"The new campus will be amazing once it is built and the students are friendly and excited about their school. "
"The friendly students and faculty."
"Curriculum changes, nice and honest students, friendly interviewers."
"The students seemed to like their medical experience so far....although sometimes it seemed a bit too neutral for my liking."
"The city mostly. Even though it was pretty far away, Denver is an awesome city, and the weather is great."
"laid back, cool interviewers (one old, retired, chill doctor, and a younger doc who spent more time getting to know me as a person, that by the end of the interviewer we were talking about skiing, football, etc.)"
"There's a feeling of excitement over the Fitzsimmons campus and the students seemed to be very social and happy to work together as a team."
"My second interviewer was very friendly and seemed excited to be there."
"They were very familiar with my application and asked numerous questions about my work experience, my personal interests, and my family. Made me glad I wasn't 22-year-old punk who hasn't done anything in life but attend class."
"The Fitzsimons campus is going to be amazing, and what they already have built sets high hopes for the future. The school seems to have a lot of programs that really work to help the students succeed."
"The staff and students were great and the new Fitz campus is incredible."
"Everyone was SO nice and laid-back. The students seemed really cooperative instead of competitive, so that was nice. The new Fitzsimmons campus is going to be awesome, but it's still under construction."
"Organization-they tell you which pre-recs are missing from their records, very open to questions throughout process."
"The staff and students are openly friendly people and CU has a great community of equals."
"My interviewers were very nice unlike the rest of the staff... The new buildings are nice, BUT there are still funding issues and no education buildings yet with a ground-breaking date of who knows when. "
"The new Fitzsimmons campus will be great when it is completed."
"The new Fitzimmons campus, although 1st year classes (2004-2005) will not be there, 2nd year (2005-2006) will. It was impressive."
"New campus, new cirriculum"
"The students all seemed happy, the new campus looks very nice, Denver is a great city."
"Fitz campus! Wow!"
"The process is designed to be as least stressful as possible. The staff and interviewers definetely make an effort to make you feel comfortable."
"The enthusiasm and commitment of the student guides to helping us feel comfortable and informed."
"The new facilities at Fitz. That place is going to be great!"
"The dean and faculty were very nice, welcoming and laid back. The new Fitzsimmons campus will be amazing. The weather-Colorado has 300 days of sun a year! It seems like a great learning environment. "
"The faculty and staff were very laid back and put us to ease, especially at the beginning when we were the most nervous. Fitz is as beautiful as everyone keeps saying it is. The students who took us to lunch and gave us our tours were very enthusiastic, loved their school and said they had plenty of time to do extracurriculars unrelated to med school."
"CU is very technologically advanced. Great science campus. Fitzsimmons will be nice in a few years but it is kind of out of the way and there currently isn't much housing close by. That most of the questions I got asked came verbatum from this websited so I had responses ready."
"I was most impressed by the way the admissions staff made me feel very much at ease. They were very friendly and made the interview process much easier."
"Admissions staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, organized. Interviewers were relaxed and friendly. The school is apparently responsive to student demands for changes in courses, clinical experiences, etc.."
"The new campus being built"
"Everything. The student body, the interviewers, the new fitzsimmons campus, the visual male human model, and the evolving curriculum."
"The New Fitsmons Campus; the number of hospitals near the school; the research and clinical oppotunities"
"The relaxed environment."
"The students were really enthusiastic about the school. The interviewers seemed to really enjoy doing the interviews. The new campus at Fitsimmons."
"The school is moving, and modifying it's curriculum. The entering class 2004 will do year 1 at the old campus and year 2 at the new campus, and be subjects in the curriculum modifications. Going here will be a challenge, but rewarding."
"students, new facilities, admissions staff, interviews, just about everything"
"Everyone, from the admissions staff to interviewers to students, was friendly and professional. New Fitzsimons campus is stunning."
"how nice the students were and willing to help"
"Students are very happy with their school and their voice is important in the planning process both in regards to the developing curriculum and physical construction of the new medical school facilities. "
"Fitzsimmons campus is going to be fantastic, Foundations of Doctoring course allows early clinical exposure"
"The new campus should be very nice when it is completed and the students were very nice."
"The mentor program they have with the physicians. I can't remember the name of the program, but you get paired with a Dr. your first week and you get to be them for three years. You can switch docs if you'd like though, and it seems to be a very hands on learning experience."
"The new Fitzsimmons Campus is going to be great! The students also seemed to enjoy the school and seemed genuinely happy to be there. "
"How nice the interviewers were."
"My first interviewer was excellent- he asked complicated questions in a non-threatening way and we had a great conversation."
"People are courteous, school will be relocating to new building."
"A top ranked school. Colorado is beautiful. Children's Hospital is awesome. Very good facilites."
"Interviewers were interesting; the breadth of electives available from the first year (homeless medicine, etc. that get you into the community and into the clinical setting with a variety of populations right away) plus the gimme of wilderness medicine, which, in Colorado, would be a lot of fun"
"The student support. The Fitzsimmons campus is absolutely amazing."
"The positive attitude of students and faculty, and their level of excitement for the school."
"The office personnel and the dean were very nice people, very helpful and answered all sorts of questions. The weather was in the low 60's...gotta love Colorado!"
"The conversation I had with my second interviewer. He was a fascinating individual with interests similar to my own. However, I know that he had also asked the guy before me, "How does a battery work?" He liked physics and chemistry a lot."
"The admissions staff were very nice and had great senses of humor. They really seemed to want to help us. The students we met were very nice and seemed happy. The new campus that they are building is going to be AWESOME!"
"I live in and love CO and Denver was having a beautiful day; also, the students were friendly, helpful and seemed very pleased."
"The students all seem happy and so friendly"
"Colorado (the state, not the school)"
"Colorado is absolutely gorgeous."
"How close knit the students seem to be"
"The faculty and students. Everyone seemed very helpful, cool and competent."
"Everyone was friendly (of course, it's Colorado) and the students who ate lunch with us and showed us around were nice."
"The friendly atmosphere of both the students at the school and the other interviewees"
"I was really excited to interview with a faculty member I had met a few times before during a summer internship. He recognized me and knew a lot about my experiences other than what I put down on my application. He also phrased questions in ways that were creative and put me more at ease."
"The admissions staff was very helpful and really tried to present a no-stress atmosphere."
"The city. Denver is an amazing place!"
"The first interviewer, very no-nonsense and direct. All the current med students we met seemed pretty happy about their school, and gave a very good impression of the students' camraderie."
"The relaxed nature of the interviews."
"Not a whole lot. "
"The school facilities itself."
"One-on-one interview felt way too short (15min), especially with multiple interviewers. Long interview day. Group interview q's weren't the most conducive to discussion."
"The interview questions were like a joke and seemed like the interviewers didn't take me seriously. Basically didn't get asked any healthcare related questions."
"During my student interview he mentioned that the University is very caring and supportive but he said it is a place where you have to push yourself to succeed. No one is going to show you exactly what to do to get the residency you want. Not that this is a negative in my opinion, but it was something I thought should be made more clear to applicants."
"a faculty mentioned that they didn't believe in "balance" during medical school"
"The location is seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Just the hospitals and the medical school."
"My second interview, the dooming financial aid presentation"
"One interviewer's lack of professionalism"
"The city if aurora, not too much diversity in the population I would be treating one day"
"It's in Aurora, but close enough to Denver that it's not really a negative. They don't have a gym, but are building one to be usable in 2 years."
"Campus is in the suburbs... Not much around Aurora/Stapleton."
"Really nothing, this is an awesome school and an awesome brand new campus."
"There are no athletic facilities (yet) and Aurora (the area around the school) isn't the nicest. Also, financial aid is sub-par."
"I wasn't sure if the school was really P/F since they retained honors."
"No on campus housing."
"One of the students who joined us for lunch seemed to be very negative when discussing the benefits of going to class and the collaborations with the nursing, PA, and dental schools."
"Waited a long time for my interview invitation."
"The campus is not that pretty and isn't in a terribly interesting area."
"having to be there so early! you are supposed to arrive between 7 and 8 :)"
"Nothing at all."
"one of the interviewers was a physical therapist"
"Inflexibility with OOS tuition (not much can be done though)"
"The location. "
"Not much, but still dislike school's location. Beautiful campus though. "
"the financial aid seems lacking"
"NO gym at the school which really really sucks in my opinion. The neighborhood is also pretty rough compared to some other schools. "
"The location in Aurora."
"East Colfax . . . ew. Also, as a result, students live scattered around Denver/Stapleton so everyone commutes, hard to get around/hang out with people without driving."
"lack of coffee shops and places to eat on campus"
"It's location in Aurora. Tuition - the State of Colorado pays for just above 1% of the institution's annual budget. "
"The area around the school. No gym"
"not getting to see the university hospital"
"This is likely a reality at many schools, but I could see the distinction between the "25 yr old" and the "35 yr old" student body, they followed very different extracurricular paths and seemed to stay together in groups. The area is still pretty undeveloped related to restaurants and cultural things, but this will likely change in future years"
"OOS tuition and fees comes to $72,000 :("
"how one of the interviewers tried to rush through his list of questions then kick me out."
"Financial aid meeting was pretty weak. Just gave us a flier telling us how to apply for FAFSA and told us to hit up the rotary club for scholarships."
"Aurora is in the middle of nowhere, the students have trouble finding housing. They didn't build a gym on the campus or much in the way of student life amenities."
"The interview day was very packed - a talk from the Dean from 8:30-9:00, first interview and 9:00, second interview at 10:00, more talking until lunch then a tour. Not much down time."
"everybody's estimation of the move to fiitzsimons was different-i'm afraid it could be a disorganized ordeal... (but hopefully not)"
"My interviewers were rude and put me on the defensive. Both asked questions condescendingly and somewhat belittle my achievements and goals/aspirations. Sean's attitude...playing the sarcastic jerk. Just wasn't funny."
"The cost of attendance is staggering, but that's mostly due to Colorado's total lack of commitment to education."
"there is no gym on a brand new campus, WTF"
"The old school approach to teaching/medicine. Still quite a lot of the old-timers around who have an air of arrogance."
"Parking may be an issue "
"My first interviewer was a jerk but said I did well. I found the whole day unprofessional compared with some of the other schools I interviewed at. Although the facilities are great, there is no gym, no close amenities, a sense of mediocrity amongst students and general lack of intensity I found on the East Coast. Moreover, the interviewers didn't have my GPA or MCAT score but asked about them anyway which I thought was totally stupid!"
"nothing, the new campus is very impressive"
"The distance between the parking lot and the research complex... and the construction in between them. "
"Everything was a little disorganized because we were the first group that they had interviewed for the year and it was the first time students had been interviewed at the new campus."
"The new campus is a bit isolated - 15 minutes from other downtown hospitals, housing, etc. Current students report some classes are very strong; some (biochem) are very weak due to cycling of professors. Out-of-state tuition is high, and one cannot switch to in-state costs during the four year program."
"i didn't like the large group (20-25 students). at other schools, it has been a group of 5-10 at the most. it made me much more nervous at first to be around so many applicants at the same time. also, there was a lot of waiting time because of this."
"old medical school (soon to be gone), rural track director never answered my emails"
"We will have to switch facilities midway through first semester"
"The fact that our first semest (Fall '07) will most likely be at the old campus and then we will move to the new Fitzsimons campus. This comes with logistical complications that I would rather not deal with during my first year. There isn't really an undergraduate campus that is associated with the medical school, and some medical students missed that culture. The library wasn't very impressive, most students don't study there or go there at all."
"the med school's absolute last day to move to the new campus is Jan 2008 so I'm sure it'll be Jan 2008"
"its been a bumpy road to building the new campus, overall not really worried about the politics of CO though, more interested in being at a good school with good people"
"the presentation of the admissions staff was lackluster, the old facilities are rundown"
"The length of the interview day. Interviews were done by 11:00am but we were still there until 3:00pm with info meetings and tours."
"Admissions should make these days more concise"
"Fact that I may not hear anything till March. Also, one of my interviewers seemed to present their viewpoint as fact that stifled any contructive dialogue."
"The school is old but it doesn't matter because the new Fitzsimmons campus is amazing."
"The old health science campus is old and run-down, but the new fitzsimmons/anschutz campus will be incredible (opens Jan 2008). Very large group of interviewers in a very small HOT waiting room....grrr!"
"The move to the new campus isn't until December 2007, but that's not too big a deal, in my opinion."
"The location of Fitz is..well..darn right scary."
"Their 9 credit English requirement (I only took 7 I find out at the interview) that despite a masters degree, being a year out of school and getting a 13 on the Verbal section of the MCAT, they are being rigid about. The interview day was too long - many of the speeches could have been shortened to 15 minutes."
"The new campus is far from being done at this point, although starting to look good. I am disappointed that they would not be moving the classes there until December 2007 as the old campus facilities are not really very nice."
"The length of the day. We started at 8am and did not leave until after 3pm. Most of this time was spent touring the old and new campus. It was just too long."
"The current facilities are shabby, but it's sort of a moot point because by the time the current interviewees show up for school, they'll have at worst 3 or 4 months at the current campus."
"Some inappropriate humor by the admissions staff and presenters."
"The temperature of the waiting room (hot), the current building is VERY old."
"the tour of the new campus took a long time and was kind of boring"
"The current campus is crowded and unsophisticated and there is little chance for research"
"They only had 4 veggie sandwiches and ran out before I got to the front of the line. Once you're done with the interview, you can opt out of the tour (sneek away), it gets old really fast. Oh yea, out-of-state tuition is insane."
"The current campus facilities are obviously dated, (but this is the last year for studies there). The student guides seemed a bit apathetic, but to their credit, they did just get done with exams. And they want to increase the class size to 156 this year, but I don't see how their classrooms can fit that many right now."
"Really crowded, 30 interviewees in one room!"
"Not knowing when we'll be able to go to the new campus."
"The fact that the new medical school education building isn't going to be ready for a couple years. This means sudents will have to do their first couple years in the old building on the old campus, and after you see the new campus the old one seems run down."
"the old campus"
"Limited student services, besides the things that happen in school students are left, for the most part, on their own. This works really well for some and not as well for others."
"The high temperature in the waiting room! Better than cold tho!"
"The old campus is not so great."
"The old campus is, well, old."
"Current campus is a bit shaky."
"The buildings are dated and construction is not yet finished on the new facilities."
"The not-so-nice old campus."
"Not expecting to hear anything until March."
"I think the move from the old to new campus will cause some amount of upheaval, hopefully it won't effect the school too much."
"The tour was a waste of time. The students giving the tour did not know their way around the Fitzsimmons campus. During the tour, rooms were locked and the people who were supposed to give the presentations were missing. Also, my first interviewer was 20 min late for a 40 min interview. "
"Next year the med school is going to be transitioning between the old campus and the new. It'll be a pain to have to comute between the two campuses. "
"the non-airconditioned ride over to the new campus in the blazing sun wearing dress clothes"
"The gentleman who "entertained" us before the dean of admissions arrived "
"Split campus. Old campus is kind of ugly. New campus is fantastic."
"The GIANT tuition for out of state applicants. "
"The student tour guide was not very enthusiastic."
"Poor facilities. New construction will be an improvement if it is ever completed, but it currently splits the faculty- you may have to drive across town to speak with a Professor."
"The students seemed one-dimensional...this is not your place if diversity is important. Also, the admissions guy that spoke to us before and in between our interviews was easily the biggest idiot that I have encountered on my interviews. He reminded me of David Brent from "The Office." A complete moron that was made a terrible first impression."
"The lunch they had for us. Come on, if you're going to make us be there for 7 hours you can at least give us something more than a measly little sandwich and bag of chips. "
"During the tour, we did not go inside the laboratories or lecture rooms, and ended up only seeing the halls and corridors."
"Cu is piloting a new curriculum for 2005 AND a new campus. . .lots of changes going on that could be fantastic, but will no doubt be bumpy. In particular, the curriculum doesn't seem fully developed yet. Also, they have little or no resources dedicated to developing community among the medical school students and faculty."
"They were trying a new method of giving the tour. There were supposed to be M2s to give the tour of the new campus, but they didn't show up."
"The interview day lasts really long. Ladies I would really recommend taking tennis shoes or wear really comfortable shoes because its a lot of walking."
"Cost for out-of-state, not being notified of decision until March 15th."
"The old campus is a bit rundown and not very cohesive. Also, the transition from the new to old campus will be complex and probably difficult at times for the students and faculty. Finally, medical schools are often not known for their diversity--ethnically, religiously or otherwise, but U of Colorado medical school seemed especially homogenous."
"A fair amount of waiting time between scheduled events. "
"It was a long day that kind of dragged on. It could have been planned more efficiently."
"They tried to make you nervous before the interviews...telling us how they go about selecting people. They then talk about how if you are out of state, your chances are not very good...it just seemed to cast things in a very negative light right prior to the interview, which wasn't cool."
"I was grilled by my first interviewer over and over as he kept changing the question I said was the most difficult. He kept trying to get me to say that I would get the MRI done. I don't have any idea what he was getting at. It was really annoying. Many of the students, and the STAFF treated us like we were worthless basically, especially if you are out of state. "
"not much, except for the out-of-state tuition$$$$$$$"
"The tour wasn't very helpful. There wasn't much to see in the old campus and the new campus really isn't built yet. Construction seems to be taking longer than anyone expected, so it's hard to tell when the new facilities will actually be in use."
"the facilities, they desperately need to finish the new school"
"Distance between airport and hotel, but why quibble with geography?"
"The current campus is showing its age."
"They said last year the 2005 1st-years would spend all there years on the new campus. This year, they pushed it back saying it would be the 2006 first years. Since funding is caught on in legislation, who knows when the new campus with REALLY be open. Also, they're implementing a new systems-based curriculum in 2005 which sounds great (it's what a lot of other schools have already done), but I don't know if I want to be the guinea pig for CU's first year on the curriculum."
"The new campus has a long way to go, and the students (who were really nice and enthusiastic about the school) who gave the tour got lost and weren't quite sure what they should show us."
"The tour guides didn't always know where they were going, giving the impression of disorganization among their departments."
"Almost everything. There is a general air of arrogance from the admissions staff to the students. They think they are better than they are."
"The MSTP students were not overtly happy with the program and seemed rather subdued."
"The changing curriculum, although it will surely be better, during the change it is hard to determine how well classes are going to go."
"Neither of my interviewers seemed to know very much about the specifics of the curriculum, so they couldn't really answer my questions."
"$67,000 first year!"
"My second interviewer was late and I only spent 10 minutes with him."
"The amount of time we were made to wait in between agenda items."
"The first interviewer didn't let me speak. He kept interupting me and critizing my essay. This was a student interviewer, and I didn't feel comfortable being judged by a second year student."
"That the whole school will have to move in a couple years, which will probably create some problems. Also, it doesn't seem like there are many research opportunities unless you do MD/PhD. "
"My 2nd interviewer was fairly nice, but was sort of gruff and would interrupt me in the middle of my stories to ask me the next, totally unrelated, question. Luckily this allowed me to talk about some things I wouldn't have thought to bring up on my own."
"Very science/research intensive campus. Interviewers were old, very old, and asked a ton of ethical questions. Both seemed relatively uninterested in me as a person and interrupted me numerous times when talking about things I am interested in. "
"I was negatively impressed by the fact that staff from the financial aid office could not speak to us about paying for medical school. It would have been very helpful!"
"Minimal lunch, no morning snacks or drinks or anything - eat a good breakfast or get a coffee at Starbucks across the street (you will have time between interviews to do so). The school is finally undertaking overdue curriculum changes, but the class of 2004 will be caught midway through the curriculum change AND midway through the campus change. This will be an awkward first 2 years."
"Ancient facilities, the fact that I would be caught in the middle of a major move of campuses not to mention curiculum changes, lack of organization and time wasted listening to praddle, the English requirement"
"Not much. I think the move from one campus to the new one mght be a pain, but well worth the effort. "
"The campus will be moving in the next couple of years."
"The apparent disorder of the schedule for the day."
"The current campus is pretty old and run down compared to the new campus. It made me want to wait a year when the classes are at the new campus."
"There is a lot, I mean a lot of down time between the interviews and lunch/tour, about 90 minutes. The staff was around to answer questions, but there weren't enough for 90 minutes. The tour is worthwhile, so duck out and get some Starbuck's across the street and relax while you .wait"
"possible bumps in the transition to new curriculum/facility. Only have 30min to convince them you are the one"
"The number of interviews vs. the number of spots in the class!"
"my first interviewer had someone elses essays in front of him and by the time he retrieved mine there wasn't much time left for me to tell him about myself"
"Generally speaking the school is in a state of flux. It will be an awesome school in 3-5 years. "
"Lack of sports facilities"
"The transition to the new campus could be a big problem and would affect students applying now. "
"The switching of the campuses. I think the new one will be great, and I really don't think the current is bad, but it will be hard to try and be on two campuses at once. Also, there's no student housing."
"They don't let you know about acceptance until March. Out of state tuition is 67,000, although you can apply for in state tuition after the first year so it does even itself out."
"They do not have a gym! Only a deal with 24 hr fitness, that is kind of lame. "
"They scheduled me for an interview with someone I interviewed with last year, so I had to wait for them to fix it and ended up being late for the discussion with the head of admissions."
"present complex is ancient, buildings are old. "
"The departments do not communicate. Consequently, you end of being taught the same thing in several classes, due to a lack of communication. Rediculous. Also, they are having money problems at the moment while building a new facility. Staff is so caught up in it, I fear for the incoming students."
"Even though the facilities are up to the task, the school has been catching criticism for focusing too much on the move to the new Fitzimmons Center; students will start there beginning in 2005. It might not be the best time to be going to UCHSC, but overall it still seems like a quality institution."
"The current facilities. The tour was given by students who rushed us through becasue they had to be in their next class. "
"The current facilities are old, but tolerable. "
"MS1-2 facilities: old and sparse. They are relocating in 2005 to a much nicer facility, however. "
"Nothing really. I work here now."
"I wouldn't get to benefit from the new campus because it won't be ready for awhile. The current building is pretty old and depressing and the parking situation is bad."
"the facilities weren't stellar"
"The long class hours"
"Disinterested interviewers who were born in the 1920's. Terrible facilities. Cocky attitude of staff and students. "
"This is a school that doesn't seem to have a sense of its own identity or mission. To its credit, in the coming years it will be altering its curriculum and possibly changing locations/facilities; but for the incoming class, all this means is that we would be the last group to enjoy an outdated program. The student tour guide acknowledged that she was unhappy with her choice to attend, and even the associate dean of admissions had offhanded negative remarks about his own school. For the tour, we were walked through a single classroom, shown the exterior door of the anatomy lab, and given a perfunctory glance at the library. 10 minutes later, it was over. The only good thing students seemed to be able to say was that they could ski alot."
"My first interviewer was kind of rude."
"The buildings are kind of old, but not too bad. Also the financial aid lady seemed to be having a pretty bad day."
"One of my interviewers didn't show, so someone had to read my file and prepare interview quesions on the spot."
"The grim looks of thes school"
"My first interviewer was really nice, but totally random! He didn't ask me any questions that seemed to be related to anything. We discussed Shakespeare's Henry V and the battles that took place for about 10 min. and he told me about his friend in Japan for about 10 min. as well. I kept wondering if it was a bad thing that he talked a lot more than I did."
"No cafeteria at the med-school."
"The facilities. There is no athletic facility or student lounge on campus."
"The student tours--very unorganized and uninformative. Understandable given the fact that the students had to run off to their anatomy exam as soon as the tour was over."
"The facilities were pretty grim. Unless of course you're the type that loves cinder blocks and flourescent lighting. The student giving our tour constantly kept apologizing for "how ugly everything was." Also, my faculty interviewer was a JERK. The first thing he said was, "So, it looks like you don't know what you want to do with your life.""
"Hard to decide between the unbelievable arrogance of the medical students already there and the white collar, good-old-boy, stuffed shirt attitude of the faculty."
"How short the 1:1 would feel"
"The "group" interview and exercise was two interviewers and two other applicants. I thought it would be a larger group."
"They let you leave things in a secure room so you can bring in paper to write on or your luggage."
"More about the Colorado Springs Branch"
"The names of my interviewers."
"There is a ton of opportunity to ask questions, so maybe make a big list ahead of time"
"what the heck they meant by "a scientific discovery" I had made when I am not a researcher or Marie Curie."
"I asked a few of my practice interviewers to drill me, which was excellent preparation, but it was not necessary for this school!"
"I think I prepped enough. They just want to get to know you--don't stress too much about it."
"Wish I had known the school was in the middle of nowhere, and that the interview was going to be pretty stress-free and easy. It was a good warm-up interview :)"
"That there would be more than 50 people interviewing, even though they said it would only be 20-26."
"Out-of-state tuition is painfully high, with no way to become a resident."
"That the interviewers would ask so many ethics questions."
"The MS1 tour guides are a great source of information!"
"It was so laid-back."
"the parking situation is tough"
"not to be too stressed about the interviews, but to not be too cocky going into the interview"
"Nothing really. Remember that the interviewers have read your personal statement and secondary essay. Afterwards, they review your whole file. Both interviewers actually asked about GPA/ MCAT and if there would be any surprises. This was at the end of the interview, so I think they really wanted to give me a chance to explain any lapses in my record."
"Bring comfortable shoes... you will be walking all over campus on your tour."
"Don't be scared!"
"That I had a chance at getting in!! I sure wish I had paid more attention during the talks...I was so worried about not getting in I didn't give the presentations my full attention and will have to do research now."
"the schedule is presentations until 10:00. Then the two sequential interviews with either faculty or student; one-on-one, who have studied your personal statements but know nothing else. Then lunch and tour with current MSI's. "
"I did know that you could hear the other interviewers through the paper thin walls, which is maybe the reason it was so distracting. I also wish I knew how darn expensive the school is. "
"How relaxed everyone would be."
"Where the parking lots were (the map was terrible)."
"Low stress experience"
"That it would be so laid back"
"The interview would be so laid back. I stressed alot for nothing"
"to keep my tour/walking shoes with me... Sean took our stuff up to the office and I didn't have time to grab them before the tour. at least my interview shoes are fairly comfortable :)"
"I'd been to the campus before so this was OK, but would suggest that any visitors get there a little early as parking is somewhat confusing to get to/figure out."
"how NOT big of a deal it really is. The interviewers are very friendly."
"Interviews conducted in adjoining study rooms with collapsible walls. (Read: can hear every word of the interviews going on around you)"
"The interviews are half open-file - they have access to your essays and activities list, but not your scores or grades. It's actually a pretty good way to do it - they know what kind of questions to ask you without judging you about your GPA."
"More about the curriculum, P/F/H system."
"Parking was terrible. The police didn't show up to do their job of arranging parking. So some other guy tried to handle the parking, and he was a real parking nazi. He made me drive all over the campus for no reason. Once the police arrived, I was able to park."
"The interview goes by fast! There can be a big difference between the first ans second interviewer in terms of feel and questions."
"I wish I would have know my interviewer was going to do half my interview in Spanish (I had mentioned my experience on my application). "
"parking is a bit limited"
"Your file is partially blinded before the interview... they have access to your personal statement and activity summaries. They find out everything else right after they give you your first score. "
"A lot of the questions from one of my interviewers were about Native Americans because the interviewer had worked with Native Americans for much of her life. So I suppose wish I had known more about Native American issues."
"More about the combined program options like MD-MPH, so I could better explain why I don't want to do them."
"i had heard that CU had a reputation of being laid back and having more 'conversational' interviews. i would've liked to know of some others whose interviews were not so relaxed... mine were not at all like this..."
"traffic from my house sucked and I was 10 minutes late"
"That the school is extremely expensive for out of state students"
"You are required to buy a lap top and a PDA for your first year, but you don't really use the PDA until 3rd year. And they strongly encourage you to get a PC instead of a Mac."
"the area surrounding the new campus is pretty sketch...hopefully over time it will move toward a less sketchy side"
"''OOS'' tuition is not $72K for 4 years. It used to be $72K for first year, then in state for last 3 years. OOS is ~$47K for all 4 years now, and it should be reflected in next year's MSAR/USNews pubs. I'm probably going to go here for med school and I almost didn't apply because of that."
"CU requires 9 credits of English which means a full year at any college is not enough"
"That there would be 31 of us interviewing that day, although this was the only time that many students will interview on one day this cycle. "
"Bring comfortable shoes to the interview meeting room if you want them for the tour"
"That I probably will not hear anything till March."
"One interviewer had obviously chosen not to look through my file while the second interviewer asked me about the most miniscule details of my applications. Know your materials well."
"The timing of the move."
"The tour of Fitz, while interesting, is optional. However, it was a good opportunity to talk to first and second year pre-med students."
"I was ''deficient'' in 2 credits of English."
"The new campus wont be opening until December 2007."
"CU did a lot of the work for the Visual Human Project. They gave us a presentation on it late in the day, but I may have aksed questions about it from the students and interviewers."
"Nothing much really - I guess I wish I had known more about the move out to Fitz, but they fill you in pretty well"
"The new med school will probably be opening around December of 2007."
"That you can change into jeans after your interviews are over (they are first thing in the morning)."
"exact directions to get the building the interview was held in."
"The food is terrible and the tour is not worth going on except to speak more with the students"
"This was my first interview, wasn't as bad as I was planning/thinking/fearing. I was interviewed by 2 faculty, instead of one faculty + one student. There's a Starbucks across the street***"
"That CU requires more units of English credit than most every other school. If I get in, I'll have to take a summer english class, which is a bummer."
"The dry Denver air. Gave me sinus problems."
"How quickly 30mins goes by because that's all the time you get."
"I had a pretty good idea what to expect from reading what other students wrote. I would like to stress that the interviews are first thing in the morning, so eat a good breakfast or your stomach might start growling during your interviews. Plus, it's hard to think when you're hungry. Also, the Bonfils building where they have the interviews is hard to find because it's tucked away and it doesn't have a sign."
"how many people apply multiple years in a row; they kind of freaked me out and made me feel like i will be an applicant for the rest of my life"
"I learned that although out-of-state students pay and exorbitant amount of money for their first year (about $80,000), they are all eligible for state residency by their second year and pay in state tuition for the second, third and fourth years."
"That a taxi driver was going to take me for a $25 ride and leave me in the ghetto."
"I didn't realize this class would be at the new campus the second year, hopefully it happens."
"They really do say not to expect to hear anything until March."
"Will be painfully difficult to get in from out of state...BUT definitely worth trying for."
"After the interviews, the evaluation is essentially finished and the rest of the day is much more relaxed."
"It was my first interview with anyone, and I was real real real nervous, and I wish I'd known there's no reason to be! The whole process is a lot less painful than you think, if you haven't had an interview yet. Don't worry about it!"
"Possibility of tuition doubling in the near future."
"The Fitzsimmons campus is a 25 min bus ride from the rest of the campus. I should have gone home and skipped this part."
"That could have skipped the tour. The new campus looks nice, but we didn't do much other than walk through a couple of buildings. I didn't learn much on the tour. "
"truly just relax and be honest"
"That only 15% of the class is out of state. I knew this, and how it would impact my chances. But I did not think how it would effect the class composition."
"Starbucks right across the street from the medical school building. . .perfect pre-interview."
"nothing really since this was the second time around"
"They have no gym or recreational facilities besides ping pong."
"Ground hasn't even been broken on the educational buildings at Fitz so unless you are planning on doing mostly research, there is no chance you will be over there for the first 2 years."
"I had heard about the new fitzsimmons campus, but it isn't looking anything close to complete, so the 2005 entering class probably won't be enjoying it until later on. "
"Eat at Einstein Bagels across the street before the interview!!"
"The interviews are semi-open, meaning they have read your essays and seen your extracurriculars, but they don't know what your grades or test scores or like. I wish that I had a better prepared response to "Is there anything I should know before I look at your file?""
"school is entering transition period between new and old campus"
"That UCHSC was moving up in the world of research so quickly. Also pleasantly surprised about student/spouse support services. Would have been more serious about the whole trip, instead of so ambivalent that I barely found the motivation to go."
"The 2004 entering class will spend at least the first year on the old campus."
"The interviews are FIRST THING in the morning (9am and 10am). I thought I would have a little more time to collect and calm myself throughout the day, but nope ... they hit you with the hard part right up front."
"The interviewers have partial access to your file-they see your essays and expereinces, but don't know your grades."
"Wear comfortable shoes. The current state of the school requires two tours, not just one."
"I need 3 more english credits :-("
"Although the interviewers do not know your GPA and MCAT scores before they meet you, they are able to look at your file after the interview, so if there is a problem with your scores, bring it to their attention before hand."
"The move to the Fitz campus is planned, yet a time/date is not set in stone. In otherwords, it could be this year's or next year's class that takes their first courses over there--no one knows for sure at this point."
"Not much, I'm from CO and so I am pretty familiar with the program."
"The $4 parking lot they tell you about that's a block down from the school does not accept bills under $10!! Be warned, I had a parking fiasco and was late to the debriefing at 8am (luckily the admissions counselor was very nice and welcomed me right in)."
"That the curriculum is so intensive. I interviewed at Boston U. and the medstudents there were much less stressed out about the work load. CU is very intense in general."
"I wish I would have known that black suits are way to common and slightly boring; I'm sure I just blended into all of the other prospective medical students."
"Financial aid decisions do not take place until June (after you have made the acceptance decision)."
"I would liked to have known more about the new facilities and curriculum changes."
"That the interviews were conducted only partially open file. The interviewers had no knowledge of my grades or test scores."
"It was my first interview, and I was more conservatively dressed than necessary. I wish I'd worn something that felt a little more comfortable."
"Not much, I am a state applicant and keep up with the status of the school."
"the interview group would be so large- 26 people!!"
"That the interviewers would have access to only part of my file (the essays and the "activities" off the AMCAS application). "
"Most of the interviewers are retired doctors. "
"Wear comfy shoes else you risk blisters!"
"The touring of both campuses was really long and my feet killed...wear comfortable shoes."
"The location is very downtown, not any little parks or places to get away from the bustle. "
"Nothing, I felt pretty prepared. "
"Bring a small picture of yourself if you want?"
"They have already accepted many students. "
"Again, nothing. I am relatively familiar with the institution."
"that you can't rent a car if you aren't 25 in Denver!"
"more about the third and fourth year clinical options, i would have liked to ask more questions"
"It is vitually impossible to make an impression on these interviewers. It was sort of like trying out for a basketball team by shooting free throws."
"That beyond am incomparable location and competitive tuition (for the in-stater), this school has little to offer."
"Nothing, it was all straight forward."
"That I would have to wait an hour between my two interviews--would have been plenty of time to run across the street to get a coffee."
"Nothing really. I was pretty well-prepared for the interview process and know the school well."
"Free parking is very easy to find."
"That the airport is so far away from the school (almost 35 minutes, or approx. $40 in cabfare). Take an airport shuttle!"
"Do NOT let down your guard when there is a Med Student interviewing you! They will try to get you to--don't do it!"
"That my faculty interviewer was a 75 year old redneck from rural Colorado ... that way I could have tried to speak more plainly and "good ole' boy.""
"There is a group exercise in which you must work together as a team and problem solve. One person must be a leader, and the remainder must work well with that person and each other. It is a timed exercise and they highly frown upon the group not solving the problem (which consists of composing various lists for medical practices, etc.) in the alotted amount of time."
"Very positive impression from the interview- long interview day, but relaxed atmosphere."
"Overall, very low-stress, fun, interesting interview day."
"Group exercise and group interview performance is too dependant on how the other candidates in your group are."
"I feel like parts of the interview were superficial and very rushed. The school atmosphere is very chill and laid back though."
"I thought the students really sold me on the school. My tour guid and others that came by to say hello during the lunch were all enthusiastic about the school and its location. It said a lot that new first years and second years just wanted to stop by and recommend the school even though they weren't part of the group leading the tour or lunch."
"10/10 would interview again"
"This is a fantastic school with amazing rankings and a supportive and enthusiastic atmosphere that surpasses all other schools I have looked at thus far"
"They were extremely nice during their interview day and promoted getting to know the school and the other interviewees to see if the school fits."
"SUPER impressive campus, and, other than the robotic 2nd interviewer and the cost of OOS tuition, would have been top choice."
"Very well done. Dr. Winn's opening speech was lively, humorous, and educational. The day was long, but it was always interesting to listen to the speakers, med students, residents. The med students in my tour group chose CU out of other acceptance offers. They had no negative comments or weaknesses to offer regarding the program (despite the fact we all kept asking them!). They're building a new workout facility to be opened next year. A great example of how student feedback is taken seriously by the school."
"It seems what the dean is saying is true, "excellence and being nice to one another can coexist""
"I loved CU and the interview was almost exclusively questions from my primary and secondary. Just know that well and you're solid."
"It's a gorgeous school with great people and lots of cool stuff going on, and Denver is great, but it's pricey for OOS students."
"CU seems like an excellent place to learn and the overall location can't be beat (assuming one doesn't live in Aurora)."
"The interview setting is about as relaxed as you are going to find."
"Be patient while waiting for status updates."
"Pretty low-stress interview. They really just wanted to talk about my experiences and how I'd arrived at a point where I knew I wanted to apply. They didn't ask anything difficult or surprising. Be aware of health care issues, and be prepared to defend them. The interviewers didn't seem to care whether you had solutions for health care problems, but did want to see that you were knowledgeable about both sides of the issues and willing to stand your ground in the discussion."
"loved the school."
"Amazing school - my top choice by far!!"
"bring walking shoes for tour. got a blister from wearing new shoes that weren't broken in yet. all the guys looked like clones... everyone in a suit with white shirt."
"Denver is a great area and has so much to offer. Definitely check out CU if you have the chance. First interviewer was a retired MD. Second interviewer was Ph.D. While interviews are scheduled to last 30 minutes, an hour is actually given. My second interview went about 50 minutes because we talked about my research fairly extensively; it was nice not to be cut off."
"The interviews were great, though I wish we got to know one way or the other a lot sooner than March. "
"Really great experience overall!"
"Wonderful facility and great program!"
"Almost all the questions were derived from my personal statements...have those memorized and be able to defend/discuss every phrase. Also, my interviewers were obviously hand picked to match my application (I applied to the rural track and my first interviewer was Mark Deutchman, director of the track). They are scheduled to be 30 minute interviews each, but they allow for 1 hour each, so no need to watch the clock. Travel time was long because of a snowstorm, which made many people late."
"Great interview! First with a dean who was awesome, and then with a physical therapist who kinda gave me a hard time but I liked it. Probably a good idea to tell them if there's any surprises on your app. "
"Great school. Love Colorado"
"Great school, great facilities, really innovative curriculum - but crappy location."
"New campus with educational buildings, library, advanced learning center with simulators and A/V recordings to learn and practice clinical skills"
"Really the only downside of this school that I can see is the location in Aurora. On the whole though, it's location in Colorado can't be beat."
"This school needs a FITNESS CENTER! It is a health sciences campus...very odd that it wasn't in the plans for this new campus?"
"The interview is actually 1/2 closed- they can read any of your essays. My first interview lasted 50 minutes instead of 30."
"school seems to be pretty oriented toward more experienced candidates (at least a few years' work experience after college) in my opinion. Colorado is a very laid back state in general, although not nearly as culturally diverse as large east coast/west coast cities."
"One interview by an MD faculty, one by an MS2. Each interview lasted 30 minutes. The format was extremely laid back with the MD, very conversational. The MS2 had a list of questions, but it was still very laid back. He explained to me how he wanted to get as good of a picture of me as he could to present to the adcom, so it would make sense that he wanted to know certain things about me."
"despite the fact that they are dead last in terms of state funding in the nation, they are basically the most amazing school I have ever seen. The people (students and faculty) are amazing!"
"The interviews I had were in general really good. The ethical questions were right in line with what I expected, but are always hard to answer. The interview was about 30 mins plus time for questions, which seemed short."
"overall, a good experience with no surprises"
"Student body was not at all diverse. They seemed nice and laid back, I but just didn't see myself fitting in there."
"Overall, the interview was excellent. The interviewers were well prepared. This was the first interview of the year, so things were still falling into place with the move to a new campus, but still a positive experience."
"the room is colld so i thought i was nervous but then when i was in the interviews i was fine. Mr. Spellmen (the admissions director) is only funny to 50% of the people in the room but he has to effect on your acceptance so it doesnt matter. The interviews were relaxed and they really just wanted to get to know me and how a year of being rejected changed me. The campus is amazing and the students seemed in great (yes great) and relaxed moods."
"First interview was amazing. Really nice woman with intelligent and probing questions. The second interviewer was an old guy who had little or nothing to say, and the silence was very uncomfortable at times. He also kept looking me up and down inappropriately, and that added to my discomfort."
"I arrived late to some talking. Then waited for my interview in a room with other nice people. Then waited for the second interview. Then had lunch and walked around the campus."
"The day began at 8AM, ended at 2:30PM. Long walking tour and bad parking situation. I basically had two one-on-one hour long interviews. One interviewer barely gave me enough time to answer his questions and the other name-dropped good institutions that person worked at as if to validate the school. Big focus on primary care. Not a lot of scholarship money. "
"it went extremely well. "
"It was an interesting experience. The tour guides were a bunch of students that were learning the campus as much as we were, and it was still very much under construction, but everyone seemed really happy to be there. "
"It was definitely a positive experience but it left me still unsure if I had done the best job I could have."
"Excellent! Students were nice, shuttle to new campus, nice lunch, presentations informative, $5 starbucks gift card"
"I felt like I did well, but so did most people interviewing that day... : )"
"arrived in the morning with the large group of applicants, got briefed about their process and the school. 2 interviews in the morning, then lunch and tours of the old and new campus, including information about their new simulation center and virtual cadaver software which sounded great."
"I interviewed with a JD and the director of the Rural Med program. Both were very focused on my international outlook and what I thought about current world events. Little emphasis on why I wanted to be there or why medicine. Very laid back and very conversational (esp with the J.D.)"
"It was a very smooth and relaxed process. They do have the routine down and despite the negatives that I saw while there, which were few in number, the new facilities and the school itself are impressive"
"Very positive. We arrived Wednesday night and didn't start until noon the next day. We had lunch with the director, then a tour and several interviews with MSTP admissions committee members. At night we had dinner with some students. The next day we started early with the other medical school applicants. We had two half-hour interviews for the medical school, then lunch with some students and a tour of the old campus. Then we were bussed to the new campus for more MSTP interviews. At night we were supposed to have dinner at a current student's house, but due to weather we had to cancel and ended up going out to dinner close to our hotel with some students."
"It was a very relaxed atmosphere. My first interviewer warned me at the beginning that he would continuously interrupt me and boy did he hold true to his word. My second interviewer knew my app very well and picked good points for me to elaborate on. "
"I meeting the students, loved CO, loved the school. Got an acceptance about a week after the interview--not the norm, though"
"great, low stress, and fun"
"It was extremely positive! My interviewers were very friendly and made it more of a discussion than an interview."
"Worth preparing for-and that said (and done) pretty mellow in actuality"
"Wonderfull. Hope to go here. Very relaxed. Was great to meet other candidates who will be colleagues in the future."
"I have to admit I am biased as this school has only given me positive impressions, however, I felt the interviewers were extremely thorough and seemed to do a great job of letting me more or less lead the interview the way I wanted it to go."
"I would dress in layers if possible. Colorado winters are cold in the morning, and warm by early afternoon, and the interview/tour is 8am to 3pm. "
"I loved UCSOM. The facilities are great, the students happy, and staff supportive, and nothing beats the setting of CO."
"I was nervous with my first interviewer because he was extremely old and it seemed as though he wasn't paying attention to my responses (i.e. no follow up questions, no eye contact, no nods or gestures). My second interview was a lot better--although there were some topics that the interviewer and I disagreed about, overall it went very well. "
"Overall a good experience. The tour was helpful - the tour of Fitzsimons was interesting (albeit at the end of an overly long day), the interviewers were open and seemed to genuinely want to get to know me - i had one 4th year medical student and one MD. "
"Overall it was low-stress and very informative. The whole day was very long but the students were enthusiastic and really seemed to love their school. They even invited all of us to go out with them that night if we were staying in town."
"Interviewing at CU was pretty stress free. I think that the 1st of the 2 interviews everyone has is generally more of an interview and the 2nd is more of a friendly chat. "
"Colorado looks like a good school. The students seem happy, the faculty I met were enthusiastic. The new facilities look like they will be nice. Don't let the somewhat lackluster presentation by the admissions staff put you off. "
"I wouldn't call it laid back, but it wasn't unnecessarily stressful. The students were great and the staff were very open about the admissions process."
"very positive overall, not too stressful. "
"The chat before the interviews imparted more in the way of bad jokes than information. The first interviewer was very aggressive, while the second one (the attourney general of CO) was very engaging. The meal was low-class and the tour served no purpose. "
"Great place, good people, expensive as hell."
"We met in the morning in a single room packed with 25-30 other applicants and this admissions guy explained what our day would be like, went through our packet of info., and tried to entertain us for a while. Then the assistant dean of admissions came in and went through a power point presentation about the history and stats of the school, answered questions,etc. He was a cool guy. We had a break for like 15-25 minutes, and then our interviewers lined up at the doorway and called names one-by-one. We went to an empty classroom and talked for about 30 minutes, then I came back and had a break for about 10 minutes and had a similar second interview. Then we had some time before some of the current med. students took us to lunch and then showed us around on a tour of the current campus facilities. Then we took a bus ride to the new campus and toured that."
"Arrived at 8:00am, started with the orientation and Powerpoint presentation. Interviewed by two UCHSC faculty members separately. The first interviewer was very enthusiastic and very interested in knowing my background and history on how I got to the United States, and she let me guide the direction of the interview - which was nice. The second interviewer was more succint and straight to the point, and his style was more to obtain your opinion on issues in healthcare. All-in-all I thought it was a pretty well-balanced interview experience were you can show both your personal attributes and your professional demeanor."
"I had two interviews, one with a physician and one with a med student. When I said I think I performed at an 8, I actually think I did about a 9 with the physician and a 7 with the med student. It's funny that the med student intimidated me more than the doctor. Also, I was starving by the second interview (w/the student) and this may have affected my performance."
"It was a solid day, interviews happened first thing, thus making the rest of the day much more relaxed."
"Relatively relaxed. They asked more about my research exp's than I wanted to talk about, since I dig family medicine and not producing research per-se. They have an outstanding rural family medicine track, which is why I want to go there so badly. "
"The interviews were laid back and the students all seemed happy to be there."
"My interview day went really well. Most of the other interviewees were fun to talk with and interviewers seemed to take their jobs seriously. One interviewer was very casual and friendly. The other was more aggressive, but asked great questions. Students gave us a tour of both campuses, which took a while, but I appreciated it."
"Interviews in the morning, which makes the rest of the day much nicer. First faculty, then student. Lunch. Tour old and new campus."
"This was a positive experience with few surprises."
"Really pleasant. One interviewer was extremely nice, the other one was pretty good too. It was extremely easy-going, I felt comfortable the whole time after feeling sick to my stomach the whole previous day and that morning. The tour went a little long, but I was just so relieved with being done with my interviews that I didn't mind too much. Also, the new campus looks real nice, the old campus is not so impressive."
"First interview was with a practicing MD...just trying to figure out what I was about and what my vision for the future was. The second interviewer was a bit more vague. The entire time, she kept asking me how I would conduct the entire interview to find what I was looking for."
"Overall, I really liked CU and thought it was a good day. My interviewers both asked very specific questions about my file and about health care. But they were both friendly and non-intimidating. Having interviews in the morning was nice."
"I was not very impressed by the people involved with the interview experience. The facilities seemed nice enough. "
"Good experience. The interviews had read my essay and statments about activities but hadn't seen my scores or grades. It was good becuase it gave me a chance to explain why I got this one bad grade before they had a chance to see my GPA etc. They also really read your essays and hammer you on the content (why did you do this internship? Pick that major? Talk about experience Z) So review what you've written. "
"i thought my interviews went very well; i wasn't asked easy questions, and i wasn't always perfectly articulate, but i felt like the interviewers were truly trying to get at what i was made of"
"A great, low stress experience."
"Being my first interview, the University of Colorado gave me a very stress free introduction to the process. I was truly surprised at how friendly all the other applicants were and how easily we all got along. The whole interview day (including tour and lunch) does get a little tiring by the end of the day though as the adrenaline leaves your body. Getting the nerve wracking part out of the way in the morning is a great idea however. "
"Great people with a good program. The school itself left me with a neutral feeling."
"I had mentioned a potential interest in Colorado's exposure to rural medicine (I never said that I definitely wanted to practice rural medicine). The interviewer basically said that a lot of people BS that rural medicine angle, then pressed me really hard to see if I was lying. I'm sure I answered his questions fine, but it was just awkward and left a bad taste in my mouth."
"Overall this was a great experience, albeit a long day. You get there at 8 in the morning, have interviews and some sessions in the AM (with lots of unattended down time), have a small lunch, then tour both campuses with a student. My interviews were totally laid back and conversational - very comfortable. New curriculum change might be a hard transition for the first class to go through, but I think it will be a change for the better. Overall this day just really got me excited about going to CU."
"All the applicants assembled within a small meeting room at 8:00 AM. I was suprised to see that everyone was dressed in black as in a funeral. For interviews it is recommended that you wear neutral colors, not necessarily black. Each person was handed a packet that contained a schedule for the day, who our interviewers would be, and information about the admissions requirements. During the first half hour we were entertained by an admissions faculty member. Afterwards, the dean gave a lecture about the history of the medical school, the class profile, and the new Fitzsimmons campus. The interviews started at 9:00 AM and lasted until 10:30 AM, with a half hour break in between. Both of my interviewers were physicians and in their 70s. My first interviewer was writing a lot when I was talking, and did not seem to be too responsive. She eventually warmed up towards the end. My second interviewer was very conversational. After the interviews, we were taken to lunch by the first year medical students, and had a chance to talk with them. That was followed by a tour of the old campus, and finally the new Fitzsimmons campus. "
"My first interviewer seemed very interested in getting to know me and our "interview" seemed more like a personal discussion with a friend. The second interviewer was pleasant, but certainly had her list of questions to fire at me."
"I ended up really late due to the snow. Don't underestimate the stupidity of Denver drivers who can't drive in the snow, and leave early. One of my interviewers was really laid back, we had a great conversation. The other one grilled me for half an hour, i had 4-5 ethical questions asked."
"It was good. The people I interviewed were really great and I enjoyed talking with them. At the same time my group had 38 interviewees and this was a large group that we didn't fit most places and was a little intimidating."
"It was an okay day, low stress, but some difficult questions."
" UCHSC is in a period of transition and will probably be an amazing medical school in a few years. But right now I think it lacks diversity and fails to inspire its medical students to become truly thoughtful and wise practitioners."
"I was impressed with the people at CU. Although the facilities are a bit old, they are moving toward a more innovative and integrated curriculum."
"I thought the first part of the day was informative, and the interviews were laid back. One of my interviewers asked me exclusively about my expereinces, while the other asked some more generic questions about health care and ethics. I wasn't asked one question that I wasn't prepared for after reading over the feedback on this site."
"There were two interviews. The first one was pretty straightforward...asking questions form my AMCAS essay and experiences. KNOW YOUR AMCAS APPLICATION FOR THIS INTERVIEW!!!! The second one was a bit more difficult, the guy kept on screwing up my research projects and mixing up my experiences with someone elses. That didn't feel very good."
"I have to agree with someone who wrote before that people were very arrogant. Students made comments and laughed about how the interviewees would be out of breath walking around because we are not used to the elevation, one was specifically directed at me, and I was asked if I needed to stop. I was in much better shape than the tour guide, so I took a lot of offense to these comments, and they were just plain unnecessary. Plus Sean Spellman had no idea where I was from. He needs a globe or something to see that I lived no where near Indianapolis, nor was I a colts fan. Later I sent emails regarding my english class credits numerous times and never got a response, and when I called, the office acted like the never had received them. I'm sorry but when I send 4 emails to the exact addresses, I find that hard to believe. I don't know about other people, but they treated me like I never should have applied. Thank God I got into a much better school. "
"Overall, my experience at Colorado was amazing. I am from Florida, so I went several days before and made a trip to Vail, what a beautiful drive. The interview was extremely laid back, and the interviewers were very conversational. Make sure to know your AMCAS front to back and be prepared to expand on any part. Just be yourself! I was also impressed at how soon they responded to me about my acceptance. Great school, great city...good luck."
"CU goes to great lengths to keep you relaxed. They were very organized and things ran smoothly and on time. As my first interview, it was nice to have such a mellow experience."
"current school is run-down and there is no known time for completion of new facilities. tour was very bad. students didn't no where they should take us and tour stops were unaware that we were coming. the interviewers were nice and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed."
"More interested in attending now than before. Glad I went to meet the people. Felt good to get acceptance offer less than two weeks later. May actually enroll. Also, my wife and I are tired of being just another straight white couple in a sea of people just like us and would look forward to the diversity of the city."
"It is a fairly long day. You start with a presentation in the morning by the admissions staff, followed by two 30 minute interviews (Partial open file, they see your personal statements and reported activities) over a 2 hour time period. After the interviews are completed there is another presentation by Dr. Sondheimer before lunch. After lunch you get a tour of both campuses, make sure you wear shoes you can walk a lot in!"
"This was my first interview, and I feel much more relaxed about the rest of them now. The interviewers (one a med student, the other a physician) were low-pressure and really seemed interested in getting to know me. Both asked question directly from my essays, so know those inside out and be ready to explain even a single sentence. Although I think they have a great program, they didn't really show us anything exciting. I don't have a frame of reference yet, so I'm not sure how they might have made the day more interesting. It was a really long day (8-3), so bring a snack for the morning."
"It was my first interview, so I didn't know what to expect. I was interviewed by a Doctor and a student, and they were both friendly. The physician was a more conversational interview, while the student had questions written down on her pad that she asked me. All in all it was a laid back, comfortable environment"
"I just don't like this place. It is low class. People are not humble, which is a trait I see essential in a physician. When I heard back about my place on the wait list, I was sent the wrong email by Sean Spillman, which then was corrected by another email. I pay alot for the application fee. Give me a piece of paper in the mail at least, and when you screw up, call and fix the problem, don't just send another email!"
"As an in-state applicant nothing suprised me too much. The program seems to attract "outdoorsy" people, and the use of a ski pole as a pointer by the director in his welcome speach was hilarious. The MSTP program is smaller but the research is good and they seem to take care of their students. The transition between the old campus and the new medical center will be a little rough, but it will be a good place to be in a few years. Wear comfortable shoes for the tour of the new site. MSTP interviews include interest faculty, committee members, and then a couple of regular medical school interviews. The medical school class is older than most with alot of in-state students (no wonder with $65,000/yr out-of-state tuition)."
"Overall, a good experience. I thought the tour of Fitzimmons was excellent and the medical students seemed to like the school."
"My first interview was with a MSIV and was very conversational. She was very easy to talk to and I think it helped me that she was an actual med student. We just talked about my personal experiences mostly and why I want to be a physician. Typical questions. The second interview was with a PhD. Much more esoteric questions and not very conversational. She just had a list of questions she kept asking. I couldn't tell how it went- she gave no indication one way or another."
"The admissions staff was very nice and helpful. They spoke to us for about an hour before the interviews began. My first interview was with a volunteer interviewer who was a doctor from the community. He was very welcoming, and I had a nice conversation with him. My second interview was with an anesthesiologist who was on the faculty. He wasn't particularily reponsive to my answers either way. He also seemed to think that he should try to antagonize me when asking me hypothetical questions (euthenasia and health care reform). The tour after lunch was educational."
"Two forty minute interviews, one with a MSII, one with a PhD. MSII was cool, PhD was amazing. It was VERY comfortable and everybody seemed quite personable. "
"It was a long day with a tour to the fitzsimmons campus (definetely take the tour!), a lot of down time. Interviews themself were good, I got accepted 5 weeks after I interviewed. Sometimes the hardest interviews you thought were bad turn out to be your best ones!"
"The day was long, with lots of waiting in between interviews and info sessions, but the people and school were great. Both interviewers were invested in the process and very courteous. The information and encouragement I received from the current student's helped make this my #1 choice so far."
"It was overall a great experience. I really liked the way that they explained how they worked and the ins and outs of the selection process."
"You start the day off listening to the administrator give a little talk about the interview process and the school. He is pretty funny and kinda puts on a comedy show. Then the Dean gives a talk. We have 2 interviews which last about 30 minutes each. The interviewers have only read your essays-they do not know your GPA/MCAT scores. They want to know if you have a funky score, so tell them before they find out when you aren't there to defend yourself!"
"After the interview day, I wanted more than ever to attend UCHSC. The people, including my fellow interviewees, were very friendly and the classes and clinical opportunities offered seem wonderful. Fitz will definitely be a wonderful change, and although a lot of ppl were disenchanted with the current building, it's not really THAT bad. By comparison to Fitz it's kind of shabby, but it's more because the halls are cramped and the paint is from the 70s. Most of the classrooms and lecture halls themselves seem pretty comfortable. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive on time, and don't feel obligated to wear a black suit -- everyone wears a black suit. Wear a gray or beige one if you're daring. Maybe the interviewers will remember you a bit more. Bring a bottle of water. You'll do great!"
"Interview day is very poorly planned. There is noting to eat all day except for a sandwich and chips at lunch. I was hungry. Lots of down time with out anyone from the school hanging around with us. (This could be due to the fact that most of the students were already on break) No questions out of the blue, SDN did a good job of preparing me. I left the interviews feeling like I had talked too much, my interviewers were very interested in me, and that over all it was a so-so interview. Fortunately I got accepted 3 days later, so I guess you really never know."
"My interview experience went fairly well. My first interview was with a retired physician who seemed to be interested in my past experiences and my personality. My second interview with an MD/PhD was a little tougher because a lot of the questions were about ethical issues in which he never seemed to think my answer was correct!"
"Interviewers have everything EXCEPT grades, MCAT scores, LORs. They grade you after the interview, then look at the rest of your file and give you a second grade. They were really well prepared, had read my file carefully and prepared questions in advance; I really appreciated their effort."
"The interviewers were good and in no way tried to destroy me. The current facilities in no way shine. It was disorganized compared to other interviews."
"This was by far the best interview I have had so far. The faculty and interviewers were extremely laid back. The interview was more like a simple conversation rather than an interrogation. The students seemed extremely happy and motivated. This is probably because of the honors, pass, and fail system of grading. It promotes commaraderie rather then competition. The new fitzsimmons campus is amazing, the standardized patients model was amazing, and the visual male human was amazing. I simply can not say enough about this school. Anyone would be extremely lucky to attend such a school. "
"The day started at 8:00 and there were about 20 applicants present. We chatted for about 15 minutes before somebody from the admissions office basically entertained us for 20 minutes before the Dean of Admissions appeared to give us a slide presentation. At 9:00 the 2x30 minute interviews started. Around 11:00 we gathered back in the room for another presentation by the Dean. Soon after 1st and 2nd year students came by and took us to lunch and then to the new campus for a tour. Things wrapped up around 3:00. "
"Very enjoyable and relaxed. One interviewer was a judge, which surpirsed me. The morning consisted of interveiws, and the afternoon included tours and lunch. Fitzsimmons will be a great place to be in 2005-2006."
"Overall, the interview was low stress and fun. I had some time to chat with other interviewees, and they were great. It was a long day with lots of walking, and I was pretty wiped out at the end of the day - luckily the interviews were first thing in the morning!"
"Overall a good experience. Relatively low stress interviews with older more comfortable (for applicants) interviewers. Be sure to tour the new campus since you will be spending 75% of your school career there."
"I had a great time in CO. I came away impressed, but I love CO. The interviewers were not trying to "trick" me in any way, but still asked tough questions. They want to get to know you, even though I am not quite convinced this can be accomplished in 30min with lots of healhcare questions."
"This school seems very dedicated to building a close-knit class of caring and capable people. I liked being able to talk candidly with our student ambassadors, they were frank and forthcoming about going to school there."
"overall everyone was very kind and the interviews were pretty laid back..no really tough questions they basically just want to get to know you"
"UCHSC is a good school that is definately going places. The school is in the middle of changing many things with changes in the curriculm and teaching facilities being the largest and perhaps most time consuming. As for the interviews, THEY GO BY QUICKLY! You are only scheduled to meet for 30 minutes and you don't have much time to ask questions at the end (some interviewers interview 2-3 people so they tend to rush through the interviews with each student). I was lucky to extend my interviews a little longer but that was not the case for everyone else. Be ready to talk about yourself, your desires in medicine, your past experiences, and at LEAST 1 ethical question. For the most part the interviews are very relaxing, just be prepared by looking at this web site and the types of questions the school tends to ask. Go on the tour of the new campus...it will definately impress you. Also, stay with students if you can. They are nice and candid about the medical schools pro's and con's."
"Very easygoing, most ppl were really nice. Very large interview group (23)"
"This was my first interview, but I think it was an overall positive experience. The interviews were over first thing in the morning which took the stress off of the rest of the day and we got to see both the present and future campuses. The students were very nice (although not always enthusiastic) and I had plenty of time to ask them questions. "
"I had a great experience. The student body was very diverse in age and in life experiences. The interviewers were, yes old, but nice and just wanted to get to know me. They didn't try to trick me and they had both really read through my personal statement and essays. They were very prepared and the interviews were personal, not scary. "
"I thought the staff did a great job at making us feel comfortable. Our tour of the school was given by students which helped us to get a good impression of how well they liked the school. They were extremely helpful in answering all of our questions, even the tough ones."
"2 interviews, 30 minutes each. Nice retired doctors. Kind people who genuinely wanted to get to know me. "
"There was a lot of down time and the other people who were interviewing weren't very friendly, but I had a positive experience with the interviewers. I was excited to know that they are planning on moving the med. school by 2004."
"Demanding curriculum, out-of-state first year cost is unreal (64, 000) with a possible increase this upcoming fall."
"Actually quite stressful. Both interveiwers were physicians from Children's hospital. First one seemed a bit jaded with the profession. The second person was a pretty fun guy. Both interviewers were reasonable people, I thought it went ok. "
"Not too stressful; interviewers didn't try any dirty tricks. Interviewers had not seen our file outside of the personal statement and bio info; they presented their findings, and others looked just at numbers and recommendations. Interesting approach. This means that you're free to wow the interviewers with the intangibles of why you want to be a physician. They did say, "is there anything I should know?" and it was emphasized that weaknesses in numbers, if they existed, should be covered, so be ready to explain any problems. "
"Laid-back interviews that were low-stress."
"A very relaxed day, the students seemed happy and everyone was very helpful and nice. It sounds as if a lot of effort is made by the faculty and students to create a cohesive, happy class. I think this is ideal for establishing a support system in Medical School. "
"I had a great time. It was my first interview, so I was nervous, but it turned out to be an enjoyable experience."
"I had a really positive experience. Everyone was very nice and helpful. I stayed with a first year student the night before and I would recommend that to anyone. It was interesting to see a typical evening with them and hear what they had to say (what admissions might not tell you)."
"One interviewer was very matter-of-fact, polite, but showed little emotion or conversational feedback. The other was very friendly and chatty. "
"Overall it was a great day. There was a whole bunch of down time during the day, and financial aid never showed to talk to us, but besides that the day ran smoothly."
"A waste of time. This school went from my first choice to my last and I am from Colorado "
"Having been in love with Colorado for years, I wanted so badly to like this school . . . just couldn't do it. Few of the applicants seemed to really like the school, but instead were there b/c it was their state school, or they were from a neighboring state with no med school of its own. Really dissapointing."
"I had 2 interviews, one with a younger MD faculty member and the other an older PhD faculty. Both were very nice and easy to talk to you. They seemed a lot more interested in my experiences (places I had lived, research, etc.) than in trying to trip me up with ethical questions. They didn't ask me any ethical/moral questions, but most of the other students said that they got at least one. The school is in a nice place and people there are pretty cool."
"It was good; everyone was friendly and it was relatively low-stress."
"Overall, it was a very relaxing, dare I say it--fun interview. Nearly the entire group of interviewees was made of out-of-sate students, including myself, and was a good crowd. Both interveiwers could not have been nicer, an the interview was more like a laid-back conversation than an interrogation. The students giving the tour did their utmost to give a balance picture of the difficulties and fun that can be had in medical school."
"I was very surprised at how laidback my interview was and at how cool all of the other applicants were. I'd heard that I would be interviewed by a medical student and some old decrepit retired MD who is about to die. However, both of my interviewers were docs and both were young- in their 30s or 40s. They were very polite and held door open for me and asked me very interesting questions. The other applicants were very friendly and we all discussed random things such as our favorite fruit and movies rather than MCAT scores and GPAs. The people running the process were very nice and helpful. I was really stressed out before I got to UCHSC, but as soon as I stepped into the room, I was immediately put at ease. My advice to anyone interviewing here is to relax, be confident, and look forward to two interesting conversations with really cool doctors who sincerely want to get to know you."
"I was told before I got to CO that the interview there was tough. This is not the case. The interviewers ask challenging questions but nothing a person truly interested in medicine shouldn't be able to answer. Be yourself and things will go smoothly."
"There were two interviews: in my case, one was with both a med student and a doctor, while the second was with only a doctor. They seemed to focus primarily my application, asking about each activity I listed on the AMCAS application. "
"Very laid-back interviews, very nice interviewers and staff. "
"Generally an unimpressive interview. Everybody in my group was a Colorado resident and all the students kept extolling how great the price was. True, but look what you get. If education is all you care about from a medical school (a valid attitude but not mine), UCHSC would be great. There are no recreation facilities at all, no gym, break room or anything. And why retired faculty do the interviews is mystery to me!"
"I had a good cop/bad cop interview, which I thought had gone out with the dark ages. One interviewer, a very short, egotistical man, spent 30 minutes trying to piss me off with questions about AIDS, religion, and homosexuality (don't ask me why, I'm not gay nor appear to be). The next interviewer patronized me and spent the better part of the interview asking me philosophical questions that had little to do with anything. Overall, the interview experience, though I felt I did very well, was the worst of my medical school application process. I was accepted at several other schools, and not at CU, and had the worst experience of my life there. By the time I left I wanted nothing to do with the place."
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"Interview us before showing the 3-4 hours of presentations about financial aid, curriculum, or branch campuses. Especially over Zoom, I was pretty tired after sitting in my chair from 9am to 2pm."
"Website is not up to date as of 2014-2015 application cycle"
"Let us meet more of the administration/faculty."
"Don't scare the crap out of the OOS applicants in the last 5 minutes of the day. Try to end on a positive note."
"It was very distracting to hear other interviews through the thin walls!"
"Longer interviews, and better preparation of student panel/lunch - hard to hear students because of loud environmental noise."
"I wish there were a way to keep everyone hydrated without all the bottled water."
"Keep doing an excellent job!"
"Great interview day. Different locations would be better because you can hear the other interviewers"
"cut down on the talking at the beginning of the day"
"Searching for my interviewers in the beginning was a little chaotic."
"Everything about the day was awesome."
"Hire a good web designer. . . the SOM web page is a little sparse IMO"
"Not very on top of things with the secondary app this year, subsequently scrambling for interviews."
"Don't close at 3."
"Don't let Sean do Q&A. Have someone who cares more about what the applicants value in a school answe"
"Let me in. :)"
"Give an update about status two weeks or so after the interview. Some schools promise to inform us o"