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"Tell us about role models in your life"
"What is something that isn't on your application that you'd like the admissions committee to know about you? Also asked "Tell me your story," but told me to not mention things on my application and not my story towards medicine but the story of my life and motivations"
"Most of their questions were about experiences I had written about in my personal statement or secondaries. Just asking me to explain those in more detail."
"What is a recent book you have read?"
"Explain mire in detail this thing in your personal statement"
"(After explaining why medicine) Then why not be an NP?"
"Tell me about a time you faced a challenge, and how you overcame it."
"It was very conversational. I was asked "tell me more about when you learned another language""
"Opinions on affordable Care act"
"Tell me more about how your passion to become a physician started"
"How is your sister now with her Lupus?"
"About my history - I am a non-traditional student, so they asked me about my path to medicine"
"what's your mcat score? (they're not supposed to ask this), and how did you study for it?"
"What would you consider to be a weakness about yourself?"
"Why UF / why doctor"
"Tell me about your best and your worst volunteer experience"
"What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment so far?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years"
"Are you sure YOU want to be a doctor? (b/c my brother is a doctor, asking as a follow-up to what does your brother do)"
"What do you think about the health care reform debate?"
"What was it like in the Peace Corps (Uganda)?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses."
"Why medicine? Why UF? Is UF your top choice?"
"Why do you want to go to UF?"
"What do you think of health care reform?"
"INT:1 Tell me about yourself INT 2: So what did you do [on your senior engineering project] for Angiotech(a biomedical corp.)"
"They just reviewed my file with me covering mostly research but also other extracurrics like leadership and volunteering."
"Why do you want to be a doc?"
"How did you end up choosing medicine?"
"Why did you not indicate the research track?"
"''You didn't do the greatest at your previous institution, (mind you I was a business major before and wasn't as serious i.e. in my PS,) but did very well at an 'EASY School' how do you think you could perform well here?'' MOUTH ON FLOOR number 1!"
"If you had unlimited time and resources, what changes and/or fixes would you implement in medicine?"
"What qualities do you have that you think will make you a good doctor?"
"See interesting question question. I was only asked this in one interview"
"They went over most of the info on my AMCAS; very conversational"
"What car you be and why? What musical instrument would you be and why?"
"What is the hardest challenge that you have faced in your life? How did you overcome it?"
"What is 10^6?"
"Tell me about your activities. Which activity on yoru AMCAS would you put most emphasis on? What is your greatest nonacademic achievement? What would you do for a living if there was a law that said you couldn't do medicine as your career? "
"Talk about your family"
"Motivation for medicine"
"Tell me more about your extrecurricular involvement (organizations I've been very active in)."
"Tell me about your family"
"Heroes and why."
"Do you think that there is a problem with the healthcare system?"
"Unique challenges of practicing _____ field of medicine."
"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about ____ activity on your AMCAS. How do you know ______ (letter writer)... etc"
"What is the largest problem with health care in our country and how should we go about fixing that?"
"What is the greatest strength of your application?"
"Why your major?"
"Describe your motivation for medicine."
"Explain this deficiency on your record. Now do it again. And AGAIN."
"What would you like to know about UF?"
"what is the biggest problem with healthcare?"
"Imagine your perfect day as a doctor (in your specialty)...how is it like? How do you being your day? etc."
"If you had to list them, what are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Describe your volunteer experience."
"Tell me about yourself..."
"How do you relax?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"what kind of medicine do you want to practice in the future?"
"explain your research"
"If you just found out you had a twin sister and she was moving in with you, what are five things you would tell her about yourself?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Describe your research..."
"What is wrong with health care in the United States?"
"Talk about research"
"Why is UF a good fit for you?"
"What is the leading cause of death in the U.S?"
"Just basically talking about my AMCAS application."
"Tell me about how you decided to pursue medicine?"
"What is the biggest problem in the healthcare system and how would you fix it?"
"From the second interviewer (4th year) - "
"What will you do if you're not accepted?"
"Tell me about yourself? (general)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and why UF?"
"Would you call yourself XXX?"
"Tell me about the XXXX experience you have listed here on your application."
"Tell me about [fill-in-the-blank from your app]."
"Tell me about high school. "
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Tell me how you came to chose medicine. Include your high school experience too. "
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Tell me about your experiences with Habitat for Humanity."
"What journals were your papers published in?"
"Why did you choose to leave Florida for school?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"Tell me some of your strengths and weaknesses."
"what motivated you to pursue medicine? do you think passion is important? "
"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee?"
"Explain how DNA creates proteins (!) What are the red flags in your application? What are the things I should highlight to the adcom?"
"How would you describe yourself to a long lost sibling?"
"See above. The rest was really conversational. Loved it!"
"What would you say is your most prominent non-academic achievement?"
"What would you do if you did not get accepted to UF?"
"What do you look for in a med school?"
"What's the one question I haven't asked you that you wish I would ask you?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years (asked in BOTH interviews)"
"What did your military experiences teach you that will help you as a medical student and physician?"
"What do your siblings do?"
"What do you think is the worst problem in the US healthcare system? How would you fix it?"
"From open-file interviewer: What made you interested in UF COM? What questions do you have for me?"
"Talk about research and volunteer experiences"
"Tell me about a difficult time in your life."
"Describe yourself to me as if I were your long lost brother."
"How do you see in ten years? "
"What was the most innfluential discovery in medicine over the past 100 years?"
"Describe your research."
"The patient advocacy question"
"Tell me about your research, how does this translate to clinic?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Name some Supreme court justices."
"Explain this course on your transcript"
"Do you think all doctors that choose not to work in clinics are just in it for the money?"
"How I became interested in medicine?"
"Ethical dilemnas in healthcare? (my opinions)"
"What is the worst problem in healthcare ... and then he told me I had a good answer, but I could improve it in a certain way in future interviews."
"What is the biggest issue in the medical field today?"
"tell me about the extreme sports you're involved with..."
"Tell me about yourself. What should I tell Ad-com?"
"How would you describe yourself?"
"what book was I currently reading?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"Why a doctor? What's the biggest problem for medicine? What do you see as your biggest challenge as a doc? Tell me about your time in Pennsylvania (where I researched the summer while living with my girlfriend at UPenn). So what are you doing your last semester in college (I said I was only taking one class...but I explained everything). And what do you do in your classes now, specifically business strategy? (I don't know how we got onto this last one but he was probably wondering if I actually knew the business I claim to be majoring in)"
"what's a solution to the obesity epidemic?"
"Why are you interested in Medicine?"
"what do you think are three current health issues today? (before the interviewer asked me the question though, he said that there were no wrong answer to the question and that if i didnt know, it's ok. he also said he wasnt looking for me to come up with solutions to the problems either. he was great)."
"How do you deal with difficult situations?"
"What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?"
"A 12 year old gets pregnant and her parents want her to get an abortion. As her physician, what do you tell her? What if her body cannot handle the pregnancy."
"When did you first realize you were meant to become a physician? "
"Physician assisted suicide?"
"Tell me about a situation when you had a big problem and how you dealt with it."
"Have you been through hardship?"
"When and Why Medicine? Tell me about ....... on your AMCAS. "
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your research."
"Mostly straight off of the secondary. What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"both interviews were weird...one guy was just really distracted and asked really basic questions that he could have figured out from actually reading my file closely."
"What would your friends say about you?"
"Name some qualitites about yourself, and explain them."
"Basically just asked questions about my AMCAS file and secondary application."
"You sound very interesting tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about your family. What do you do for fun? Strengths and weaknesses."
"What do you think about malpractice insurance?"
"Tell me about yourself. "
"What are the biggest problems in healthcare today and what should be done?"
"What are your views on healthcare? What would you change about healthcare today?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Why engineering? "
"3 heros and why? "
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What are your greatest strengths?"
"What is a prion and how does it reproduce? What is sickle cell and give the reason (biochemically) that it gives a resistence to malaria? The biochemical cause of gout (from my essay - i was unsure of the cause and had an incorrect notion about it). She corrected me :("
"why was the president vaccinated against small pox?"
"Do you consider yourself a leader? Give some examples."
"There were many questions about my personal statement and my history."
"what would you do if you weren't a doctor? how do you feel about shadowing? if you had 2 applicants files, and they were both equally qualified, except one did more shadowing than the other, how and why would you select one over the other? "
"what are some major problems with health care?"
"What is your greatest accomplishment?"
"What are the 3 biggest medical problems in the US and how would you solve them?"
"It was all pretty standard. Sometimes the standard questions would lead to something else. But I didn't get any off the wall questions, like some others did."
"The bulk of the interview were questions directly dealing with what I had written in my essays and my AMCAS. Why did I stop working at a certain place? What did I enjoy most about being in a specific department? Give a specific example of an experience you had in this organization."
"What is one thing I should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Why did you choose W&J college, and not a "better" institution."
"Please explain the experiment from the paper you had published. "
"what will you like best/least about being a doctor? what 3 movies would you recommend for a person to see in their lifetime and why? what book/magazine have you read lately?what are your hobbies? what was your favorite/least favorite undergraduate class? what was your favorite/least favorite thing about college? what has been a stressful time in your life and how did you handle it? what have you learned about medicine from your volunteer experiences?"
"Tell me about what high school was like for you. Why didn't you pursue the activities you were involved with in high school? What was your point average in a high school sport? why did you chose your undergraduate school? Your major? Tell me about your family."
"describe your research experience"
"What would you bring with you to the profession?"
"What was the most memorable thing to happen in my life"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What field do you want to go into/where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"see the two above"
"What three movies would you recommend?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What are some of your hobbies?"
"What is your favorite composer and why?"
"What has been your greatest challenge?"
"If you met me at a football game, what would you tell me about yourself?"
"Have you read any intersting books/magazines lately? Who is your hero (nonmedical or medical). Name two strengths and one area in which you could improve. How did you decide to go into medicine?"
"What is you greatest achievment?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"If I had to choose urban vs rural which would it be?"
"So tell me about your family?"
"what are you going to do if you do not get in this year? (they ask everyone that)"
"What do you do for fun?"
"How do you think medical care is in spain? ( i spent time there)"
"When did you decide you wanted to become a doctor?"
"besides the XYZ person on your application, has there been anyone else who motivated you to choose medical profession?"
"What do you think about physician-assisted suicide?"
"What other schools I had visited for interviews?"
"What is the major healthcare crisis in the U.S.?"
"Who is your hero? (Asked twice)"
"Had I shadowed a doctor?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why do you want to be a doctor/when did you know that medicine was right for you? What would your best friend say about you? What is your greatest failure?"
"If your friends were here, how would they describe you? Weakneses?"
"What did you over all the summers?"
"What are your plans if you don't get into medical school?"
"if i could only say one thing to the committee about you, what would it be?"
"Tell me about your hobbies."
"What are the two most pressing issues in healthcare today."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (asked twice) What would you do if you couldn't practice medicine?(asked twice) What do you do for fun? (asked twice)"
"Tell me about yourself? Tell me about your research? Why did you volunteer where you did? talked about each experience"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (Be specific in your answer)"
"Tell us about a time you experienced conflict"
"Why are you so passionate about _______ and what do you hope to accomplish with it in the future? (something I consistently was involved with throughout undergrad and grad)"
"Tell me about your experiences and how you decided on a career in medicine."
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"How do you respond to feedback?"
"What is your opinion of the ACA?"
"What was the biggest challenge you have faced?"
""Have you noticed any problems during your time shadowing""
"How do I get away from stress?"
"What is your learning style and how do you think medical school will challenge your style of learning?"
"Who is the most influential person in your life?"
"what's more important competence or empathy?"
"Are there any details about our program that seem confusing or mysterious to you?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"explain the details of your research (techniques etc)"
"Tell me about me lesson you learned during shadowing"
"What is the most challenging thing you will have to deal with in the medical profession?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor/when did you realize you wanted to study medicine?"
"Talk about your research."
"Would you ever serve in the military?"
"It was really more of a conversation. Didn't even get the usual questions about why you want to go to med school or why you want to go to UF in particular. Very relaxed and actually talked about interesting issues - great interview format! I thought an hour would be a long time, but it went by pretty fast."
"What do you admire most about your mom?"
"Tell me about (info from work history)."
"How will you decide between medical schools?"
"Have you done any research?"
"How has your Jesuit education helped you with your research?"
"INT: 1 So why did you go to Chapel Hill and Transfer to UF and when did engineering play a role in that decision? INT 2: What are your fav. things to do outside school...followed up by how will you deal the the fact of having to give up those things for med school?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What specialty would you like to go into?"
"Why are you applying to only MD and not MD/PhD?"
"What type of doc do you want to be?"
"Biggest problem in healthcare question."
"What other schools did you apply to?"
"''Most people with your situation would have done a master's degree in biology or something, ehemm,are you in a master's program right now?'' Confusing look on my face thinking, hmmm why don't you looked at my super highlighted file and see that I am not in a master's program. How do you respond to that? UMMM NO."
"Tell me more about your research?"
"What will you do if you don't get in this year?"
"Tell me about yourself. (Asked in both interviews)"
"They asked me about my parents"
"Three biggest problems with healthcare."
"You are throwing a dinner party and you can invite 3 people from the past or present. Who would they be? Why would you pick them? What would you talk about collectively (because you can't talk to each of them individually and ignore your other guests)?"
"Tell me about the research you've done."
"what do you consider the two biggest problems in medicine? how do you propose a solution to these problems and funding for them? What is your opinion on the political situation in your nation? What about your opinion on the religious and political conflict between your nation and its eastern neighbor? (I mentioned my native country in my essays)How do you view your religion?"
"stuff about my apps, research, etc."
"What do you look for in a medical school? (I got asked the same question by both interviewers)"
"What you do in your free time"
"What is it about UF that you like"
"Tell me about high school? (yeah I know stupid huh.)"
"Describe your research experience?"
"Who has most influenced you in your life?"
"Since I am your advocate to the Ad Com what would you like me to tell them on your behalf?"
"What is your biggest strength that will help you in your medical career?"
"What do you think is a problem with the US medical system?"
"Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"What is one of the biggest problems in medicine today and how do you propose we fix it?"
"Why did you choose to attend X?"
"Why are you interested in medicine?"
"what was my biggest academic/family problem and how did i deal with it?"
"Why did you choose medicine? How did these people influence you?"
"What area of medicine do you see yourself in? "
"Describe your research experience."
"Tell me about your grades..."
"Why do you want to study medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"who is your hero?"
"What do you think will be the hardest thing for you to deal with in medicine?"
"tell me about your volunteer experience"
"If you could only give me one part of your application, what would it be and why?"
"Have you been accepted anywhere yet?"
"Why do you want to go to UF?"
"What does your research involve?"
"Asked about extracurricular activities"
"What was your favorite class in college and why/what did you learn?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school?"
"Describe yourself to a roomate."
"What has been the most dificult thing you ever had to live and how did you handle it?"
"What would you like me to tell the adcom?"
"What did you learn in your psychology classes?"
"What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school next year?"
"From the first interviewer (Faculty)- "
"Are any of your family members in the health care field?"
"What [activities] have you been doing in the past year? "
"What you think is the greatest problem in American medical practice and how you would solve it?"
"Explain your scored to me?"
"Strengths and weaknesses?"
"How do you feel about assisted suicide and right to life issues? (My interviewer agreed with me! Thank goodness!)"
"How do you choose who lives and who dies when you do not have enough beds or drugs to help all?"
"What steps are organization XXX doing to counteract XXX medical finding."
"What direction or specialty do you see yourself practicing in the future?"
"Where have you traveled?"
"Why did you go so far away for undergrad? "
"What is the biggest problem in the medical field today."
"When did you get interested in medicine?"
"Biggest problem in medicine. "
"Do you want to continue research in the future?"
"How was your experience overseas?"
"What type of clinical experience do you have?"
"Why did you wait this long to apply to medical school? Do you mind if the average age of the class is younger than you?"
"Explain your research."
"I am interested in this paper you wrote about ________. Tell me about it. "
"What do you do to relax?"
"What are some issues facing medicine today?"
"where do you see yourself in 10 yrs? what is the problem with u.s. healthcare system? what can be done about it? "
"Tell me about yourself without talking about your interest in medicine."
"What is the major problem in the US today in regards to healthcare? Who do you admire most? Where is the most interesting place you have travelled?"
"What would you say is the major problem facing healthcare today? How could it possibly be solved?"
"What are your thoughts on HMOs?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"What do you do to relax (asked in both interviews)"
"Do you think health care is a right or a priviledge?"
"How do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"From closed-file interviewer: Tell me about yourself. What would you do if you did not get accepted to medical school?"
"do you think preventive care lowers overall health costs?"
"What do you see yourself doing in 15 years."
"Why medicine? Why doctor? Why UF? Why not PhD?"
"What healthcare experiences have you had?"
"Tell me about your research, study abroad...basically talk about experiences in AMCAS"
"General questions regarding my experiences volunteering and in research."
"Medicine is very difficult. Name a difficult time in your life and how it was resolved. "
"The Biggest Problem in medicine if you put aside all of the economical issues. "
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"tell me about yourself - hobbies, etc"
"Why Gainesville? What would you do if you didn't get into medical school?"
"What experiences have you had that show that you are empathetic?"
"Are you familar with HMO's? Then asked a question whether I would lie on an HMO to give a preferred drug to a child?"
"What is your biggest accomplishment outside of school?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"About my research"
"My greastest strength/weakness?"
"What are some current events that have made the news in the past 5 years from medical schools?"
"do you plan on doing research here?"
"I was asked about everything on my application."
"Who was your role model?"
"What do you envision yourself doing in 10 years?"
"Who is your physician role model and how did they influence your desire to become one yourself?"
"Tell me about your overseas deployments."
"what are me strengths and weaknesses?"
"Explain post-secondary experiences."
"Any questions for me?"
"what should I tell the Ad-Com?"
"Do you have any leadership experience?"
"what is your fav. science subject in college? what was your fav. non-science subject/class in college?"
"Why did you choose your major? (Engineering)"
"Provide a chronological history of your work and school experiences."
"What do you think are the biggest problems facing healthcare today?"
"How would your best friend describe you, including both negative and positive traits?"
"Fudging HMO forms?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses? "
"What are your three biggest wishes?"
"What would your friends say about you? Strengths? Weakness?"
"What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?"
"What sets you apart from everyone else?"
"Describe more about your experience in your research lab. What sort of things have you learned?"
"the other guy asked me NO questions. the first thing he did was offer me some cashews and then ask me if i had any questions for him. "
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"What is the number one health problem in the country?"
"Do you feel that your religious beliefs will have any effect on your treatment of patients that do not share your beliefs?"
"Tell me about your research project."
"What can you do to move the practice of medicine away from the limitations produced by insurance companies"
"Three problems with healthcare. Three nonmedical problems in the world today. Three heroes and why. "
"What was your favorite non-science course?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"What are the obstacles physicians face and how will you deal with them?"
"What was your favorite undergrad class?"
"What do you think is the biggest crisis facing health care today and what do you think can be done?"
"Basic q's from application"
"If given unlimited funds, how would you go about solving the healthcare problems you mentioned earlier?"
"What do your friends like/dislike about you the most?"
"What are your greatest weaknesses?"
"If you had three wishes what would they be?"
"who are the two florida senators?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What was high school like for you? "
"How do you feel about healthcare today?"
"what have you done outside of medicine?"
"Why do you want to practice medicine? <sigh>"
"In both interviews, I was asked why I wanted to be a doctor. This was followed up with what I thought were some characterisitics that doctors needed to have and how I have demonstrated these characteristics."
"How do you feel about Terry Schiavo? What would you do as a doctor in that situation?"
"Do you participate in art events (musicals, plays, operas, symphonys, etc.)?"
"What do you think of the WHI (Women's Health Initiative) and the current controversy over HRT?"
"what do you think are current medical issues today? what do you think about socialized medicine? do you know of any countries that have socialized medicine and does it work for them? how would you change the U.S. healthcare system? what would you think if the federal government was in charge of medical schools and anyone could go, but after you graduate, you owe 3 years of healthcare service to the government?"
"What is your greatest accomplishment? How has your ethnicity effected your opinions? What do you think about the new Oregon law (allowing physician assisted suicide)?"
"What do you want me to tell the committee about you? "
"Discuss some pressing medical issues"
"What do you do outside of school (recreation)? What would you do if you couldn't be a doctor?"
""What sort of activities do you do for fun, and dont say working with sick kids" (i spend tons of time working at hospitals and a camp for sick kids, so it was appropriate)"
"How will you use to choose a medical school?"
"What international/diverse experiences had you had?"
"What qualities do you have that will make you a good physician?"
"How would a friend describe you?"
"What would you do if you made a mistake and a patient died?"
"What do you like to do in your free time? What's your primary motivation for becoming a physician? What has been your biggest life crisis?"
"Where do we stand in your personal rankings of medical school (i.e. how serious are you about going here?) What was the most prestigious school you applied to. Where else are you interviewing. "
"Do you know who "the friends of jazz" are? (after we talked about trumpet playing)"
"What makes you think you are qualified for being a physician?"
"If I could say one thing to the committee about you what would it be? "
"Is there anything specific in your file you want to talk about?"
"What is ONE thing you want the committee to note about you?"
"Do you ever think that you would work with underserved populations?"
"describe your volunteer experiences"
"Tell me about your research."
"Why have you decided to go into medicine?"
"Draw (with a crayon) what you see yourself doing in the next 10-15 years."
"Did I know anyone in UFCOMs classes."
"What is important in the medical field today?"
"Tell me about your family. (Asked twice)"
"How my major would help me in med school?"
"Tell me about this activity... How do you balance all these activities with school? If I had to tell the admissions committee one thing about you, what would it be?"
"What do you do when stressed? What is a time when you really failed at something?"
"Tell me something about research? What do you expect to get out of it?"
"What is the connection between math and medicine? (i have my degree in math)"
"what do you do for fun? how would your best friend describe you? what would s/he want to change about you? "
"What was it like moving around so much as a child?"
"What do you think the biggest healthcare problem in the US is?"
"What else? (looking to see if you can just keep conversation going by yourself). Anything else? What do you want impress upon the selection committee? "
"What did you do eery summer since junior year in high school? (!!)"
"I work in healthcare so they asked if I have experienced burnout during COVID-19"
"Where do you see yourself after the next 15 years of your training? (considering specialty that takes 10+ years to finish with)"
"Why did you take a gap year after undergrad and what did you do during it?"
"What is some advice you'd give to a new pre-med student?"
"Are you ready to leave home?"
"What was your impression of the patient encounter you had earlier today?"
"What do you do to get away from stress?"
"What would I bring to the table as a student here?"
"Explain the green powder product you created in during your research?"
"what's your opinion on the affordable care act?"
"What will you add to this university?"
"explain all hobbies"
"Have you been accepted to med school? Which one?"
"What is your perception of the medical profession? How do you think you will be regarded as a physician?"
"What are 3 healthcare problems we face now?"
"Why UF and where does UF rank among the other schools to which you have applied?"
"Where do you ski in Utah?"
"What do you think about new health care legislation? How will we pay for all these people to be insured? What would you say to someone who is happy with their care they receive from their employer?"
"Are you a Gators fan?"
"INT 1 : Healthcare Q INT 2: Asked me about my timeline since graduation...since I had 3 semesters off."
"How do you see yourself ten years from now?"
"What is your future goals?"
"About my research"
"What do you parents do? (as in work)"
"What would you do if someone refused life-saving care for a religious reason for their child?"
"''Some people with your situation (talking about my file like it was a disease thinking to myself ok buddy ask me about me now) would have done research, ehemmm, have you done research? RHETORICAL QUESTION 3 of 4. I couldn't believe this guy. No I haven't done formal research but I would like to blah blah blah, lol, then he tried to test me on it and I through some molecular cell biology at him. "
"What type of medicine would you like to practice?"
"Paraphrase: Why did you major in mechanical engineering? (Asked in both interviews)"
"What is one of the biggest challenges you will face as a doctor?"
"Talk about your research, volunteer exp., ect. "
"What do you want me to say on your behalf to the admissions committee?"
"What title would you give yourself as a doctor? Like what would you want to be remembered as? What do you forsee as ethical dilemmas facing you 10 years from now as it pertains to medicine? Talked about how different Gville was from the city where I went to undergrad. "
"What type of medicine do you want to go into?"
"How many hours a week do you study?"
"Do you foresee any problems for yourself at UFCOM?"
"What can you contribute?"
"Know your application well. I was asked several specifics about things I listed on my application."
"What is one problem facing medicine today that you feel needs redirection and why?"
"Tell me about X or Y."
"Tell me about your family. What do you do for fun? etc."
"what is your biggest strength/weakness?"
"What was the most interesting class you have taken?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What can you bring to the field of medicine?"
"Asked about the role I played in one of my ECs."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"where do i see myself in 10 yrs?"
"How do you cope with difficulties and stress? "
"If you never get into medical school what would you do?"
"Describe a difficult situation and how you handled it."
"Most other questions were directed specifically to my AMCAS/2nd application. Know your application well!"
"What do you want the committee to know."
"Where do you see yoursel in ten years?"
"did you ever consider re-taking the MCAT?"
"Tell me about your research."
"general questions about family background and what my brothers are doing for careers."
"What was one of the memorable experiences you had while shadowing?"
"Anything I want to add?"
"Have you been accepted anywhere else? How many schools are you applying to? Where have you gone for interviews? What is your top choice?"
"What would you do if you didnt get into med school?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"The committee meets on Monday night, what would you like me to say about you?"
"If you could not be a doctor, what would you be?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Do you have pets? "
"How do you know your letter of recommendation writers?"
"What strengths/weaknesses do you bring to the school?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Tell me about your MCAT score? (I scored below average on one section)"
"Why UF? What would you contribute to the college? What do you want us to contribute to you?"
"What can I tell you about UF COM?"
"What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?"
"What do you do when your not working?"
"Why medicine and not nursing, or pa?"
"Explain your grades your freshman year."
"If you can change something in healthcare, what would it be?"
"What do you want to show me or tell me about you that is not easily portrayed on your application?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What are some challenges facing the medical field today?"
"What experience do you have with medicine aside from your volunteering? Any family members in the medical field?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What would you do if med school didn't work out?"
"What are some of the most important issues in healthcare today?"
"What made you decide to choose to become a doctor over nursing or PA or a something of that sort?"
"favorite book? where else did you apply?"
"What are some problems with health care in America?"
"What are three adjectives to describe you? How would your friends describe you? What would your friends say was your biggest weakness? Where do you want to go to medical school? Where have you applied? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? How do you handle stress? What is your greatest accomplishment? How do you feel about UF?"
"What would you do if you couldn't be an MD?"
"Tell me about your clinical / patient contact experiences."
"Who are your role models?"
"How did you like your undergrad school?"
"What is the weakest/strongest point of your AMCAS application?"
"Is there anything in the application we didn't talk about that you think we should have & 4. tell me about your research"
"What will you bring to UF as a medical student? To ophthalmology?"
"What has being an artist brought to your academics and personal life?"
"What support systems do you have in your life?"
"From closed-file interviewer: What have you been doing since you got out of college? What was your MCAT score?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school/what factors will help you make a final decision?"
"What would consider as your Achellie's Heal?"
"Whats the #1 killer of americans? What was thought to be the #1, but turned out to be a miscalculation?"
"What are your plans for the next year?"
"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Anything you want me to bring back to the committee about you?"
"Talk about your research."
"What has the been the most difficult time of your life?"
"How to fix the uninsured crisis....Posibility of a single payer system. "
"Describe your community service/extracurricular/leadership (and so on) activities."
"Summarize your research...then the guy repeatedly questioned the importance of my findings in one of my pubs, but see above for the purpose of his interrogation. Anyway I got in here, so it probably went better than I initially thought."
"Tell me about your experiences while shawdowing Dr. ______."
"Who is your role model and why?"
"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?"
"What is adhesive capsulitis? What causes it and how do you treat it? (Asked based upon my orthopedic experiences)"
"Who is the most influential person in your life?"
"general stuff about my application"
"Lots of application questions from personal statement."
"How would you fix the healthcare system?"
"what has been your greatest achievement?"
"What qualities do you think make a good/bad doctor?"
"What makes you special?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Specific questions on my research and what my actual responsibilities were. "
"Tell me about your Grad School."
"why did i withdraw from physics?"
"Why take a year off?"
"Describe your clinical experiences."
"tell me about yourself (something to that matter)? where do you see yourself in ten years? if you no longer have the desire to go into medicine, what profession would you choose?"
"Where do you intend to practice medicine?"
"How would your best friend describe you? What are your strenghts and weaknesses?"
"What will you do if you don't get accepted to a medical school this year?"
"Do you have a best friend? How would she describe you?"
"Who is your hero? What would you bring to the field fo medicine"
"How do you spend your free-time?"
"Name your favorite 3 traits about yourself. (I started talking about 1, then went off on a tangent, and this question just kind of fell by the wayside. But hey, it's a conversation, not an interrogation!)"
"How do you know you want to go here?"
"the moral of the story is be prepared to ask questions!"
"What life experiences have impacted your choice to pursue medicine?"
"If the admissions committee could only have one piece of your secondary, what piece would you choose?"
"Do you feel it is a doctor's responsibility to force his morals on his patients?"
"you didn't enjoy your volunteer experience in the ER why? did you volunteer else where?"
"Anything else I should know/What else can I tell the selection committee - Have a good summary of yourself for this one ( they always ask it)"
"Tell me about you research, work, activities.... If you could change one thing about yourself , what would it be and why? How would you friends describe you? "
"Do you imagine research being a part of your career?"
"What are the most pressing issues facing the medical field right now?"
"Who are your heros? "
"What do you feel you could offer as a physician?"
"What is your view on euthanasia?"
"what else do you want me to tell the ad com?"
"What would you do if not medicine?"
"What is the largest problem in healthcare and what are you going to do to solve it?"
"What do you plan to do next year if you are not accepted to medical school this year?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing medicine today?"
"What would you do if med school was not an option? What would you do if you don't get in this year? "
"Who is your role model? What inspired you to go into Medicine?"
"If med school didn't exist, what would you do?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"I was asked what I considered to be the most serious problem in medicine today. There is no right or wrong answer to this, but it is important that you have some facts to back up whatever you think."
"Do you think doctors are overpaid? How would it influence your decision to go into medicine if they were paid as much as teachers? and What is the biggest problem facing medicine today? The solution? If (that problem) was fixed what problems do you think you would be facing as a doctor in 10-15 years?"
""What is the most recent book you have read." "
"Tell me about your honors thesis project."
"do you know any doctors or are there any doctors in your family? what do you know about the daily life of a physician? tell me a little baout yourself? who is your role model/hero? what are three strengths and one weakness (also how are you working on the weakness)? how would your friends describe you? why UF? what has been your greatest challenge?"
"What do you do to handle stress? As a doctor, how would you handle the malpractice crisis in Florida? Where is medicine headed in the next 25 years? Why do you want to come to UF? Where does UF stand in your ranking of schools?"
"what would you do if you couldn't become a doctor?"
"What will you do if you are not accepted to medical school? Why?"
"Tell me about your outdoors activities (listed in my application)"
"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare? Why UF? "
""Do you have any questions for me about the school?""
"What have you learned from your volunteer experiences?"
"Where else have you applied/Why did you apply to a school that is more highly ranked than UF?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What is your favorite subject?"
"What have you learned about medicine from your healthcare experiences?"
"How old is the earth? Why can human beings speak but non-human primates can not? How long ago did human beings aquire language? Who won the nobel prize twice? What are the three major causes of death in the U.S.? "
"Name five strengths about yourself and then explain each quality. If you were to explain yourself in a nonmedical way to a stranger, how would you do so? Talk about research/travels. What question should I have asked you that I did not? (i.e. what did you expect me to ask you). "
"What us the square root of 7? (just kidding)"
"What was the most difficult experience you have been through?"
"What was the most stressful event to date in your life?"
"If you had a patient who was a Jehovah's Witness and didn't want a blood transfusion during surgery, would you give it to them if they needed it?"
"What qualities are necessary in a physician?"
"What are the major problems in healtchare?"
"where do you see yourself in ten years? what color describes you and why?"
"What was your greatest achievement?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"What would your best friend say about you?"
"What are the high points and low points of medicine?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why do I want to be a doctor?"
"What do you like about UF? I see that you are applying to another Florida school- how will you decide which one is more suited for you? "
"What makes you different from everybody else in the pool?"
"Why did you choose medicine?"
"if you were the dean of the medical school and a student was caught cheating, what would you do?"
"Did you feel as if your parents (a teacher and a minister) pushed you towards a career in medicine?"
"Tell me about X from your application. (x being research, clubs, volunteering, hobbies, etc.) Be ready to intellegently discuss anything you mentioned on your application."
"Are your MCAT's or GPA more representative of you? Are you the first person in your family going into medicine? Tell me about your family? What do you do for fun or in your spare time?"
"Why UF? What do your parents do? Where else have you interviewed? Where have you been accepted?n What would you do if you don't get in?"
"What is your favorite book genre"
"2-parter! First question, interviewer asked me "Tell me about a time you had to face a challenge that had a positive outcome. Now tell me about a time you faced a challenge that had a negative outcome / failure?""
"This thing in your application really seemed to be the turning point for you, explain it more and how it impacted your career in medicine?"
"None stand out"
"What was the last thing you googled just because you were curious?"
"Any interesting classes outside of your major?"
"The one that required thinking outside normal interview questions was: I was given examples of types of reimbursements doctors get from insurance companies. I was then asked to give the pros and cons of each situation."
"If you had a patient with tonsil cancer that smoked, drank, and did cocaine, how would you handle that situation?"
"Tell me about your immediate family."
"Why did you visit the school for an overview of your application last year?"
"Have you read any books recently regarding medicine?"
"Tell me a funny story."
"What do you like about UF?"
"If your friends could change one characteristic about you what would it be?"
"If you could have lunch with three people who are living, who would they be?"
"If I knew what killed Michael Jackson?"
"What do you think about the debate between Peter Singer and Harriet McBride Johnson?"
"What do you think your peer reviewer said about you?"
"What was your favorite course and why?"
"What do you think Ayn Rand would think of this health care dilemma we are in?"
"Very few direct questions, other than the ones listed above. Mostly conversational."
"Will you turn down Johns Hopkins if you are accepted here?"
"What was the last movie you saw?"
"How would you respond if asked to perform a task you have little experience on?"
"What is the weirdest question that I could have asked you?"
"How do you see yourself balancing your religious views and practicing medicine?"
"What was my favorite art piece i've made"
"How did you like (insert country visited here)?"
"If I could tell the admissions committee one thing about you, what would you want me to say?"
"NOTHING, The second student interviewer was a complete JERK. He was on my file the entire time and it was disgusting his attitude towards me."
"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Dr. Kevorkian recently came to UF. What is your position on euthenasia?"
"What would a typical day as a doctor be like?"
"Out of a square, circle, triangle and squigly line, which shape are you and why?"
"What do you think about the Mitchell Report? (We were talking about baseball and the Mitchell Report about steroid use had come out the day before)"
"I didn't get any ''deep'' questions. Both interviewers wanted to know all about the information I had put in my AMCAS application and in my secondary."
"As a doctor, what title would you give yourself? Like what would you want to be remembered as? What is your greatest nonacacemic achievement? "
"What book/movie character best describes you?"
"If a patient told you she did not want a blood transfusion no matter what, and then later on she came in to the hospital needing one to live, do you give it to her or not?"
"In the future, if you have a mass casualty/triage situation with your comrades and foreign fighters/insurgents, how would you deal with it?"
"Why do you stress your interdisciplinary education?"
"What do you think about the amendments on the Florida ballot?"
"How would your best friend describe you?"
"If I had to eat dinner with three people from the past, who would they be and why?"
"They were all run of the mill very basic questions"
"What is your favorite baseball team?"
"Mostly we talked about me!"
"I was asked by one interviewer about my trip to Italy that I mentioned in my Secondary. He had spent a great deal of time looking through my application and knew all the minute details included!! (i appreciated it)"
"None were very interesting. My first interviewer acted like he didn't want to be there and my second interview answered phone calls and cut me off in mid-sentence."
"If someone said you could weren't allowed to ever be a doctor, what career would you choose instead?"
"How will genetics influence the future of medicine?"
"What question aren't you prepared to answer?"
"pretty straightforward questions"
"''Are the animals you do research on harmed?'' BTW-none are :)"
"Why'd you decide to go to X?"
"What was your high school experience like? (I attended an in an inner-city medical magnet program) "
"nothing really interesting"
"Imagine an IDEAL day in your job as a doctor (in my stated specialty). Describe to me what you are doing."
"Questione were very basic: why do you want to be a doctor, what area of medicine interestests you, etc."
"All were pretty standard."
"There weren't any really interesting questions - everything was related to my application materials. "
"If you were interviewing students for medical school admission, what questions would you ask?"
"Would you perform Euthanasia? and comply with Do-Not-Resuscitate orders? Explain your thought process for each."
"why [xyz] extracurricular activity?"
"How could you change medicine?"
"we talked about a lot of interesting things b/c i had a lot in common w/ both my interviewers"
"Ten years down the road, what do you think will be the major ethical problem you will have to face in medicine? ...lively discussion ensued..."
"What schools have you applied to? Have you been accepted anywhere yet?"
"the interviews were pretty conversational"
"How do you think Chris Leak will do in the NFL?"
"How is the health coverage in China? (We had previously spoken about my experiences shadowing overseas)"
"nothing surprising/particularly interesting"
"one thing led to another in conversations...we talked about books I'd recently read and food i loved....it was very informal and conversational"
"Tell me five things you'd say about yourself to a a potential roomate."
"Nothing interesting really"
"Are most physicians able to "
"What was your favorite class and what was your best class, and why was one your favorite and one your best?"
"Pretty standard questions"
"What are the greatest problems in healthcare today?"
"If asked, would you participate in an experiment to simulate blunt force trauma to an animals brain in order to compare this to the effects of certain addictive chemicals? (Caught me very off guard)"
"What was your favorite class at your undergrad outside of science?"
"What volunteering activities have you done that you recommend to someone else? (It was implicit that the activities were to help someone understand what it is to be a doctor.)"
"How my christian worldview would help or hurt my care of patients "
"My questions were pretty much straight out of AMCAS so make sure you know what you included in your application"
"More women than men are entering medical school these days, how do you feel about that and could you maybe explain why this is happening?"
"I had two faculty interviewers. The first was stuck on ethical issues and statistics, such as how many uninsured persons currently reside in the US. The second was intimately familiar with my research, which wouldn't be bad, but for almost an hour he regailed me with his opinions on what I should be doing. "
"Describe the advantages of your research as if you were applying to a grant."
"What would you like to know about UF COM? Also, after discussing the interviewers research he asked what novel clinical applications I could think of."
"If you could totally eliminate one disease, what would you get rid of? "
"A series of questions about pop culture. "
"Why do you think chimpanzees cannot talk?"
"What can I tell you to help you decide whether you want to come to Florida?"
"I did not really get many questions mostly they just wanted to find out about me. It was more of a conversation than individual questions."
"What would your friends say is the LEAST thing they like about you?"
"If you could take one thing off your medical school application, what would it be?"
"Where have you traveled?"
"My first interviewer didn't really ask me many interesting questions, they were very straightforward, and the second interview was a conversation."
"If the Japanese language is picture-based, how do they fit all of the characters on a computer keyboard? (I'm Japanese, so unless you are, too, you shouldn't worry about getting this question)"
"What experience do you have with medicine aside from your volunteering? Any family members in the medical field?"
"Tell me about volleyball."
"ufcom is funded by state residents to subsidize your education. this includes taxes from many poor peoples who cant afford healtcare. do you feel that you owe these residents? how can medical graduates help these people?"
"How do you know what medicine is all about?"
"What are three adjectives to describe you?"
"When did you know you wanted to be a physician?"
"Specific question about my research...it actually got me thinking about variables I had not considered and may help me out in the next few weeks in the lab...who would have thought."
"When is it okay to lie?"
"So you're a practicing psychiatrist and you just diagnose someone with dementia NOS, and your patient decides to get a second opinion. How do you feel?"
"A fourth year medical student asked me to teach him what I learned about the healthcare system and medical billing on my internship."
"What do you think about abortion?"
"You seem like a people person and have artistic capabilities, do you think you would want to specialize in something artist like plastic surgery or dermatology?"
"What would you do if you did not go into medicine?"
"What is your opinion about HMOs? (This was from a conversation we'd been having about how HMOs really save money for the company and CEO, not for the patients.)"
"What do you feel is the biggest problem in medicine?"
"Describe yourself outside of your med school app."
"What do you feel is the most well known line in poetry or prose?"
"We were talking about patient-centered care, and the interviewer asked me how I thought I could accomplish this within the average 7 min pt-doctor consultation"
"How do you think your wife will handle you being in medical school."
"If you were doing an operation on a Jehovah's Witness who refused a blood transfusion, would you let her die?"
"How should physicians advance medicine?"
"What was the most innfluential discovery in medicine over the past 100 years. "
"What do you think is the most important attribute for a doctor to possess?"
"Tell me why patient advocacy is important."
"What is your biggest accomplishment?"
"All my questions were pretty striaght forward. When have I ever been in a situation in which the leader was incompetent and what did I do?"
"What is a recent medical issue that you know of that has been on the news?"
"What is your stance on the Terri Sciavo case?"
"What inspires you?"
"I told him I related to Dr. Ben Carson (who he did not know), who came from humble beginnings, to which he replied: "If you are so poor, how did you afford to go to ___ for 4 years of undergrad?"...Wow, I hope my mouth didn't drop open!"
"what i thought about the private social security accounts president bush has proposed"
"Specific questions about my application"
"Very few actual questions were asked, it was more of an unfocused conversation."
"Name some US senators. Name some Chief Justices."
"What kind of impact did the documentary "supersize me" have on the american ppl?"
"If you had three wishes what would they be?"
"What newspaper do you read?"
"How do you think a socialized health care system such as the one in Britain would work here?"
"Nothing particularly interesting. All questions were about my application. No ethics scenarios or healthcare questions. I am non-trad, so just talking about the things I have done filled the time."
"Do you ever feel like the world will come crashing down on you? how do you handle this feeling?"
"What do you think of the Atkins diet?"
"What do you perceive to be the biggest challenge you will face as a doctor?"
"Why do we have sulci/gyri?"
"What nonacademic accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"If I were to present you to the committee tomorrow, what do you want me to say about you?"
"How do you feel about alternative medicine?"
"What do you feel is the most important advance in medicine or, possibly the interviewer who asked me to draw a picture of where I saw myself in 10-15 years"
"If the government offered to pay for your medical school tution, fees, etc., would you be willing to spend 3 years practicing in a rural part of the country? This could be considered a form of socialized medicine, how do you feel about government intervention such as this?"
"(one interview was with a 4th year student, the other with a dr.)"
"He asked me about my opinions on abortion"
"Tell me about your travel experiences."
"What is the biggest difference in the practice of medicine here vs overseas (I volunteered overseas for some time)"
"Most question were pretty standard. Nothing too off the wall or out of the ordinary. "
"Do you know Madhuri Dikshit?"
"Not a specific question, but one of my hour-long interviews was given by an anesthesiologist who took me around the OR. Yes, I got out of my suit and scrubbed in. We walked around and watched about 8 different surgeries, and it was an incredible experience. He introduced me to the surgical teams very nonchalantly as they were performing their surgery! The interviewer was amazingly friendly and open too; since we didn't have an opportunity to really talk in the OR he finished his interview with me over the phone later that week."
"Most of the questions were straight off of the secondary, but they asked me why I wanted to say in Gainesville."
""do you have any questions for me?""
"When have you experienced a time when there was a lack of leadership skills (on anyone's part) and what did you do about it?"
"Why did the President get vaccinated for small pox?"
"The interviewer handed me a piece of paper and a box of crayons and told me to draw how I saw myself in ten years."
"My first interviewer shared similar research interests, and so he asked many interesting questions that were specific to my research experience and views on the direction the field is currently taking"
"Why don't you play college basketball? (I played in high school)"
"Are you smart?"
"All of the question were simple getting to know me questions based on my application"
"If you had two terms left as president of the United States, what would you do? "
"Are there any specific role models or heroes that guided you to medicine?"
"What would you do if you and your family were at a Gator football game and some of your fellow medical students (wearing UFMED shirts) were openly drunk and being obnoxious? Would you report them to the dean's office?"
"As a physician, how do you plan to achieve the type of relationship with your patients that you think you should have?"
"Who is your hero?"
"If you can't do medicine for some reason, what other field would you go into?"
"Hypothetically, 3 of your classmates are being obnoxious drunks at the football game and are making a scene. Your family is with you at the game. What do you do?"
"What sets you apart from other interviewees?"
"why shouldnt we bomb the hell out of afghanistan?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Draw a picture (with crayons!!!) of what where you would like to be in ten years... N.B. i really suck at drawing hence I had to label it."
"If I would like to go back to my native country, once I graduated or later in my life."
"why do we have opiate neuroreceptors?"
"For the most part the questions were pretty straight forward. Off-topic of medicine I had some interesting questions regarding atheltics."
"None stand out as interesting."
"would i want to do medicine and research? (i guess not too interesting, but every question was fairly routine)"
""What three movies would you recommend that your friends watch (not your three favorite movies)?""
"Who do I admire most and why?"
"Who is my hero and why?"
"Who is XXX? (I can't remember the name- turned out to be the most prolific furniture maker in the U.S.!)"
"You have had a lot of healthcare experience. Tell me which of them was the most significant to you and why?"
"What extracirricular activities did you do in high school?"
""Name three movies that you enjoy and explain why you enjoy them.""
"If a patient came to you and asked to receive the smallpox vaccine what would you tell him or her?"
"If you were strongly anti-abortion and one of your patients requested the procedure, how would you handle it?"
"If you were on adcom, what would you look for in aapplicant?"
"what would you think if the federal government was in charge of medical schools and anyone could go, but after you graduate, you owe 3 years of healthcare service to the government?"
"How has your view of death changed? (I volunteer at hospice)"
"what job would you really not want to do?"
"After the interviewer asked me what I thought about the uninsured, she asked how I would go about fixing the system. Makes you realize how hard it can be to change things in a realistic manner. "
"Do i know why schools discourage post-bac work?"
"What was the most difficult situation you have faced in your life?"
"nothing real out of the ordinary, though one interviewer and I talked about some recent injuries I had involving triathlon."
"What can you take from past part-time jobs and apply to medical school?"
"What types of poker games do you play?"
"If you (the interviewer) had to pick one characteristic in your determination of accepting a medical student, what would it be? "
"What kind of animal describes you and what animal would you choose to be?"
"What else should I have asked you?"
"If you could recommend only two movies for a person to see in their lifetime what would they be?"
"What did you think of the book "The House of God""
"Why do people feel it necessary to help each other?"
"As a whole, do you think the medical profession is on the right track?"
"nothing special, just general stuff"
"How do you feel about the present state of medicine?"
"You seem to have a romanticized view of bieng a dr. do you know what it is really like? How do you know what it is like? What woul dyou do if you couldn't be a dr.?What do you fear about being a dr.?"
"What aspect transcends all cultures that causes individuals to care?"
"Have you heard anything interesting in the news lately?"
"What did I know about the University of Florida COM."
"What stresses you?"
"If I were a patient, what would I look for in a doctor?"
"What did I think about the current situation with the Boy Scouts regarding religion?"
"What would your best friend say about you?"
"What do you think will be the hardest thing about going into med school/medicine for you?"
"Within the past 50 years, what do you think is the most influential technological advancement in the field of medicine? Why?"
"Do you know know what the 5th vital sign is?! (turns out it was pain)"
"what color would best describe your personality and why?"
"What do you fear most about entering medical school?"
"My interview was very personal - the questions reflected mostly on my personal statement. I also was asked about my research experience. "
"Only one interesting question. All others were the generic questions you hear all the time. Some people were asked about their favourite color... but I was asked about the price of a pint of beer in England."
"So...what else? Anything else?"
"What would your best friend say about you? Give me three weaknesses. Where have you travelled?"
"How do you deal with conflict"
"Is UF your top-choice school? (I then answered that it was at the top of my list but after today, it was my number one) then my interviewer rebutted and asked "why it wasn't before" which I had to think quickly on my feet with. Gave an honest and truthful answer that impressed my interviewer"
"They asked me to talk about a difficult experience I had that I mentioned in my secondaries. Only write about things you're willing to talk about!! But also don't be afraid to be personal, I think they really appreciated my experience."
"Tell me about your research"
"Asked me about my interest in a subject/issue that I never mentioned in my app, then insisted it was on my app when I told them I had no experience with it and had never talked about it. Odd experience- I do not know if it was a weird version of a stress test or if I was confused for someone else."
"What is the most important quality for a physician to have?"
"What do you think the biggest problem in healthcare is?"
"None were difficult, most conversational interviews I've ever had"
"Tell me about a time you had a leadership role and what frustrated you mostly"
"How do you know that medicine is the same as, or different than, what you read in the book?"
"What other schools did you apply to? what's your top choice? WTF"
"(in reference to something I had said) "I'm going to play devil's advocate..." and then proceeded to debate my idea. It wasn't hostile; more of a friendly challenge."
"Why do you think we didn't accept you last year?"
"What is a pressing issue in healthcare today?"
"How would you solve today's healthcare problems? (following a question about what I thought were the biggest problems in healthcare)"
"Would you ever lie to a patient? ... really, never?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"How are you going to pay for your national healthcare plan? (took me by surprise)"
"No very difficult questions. They just wanted to learn more about me."
"What is the importance in consenting patients, since your research only requires a small amount of blood and doesn't represent a health risk? What was a ethical // moral dilemma which you faced?"
"Do you think that the medical approach to mental health is better than the counseling approach? How to you think having medical training will help you treat mental illness?"
"Do you believe healthcare is a right or priveledge?"
"What would you bring to medicine?"
"Research specific questions....know your stuff!!"
"None too difficult "
"Why did you change schools so many times?"
"Where do I start? The first interviewer asked good questions that were relevant. The most difficult question was when she would ask something such as, ''What makes a good doctor, but don't use Empathy and give me three different things.'' She did that for another question too. Overall she was nice. However, the 4th year person interviewing me was honestly an jerk and wouldn't get off of my file. He tried to just degrade me and the school I went to for undergrad saying ''an easy school like this.'' Referring to my school. My jaw hit the floor and was in disbelief thinking why did they ask me to come here. He kept going with questions about my file and never let off of them. I mean if you have one or two marks that need explaining that is fine but this person was acting so rude and obnoxious about the interview. He would ask me rhetorical questions that with my super highlighted file I knew he knew the answer too. What really was upsetting about the whole thing is that the person that interviewed, FROM and IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL, before me said that ''oh this guy is so nice.'' NO HE WASN'T which makes me question UF's whole attitude toward people of small name schools as they only let people in from IVY LEAUGE Schools or with a 40K donation from rich republicans that can get Charlie Crist to write a letter and have their kids get in without MCAT's or an application. "
"No difficult questions."
"nothing too difficult"
"Tell me about yourself (hard to do this without just restating my personal statement)"
"What are the three biggestd issues that need to be addressed nationally, not having to do with medicine?"
"The Presidental elections are coming up, and you are a candidate on the campaign trail. What is your stance on health care reform, and what are you going to tell the people to get them to vote for you?"
"Something about ATP and the Kreb's Cycle. The question wasn't so difficult, but the context was strange. The interviewer just wanted to see how I would react. It was almost like it was intended to by an ice-breaker."
"See above. Also, question about the political situation in my country. I mentioned my native country in my essays."
"same as the most interesting. "
"What do you think of a physician's inability to cure?"
"The standard Jehovah's Witness 14 year-old boy is dying, parents refuse to allow a blood transfusion, what do you do?"
"Tell me about yourself. (Only difficult when you see the attention of your interviewer waning and his head bobbing up and down out of sleep)."
"Nothing difficult -- it was very relaxed actually!"
"Describe your best friend and what's their impression of you. (This question may not seem hard, but when it's placed in between conversation directly related to YOU, it's kind of hard!)"
"What is your stance on abortion. What would you do if a 6 month pregnant women came in for an abortion saying she was raped."
"What do you think is the biggest problem with healthcare (globally or nationally)?"
"How do all of your interests fit together?"
"Why is your research so poorly designed? (It's not - it's being published later this year)"
"Discuss a personal or academic struggle you have faced and tell how you coped with it"
"What do you think is a problem facing the American medical system?"
"As your advocate to the admissions committee, what should I say to convince them to accept you?"
"How do you feel about the insurance system in the United States?"
"None really. Very straight forward, conversational interviews"
"Was really hammered repeatedly about a deficiency on my record. I think I handled it well."
"I did not get any difficult questions."
"who is your hero?"
"They didn't really ask me any difficult questions, but many of the questions required time and thought."
"Strengths and weaknesses."
"How would you improve health-care in US?"
"There really weren't any difficult questions either - just explaining what I put in on AMCAS and the secondary. "
"If you were interviewing students for medical school admission, what questions would you ask?"
"No questions were difficult. All were pretty standard. Some ethics, some health care system etc."
"asked about grades"
"I didn't think any were really difficult"
"i can't remember; they were both extremely conversational; did not take any notes"
"Where would you place UF among the other programs you are considering? How hard should I fight for you during the committee meeting?"
"Nothing really. Nothing harder than tell me about your research or why do you want to enter into medicine."
"what does a gpa at [Ivy league UG] equate to at UF undergrad?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (I don't really have a defined reason, but many small ones...)"
"Nothing too difficult, I had to explain a poor semester in college."
"Did you read about what research I've done? (PhD interviewer)"
"How would you change American Healthcare?"
"What is wrong with healthcare?"
"Very detail questions about my reserach. And a why? after every answer."
"A little critical of my answers. Very condescending"
"Who do you admire the most and why?"
"Nothing really difficult"
"all of the questions were very straightforward from both interviewers."
"Why does the brain possess receptors for chemicals such as opiates or marijuana?"
"What do you think about the FL law to ban doctor's from practicing medicine if they've lost three malpractice suites?"
"What do you think about the clash between science and religion? (This was an informal question and not really meant to catch you, so don't worry if you get a controversial issue like this.)"
"Mostly just the depth and explaination I had to go to answer the common questions. (Lots of interview time and few questions to ask)."
"Why did I receive the MCAT score I did"
"again, no particularly difficult questions if you know your app."
"My student interviewer didn't like it when I said I wouldn't apply to medical school if I didn't get in this year or if I tried again next year and still didn't get in. Apparently she thought I didn't want it bad enough if I wasn't willing to try three times."
"How many uninsured people live in America today? How many of them are seniors? What could we do about this?"
"I did not have a question that truly stuck out as being overly difficult. However, answering "What can I tell you about UF COM" after being bombarded with information and stats for the day was somewhat difficult. "
"If you were determined to be a physician, why did you chose this other profession first? I was prepared for this question but I don't think I articulated the answer as well as I had hoped."
"Why do you feel you were put on the waiting list last year?"
"What questions do you have for me. they give you so much information throughout the day that by the time you get to your interviewers, you don't have anything left to ask"
"Why was your verbal score so much lower than your biological science and physical science on the Mcat."
"What are three things you like about medicine?"
"Biggest problem in medicine (wasn't really super hard)"
"Oh you have a sister? How come you didnÃ‚Â´t mention that sooner? I guess you sometimes assume that your interviewers know more things about you than they really do."
"no difficult questions"
"None. Very conversational."
"Nothing was too difficult."
"nothing really that difficult. Maybe "What is one of the biggest ethical issues facing physicians?""
"What are your reasons for becoming a doctor vs. a PA, nurse, etc."
"none too difficult, very casual and conversational"
"What would you do if parents from another culture refused to treat their epileptic child, stating her condition made her special and revered in her culture?"
"Who do you most admire?"
"Nothing extremely difficult."
"You have x doses available of a miraculous (and highly expensive) drug that seems very effective in treating a high mortality rate cancer...you have 2x number of patients who need the treatment...what criteria do you employ in deciding who gets the treatment and who is left to, more than likely, die? Some of these patients are known to have lifestyle factors that decrease the effectiveness of the drug...does this play into your decision and how? "
"When is it okay to perform an abortion?"
"What ethical question are you most likely to face as a practicing psychiatrist?"
"I was asked how putting myself through school on my own was a disadvantage and how it was an advantage"
"You seem to have many positive qualities and strengths, what are your weaknesses?"
"What would you do if you did not go into medicine?"
"None. The interviews were both very pleasant and conversational. Both interviewers had been at UF COM for a long time, and they gave me some good insights about the school. My first interview was open-file, but the second was closed-file. (That interviewer told me up front that he had decided not to read my file until after interviewing me.)"
"none really. one interviewer asked me to give specific examples demonstrating certain personal qualities I mentioned."
"Do you have any questions? It was very hard to think of something that hadn't already been answered."
"What is the most difficult ethical situation you can imagine for physicians?"
"What do you feel is the most well known line in poetry or prose?"
"What do you think should be done in New Orleans in relation to public health?"
"None were particularly difficult. There were no ethical/moral dilemma questions, just plain, easygoing, getting-to-know-you conversation."
"Jehovah's Witness question"
"What has been the most difficult time in your life?"
"How to fix the uninsured crisis; just wasn't expecting it the way the interview was going. "
"What was the most difficult time you had in school? (Not very difficult, just out of nowhere.)"
"nothing really..we spoke about patient advocacy and why it's important for physicians to be leaders and role models, and related this to lobbying in Congress as a way to have a broader impact for your patients as a doc."
"Why the Junior Honors Medical Program? Why the rush?"
"What are your thoughts on abortion? If pro-choice, when is it too late for a person to have an abortion? How do you define life?"
"Name a stressful situation and how you dealt with it?"
"What is the one thing you would change about yourself? (Oh and the poor question)"
"same as above, who were the supreme court justices, ethical issues in orthopedics?"
"Ethical dilemnas in medicine: I didn't know how partial I should be regarding the sensitive issues that came up."
"Do you have any questions for me? (this is 10 minutes into a 60-minute interview)"
"Name some US senators. Name some Chief Justices. How can we fix the problems in healthcare?"
"best aspect of the american healtcare system - we've been trained to identify only the problems"
"If you had three wishes what would they be?"
"What do you think about the prospect of Universal Healthcare in the United States?"
"If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?"
"What is the one negative thing on your application that you want to elaborate upon?"
"Why is your Personal Statement so negative? (I didn't realize it was. OOPS.)"
"what is the biggest problem in healthcare and how would i solve it?"
"What would you do if a Jahovah's Witness would not let you give her blood during surgery?"
"What do you think is, currently, the biggest challenge facing medicine?"
"If you need to deal with people that are uncooperative or hostile, how will you do that?"
"What is one non-science subject that you like?"
"How do you react in stressful situations?"
"How do you feel about physician-assisted suicide?"
"So I see you have held several different jobs working under physicians... why not stick with one of those positions? Why go the extra mile and become a doctor? (This shouldn't have been as hard as it was, but my interviewer would not accept any answer that involved my desire to care of patients because he said I cared for patients in my other jobs as well.)"
"Ethical issues were brought up a lot. What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you? Somehow, I'm never prepared for this."
"Nothing really...everything was very relaxed "
"Have you ever been through hardship? (the answer is yes but it's very personal, so my interviewer got embarrassed when I started to squirm but then I basically shared the information)-- he just wanted to know how I cope with things and what my support network is."
"nothing really...there was basically one question in the beginning (what made you decide that medicine was for you?) and the rest of the hour, it was related conversation"
"None were necessarily difficult. If you dont know, simply say you dont know and dont try and make something up. They are very understanding and enjoyable people."
"What can you contribute to the Junior Honors Group? Why should we pick you?"
"None were difficult, but the one that was probably most commonly asked question was "what do you bring to the table?""
"The most difficult question was also the most interesting: Many people are bored in Gainesville, so why stay in Gainesville? Do want to go to school somewhere exciting and different?"
"Why did you get a --- in this course?"
"Name the Supreme Court Justices, State Senators, etc."
"why did you decide to take a year off?"
"Do you feel it is a doctor's responsibility to force his morals on his patients?"
"Are you smart?"
"None really. Had to know alot about medical/nonmedical issues of the world. "
"So, why did you decide to double major in business?"
"What are your views on abortion?"
"Same. He later explained that this had actually happened."
"Your career goals are impossible. Respond."
"What is your stance on abortion?"
"You seem to have had a good deal of experience with volunteering with the elderly, what is your view on euthanasia?"
"Describe to me your proudest acheivement?"
"What do you feel are the 3 biggest global issues in the world, NOT health-related?"
"What is the largest problem in healthcare and what would you do to solve it?"
"if you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?"
"Tell me about your application process last year. or Tell me about yourself."
"A twelve year old is raped and becomes pregnant, her parents want her to get an abortion, but she is unsure and comes to you... what do you tell her? this was really difficult, not because of the ethical question, but because my interviewer kept questioning me about the answer i gave. This also happened with other ethical questions."
"there was none"
"if you were the interviewer, what two questions would the student have to nail for you to give them your recommendation to the panel?"
"What do your brothers think of you going into medicine?"
"What would your friends say are your strengths and weaknesses? "
""How do you foresee your medical career in 10 years?""
"Who would you side with in the Shivo case and what would you tell the other side when you made your decision?"
"As a followup question, I was asked for some details on a class I'd taken more than a year ago. I wasn't quite ready for that."
"Who are the senators from California?"
"What are the problems in health care and how do you propose to solve them."
"There were a couple of difficult questions in both interviews. In the first, she brought up one thing I had said in an essay that she disagreed with. So, I had to defend my point while not insulting her. There was also another point where I had begun to answer why I wanted to be a doctor, but I said something she disagreed with. Again, I had to defend my point. The second interview had a tough question. We were discussing problems in today's healthcare system. I had solid knowledge on the issues, but then she asked me how I would solve them. And I had no idea."
"What was the most stressful moment in your undergraduate career?"
""How can healthcare be reformed?""
"Who won the Nobel Prize twice in Medicine?"
"Nothing really; generally very conversational and friendly. More of information exchange than anything, Although the first interviewer was very tough to read and gauge his reactions. "
"how would you change the healthcare system?"
"Students begin medical school and their careers full of altruism and enthusiasm, but are often quickly jaded by the health care system. How are you going to keep yourself from being jaded by the system?"
"what are your weaknesses?"
"I was asked to draw where I thought I would be in ten years, I was not prepared for that."
"What would I do as a career if i don't get into medicine (I hadn't prepared an answer)"
"What is your most meaningful accomplishment?"
"I was asked two situational questions, "what is your stance on the distribution of scarce medical resources" and "You have a patient who has terminal lung cancer (6 months to live), and it has been found that he has pericardial fluid, which may pose a risk to his health. How do you approach him with this information""
"What will you dislike about being a doctor?"
"Are there any problems with the healthcare system in the U.S.?"
"What qualities do you have that will make you a good physician?"
"the above question"
"What negative aspect of medicine, if it were to increase, would cause you to pursue another profession?"
"How far is mars from earth?"
"Same as above."
"Do you know what "@%&[email protected]%$ (from my research)" is?"
"What would I bring into a group situation"
"What do I know about Healthcare today? How would I change it? What do I think is wrong with it? "
"Same as above. It was pretty vague."
"Describe a situation in your life, where you observed lack of leadership, what could have been done?..."
"Go through every summer since your sophmore year in highschool. What problems do you se in medicine (on personal and macro levels)"
"same as above"
"I see that you have experience working in a research section of your hospital. Have you actually considered going to other wards, i.e. intensive care, just to see what they were like? Have you been to other departments?"
"If you saw a 12-year old girl who was raped and her parents wanted her to have an abortion, what would you do?"
"What were the three biggest problems confronting healthcare in the US right now. I was ready for one but not THREE!"
"Do doctors only make people better?"
"And? What else?"
"What is my biggest failure?"
"What is your greatest failure?"
"What do you want to talk about? Have any more questions for me?"
"If there was only one seat left and I(interviewer) think that you are most fit for that sit, how would you want me to convince the faculty about you?"
"What was the most challenging experience you have had?"
"What do you fear most about entering medical school? Why are Americans so sue-happy?"
"What are the two most pressing issues in medicine today."
"Tell me about yourself. (this is right after I sat down). I blabbed for about 5 minuutes, then asked if he'd like me to take my autobiographical escapade any particular direction. After a few moments thought, he suggested I focus on 'things that will help me get into medical school.' So I blabbed somemore, until we finally went off on a tangent. Thing were good from there, but I would suggest you be prepared with a plan if they just ask you to sit down and start talking."
"Nothing really. I guess the most difficult question would be... do you have a copy of your published paper? (I didn't, so during a break I ran and made a copy and delivered it at the end of the day)"
"What do you see in the future of medicine/health care?"
"I researched the school, practiced common questions"
"LOTS of research, attended Swamp Social, read interview feedback on SDN, compiled list of most common questions and things I would like to touch on but also just practiced with several mock interviews"
"VITA, practicing common interview questions with a friend"
"Did practice questions with a friend and read over secondary and primary"
"Read through AMCAS app and secondary. Made list of common interview questions and possible answers. Read up/watched videos on the US healthcare system and its issues. Did a few practice interviews with random people online (through r/premed reddit page)."
"Read the website, reviewed my own application thoroughly (this was important. both interviewers basically had annotated copies of my application, and asked very specific clarifying questions about it)"
"SDN and reread application."
"Looked on here, watched some videos"
"SDN, list of typical interview questions, read primary and secondary"
"Read questions here and really read over my application. They know everything about you so make sure you do too!"
"Reviewed: AMCAS Essay, AMCAS App, Secondary App, Practiced with current medical students, read the book, "The Medical School Interview""
"Practice in Mirror, overview AMCAS and secondary application"
"Reviewed SDN interview feedback, read my primary and secondary responses, researched the school's curriculum etc."
"SDN interview feedback questions (almost everything they asked me was on here), read up on the affordable care act, Looked over my app, looked at their website."
"Numerous mock interviews."
"Reread AMCAS, secondary, and mock interviews"
"SDN, UF website"
"Mental Preparation and Review of primary and secondary applications"
"SDN and the UF website"
"Read about the school on their website and on SDN."
"this site helped a lot, mock interview with @ my school, and practiced in the mirror"
"Read over AMCAS and secondary, surfed UF's website a bit, talked to current student."
"Looked up questions on this site and reviewed my AMCAS application."
"UF Website, SDN, Reviewed AMCAS & Secondary"
"Reviewed Secondary, Reviewed AMCAS, read medical related books, check out school online..."
"Read: AMCAS, Secondary, Research articles, talked to students."
"SDN, reviewed my application, read UF's website."
"researched school online, talked to students, talked to alumni, mock interviews"
"Big bowl of grits and talking with some friends at UF."
"SDN, reviewed 1',2' apps, mock interview, reviewed healthcare changes and current events."
"No specific preparation. Just tried to be myself."
"SDN, mock interviews, reviewed application materials before hand"
"Mock interview, SDN, MSAR, fellow med students, school's website"
"SDN, other mock interviews"
"Brainstormed a little on recent issues in medicine, practiced not speaking too quickly!"
"Friends, SDN, and people who interviewed there before me. Also my student host was very nice and I liked him a lot. Too bad the rest of the experience was so negative. "
"SDN, read through AMCAS and secondary application. Nothing special."
"read over applications, mock interview with career center and friends, read sdn"
"Mock interview, list of common questions asked (none of which were asked)"
"read SDN, reviewed my AMCAS and info about UF COM"
"SDN, UF website, friends"
"SDN and school website"
"Mock interviews, read over my applications and essays, visited SDN and looked at previous interviewees."
"SDN feedback and went over my AMCAS. I'd advise you to know your AMCAS well and know about issues related to things peripherally related to your essays and activities. i.e. if you mention your native country and the poverty there then be able to know the political issues that may be the root of those problems and be able to discuss it. They don't expect answers to be the world's solutions just to see that you can think quickly about the issues and that you are able to come up with an answer on the spot. "
"Read over AMCAS, secondary app, sdn, and look at current news on website"
"SDN, read secondaries, read school's website and interview material"
"Website, AMCAS app, talked friends who go there, SDN website."
"I stayed with friends who room with a 1st year and 2nd year. "
"SDN, Researched the school "
"SDN, AMCAS application, secondary application, news sources."
"Read over essays, and SDN"
"Studied public health policy, organized my personal thoughts about my future as a doctor, and reviewed the school's website."
"SDN, school materials"
"SDN, read over my application, school's website, talked to a friend at the school"
"Read studentdoctor.net, read up on health care issues, read a health care ethics book."
"Reviewed the problems with the US health care system- and I was asked about it in both interviews"
"mock interview with advisor"
"Practice interview, reviewed AMCAS and UF application"
"Read medical application books, mock interview at career services office of my university, asked former interviewees about their experiences, talked over questions and answers with family and friends."
"read my apps"
"Read my primary and secondary, Browsed the school site."
"read over my file, read over prepared answers to anticipated questions, read sdn"
"SDN & reviewed my application"
"this website and looked over my application"
"Re-read my applications and essays, SDN, read their websites, call up hotels, etc."
"I read about the program from the school's webpage, talked with a few people who had gone through the interview process, and looked at Studentdoctor.net."
"SDN, review my AMCAS/ secondary essays"
"SDN, read over my application and prior publications, looked at UF COM website"
"Relaxed - but I probably should have read over what I wrote again. "
"This website, the school's website, read up on health care policy, read my application."
"SDN, reviewed my AMCAS, mock interviews with my sister, know your med issues!"
"SDN, read over my essays"
"SDN, UF COM website, AMCAS"
"SDN questions, my application materials"
"Several other interviews..."
"SDN, AMCAS, Secondary, school website"
"SDN interview feedback, review my Diversity Essay for UF, my Personal Statement, and AMCAS activity essays"
"reread AMCAS and secondary essays, SDN"
"Read application, scanned SDN"
"I actually didn't prepare much- ooo!"
"SDN, App file."
"SDN, reading AMCAS application."
"Looked around at SDN"
"SDN, read application, reviewed ethical issues"
"SDN, UF website, AMCAS"
"Looked on studentdoctor.com, looked at the school's website, re-read my application."
"SDN, read UF COM website, reviewed secondary application"
"Reviewed submitted materials and drew upon past research of the school."
"SDN, reread AMCAS app and secondary app, looked at the school's website"
"SDN, reviewed my application, went over possible questions I could be asked (e.g. why do you want to be a doctor, describe some activity, etc.)"
"Experience from other interviews. Primar reread."
"SDN, AMCAS, read over the UF website"
"Reviewed AMCAS, talked to students, and thought a lot."
"Read over my AMCAS"
"SDN, UFCOM website, reveiwed HMO's and socialized medicine, recent article, etc..."
"Read application & AMCAS, MSAR, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, WHO website, UF website"
"SDN, AAMC application, Ivyleaqueadmissions.net ($20.00 to download admissions/interview guide), MSARS, UF COM website, Reviewed research projects, UptoDate.com, WHO website, practice interview. "
"SDN, The Interview Rehearsal Book (don't waste your time with this, most of the advise is too obvious or laughable), relaxed before-hand"
"I looked at this site. But I did not get any of the questions that people posted."
"SDN, AMCAS, secondary apps, spoke to med students at the school, researched about the school, prepared possible interview questions (ie: mock interview)"
"studentdoc.net, UF website, AMCAS application, WHO website, read the news"
"AMCAS, SDN, talked with students who previously interviewed at UF "
"this web site, read application"
"SDN feedback, UF website"
"SDN, looked over AMCAS, read up on recent medical news"
"SDN, read application, UFCOM website"
"Read sdn interview feedback. Reviewed AMCAS essays. Looked over some of my old research. Browsed their website. Had coffee with a friend who just graduated from the med school. "
"SDN, UF website"
"Mock interviews with HPAC and a previous interview a month before"
"sdn feedback, relaxed"
"previous interviews, looked over app, SDN"
"Read the questions on SDN! ALL OF THEM... I got asked every ridiculous question in the book (by an MS4 nonetheless)"
"Previous interview feedback, review AMCAS and essays, stayed familiar with current events, spoke with current medical students and graduates of UF COM"
"UF website, SDN, re-read primary and secondary applications"
"Read up all interview feedbacks on SDN, browsed UF website, reviewed my application completely, did a little bit of minor research on public health and HMO's (I was really ignortant in that field)."
"Read SDN posts and practiced answering these questions on my own. Browsed UF website, reviewed every application essay I ever wrote, reviewed AMCAS."
"Standard stuff, SDN, apps, schools website, etc. "
"I read SDN, and UF's website."
"SDN, read amcas, and studied current events "
"watched the news, read the news, SDN"
"this website, read up on healthcare current events, reviewed my AMCAS and secondary"
"I reviewed the feedback from SDN, read the NYTimes for some time prior to the interview, and read about HMOs, different types of healthcare systems, medical ethics, etc."
"I reviewed my AMCAS and secondary applications (the interviewers have access to both), read about UF COM on their website, read the previous interview feedback here on SDN, and practiced answering those questions. As with all interviews, make sure to come here with questions to ask your interviewers."
"this website, read current event"
"SDN, read my file, read the news, attended an interview workshop"
"SDN, read file, talked with students/host."
"SDN, internet, talked with some Doctors"
"UF COM website, SDN, read over AMCAS app, read up on current issues in healthcare "
"SDN, Medical Ethics textbook, read UFCOM site"
"SDN, UF website, various websites about medical ethics and us healthcare"
"This website, schools website, read my application"
"Read SND and the UF website. "
"reading interview info at student doctor.net, reviewing my application, practice interview, attempting to stay current with the news"
"SDN, a couple of interview books"
"StudentDoctor Network, Amcas Application, read up on pertinent medical issues"
"Internet, SDN, UF website"
"SDN, read school website, talked to medical students, read current events"
"SDN, read UF's website"
"SDN, read my AMCAS, read website extensively, talked with students"
"came up with a lot of questions about the school from the website, reviewed application"
"Read SD feedback, my application, and toured the school the day before the interview."
"This site, the school's site, talking to the med student I stayed with, going to the Equal Access clinic, sitting in on a class (the last two were with my student host, who was awesome)."
"studentdoctor.net and asking current med school students about the process"
"this site, with friends"
"school website, SDN, looked over application"
"read SDN, AMCAS application,"
"Read this, read my app, read their site"
"SN.net, reread my essay, talked to my friends about how their interviews at other schools had gone"
"This site, UFCOM website, Bioethics website."
"this website, brushed up on current health issues"
"Reviewed my application"
"I had an interview before this, so I took my experiences from the first interview to help me prepare."
"sdn, mock interview with friends, read up on the current issues and asked people about their thoughts on current healthcare issues."
"read application, read studentdoctor.net"
"I did not prepare because I did not want my answers to sound contrived."
"Read posts on SDN, talked to friends who interviewed here, researched the school on their website, practiced some possible questions and answers (though wanted my answers to be spontaneous)."
"Read over my AMCAS application, SND and several articles about ethical issues in medicine."
"Read over my application, here on SDN...Read about the school in the huge packet they gave us at 9am that we had at least until 1 to read before the first interview!"
"Read over my app and SDN"
"read my amcas app, sdn, current events with the new york times "
"SDN, AMCAS, Thought alot...."
"Read most of the prior interviews. Rehearsed OUT LOUD in front of a mirror."
"Made sure my suit fit. Get alterations done well before your interview date!!!"
"I practiced questions that I got from studentdoctor.net and other online sources. My father (a psychology professor at UCF) gave me a mock interview."
"student doctor site; practice with family"
"SDN, alot of thought."
"Talked to current med. students."
"looked at UF's website, read up on current events"
"Reviewed my AMCAS app, looked at SDN reviews, looked at some general issues in healthcare"
"UF website, SDN, Read my App"
"SDN, mock interviews with friends. "
"Study the website and get current on healthcare issues to build confidence. Given confidence, there is no other prep necessary."
"Read information provided on the UFCOM website. Read up on current issues. I am a UF undergrad so I really knew a whole lot about the school already."
"Read this website, reviewed application. Prayed a lot."
"SDN, read current health issues, reviewed UF website (not all that helpful)"
"I prepared by looking over the sdn website, UF website, and my application."
"Read over my AMCAS application and personal statement, SDN, read over UF COM's website and brochures"
"SDN, Read over primary, talked to students"
"SDN, talked with students, etc"
"Reviewed Apps and SDN"
"Reveiwed my essays, read up on current medical and political issues, looked at this website, revewied the school website and wrote down any questions I wanted to ask them."
"SDN, prepared for old questions and the more common ones, asked friends about the school."
"by reading sdn"
"read over AMCAS, thought a lot, tried not to stress out."
"SDN. Reviewed UF COM's website. Talked to current med students. Reviewed some of the current medical issues."
"SDN. I go to UF for undergrad, so I didn't do much prep."
"sdn, mock interviews"
"SDN, website, and reviewed my AMCAS app and CV."
"SDN, UF website, etc."
"This site, read my stuff, read the website, thought long and hard about what I wanted to say during my very long drive to Gainesville"
"Read over my applications and read experiences on studentdoctor.net."
"I read over everything I had every submitted to them - personal statement, essay I wrote for their secondary, all of my post-secondary activities I had listed on AMCAS. I was sure that everything I had discussed had substance and that I could come up with concrete examples for all experiences. The only question I prepared for was, "why do you want to be a doctor." I wanted to make sure I had a solid answer with plenty of support for this question. I had been reading a national newspaper for months beforehand so that I would be up to date with all the latest news about healthcare. This was a huge assett when responding to questions dealing with HMO and malpractice. I also read up on everything about the school. I read the school's entire website. Most importantly, I not only read all of this material, but I thought about it critically. I asked myself questions and evaluated how I felt on many specific points. The result was that by the interview, I could give answers that had been thought through and made sense."
"SDN, know your own application well"
"I read information about the college on-line and got a good nights rest."
"studentdoctor.net, two books with sample questions"
"Read my file. Interviewer asked specifics about my research."
"SDN, UF website, read over essays."
"read studentdoctor.net, reviewed AMCAS and secondary applications, looked up articles about current medical issues, mock interview"
"student doctor, UF website, read over my amcas and UF applications, talked to current students."
"read website, msar, essays"
"I read the feedback on SDN, went over my AMCAS and secondary, reviewed the website, and asked many questions of my student host."
"Studentdoctor.net, going over secondaries and AMCAS essays. Also, I was taking a class on current medical issues, and that helped with one essay. "
"studentdoctor.net, went over sample questions with my speech teacher, talked with doctors at Shands (I attend UF for undergrad so had this opportunity)"
"SDN, read up on the school, and talked to a bunch of med students I know there about the school and the area."
"I volunteered at Shands, read about the school on the web, and spoke to past and current students."
"SDN, reviewed application materials, mock interview"
"didn't really... wasn't necessary because I attend UF undergrad."
"mock interviews with friends"
"interview feedback, researched school site, practiced with friends, reviewed my app & essays and researched major issues online."
"sdn, UF web-site"
"SDN, read on bioethics/current medical issues (not asked), mock interviews, answered many sample questions"
"DId a mock interview with a FL professor."
"A lot... prepared answers to standard questions, read SDN feedback, talked to current and former students etc"
"Read my Application and read the UF website as well as Student Doctor."
"Read my application, some commonly asked questions and looked at studentdoctor.net."
"My file, SDN, current medical issues"
"Skimmed over SDN, my personal statement, and the essay they asked for in the secondary application."
"answer questions out loud to myself"
"Interview feedback, mock interviews with professors, reading about current healthcare issues"
"reviewed my essay and application; SDN was very helpful - for example, I did get asked that question about 5th vital sign, and I remembered from someone else's feedback that it was pain! I have also read up on medical ethics, but there were no questions either on ethical dilemmas or current events."
"SDN, practiced answers to popular questions, talked to medical students at UF"
"Visited their website and talked to current students who I knew, MSAR entry, SDN web site."
"Student doctor network, a mock interview, the career center at my school."
"SDN interview feedback, reviewed my application, went over generic interview questions"
"I read over my application and research. I also met with my pre-med advisor who gave me a list of common questions to look over."
"looked at UF's website, SDN for questions, re-read AMCAS & supplemental app."
"Interview Feedback, health policy listservs (weren't necessary), UF website"
"Personal Statement, interview feedback"
"SDN, reading up on the school, and i also tried reading up on current issues in medicine, but I really don't feel that did me any good!"
"reread my app, thought of some questions to ask, talked to current students"
"Did practice rounds with a professor. Prepared scripted answers for the usual questions such as "Why do you want to be a doctor""
"Studentdoctor.com, read other "getting into medical school" guides, spoke with community physicians on how to handle myself in the interview"
"Read SDN, this interview feedback, archives from the old interviewfeedback.com, brushed up on current events, ethics, and my old research I had partially forgotten."
"Looked over a list of typical interveiw questions. SDN. Book of interview questions. Read up on current healthcare issues. All of the preparation was a waste of time b/c it seemed like they just wanted to know about me and my personality."
"interviewfeedback, sdn, read up on health care and ethics, UF website, asked TONS of questions to my student host"
"They knew my application inside and out, very conversational"
"The interviewers knew my application inside and out. This was the only school I have interviewed at so far that truly cared about my application and read over it. They remembered minute details that I had mentioned in my application and both spoke on my personal statement and secondary application, even quoting particular points of it and asking me to elaborate. So so organized and everyone is so passionate about the school's vision and mission! Loved the director of admission's presentation as well about the art of medicine."
"How kind, empathetic, and human the interviewers were! I had a bad experience with my first interview (with another school) so I expected this one to be tense but it was very friendly."
"How intimately everyone at the school and admissions know you and your interests based on your primary. They really go above and beyond to make you feel like you’re not just another number."
"Focus on patient care and student wellness is obvious. Liked the patient experience panel and lunch with the students."
"There is a strong emphasis on collegiality and caring for medical students well. All the students seem very chill and get along with each other well. I heard a lot about how student feedback is taken seriously."
"Students were extremely approachable and friendly. Everyone wants their classmates to succeed. Plus, HMed is beautiful!"
"The enthusiasm, how genuinely happy all the students are and how they help each other out. The presentations and overall energy was great."
"Everyone was so happy! They went out of their way to make sure we all were comfortable."
"The new curriculum, campus, new buildings and hospitals being built"
"The students were genuine and extremely happy to be at the school. One student even mentioned that the balance between the rigorous material and the great student lifestyle makes him forget he's in med school at times. The school is a true pass/fail school, which eliminates competition and promotes a family-like culture. This in conjunction with UF's new integrative, team-based curriculum is making a great impact on student learning and performance on STEP 1. During interview day, they showed us a chart of UF's performance vs the National Avg for USMLE Step 1 and each year (especially since starting the new curriculum a few years ago) UF students performed well above the national average. Also, UF is trying to become a Top 10 Public institution and due to this they have a great amount of funding coming in and a lot of that money is being used on the medical school and students. I will be entering as the class of 2019 and when we start they will have a start of the art new medical school building that is built to really help us succeed. UF blew me away, not exaggerating, and cannot wait to start. They put their students first and you can tell! OH! And they took us out to eat for dinner the night before the interview, for FREE at the restaurant the Swamp with medical students! So awesome."
"The tour was beautiful and the admissions team was extremely nice."
"Dr. Lynch and the tour, especially the part in the clinical simulation center. The friendliness and helpfulness of the students."
"Gainesville was a pretty nice small town, much better than what I had heard about it.. P/F grading system was a plus, and students were very nice and helpful with all our questions, admissions staff was super nice also. Unique interview day experience, emphasis on patient-centered care was important."
"How willing and blunt the medical students were in talking about their school."
"The kindness of the faculty and deep dedication to the school. Also, the new curriculum."
"the medical students seemed happy"
"New hospital tower"
"Everything. The students and faculty. and the wonderful synergy of the campus. The facilities and hospital."
"The innovative technology"
"The interviews seemed like free flowing conversations and I felt my interviewers were just trying to get to know me better and were not testing whether or not I could handle medicine. My first interviewer seemed impressed with my file which helped me stay relaxed and confident and the interview went very well because of that. We spent some time talking about basketball and since he was a fan, he was able to converse intelligently and seemed to appreciate collegiate athletes."
"both interviewers were VERY nice and i felt like they genuinely wanted to get to know me"
"The faculty was SO nice, great resources, STAN, Humanities in Medicine program, how much students liked UF."
"How supportive the administrators were."
"Professionalism, environment, USMLE scores, the students we met during lunch. There's a reason this school is the best in the region."
"Very conversational interviews, students were excited for UF."
"Students were very friendly, encouraging and helpful."
"The people. Seemed very happy and laid-back. They have a life outside medicine."
"How hard they worked to "sell" the school to us...and it worked!"
"The staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Hsu, the program director, was one of the nicest people I met during my 13 interview experiences. They also let us interviewees practice in their simulation center."
"Wow, the school does a great job selling itself and appearing honest while they do it. You'll see for yourself :)"
"Everything. Everybody was very nice. They were not "out to get me" but just wanted to make sure I was the right fit for them and they were the right fit for me."
"The tour of Shands, the "non-science" room, high scores on USMLE, lots of opportunities for research"
"politeness of staff, interviewers, and medical students"
"The interviewers/day was very relaxed and comfortable"
"Students were emphatic about the possibilities available at the school, IF you're proactive. Quite a wealth of activities to be involved in. "
"EVERYTHING. The school blew me away. The modern teaching facilities, visiting many departments and meeting inviting staff members in each one, meeting really cool and honest medical students, the amount of research available, construction of the new cancer hospital, my interviewers taking a true interest in me, etc. I fell in love with the school during my interview day."
"NOTHING, I WAS VERY UPSET"
"I'm already familiar with the school and it's reputation. The students really do love it here, and the faculty all seem very approachable and supportive. I'm also very impressed with the admissions office. Only two people, Robyn and Denise, and they do a better job than most other programs with larger staffs."
"The enthusiasm of the students, the praise for the faculty and quality of education received"
"The students made UF sound like a very nurturing environment where the goal of the faculty is that everyone succeeds. I also like that the bar is not lowered if someone can't make, but that extra help is provided to those who want it."
"How well the Med students do on the Step exams"
"How friendly and helpful the staff was. One of my interviews ran late, and I missed my tour. I went to the office of admissions and they helped me find the tour while giving me a mini tour themselves."
"I like the time we had with the second year medical students during lunch. I got candid answers to my questions. Also, it really does seem like everyone loves being there, though they admit that medical school is grueling. I felt like everyone was honest, and no one tried to put on a show for us."
"Very enthusiastic. Liked the fact that the hospitals and everything was close by rather then on the other side of town. Also impressed with Stan the dummy"
"The admissions staff was GREAT!! my second interviewer was nice."
"the facilities are nice"
"Students' quality of life, openness of everyone, facilities were great, people were friendly, weather was fine."
"My first interview lasted over an hour and was incredibly informative. Furthermore, I feel I was given the opportunity to fully present my strengths as a candidate and give some insight into any potential weaknesses. "
"STAN and the weather."
"The students, the faculty, the staff, everything!"
"The closeness of the students. I know several people at the school and everyone loves it. The staff was very welcoming as well. "
"Simulation center, all of the students who kept saying C for M.D."
"All of the students seemed genuinely happy."
"Everyone is nice. The students are busy, but super excited to talk to you. They are very confident that they are doing things right at the school and this comes across very positively. They make you feel like they care mostly about what you think of them instead of what they think of you. They want you to be able to see yourself at UFCOM. I love that the COM is located on the main campus. So cool."
"They have their own testing center for their students to take the board exam!"
"The students seem to to enjoy being at the school, the facilites are quite good, and STAN was impressive."
"everything- the other students, faculty, interviewers, and med students were so nice. "
"The Admissions staff were phenomenal! The staff and students were very welcoming and encouraged us throughout the day!"
"The interviewers knew my file, and came in ready to have a conversation with me about my interests and aspirations rather than grill me with a set of pre-formulated questions."
"what the students said about the faculty; medical humanities"
"The enthusiasm of the students, great town (I love football)"
"stan was kinda neat"
"Everything! The students were enthusiastic, the faculty and staff were dedicated to the students, the facilities are great and everyone was super-friendly. I had a great visit and could go on and on about how much I loved this program."
"the students were helpful and happy to be there"
"I LOVED THIS SCHOOL! The mindset, attitude, and heart of this school really appealed to me (I had awesome interviewers as well). I was very impressed and the rumors that I heard that this school was top-notch was justified to me."
"The school's scores are very high. The students seemed very happy with the program. STAN was great. Robyn was great, she made the day less stressful."
"STAN, the enthusiasm of the students"
"Medical technology that UF created which is now used world-wide. I also thought that the faculty was really nice and dedicated to the students. Plus, the med students giving the tour were down to earth, honest, and cool. "
"How enthusiastic the students were. My second interviewer was amazing - I would attend the school just to learn from him. Lunch was very good. "
"The calibur and friendliness of the students and faculty."
"How enthusiastic all the students were about UF COM."
"The students are so happy and enthusiastic about their school. There seems to be a strong social cohesion. Administration seems to be strong and supportive of their students. It is definitely a ripe learning environment. Also, the statistics for USMLE impressed me!--and the fact that the standardized patient began at UF! The students there are helpful and even led me to different parts of the med school when I became lost! They are happy for the interviewees--we were the first group of the class of 2009. Also, Robyn and Denise had written for each interviewees, their schedules and directions how to get to the rooms where our interviewers would be. No maps and leave us alone--very nurturing and hand-holding, it seems."
"Their medical humanities program is really cool, their USMLE scores are really high, the students really love their teachers"
"the students' enthusiasm about their school"
"Everything. The facilities are beautiful and amazing. The support staff set up the day very well and were very informative. There were TONS of student tour guides, and they all came to talk to us during lunch and were so excited to talk to us. They praised the faculty and the school in general, and it was obvious they all love it there."
"Students seem happy, diverse class, suprising number of opportunities to explore areas of medicine such as medical humanities, ect. Solid pre-clinical years, great Step 1 scores, really happy 4th year students. Good amount of research opportunities."
"Just about everything. Loved the Harrell Center. STAN was cool. Faculty was nice. Students seemed excited and happy. Students also do amazingly well on Step 1's. They also seem to be on top of their game with most things such as having converted their histology class to looking at images on the computer instead of standing all day at a microscope with slides."
"students very friendly, i had a great host, UF seems like it balances clinical focus and research"
"UF's facilities and enthusiasm of the staff, teachers, and students"
"STAN was really cool. The scores on the USMLE were equally impressive Although a little too long, the day was pretty laid back."
"the students, enthusiasm of everyone there about the school"
"Technology, positive attitude of students, high USMLE scores"
"I grew up in FL and so knew all about Miami and G-villeway before I went and visited. I had interviews at both schools during the same weekend and was fully expecting to love miami and not be so excited about UF. I was worried about UF's location. However, I LOVED UF! The faculty are so supportive, the students are happy and LOVE it there, the classrooms are beautiful, and the hospital is really, really nice. About the location: the fine arts there are really incredible, and it's a liberal college town, and cost of living is so cheap! Unlike other schools, the students I met all wanted me to come there- they really love it and love the education they recieve. It really is top notch! "
"The students and faculty were nice and enthusiastic."
"How happy the students seem and how much they love the faculty."
"facilities, admissions staff, students, interviewers"
"The students were extremely happy and the faculty was very nice."
"The facilities and the enthusiasm of the faculty."
"STAN was pretty cool. The facilities are big and definately above average."
"the students all seemed very happy to be there; they spoke highly of the faculty. the facilities and technologies (ex. STAN) are excellent."
"Mostly everything about the school and Shands. Seems to be a great place to study with excellent faculty and support staff. The medical students seemed enthusiastic and overly friendly. The interviewers were very professional."
"STAN, friendliness of staff and students, the Harrell Center and patient simulation, Shands, faculty are willing to come in on the weekends and help students, i love the gainesville area; it's a college town"
"The students and staff were willing to answer any question and were very friendly. UF COM is continually growing and adding to its facilities (a cancer center, proton therapy center, and genetics institute are just 3). There seems to be a solid commitment to providing the best possible education. Also, the quality-of-education-to-cost ratio is very high (i.e. high quality and low cost)."
"All the students I met were happy. The emphasis the administration seemed to have on the privilidge of practicing medicine. Have online testing center for boards"
"The interviewers were extremely friendly and generous and were genuinely interested in what I had to say. They were not intimidating or trying any scare tactics"
"I was really impressed by the hospital and the fact that it's now a level 1 trauma center. Also, I thought the fact that some third year clerkships can be done in Jacksonville is a great opportunity to see cases you otherwise wouldn't get to see in Gainesville. One last thing - this interview day is really low stress, I got the sense that they were interested in me as a person and not just what I wrote in my applications. They really just want to get to know you, so relax and you'll actually have a good time at this interview. "
"Students really do seem happy there. They also showed us a lot of the hospital. "
"The interview day was pretty much bump free. Although long, it isn't just haphazardly thrown together. The board stats seem impressive. The clinics were neat."
"The USMLE board scores were quite impressive and I am happy the school emphasized them. I was not aware of their strength prior to the interview. The facilities, although the layout is a bit confusing, are well-done and very modern (with exception of the 1st and 2nd year MDLs - not a big deal though). The students appear stress free and are very enthusiastic about being there."
"The enthusiasm of the students and faculty. The day was well organized and it was comforting to know that you are truly vauled and sought after if you are sitting in that room. The speed at which you'll find out the selection commitee's answer. "
"The students that I met are all very enthusiastic about their school, which was great to see. The faculty and staff were also very enthused. Overall the atmosphere is a very positive one."
"All the students were incredibly enthusiastic about the school. There was really little to find that I didn't like"
"The medical students and faculty were very friendly. The doctor who interviewed me seemed extremely smart. "
"The very high board scores"
"I really like that UF gets hands on experience early in your education. Also they have almost a 100% pass rate on the liscensing exams."
"even though many students were gone because of the break, the med students that came were excellent. i can tell it is a close family. the faculty (including the admissions personnel) are great and warming as well. the faculty stressed the development of the whole person not just spewing out medical doctors at the end of four years."
"the Harrell teaching center. Looked like a real medical clinic..very cool teaching environment"
"Almost everything, but particularly the students."
"UF has a very warm and friendly environment. You feel a sense of family amongst students and faculty. The facilities were state of the art and the weather is of course amazing. The other interviewees also impressed me a great deal. I would enjoy having all of them as classmates."
"everything-the students were friendly, the facilities were great, UF really places an importance on developing a humanistic approach to medicine which I really appreciated, also the impressive USMLE scores"
"enthusiastic and friendly students and professors, very well organized interview day, impressive facilities, very friendly admissions staff. "
"the facilities are nice and relatively new. now a trauma 1 medical center. students really like the school."
"How much everyone there really seemed excited about the program. "
"Facilities were nice and Shands is always adding additional building. STAN was pretty cool as well. Also, UF students have really good board scores and they make sure you know it. They give you all these graphs showing how everybody passed last year and that their score are independent of what MCAT scores would predict. Students seem very happy and upbeat despite being in the middle of tests."
"Being around the students even after they had finished their exams for the semester--they were still very enthusiastic about medical school and attending UF. I'm interested in pursuing mission opportunities during and after medical school, so I was excited to find out the plentiful opportunities that exist through UF. Technology is pretty good too. "
"i go to this school for undergrad. the quality of the faculty stood out most during the tours and interviews. they really were high caliber (academically and personally) individuals; definately above my expectations. there is considerable flexibility in the college if you want to pursue other things, for example dual degrees, opportunities abroad, or other activities that would take a significant portion of your time as a medstudent. very innovative learning tools (STAN human simulator, harrell center) the school is so balanced in terms of research, education, and patient care."
"That UF has such a great reputation while also having a comfortable "second family" atmosphere among students and staff. STAN is pretty sweet. Robyn and Denise are delightful."
"Both of my interviewers. Tremendously interesting people, and both were very good at actual interviewing. They had lists of questions, but it didn't feel like a quiz. Consequently, I felt very at ease throughout both of them. "
"Almost everything was impressive. The facilities were kept very nice with many new buildings and units. All the staff members, students, and interviewers were friendly and enthusiastic. STAN and the Harell center seem like wonderful resources. A huge number of students (probably 25) came to have lunch with us and talk about their experiences. This really showed me that the students were excited about the program. I actually enjoyed that the day was from 9-5. Unlike other reviewers on this website, I thought this long day showed that they were willing to take time to show us their school, it made me know that if I go to UF I will be taken care of, and it gave me a chance to thoroughly see what the school has to offer. At other interview days for other schools I felt like I left the school without seeing many of the facilities. I enjoyed both tours and think that if I hadn't gone on both I would have missed out. Plus, the entire day was ontime and very rarely did I feel bored. We saw the cadaver lab, emergency room, PICU, etc."
"Everything! The day was long but I barely noticed because I was always doing something. When I walked into the room and saw the folder individually prepared for me with my name tag including my Alma Mata, I knew this was going to be a different experience. The admissions staff is extremely professional. The facilities were amazing- particularly the Brain Institute and STAN (the standardized man developed at UF which can mimic several clinical scenarios allowing use as an amazing clinical learning tool). The students (including my two hosts) were phenomenal and the camerarderie is really there. Not just rhetoric! In fact, on my interview day, the second year class sang to the first years before their very difficult head and neck exam (apparently a UF tradition). The Harrell Center, the Maren reading room, the student-run Equal Access Clinic and the annual mission trips to different countries all impressed me. "
"The school overall is incredibly impressive. The academics are stellar - UF boasts USMLE step 1 scores well above the national average and right up there with all the most impressive ivy leagues. The professors must be doing something right. Students appear to be incredibly happy at their school...they have a sense of comraderie not seen at other institutions and look like one big happy family. The facilities are state of the art and very modern. The anatomy lab visit was very cool, and the Harell Center is excellent (rooms with simulated patient interations for clinical training and testing - you'll see). Shands Hospital is really big. With regards to Gainesville, cost of living is much cheaper than in other places like Miami and Tampa. Tuition at UF is cheaper than other schools and there seem to be numerous opportunities for financial aid."
"How happy the students are to be there. Got to see the anatomy lab which was cool. The highly-motivated staff and faculty. Robyn and Denise are full of energy and are really nice. Shands hospital is huge. "
"Friendliness of the staff and students. Commitment to future with many new facilities for research, etc. "
"Everybody's enthusiasm and willingness to help."
"The robots (STAN and Dianna)& how cool the med. students were...they seemed very happy "
"The 4th year med student who interviewed me was extremely passionate about what he was studying - not fake - but sincerely happy about where he, what he was studying, and the education he had received. You could tell he loved it here. The students I met also talked a lot about how the teachers were genuinely concerned with the students. The students also disagreed with comments about UF being "cut throat" when I asked, noting that there are always people who strive to be #1, but that the general atmosphere is more one of students helping students. That is the atmosphere I'm seeking, so that greatly impressed me - and I asked NUMEROUS students regarding the cut throat issue and received similar answers that cut the rumor down. Also, the board scores were extremely impressive, especially the fact that UF students actually take the USMLE on campus & don't have to worry about freak standardized test experiences."
"the facilties are incredible, the staff and students are pleasant, their board scores are awesome!"
"What everyone has been saying: the med students seemed VERY happy to be there. Also that the scchool has amazing facilities and that the faculty and staff were very supportive."
"1. Students seem ridiculously happy, even the third- and fourth-years. 2. The Harrell Center and Stan: they are both very cool and state-of-the-art technology. 3. The research track option. 4. Early clinical exposure, including a three-week preceptorship during December of the first year. 5. Low in-state tuition (about $20,000 per year for state residents) compared with private schools."
"students very friendly, spoke very well of the faculty. They have a really cool STAN doll, too. "
"the enthusiasm of the students, and the numerous students and faculty/staff that came to welcome us, and answer our questions throughout the day"
"Enthusiasm and overall happiness of the students. Free coffee for students and student-run store."
"How great the facilities were, the fact that the faculty are full-time teachers, how happy the students were, impressive board scores."
"students' enthousiasm. I was not expecting a lot from my visit and was very impressed by the comraderie b/wn students and the helpfulness of the faculty. USMLE scores are very high. Day was very well organized."
"STAN the simulated patient, Shands, camaraderie of students (they really did seem very happy), and the way UFCOM makes its interviewees feel they are important."
"The students enthusiasm for the school and the faculty, as well as for the other students. "
"The enthusiasm and warmth of professors and students"
"Everyone was nice, the facilities are amazing and all of the students were very happy. Board Scores are some of the best in the nation if not the best. STANS the man!!"
"everything: the admissions staff, the Harrell Center, STAN patient simulator, students' USMLE scores, good atmosphere, up-to-date facilites"
"The facilities were quite impressive. Though Gainesville is a small town, the Shands hospital complex is quite large, with new areas constantly being built (i.e. the new Cancer and Genetics Institute and the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (a beautiful building on 34th St)."
"Absolutely loved the school"
"The cohesion of the student body and faculty; Also, the institutions and programs where the 4th year medical students matched"
"Harrel Prefessional Center, STAN, and how happy and content the students were."
"The students were very enthusiastic about the school, the presentation, Harrell center, USMLE scores, facilities at Shands"
"Harrell Center, Maren Reading Room, USMLE scores, friendliness of students and Admissions staff, Equal Access clinic, research track option"
"The day was long, but in retrospect, and compared to my other interviews, you got the feeling they really wanted you to be there and were recruiting you, which was why they wnated you to get a look at most of the facilities. UF COM stuck out in my mind just because I had seen so much fo it, and became so familiar with the school."
"students test scores, focus on student-patient interaction"
"The relatively new construction projects... expansion and also the focus on humanistic approach to medicine."
"How proud and happy the students were, the usmle scores, the standarized patient program. I was also impressed by the faculty's research experience and the Neurology class I attended."
"the enthusiasm the students have for being there"
"board scores, faculty/student relationship, students' happiness"
"How happy students and faculty were. Also how well students did on board exams."
"The close friendships between the students and how approachable the faculty seemed."
"They really stress the humanistic side of medicine, the faculty/administration and students seem to have a good relationship, and the students are happy to be there"
"The students and faculty really seem to like the school and genuinely care about the Art of Medicine which is mentioned repeatedly. They want you to learn how to be a good healer and feel comfortable talking to patients as well learn all the knowledge."
"Lots about the school is impressive, but the most impressive aspect was the pool of fellow interviewees. I think almost all of them would make great classmates. Smart, motivated, and friendly."
"the med students seemed so happy. they all raved about the school and for once, it did not seem forced."
"The board scores, the students, and the facilities. They have the Harrell center (a clincial teaching center for students).. the faculty also seems very enthusiastic"
"The enthusiasm and tightly-knit social structure...what an exellent social milieu."
"The students USMLE performance stats"
"The tour of the hospital. I loved the pediatrics ward."
"the students were super enthusiastic. they couldn't stop talking about how stellar the professors are, how they go out of their way (coming in on the weekends when they are not required to) to help students learn and prepare for the exam. also, the school has a room dedicated to the arts of medicine instead of the science of medicine, which is something different. in this room, students are asked to take a break from studying and encouraged to express their creative side through art, music, and literature."
"Students were overly pleasant, easy to get along with, genuinely positive, and student/faculty seemed like a big family. Feel UF more than adequately prepares students to do excellent on USMLE."
"The thoughtfulness that the staff puts in to the teaching process. They have maximized the students ability to learn and enjoy the medical school by blending problem-based learning with a complete education of the basic sciences. They have invested in a number of institutes and technology for conveyance of knowledge. If you are interested in researching an idea, several students mentioned that the faculty will bend over backwards to get funding and support for your project. I had previously thought that a small town could hardly present a variety of cases to prepare you for residency, but the numerous facilities make exposure to a large variety of cases possible."
"Med students seem very happy to be here, faculty seems very helpful, facilities are nice, STAN is cool, great USMLE scores!"
"The students and faculty were incredibly enthusiastic and the facilities were very modern and clean."
"the facilities are amazing and the classes and faculty are very tight knit"
"The students really love it there and the faculty seems so genuine and helpful"
"Basically everything. The students were incredibly smart and happy and loved being there. My interviewers (a faculty member and a student) were just wonderful, and the administration was amazing. They try so hard to sell you on their school so that they can compete with some of the big names that will also probably admit you."
"the happiness of the students!!! it seemed like the whole first year class came to greet us when we were going for lunch. it seems to be a great atmosphere to learn/live in. some professors even came down to say hi. the research track is excellent for people that are interested in research, but dont want to do a PhD (like myself). very impressive facilities and the stats are AMAZing. before i got there, i thought that the 9-5 interview schedule would be unnecessary, but robyn and denise do a great job of organizing the day and it is well worth it! i enjoyed every minute of it. STAN (living, breathing robot) was very cool too"
"The statistic were through the roof and the student were so extremely accomodating and helpful. The staff was incredible with the entire day and everything was positive."
"UF's statistical standings."
"This interview was for the junior honors medical program. There is a stigma of extreme competitiveness associated with this program, but all the people I met were very outgoing and friendly. Also, the interviewers were all very personable and very very friendly. I love the University of Florida, this medical school is truly one of the best when it comes to student-professor relationship."
"I am from UF, so I knew most of what they were going to show. However, STAN impressed me immensely. The organization of the students and their successfulness after med school was also very impressive."
"the facilities are great! the students were awesome and very peppy considering that they were in teh middle of a day of class."
"the students were sooo happy (with their choice to stay at UF, with the curriculum, teachers, etc; The administrative staff and faculty who visited were really kind! The lunch was yummy (especially the brownies!)"
"Tour was very well organized. Very good board scores, which will almost positively be the highest ever this year (step1)."
"the clinical research track...no other school has a comparable program!!! the facilities are great, students friendly (and they cliam to have a life outside of school); the close relationship between faculty and students"
"The med students we met were all very positive about the school - none of them looked overworked or over stressed. They also have very high board scores."
"the amount of students that were willing to answer our questions and how friendly they were."
"State of the art facilities, new technology, endless research opportunities"
"The staff was amazing. ALL of the students were happy and willing to tell you everthing they felt about the school. "
"Admissions office (Robyn, Denise and Dr. Gessner) are very professional and helpful. UF admissions seems to be very student-centered. "
"The students (all years) loved the school and had nothing negative to say about it. The admin staff was very warm and welcoming. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel at home and get us excited about being there. Additionally you will find out that first year clinical experience is really extensive. You are assigned a family and sent somewhere in the state to complete a preceptorship within your first semester!! Additionally they have STAN and the Harrell center which really help to develop great history taking, and patient skills."
"UF has so many innovative programs and opportunities for students. During the first year you get off for a month to shadow a doctor and the students do mission trips. Also there is the Arts in Medicine program and a free outreach clinic run by students. UF gives students the opportunity to garner more research experience by changing around some classes and now the campus has wireless internet throughout the facility. Everybody was supernice and laid back, including the other interviewees. "
"The students were nice. I liked the facilities--plenty of student space for studying/hanging out. The faculty seems very genuine and committed to the students. I really like the UF campus (though med students don't seem to spend much time on other parts of campus). One of my interviewers was great. The tours were good."
"All of the students that I was able to speak with had nothing but positive things to say about UF and its program."
"The friendliness of the students and faculty, the extremely caring attitudes of the professors, and the UF facilities."
"Great atmosphere. I had heard that there was this cut-throat competition amongst the students, but I did't see it. I also realized that it varies by year - one of my interviewers said that the 4MDs are pretty competitive, but all other years are great. Also, the faculty were really nice and helpful. Interviewees were also a good crowd. Students were very cool - the whole 1st year class came out to say hello (or at least it felt like the whole class). But they were nice and helpful - ready to answer questions. Faculty seems awesome and accesible. While we were there, Dr. Gessner gave away these awesome concert tickets to a 2nd year student."
"everything (particularly "Stan")"
"The students were very friendly. The facilities were amazing and the board scores were impressive."
"very intelligent students, well-rounded interviewees; great facilities; hands down, best med school in florida, and top 5 in the southeast-ok maybe thats hyperbole but who cares, you get the picture"
"The students I spoke too were all very friendly and excited. They stressed the importantance of teamwork and assured us this was not a competative enviroment. The resources such as STAN and the Harrell Center are amazing."
"the feel of the students, they all seemed happy and excited. the board scores and preparation, the faculty seem great, the cost."
"the students are all very down to earth and seem to have a great relationship with most of their professors. everyone seemed very happy"
"Without a doubt, the most impressive aspect of UF's medical program is their student body. Every student I talked with seemed so positive and enthusiastic. Students are also more than willing to help each other out and their is non of the typical "I can't help you because you are my competition." Aside from the students, the Admissions office was more than helpful with everything. Lectures were kept short and to the point, and staff went out of their way to make sure you were calm and relaxed."
"Board scores are awesome, students, staff, faculty were all friendly. Presentations were brief, to the point, and organized. Cookies were exceptional. Great directions to the interview rooms."
"the school, the hospitals, how happy the students seemed. my interviewer was very encouraging. im not a science major and he kept expressing how great it was for me to be majoring in something other than science."
"The students and faculty at UF are amazing!! Their energy is contagious and I was on a total high all day! There is a true sense of camaraderie at this school - everyone seems to genuinely want to help their peers - they're not cut-throat. I left Gainesville with UF #1 on my list."
"The great facilities and teaching as well as the general positive attitude in students."
"I think the most important thing I took away from my visit was that UF seems like an excellent place to learn if you want to be a practicing physician. Every last student I talked to mentioned how great the teachers were. Students at this schools do very well on their boards, and get good residency matches. I came in not expecting that I'd want to go there for med school, but I left knowing that I'd be very happy if that's where I end up. Also, if warm sunshine is your thing, this place has plenty of that."
"Students were bubbling over with positive attitudes toward the program. They all seemed very happy, well cared for, and to be carrying low stress loads."
"UFCOM seems kinda like a big family. The faculty were very open to us and from what the students say, the teachers are amazing, the deans are caring, available, and personable, and all of the staff are truly on your side. I learned from many students that the teachers will come in on weekends and hover around the study room to help, and they give the students their pager numbers and are so willing to help. Also, the Brain Institute was awesome. We saw the robotic person, and this thing was invented and built by UF biomedical engineers. The guy giving the presentation with it injected it with some drug that made it's muscles twitch, then gave it a muscle relaxer and intubated it, gave it CPR until it died, and the whole time we hear the sounds and beeps of the machines and see the various equipment that you would use. It responds to 200 medicines. Very cool. All the students there were eager to tell you about the school and so many took the time out of their day to come brag about their school. The curriculum is integrated, so you study the same topic from 5 different angles (in different classes). Gainesville is a small town, but because it is home to one of the biggest and best universities in the world, many big time attractions can be found there (or at least go there- like sports, concerts, famous speakers, etc). "
"During our lunch, they had medical students of all years stop by and talk to us. The atmosphere among them was phenomenal. They had so much energy and were so enthusiastic about their education. It most impressed me because my date fell on one of their test days (block testing = testing for 8 hours). However, they still had the very best attitude possible."
"the way student feedback about courses and cirriculum is used...UF has good board scores...lecture and PBL combined"
"The students were a close group. It was more of a "community centered" atmosphere among doctors, students and staff. Everyone was up-beat. Everyone. Despite a exam, the first year students still came and expressed how they were happy they chose UFCOM."
"The admissions staff's efforts at preparating for the interview were phenomenal. They matched me up with two interviewers who were in two specialties of medicine that I am interested in, so the interviews were effortless. The students were happy and graciously came to talk to us during lunch even though they were on their break from this huge exam they had to take, and the tour was extremely informative. "
"School academics. Very strong board scores. Faculty was highly distinguished. Facilities are incredible. Interview was well organized and included time to speak to students."
"Students are so happy there. The MS1's were in the middle of a day long test (yep day long) with a break for lunch. They stopped by and said hello and tried to answer questions for us newbies. Very touchy. Clinical facilities were very nice, campus is beautiful, admissions staff very knowledgable and helpful, tuition is awesome, board scores are great."
"how friendly the medical students were (even the first-years who were taking an 8-hour test that day came out and talked to us on their lunch break); students and faculty seem to have great interactions and medical students are genuinely happy to be there"
"one of my interviewers was a fourth year medical student who was genuine and very informative. the students are also very excited to go to school at UF and rave about the faculty. Robyn Sheppard is really nice and frank. Also UF developed "Stan" the standardized patient manequinn, which was really cool to see (it blinks, breathes oxygen, bleeds, and dies)."
"we got to talk to a lot of med school students, and all were so happy with the school (they were almost bouncing off the walls) "
"I did not have UF as a top school on my list, but after visiting it now is. The students love the staff and vice versa."
"It may sound trite, but the happiness of the students was completely out of this world. Maybe they are hiding the sad ones, but everyone i saw was digging it. Also, the sandwiches were good!"
"Everything. The students all were happy with the school and eager to offer their input. The faculty are all very committed to teaching and patient care. The school has developed many simulators and various patient care facilities so that the students are well prepared in many situations."
"Everything. Mainly the friendliness of the students and faculty there. The faculty seemed to generally care about the students, and knew a great deal about everyone, not just name and year, but also interests both medical and non-medical. This wasnt a show, after i talked to a bunch of my friends about it, i found it was really how they were. Also, the level of academics and board scores really impressed me."
"In addition to the enthusiasm and camraderie shown by students, faculty and staff, the board scores were higher than I expected and there is an optional research track."
"Students, Faculty, and Administration were very friendly and not at all pretentious."
"Brain Institute is a nice new building, but unless you're into research you wouldn't spend much time there. Shands is a great hospital for being in the middle of a podunk north central Fl town. Students we spoke with seemed genuinely happy there. And Roybn (admissions coordinator) has been the best out of all the schools I've been to thus far - she and the admissions office people were extremely open about... everything. Last, I like that the Chair of Admissions plans to keep all the applicants up to date with a monthly email. It's kinda like they're going out of their way to make sure we know that they know we're still out there."
"The medical faculty and students were incredibly helpful and welcoming !"
"How friendly and relaxed the students were. They were really enthusiastic about the program and seemed genuinely happy to be there."
"the students and faculty...it really was like a community."
"Everyone was so nice. I felt very comfortable and relaxed. I went to UF for undergrad so I already knew how wonderful the hospital is. "
"The size and diversity of care at shands is ridiculous. There is no feild that is not well represented there. The students and faculty were all great. Admissions people were up front about statisitcs of acceptance. 55% of interviewees get accepted."
"Everyone was really friendly and the hour interviews were rather informal, just a conversation. They took really good care of us."
"The Radiology software programs...no films."
"Everything! The students have an amazing comraderie and everyone knows everyone. The staff is friendly and the facilities are top notch. The day is very well planned and organized."
"The school itself, facilities, friendlines of both students and faculty"
"The faculty and students were the nicest ever. Everyone here really loves their school!"
"they try really hard to make you feel relaxed and good about yourself. the students seemed really happy. they had a good lunch"
"Everything! It was very laid back! I wanted to go to UF College of Medicine even more after my interview."
"I was impressed that Gainesville is such a student-oriented place. It virtually seems to be one huge campus. Great atmosphere if you're planning to spend just about all your time studying, because there is not much else to do. Also, UF is associated with a clinic where students can volunteer an evening a week starting their first year! Having such early patient exposure is a plus. And everyone was very friendly and easy to talk to. "
"Everything! The students are very happy and all the staff (faculty and administration) are very encouraging and supportive. The facilities were amazing and Shands is huge! "
"Robyn Shepperd in the Office of Admissions was the only bright spot in an otherwise dreary interview experience."
"The students were enjoyed their school. The medical facility and the physicians interest in the students."
"The happiness of the students, the relaxed environment of the interviews, the nice interviewers!"
"The students are really happy to be there and they have a positive relationship with their professors and each other. Also the teaching facilities and Shands are awesome."
"everyone was really excited about the school--including the students we saw hanging out in the halls etc."
"How happy all the students are and how quickly changes are made to the programs as a result of student feedback."
"happiness of students and nice faculty"
"The students! They were all so happy, and it was almost like a family unit. Everybody knew everybody regardless of what class they were in."
"the friendliness and relaxed nature(even though they had their first exams that day) of the students and the availability of the faculty."
"The community atmosphere."
"How happy the students are, and how much they love going to school. Many said they were enjoying it better than undergrad."
"The overall happiness of students and facualty. Everyone got along well, and really made me believe in their low-stress approach."
"Students. Stress free interviews. Robin Shepard the admissions coordinator is GREAT!!! Interviewers were great and easy to talk to. Positive feedback from an interviewer."
"thehappiness of students there, the beautiful facilities, the way med students are respected there and not asked to do scutwork, responsiveness of the school to students' requests, cheap in-state tuition, innovative professors, basically everything!"
"Nothing at all, this school blew me away with their organization"
"Nothing I loved everything about the day. Maybe too many interviewees on one day? But not really."
"Interview day felt very long"
"Their research opportunities seems somewhat lacking."
"Nothing about UF, only that Gainesville is a small town"
"Nothing much but the anatomy lab did appear a bit drab and their wasn't a gym located in the same area as where classes were held but we learned the gym is a quick 5 min bike or bus ride to one of the main campus gyms, Southwest Rec."
"Second interviewer did not take notes during our interrview"
"The majority of the presenters weren't even there. They were all out of town and apparently forget about being there. It made it seem like they didn't take things seriously. Also, the person that was supposed to give our tour wasn't there so they had first years give us the tour and there was a lot we didn't see ( no tour of the hospital or the lecture halls). Maybe it's because it was the first interview day but things seemed a bit disorganized. Also, the students told us at least 3 times this story about this student giving a tutoring session for the genetics test for other students because he had a pHD in genetics. In the closing presentation of the day, a student came to us for the explicit purpose of telling us that same story. It seems like they were trying really hard to dispel that gunner reputation they had/have. Also, since their curriculum is pretty new they still don't have it fully planned out, they couldn't tell us what we'd be doing beyond the first year, just very vague descriptions."
"The organization seemed a little off ahead of time."
"The student guides didn't seem terribly engaged."
"The doctor leading the opening session took a call. seemed a bit full of himself."
"I don't really like the fact that most students are waitlisted and the class is really filled in March to give late interviewees a fair shot. Seems like it takes away from the advantage of applying early but I can see their logic in trying to get the best quality applicants into their school. However, most students want to get some idea of where they are going before Christmas and waiting until March or later can be unnerving. Also, it would have been nice to see the anatomy lab."
"It felt VERY research oriented, which is awesome... but I am looking more towards clinical medicine"
"It's in Gainesville. BLEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh."
"Not many negatives here..."
"Did not get to interview with a fourth year med student; both of my interviewers were pretty tough."
"Gainesville. Not a huge fan of the town, or football."
"The facilities badly need improving."
"Nothing about the school specifically, I went in looking to get comfirmation as to whether a didactic first two years or a systems based clinical combination was best, and they did a great job convincing me why their system works."
"They mentioned that we should tell them if any of our interviewers asked unfair or inappropriate questions, but followed up with "although usually it's just a misunderstanding" --> My interviewer asked some questions that I found inappropriate (I will not list it as I am afraid it could be self-identifying) but I didn't say anything because I'm afraid they will say it was "just a misunderstanding" and then I'll make my chances of getting in lower."
"One interview was outside - it was soooo hot! "
"I wish the school had spent less time 'dispelling myths' because honestly, *no one* believes that UF only trains researchers or that UF students are gunners or that UF students are arrogant. Consider this a public service announcement for people who are uninformed about the school."
"The facilities were disgusting. It looked like they were built in 1961 and were never updated, EVER. Gainsville is a rednecks dream. Which leads me to another point. On my interview tour the two girls interviewing me walked past a hall way and named all the offices, ''this is administration, this is financial aid, oh and Hahahehehehe this is the Minority Affairs office but I don't know what it is for, hehehe I never been there.'' The other people in my tour guide that were black hispanic or otherwise looked at each other ask if to say 'wow that was weird and insensitive.' Which leads me to another point that the diversity at UF seems to be non-existent. One more point. I didn't like the curriculum either. It is totally traditional and SHAM's wasn't that impressive. If I mentioned before that the school was archaic in its upgrades then the IT was even worse."
"Nothing major. Some of the facilities could be updated, but this doesn't change the education the students are getting."
"some of the facilities did not have many windows"
"Nothing really.. just a verryyyy long day. "
"The facilities are a bit old."
"The day was on the long side. We did not get out until close to 6:00 pm, but looking back it didn't feel that long. Make sure you take the ''wear comfortable shoe'' warnings seriously."
"They couldn't give impression from the other side, so it seemed like they were overly positive for the school. "
"We had to go and find our interviewer's office. I also had to do my interviews back-to-back-- no break! My first interviewer was aggressive and confrontational, which made me feel unwelcome and did not make me want to go to UF. He had a sarcastic tone at times. Also, the student facilities are awful! You are in the basement of Shands, and there are no windows. It's drab. The lecture halls were also very depressing considering how much time you spend in them. Pretty much everything needs considerable updating in terms of where the students are.. which is too bad since UF has a good reputation."
"the city of Gainesville. It is in the middle of nowhere."
"My second interviewer literally fell asleep during the interview, which lasted barely 25 minutes. I tried coughing loudly and kindly tapping the desk with my foot so as to arouse him, to no avail. "
"Gainesville is not the place to get experience. And the students you meet do not tell the truth. I already knew some of the complaints med students have, and what some of them think about the place. But when I asked about those specifically the students acted like those problem did not exist. But one tour guide told us the truth, which, while nice to know, makes everyone else look bad. "
"Nothing -- expect to be amazed."
"Redundancy of some of the tours and/or lack of preparation on where we went in the hospital/med school. "
"Interviewer asking about abortion without me saying anything about it. The tour of the world's largest scanning magnet!!!...was done by a tech who didn't even show us any scans. "
"The teaching facilities seemed old, but they will be updated soon."
"Too many fluorescent lights lol. To be expected though."
"My first interviewer. He was biased and unprofessional. He treated me like I had no business applying to medical school and belittled my research."
"Everybody seemed a bit over-enthusiastic."
"One interviewer seemed to imply that he had little reason to advocate my acceptance by asking me to tell him what he should tell the admissions committee."
"Some of the students really tore into other medical schools. There was almost an inferiority complex among some of the students."
"The whole day, I felt like I was being sold a used car, not just by the admissions folks, but also by the students that were trotted out by admissions; they did not strike me as honest at all. I did, however, manage to pull aside a few random students at the med school, though. They weren't nearly as enthusiastic as their counterparts, and they struck me as kind of petty, negative toward their classmates, and possibly (?) competitive. Also, Gainesville seemed like a dead town."
"Not much really except that Gainesville is a lot smaller than what I am used to."
"they didn't provide breakfast and the interview day is from 9-5"
"The two tour-guides seemed to be winging the whole thing. It wasn't really planned. One of the poor guys was worn out from an exam (I said his attitude was ''neutral'' but he was very nice and very open to questions and he obviously loves medicine). "
"The med students had nothing negative to say about the program. I got the impresion that they weren't being completely honest. The students also pushed the scores alot, ad nauseam."
"The fact that our interviews were after a morning of sitting listening to presentations and just after an hour long tour."
"Just like everyone else has stated, the day was long and some of the tours were unnecessary. I would recommend giving a check off list to the student leading the tour so that they know where to go and where not to go. It just seemed too off-the-cuff."
"The lack of dry erase boards - plasma screen TVs and chalkboards everywhere. It's strange, but it really bothers me. Also, all the power points and videos were dated - they stressed how amazing they were but didn't update any of the material. The facilities were good, but not amazing - I've seen better at other schools. Also, the fact that they kept comparing themselves to Harvard, and how they had been the 'first' to do a lot of things - but all those firsts seemed like they have never been updated. And I was going to vomit if I had to hear one more time about the two national championships - I understand about school pride, but honestly, I want to go to medical school, not watch football."
"Three tours of the facility, the last two of which were pretty much pointless (we were taken back to places we had already seen earlier in the day). Also, there were no escorts to our interviews, which would have been nice. "
"not applicable. but maybe the lack of seats during lunch and long line for food. nothing related to the med school though. I enjoyed the brownies..yummy chocolate!"
"It was a really long day, and it seems some of the presentations could have been shorter."
"Not as varied in terms of clinical experiences, there seems to be Shands and VA in Gainesville, and then the center in Jacksonville for a more urban setting. Having to split time between Jax and Gainesville. Facilities seemed a little old, and almost everything seemed some shade of orange and blue. School pride, yes, but it wasn't the most pleasing aesthetic."
"Nothing really. Students said they have to work non-stop, but I think that is expected for just about any med school."
"nothing really, it was an enjoyable experience"
"had to walk to my interviews by myself"
"I was hoping to see more of SHANDS, but by the time we had the tour of the hospital, it was already 4, and everyone was dead tired. All I remember from the tour were the NICU and pediatrics floors and seeing lots of babies. The entire interview lasts from 9 to 5:30, and some of the interviews can be quite far away, so wear comfortable shoes. Also, remember to EAT Breakfast!"
"They sort of just give you directions to your interviews and even though they were step-by-step after about 8 steps it got very confusing. Also, the day was inordinately long with such unnecessary sections as ''medical humanities''"
"The long interview day...I was absolutely exhausted at the end."
"At some points the interviews seemed very disorganized. We had to find the interview location by ourselves, nothing to well planned. Very repetitive and long!"
"The day was way too long and many parts were entirely unnecissary. STAN was cool, but I've seen similar things at other schools. The Harrel center is nothing new, and I've seen much better facilities at other places. The video for the program looks like its about 20 years old. The day seemed very disjointed, there was nobody to tie things up at the end and nobody took us around to interviews and such. I was hoping to leave with a favorable impression, but I was VERY displeased with my experience. UF didn't represent themselves well at all. I know the school is better than they lead the interviewees to believe from the crappy interview day."
"everything was great"
"The Gainseville airport is really small so you would usually have to fly to an airport about an hour away."
"First, the chair of the selection committee was not there. He usually concludes the day, and no one was there to conclude anything. So a group of us went to the admissions office to say bye, and they had already left at 5 pm! Also, the day was too long. Really. The food was just sandwiches. Moreover, my original interviewer had an emergency and the interviewer I got placed with knew nothing about my file and I had nothing in common with him. Oh, and I was lucky enough to be the only one to have back to back interviews, although they did apologize for that."
"The tours seemed very rushed and other aspects of the day seemed to take too long. This is the only school I've interviewed at where you are not escorted to your interviews. They give you directions, but I just think it reflects a little negatively on the school that you have to find your way around on your own. Other than that, everybody was friendly and it was a nice interview day."
"Nothing. Great tour. Impressive interviewers (very accomplished faculty member and a friendly fourth year)"
"the 1st and 2nd year student lounge areas were kind of drabby/cold"
"The day is a bit too long; some of the presentations could have been shortened or eliminated. It would have been faster and more efficient to just provide handouts of the Powerpoint presentations so we could review the info on our time. While I realize that UF is proud of its students, there was too much about how high USMLE and shelf exam scores."
"Parking was hard to get. Not too big on making lecture material available in audible and written(electronic)form"
"Can't say I had a negative impression of anything."
"My student interviewer didn't like it when I told her that I would apply to med school twice and if I still didn't get in I would explore other career options in medicine. Apparently she thought I wasn't passionate enough to be a doctor if I wasn't willing to try three times, which I didn't agree with. "
"Gainesville is not what I would call a "booming metropolis." All of emergencies on the ER board seemed to involve CO poisoning, farm equipment, or auto injuries. oh, and when people say the interview is 50 minutes, that is just one of the two interviews. "
"There were only 2 things that bothered me: 1) The MDL & Anatomy lab areas did look like a dungeon, but the Anatomy lab was relatively clean & didn't smell too bad considering what they do in there. 2) Parking - Read the signs so you know where to go. I highly recommend scoping out the area before if you can otherwise you might end up in the wrong parking garage. "
"Although it is not directly related to the interview day, I want to pass along my story with the hopes it may help someone in the future. After submitting my AMCAS application, I received secondary applications either by e-mail or regular mail to all the designated schools, except UF. This really bothered me being UF COM is my school of choice. I went on their admissions web site and at the bottom of one of the pages there was a tip to turn off your spam filter or set up a seperate account with low spam controls. I had never looked in my spam folder figuring if e-mail is in there it's junk. Well, UF had been trying to contact me several times over a two month period. I was so relieved but by then I had 5 days before the deadline to submit the secondary application materials. I recommend following their advise but I would also like to see something this important followed up with a regular mail invitation from the admissions office to those who have been selected for a secondary app. if no contact is made. I can't believe something so trivial as a spam filter almost made me lose this opportunity of a lifetime."
"The med school facilities were it seemed like you would be spending quite a lot of time (the MDLs, the anatomy lab, etc) are not very well lit and felt a bit like a dungeon."
"The classroom that first years are stuck in "
"The emphasis on the very high board scores"
"The day was a little long it went from 9-5:30"
"it seems that this med school focuses on numbers, but they reassure you that you have pretty good chances of acceptance once you receive an interview. I heard about the STAN machinery but our group didn't get to see it. It was not negative (we did get to see HARVEY which most students will not see),however, I was anticipating it."
"some of the people were overly biased and knocked down other schools. that is not neccessary"
"How much UF tries to recruit students from big name, ivy schools. ItÃ‚Â´s very discouraging because it seems that someone from Stanford or Duke is preferred over someone from Florida State based on that alone."
"what can I say, it's Gainesville"
"gainesville is kind of in the middle of nowhere."
"not very much. "
"Nobody really wanted to get into some of the weaknesses of the school. Also, no taped lectures or any type of notetaking services are available to med school students."
"walking around the the main classroom area is dismal, i wish there were more windows. neutral: gainesville is not the place to get great emergency/urban/crazytime experience (but there are rotations in jacksonville)."
"Gainesville. While they try to debunk the "myth" that there is a great patient population in gainesville, you get the impression that the massive hospital system is kind of contrived- built for the academics, and not for the community. The clinical side made me nervous (and all that commuting to Jacksonville sounds annoying) "
"Nothing negatively impressed me. As for improvement in the interview day, I felt like some of the information was redundant. The talk about the curriculum in the Maren reading room was information we all already knew from our own research into the program. Also, at the end of the day Dr. Gessner spoke for 30 minutes about what Robyn told us in 3 minutes regarding the decision process."
"The one thing...the tour! We had two 1hour long tours and I still didn't see anything. The medical school tour was by two first-years that could not walk and talk simultaneously! We stood outside the library and they told us about the different sites for about 30min and then by the time we got to the Multi-Disciplinary labs it was time to rush back to avoid being late for our interviews. The hospital tour was much better but the tourguide was a 4th year that kept saying she was extremely tired. I felt bad for her and wished we could stop so that she could get some rest. All in all, the sites I saw were absolutely amazing, it's just that I wanted to see more."
"I'm not quite sure how strong and varied the clinical experiences are during third and fourth years...Shands is a huge, very modern private hospital ideal for clinical opportunities but the regional location sets it back in my opinion. Gainesville is a quiet college town and lacks the diversity and hussle of a busy, urban, public hospital setting, like Miami. The students say that those in search of that kind of experience can do more than the standard required rotation at the Jacksonville setting...this is more urban and hosts a greater variety in cases (ie, more diseases, trauma, gunshots, etc.), so thats a possibility. As far as life in Gainesville goes, well, it seems like there isn't much to do there though, aside from the typical college scene of...um...drinking and debauchery...I have a girlfriend back home though and am not much of a drinker, so I would essentially be shut out of the social activities there....maybe I'd go kayaking or something."
"Nothing of particular importance. The tours were kind of long and repetitive."