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"How do you handle academic stresses and challenges?"
"They asked about my research and why I chose to do that research. They were also very interested in my clinical experiences, as expected."
"What I would do if I caught a friend cheating in school"
"How will you handle the finances? (I have a family)"
"Why do you want a career in medicine instead of pursuing research (with extensive research background in my app)?"
"Describe your clinical experiences."
"What do you think some of the biggest problems facing healthcare going forward are?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What are your study habits?"
"Expand more upon your personal statement."
"What is your biggest regret?"
"Had a WHOLE lot of questions about why I transferred from UT during undergrad. I expected at least one question about it, but not as many as I received."
"Why are you applying to UTHSC (as an out-of-stater)?"
"Considering your five years of work experience, how will your approach your transition back into academics?"
"Asked about an ethical scenario based on doctor's having to perform the lethal injection and if you were ordered by the courts...would you do it?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about your family life and childhood."
"What do you think your friends would say they like best about the way you express yourself?"
"Ethical questions - abortion, elderly care"
"What makes you a better applicant this year than last year (I was waitlisted here the year before)?"
"What accomplishment are you most proud of?"
"Asked about universal health care."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Personal Interview: You can't possibly really want to be a physician, right? I mean you have to tell people they're dying..."
"He asked about my research activities."
"What are your thoughts about this statement, "Nationalism is an infantile complex.""
"Name three attributes a good doctor has."
"Do you know Scott Morris?"
"lots of ethics-jehovah's witness doesn't want blood in an operation, what do you do?"
"What leadership experience do you have?"
"ethics ? about Jehovah's witness pt who refused blood for their infant child...very odd question!!"
"Would you report your best friend for cheating?"
"Why medicine? "
"Why medicine? Why UT?"
"Have you had any leadership experience?"
"What is the future of medicine in the USA?"
"(Scenario) You are a surgeon and have a patient who is a Jehovah's Witness. He needs you to remove an abdominal tumor to save his life, but he tells you that he tells you not to give him a blood transfusion because it will prevent him from going to Heaven. You know that, even if you are the best surgeon in the world, you may very well need to give him blood during the operation or he will die. How do you approach this situation? What if you are doing the surgery and he is bleeding to death on your operation table?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"how do you feel about stem cell research?"
"Why did you choose your college?"
"Why did you make this grade in...."
"What are your study habits? Do you cram for tests?"
"What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment and failure?"
"What was your greatest achievement?"
"What has been your greatest failure?"
"Who was your mentor?"
"What are you reading these days?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What is your college's code of ethis?"
"What will you bring to the class of 2010?"
"How do you study best?"
"Tell me about your epiphany to choose medicine."
"Why did you pick your undergrad?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"If a fifteen year old girl comes to you and asks for an abortion without parental consent, what would you do."
"What do you think is the most challenging aspect of being a doctor in the 21st century?"
"What was your favorite class?"
"Do you think being the child of a doctor has put you under pressure to go into medicine as well? (Basically do I really want to be a doctor or is just because my dad wants me to)"
"Why did you choose you major?"
"What reading do you do in your free time?"
"What will you do if you don't get in?"
"Explain a time when you overcame adversity."
"Desribe a difficult time in your life? Do you have any ethical/moral issues that would hinder your role as a physician when treating homosexuals or minorities? (strange question and very open?) How do you handle stress? Discussed his wife and their experience in France. What church do you attend? Why did you major in (non-pre-med major)? How much debt do you have? Do you have kids? Would you perform an abortion? Have you ever had a moral/ethical dilema with classmates or co-workers? Have you ever had a situation where you couldn't tell the truth?"
"Academic: Why did you double major? Personal: What do your parents do? Your brother do? And lots of other general family/background type questions"
"Lot of personal questions about my family, what they did, education, where they live, and things like that."
"Tell me about your support system. What does you sister/brother do? What do you do for fun?"
"How do you address a 15 year-old girl who wants to have an abortion?"
"Tell me why you want to be a doctor, in no more than one sentence."
"name a situation when you struggled to be honest"
"How would you tell an adolescent patient that they had HIV? What factors do you consider when offering treatment options?"
"What are the top three ethical issues faced by physicians? "
"How did you get to your school? What was the biggest accomplishment you did there? The worst thing?"
"What was your most difficult class? Why? Were there any grades that you recieved that you didn't feel reflected your effort in the class?"
"Where is your family from? What do they do? Describe your family dynamic."
"Tell me about your highschool? Do you think your high school prepared you well for college?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences in nepal and Brazil"
"What was the most impressive thing you have seen in your volunteer experiences?"
"Academic- So how did you feel that you did on the MCAT Personal- Explain your childhood to me"
"Suppose you have just told a patient that they are HIV positive...describe your next 15 minutes together."
"What qualities make a good physician?"
"What do you think about HMOs? (e.g. TennCare) How can we get the legistlature to support them more (reimbursements, etc.)?"
"What are some qualities of a medical school that will help you decide between multiple acceptances"
"How did you study for your MCAT?"
"What is your greatest weakness you'll need to overcome in medical school."
"About specific EC"
"What will you do if you do not get an acceptance in this cycle?"
"How do you think you'll transition back into school after taking time off?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"Talk about your time doing/working at/volunteering at ________ ?"
"Ethical question regarding a friend cheating on a test"
"How do you plan to pay for medical school?"
"How would you react if, as a physician, you were sued by a patient?"
"What is your greatest accomplishment?"
"Would you have been as successful if you had stayed at UT instead of transferring? Do you not succeed in large classes?"
"What qualities do you look for in a medical school?"
"Are you sure you want to become a doctor? You can be sued for hundreds of thousands of dollar for a simple, honest mistake..."
"How have your experiences abroad changed your perspective of other cultures?"
"How do you feel about end of life directives?"
"Why did you get a "B" in (name of class)?"
"He read my file and asked me about an activity that he found interesting."
"What do you think about the healthcare reform? (asked in both interviews)"
"One pro/one con of the healthcare reform policy being debated in DC"
"A 14 year old girl just had a baby. You are a third year med student and are sent to talk to her. What do you say?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What would your friends say about you if you weren't here (good and bad)?"
"Several activities on my AMCAS were asked about."
"Quotations - einstein, schweitzer, montaigne (comment on what you think the quote means)"
"Personal Interview: So do you think having health is crucial to self actualization? "
"Asked how much of a percent of the student body gets involved in an organization I'm a leader of (1%?). Then he asked me the amount of undergrads at UT (4-5000?). Then said, "so there's only about 10 people per graduating class?" (oops)"
"How did I go from ministry to medicine?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"The second interviewer (the one who didn't have my grades or scores) went over every activity on my AMCAS and questions about my personal statement."
"Are you a leader or follower?"
"Why did you switch from business to biochemistry?"
"end of life situation..."
"End of life issues. Family won't pull the plug, but patient is braindead."
"Why UT? What would I do w/ multiple acceptances?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10yrs."
"What do your parents do?"
"Picture this scenario... you are a rural doctor in family medicine and you get a call to visit an elderly patient dying at home. The old man is suffering greatly from his condition, and family and friends cannot be contacted. What do you do?"
"(Scenario) You have an elderly patient who is on life support. His 2 adult sons say unplug him and his 2 adult daughters say don't. How do you approach this situation?"
"What was your favorite class and why?"
"what social and political trends affect healthcare?"
"I see you've done really well in all your biology, chemistry, and genetics classes at school. Were you suprised by your low MCAT Biological Sciences score? Why do you think that happened?"
"What do you think are the three main problems facing healthcare today?"
"Do you read? Do you read medical literature? "
"Tell me about your research experience here at the University of Tennessee?"
"Was there ever a situation in all of your volunteer experiences where you were forced to work with people that had different values and backgrounds than you? How did you handle it and what did you learn?"
"Do you have a significant other?"
"Tell me about TennCare and your understanding of it?"
"Tell me about your research with the NIH."
"Do you like to write?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"How are you going to pay for medical school?"
"How are you going to adapt to a more urban setting?"
"What will you do if you are not accepted?"
"How do you study?"
"Why do you want to go to UT?"
"Describe your family, what they do, your up-bringing, etc."
"If an elderly man..."
"What was an interesting ethical problems you faced in your bio-ethics class?"
"Do you feel your sheltered/upper-middle class upbringing will be a negative in your practice?"
"What qualities would you look for in choosing a family care physician?"
"Tell me about a situation in which you struggled to be honest."
"A son and daughter have split decisions in keeping their father on life support, do you?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What was your biggest mistake?"
"Describe your study habits? What are you hobbies? What academic interests do you have besides science and medicine? What is your greatest fear about medicine? Where do you see medicine headed in the future? How do you prepare for a major project? How do you set goals? When do you determine when a goal will not be completed? Do you ever give up? Would your parents say you have changed (since being a teenager)? How? Would you say you have changed? How? Would your friends say you have changed? How? What is your greatest strenght/weakness? How will you handle medical school's stress?"
"Academic:What was your favorite Science Class and why? Personal:What are your plans if you don't get in this year?"
"Where do you think health care is heading? What do you think a physician will see as issues in the future. Did any of those physicians you shadowed give you insite on what they thought of this?"
"What books have you read?"
"How will you decide which field of medicine you will pursue?"
"Define "TennCare" and tell me about the advantages and disadvantages."
"What's the hardest thing you've ever had to do?"
"How can health behavior be modified? How will this be funded? (Lots of other specific questions to challenge my answers)"
"Say something that you regret (i thought this was kind of tough)."
"Have you ever planned or lead a complex project involving research?"
"When did you first decide you wanted to go into medicine? What made you decide upon this profession?"
"What do your parents do? What does your brother plan to after graduation? Do you ever think about getting married?"
"Why medicine? There are plenty of other service oriented jobs."
"Tell me about your family."
"Academic- How did you do in your science classes Personal- Do you feel that you were disadvantaged"
"Tell me about your support systems."
"When did you decide that you wanted to be a doctor?"
"What fields of medicine are you interested in?"
"Why not research full time?"
"One interviewer made a point to heavily discuss my personal essay. Make sure to do a quick review of what you wrote if it's been awhile."
"Why I chose my undergrad"
"Give me your story."
"Talk about ____ experience on your application."
"Describe your pathway to medicine, expanding on your personal statement where applicable?"
"As an out-of-state applicant, how do you intend on paying for dental school?"
"How will you go about selecting a school if you're accepted into multiple schools?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"What would you tell yourself 5 years ago knowing what you know now (the question was more directed to my undergrad experience)?"
"What qualities should a good doctor possess?"
"Tell me about your research... What was your main hypothesis?"
"Tell me about your weaknesses."
"Jehovah's witness and blood transfusion question. Lots of ethics. Be prepared but don't panic. They are just looking to see your reasoning. Pick a side and stick to it, but don't ramble. My interviewer made this part very conversational and we simply discussed the issue at hand."
"What would you do if you caught your good friend cheating?"
"ethical questions such as Jehovah's witness and blood transfusions."
"Would you please share with me a time in your life when things were really bad? (this was in my never-ending academic interview for some mysterious reason)"
"If you get multiple acceptances, how will you chose?"
"Why do you think you did poorly in Organic Chem II? Ooops! "
"When have you been faced with an ethical dilemma?"
"If all of my friends were there, what would they say about me? Then, what was the one thing they would say badly about me?"
"ethical scenarios - end-of-life, HIV, doctor-patient relationship, catching someone cheating"
"Personal Interview: So you think Stephen Hawking is a miserable, non-productive member of society because he doesn't have good health? (ouch)"
"what kind of ethical issues do you plan to come across as a physician?"
"Discuss any community service or leadership position that you have been involved in."
"What do your siblings do? What does your family think of your decision?"
"what was your most memorable service activity?"
"Do you have any people close to you that could lend you support in times of need?"
"What are the qualities you look for in a doctor? Ethical Scenario's Research Q's Clinical Exp q's motivation q's "
"Ethical question: jehovah witness and bloodtransfussion"
"Hardest/most interesting classes?"
"Describe a situation you have encountered in your pre-medical career in which you failed."
"(Scenario) A doctor working in an AIDS clinic accidentally sees the chart of another doctor's patient who is HIV positive. The patient is a 17 year old female, and the doctor realizes that this individual is in the same high school class as the doctor's 17 year old son. What should she do in this situation?"
"Where did you apply for undergrad? Why did you choose your school?"
"Tell me about: family, your research, playing rugby, etc. A lot of ''tell me about...''"
"Were you pleased with your MCAT score?"
"What are threee postive and three negative things your friends would say about you?"
"What do you forsee being your biggest challenge, while attempting to become a physician?"
"Do you have a significant other?"
"Is a physician really a healer?"
"What are your responsibilities at work?"
"What was your most difficult course as an undergrad?"
"What does your wife do?"
"How does your mother feel about you going to med school?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Do you have a significant other in your life?"
"Since you are a reapplicant, what have you done since you last applied to get yourself ready for med school?"
"Have you faced any major ethical dilemnas recently?"
"How do you know that you wouldn't be happier working somewhere else in the healthcare field, such as pharmacy, dentistry, etc..."
"Why not MD PhD?"
"What are 4 of your weakness and 4 of your strengths (I was asked this in both interviews)"
"What do you want to know about UT?"
"How do you think you will do in med school? Do you know what the next 4 years will be like?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"What would you tell a woman if she was 7 months pregnant and you just found that she had AIDS?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What are your parents' careers?"
"What are three qualities you would want in a doctor?"
"Academic: Why do you feel you did not do as well on the VR portion of the MCAT? (I am an English major) Personal:Do you have a significant other? How do you plan to balance a career in medicine with a personal life?"
"Summerize your clinical experiences. Did you shadow/experience any primary care specialties? What are you long term plans in medicine?"
"What did you think about the MCAT?"
"If anything, what would you do differently if you could do your undergrad over?"
"Tell me what you learned from each of the medical experiences you have had. "
"Have you ever had to work with someone who is your polar opposite? What did you learn from them?"
"What were the most difficult classes for you? Why? "
"Tell me about yourself."
"Do you have any questions for me? -Definitely have questions for them"
"What have you gotten out of your masters program? How would you compare St. Louis to Memphis?"
"What will you do if you find medicine isnt for you?"
"Academic- What specialties are you interested in Personal- Have you done anything that you regret"
"Tell me about a time in your life when you took on too much. How did you deal with it."
"How will you pay for medical school?"
"What would you do if you didn't pursue a career in medicine?"
"What would you be doing other than medical school?"
"What would you do if you found out your PI falsified data in a major publication?"
"If medicine didn't exist, what would you be doing?"
"What is one of your most meaningful clinical experiences? (paid medical employment)"
"Tell me about your undergrad grades, why do you think they started to improve so dramatically after a slow start?"
"How did you go about learning your second language?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What do you and your fiance think of the city of Memphis?"
"How do you prepare for exams?"
"Is your low MCAT writing score (N) a result of you not having taken a college-level English course?"
"What value does your knowledge of foreign languages bring to your application?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"(Case Study) An elderly lady arrives in the ICU unconscious, without any living will, and needing surgery. You ask her eldest daughter for consent to perform the surgery. She hesitates, but eventually consents after you try to convice her the surgery would help her mother. During the surgery, something goes wrong causing the elderly lady to lose any brain signals and is now her body is on complete artificial life support. She is taking up one of the six ICU beds available, life support is draining her family's finances, and you recommend to the patient's daughter that life support be removed. However, the daughter refuses to listen to anything you or the hospital has to say after loses her mother despite her hesitations. The bioethics committee, the hospital management, and other physicians have tried to convice her to allow them to remove life support. What would you do?"
"What is unique about you?"
"Do you think your vision for healthcare reform could be achieved?"
"Tell me about your family, how did they get where they are today?"
"I also got the question that built on itself. What would you say if a teenage boy came into the ER stumbling, etc? You found out he was drunk? You found out he was gay and drank to make himself feel better about his parents' reaction? "
"One of my interviewers (a psychiatrist) asked a multi-part question regarding an underage child coming into an ER. Each time I would answer he would add further detail - ie, he is drunk, underage, and was trying to kill himself because his parents kicked him out after he told them he was gay."
"The quotes - I like quotations so this was fun for me."
"Academic Interview: If you received a 10 million dollar grant from your undergraduate institution, what would you do with it to give back to your school?"
"what kind of ethical issues have you dealt with before? have you dealt with any in the medical field?"
"Where do you see yourself in "x" years?"
"You enter a room to find your hepatitis patient very distraught because he's been told by a lay chaplain that he's going to hell and that his sickness is punishment for his lifestyle. What do you tell the patient, and how do you handle the lay chaplain"
"How do you make a pie crust? "
"What is with your low MCAT essay score?"
"What is the future of healthcare in the US?"
"Would you give your patients your cell phone number?"
"A teenager is involved in a MVA and is braindead on life support. Half of the family wants to keep him alive, the other half wants to let him go. What is your role as their doctor?"
"Have you ever noticed how people from different countries all smell differently?"
"So, tell me a little about this ''Rock Band'' that you are in..."
"Sigmund Freud once said, ''Nationalism is an infantile complex.'' Analyze this statement. (The interviewer said that there was no right or wrong answer; he just wanted to see what I would say.)"
"Will you get a dog in medical school?"
"Where did you apply for undergrad? What were your SAT and ACT scores?"
"Your younger brother goes to JMU and he's extremely liberal. What was the rational behind that one? (He first asked me to tell me about my family and that somehow came up in conversation. He was curious)"
"If you had a hepatitis patient that was crying and when you asked him what was wrong he said he was visited by a chaplain who told him he was being punished by God for his homosexual activities, what would you say/do?"
"Do you write poetry?"
"If you were not a doctor, and you knew a person who was just diagnosed with HIV, what would you tell them? And then right when I begain to speak, the interviewer started screaming (I'm Kill myself, I'ma kill myself!) At this point I was really thrown. "
"After all the difficulty of getting into Med school and the huge commitment of time and money, etc.,etc. Why would anyone want to go into medicine?"
"How is a physician different from your organic chemistry professor? (he was going for the fact that they are both educators) Totally missed this one, but I was able to recover (I think..)"
"Describe a time you were there for somebeody."
"How do you study for tests?"
"What would you say your friends like about the way you communicate?"
"What do you NOT like to do?"
"Don't you think you should should focus on getting into the school in your own home state (financially)?"
"Do you plan on getting a dog in medical school?"
"If you were in charge of distributing 1 million dollars to healthcare, what area of need would you send it?"
"What are some of the symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy? "
"What have you done for someone else lately that went above and beyond the call of duty."
"If an elderly man is on life suport and the family is split 50/50 about whether or not to take the life support off, how would you as a doctor approach this problem? "
"You have done a lot of service, did you do it knowing it would help you get into medical school?"
"If I had a patient whose parents refused a blood transfusion for their son because they were Jehovah's Witnesses, how would I handle the situation?"
"What kind of books do you read?"
"How do you feel about your goals being reached and being dissatisfied with the reality of them?"
"Do you do any extra cirricular reading? (this was probably beacuse verbal was my lowest MCAT score) "
"You are a doctor and you have a hepatitis patient who you know is HIV positive. He is doing really well with his illness but he all of sudden starts to deteriorate. You go in to see him and you see that he has just talked to the chaplain. He is really upset and you when you ask why, he explains that the chaplain has told him that he is ill because God is punishing him for being homosexual? What do you say to him at that point? What do you say to the chaplain if anything?"
"Do you have any beliefs that would hinder you from performing your duties as a physician?"
"What is the toughest moral dilemma you have ever experienced?"
"About abortion, kind of a what whould you do question."
"You are the FP physician and you have just prescribed a very expensive drug to a pt. The patient cannot afford to pay for the medication on his health plan. His wife asks you if you could prescribe the drug to her cause her plan will cover it. What do you say?"
"85 yr old man dying, 1/2 family wants to discontinue care, 1/2 family wants to do everything possible to keep him alive, how do you talk to the family?"
"In your opinion, what is the kindest thing someone you know has done for another person."
"What I like to do for fun. Scenerio: You work in the ER. A man comes in after being beat up by his boyfriend. Describe your conversation with him while you are treating him. Then, a woman comes in after being beaten up by her boyfriend. Describe your conversation with her while you are treating her. (FYI: make sure your answer is the same for both)"
"Scenario: you recently notified your patient of his positive HIV test,he is gay, you enter his room and he is crying, you ask him whats wrong and he says that the chaplin just paid him a visit and told him HIV is God's way of punishing him. how do you handle it?"
"What would you do if you had to work with a colleague who was completely incompetent? "
"What are some cultural influences on health, how have you observed this, and how can this be accounted for?"
"Do you think that compassion is learned or are you born with it?"
"Out of the blue question. . .do you know anyone or have you worked with people with HIV?"
"Tell me about the hardest moment/situation you've ever had to deal with."
"What would you say to someone who told you not to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Have you done anything in your childhood that you regret and wish that you could take back?"
"Suppose you are given resources to improve your college. What would try to improve and how would you go about it?"
"How do you handle adversity? "
"Have you ever traveled outside of the country? "
"When was a time when you were dishonest?"
"I was asked to create an ethical scenario of my own with the parameters that ethical dilemmas are often products of two conflicting ideas converging. I had a hard time wrapping myself around the parameters, let alone deciding how I would react if the imagined scenario were true."
"Ethical discussion about religion in medicine (fair game as I have paid employment as a minister)."
"I got a very long ethical question about a teenager coming into the ER, and the question kept getting more and more complicated. The point was basically how would I handle myself if all these different factors kept complicating treatment."
"Long-winded ethical scenario"
"How to handle a parent who didn't want a blood transfusion for the child"
"Do you think healthcare is a right?"
"A long, ridiculously drawn-out ethical question involving a kid that walks into the ER while I'm a physician: "what if he's drunk? what if he got drunk in a suicide attempt? what are the steps you take then? how do you comfort him? what if his suicide attempt was because he was gay? what do you tell him while waiting on crisis to arrive? what if a nurse calls him a derogatory name due to his homosexuality? what if that same nurse were to have another patient in the future that is gay? how do i handle that whole situation?""
"What is an ethical dilemma you have faced before?"
"What did you learn from the physicians you shadowed?"
"Describe the most challenging moment from your clinical experiences."
"The Jehovah's witness case involving a minor."
"(Case Study) You are working in an HIV clinic and accidentally pick up the wrong chart. The chart you pick up was for a girl tested HIV positive that is very close friends with your son. What would you do?"
"Nothing was asked that was so difficult that I was flabbergasted. If you know who you are as a person and can verbally describe yourself in a presentable fashion, you are golden."
"What do you think your friends would say they like best about the way you express yourself?"
"What would you do if you couldn't become a doctor"
"Tell me about a time in your shadowing experience when you really learned about the importance of the patient-physician relationship?"
"Answering how I think the infant mortality rate for minorities could be fixed."
"What was your biggest mistake? (Took a while to come up with something reasonable...)"
"All of the loaded questions above from the Personal Interview"
"what kind of ethical issues have you dealt with before? have you dealt with any in the medical field? - should have been prepared for that one, but I wasn't"
"Discuss an ethical issue that has affected you."
""OK, now it's time to brag: what should I tell the committee about you?" "
"If a blind person were qualified, should he be granted admission to med school?"
"Give an experience you have had in which telling the truth might get you in trouble."
"Describe all of the roles a physician fulfills in one word. "
"What is the nicest thing you have done in the past month..."
"What do you think about medical ethics. It's a really broad question so it caught me off gaurd but he wanted a specific answer and thankfully I got it."
"What do you think the future of medicine holds for prospective physicians?"
"What is your father's job and how long has he been doing it? (It wasn't really too hard, but just surprising, and it took me a few moments to think of how long the job was.)"
"The questions weren't too difficult; however one of my interviewers did grill me a lot about my research"
"Could you explain the low grades you have made?"
"Tell me about a time in your life when a situation presented itself and it had ethical implications."
"A 13 yr old girl comes in vomiting and passed out. When she wakes up she says she was trying to kill herself what do you do? (I gave an answer) Then she tells you she's pregnant. What do you do? (I answered) Then you find out she has an STD, then what? (I answered) Then she asks you about abortions. (I answered again). "
"Do you keep up with the bird flu virus?"
"What are some negative things about yourself? "
"Do you believe that everyone has a right to healthcare?"
"What would you do if you caught your best friend cheating on an exam, assuming your school had a honor code that you had signed. (asked in both interviews)"
"No real hard questions, but the ethics questions were tough."
"Tell me about a personal failure."
"How do you solve problems?"
"What do you feel you've learned after being abroad for two summers?"
"What do you look for in a physician?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What do you say to a family that wants all necessary measures taken to save someone, but you hold out no hope for an outcome."
"You've done a lot of traveling throughout your academic career. Where do you see yourself settling down?"
"How do you know that you wouldn't be happier working somewhere else in the healthcare field, such as pharmacy, dentistry, etc..."
"Nothing too difficult, probably the above question."
"What, other than the Iraq war, do you positively support that Preident Bush and his cabinet have done during Bush's time in office?"
"Asking about my experience as an Assistant Scout Master. Have you had any hard times dealing with the boys, how did you overcome those challenges?"
"How do I feel about the direction medicine is heading?"
"What is the most significant mistake you have ever made and how did you handle it?"
"Tell me about a pandemic that you have kept up on?"
"If there was any class in college that you wish you could have had the oportunity to explore more, what would it be?"
"What is your biggest mistake?"
"Have you ever had an ethical delima with co-workers classmates that you had trouble with? (I couldn't think of a good one for at least a minute)."
"A fourteen year old girl wants an abortion, what do you tell her? What do you do? (I am pro-life so I was a little conflicted on how to answer) and An elderly person is on life-support with a poor prognosis. Half the family wants everything possible done to keep them alive, the other half wants them DNR. How do you resolve this?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Lets face it this could take a while, it was hard to boil it down."
"Nothing too hard at all. I was asked best choice I have ever made...and worse choice I had made. I was also asked what I would say to a 18 y/o couple that asked for an abortion."
"Are there any political issues that you want to write to your congressman about?"
"...it's hard to say"
"Define TennCare. "
"the above and 'name a situation when you put another person in front of yourself, excluding your wife.' Not a hard question but I simply blanked."
"Can you give me three examples of how honesty affects the doctor-patient relationship? Be specific. "
"What are the top three ethical issues faced by doctors?"
"So, what do you think about your grades?"
"What did you miss about Memphis while you were in college, and how do the people of Memphis compare to people you have met from other areas of the country?"
"Describe the perfect doctor."
"Are you interested in surgery as a specialty -- not really difficult but I guess it was the most difficult question I was asked."
"If you had all the money to fix the nations health care crisis, what would you do?"
"About my childhood and describing my lifestyle. Not because it was complex, but because it is something I tend to not talk about."
"Describe a situation in which you struggled with being honest."
"Do you forsee any ethical or religious conflicts while practicing as a physician?"
"A 15-year-old pregnant girl walks into your office and asks for an abortion. Do you give her one? (I'm pro-life.)"
"Multiple mock interviews, videos, reading, drafting responses"
"Mock interview, researched the school's curriculum, program, research, and facilities."
"Mostly I thought about my weaknesses and strengths, and tried to create ways that I would spin them. It was a very relaxed day, so I don't think much preparation is necessary."
"Practice interview questions"
"Reviewing my app and being familiar with opportunities at this school."
"Read up on the school, re-read my AMCAS app"
"Re-read application and personal statement."
"I reviewed the information available on the school website, reviewed my application, and tried to read up on my interviewers."
"Researched the school website, in-person and online interview practice with peers, SDN."
"looked over AMCAS application!, read some about Memphis, got a lot of sleep :)"
"Looked over application and UT website, talked to friends who had interviewed, looked at SDN."
"SDN and my application"
"Reviewed AMCAS, SDN, and UT website; mock interviews with classmates"
"Nothing, I had already been accepted elsewhere, so I was just winging this one"
"this website, school profiles online, school website, sample interview questions and answers on youtube"
"SDN, AMCAS application, attempted to get a good amount of sleep."
"Sleep, talk to medical students at the college, and review AMCAS application."
"Studied my AMCAS, bioethics principles,talked to current students and went over common interview questions. Then after I interviewed, I discovered just want to know who you are as a person and what would make you a great doctor!!"
"sdn, interview prep books, online research"
"Read SDN. Reviewed my AMCAS application. Thought about ethical dilemmas."
"SDN, watch the news, read newspapers"
"SDN website, read over AMCAS app & other schools' secondaries, practice interview questions from my school"
"Thought about all the supplementaries I had to do for other schools and my answers - a lot of those types of questions were in the interview."
"SDN, MSAR, Website"
"SDN, school website"
"SDN, pre-health committee interview, etc."
"mock interview, SDN, read the paper, write out qualities about myself (strengths and one weakness, etc.)"
"My app and SDN."
"SDN, AMSA web site, UW bioethics web site, UT COM web site, mock interviews with several interviewers, discussed with current students at UT COM. Read up on current health care issues. Prayer."
"SDN, read my application, read an interview book, read up on healthcare news and issues."
"Interview feedback, reading ethics books, practicing typical questions"
"SDN feeback, read the news"
"SDN, read a healthcare book, googled "med school interview questions" and went over them."
"read through ethics websites, school website, interview feedback here!"
"SDN, Read up on healthcare a bit"
"sdn, amcas, reviewed secondary essays etc"
"read my AMCAS, SDN, NY Times "
"SDN, Kaplan ''Prepare for Interview'' section of books, Pfizer 2007 Medical School Guide, 2007 MSAR, reading current health related articles on CNN.com, foxnews.com, thinking of possible ethical questions and answering them to friends, undergraduate college mock interview."
"Read SDN (a great resource), read my AMCAS application, read up on current healthcare issues."
"Website, Studentdoctor.net, read over AMCAS"
"Read my AMCAS, Talked to people who had interviewed, wikipedia'd stuff on socialized medicine, HMOs, PPOs, health care terms."
"Read application, mock interview, etc. "
"I read my AMCAS, read over things peopel wrote on SDN (which really helped), and I got a good night of sleep!"
"Good night's sleep, full breakfast, bought an umbrella."
"I researched the healthcare system, read this website, read my AMCAS application several times, and got some rest!"
"Read this website, did some research on current health topics, talked to friends that have gone through the process."
"This website, friends."
"This was my 5th interview, so I just read the website and went over primaries and secondaries"
"This site. UT's website. Reviewed curriculum."
"SDN, Interview Feedback, UT Website, AMCAS"
"This website (awesome source!), google searches"
"read website, talked to friends"
"Reread by AMCAS, this forum, read the NY Times Medical Pages (available online)"
"- SDN feedback forum - Read over AMCAS - Refreshed on some ethical questions - Prayer"
"website, friends, mock interview."
"Read this website"
"Reviewed amcas application, read studentdoc forums"
"SDN, pre-profeesional interview in undergrad school, friends"
"Talked with friends who were students there, did mock interviews, read this website and UT's. "
"reread my application, looked at interview feedback"
"Read studentdoctor.net and my AMCAS application. Also went in relaxed to each interview."
"I read a book on biomedical ethics, and studied the question on this site."
"Read AMCAS application, personal statement, SDN, talked to neighbors for feedback, and just planned to be myself."
"Reviewed my AMCAS application"
"Read studentdoctor.net reviews and review the school online as well as my AMCAS application"
"SDN, Internet research, and read up on current events in healthcare, especially HMO and insurance information"
"SDN, traveled to UT memphis to meet with admissions staff, talked to other medical students/premedical students, already did other medical interviews previously in the year."
"Reviewed my personal statement and CV. "
"Read interview feedback here, spoke to friends enrolled at UT, reviewed my application."
"StudentDoctor.net and talking to current UT Memphis students about their interview experiences and with a friend who had interviews near the same time I had"
"reviewed website and amcas app. I was WLed last year so I knew what to expect."
"Read SDN, looked over my amcas, stayed current on health trends"
"Read my AMCAS application and some research I've done"
"SDN, practice interviews, looked over the web-site"
"I read SDN, read up on current health trends, also about the school"
"Read Student-Doctor reviews, read my AMCAS, and looked at the school website"
"Thought about why I wanted to go into medicine, wrote down my thoughts, and talked to my closest friends about it a few days before the interview."
"I read interviewfeedback, looked over my application and kept up with current events in Memphis' and Tennessee's health system."
"Relaxed, got a good nights sleep, and reveiwed my aamcas application"
"I read the school's website, SDN, and spoke with a friend that is currently enrolled at the school."
"The net, talked to students in the program."
"Searched "medical school interview tips" on internet"
"Checked out the website; I couldn't find any feedback, and there aren't any former students from my school at UT."
"Conversational tone and feel."
"A lot of their buildings and facilities are brand new."
"I was impressed with the clinical curriculum and how much the Y3 and Y4 students talked about how much they got to do during their clinicals."
"How much the students liked it there, the friendliness of everyone, and that it seems like the administration really listens to the students"
"Proximity of classes and rotations and opportunities at multiple campuses in years 3-4."
"The students and faculty all have GLOWING things to say about the school. Seriously I've never heard anyone say anything negative about it. Everyone seems to love it and current and former students all give it their highest recommendation. Seemingly great clinical experiences and a surprisingly diverse and competitive match list."
"Affiliated hospitals, especially the children's hospital. Good place if you're interested in pediatrics. Admissions staff and faculty were unusually friendly."
"The clinical facilities (LeBonheur and St. Jude in particular) were fantastic. Both of my interviewers were very welcoming and knowledgable about the school. The school seems to be working to increase their research presence, which at least to me, was exciting to see."
"The staff and current students are genuinely friendly, and the new SIM labs are spacious and impressive."
"everyone from the office was incredibly kind and relaxed, and I loved my interviewers - they're people I'd want to work with (Drs. Satterfield and Presbury)"
"Large variety of clinical facilities and the ability to go to Knoxville and/or Chattanooga for rotations."
"Nelson Strother and Diane Harris"
"The warm, collegial environment impressed me the most. The facutly, staff, and students were so genuinely kind, supportive, and passionate about UT. Student satisfaction is very high, and there are many services devoted to helping students succeed. Also, UT students interact with one of the most diverse patient populations, have early clinical exposure, and can do rotations all throughout TN."
"Admissions office was extremely nice and helpful."
"incredibly diverse clinical opps, impressive facilities such as the new children's hospital, students seemed stress-free and happy, available rotations in knoxville and chattanooga, awesome barbecue, and the FREE room at the med fraternity house (phi chi)"
"Everyone was so friendly. I really enjoyed both the student tours and was impressed by the opportunities available to students in such a large city"
"The positive and supportive atmosphere. The students and faculty are very encouraging and hlepful. The great opportunities available."
"How caring and supportive both the admissions office and the interviewers were. My academic interviewer was stellar!!"
"Dean Strothers is outstanding. He is very friendly, cracks silly jokes, and generally goes out of his way to try and put the applicants at ease. The admissions office and tour guide med students all were very open and helpful. The quality of the rotations and amount of hands on experience you get here is outstanding. It's unrivaled in any other school I've seen."
"The clinical experience at UT is unrivaled anywhere else I've interviewed. The hospitals are also very much clustered in the same area as the school which was convenient to finding a place to live."
"Loved the staff, students, and all of the GREAT clinical oppurtunities!"
"friendliness of the students, support offered by the faculty, other students, and student academic support services, clinical opportunities both in memphis and abroad, calender & organization of classes (finishing 2nd yr early to start rotations earlier and get more in before making a decision in the 3rd year)"
"Students' friendliness and openness."
"Clinical experience, how early it starts, and the sheer magnitude they receive. The curriculum is a bit shifted so that more time can be spent doing electives, research, or even just time off during the third and fourth years. Students were very honest and seemed very happy with their decisions. Hospitals we toured through were busy and all very impressive."
"Students were happy. Great opportunities for rotations in various places during the clinical years. Students said that there was so much going on at the hospitals that they were never by-standers, always involved in a hands-on way with patients. My interviewers were both extremely friendly. The personal interviewer put me at ease and made the whole hour go by as a comfortable conversation. The academic interviewer was also very nice but threw out some interesting questions that forced you take a side. He never hesitated to disagree with my answers, but he was also never mean about it."
"The Academic Interview was ideal"
"the amount of hospitals in the VERY near vicinity. The diverse amounts of rare cases you'll see during your rotations."
"The friendliness and responsiveness of the admissions members."
"Great school - early exposure to clinical medicine, opportunity for international rotations, warmth and friendliness of staff and students, high USMLE pass rates (above national average), student feedback is considered before changes to curriculum are made."
"I think Memphis will have great clinical opportunities."
"Experiences available to students (including St. Jude!), enthusiasm of students (the lunch felt like a sales presentation for the school), the friendliness of everybody, the thought Ms. Harris puts into each interviewee, The new facilities being built that will be available for us as third years. Though a relatively large student body, they seem to be really helpful to each other. The reasonable prices for cute homes in historic neighborhoods."
"lots of clinical facilities/ opportunities. Very nice people (students and faculty)"
"friendly admissions office, interviewers were experienced and prepared"
"The great clinical opportunities. We got a great tour of all the facilities."
"The experience that UT students get to get by being in Memphis. "
"Can do rotations either in Memphis, Knoxville or Chatanooga High number of hospitals available to you and around the university"
"clinical facilities, how the students are all pretty laid-back"
"The amazing and varied clinical facilities available to medical students in Memphis. They're second to none. "
"Students seemed enthusiastic, although a little tired (I gues that is to be expected). Great clinical experience!"
"All the students were super enthusiastic. Especially the fourth years, who are having a lot of luck in the search for residency programs. There is an incredible amount of clinical exposure as well. "
"friendly people, students cherished the experiences they had"
"The exposure to patients. You get unparalled experience in your first two years working with patients and being in the hospital. By time you get out of the 4 yrs, you have seen so much pathology you'll be ready for anything. Also, the atmosphere. UT cares about students and making them great doctors. I felt so comfortable with everyone I met."
"Friendly students, staff, family atmosphere, early patient exposure"
"The facilities, the positive feeling I got from everyone. The fact that you schedule your exams for when you want to take them. The fact that all exams are on the computer just like Step 1 & 2"
"Memphis is such a great area to learn the practice of medicine. I was extremely excited to see how early you get practical experience. GREAT SCHOOL!"
"The amount of hospital experience for M3 and M4's. Med students are depended on to perform many clinical tasks right away. There are also many facilities in which rotations are done, including St. Jude's. "
"The admissions staff, Nelson Strother and Diane Harris, are the sweetest most encouraging beings you could possibly ever talk to. Also, the interviews were very conversational, and I was completely at ease. The area in which the school is located offers so many clinical experiences as well."
"Clinical opportunities are great. Students get exposure to patient care very early. First and second years schedule their own exams. Admissions staff was great. Students seemed happy with the education provided. Innovative curriculum. Faculty/staff seems to care about student's concerns."
"Everyone was very laid back and it seemed like the students really enjoyed going there."
"The great training you will get as a med student in Memphis. Also, all exams are computerized and can be taken at home using an honor code."
"So many hospitals close by. Great hands-on experience for med students. "
"The amount of clinical involvement of students, especially during the first two years; the growth of the campus"
"The facilities are awesome! The students are really nice, and the Admissions Officers were the most helpful people on earth."
"the wealth of clinical experience, the revamping that is going on downtown, the new Cancer Institute, research opportunities"
"Everyone that we spoke to (interviewers, tour guides, students in class, deans, etc.) was really nice and took time out to wish us luck and tried to encourage us to relax and be ourselves. Also, the students really seemed to enjoy themselves and weren't overly competitive with each other. Diane Harris and Nelson Strother are some of the most helpful people in the world. The Med (one of the clinical hospitals) is the 3rd busiest hospital in the country. "
"-The amount of facilities (surrouding hospitals, clinics, laboratories) available for rotations. UT-memphis is definitely the medical hub of the south!!!!! - Dianne Harris and Nelson Strother are the nicest people this side of the planet... made everyone feel so at home and comfortable about the process - Both of my interviewers... after the initial 5 minutes of nervous word jumble (on my behalf), the rest of the time didn't even seem like an interview... very conversational and personal "
"The clinical opportunites, research opportunities, TONS of hospitals and student organizations... The curriculum truly is innovative and the students seem really happy."
"Clinical facilities, and the people at UT are some of the nicest I have ever met, anywhere."
"The students are all enthusiastic about the clinical years. St. Judes is a definite draw. Memphis students are exposed to a variety of cases not found in smaller areas."
"the number of hospitals surrounding the school, and the fact that this school provides the best clinical training in the south, if not the nation"
"Students were great, wished me luck. None of them seemed pompous or arrogant. I liked the culture there. Great clinical experience, they get you out there early."
"The students love their school and feel it has totally prepared them. The ER sees the third most patients in the nation (only behind LA and Chicago) and the area is overall very poor so you see a lot of advanced CHF, etc. because people don't see their doctors--the latter is bad thing but also a good learning experience."
"The length of the visit and the interest of the medical students in the interviewees."
"Nelson Strothers, the assistant dean of admissions, is friendly and relaxing."
"Everything about this school is amazing. The students are awesome, we had some free time to sit in on M1 and M2 classes and everyone was talking with me asking who I was interviewing with and reassuring me not to be stressed. Gross lab was awesome haha, now I know what a cadaver is! The clinicals are really what was awesome, we walked through Leboneur, the Med, and other facilities which were all across the street from each other. Memphis is truely a medical capital, so getting a medical education here is top notch. The new cirriculum setup to cut back two months of book work and add in an extra rotation also was a bonus!! The amount of hands on work and experience the 3rd and 4th year students had was far above par from other medical schools. No one has a problem being competitive during residency applications."
"The school is really diverse and has alot of opportunities early in the medical school curriculum."
"The clinicals, they're strong. The anatomy lab was cool. The school is huge and has tons of history."
"All the area hospitals were amazing and the clinical rotations seem top notch. I also thought it was really impressive that the curriculum is set up so that you can start roations almost a whole semester sooner than other schools."
"The clinical experiences and the seemingly happy nature of the students."
"The incredible clinical exposures and great curriculum. The students and staff were EXTREMELY nice and down to earth. They made this process as least stressful as possible. "
"Clinical experiences that students recieve."
"I loved the facilities"
"The UT students, clinical education of M3 and M4"
"The diverse clinical experience available for 3rd and 4th year medical students and the fact that I couldn't find one current student to say a single negative thing about the school, it's ciricculum or it's professors . Dean Strother and Diane Harris are GREAT! They will answer any questions you have and help you in any way possible. The student's were very honest and open about their experiences and even offered to let us e-mail them if we had more questions. "
"I just moved to Memphis and I love the city, but the med students seem to make it seem like the best city in the US. I love the clinicals"
"The students who gave us the tour couldn't say enough about the excellence of the clinical rotations. Lots hands on experience. LCP program is interesting. There are so many hospitals within two blocks of the school. The MED is one of the best trauma centers in the country. "
"The amount of clinical experience allowed at UT, and the amazing variety of opportunities available."
"The clinical exposure is great at UT. It starts during the first year and the hospitals around the school are very busy."
"The clinical training was amazing. I really enjoyed the tours by the students and their feedback."
"The interviewers and the students were extremely nice and the inteview was very relaxed"
"The Admissions Committee people (Nelson Strother and Dianne Harris and their awesome secretary) were extremely helpful and laid back."
"The clinical emphasis at the school and the students."
"The clinical exposure that the Medical students receive."
"Memphis seems to provide great opportunities for learning in a variety of settings. The students are very happy to be there, and Memphis seems like a great place to live."
"The clinical rotations are far superior than anywhere else I have been. A lot of variety in locations and upon leaving there one would be a very clinically skilled physician."
"Very little negatively impressed me. LCP program. Students are extremely friendly and there is a great deal of team spirit. Lots of extracurricular activities."
"We had the oppurtunity to talk with M1-M4 students throughout the day...they told us what medical school was "really" like. "
"I was amazed at the amount of opporunities for clinical work, even in the first year, through the LCP program, at several hospitals. The students were enthusiastic and seemed very happy. The faculty was noted for doing all they could to help students succeed, and we were invited to attend class and see the gross anatomy labs. Everyone was EXTREMELY nice; I haven't received such wonderful treatment at any other school. "
"Rarely discussed experiences."
"The day had too much free time. I also didn't appreciate that interviews overlapped so much, so you may be waiting for almost an hour after your time slot because the person before you was taking longer. The people interviewing also often answered my questions by saying "I'm not really sure." I did not like that. I also would've liked a more structured day."
"Slightly disorganized and too much downtime. I had 45 minutes with nothing to do before my final afternoon interview."
"The facilities, specifically the city hospitals, they are old and in a bad part of town and haven't been updated or renovated in decades. I'm not a big fan of the city of Memphis (I lived in Memphis even before applying to med school) but it is a place with a high need for physicians and medical care. There also isn't as big an emphasis on research as many other medical schools I interviewed at, with many students outright saying that they don't emphasize it."
"Facilities are old; pre-clinical years are graded."
"Might have just been the given day, but our student guides seemed a little less collaborative than I would have preferred (all studied by themselves exclusively and kind of gave off a cliquey vibe). However, our MS3 and MS4 tour guides all seemed the opposite (super friendly, very collaborative), so I'm thinking it was more of random chance and the students being new to giving tours than indicative of the culture of the school."
"The College of Dentistry is housed in an older building, which feels cramped and dark in some areas."
"The lack of guidance I was given in finding my interview location several blocks away"
"haha lots of walking around campus"
"Ms. Harris was very rude, the day was really disorganized. The entire group has to spend 1-1.5 hours walking around so everyone can find where their interview will be."
"The interviewer...felt like an interrogation. And actually, I don't really have a problem with that, but all other med school interviews I've had have not felt that way."
"The buildings appear a little outdated and funding has been a problem in the past."
"Campus was very old, and the hospitals (especially the Med) were honestly pretty scary places."
"the surrounding area definitely leaves a lot to be desired, i.e. it's not pretty and it's none too safe at night"
"That it's in Memphis. I know that it doesn't happen a lot to medical students, but it can still be an unsafe place to be."
"The appearance isn't the greatest and the school is expensive for out-of-state."
"Some people complain about how old the buildings look. I personally think its a trivial detail. How your lecture room looks isn't going to affect your quality of education. UT COM has an awesome clinical program. That more than compensates!"
"The actual school buildings and campus in general. There is a ton of construction inside and outside (which is good, but makes concentrating hard), and the facilities in general are pretty dilapidated. It seems like the first two years of classes aren't anything special, but from my p.o.v. it's totally worth doing them here to have the opportunity to do rotations at the med and le bonheur."
"Some construction. Slightly outdated classrooms."
"Nothing- loved it!"
"classroom facilities are older"
"Honestly, the elevators in the admissions building were pretty shoddy. Beyond that and an admittedly underwhelming pre-packed lunch, nothing really impressed me negatively."
"Curriculum for the first two years is very lecture-heavy."
"The Personal Interview was a nightmare"
"The GED where you spend your first two years in classes is kinda ugly."
"The reputation of Memphis, though I did not find it to be that bad, and the lunch we were served. Cold sandwich and chips."
"Apprehensive about the campus and where I would live in relation to the school."
"One of the fellow interviewees had her car broken into in the parking lot on campus the night before the interview. Welcome to Memphis! Anatomy lab is on a below-ground level--just a little unnerving."
"construction, not the most appealing buildings"
"location of school, older facilities, tuna salad for lunch..."
"Its downtown....so some of the pros/cons come with the territory"
"buildings are a bit old"
"Nothing. Memphis is great and so is the college."
"Downtown Memphis can be a scary place, especially at night. One of the students had witnessed 3 shootings in 6 months."
"The lack of organization of the interview day. I ended up having ~2hrs of downtime. I got to sit in on a class, but there was not much else to do during this time."
"the campus location and lack of greenery on campus"
"It's a terribly ugly campus. "
"A lot of walking.... A LOT. "
"The campus is a little spread out, but no big deal. "
"There was nothing that negatively impressed me, but I will say that some of the rooms and things are a little outdated, but the school still has the state of the art technology."
"Facilities were a little dated. Downtown Memphis could be a little scary for some."
"Facilities seemed a little old."
"All the construction and destruction."
"The safety issue (downtown Memphis)."
"The city (Memphis is neither safe nor clean); the students in the class I attended were inattentive and apathetic; the tour guides either talked about drinking or skipping class the whole time."
"I was very tired (of walking) by the time I had my late afternoon interviews. The weather was cold also. Nothing really negative other than the long walks."
"all the construction, some bad neighborhoods around campus, not many students go to class, the workout facilities"
"The part of Memphis that the school is in is not the safest part of town. But that may be good, in order to see how inner city medicine is accomplished (i.e. plenty of patients to see)."
"Nothing really, wish I could have spent more time in the anatomy lab... Oh well, pretty sure I'll get enough of it next year!!!"
"As someone else has said, some of the facilities were slightly "dated"... the classrooms could use a little bit of a makover... nothing major or serious, though."
"I was mixed up with a group interviewing for a peds recidency. It was very confusing until I finally realized what had happened. I was stressed out to say the least, but it all worked out. I can laugh about it now."
"location. it's in the heart of downtown Memphis"
"Facilities are a little older, very historic school it seemed. "
"High crime rate, abundance of bad neighborhoods"
"The city looks disgusting."
"The stress level of M1 students, but this was expected because block exams were next week."
"Very crowded and no real campus"
"The first couple of years seemed to have a weak curriculum. I've visited a number of schools now and I've mostly heard students brag about their first two years. Here, students moaned and complained. For instance, I heard that b/c they only have two exams (a mid-term and final) per semester, some questions don't seem to fit with the current courses they were taking. If you interview here, be sure and ask about these issues and see if you can find a good answer/response before going here."
"The only slightly negative thing that happened was that my second interviewer was MIA, so I had to chase him down for about 20 minutes and the whole time I was almost in tears, because I thought he was going to think I was late and irresponsible. I found him finally at one of the hospitals instead of his office, and the interview went really well so it turned out fine, but I was getting pretty frantic in the meantime. "
"Not much at all. I guess after going to other medical school with large lunches that getting a boxed sandwich for lunch was a disappointment. Especially since there was a cafe area downstairs from admissions. This is a pety thought and really has no effect on the medical school as a whole."
"Some of the students had negative things to say about the first two years."
"The construction taking place in the area, a temporary inconvenience."
"Really nothing but the fact that it was cold and raining."
"The students had almost nothing positive to say about the first two years, it seems like it is hell. But the third years love their experiences."
"The map they send you is outdated, first two years seem very boring, traditional lectures. The whole things wraps up at 1:30, which sucks if you have a late interview. "
"The class I sat in on was was not very impressive at all. The material presented was very simple, and the students seemed very restless. It kind of reminded me of high school classes. The teacher did do a good job of explaining things. Also, one of my interviewers was very argumentative. I spent the first thirty minutes of my interview thinking the man hated me, but after I asked a question about something he was interested in he seemed to really warm up. So definitely ask questions."
"Some of the facilities are a little run-down."
"It doesn't seem that the first two years are the best prep for the USMLE step 1."
"The campus tour was somewhat unorganized (however, I interviewed the second week and perhaps they did not have the tour routine down yet), the students giving the tour started every sentence with "And another great thing about Memphis/UT..." (I'm from Memphis)"
"The students seemed to complain about the new curriculum, and some guy named Dr. Jones."
"Difficult to find my way around, dirty city."
"Well generally this is where people say that Memphis is Memphis, but I found that it wasn't as bad as I was told. So therefore nothing negatively impressed me. It is one of those things that you have to take certain safety precautions, but all that I spoke with have had no trouble."
"Lots of construction on the campus. Memphis is Memphis."
"If I hadn't known the campus I might have really been nervous about findings out where my interviews were located. They do point you in the right direction but it's up to you to find the door and the room."
"Nothing. The weather was nasty, but the staff apologized to us about it (as if they could help it)! "
"I wish I had known to wear walking shoes! I thought my shoes were sensible, but they weren't. If you wouldn't walk through a guided tour for almost 2 hours in your shoes, then don't wear them!"
"How much walking there would be outside (it as ~20F that day), some more specific directions to the main building"
"Nothing. Everything is covered that day."
"Nothing, this was my lowest stress interview"
"One question, which unfortunately would make me personally identifiable and thus I can't share, caught me off guard (as in I was under the impression it was not something I could expect to be asked about) and wish I could have been more prepared to talk about said topic."
"have a campus/building map"
"how friendly everyone would be! would have saved me stress..."
"How much walking is involved (a lot of outside) and whether or not it's acceptable to bring tennis shoes (it needs to be suggested outright instead of saying "comfortable" shoes!)."
"That I needed to be able to defend my history from a lot of different angles while not insulting UT med."
"How far behind on the times UTHSC was. Starting this year, they will be implementing a new curriculum, and their clinical skills center just recently opened. Other med schools I visited have already had these changes in place for several years now."
"how nice everyone would be, how easy and conversational the interviews would go, and just how important it is to wear comfortable shoes"
"When they say comfortable walking shoes, they mean it."
"That it would rain. Remember to bring an umbrella."
"That I wouldn't need to stress out. If I had listened to the current students about how laid back the interview was, I could have enjoyed the process more. My personal interview wasn't even an interview. We just joked around and talked about what med school will be like!"
"When they say there is a lot of walking they mean THERE IS A LOT OF WALKING. Ladies, even if you are a pro at walking in heels and think your shoes are extra comfy, I would still recommend bringing an extra pair to do the tours in - I wish I had."
"How wonderful the admissions office was! They were really fantastic at helping to make everyone feel at ease."
"How great of a day it would be!"
"how much i would love it here!"
"Definitely take a look the day before to make sure you know where you're going."
"Where to park"
"that my first interviewer would be so concerned about ethical issues. "
"That it would be so cold. Take a coat."
"To bring a pillow and sheets and blankets to sleep at the Phi Chi House."
"Every question I was going to be asked"
"Interviews are split so one is open file the other closed file. One is focused on personal stuff..(motivations, why md etc) the other is academic...(how do u study, classes, grades, mcat)"
"That the president of the UT system is John Petersen."
"I know several current students there, so I think I was already relatively familiar with what was there."
"The UTMemphis trauma center is the 2nd busiest trauma center in the country. Wow!"
"The amount of walking, that I would be there until almost 5"
"A lot of walking, one personal interview and one more academic. "
"I wish I would have known it was going to be such an ugly day, so far as weather. Also, I wish I would have known that Dr. Nutty will act like a fool during his interview!"
"That it was going to rain so much."
"Not to be so nervous...if you are there they already are interested in you and everyone is so nice!"
"You will be doing a lot of walking. The weather was nice, so no big deal. The interviews are not as stressful as I would have imagined. Get a good nights rest, because it is a long day."
"Nothing but wear comfortable shoes."
"You should try to schmooze with the admissions staff as they are in the committee meeting too!"
"The exit to the school is closed on 40W, meaning you HAVE to take 240 if you're coming from the east."
"Definitely wear comfortable shoes and make sure you have SPECIFIC directions in mind. It's easy to get lost within the huge facilities."
"that many rotations can be done in other cities in TN, that we would be walking ALL OVER the city"
"Not much. The UT website and publications do a pretty good job of getting you informed ahead of time."
"How laid back and friendly everyone was going to be... would have seriously put me at ease the night before (got like 3 hours of sleep!!!!!) "
"Be ready for a full day!"
"Lots of walking, wear comfy shoes."
"Bring a large winter coat, scarf, gloves, etc. It was about 15 degrees the day of my interview, and I had to walk several blocks throughout the day."
"Can't think of anything"
"Don't push any topic more than any other. Don't force your selling points too much or they will focus on your weakenesses."
"Read up on SCC football lol. I'm from the Big10 so didn't know much about southern schools."
"Memphis is a little scary. I'm not sure it would be a good place to raise a family."
"Memphis is a really confusing city. My family and I spent almost 2 hours trying to find a good sit down restaurant in downtown the night before my interview. Apparently in Memphis the Interstates and the area surrounding campus are not the best places to look for a good meal. I found out the next day that all the nice places are toward Midtown. So my advice is bring a detailed map! Also I was really worried about getting from place to place so I made my parents be on standby in case I needed a shuttle between interview locations. You can walk to everything from the main building where orientation is and Diane Harris, the nicest lady ever, walks everyone to their interview locations before you are turned loose to find them yourself. I spent quite a while the night before exploring the million buildings on campus because I was paranoid I would be lost or late on interview day. Totally unnecessary for all you worriers like myself!"
"I had forgot my watch."
"I stayed at the Wyndham resort. The resort that has a flyer in the interview packet was ok but not a super great place to stay. It said 70 dollars to stay there but this is if your alone and if you don't have to park. It was an extra ten dollars for another person and a extra five to park. This pushed the total with tax near 100 bucks. These were not suites but it was located fairly close to the school and it was downtown. I just wish I knew a more economical place to stay but at least it was close."
"I was pretty familiar with the school beforehand."
"What an impressive ciricculum that the school really has. It was somewhat of an obvious choice for me to apply to UT Memphis because I'm from Tennessee and I go to UT Knoxville. However, after visiting the school, I was really impressed with it's ciricculum and faculty and actually want to go there for those reasons rather than financial/location reasons. "
"The continental breakfast is basically coffee and a danish. You would think a health care facility would at least have healthy options for breakfast."
"The changes in the curriculum that everyone is talking about didn't sound like a big deal and if anything might be possitive changes."
"The maps that they send you suck. They were pretty much worthless. Find some other maps or ask for directions. Take Danny Thomas Blvd from the interstate it will take you where you need to go."
"look at the weather before the interview, it was 85 degrees outside and I was wearing a black suit"
"That the new curriculum is not very well liked by the students"
"They have revamped the curriculum."
"How to get around campus. Get a map and study it well."
"I wish that I had known how great the clinical rotations were. I was always told that it was a great school, but I didn't realize how much until I got there. No one told me about the amount of involvement that you are allowed as a medical student and the amount of different cases that are presented to you during your clerkships. Far superior to many programs in the country in my opinion."
"The CIAO program. Check it out!"
"Although I took the "fashion over function" approach, wear comfortable shoes if possible...you will do alot of walking."
"Out-of-state students will pay double tuition for four years instead of being able to declare residency (from the TN legislature, not the school)"
"Overall positive virtual interview with prepared and conversational interviewers."
"I was impressed when I spoke with the students. They made it seem like it was a great experience. The day was relaxed, which I enjoyed. I would've really appreciated more structure, but other than that it was a great experience."
"Laid back atmosphere and very welcoming."
"Memphis isn't as dangerous or unsafe as people seem to think, but the city and hospitals are old and dilapidated in places. If you get below the superficial though this is a great community where everyone seems really happy to be studying medicine and getting a great education. And in state tuition is cheap with many scholarships are available!"
"Pleasantly surprised by this school. Even though the facilities look a little depressing, the faculty and students are excellent. Memphis has more to do than you would think (although the immediate surroundings are a little sketch)."
"I applied mainly because it was my state school and local, but having the chance to see the facilities and meet the faculty members and students definitely has made this school one of my top choices."
"The admissions committee were incredibly friendly and very straight-forward. They encourage applicants to include their spouses or other family members in the process, which I thought was quite special. Overall the experience was relatively laid back, so there's no reason to stress."
"Overall, I would judge UT as a good school with great clinical opportunities. Research opportunities are there but you'll have to make it happen. Students mostly seemed young and kind."
"Be nice to everyone (including the students), wear professional attire, and find a good balance between confidence and humility. The most academically qualified applicant can ruin his/her chances if they fail to do these things."
"definitely impressed--the school blew me away in terms of clinicals and the opps to do rotations across the state"
"Amazing school! Would recommend it without hesitation!"
"Very laid back interview. The current students were phenomenal in sharing what worked or didn't work for them as students. Also the students are not pitted against each other so the competitiveness is very low (but there are always a few gunners here and there). They have an awesome support system with tutors available. Faculty seems to genuinely care about their students and have a great relationship with them. Great clinicals and a ton of hospitals in the area for exposure."
"UT does 1 academic (alpha) and 1 personal interview (beta), and they aren't supposed to last over an hour. But my academic interview lasted 1h 20m. It was tortuous, and he asked me almost all the same questions as my personal interviewer did. Also he tried to reschedule my interview the day of which was pretty stressful, and he didn't have the correct amcas file for me, so I had to come back at a different time from the reschedule. Also he kept saying things about my academic background that were completely untrue - not sure if he was trying to trick me into lying or was just a terrible, careless, & unprepared interviewer. Moral: Be prepared for anything."
"I left the interview feeling really great about this place!"
"Overall, this was a great experience. It was my first interview- So i was VERY nervous. But, the admissions staff is GREAT, the students were a lot of fun, and my interviewers were very conversational. Just be yourself and show them what you are all about. We all love this field, thats why we've made it this far- they wanna know the the REASONS behind your love for it! Stay positive!!"
"Interview day is relaxed but a bit unorganized seeming because everyone has interviews in different places at different times. Overall, a good experience! They aren't joking when they tell you to wear comfy shoes!"
"The people who interview represent you in front of the committee, so think about what you want them to say about you. They give you a chance to talk about how you'd like to be represented."
"I had heard the architecture of the building used for M1/M2 was pretty lackluster - this is true, but it is large and the hospitals, I feel, more than make up for it."
"Academic Interviewer was extremely nice. We talked for over an hour and the whole thing was extremely positive and reaffirming. The Personal Interviewer was a complete jerk to me. He really turned me off to the school. If it hadn't have been for the really cool academic interview and really awesome students I met, I'd have left hoping to never come back. Given everything though, I thought the school was pretty cool. Seems like it would be one of the more relaxing places to study medicine with a bunch of awesome classmates. People aren't as worried about class rank as they are at other schools and I thought that was pretty cool."
"Altogether a great day. Mr. Strother and Mrs. Harris are the two nicest people I've met in my interviews thus far. Med students seemed really happy there. My first interviewer seemed to be a bit hard on me (you don't know what GFR is??? its the glomerular filtration rate! --oh yeah, I knew that), but still nice to talk to. Second interviewer was really nice and laid back."
"Wear comfortable shoes, relax and have fun. Great school that I hope to attend."
"It seemed both interviewers read my file and were interested in getting to know me. They went over my file quickly and asked about a few things the interested them. They then asked a few typical interview questions which sparked longer conversations."
"Dean Strother and Ms. Harris make the day just wonderful. They all love to show off the many facilities, so bring walking shoes! One interview is completely open file and the other has everything except grades and scores--focuses more on personality and ethics."
"wonderful admissions staff!...be prepared to answer ethics questions but don't be too nervous, everyone was very nice and generally the day was great! I ended up getting an acceptance by email like a week after my interview so the committee here seems really on the ball!"
"Great school. Has its pluses and minuses for sure. The clinical experience you will get here will be great, but the campus setting and aesthetics are not at all pleasing. "
"Very laid-back and conversational. Pretty harmless"
"My interviewers were incredibly open to everything I had to say. I made the interview very conversational (as opposed to Q and A format) and both interviewers seemed to respond well to this. I was prepared and everything just seemed to fall into place."
"Positive. A lot of ethics questions."
"met at 830 am, had introduction/opening words. Then had a lot of down time (a little over 2 hours!). Then had a tour of the General Education Building by two second year students. Then had lunch with 2nd and 4th year students, which was really laid back and where we were able to ask any questions in a stess-free environment. Then had a tour of the hospitals with two 4th year students. Then I had two 60-minute interviews with PhD professors. A LOT of walking is involved.. so wear comfy shoes"
"Awesome. I interviewed first with a pediatrician and then a PHD. They both went through my AMCAS file and asked questions about it. I didn't have any hostile questions or ''what do you do if...'' scenerios. The interviewers wanted to get to know me beyond grades and test scores. In my second interview we talked about everything from sushi, traveling to Rome, Irish ancestory, Memphis, banning smoking in bars, and red wine. It was like chatting with one of my parent's friends. So relaxing."
"Overall it was a good experience, one of the interviewers got a lot more personal than I was expecting and I would have liked. It definitely caught me off guard."
"I interviewed at UT and UMC (Jackson, MS) and UT was much more impressive. The total experience was much better. The interview was all day, from 8 to 4, but we got to sit in on a class, and had a great tour of the hospitals in the region. It was very impressive. "
"The day started with us all meeting in the 910 building. After that Dr. Strother greeted us and let us have the continental breakfast (which isn't much, so eat befor eyou get there). Then Ms. Diane (the nicest woman in the world) showed us to our interview locations and gave us her cell phone number just in case we got loss in the huge medical center. After that you willhave your first interview, and then you will come back to the group for the tours, and then you will be back at the 910 building for an outbreifing. Then you will have your second interview. Then take your a$$ home. It was a great day!"
"This is a wonderful school with a great atmosphere. Students really work together and help each other out, helping to bring down stress a little. "
"Well, I had a unique experience in that I am going to be out of the country for a year and was going to have to fly back from Asia for interviews. So, I met with Mr. Strother and he arranged within a few hours time for me to come early and have my interviews before I left. Overall, the experience was great. The questions I was asked were genuine get to know you and find out your heart questions. There were some difficult ones, but they just wanted to see if you could think. Also, there are so many hospitals around the school that the students get to do and see so much!"
"Arrived the night before. Got to the school around 7:45am. Was greeted by Nelson Strother in admissions. There were around nine candidates. Mr. Strother did an overview of the school, curriculum, and what to expect for that day. Someone from financial aid came in and did a brief presentation. Diane Harris walked everyone to where their interviews were going to be. Toured the General Education Building, Library, and Anatomy Lab. Did not get a chance to sit in on a class (studnets on Spring Break). Had lunch, toured some of the hospitals, and had my interviews in the afternoon. One was with a third year student and the other with an MD. Both interviewers were good. Overall a very good day. Stress level was low. Was late for my second interview, because the first one went over and I had to walk a few blocks to get to the second one. It was not a problem at all."
"Interviewers were really laid back; they just wanted to get to know you. Overall great experience. I was more nervous before the interview than during."
"This was my most challenging interview, but also the one in which I performed the best. The interviews are divided into an "academic review" interview and a "personal" interview. Both interviewers represent you to the committee, so you need to impress both of them."
"The staff is amazing and super nice. The med students came up to us during a class break and introduced themselves and answered questions. People seemed to really like it there."
"I showed up about 1.5h early, so I drove into Arkansas to get gas (cheaper over there). I came back, and I was still 15 minutes early - I tried the door, but it was locked. As I started to wander around the floor, the door opened and Dean Strother (nicest guy imaginable) invited me in, gave me my packet, and offered me breakfast (juice, coffee, water; muffins, candy). I read as other applicants came in, and I was surprised at how small the group was - including myself, there were 5 of us. We sat and chatted, hearing about curriculum, financial aid, and student life, before we broke and Ms. Harris took students to their interviews and the rest to their classes. I sat in on an M1 PCC class, where students, quite frankly, were disinterested - they were talking, reading magazines, and doodling, all while the teacher gave her presentation. I had a 10:15 interview with a guy made out to be the devil incarnate but that went extremely well (at least, in my opinion). It was all good, it was laid back, and I think I answered his questions sufficiently and succinctly. We had to stop talking for an 11:10 tour of the general education building - all classes are held in the same building, in the same room (one per M1 and M2), and the facilities looked... dated. But it is part of the Tennessee education system, which doesn't bode well. The guides seemed nice enough and they were enthusiastic, but I was underwhelmed by the facilities. And then we had lunch (Subway - turkey sandwiches) with M2and M4 students... the M2's were our morning tour guides, and the M4's were our afternoon guides. After lunch, the M4's took us to all the hospitals... and there are SO many. Bring walking shoes. There are so many great opportunities at UTMemphis to get clinical experience, even in the first two years - it's the third busiest trauma center in the country, as it's basically the only one in the area. You'll see all walks of life. After that, we returned for a wrap-up session, where Dean Strother told us when to expect to hear back, and then it was back home for me (I'd gotten up at 2:30 that morning to drive in and I was exhausted - I got back and passed out!) [I did my other interview in Nashville with a regional interviewer - most people have 2 interviewers on campus, an academic and a personal. I had only an academic. The second interview happens between 1:30 and 4.]"
"The experience was the great. I could not have asked for a better interview experience."
"Overall, I have a great feeling about the school. There is no lack of diversity in the patient population, and I am sure I would recieve a great education here. Memphis will take some getting used to and the campus is not exactly pleasing to the eye. Most importantly, though, its a great institution for learning medicine. "
"I feel that the interview went pretty well. I only had 1 interview becuase I interviewed last year and thus they just wanted to me catch them up on what I have been doing in the past year. The first couple of minutes of any interview are always going to be a bit dicey, but I really felt that once that was over things went smoothly. I may have been a bit nervous about giving them a right or wrong answer, but my interviewer was really calming and explained early on that there oftentimes is not right or wrong answer. He even brought up a situation of his, where he had to explain to a patients family that he did not hold out much hope. We ended up talking for about a hour and a half, but it certainly didn't feel that way. "
"Well, other than arriving slightly late (not too much, but pretty sad for someone who lives in Memphis!!!), everything went smooth as ice. Dianne Harris is an angel (she actually drove me to my first interview). Nelson Strother was very friendly and informative of the whole process. I was fighting to think of questions to ask. My interviewers put me at ease (trust me, not an easy task when dealing with my nervousness) and just wanted to get to know me better (no question firing or argumentative type confrontations). The student tour was fairly comprehensive and the tour guide really did her best to show us all that UT had to offer. Definitely my top choice school now!!!"
"Started in the admissions office at 8:00 with Nelson Strother, who gave an excellent overview of the school, the curriculum, memphis, and financial aid... basically everything you could ever want to know about the school and the area. We then went on a tour of the GEB and sat-in on a class (awesome!). Then we toured the library. We then met with medical students who gave us a tour of the facilities (including GEB, anatomy labs, study areas). Ate lunch with M2-M4s (who were a great resource) and then did a tour of several of the clinical sites (the med, le bonheur, etc). I was totally blown away by all the hospitals in the area (and beyond) that the school had to offer. The tour ended, and Nelson gave an overview of the admissions process. Then we had our interviews (one personal, one academic), which lasted about an hour each, and we were finished by 4:00pm. Overall, it was a great day; definitely more insight into than I would have imagined... Now, hopefully I'll get in! ;) "
"Very laid back, more of a conversation than an interview. Went into both of them shaky and nervous, but within 5 min was talking like these people were some of my best friends."
"It was a typical interview day. I was impressed with how nice the admissions staff was. The actual interviews were not as stressful as I thought they would be, I probably over prepared by making my family conduct mock interviews for hours."
"Nelson Strother, Assoc. Dean of Admissions and Diane Harris are the sweetest, most helpful people. The tours of the MED and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital were great. The General Education Building seems like my next resting spot for studying."
"It was great. I felt that they really went over my resume and were experienced in getting to know me. They actually read my AMCAS before I came and researched some things. They wanted to get to know me."
"We met at 8 am to have a small breakfast and talk about general information regarding the admissions process, etc. We all had our interviews at around 10 so that gave us time to look around a bit. You walk to your interviews so wear shoes that you can possibly walk up to 15 mins away in. Then the M2s took us on a tour of the classrooms and labs. We went back to the admissions office and had lunch and then an M3 and M4 took us on tours of the The Med and Le Bonheur which was great since that's where you spend the last two years. We then went back to to the admissions office to go to our last interview. Before that, though, they let us know what to expect in the next few weeks. I had a great day and great interviews-definitely my top choice. Three weeks later (they tell you it will be less than that but it's not)I found out that I got in!"
"It was a great experience and I had great conversations with each of my interviewers."
"My interviews were varied from a friendly conversation in one, to brutal questioning in the other. Don't worry if interviews didn't go perfectly, I was accepted."
"I loved everything, the location, the people, and the school. Definitly a down to earth and supportive school for all it's students. Competition within the classwork is non-existant, and there's a coffee kiosk next to the classes!"
"Very friendly and very helpful interviewer"
"Very laid back. My acacademic interviewer wasn't very talkative (Dr. Heron) but my personal one was very fun. "
"Overall, I think the school does a fantastic job of training physicians. Even if accepted, I doubt I will attend b/c the school doesn't seem to be the right "fit" for me. I disliked the city, the campus, and the first two years' curriculum."
"The interview day was actually much more fun and low- stress than I thought. For me the worst part was my nervousness before the first interview, but after it was not an intense grill session I was much more relaxed for the rest of the day. Everyone was sooooooooooo nice and friendly. Both my interviews were like chats with a professor for a class. My academic was a little tougher because its harder for me to explain a C in calculus or bad MCAT score, than why I want to be a physician, but even that was far from an interrogation. The tours were awesome. The second years were so easy to talk to and they said our group had the most questions ever. They explained how the curriculum was set up and about the attendance policy (there isn't one) and the note system- Everyone in the class takes turns typing notes and at the end of the week each student can get copies to compare to their own or if they missed a class. They also showed us the first and second year lecture halls, the computer labs, and all the study locations. They fully expressed how hard it was, but seemed to really love the school. The fourth year student tour was through the hospitals. He could not say enough good things about his experiences and told us a lot about the different places to do do rotations. We then had a wrap up session that ran over so I had to run to my final interview, but I was so excited and enthusiastic about the school by then I didn't even care. It is DEFINITELY my first choice school. I do not think anywhere has the kind of clinical experience they do and with the LCP program you get patient contact as early as your first semester. "
"One of the best schools you could go to, the clinical experience is second to none and the staff and faculty work to make you feel very welcome."
"My interview at UT Health Science Center was a great experience. I had actually come to the school before I applied to learn about the school and to see what I needed to prepare to apply there. I was happy to get the opportunity to interview there. My interview day started with a gathering at the admissions area on the school where the applicants and Mr. Strother/Mrs. Harris gathered to discuss the day and start a small tour of the facility. A small continental breakfast with muffins and juice was provided. We were shown where to meet our interviewers and told to meet in the main lobby after our interview. My interview was split into two parts. The first part of my interview was held at the medical hospital in Knoxville and the second part was in Memphis on the interview day. They are split into two ideals. One academic (alpha) and one personal (beta), these are to get to know you as a person. I felt after having my interviews that they were friendly conversations and I truely enjoyed the whole experience. They can last from 30 minutes to an hour ideally. I had spent an hour and forty minutes at my interview in Knoxville and an a little over an hour at my interview in Memphis. These were low stress interviews for me. They really just wanted to see who I was and what made me passionate about medicine. After the interview we then met M2 students in the main classroom building. There we toured the building and the two M2 students answered our questions. They were very honest and very helpful in answering everything. They were an asset to the school. After that we all went back to admission to have lunch. There we had a changing of the guard where the M2 students left and we had an M4 student give us a clinical tour. This included walking through other parts of the campus, the MED hospital, Le Bonheur childrens hospital, and we tlaked about rotations at other parts of the city. Our guide was incredibly helpful and very positive about his experiences at the school. They have a great clinical program that I believe rivals the best in the country. Our day concluded with a final meeting at the admissions office and there the other students went to their final interviews or left for the day. In all this is a great school that care a lot about their students. They are consitantly refining the curriculum to get the best education possible. At the current time they end the M2 year in March and allow time for the USMLE before starting rotation with an extra 2 months. These extra months give you that much more clinical experience to use your knowledge you built up form the first two years. Every student seemed happy to be there and was quite happy with their education. It is my first choice for medical school and would be very happy to attend there."
"Wow. I was really impressed, and my estimation of UT has been raised significantly. In fact, it may be my top choice now. The new curriculum has been refined, and students will be introduced to their clinical rotations in the 2nd year."
"Overall it was good. Nelson Strother and Dianne are so nice. I felt completely at ease after talking to them. My first interviewer seemed argumentative. I felt like he didn't like me, but I was in there for about an hour and twenty minutes. I was told by students that it was a good thing to go over the alotted 50 minutes. The second interview went smoother, but the questions were much tougher. Lots of situational questions with ethical issues embedded in them. This seemed to be a tougher interview that most people get in terms of questions asked. The other interviewees got easier questions. I felt pretty confident after the second interview. I kinda like interviews though."
"There were some definite low points, but those seemed to be isolated incidents instead of problems with the school. The school itself impressed me, and I really think the school produces good physicians."
"Very laid back. Just be yourself and be honest. Interviewers want to get to know you and why you want to be a doctor."
"I thought that the interviews went well. In my second interview i interviewed with a regular doctor that had patients. During the interview a nurse brought in xrays to look at, we visited a patient and just got to know each other, it was a great time. They are very low stress interviews. They have an alpha and a beta interview, the alpha is for an academic review and the beta doesn't even have your grades or MCAT score, they are there to get to know you."
"This is a great school, especially once you get into the clinical years. The new curriculum seems pretty tough and demanding though, but what medical school doesn't demand a lot?"
"The admissions staff are awesome and really make you feel at ease. The tour is a bit long and you walk everywhere, so wear comfortable shoes. My interviewer was extremely nice and I felt he tried to get to know more about me than just my grades and MCAT scores. He only asked a few actual questions and focused more on having a conversation."
"Good interview all around. I felt calm and relaxed and confident. The interviewers were both very easy going and seemed to really want to get to know me. Finding the buildings to meet in was somewhat difficult. I got stuck in crazy trafic and was almost late. Leave early to find the places."
"The interview coordinators made us feel very comfortable, and the day was full of activities."
"Overall the experience was good. There was some complications getting my interview packet because of an incorrect address but I got an e-mail about 4 days ahead of time. I did one interview in Chattanooga on a Monday and then another in Memphis on Wednesday. This happened because I live in Chattanooga so they made it convienent for me. Because of this on interview day I only had one interview while others had two and some were back to back. One interview is a personal interview and the other is an academic interview. This allows the admissions committee to see both sides of the applicant. Plus it isn't as repetitive. I was able to sit in on classes, check out all the facilities, speak with students, and experience Memphis. My interview in Chattanooga lasted an hour and it was academic in nature. It was the usual interview about grades and MCAT scores. The personal interview was done in memphis for me. It was a little bit rough to start with since I had never really experienced an interview just on my personal attributes. This one was slightly shorter in duration. Around 50 minutes long. Of course the interviews are dependent upon which interviewer you get. Also, one last note, don't expect to come here and sit in a room and wait for your interviews. You go to your interviewer's office, wherever that is on campus, and there is a lot of walking involved. There are 2 tours. One of the academic campus and showing you where everything is located. The other is a clinical tour. Memphis is lucky in the fact that there are several hospitals within walking distance from campus. You WILL walk to most of these hospitals and get tours throughout them. It will depend on your tour guide though. So word of advice. Wear comfortable shoes."
"If your serious about an education and realize the value of experience-based learning, then you'll realize what a great school this is."
"I interviewed with a student, who was extremely complimentary of my record, and felt like I had made a new friend. That was their "alpha" (academic) interview, and I had been expecting to be grilled. The Ph.D interviewer was a little more tough on me, but he wrote down almost every word I said. I could tell that he really wanted to get a total picture of me to present to the rest of the committee."
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"Make a more structured interview day. Eliminate the tour of the clinical sites. It's unnecessary."
"More organized day. Some interviewees finished before lunch and could leave after tour. Some had afternoon interviews and had 45 minutes to kill beforehand. Either get everyone on the same schedule or provide more specific time fillers."
"It was overall a great experience and I am very glad I had the chance to interview here."
"They are so great and helpful! Dean Strother is so warm and made jokes all morning to loosen us up before our interviews. Sweet man!!"
"While Dr. Strother is very helpful and a great listener, Ms. Harris is much the opposite. She gave us warnings not to "tell on her," suggesting that someone had done so in the past. She did not listen to questions and throughout the day had an irritated tone. Several of my friends who interviewed agree with me...she needs to go."
"Give everyone a raise!"
"Absolutely nothing. Dean Strothers and Ms. Harris are amazing. Diane even gave us her cell phone number on interview day in case we got lost."
"Offer information online - we don't need that huge folder of information. However, very friendly and"
"None come to mind. Extremely warm and kind."
"Nothing. Diane Harris is incredibly warm and accommodating. Impeccably done!"
"Everyone's interview should be around the same time, to make it a bit more organized"
"None. Mr. Strother and Ms. Harris are awesome. I truly enjoyed my interview day at UT."
"They did a great job."
"They are unbelievably wonderful!"
"not necessary...well coordinated, friendly, informative, and other good adjectives i can't think of."
"Definitely the most friendly admissions office by far!!!"
"This is by far the friendliest admissions staff you will ever encounter."
"Diane Harris and Mr. Strother are probably the two nicest people you will ever meet."
"Nothing, they're amazing!!!"
"None... If you apply to UT you will see why. All email, and the admissions coordinator(s) are great!"