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  • University of New England - College of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Portland
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

6

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Related to conflict resolution" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Related to role models" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Related to past hardships/future goals" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Related to criticism" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Related to stereotypes/biases" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"As many have already mentioned, there's no way to know what they will ask since some were so "out-there" and weird. Just review some typical MMI questions and practice the way you respond to questions (i.e. pay attention to your composure, thought process, etc)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Small class size, students seem to graduate with strong clinical experience, external rotations" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"During the last MMI station, the interviewer (faculty member) asked their question but before I was even allowed to give an answer they told me "Do not say ______ as your answer because I have already heard it so many times today." That did not sit well with me because: 1) I actually wanted to use that answer because it actually holds significance to me 2) it's highly unfair if others before me were able to use that answer, and I was singled out because I was the last station (and the interviewer was burnt out.) That obviously put me at a disadvantage because I had to think of an entirely different answer on the spot and I felt like I was not able to represent myself as strongly. With MMI, interviewers are supposed to stay neutral throughout the entire session. Also during Q&A with the dean, someone asked a question along the lines of "I heard from a current student that some can graduate completing a lot more restorations than their peers - does UNE make an effort to somehow make it uniform so students can have more or less the same clinical experience?" Based on body language/response, it seemed like the dean was a bit offended/bothered since he said something along the lines of "patients should not be seen as a number/checkbox - if a patient needs XYZ doesn't mean s/he will get reassigned to another D3/4 solely because they need the experience" I don't believe the candidate meant any harm in the question (who actually thinks of patients as 'numbers'?) - I thought it was a very valid question and I was curious about the answer, too. His response could have definitely been delivered without the judgment/attitude." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"UNE was one of the few schools that emailed an itinerary outlining the day, which I appreciated. But I wish they emailed the format of the MMI beforehand (6 stations, 2 min to read prompt, ~6 min to respond to prompt. You will have an empty sheet of paper, pen, and clipboard to jot down notes)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You don't really get the chance to mingle with current students (the only chance is if your tour guide is a current student)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$501+

What airport did you use?

PWM

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

The Inn at St. John's

Would you recommend the hotel?

Yes

General Info

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

5 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

4 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Sari in Admission is the sweetest person and is very helpful/responsive to your inquiries. Regarding the actual interview process, I suggest reminding interviewers to stay neutral and not have previous interviewees affect the current interviewee." Report Response

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