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  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Dallas
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Do you regret your fruitless service experiences?" Report Response

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

"Do you think this interview has a measureable effect on your chances of getting in? (No--but of course you can't tell them that. I got the impression that these were some serious "what did you get on your MCAT" people when determining admissions) (I should be honest--no one really asked me this question.)" Report Response

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

"Do you have any other questions about Southwestern?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How are your children's personalities different?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How many stem cell lines are available for research in the US?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"relax tell an interviewer that you know that the IM chair is on President Bush's Bioethics Council. Of course, at this point it would help if you knew something about bioethics (which I don't)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"students were very forthright and honest about their experiences I liked the fact that faculty were willing to spend their Saturdays interviewing people. I enjoyed seeing the ER room where JFK died." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I don't like a Saturday interview. There's just something creepy about emptying the campus when prospective students show up. Maybe each Texas school only gets certain days of the week for interviews, but still ..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Orientation auditorium was underground (I had trouble finding it)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Intense, driven student body. Not competitive--I think that's a myth re-told by lower ranked schools. If you really enjoy studying and book-learning, this is the school for you. Their clinical experiences do not look as strong as similarly ranked schools. Out-of-state students get a pretty sweet deal. Also, the school projects a very research, academic-oriented image, but not many MD students are involved in research. In a few words, I would describe Southwestern as intense and vividly trying to cultivate a sense of prestige about the school. A very good school for young, smart people who just KNOW they want to be doctors." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/13/2003

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