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  • University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Gainesville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What are the biggest problems in healthcare today and what should be done?" Report Response

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

"What are the obstacles physicians face and how will you deal with them?" Report Response

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

"Who are your heros? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"As a physician, how do you plan to achieve the type of relationship with your patients that you think you should have?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Your career goals are impossible. Respond." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read current health issues, reviewed UF website (not all that helpful)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were nice. I liked the facilities--plenty of student space for studying/hanging out. The faculty seems very genuine and committed to the students. I really like the UF campus (though med students don't seem to spend much time on other parts of campus). One of my interviewers was great. The tours were good." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Almost all of the students seem to have come straight out of undergrad and don't seem very worldly (though there were a few exceptions). The students don't seem to get much clinical practice before 3rd year and they seemed to think that there isn't much difference between an actor-patient and a real one. The med students didn't wait for the interviewees to get our lunch before they pounced on the food; not very considerate. I don't think Gainesville can compete with what larger cities have to offer, even considering that they have opportunities in Jacksonville." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had been able to get more info about the med school. I didn't know anything about the curriculum or the philosophy of the school (still don't know much). I also wish I had known more about the other UF campuses, such as the one in Jacksonville. You do a lot of walking on the tours; some people's shoes were uncomfortable." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"In the morning we had an information session about the school, which could have been more informative. Then lunch with the med students, then interviews and tours. My first interviewer was disagreeable and clearly trying to rattle me. He started the interview by telling me that my career goals are unattainable. He also interrupted me a lot. I didn't feel that the interview was very meaningful because I couldn't even get a point across before he threw more questions/statements at me. The other interviewer was very nice and seemed genuinely interested in me. That interview was more conversational. The people in my interview group had very similar questions/experiences as those posted on this website. ("What is the biochemical mechanism by which sickle cell anemia confers resistance to malaria?" was a general interview question--not for someone who did related research!) Despite what the adcom says, I think that some of the interviewers use the interview process to try to shock or fluster the applicants in order to see how the respond to such stressors. In general, it was an okay interview experience. The faculty members who spoke to us were very nice, but I don't think I really got a good feel for the school." Report Response

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