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  • University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Galveston
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

2

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)?

"Are you a bookworm? What have you read recently?" Report Response

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

"What do you think of UTMB?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to go into primary care or OB/GYN when you know about all of the problems with insurance and malpractice that doctors in those fields are facing right now?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Being the oldest in your generation, do you feel pressure to succeed?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"In short, if you were treating a child whose diagnosis included revealed some degree of infidelity on the mother's behalf, what would you tell the father?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Didn't do much. Read the SDN website and relaxed." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"That the students are scoring above average on the USMLE Step 1 even though they are in class significantly less than students at other schools. I like free time." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Some students seemed almost too laid back to the point that they stopped working as hard in medical school as they did in undergrad. And that worries me a little...if anything, I want to learn all that I can in medical school to be the most competent doctor I can be." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Although they use a H/HP/P/F graiding system, it's all on a curve...which is strange because they don't rank." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'm a little iffy about Galveston - it's small island surrounded by dirty Gulf of Mexico water. But it's a really historic town, and if you're into cities with kind of an old-world small town feel, it's not so bad. Because it's a small city, students seem to make their own fun and have an extensive extracurricular system in place. The campus itself is nice and there's lots of construction going on for biocontainment facilities and whatnot. They schedule and hour for interviews and say that most interviews take 30 minutes, but I went over an hour on both of my interviews. Food is the best out of all of the Texas schools (FYI). However, I've never really liked open-ended interviews (feels like we're always getting off subject), and both were extremely open-ended even though they asked me some of the hardest questions I've encountered so far. The biggest hesitation I have about this school, however, is that I don't know if a curriculum with so much emphasis on PBL is right for me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/12/2004

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