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  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Lubbock
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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)?

"You are obviously close to your family. Would Lubbock be too far away for you?" Report Response

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

"What do you like about our school?" Report Response

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

"How did you end up at your undergraduate institution?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing too interesting..." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you don't get in this year, what would you do to strengthen your application?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I listened during the information session and rode on the coat tails of experience from other interviews at other medical schools. Talking to some students beforehand about the split campus structure helped me fabricate my enthusiasm for it." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The new academic center is really nice and decently comfortable. The Synergistic Center also seems like a great student facility to just relax for a while." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Taking thirty minutes to hear someone read out every single interviewer and every singly interviewee that they had today and their times...just to make sure that our agendas (sitting right in front of us) were accurate. They didn't talk about residency matching or USMLE scores or anything like that, but if you asked the students, they all said that board scores are typically at average or maybe even a few points lower." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the tour does not take you outdoors. I was stuck carrying around my coat the whole time thinking that I would need it for the tour. If I had known, I would have left it in the admissions office with my luggage. Also, many of the students say that unless you are married or own a house, staying in Lubbock for your 3rd and 4th years is near impossible." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Unlike all of the other schools in Texas, Tech doesn't try to sell itself to you at all. Instead of providing a student panel or a presentation of the school's credentials, they talk about how Lubbock has no Foley's, no traffic, and cheap (very cheap) housing. In general, I think that I will find a way not to be miserable at any medical school, but Tech will still be my last choice. None of the students seemed especially enthusiastic about their school, and they're switching next year (fall 2005-spring 2005) to a more integrated curriculum. The interviews themselves were very easy and both interviewers just spent the time talking about how great my application was. Strange thing though - both made a huge deal about how I was born outside of the US. No other interview I have ever been to considers Asians to be a minority, but they treated me like one. But I wasn't expecting anything from Tech, so I wouldn't say that my impression changed any as a result of my interview day. One final piece of advice: do not feel obliged to go on the tour. They do not show you the hospital or anything else other than the new academic building and the anatomy lab. I thought it was in really bad form for them to pull a cadaver out of the tanks just to show us. Just seems strange after they talk about how they're "really good" about respecting the families who donated their loved ones to their cause." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/03/2004

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