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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Birmingham
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read my amcas application and made sure that i knew my application really well. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Other than that, the day went well, with three interviews, some that were open disussions of practicing medicine in Alabama and others where interviewers asked preprepared questions. Also, the medical students that I met were actually really nice and seemed happy with their time at UAB. The hospital tour was inspiring - there are so many research and clinical opportunities available to UAB students! " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There were quite a few students, about 20-25 students interviewing that day. The medical students' biggest piece of advice was to not go to class and to choose the ones to attend very, very selectively. I feel conflicted about this because it means low student morale, low student participation and faculty interaction, and means that if you do go to class, you're penalized for not spending time doing other stuff. The medical students that led my tour group almost seem to brag that out of a lecture of 160 enrolled students, the smallest attendance was 8. Also, the grading and ranking system sound really competitive. The class of 160 is divided into quartiles and grades are awarded by your class standing, which seems like it would foster much more competition and constant comparision among the student body. Also, filling out the campus selection form within 2 weeks of the interview can be daunting when you don't know much about the Huntsville and Tuscaloosa campuses, other than what you've read from the website and the short video that is shown during Dr. Smith's opening address. It seems like those campuses are better if you want to eventually go into community health. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I really enjoyed interviewing at UAB and being able to get a better sense of attending medical school there. The interview is fairly low stress, with interviewers having different amounts of information from your application about you. So, keep it in mind and don't assume that your interviewer knows all that you've ever written to UAB. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

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