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  • University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Toledo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"If you were an element on the periodic table, what element would you be, and why?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why MCO?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why do you want to become a medical doctor." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"If you were an element on the periodic table, what element would you be, and why?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why MCO?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up about the school, various health related subjects from the internet, and this site." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school has it's own USMLE Step 1 testing center. One of only a few in the nation, so that's a definite plus for MCO students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It was pretty cold. I had a little trouble navigating around the school. It is a tad confusing." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I should have brought a coat." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview started at around 9 AM. There were about 10 interviewees total, inlcuding myself with a wide rage of backgrounds. The Assistant Dean of Admissions came in and talked to us for about 40 minutes and asnwered all of our questions. He was very honest about the selection process for MCO and talked in detail of how it worked. He also talked of how the chances of getting in once you are interviewed is about 50%, which is good to know. After that we had a brief financial aid presentation, which can be summed up as: fill out FAFSA, apply for scholarships, be prepared for lots of debt. Standard procedure for all schools basically. Also mixed into this was being allowed to sit in on a classroom for awhile. It was a kinda boring because and I had a hard time concentrating on anything as I was too busy looking around at everyone. MCO has us interview 1 on 1 with two different faculty members. Some students had two early interviews while others, including myself had later interviews, basically early afternoon. We also had student guided tours inbetween this. It was a good experience. The guide(second year) was very enthusiastic and extremely helpful. He even let us into the cadaver lab, which was busy with lots of first year students and lots of dead bodies. Good stuff. When it came time to interview, it was up to the student to find the faculty offices using maps we were given. It was a tad confusing but luckily everyone there is extremely helpful and noticed the dazed look in my eyes and guided me correctly. After my first interview, my interviewer had a secretary personally take me to my next interviewer, which was very nice of him, and very much appreciated. My first interviewer hadn't read my file really and just basically asked, why MCO and why medicine. No ethical questions. He also asked about my family. Nothing too hard or stressful. It was very casual. This interview only last 20 min total. The second one was even shorter. He was the guy who asked me the element question. I kind of stumbled over an answer, because I thought it was a strange question, but I thought I have a decent answer because he didn't grill me on it. The rest of the interview was him just looking at my grades. Luckily I have a pretty high GPA so he was impressed with that. But he also mentioned some stuff about his son, who seems to be a genius, because he has gotten into some fantastic schools. It was a little intimidating, but I don't think he was trying to be condescending about it. That interview lasted 15 minutes if even that, but he did say he would highly recommend me and even gave me his personal email address if I had any questions. I was a little nervous at my short interviews, because my student guide mentioned how when he interviewed, he was talking to one of his interviewers for nearly 2 hours! I could barely crack 40 minutes for two interviews total. But they seemed to go well and nothing really went poorly. So who knows. I am posting this January 10, 2005. I interviewed at the school approximately December 9, 2004. I called the school and they said my application would go under review January 25. So I guess I have to wait until then. I stayed at the Hilton Hotel that's located on campus. The good thing about it is that they offer a shuttle to and from the airport, which is about a 15-20 minute drive. In addition, you can get from the hotel to the medical school using their underground tunnels which is very handy. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/09/2004

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