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  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Worcester
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 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?

6

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)?

"So, tell me about yourself...(They mostly want to get to know the person behind the AMCAS and secondary...paper only tells so much)" Report Response

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

"You do realize what's involved in a MD/PhD degree? You do realize that you can do science with just an MD? What makes you think you're ready for an MD/PhD? (they want to make sure you're ready and know what you're looking to get yourself into)" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research..." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You're sitting in my chair, what do you ask an MD/PhD candidate to show you that they are the one who you'd like to put into your program?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"8-10 years from now, your wife who is pregnant with your second child asks you why you're doing your stupid research when you could make so much more money to support your family in a clinical practice. What do you say?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN (the one MD/PhD posting), School's webpage, practice interviews, reviewed research" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The new research building and the HUGE amount of funding that the school is drawing from NIH grants and pumping into research. They've really built up what appears to be a solid program with a strong committment. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Honestly, the fact that everything was so rushed over and that there wasn't more time to spend with the six interviewers and exploring the school and research facilities. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That UMass Worcester serves as the main health care system for everything west of 495." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall it was a somewhat positive and low stress day. Of 6 interviews, only 3 were difficult. Everyone was super-nice and there seems to be a very collaborative environment built around the whole institution. Bring your walking shoes, cause you'll be trekking all over the campus, which was fun in the Worcester winter weather. Don't pass up this gem of a school because it's not in Boston. If you have any doubts about Worcester, it's a great city to live in on the med student's budget. Some of the Mud Phuds even bought houses with their cushy $24k stipends. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/12/2004

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