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  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Albuquerque
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why New Mexico (asked at every interview)" Report Response

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

"Why MD/PhD (sound familar? It will)" Report Response

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

"What is your clinical experience? Actually, this school seemed to stress clinical exposure fairly heavily, more so than the others I interviewed at." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why do you want to waste so much time with getting an MD?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I did not get any of the ethical, high stress questions. They really just wanted to know why you were there, and how they can help you get to where you want to be." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"The same prep as all other MD/PhD interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interaction between the faculty/mentors and the students. It was quite impressive the level of personal attention each student received. It seemed that every student actually helped each other with their research. I have not seen this in any other program. Those that were good at running confocals helped those good at other aspects, and vice versa. Quite impressive, and this reinforced the image of collaboration both between researchers and students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The program is so young; they have yet to graduate an MD/PhD student. Also, there were two interview days, with lots of interviewing. All said, you were one-on-one interviewing for about 9 hours over the two days. This could be good or bad, however." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The collaboration between UNM and the National Labs in the Area (The big ones -- Los Alamos and Sandia). If you want to customize your biological research program, this might be a very interesting option to do so. The program is young, and they are willing to let you define your work with great flexibility. However, if you are looking for a very structured program, you might want to look elsewhere." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Wow! They really try to wine and dine you; except I guess a little light on the wine. Limo travel to and from the school and hotel; a very historic hotel in Downtown Albuquerque, scenic trips up to Sandia Peak, and dinner at the director's house. Very nice" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

La Posada

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

9 out of 10

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