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  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Farmington, CT
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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 not medicine? Why not any other health field? (The only way to stop this is to either answer that dentistry is a medical speciality or to state a much lower health field--ex/"What should I be, an X-ray tech?"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Details about my career (which I would not be suprised if they got all mixed up on their records b/c of their poor listening)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Questions about the financial handlings at the general practice that I work in--which is irrelevant to this interview." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Major grilling about my post-graduate experience & why not medicine--you can tell that they did not bother to preview my application. I was an engineering student & had not applied to med school." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, mock interview, practice." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the view of the school atop of the hill" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Intense & hostile interview. Poor listening skills & major arrogance. If these people are indeed faculty members & dental student advisors--RUN!!! They were extremely proud of their "Extremely Demanding Curriculum" yet they seemed concerned that they are unable to topple Harvard as the top dental school academically. Poor looking clinics compared to other schools--most clinical rotations are with residents, pediatric dentistry is done offsite. This school is not very diverse." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is nothing in the area. I arrived to get grounded in my surroundings the night before. The Dunkin Doughnuts across the street from the entrance of the school was closed at 8PM on a Sunday night!? There is no place to grab a quick bite--no Wendy's or McDonalds, only a pizza place where all of the local high school jocks hang out. The dental school only comprises 5% of the facility--which is in a hospital/medical school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day started out well with a 3 hour presentation by Dr. Thibodeau--who is extremely nice about the school, the financial aid, the usual. Lunch was 5 min in the extremely crowded cafeteria at its peak time, students are nice, but tired looking. Claimed that the Pass/Fail system was initially stressful, but they finally adapted so that they can sleep. Willing to answer direct questions. Interviewers were both awful, Dr.Russelmonde (guy) playing good cop & Dr. Hagj playing evil cop. Became evident that both had not gone over my application previously, because were asking stupid questions regarding the order I took my classes (I had taken some social science and A&P classes at a local community school after graduation), were extremely poor listeners (I had to repeat it 5-6 times that I was taking Orgo Lab, not the lecture after they looked extremely confused), and were arrogant. The only time I noticed that they were listening was when they asked what schools I had interviews to--& they were furiously scribbling this down. Was chewed out when I asked if there was an honor code & ethics enforcement in this school. I did not see it listed anywhere & I like to see it in all of the schools I apply to. They assumed that I had cheated my way through school & was intending to do that there. Wanted to know what motivated me to go into dentistry instead of other heath fields & would not accept any answer I gave them. Insisted I had no skills listed in my personal statement from my extensive work experience (GRRRR!!). Would not recommend this school unless you are an extreme masochist. I can't believe that these interviewers are also your professors. They must have been such extremely poor dentists to seek employment elsewhere--no wonder, poor people skills. Good Luck!" Report Response

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Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

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