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  • Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Podiatry School
  • Glendale
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

2 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Mostly all of the questions they asked were addressed in previous interview feedback (i.e. what are problems facing podiatry, why podiatry, why midwestern, what quality stands out most about you, what kind of courses came really easy to you and which were really difficult?)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reading SDN, Reviewing my app, doing other interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Speaking with the dean of podiatric medicine at midwestern university Dr. Page, extremely nice man and very informative informal Q&A." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everything else" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"All the negative comments about AZPOD were actually true (in my experience)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Here's the rundown: >7:30am: Arrive at school's admissions office, there were around 11 dental applicants there and 4 podiatry applicants (including myself) > >8:00am: Speak with Dean Page and learn more about the school's podiatry program than any other other time throughout the day > >8:15am: Interview with Dr. Kim, Dr. Jenkins, and Dr. Thomas (all DPMs). Jenkins and Thomas were courteous and showed a general interest in the interview. Dr. Kim, however, seemed genuinely bored and agitated that he had to be there and played that "bad cop" role by twisting things you said to make it seem like you didn't know what you were talking about and/or trying to illustrate your ignorance about podiatry. I don't know if this is standard at AZPOD but I've interviewed at other schools and they were VERY laid back while maintaining a level of professionalism. I felt like I was being interrogated. Kinda put me off a little but respect the fact that they don't have their minds made up about who they're going to accept before getting to meet the candidates. Also, its messed up that the interview is the 2nd thing on the agenda, and they ask questions such as "Why is AZPOD the right school for you?" Um, well sir or madam, you have yet to give me any information on the school so how would I know that. I did bring up the Q&A with the dean and Dr. Kim made it seem like this was inadequate. > >10:00am: Financial aid presentation. Seemed to be directed at the dental students, The presenter didn't have much information regarding podiatry > >11:30am: Went to lunch. Here's where the day started to spiral downhill. All prospects get their food and sit down. The doctors who interviewed the dental students were there eating lunch with the dental applicants. This was not the case for pod applicants. Dental applicants had several students at their disposal to ask questions. Pod students... nowhere to be found. One dental student (Michael) was nice enough to sit down with us and talk about Midwestern which was nice. Michael informed us that dental students are required to dress nice, business casual (no jeans, nice collard shirts) when not in scrubs. Everyone else can dress however they please. Why you ask? Ego. > >12:30: Went on tour of the campus. Extremely disorganized and almost pointless. The pod and dental applicants all went in a big group. We were taken to the student housing clubhouse which was about a quarter of a mile away from the main campus to speak for 2 minutes about housing. Didn't get to see any of the apartments, extremely pointless. Walked back to campus and toured several buildings, all information was directed toward dental applicants (do you see a trend here?). We got a chance to see the anatomy lab which the director informed us not everyone gets to see because of conflicting schedules (how on earth do you give a tour of the campus and not let prospective students see the anatomy lab?) The doctor in the anatomy lab, once again, didn't know much about the podiatry program. > >1:30: Head back to admissions office and fill out exit interview. > Summary: Midwestern emphasizes rigorous coursework and integration with all other disciplines as highlights of the podiatry program. The integration is a myth in terms of dress code and priority among the disciplines during interview day. It sincerely felt like my day at Midwestern was a dental interview day and the Pod applicants were thrown in there. From what I saw, the podiatry program is the bastard child of all programs at AZPOD. As far as I'm concerned, the dean is the only redeeming quality of the program. As other interviewer feedback has stated, I really wanted to like AZPOD but I left feeling really bad about it. I don't want to make it seem like I'm jealous of the dental students in any way, I'm highlighting the sharp contrast in how dental vs. pod information was disseminated " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

PHX

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn Suites ($79/night)

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/27/2008

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

1 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

1 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

10 out of 10

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