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  • Long School of Medicine - University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • San Antonio
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why did you major in x (I was a lib arts major)? / Give an example of both a strength and a weakness of yours. / Give an example of when you faced adversity and what you did about it? / How did you decide you wanted to be a doctor? / Do you have any relatives that are doctors (do you know what it's like to be a doctor)? " Report Response

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

"How is new medical knowledge created? / Do you have a specific interest to guide you as you enter the medical profession (e.g., research)? / How sure are you that you want to enter the field of oncology? / Do you have any other interests besides oncology that you'd consider looking into? Which?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How is new medical knowledge created?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"All fairly basic." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Mock interviews, read school curriculum, SDN, reviewed TMDSAS personal statement and application, briefed myself on some health policy and medical ethics topics, quizzed myself on example interview questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The friendliness of the students, who all seemed very enthused about their school. The amount of funding and expansion activities that are slated for the coming years, especially the acquisition of a major cancer research institute. The number of clinical training facilities available. That students are given a 250 GB external hard drive for use in the first and second years. The new student gym that will open in spring 2009. The commitment to wellness of the students (they have a large running/cycling track, built to minimize impact on your joints, surrounding the campus, with a Texas hill country vista). The fact that San Antonio is soon likely to be THE location to train for military medicine in the US, if it isn't already. The new MD with Distinction in Research degree. MD/MPh degree that can be earned in 4 years, via online coursework. Dean Henrich's warm and inspiring welcome." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Almost no patient exposure in the first and second years that is regularly incorporated into the curriculum. First year classes from 8am - 5pm. The slight/almost unnoticeable tendency of a student to speak badly about the programs at another med school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is a Motel 6 on the very corner of the campus. This was not a choice listed among hotel options given to us by Admissions. It would have cut my expenses in half." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day is planned well, with an introduction by the Associate Dean and the Dean, followed by an MS4 student panel, an MS4-led tour of some facilities, boxed lunch, and then our interviews. Interviewers had access to our personal statements, optional essays, and some basic information about our academic background (school/majors/minors). It was a tremendously low stress experience. If you ask almost any student why they chose the school, you will almost invariably get the response: "because of the people". There is a highly cooperative atmosphere that prevails here. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western Posada Ana Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/01/2008

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

5 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?

5 out of 10

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