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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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?

Open file

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

"How did you prepare for the DATs?" Report Response

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

"What do you do to relax?" Report Response

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

"Why dentistry seeing that you once wanted to pursue medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Given a blank check to fix anything in health care, what would it be and why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Because of your previous interest in medicine, what makes you think that you won't change your mind after your first few years in dental school and go to medical school?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read the website and curriculum, anticipated what questions they would ask" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"board scores, location" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was short and the highlight was the fact that Mike Tyson had sold his house down the street to Fifty Cent. The entire day was spent discussing their curriculum and how great it was. When I asked about other opportunities outside the classroom, there wasn't much to be said, as my question was basically blown off. The clinics are outdated and the school isn't as up-to-date with technology as one would assume a state school to be. The arrangement of the day gave us 10 minutes to eat lunch and "ask questions" with the students (of which the usual answer was, "We're the best because of our boards scores."). At the interview they asked us to fill out a paper saying whether or not we would need special accommodations for testing (i.e. if we had a learning disability). I thought that this was a ridiculous request seeing that we hadn't even been accepted to the school -- they don't need that information. During the interview, I asked the interviewers about how the DMD/Ph. D. program worked and they refused to answer my question, saying that it was unnecessary to answer unless I had a "documented interest" in the area, of which they saw none. So this question, with many from the day, went unanswered. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Because of the boards scores, the students and faculty alike were quite full of themselves and made this fact very clear. The answer to many of my questions was, "Well, we're the #1 school for boards scores." This made me think that there wasn't much else going for them. Also, pediatrics clinics are off-site." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"All in all, I do recognize that U Conn has a reputation for great boards scores but I've now realized that this is basically all they have going for them. The people are snooty because of this reputation and I didn't leave the entire process with a feeling that I would enjoy voluntarily spending 4 years of my life here." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2003

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