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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Birmingham
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

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?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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 UAB? (I'm from Tennessee)" Report Response

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

"What would you change about your childhood?" Report Response

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

"Is there anything that you want to tell us about yourself that you haven't yet been able to?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Probably #3. I didn't know what else to say. Honestly, all three of the interviewers were so congenial that I didn't feel like I was being interviewed at all. I could pretty much control what I wanted to talk about. It was on of those experiences that really make you feel confident in yourself when you leave. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I looked over my secondary application and checked out the UASOM website a little bit. I also had a pre-professional practice interview at my undergrad university. Plus I rocked out to some tunes before, did my devotional, and called my best friend. It's important to unwind right before, especially if you get anxious about these sorts of things (like me). I really didn't do any hardcore preparation. Be yourself." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The people. My first interviewer told me that he could tell I had put my heart into my personal statement and into the secondary essays. It meant a lot to me that he had read them in detail, since I worked so much on them. The second and third interviewers also went out of their way to get to know me and convey that they were glad I was there. On another note, I'm kinda an art kid at heart, so the interior design of the building impressed me. (kinda weird, I know.) It's a really aesthetically pleasing place compared to a lot of the other schools and hospitals. A good learning environment." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Absolutely nothing, to be perfectly honest. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That they weren't going to give me a sressful interview. And that there were going to be about 20 other interviewees there alongside me for the day. (I had interviewed 2 days prior in Memphis, and there were only 5 of us.)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Take the essays seriously if you haven't done them yet. I really think that's what helped me get accepted as an out-of-state applicant so quickly. A great mcat score and gpa only go so far. All they know about you is what you tell them, and you might get an interview based on how well you communicate your genuine passion to them. Also, it helped me to talk to the other interviewees throughout the day. We all opened up and encouraged one another as we went in for interviews. By the end of the day, I felt like I had known a few of them for forever. This really dispels anxiety and puts you in a good mental state for the interviews. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

2 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Howard Johnson (don't stay there)

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/29/2009

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

9 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?

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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