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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by The Mysterious Stranger, Jul 26, 2002.

  1. The Mysterious Stranger

    The Mysterious Stranger Senior Member
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    If YES, please share any and everything related to the experience--especially if you interviewed at Galveston, Houston, or A&M since they are the first schools to give out interviews. I checked SDN's interview feedback, but I thought more people might comment on an informal thread. Thanks.
     
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  3. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member
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    TMS- gimme about 2 hrs to reply to your PM- sorry about the delay but it'll be worth it. --Trek
     
  4. eunice

    eunice Senior Member
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    i can't be of any help here, but i was wondering...
    when did they start giving out interviews??
    already?
    i know they started the app process in may but still it seems really soon.

    ok..good luck!!
    eunice
     
  5. freakazoid

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    Trek--

    Since you seem like a big Texas interviewer guy (hell, you got into Baylor), I was wondering if you could do one big post about how to prepare for it, what it was like, what questions were asked? Just wondering . . .
     
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    yeah trek spill it or else
    kidding - pm me as well if you can please 'specially about baylor

    danka shune
     
  7. The Mysterious Stranger

    The Mysterious Stranger Senior Member
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    Thanks Trek. You're an SDN God. :D
     
  8. The Mysterious Stranger

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    Eunice--check out the thread TX Premeds. It has info on some of the TX schools that have given out interviews and when those applicants who recieved interviews had their apps transmitted to the schools. As far as I know only A&M, Galveston, and Houston have given out invites. I called Dallas to see if my app was complete and the lady told me that they haven't even begun to go through what applicants have sent them yet.
     
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    I interviewed at Baylor, UTMB and UT Houston last year. I posted in the interview feedback forum a while ago, but if you have specific questions, feel free to PM me and I'll do my best to answer them.
     
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    It's my pleasure, but i'm no SDN god. Ms. space (posted above me) is also gonna be starting at baylor next fall (her deferral was granted, not that i'm bitter or anything :)) so a lot of folks navigated the waters fine. --Trek
     
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    OK, first there's a few things that are really important, for any interview but it seems i found these types of questions more in Texas interviews (hit them more often and they seemed to be the really well emphasized question).

    Firstly- why medicine? This one is a lot tougher than i though. I remember showing up to my first interview at UTH and this was the first question out of the first interviewers mouth. You do NOT want to be like me and ramble on for 10 minutes about some EMT stuff, how you liked bio 112 and how your appendix ruptured when you were 5. You want a succinct, not trite, unique answer. "To help people" is a no no. Hear it from 4 people and you'll know why. THink of something true but that's not something everyone would say. By the end of my interviewing i had a nice answer that included interactions, working with hands, relationships, etc.

    2nd- why here? You have to make it something about the school. So at the TMC don't say "because of the TMC" only, because that goes for Baylor and UTH, which are both very different in their styles of teaching medicine. Read some viewbooks, talk to some students BEFORE the interviews (student hosting is a great way to get this inside info) and give them a realistic response that shows you've cared to get some info on the school. An open ended response that could apply to any school in the country will do you no good.

    3rd- ethics. I only got these questions at my texas interviews. Fluke or standard procedure i don't know, but you have to be prepared. When my UTH interviewer came out with the "who would you give the kidney to out of these people?" (insert 8 people including family, president, etc)- i ate it bad as i paniced. A bit of prep will help you, but most importantly, STICK TO YOUR GUNS. I later learned this from another interviewer- they just want to see you make a decision and defend it. Of course, i picked one and as he laid into me about the others, i went through all the choices. Not good, but i had no clue. Read up some on ethical questions, the latest biomed advances and their associated ethics and so on. It seemed like last year we were in the midst of the stem cell debate so that was on everyone's mind. That seems to have been relegated to a back seat now, so i wouldn't worry about the mechanics of this stuff- just have an opinion and back it up. It's important to have a spine and no one will hold it against you if you have an opposing viewpoint to theirs, but have thought it through.

    That's about most of the texas-specific things i saw on the interview trail (of course ther'es a lot more, but a quick interview search will yield all that). Most important, be honest and be calm. If you like medicine because of the fact you're guaranteed a 200K income, say it. It won't be held against you cos most doctors are glad about that too. Also, if you are getting really railed, just stay calm. Don't say "i dunno" or "who knows" or something if you're exasperated. Take some time and think. I had an interview at UTH where the guy was really working me, and i did get really edgy and worked up. Don't be like me!

    After a few interviews it'll be old had and you'll be telling the same stories over and over. Just make 'em sound sincere and you'll be good to go. --Trek
     
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    Any more questions etc, just let me know --Trek
     
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    Thanks, SDN God. :)
     
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    Hey we gonna have to end that stuff for real :) I'm happy to help, but no Jed Hill. --Trek
     
  15. The Mysterious Stranger

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    Thanks Trek. This is very helpful.
     

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