Summary of Experience:
SR: 7/6/12, SS: 7/9/12, C: 7/19/12, R: 9/6/12. I was pretty depressed about this one. I thought I had a shot here because I definitely wrote a better secondary response for this school than what I wrote for GW.
Withdrew. Due to Hurricane Sandy, my interview schedule got really messed up. My interview date overlapped with my other rescheduled interview. I chose to attend the other interview instead of this one. Upon further review, I also found that I like USF Select program more.
My interviewer is the chairman of the board at AE O.o! I did not find out about this till the interview was over. Overall, the interview was very relaxing and conversational. There were many typical interview questions.
Pros: - Lots of abroad opportunities. - The school fund the abroad trips - Many clinical opportunities - Friendly staff - Students seem very happy and collaborative - Very low debt - Close to NYC
Cons: - Okay facilities - Not much around the school
The Bottom Line: Although nothing really stood out for me during my visit, Albert Einstein exemplified a great fit in terms of curriculum, abroad opportunities, and many other factors. This school is definitely one of my top choices.
They are very receptive to LOI. I am excited for this interview.
After two hurricanes, I finally arrived in Burlington, Vermont. I really enjoyed my interview day. However, I dont think my interviewer read my file beforehand. We basically went over every activity in my application.
Pros: - Four different rotation sites - Friendly and informative staff - Super happy and friendly students - Public health project - Scholarly project/Teaching Practicum - Many outdoor activities - Very pretty hospital
Cons: - Take Step 1 early - Burlington is not exactly the most exciting place
The Bottom Line: I can definitely see myself here. And now... I wait.
Update: Out of area waitlist :( Although I know most people get waitlisted first, I am still disappointed. I loved my visit. Hopefully, I will hear good news later on.
WOOT! They don't interview many OOS so I am happy with the II ^.^
Interview was very short compared to others so I have no clue if that was good or not. However, my interviewer and I were smiling the whole way talking about random stuff.
Pros: - Mentor for all 4 years - Affiliated with most of the top hospitals in Michigan - Have lots of abroad and clinical opportunities - Barbara Ann Karmanos Comprehensive Cancer Center - New medical center
Cons: - The area is def not as bad as people say it is, but it's not the greatest. - Some stuff the students said about the school sound a bit depressing.
The Bottom Line: Wayne State def exceeded my expectation. This is a great school for anyone to receive a medical education.
Update #1: Alternate Listed. A bit surprising since my interviewer told me afterward that she was very impressed by my interview. I guess the committee didn't think the same way.
Update #2: Accepted! Totally unexpected. I thought I wouldn't hear back from Wayne State till next spring.
So happy but the short notice makes me re-plan my whole trip. "Cheapest Secondary Fee Award" goes to Cincinnati, $25 only.
My first MMI experience was interesting. In my honest opinion, I am not a huge fan of MMI. The format is supposed to be more fair, but I feel like there is still a lot of bias. For instance, one group had the acting scenario while the other had a rest station. I thought the acting scenario was the hardest.
Pros: - Many clinical/abroad opportunities - Facilities are new - Friendly and informative staff - One of the best children's hospital in the country - Tons of study areas - Can apply for IS status after first year
Cons: - Ranking system - Students seemed tense
The Bottom Line: Great school with amazing staff and awesome facilities. However, I am not sure if I would be happy in a school that seems more competitive than cooperative.
Update: ACCEPTED! HOLY CRAP! Total shocker. I thought I did not do that well in the MMI, but guess not? Feeling very grateful and lucky :]
Excited to visit Florida! I only applied to the SELECT program. \"Longest Secondary Award\" goes to USF!
The SELECT program is amazing! The school is patient-centered and student-centered. The school facilities are new and high-tech. The staff is very nice and informative.
Pros: - Two personal mentors - 2 years in FL and 2 years in PA - Cheaper cost of living - Early clinical exposure - Awesome stimulation centers in CACL and CAMLS - Summer immersion & 4th year capstone - Staff is very engaging - Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center - Student seems enthusiastic and happy
Cons: - Not as highly regarded so a little bit worried about matching. - SELECT is still a fairly new program (but it still seems AMAZING!)
The Bottom Line: I am sold! This school has jumped to the top of my list after the interview day.
Update: ACCEPTED! I missed the call yesterday, and was freaking out for the past 24 hours. Finally! I AM GOING TO BE A MD CANDIDATE! I just kept saying thank you thank you on the phone.