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UT Southwestern- Dallas
State: Texas
Positions: 8
Years: 3
Average USMLE Step 1 Score of interviewed applicants: 249
Average USMLE Step 2 Score of interviewed applicants: 251
Percentage of applicants offered interviews who were AOA: 43%

Applied, Received Interview:
00004, Anonymous, Step 1: 248
00005, Anonymous, Step 1: 254, Step 2: 249, AOA
00009, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 250, AOA
00011, Anonymous, Step 1: 243
00015, University of Alabama, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 252, AOA
00080, University of Virginia, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 243, AOA
00089, Anonymous, Step 1: 255, Step 2: 252, AOA
00092, Anonymous, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253
00138, Tulane University, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253, AOA
00177, University of Oklahoma, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 246, AOA
00405, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 263, Step 2: 264, AOA
00449, Cleveland Clinic Medical School, Step 1: 239
00485, Anonymous, Step 1: 252
00546, Anonymous, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 253
00922, Anonymous, Step 1: 250, AOA
02671, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 247
02674, Georgetown University, Step 1: 228, Step 2: 241
02686, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 256, AOA
02689, University of Arizona, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 264
03055, University of Texas, Houston, Step 1: 255, AOA
03117, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 258, AOA
03122, University of Virginia, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 246
03752, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 250
03837, University of South Carolina, Step 1: 244, Step 2: 261, AOA
03870, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 265, AOA
03874, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, AOA
03945, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 254, AOA
13949, Anonymous, Step 1: 247
13965, Anonymous, Step 1: 263, AOA
14009, Tulane University, Step 1: 247, Step 2: 245
14231, SUNY Upstate, Step 1: 239, Step 2: 242
14236, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 246
14245, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 249
16941, Anonymous, Step 1: 257, AOA

Applied, No Interview:
00006, SUNY Downstate, Step 1: 234, AOA
00007, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 236
00016, Anonymous, Step 1: 222, Step 2: 238
00178, Anonymous, Step 1: 233, Step 2: 255
00487, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 216
00607, Tulane University, Step 1: 219, Step 2: 242
00691, Anonymous, Step 1: 224, Step 2: 233
01388, Anonymous, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 255
02581, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 250
02582, Anonymous, Step 1: 221
02687, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 242
02995, Indiana University, Step 1: 245
03356, Anonymous, Step 1: 250, Step 2: 245, AOA
03583, Anonymous, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 230
03632, Wright State University, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 236
03682, Anonymous, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 238
03863, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 265, AOA
03871, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 238
13977, Anonymous, Step 1: 258, AOA
14225, Anonymous, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 258
14226, Case Western Reserve University, Step 1: 231, Step 2: 247, AOA

Interview Experiences
Dr. Blomquist is a great salesman of an excellent program.
Tasty dinner at hotel night before, great pep talk from PD, Dr. Blomquist.
Well organized interview day Breakfast followed by five interviews with faculty and fellow Lunch Tour of facilities
6 one on one interview including chair and program director, as well as a fellow who was a recent grad. 1 hour presentation on Dallas and program by PD. Excellent dinner on night prior with many residents, and great lunch again with many residents.
Well organized, great pitch, good interviews, enthused residents. PD was obviously very familiar with our applications.
Dinner/mixer the night before at hotel. Day starts with breakfast and intro from PD then broken into 2 groups: tour of campuses or 5-6 interviews, 15 minutes each with faculty and chairman
5 1-on-1 interviews, PD overview of program, tour of facilities, dinner with residents night before.
Very impressive PD. Great program overview. Faculty very nice and interested in getting to know me. Really sold the program.
Introduction/motivational talk by PD, then 5 one-on-one interviews; nice social event the night before; tours after/before interviews; day ends at around 4-5 or earlier if you interview in the morning
6 individual interviews with faculty. I was blown away from the PD (Dr. Blomquist)--he's an unbelievable recruiter and face to the residency program.
Program Advantages
Great clinical and surgical training with top notch facilities and an excellent VA and county hospital experience. The only academic eye center in the city. Great wet lab. One of my favorite programs.
Parkland is the nicest county hospital I've seen. Alcon is in town. Busy program, great experience.
Dallas is a great city Good surgical numbers Great program director
Outstanding clinical and surgical experience Best community hospital around (Parkland), great VA, and additional outside hospital (JPS). Great faculty, large resident class, all around outstanding program that I am thrilled to have matched.
large
Great volume, great autonomy, large program with many locations and a lot of pathology.
Amazing campus, largest program in the country, TONS of money, all the cutting edge equipment you could ask for, program director seems to be a huge advocate for residents, chairman is very well networked at the hospital,
Very very strong clinical training, solid surgical numbers, lots of autonomy.
Great facilities/equipment. Good research. Great fellowships. Great clinical/surgical exposure. Dallas.
everything one looks for in a residency program: great clinical and surgical training with a huge county hospital and a top 5 VA with surgical numbers of >200 cataracts; large academic department with a great PD; happy and nice residents; Q12 calls
Very cool place. PD is a major selling point. Dallas seems like an alright city. Large class (9).
big program but surgical numbers not compromised because everything is bigger in texas
- great surgical numbers - 2 county hospitals and a VA
50/50 split with fellowship vs. comprehensive. Outrageous surgical experience (~280 cataracts). Emphasis on preparing you for practice (ie. billing and socioeconomic). Parkland Memorial is the nicest county hospital in the country with top-end ophtho equi
Program Disadvantages
Not very many. Residents hit the ground running without much prep (also a strength).
Cover lots of hospitals far from each other Concern with esprit de corp
overworked
Chairman can be somewhat intimidating, but he gets the job done and is a huge asset to the program.
Autonomy might not be for everyone, they are very sink or swim here which they say makes the residents exceedingly useful within a few months. I have heard (but obviously nothing official) that they are very fellow-centric here. During my interview we w
It seemed very sink or swim. Rumors of malignancy
Busy clinics--sink or swim. Rumors of malignancy did scare me a little, but I left thinking very highly of the program.
Very few, great balance between strong training and not over-working; should probably have ranked it #1
Heavy, heavy autonomy with a high degree of intensity and large spanish-speaking population.
Careful with believing what you are told at interviews about how much they like you. PDs have a right to change their minds and they do. I've seen it more than once.
- rough call first year - busy - 'sink or swim'
Very autonomous program which might not be for everyone. Driving to county hospital 40 minutes a day; residents carpool to the location and are compensated for the miles driven