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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1970
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 72
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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU)
Allopathic Medical School
Springfield
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 102 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 2 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $32,985
  • Non - Resident Tuition -
  • Application Fee -
  • AVG MCAT 491
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 56.1

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • PO Box 19624
  • Springfield 62794
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

SIU School of Medicine is a state-assisted school established in 1970 to help the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, research and service. Illinois benefits greatly from the commitment of SIU's faculty and staff. The School of Medicine is working to train caring and competent physicians and develop new models for providing health care in rural areas. Our medical research provides the engine for continued growth in biomedical related economic development and clinical care. Our 170-plus full-time faculty physicians, who practice as SIU Physicians & Surgeons, offer primary care and a variety of specialized services, many not available elsewhere in downstate Illinois. The School and its teaching hospitals make Springfield an expanding academic medical center.

Curriculum

The M.D. program at SIU School of Medicine is conducted at the medical education facilities in both Carbondale and Springfield. The split campus allows the School to maximize the existing resources of a major university and the long-established clinical facilities in Springfield - Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital. The two campuses also serve to reaffirm the School's commitment of providing academic support to practicing physicians in central and southern Illinois.

Facilities

The School's facilities include University-owned structures and leased space in our affiliated community hospitals. In Carbondale, most of our activities are based in Wheeler and Lindegren Halls and Life Science II and III and Neckers Building. In Springfield, the Medical Instructional Facility houses many of our classrooms, laboratories and offices. The School shares the adjacent Springfield Combined Laboratory Facility with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health. A major addition to SCLF houses new labs for SIU and Public Health. Our clinical offices in Springfield are located primarily in the SIU Clinic/Richard H. Moy Building and the Baylis Medical Building, across from Memorial Medical Center, and in the Pavilion and Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children's Center, both at St. John's Hospital. The SIU Springfield Center for Family Medicine is located between the two hospitals. The developing SIU Cancer Institute will offer state-of-the-art facilities for cancer research and physician and public education as well as treatment for patients in central and southern Illinois. SIU Cancer Institute clinics are located on both our west campus (Baylis) and east campus (Carol Jo Vecchie).

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 85
Negatively 5
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.88 100

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.80 74

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I had a GREAT interview day" More from this Member | Report Response

"Perhaps provide precise directions to interviews in other buildings." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office is absolutely wonderful. Everyone was warm and kind." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just to clarify that all interviewees need a visitor's badge when they arrive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep everything the same" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would have liked to have seen more of the facilities during the tour; particularly other buildings" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Alert students to the fact that the building that interviews are held in are very confusing for new" More from this Member | Report Response

"PLEASE find some way to make travel between interviews more interviewee friendly-- don't leave us gu" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would you solve the current food shortage that is currently affecting Springfield, IL?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good team member?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were not accepted this cycle, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about PBL? Can you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about healthcare reform?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your childhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family, home life, school, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why SIU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for your MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Southern" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you hear about SIU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to attend SIU? (make sure you mention PBL because it's huge there)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since the curriculum is PBL style, they asked me how I do in a group learning situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the school's mission? How do you fit within the mission? " More from this Member | Report Response

"General: Why is SIU a good fit for you? Why are you interested in SIU and how will you do with the Problem-Based Learning system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of social things do you do at college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why SIU? Why is PBL a good fit for you and vice versa?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? Explain Grades and MCAT." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you interact with other cultures/about the importance of cultural diversity to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you didn't get into med school this year, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell about how you arrived at the decision to go to med school." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I think about the PBL curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change the current healthcare policies, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What got you interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why SIU? Why would you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I choose my undergrad? Tell me about international health care. How will you chose from multiple acceptances?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about urself...y do u wana be a doc? why SIU? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Same ole stuff, greatest strengths and weeknesses." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you intend to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk about family, past experiences, motivation to work in medicine, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a little about your family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to SIU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you done any travelling?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your family... siblings, parent's job etc. tell me about your hometown." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would your best friend describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell us about your family was a common question." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why is Southern the right school for you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your siblings do for a living?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your volunteer experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you approach and treat a homosexual male patient who presented with and STD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself, they ask you this even though they have your file in front of them. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What small group settings have you worked in? (PBL)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you like your MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What issuses in medicine or outside of medicine are of interest to you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"About my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialties do you want to go into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your military experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the MCAT? Were you happy with your scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you pay for Med. School . . . will you work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your hospital-related experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about what's going on with Iraq?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide on medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have I worked in academic groups to solve problems?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What and who has motivated you to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me? I was asked this about 50 times." More from this Member | Report Response

"What characteristics do you feel a good physician should possess?" More from this Member | Report Response

""What was the most difficult part of college for you?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked questions about my family relations and the kind of support I would recieve while attending medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about SIU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you married? Would your girlfriend be coming with you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why SIU? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you explain some bad grades on transcript? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you chose to go to Indiana for undergrad (I'm from IL)?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"None of them really." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss how you've demonstrated self-directed learning." More from this Member | Report Response

"You are an ER doctor and a patient comes in with kidney disease and alcoholism. He also has HIV. Do you treat him?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pick a controversial topic (doesnt have to be medical) and argue both sides of it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some learning strategies you use to retain large volumes of information?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will my theatre background help me in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything in you application aside, we interview hundreds of applicants for 72 slots. Give me something, a story, a piece of information, that I can remember you by when we go to the committee." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the last book you've read? What is your favorite movie?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would I alter the medical malpractice lawsuit system" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing about you that makes your friends complain?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a dollar off in your checkbook, how long would you spend looking for the error?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you transfer? (I transferred after my freshman year)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How to reconcile differences in a learning atmosphere that works to have everyone do well" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of your goals before graduating from college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how you picked your schools. What was your thought process for picking a certain school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Let's say that later in life a physician (not from SIU, of course) comes out of a hospital room, angrily says to you, ''Well, you really screwed up back there,'' and walks away without further explanation. What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about living/working in New Zealand." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer presented me with a situation that happened earlier in the day during her rounds at the hospital. She asked how, as a physician, I would deal with a nurse demanding me to sign a consent form to give an obese man in the ICU an IV drip. " More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty straightforward... nothing too unexpected" More from this Member | Report Response

"The 'tell me about yourself''. it wasnt general, he literally asked how/why my parents emigrated to the US, their occupations, where I was born, what each of my siblings do, and my full academic history. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest challenge you have ever encountered?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you dislike about medicine? Followe by What do you like about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do on vacation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How often do you see your oldest brother? (he lives out of state)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My best experience in life" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why this circuitous route to medicine? (Because I'm a non-traditional student). " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How should we fix the high cost of pharmaceuticals?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The defining moment of my life" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I like " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you fear most as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your sister thinking of studying?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If i cant dont become a doc, what would i be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you should be given a spot over someone younger?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite non-science class and how do you think it will impact you as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(I'm an immigrant)Was there anything about American culture that you were uncomfortable or uneasy with? " More from this Member | Report Response

"what would you do if you found, after balancing your checkbook, that you were off by 7 cents from your bank statement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Almost all of the questions I was asked were straight forward and predictable. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"See below..." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do your parents feel about you becoming a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you most proud of in your life? What would you change about your current life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about the orange krush (student cheering section). We talked about sports for 10 mins!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many brothers and sisters do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"did not feel that any interesting questions were asked" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you know what barometric pressure is??" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the steroid issue facing baseball?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you approach and treat a homosexual male patient who presented with and STD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you play hockey?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your high school." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I think intergrity is?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will your generation be remembered for?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can be done to address the nursing shortage?" More from this Member | Report Response

"So you reach your goal, you become an MD, what then?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will be remembered from your generation? (Like the older generation is known for beatles, jfk, etc)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think medicine will have changed by the time you finish residency for yourself personally and all of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"All pretty generic questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think Doctors should be involved in community, local, or even state government?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary. What books are you reading. Why I picked my undergrad. etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Let's pretend medicine is not a profession at all, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think will be remembered as the defining moments of your generation? i.e. 9-11, war in Iraq" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book am I reading? What is my favorite thing I've done in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where were you born and what happened after that to get to where you live today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were pretty bland... Why SIU? Why do you want to be a doctor? etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if your friend was contemplating suicide?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have a girlfriend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I would want to come back to Southern IL after living in CA?" More from this Member | Report Response

""How can honesty and dishonesty affect the work of a physician?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"If placed in a PBL group with a dominating person who may be considered rude and overbearing, how do you think you would handle such an individual?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you be willing to sacrifice for your education?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Elaborate on this specific point in your AMCAS personal comments section." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think politics effects healthcare in the United States?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do we determine if medical school applicants are ethical people? " More from this Member | Report Response

"No interesting questions. It was all a "get to know you" interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the PBL (group) learning style?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would I do if I did not get into med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None-mostly "tell me about yourself" and why SIU kind of things." More from this Member | Report Response

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"PBLM (Problem-Based Learning Module), excellent faculty and administration in my experience, excellent counselors if you have issues finding what study methods work for you, etc." | Report Response

"Autonomy, problem-based learning" | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Location" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Curriculum is systems-based, with all subjects integrated" | Report Response

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