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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield
Individual Feedback 5 103 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 86
Negatively 5
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.87 101

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.81 75

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
6.73 63

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 2
25 minutes 6
30 minutes 16
35 minutes 8
40 minutes 10
45 minutes 25
50 minutes 13
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 21

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 92
At a regional location 7
At another location 1

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 99
In a group 0

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 90
Closed file 2

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.96 99

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

"How would you solve the accessibility and affordability of healthcare in the United States?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you were a leader" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you like working in groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you become interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your role when working in a group." More from this Member | Report Response

"Were\are you satisfied with your MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think of the PBL curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What ties do you have to the area? Would you seriously consider attending SIU and practicing here? (I'm from the Chicago area)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any regrets from your college experience? Would you do anything over or change anything if you had the chance?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about ___ experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the state of health care today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of this country's healthcare policies?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Based on what you know about the Problem Based Learning Modules, how would you reconcile problems between students? (The interviewer was trying to determine how would you work with people who were more knowledgeable about a learning issue and was very bad at respecting others inabilities) " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your feelings on the healthcare policies of the presidential candidates?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your heritage (I am a URM)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are your main strengths and weaknesses, why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The nurse question" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of extracurricular activities have you done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How much time do you spend studying per day? How do you manage your time?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What do you think about a national health care plan?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What if you could never become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a favorite class of yours." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you say has been the defining moment of your life, and what really makes you tick?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you choose your undergraduate school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a leadership experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you so driven? What did you gain from X experience? What will you do if you don't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about this specific volunteer experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Greatest accomplishment? (caught me by suprise.... I had never thought about that one)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"what is something you habitually lie about?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Would you really move to Springfield; what if you are also accepted to another school with more of a "name" like UIC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a situation in which you used self-directed learning." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something you habitually lie about? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you happy with your grades and MCAT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you ever been swimming in the Mississippi? (This was from the second interviewer too)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How would you approach and treat a long-time heart patient who you knew had recently been convicted of child molestation?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you prepare for the MCAT, are you satisfied with your results?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"My goals" More from this Member | Report Response

"Were you satisfied with your MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of specialty were you thinking of going into?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why, after getting a Master's, did you decide to go to Medical School?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself. (A lot of questions in the first interview were like these formal, boring, expected ones)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there any teacher that directed your interests toward science/medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my position when I work in a group? (leader, follower, etc)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the ethical issues that face our nation's medical field today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why rural medicine? You must have a good answer to this question! It's a huge focus of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you interested in working with underserved populations?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you had the opportunity to be the leader of a group where people did not want to do what they had to?" More from this Member | Report Response

""Why medicine?" (both asked all these immediately) and "Why SIU?" and "Do you think small group learning is beneficial?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discussed MCAT scores, grades and volunteer/work experiences. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your biggest achievment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you interested in research? (Because they don't focus much on research at SIU)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why medicine, where did you get your motivations from?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do your parents do? Tell me about your family. Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you handle a problem when you feel you are making no progress? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your SAT/ACT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Questions about my experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you not take the traditional pre-med path" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me your sales pitch. Sell yourself to the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one last thing you want to say to the admission committee. Why should we accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think you'll like most about being a physician? The least?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most challenging class you took in college? What made it so challenging?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about your personal history." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why be a doc" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where exactly is (your home town)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your grades and MCAT scores. How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethics Question" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What is your experience with Springfield? When have you been here and what was it for? How often do you go?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field(s) of medicine most interest you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you do with small-group study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if [ethical situation]?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you had previous experience working in small groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sets you apart from the other candidates?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What don't you like about medicine? What do you like about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some of the hobbies you have that you haven't mentioned in your application so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What leadership roles have you undertaken and what have you gained from them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are your parents in the health care field?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is SIU one of you top choices?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do when you're not in your lab or classes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you look for in a medical school when making your final decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions about volunteer activities." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are your parents in the health care field? How would your friends describe you? Why SIU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"they asked to tell them about a my typical day, and list all of my interests." More from this Member | Report Response

"Favorite non-science class and how do you think it will help you become a better physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Extracurriculars, leadership experience, some politics." More from this Member | Report Response

"how did you study for the mcat/ are you satisfied with your scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field of medicine would you like to enter and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What's the situation with avian influenza, and what is your health department doing about it? (Because of my background)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why this university? what makes you a good candidate?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you see yourself playing in the small-groups of the curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"obvious ones: why doctor, why siu, do you plan on staying in central illinois, why should we take you" More from this Member | Report Response

"I noticed you keep a very busy schedule, what do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why switching career to medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"Describe some patient types with whom you have found (or might find) difficult to interact in a constructive manner." More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your shadowing/research?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What were you leadership, volunteering experiences; did you work while in school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How I manage my time" More from this Member | Report Response

"What subjects are you looking forward to studying?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of doctor do you want to be and where do you want to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you offer any solutions to the flaws in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me? (ask questions, because they expect a lot)" More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you decide you wanted to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun? With a child and a wife, how will you find time to study?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you would change about the medical system." More from this Member | Report Response

"You went to an "Ivy League" undergrad, why aren't you looking at Ivy League / eastern medical schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe you volunteer work / other relevant health-care experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What other than the aspects of time and family would be the most negative issue concerning your decision to pursue a medical career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem facing the medical profession today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What textbook did you use in your Cell Biology course?" More from this Member | Report Response

""Have you had any formal or informal research experience?" " More from this Member | Report Response

"Decribe a situation that challenged your integrity." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Have you had a chance to visit all the Lincoln sites? (They're kind of obsessed with Lincoln down there)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get into medical school this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk to me about your healthcare experience, research experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked specific questions about some of my volunteer experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle medical school and being married?" 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

What was the most difficult question?

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

"Talk about a controversial topic, discuss the pros and cons." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you habitually lie about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about healthcare in the United States compared to other countries?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discussing problematic homelife during college" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were both very laid-back and conversational, so nothing too difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are their healthcare problems in the US" More from this Member | Report Response

"There has been a recent debate about a possible Texas policy to make HPV vaccines mandatory. What do you think of this policy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not necessarily a question but the fact that I was grilled so much for coming from my hometown. My AdCom interviewer behaved like he doubted my sincere interest in becoming a physician in the area and I was really offended." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me a joke. (This was the very first question asked by a medical student to ease into the interview.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you lie about the most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were a surgeon, and you had a patient who was severely injured. You know with surgery, you have a 10% chance of saving the patient. Do you offer the surgery to the family, or do you withhold the information?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel as though you set your expectations too high and that it's just a fantasy that high expectations result in positive outcomes?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about xyz volunteer activities." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you do if you didn't get in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really. both interviews were pretty conversational, nothing out of left field" More from this Member | Report Response

"If everything you wanted came true in the next 10 years, where would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me what personal integrity means to you." More from this Member | Report Response

"No difficult questions, just a few open-ended ones...like ''So, tell me about yourself, something I haven't read in your application,'' or ''Why do you want to be a physician,'' and ''Why SIU.''" More from this Member | Report Response

"My negative characters" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"Throughout all your medical experiences, hasn't anyone discouraged you from choosing medicine as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing...it was very conversational" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Questions about my research and medical ethics" More from this Member | Report Response

"What lessons I've taken from a specific volunteer activity that I feel will help me as a physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest character flaw?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about your MCAT score?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none." 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

"Nothing too hard" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think demonstrates your commitment to those most in need?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are doing surgery and something goes wrong, resulting in the death of the patient. What do you say to the family? What would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My second interviewer asked very specific questions about medical insurance and its history." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone habitually lies about something. What is it that you habitually lie about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where will medicine be at by the time you finish your residency?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something you habitually lie about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What role do you see yourself playing in groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"questions were pretty standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"You mentioned in the application about some lower grades, can you explain this and discuss what is different now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the most important thing our society is facing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you approach and treat a long-time heart patient who you knew had recently been convicted of child molestation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What ties do you have down state? (I didnt have any so I didnt really know how to answer the question)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Illinois? (I had a different state residency last year)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where does this school rank compared to your other choices?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I predict will be my biggest weakness in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something I often lie about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the worst thing that happened to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In a group situation, what position do you assume?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from your nonscience courses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you willing to sacrifice your family, friends, social life, etc. for this?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you see medicine changing by the time you finish residency?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself.... They have all of your info sitting right in front of you!" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I thought of honesty as a physician. I didn't really understand what she meant." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you going to do if you and your wife fight, or get a divorce while in Med. School? Will you be able to find time for a marriage?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm going to go back to the admissions committe, what three sentences would you like me to tell them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you consider the most important scientific discovery of your time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none... maybe my weaknesses... how i work with groups..." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you got into your top 2 medical school choices, which school would you choose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How has the fact that your father is a physician influenced your decision to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something about insurance and if people couldn't afford it, would I still treat them." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

""How and why do you think many medical school students select the program for the WRONG reasons?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the worst thing about medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Could you stand living in Carbondale for a year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be willing to take the MCAT again in order to get in next year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"same as above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name a difficult point in your life and how you handled it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why I did not apply to Northwestern?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Again no real hard or ethical-type questions. They just want to get to know you." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewing the essays that I wrote, practicing general interview questions, and doing practice interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, SDN, and SIU website reading" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback; "The Medical School Interview" by Jessica Freedman, M.D., re-read AMCAS application and secondary essays" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read website, school catalog and SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed the SIU website and my AMCAS and secondary applications." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN feedback, prepared answers for common questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, looked through SDN interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"I prayed. A lot." More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read this website; panicked a bit; studied PBL curriculum;relaxed and did something to take my mind off of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN interview feedback questions, practiced answers with friends" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the provided school catalog and thought about sample interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I applied last year, so I reviewed my notes from last year, SDN feedback, reviewed my essays and application" More from this Member | Report Response

"School website, prepped with mock interviewer, SDN, reviewed my application materials" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN feedback, mock interviewed with friends and family, looked at SIU's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interviews, re-read AMCAS and secondary essays, researched school on web. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback Reviewed AMCAS Career Center mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed SIU website, AMCAS, secondary info" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, website, secondaries, AMCAS app" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, reviewed AMCAS and secondary essays, reviewed general info about the program" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, relaxation, study up on my essays and AMCAS (very important) " More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked on SDN, read specifics on the school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Studied here, read the SIU website, reread my own essays and personal statements" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read supplemental essays and the SIU information the admissions dept. sent to me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN interview site, talked to current students, re-read AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my secondary, AMCAS app, read the SIU student brochure sent to me, read the SIU website, researched PBL." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Read handbook, website, Reread AMCAS and Secondary" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback, reread my amcas and supplemental essays, read SIU guidebook and their website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, re-read essays, school's website and pamphlet" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, School literature, AMCAS app" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read SDN interview feedback and the viewbook, went over the website, familiarized myself with the curriculum, and had a couple mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, reviewed AMCAS and SIU secondary apps, self-reflection" More from this Member | Report Response

"Visited school website, SDN, Read local newspaper." More from this Member | Report Response

"MSAR, SIU website, practice interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, School catalog, School website, Read primary journal articles on PBL, and its effects on curriculm and instruction." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, amcas, secondary, SIU website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the school's website, looked over my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read school viewbook, website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over school's website and brochure, SDN, reread my AMCAS and secondary application. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN feedback, primary, secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read info school sent, read school's website, kept up with local and national news, researched interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read website, SDN feedback, read up on current events" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, SIU website, AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, mock interview, read over secondary" More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school, this web site and review of my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, looked at web site." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school catalog, researched about PBL, mock interview with premed adviser, school website, read TIME every week" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed applications, SDN, and school website/ booklet" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had done several practice interviews before my last interview in October but did not do any before this interview. I also read Newsweek and the New York Times." More from this Member | Report Response

"SIU website, reviewed my AMCAS and secondary apps." More from this Member | Report Response

"Re-reading my AMCAS and secondary application essays, self-reflection" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, read brochure sent by school, wrote out answers to questions, looked up interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, university website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SIU secondary app., catalog and website, SDN, AMCAS app. " More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, read amcas, reviewed info packet sent by school, " More from this Member | Report Response

"I mostly reviewed my applications, the college promotional material, and the student interview feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed some previous sdn SIU interview feedback responses" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed application, AMCAS, looked at catalog, read over interviews on this website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school site, NY Times, re-read aps" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my AMCAS, SIU secondary and SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, reviewed my AMCAS and secondaries" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, AMCAS application, SIU website, researched my interviewers (you will know who they are weeks ahead of time) and PBL, talked to some students from the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over my AMCAS and SIU secondary, AAMC website advice, Went through the Viewbook, researched my interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, SIU brochure, re-read my application and AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"website, SDN, internet, AMCAS" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read Student Doctor interview feedbacks, read CVs" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the catalog, used sdn. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the school's catalog, read my secondary and my AMCAS essay, looked up tips on the internet." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, looked over brochure" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read online CVs of both my interviewers, since I knew in advance who they'd be. Came to SDN and printed off all the questions in the SIU section: had my wife aske me these questions. Also, I have 2 friends already at SIU SOM, and they've been tremendously informative." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, read the curriculum guide, talked to friends." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN was great! Reviewed my AMCAS statement and SIU essays." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interview, read pamphlets" More from this Member | Report Response

"SIU catalog, SDN site, current health articles" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read through the SIU Medical School Brochure and I also used the interview prep website @ studentdoctor.com " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read through the SIU catalogue" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, reviewed primary and secondary application, SDN, talked to people who have been interviewed" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read AMCAS and Secondary essays as well as the viewbook they had sent me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, really. Looked in the mirror, fixed my hair. I suppose I went over my AMCAS file, but that's about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, SDN, reading school catalogue, reviewing AAMCAS app and SIU supplemental." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read their materials and this board." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over AMCAS essay and supplemental materials. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over viewbook they gave me, thought out answers to general interview questions in Kaplan book." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read their viewbook and my application material." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the SIU catalog, researched what my interviewers taught/practiced." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read catalog & web site. Practice answering interview questions on the drive to Springfield." More from this Member | Report Response

"interviewfeedback.com, reread amcas and secondary app. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewfeedback.com, school's web-site plus catalog." More from this Member | Report Response

"Re-read my AMCAS and SIU apps and checked out another interviewfeedback.com site!" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Both of my interviewers were very welcoming and made me feel very comfortable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Student to faculty ratios." More from this Member | Report Response

"Students loved the school. Only 3 people interviewed per day. 80% of graduates become chief resident." More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was very friendly and honest about the strengths and weaknesses of the program." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty, staff, and medical students are extraordinarily friendly and open. The students seem to embrace and speak favorably about the PBL curriculum. New clinical skills facilities are under construction now. The school is technologically modern. Aside from Texas schools, the tuition is unbeatable." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of everyone I encountered." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a very strong sense of community at SIU. I love it." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendliness of people and staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was SO friendly! There was a little mix-up with my schedule but Alicia took care of it right away, and my first interviewer walked me to my next one. The students also seemed pretty happy." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very friendly and helpful interviewers" More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone seemed genuinely happy" More from this Member | Report Response

"The people. Everyone is there for the right reason. Additionally, the curriculum seems very self-directed and non-competitive. I really enjoyed the experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"The PBL curriculum and how happy the current students are. Also, the Admissions people are incredibly nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of all faculty that maintained a high comfort level." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendly admissions staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL" More from this Member | Report Response

"I like the idea of PBL and group studying. Everyone was very nice and helpful. The students seemed happy and got along well with each other. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were enthusiastic, nice and honest. Everyone at SIU seemed to care about producing excellent doctors. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Problem-Based Learning Curriculum and group rooms Standardized Patients and practice clinic area Quick responses from all school representatives with questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL curriculum, happiness of the students " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything flowed very smoothly, and everyone I met was very helpful and excited about SIU. The problem-based learning curriculum, once explained, sounded very exciting!" More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL seems great; lots of hands-on learning starting in first year; everyone was very friendly; tour guide (M2) and other students seemed very happy there; cool student lounge" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was happy and wanted me to be a part of this experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"I like the medical education building. The students I met were good-spirited and seemed to be enjoying their experience. I like the idea of PBL, but some areas are still a little hazy to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everybody is genuinely friendly at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The study-groups seemed REALLY great. I've heard wonderful things about their problem based learning curriculum from former graduates and I was not let down based on what I saw during our tour. Each group get their own ''group-study-room'' and because students are NOT ranked, there is a team atmosphere among students." More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL curriculum, happy students, nice lounge, doctoring activities from week 1 in the curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"The small class sizes and the faculty. Students seemed happy and the professors I met were very welcoming. I could see myself doing well here. Both of my interviewers were very kind and the interviews themselves were relaxed and more conversational than I expected. They seemed to want to get to know me and were interested in what I was saying, which I liked." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is REALLY kind and helpful" More from this Member | Report Response

"how cooperatively the students work together, how vested the faculty is in the students, and (real) clinical exposure begining first year" More from this Member | Report Response

"The director of admissions told us about a study correlating MCAT scores to step 1 of USMLE. The study found that the MCAT is usually a great predictor of step 1 scores, except for at SIU where there are consistently students who had scored lower on the MCAT but above average on step 1. That problem-based-learning must really be something great if the students have that much improvement!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students were extremely laid back and the facilities in Springfield were awesome." More from this Member | Report Response

"Just about everything...the people were unbelievably nice (Barb Jones, the Student Affairs assistant in Carbondale, was probably the most helpful person I've encountered in this whole process), the students were very happy and the small group learning style seems to promote a strong sense of camaraderie..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the staff, students and interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers and students are very friendly" More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer made PBL seem positive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people are really friendly, abundance of patient contact during pre-clinical years, small class size, NO SCUT WORK!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very little in-class time. A lot of hands-on clinical experiences and patient contact within weeks of starting the program. College is central to the town's healtcare setup. Everyone was highly courteous and geneorus with their time. Did not feel rushed. Interviewers were very open and candidly discussed the negative points of the university. The entire campus is wireless, all lectures are available online, and printouts are free!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone was really friendly, students seemed genuinely happy with the school and the curriculum, big emphasis on humanistic medicine, early early early clinical experience, NO SCUT WORK! :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Memorial Hospital was a nice facility (I had an interview there)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of students and faculty, importance of med school to city" More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL curriculum sounds interesting. The PBL group rooms are nicely equipped." More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers had read my file. I talked with a group of students in a PBL session, and they seemed really happy with the curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewers were well versed in my file and really nice." More from this Member | Report Response

"How enthusiastic and friendly the students and staff were, how relaxed the atmosphere was, how focused they are on providing early and thorough clinical experiences" More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness, warmth, and enthusiasm that everyone showed. " More from this Member | Report Response

"no stress." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The members of the class seemed very closely knit and gave me the impression that PBL is a great way to learn." More from this Member | Report Response

"The student who gave the tour was very enthusiastic about the PBL curricula" More from this Member | Report Response

"the intervewers seemed very interested in what i had to say and the prospect of me attending the school. also, the atmosphere seemed very relaxing and personal." More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I really liked that I met with a financial aid officer individually. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour guide was really friendly and positive about the school. She was able to really sell the benefits of case-based learning and the school's locales. Also, the school seems to try to pair you with an interviewer in the area(s) of medicine you are interested." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was originally somewhat concerned about the very strong emphasis on PBL, but after seeing the facilities and how they ensured training was not haphazard (through excellent organization of course subject matter) I feel I would get a better education than at some of the schools still following a relatively traditional lecture format. Also, they really value student input on program format utilizing it to improve." More from this Member | Report Response

"They made the small class size and problem-based learning seem very beneficial." More from this Member | Report Response

"clinical based program, problem based learning" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students are extremely friendly, and there is a cohesiveness not only within classes, but across classes." More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly atmosphere, small classrooms, multiple campuses (carbondale, springfield), option to travel 4th year & research grant money to travel during first summer, all books needed are in the library = very low bok costs" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone there seems extremely happy with the problem based learning curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"small class size, problem based learning, seems to do a good job of providing a medical education, research opportunities" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student that gave the tour had nothing negative to say, and that the program is pass/fail instead of ultra-competitive." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school seemed nice, all the students seemed friendly and to love the school. I got the feeling the school was like a big family." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers showed me SIU's latest Step 2 results, which were well above the national average. I really liked the situational-type questions that one of my interviewers asked. They were thought-provoking and, I think, really helped him better understand my problem solving process and skills--and helped him gauge my ethical/moral compass. Both of my interviewers (one was on the admissions committee) made comments along the lines of "I've been in your chair, so I'm here to make it easy for you and try to help you get into medical school". So even though some of the questions were tough, there wasn't an adversarial feeling to them." More from this Member | Report Response

"not much" More from this Member | Report Response

"small class size, low stress/ family-like enviroment, PBL sound like a great learning method (especially for part 2 of the new USMLE), low cost, exposure to patients from the first week" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dr. Neiumeister was really cool and laid back. He seemed like he had a great grasp on what it means to be a docter." More from this Member | Report Response

"The hospital, Memorial Medical Center, has very new facilities. The people I passed in the hallways were very nice - both students, staff, and a few patients. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The cancer research center" More from this Member | Report Response

"Early patient contact and the medical school in Springfield is connected to a hospital" More from this Member | Report Response

"affiliated hospitals in Springfield, facilities, faculty support, finance" More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum, laid-back atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilites are nice, and they are very friendly school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I like that they have integrated lectures (resource sessions) with the problem based learning in the last three years." More from this Member | Report Response

"Their PBL curriculum, it's a very independent way of learning." More from this Member | Report Response

"Throughout the process of applying to Med. School, SIU has been the most "human," approachable, courteous, prompt, and professional school I've dealt with, when compared to UIC and IU" More from this Member | Report Response

"It's a strong program...I have a couple friends that have and are going through and they love it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students LOVE it there. I didn't know much about the Problem Based Learning (PBL), but the way the students talked about it, I was really impressed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school, students, and program sound great. The students said that they like the curriculum and seemed to have a low stress level." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was VERY friendly and helpful. I'm from Springfield and I really like it in the town. CHEAP compared to other med schools. ALL PBL with very few lectures." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was impressed by the comfort level of both interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"It wasn't very stressful at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students satisfaction with the PBL curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Price... cheapest in Illinois." More from this Member | Report Response

"How happy the students are and the cirriculum(PBL!)." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't have time to go sightseeing, but I must say, one of my interviewers was downright enlightening. Very, very comfortable to talk with. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was able to meet and have lunch with a couple of minority students, who also further introduced me to their fellow classmates. I was able to hear about the program first hand." More from this Member | Report Response

"Down to earth interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYTHING! PBL, early patient contact, self-directed study, laid-back atmosphere." More from this Member | Report Response

"Meeting students and seeing that the small group learning curriculum really seems to work." More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL! Their PBL seemed to make the students very happy with thier education. They also commented on how benificial early (first year (day)) patient exposure has been." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities seemed really nice and the tutor rooms seem very convenient. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was very nice. Even people in hospital not assoc. with medical school were extremely friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"practice areas for procedures (pelvic, intubation, etc.) at springfield. awesome classrooms for pbl. physician "sponsor" for first 2 yrs. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Problem based curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"How happy the students are and the level of interest of the staff and faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I interviewed with a female internist for one of my interviews. She seemed very disinterested and like she did not care one bit of what I had to say from the very beginning. She asked me questions that were not relevant to my desire to pursue a career as a physician or to me as an individual. Not very friendly and was a very awkward experience. Hope you guys don't get her for an interviewer." More from this Member | Report Response

"My tour guide wasn't completely focused on us and kept looking around." More from this Member | Report Response

"school is out-dated, campus is small, city is small" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"the tour didn't show us much" More from this Member | Report Response

"I almost got hit by three different cars while visiting Springfield. The school itself was great. I've heard Carbondale can be somewhat dull. I'm not sure how I feel about the aggressive populace of Springfield." More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt attacked by the AdCom member interviewer. It's like he was very turned off about where I came from and nothing I said would impress him." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't get my interview confirmation and information until a week before my actual interview date. I kept having to email and email them." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The tour only showed us a few of the buildings on the SIU campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't get to see any research labs or hear about any projects they are working on." More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield" More from this Member | Report Response

"This school is awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are somewhat old" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dreary day." More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't like that the first year is in Carbondale and the next three in Springfield. I would prefer to do all four in Springfield, but that doesn't seem to be something the school is even considering." More from this Member | Report Response

"Being in a different city for the first year" More from this Member | Report Response

"There may be up to 8 people to a cadavre (sp) and 4 at a time disecting. Seems like it'd be too many cooks in the kitchen for that. ALSO-- make sure you cut off your first interview after about 30-35 mins, because mine went from 9am-9:55, which didn't give me nearly enough time to get to my car, drive to the next interview, find a space in the parking garage, and then find the interview room, especially because once I made it to the building of my 2nd interview, I was told by the information desk that the room didn't exist! Uggg-- I was really late and I think that SIU admissions should do a better job of coordinating the transport/directions/timing." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"The campus is outdated and the surrounding area/hospitals are not impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"More emphasis on family practice" More from this Member | Report Response

"not much...maybe the city of Springfield itself...i'd never been to the capital, it was a bit underwhelming..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield is not like I remembered it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...but again I'm somewhat biased because I grew up in Carbondale and so had done a lot of research about the school and am very familiar with both campuses." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour was short, but maybe that's because there's not much to see!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Disorganized building and facilities don't seem so well. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The second interviewer was late." More from this Member | Report Response

"buildings are kind of drab, first year is in Carbondale" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much to do around campus. Downtown Sprinfield is growing but is far from offering the urban experiences of even a medium sized town in the midwest." More from this Member | Report Response

"the building was kind of drab and depressing, the area around springfield in general is boring. also, the first year is spent in carbondale..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the school in Springfield negatively impressed me. The city is small and it looks like there isn't much to do there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield as a town. The facilities seem a bit oudated in parts. Library looked somewhat bleak." More from this Member | Report Response

"The disorganization of the day. The admissions staff was very helpful and kind while I was there for the financial aid session and tour, but I was on my own to find my interviewers and their offices." More from this Member | Report Response

"I arrived at the Student Affairs office and it was completely empty. It was very disorganized." More from this Member | Report Response

"the surrounding area is kind of plain" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a bit unorganized." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything else." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nothing really comes to mind..." More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer didn't seem very interested in me.She hardly looked at me, instead she was making notes while I answered her questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are not somewhat lacking, and living in carbondale for the first year seems to cut of M1's from the rest of the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not get to see very much on my campus tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"My second interviewer hadn't read my file. I wish I had known this in the beginning of the interview and adjusted my responses accordingly. Also, my first interviewer was pretty reserved, and it was hard to tell if she was excited about interviewing, medicine, me, or anything!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The second interviewer didn't know I was coming. He hadn't looked over my application info and only spent about 25 minutes with me before leaving for surgery; he asked a lot of questions that I had already answered in my applications. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus wasn't great." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"M1's are sequestered from the rest of the school in Carbondale." More from this Member | Report Response

"no anatomy lab at springfield campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"Due to the way the grading is done (Standard Deviations), At least a handful of students are required to retake classes no matter what." More from this Member | Report Response

"conduct of interviewers, Springfield/Carbondale" More from this Member | Report Response

"Only that there is no true lecture or textbook." More from this Member | Report Response

"The second interviewer seemed to grill me on my opinion of a social issue, and seemed to be pushing me towards the solution he felt was correct." More from this Member | Report Response

"I just can't shake the feeling that SIU is a wee bit "po-dunky"--and Springfield is certainly nothing to write home about. Also, the student who gave the tour kept making disparaging remarks about other schools and how "they just throw you into the deep end--while at SIU, the faculty really cares". Of course, on further questioning, it turned out that her opinion was formed by talking with ONE college classmate who was having a bad experience at ONE other med school. Not exactly a broad platform on which to form her opinion. It almost felt like she had been indoctrinated into the whole "PBL" thing--and was trying to convert us too." More from this Member | Report Response

"my first interviewer was fifteen minutes late, and she didn't even give me extra time in the end. The schedule was poorly put together, I had nothing to do for two hours and then in the afternoon, there was no time alloted for lunch." More from this Member | Report Response

"first year in Carbondale (but all of the students said it was wonderful)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm not sure how I feel about the curriculum being all PBL" More from this Member | Report Response

"The actual instructional facilities are rather outdated. Although the technology is there (computers and stuff), the research labs and buildings need renovating. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Carbondale for one year and Springfield for 3 years" More from this Member | Report Response

"First year is in Carbondale" More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield, 1st year in Carbondale, PBL" More from this Member | Report Response

"How small the town is" More from this Member | Report Response

"Their board scores aren't anything to get excited about" More from this Member | Report Response

"The buildings where the school was at was pretty old (although the hospital itself seemed pretty nice). This was in Springfield." More from this Member | Report Response

"Going to Carbondale for one year and Springfield for 3" More from this Member | Report Response

"Absolutely nothing. At the end of my visit, Dr. Z said "Well, maybe we'll talk with you later." Obviously, i wanted to hear "See you in August."" More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield. Lack of organization. I did not meet any of the other interviewees until the financial talk at 11 am. The school expects you to figure out how to get to where you need to go on your own." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's Springfield. . . no college sports. (everyone can't be the Big 10 though, right?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield doesn't have much to offer as far as social life goes. They are obsessed with Lincoln." More from this Member | Report Response

"Little unorganized.... trouble finding my interviewers... You have to be a VERY self motivated learner at SIU." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were no negative aspects of my visit!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I interviewed in Springfield and there was no orientation meeting. I just went to my first interview, which was in the doctor's office. The first interviewer was a plastic surgeon who really didn't prepare questions for me, I basically talked to fill the dead air. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Carbondale, Springfield" More from this Member | Report Response

"Dull Springfield, PBL, lack of reputation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Well, I already knew that I hated Carbondale but I was dissapointed to find out the Springfield is not much better." More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer, however, had obviously not prepared for my visit, and the questions asked were extremely vague and lame. "Did you like taking the MCAT?" "How do you feel about your undergraduate college?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lack of student housing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Carbondale deal." More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield is a ghost-town at night." More from this Member | Report Response

"An office staff member (unknowledgable, not to mention) gave the tour - that was a letdown. My second interviewer really seemed to want to pursue the possibilities for me if I did not get into medical school - this was discouraging." More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield. I am not sure I could live there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The tour wasn't given by a student so it was difficult to get opportunities to ask questions of current med. students there." More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not get to talk to any students due to scheduling reasons and one of my interviewers didn't seem very interestd in talking to me and neither had much interaction with students." More from this Member | Report Response

"first year at carbondale (as i've since found out, the housing there pretty much sucks. a lot of it is old and run down. undergrads seem to get the best first cause med students find out so late.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"First year spend at Carbondale." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the new PBL is untested, ie. would like to see the Step 1 scores from a couple of classes first. But I think the PBL is the right direction, even if it needs a little tuning." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How relaxed it would be." More from this Member | Report Response

"That one of my interviews would be a complete waste of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview was going to be more of a conversation than an interrogation." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Office of Student Affairs is on the 3rd floor." More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not have to worry about bring boots, scarves and other winter wear. The buildings are connected and you don't have to walk outside between them." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviews aren't that stressful." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had a better answer for how I heard about the school. I answered honestly (MSAR->State School->PBL=excited), but I could have sworn I saw a little disappointment with my answer. He seemed excited about all my other answers." More from this Member | Report Response

"That being from Chicago apparently works against me. Had I known this, I probably wouldn't have attended the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt prepared." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. I thought that the interview materials SIU sent were very clear and I followed those directions without any problems. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were going to be more like conversations than pressure-filled sessions. I enjoyed talking with both of my interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions committee meets every first Tuesday of the month, so you should schedule your interview appropriately if you want to hear back quickly." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would like SIU so much!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviews would not be stressful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I was the only student interviewing that day. It was really nice to have lots of one on one time with everyone I met, though." More from this Member | Report Response

"The building where the admissions office is located is very confusing. Also, the groups of students are very small (we had 4 total)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The map they send with your interview packet is on a really small scale, which I didn't realize. Because of my carelessness, I thought that the buildings were mainly within walking distance, so I parked at the main building and put 5 hours worth of quarters in the meter. Turns out, I was only going to be at that building for 15 mins... waste of money. Be sure you have your own form of transportation to get you to and from the interviews. Mine (and those of the other applicant) were both in outlaying buildings." More from this Member | Report Response

"Parking. I didn't have time to scout out the night before." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not to stress out too much. It was my first med school interview so I over-prepared but it wasn't nearly as intimidating/difficult as I thought it would be. No weird moral/ethical questions or strange medical questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The way the PBL system works" More from this Member | Report Response

"how cool the students were...i was even having a good time with my fellow interviewees...all of them are ppl i would like to go to school with." More from this Member | Report Response

"Acceptances are given out in three batches. The higher your score is on the AWPA list, the better chance that you will get accepted. They never offer more acceptances at one time than their max class size. So last year, to get a class of 72 they extended a total of 155 acceptances throughout application season, which is about half of those who interviewed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions policy is a little weird. It is non-rolling and you may not know if you are accepted until February." More from this Member | Report Response

"There weren't any surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I knew exact building where I was going to be interviewed so I could arrive on time." More from this Member | Report Response

"first year is in Carbondale (I interviewed on the Springfield campus)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Take quarters with you for parking. They have metered parking for visitors! Pavments were not deiced, so if your thinking of wearing high heels (ladies) forget it! Good cheap lunch is avaliable in the hospital (under $1.50 for a slice of pizza). " More from this Member | Report Response

"that it would be so relaxed" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews may be 10 blocks apart from one another. Be prepared to drive from one to another or you won't make it on time." More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of down time I would have - there was some between my tour and my first interview, and some between my interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"The first year of school is in Carbondale." More from this Member | Report Response

"That i had to find the rooms on my own." More from this Member | Report Response

"They are agest" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you interview in C-dale, you don't get to take advantage of the financial aid session." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hilton Springfield is probably the best hotel in the area, and at $129, it's not much more expensive than the others (comes w/ breakfast for 2 people)." More from this Member | Report Response

"my second interview was in a different building in a different part of town. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviewers would not have my MCAT scores or GPA. They asked some questions about how I did that I might have worded differently knowing this. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The financial aid seminar would be cancelled." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The guy who was originally supposed to conduct my first interview was out of the country..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield is more of a dump than I remember" More from this Member | Report Response

"BRING SOMETHING TO READ. It felt like I had more time in between thigns than anything, bring a book." More from this Member | Report Response

"A previous reviewer commented on SIU's goofy "Accept when place available" (AWPA) system. If you're on this list, you get a letter stating just that. The only trouble is that last year, I found out that SIU had such a strong applicant pool that they didn't even get to the lower-ranked applicants on the AWPA list. As a result, what should have been a straightforward "accept" turned into a "reject". Not cool. So if you get the "AWPA" letter, you're encouraged to write back immediately expressing your unbridled joy at getting a tentative "maybe" and how SIU is your ultimate dream school--and this is somehow supposed to get you on SIU's "nice list". Can you sense the sarcasm? Good. How this ultimately helps your chances--and how it's in ANY way fair--is truly beyond me. Why would anyone want to jump at the first school if they are still interviewing and weighing their potential options? Unclear!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions's office did not help you find the rooms or parking. Get there atleast 30-60 minutes early, becuase the its hard to find parking, the buildings and the rooms. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I'm glad I did a little research about the PBL system. The only questions that could throw you during the interview relate to the PBL system and how you would fit in." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would be the only interviewer there all day long. " More from this Member | Report Response

"There aren't many choices for lunch. The med student who gave us a tour said no one really eats in the hospital cafeteria b/c it's not healthy and there aren't other places to eat close to the campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL system" More from this Member | Report Response

"PBL all over the place" More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum" More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish i knew more about the PBL system...read about it (Problem based learning)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer said her main purpose was to answer questions, which I really hadn't thought of too many. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield is pretty bad...knew that, but being there reminded me!" More from this Member | Report Response

"There's a walkway from the Student Affairs building to the Hospital: you don't have to walk outside in the cold." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it was really laid back, and more of a conversation than an interview. I didn't need to be stressed about preparing." More from this Member | Report Response

"The PBL is so huge " More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish that I would have known more about the PBL based curriculum that they use!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I would be the only person being interviewed on that date. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I pretty much knew what to expect from the school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The PBL requires that you work in groups with students. I don't really like working in groups. I like to figure things out myself and teach myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I suppose. The two interviews, which began at consecutive hours, were about a mile and a half apart - I was barely on time for the second. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How much better SIU is than I thought it would be. Its by far the best Medical School (for me) that I've ever visited." More from this Member | Report Response

"SIU asks very pointed questions about academics and scores, even about relatively strong applications. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The 1st year is in Carbondale regardless. " More from this Member | Report Response

"the first year is at carbondale" More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Be confident going in. Know yourself and why you want to attend this school, and you will do great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very close knit, affordable, great school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I loved SIU and I liked it more than I thought I would." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a great experience! I'm hoping for an AWPA and an acceptance. I will absolutely attend this school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Springfield is not great; food was good and everyone was super friendly; the school is trying to update and it shows; some interviews can be far away from each other, so you may have to drive/shuttle/walk." More from this Member | Report Response

"SIU seems like a great place to learn. The admin&staff seem genuinely interested in the students and it definitely shows." More from this Member | Report Response

"This seems like a great environment to attend medical school. The students seemed very happy. People would randomly smile at me (noticing that I was interviewing). A couple of MIII's approached me and talked to me about their classes. The school population is really warm and tight-knit." More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer is an Admissions Committee member and that interview is open file. The other is a faculty member and it's mostly closed file. Other than my negative experience with the first interviewer, everyone else was incredibly kind and really did their best to sell SIU's positive points. PBL sounds really impressive and the med students seem really happy. Also, Homestyle Inn & Suites is incredibly close to the school and decently priced if you're looking for a motel to stay at." More from this Member | Report Response

"No interviews are NO stress, but these are definitely lower stress interviews. Everybody's friendly, and make sure you feel at home. The two one-on-one interviews are very conversational and you rarely get off the wall difficult questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were more of an open discussion than a set list of questions. You will have one with a medical student (open file) and one with a faculty member (closed file). Be prepared for some down time between interviews depending on your schedule; I had an hour to waste and it was raining outside." More from this Member | Report Response

"One open-file interview with an adcom member, one closed-file with a faculty member" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviews were very low in stress, and it really just felt like I was having conversations with the two interviewers; one interview is open-file and the other is closed file" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some things I like about SIU are as follows: -the small class size -minimal lecture hall hours -the preceptorship that allows students to work with local doctors -the atmosphere at the school because all of the staff and students seemed to know each other by name" More from this Member | Report Response

" The first interview is with a member of the admissions committee. They have an open file interview with you. The second interview is with a faculty member who is not on the admissions committee. They only have basic biographical information and your secondary essays. That interview is more open-ended." More from this Member | Report Response

"All-in-all, pretty stress free interviews, though certainly NOT stress free travel between interviews. The last thing you want to be worrying about during your med school interview day is finding the right building/room or a parking space. I think the interviewers should be given firm time limitations so that we interviewees can make it to the next interview/meeting on-time. I had a really great tour-guide who was willing to take her time to elaborate on her experience in Carbondale and in Springfield about topics ranging from housing to board scores to assesments to research options. Certainly not an interview-day-set-up that people should get nervous about." More from this Member | Report Response

"Day started at 10am with an intro/Q and A session. Financial Aid session at 11am, student tour at noon. First interview at 1pm, second interview at 2:30pm." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, a great way to begin med school interviews. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I really enjoyed this school. They are real individuals and the school is close to home. I would happily go here." More from this Member | Report Response

"awesome. i loved it. i had one interview with a faculty member on the admission committee that was open file, and the second with a psychiatrist that was closed file. everyone was very down-to-earth (read: normal) and i left with a very positive impression of the school " More from this Member | Report Response

"Definitely a positive day. Totally chill, got to talk to some second years while waiting and they were very friendly and willing to talk to me. Very nice school." More from this Member | Report Response

"There were 4 interviewers this day. We arrived to a 30-40 minute Q&A session. The group was broken up and sent to their interviews(different interviewers for everyone). They usually schedule you to interview with two faculty members throughout the day. One person is open file and sits on the committee, the other is closed file and they may not be on the committee. In between the interviews there is an option financial aid session and student guided tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"The first interview involved more general, open ended questions (I think this one might have been closed-file, but I'm not sure). The second interview was more geared to finding out about what my specific experiences meant to me (he brought up things from AMCAS and my secondary). Definitely prepare using the SDN feedback questions...a lot of those came up. I interviewed in Carbondale so I got a tour of the main academic building that the M1s use, Lindegren Hall, during the lunch break. Barb took me up to where a few M1s were studying so I got to ask them a few questions and afterwards I had a few minutes with Linda Herrold, the Dean of Student Affairs. No surprises, very relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed, comfortable; interviewers were friendly and personable; I almost went over an hour in both my interviews because our conversations became so open and friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a nice interview. I was quite nervous before the interview, but the interviewer was so cooperative and it made me feel so relax during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a long day. The tour guide and finanical aid session were very short. The interviews were good. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I came away with a much better impression of SIU. It seemed like a pretty strong school and the students seem to be really happy with it. Also, the PBL doesn't seem as scary now (they have lectures too, but they are supplementary). The cheap tuition is pulling at towards it right now." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were very relaxed and they just wanted to get to know more about what my experiences meant to me. They were extremely well organized and had a very nice financial aid session that was one on one, just like the two interviews. It's a great school and their residents' board scores are up there with the best. They are 100% in-state and competition is tough to get in. Your first year will be in Carbondale and the next three years will be in just the three or four buildings that make up the entire campus in Springfield!!! There is no vibrant community surrounding the campus, so married students may find it hard to do anything worthwhile around town. Springfield is all about the med school and some state legislature buildings! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I didn't expect much going into the interview, but afterwards I actually became really enthusiastic about the school. It seems like a great place to learn and PBL doesn't seem as scary anymore." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was my first interview experience so I was a little nervous. However, my interviewers put me completely at ease. The med. student who gave the tour was very enthusiastic about the school. Everyone was VERY nice and the faculty know all of the students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was very relaxed, almost too relaxed. Everyone was friendly, but I found it uneasy being the only person at the school interviewing that day. I had a lot of free time between my scheduled meetings/interviews, during which I sat in the physician's waiting room with patients as my file was read or the physician was with a patient." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was pretty standard. Financial aid presentation was somewhat helpful, student tour was average, both interviewers were very friendly and conversational. They were the first school to go in-dept on asking me questions about specific volunteer activities and what I gained from each. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer genuinely wanted to get to know me and spent quite a bit of time answering my questions about PBL and the curriculum. It was very conversational about my application and questions and lasted about an hour. The second interviewer was trying to see how strong my interest in medicine was harsher style of questioning. This one was less conversational, just went through the questions and then I was done - lasted about 15 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a really good experience, minus the fact I had a lot of time to kill before my interviews because the fin aid session and tour each only took 15 minutes. My interviewers were really personable." More from this Member | Report Response

"I guess it went well because I got in!" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was no organization. Nobody to greet you when you get there, nobody to show you where you are supposed to go, there was NO minority representation whatsoever!!! I had to drive to the location of the second interview because it was on the other side of town." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great experience at SIU. My first interviewer was very nice, the interview was conversational and she really directed where she wanted me to go with my answers. My second interviewer asked me if I would object to us going to Starbucks and having the interview there. This interview was also very laid back and guided." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviews, I feel, were rushed.My first interviewer didn't seem too interested in me,the 2nd interview was during the MD's clinic hours so he was in a hurry.I left feeling they didn't really get to know me." More from this Member | Report Response

"the first interview went well. The interviewer was an orthopedic surgeon and knowledgeable about the school, although the questions were standard and at one point i was sure he was extending the interview for the sole purpose of avoiding work. The fin. aid session was only slightly informative, but it at least seems SIU takes an active interest in making sure its students are afloat financially. The tour was short, but the enthusiastic tour guide did a good job of playing up the school as probably the best thing this side of the mississippi. the second interview was strangely like the first, except i was tired hungry (be sure to pack a lunch/ find a good place to eat). " More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought my first interviewer did a great job of making everything seem very positive at SIU. She really talked up PBL, the simulated patients, and the early clinical experience. I did not get a very good tour of the campus. I saw one of their tutor rooms, the library, and the medical museum. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The first interviewer was great! Such a neat person and very honest about some of the less impressive aspects of the school, as well as the positives. He put me at ease, and even looked into what schools would suit my boyfriend's needs if we were to relocate to Springfield for 3 years. I just mentioned his educational goals, and my interviewer started to research what was available during my interview! I was really impressed by this unexpected assistance." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very friendly, informal, comfortable. They wanted to get to know me and tell me about SIU SOM. " More from this Member | Report Response

"excellent experience. relaxed interview. interviews were in a few different buildings so arrive with enough time to orient yourself with the campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews and tour were great. There were 2 interviews: the first was with the student representative of the admissions committee and the second was with a faculty member. The first interviewer was very well-versed with my application file and asked some of the best and most appropriate questions I have come across yet in my interview experience. The second interviewer was very friendly and I feel that he helped me to learn a great deal about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"arrived at 10:30, interview at 11am (45 mins w/ admissions director. she asked a detailed list of questions) tour with 2nd year student at 12, break for 40 minutes. interview at 1:30 with faculty member. she asked informal questions about personality related items. lasted 30 minutes. went home." More from this Member | Report Response

"My experience at SIU was kind of strange. My first interviewer wasn't even there and the school never bothered to call or email and tell me that. Instead they let me find out when I showed up at the guys door for the interview. Then, somewhat embarrased, they looked for someone else to interview me right there on the spot. The people looking for an interviewer didn't even know what I was supposed to be interviewing for (they asked a few minutes later). Eventually, they found a doctor to interview me and three minutes after the interview started, he said he had all the information he needed despite the fact that it was a completely closed interview. The rest of the day went much smoother and the second interview, which was an open interview went pretty well. I really enjoyed talking with my second interviewer. Overall, despite the lack or organization, I really enjoyed the SIU interview experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"What positively impressed me about the school (see below) was virtually annihilated by the way the interviews were handled. Perhaps there was a sudden shortage, but I wasn’t able to speak with one physician. I spoke first with a Ph.D. who seemed surprised that he was responsible for interviewing me. He then asked me the standard series of questions (why medicine, etc.). About 15 minutes later, he gets a cell phone call and showed me the door, not giving me a chance to ask questions (not that he could answer them). After a lousy lunch, a tour of the facility given by an M2 was the highlight of the day. I also got some good info on applying for loans. The second interviewer was a social worker who made a point of telling me I was "low priority" because I live in Chicago. Overall, I felt the entire day had been a scheduled waste of time, compliments of SIU. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very nice, not stressful at all. My first interviewer had a list of questions that he asked and we talked a little in between some of them. The second interviewer had questions as well, but he didn't really ask them. He pretty much said that he just wanted to talk instead of ask the questions. He was extremely easygoing, and joked around a little, which made the interview a lot less stressful." More from this Member | Report Response

"All-in-all school seeemed very intimate, students seeemed to like it and one another, only bad thing was my second interviewer was confrontational, be ready for this." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ehh--I'd go here if I didn't get accepted anywhere else. It's just not very diverse (I waited in the main lobby of the medical center and didn't see many non-Caucasian faces), and they're so gung-ho on getting folks from central and southern IL that it's sort of a turn-off (I live in Chicago--but I'm from a rural area in another state). I just think it's rather misguided to assume that rural folk are automatically going to return to their rural communities to practice." More from this Member | Report Response

"I had two interviewers, the first interview was 15 min, the second was about 30 min. There was a tour of the school and a lecture on financial aid in between my interviews. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Bring something to read and eat, because you will have a little down time b/t interviews. This is a comprehensive but no-frills interview process. You will have to find your way to your interview rooms (unless you are lucky enough to have a student take you), there is no breakfast/lunch set up for you and you are pretty much on your own...but this all probably goes hand in hand with being a self directed learner, which they stress. The interviews are relaxed and stress free. Both of my interviews, one with a student and another with a faculty member who was also an alumni, were more of a casual conversation where they tried to get to know me on a more personal level. They did their best to put me at ease and make me feel comfortable. I stayed at the Best Inn, located 3 blocks from the school. You can go to orbitz and reserve a room for $32...it is not a high class hotel, but it definatley works if you don't want to spend a lot of money." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ok, but I had to sit and wait awhile in between interviews, tours, and financial aid stuff." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the interview day went well. My first interviewer asked questions that were all on my AMCAS app. That annoyed me a little. He asked about my high school, about my parents, and how I was raised. Also, he was very honest with how my application looks and how the committee would view it. He made suggestions for a plan B in case it comes to that. The second interviewer was really rushed and he didn't seem to care much what I said. In fact, his beeper went off in the middle of the interview, right when I was talking about a really sensitive issue, and he returned the call without letting me finish my answer. That sucked. The financial aid session was very informative - they talked about financial aid as it would apply to any school we would go to, not just SIU. " More from this Member | Report Response

"two separate interviews with MDs in the AM and PM with a tour in between. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Super laid-back, I had FUN at both the interviews, students seem to love the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The first interview was more serious, but more general questions. He got really specific with the health care system, gene therapy, and kept testing how much i knew about SIU. I liked the fact that he asked about how i studied for the MCATS and he really tried to find out about how i work as a student. The second interview was very laid back and informal and he basically worked off of my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was really surprised about both interviewing sessions, because they were more like conversations. I showed up 20 minutes early to my first interview, and he had me come in and we started the interview early. We ended up talking until the financial aid session for a total interview time of about 65 minutes. He was awesome and very friendly. The second interviewer was kind of boring. I was also sitting on the world's most uncomfortable and tall chair, so I was fidgeting the entire time. He didn't have a lot to say, so the interview was kind of boring and harder to do. It was still more conversational than question and answer of many interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was good. The school is a perfect fit for me. After the interview I received a letter that said my status is "Accept When Place Available". It's taken 3 phone calls to the admissions office at the SIU SOM to understand their complex applicant ranking system and acceptance schedule. Here's what I understand (and I may be wrong): In 2003 SIU SOM will accept 73 students. First, on OCT 26 the admissions committee met to accept any applicant enrolled in SIU's special MedPrep program (where they train up their med students from toddler age to acceptance date), and/or any accepted but deferred students from the previous year (you know, they got accepted, but couldnt go for another year . . . yeah right!). This was a total of 3 people (70 more to go). Then, everybody else goes into 1 of 4 categories: 1. Accept when place available: accepted in batches of 20 in November, January, March. Each AWPA student is ranked within this group and applicants are accepted by rank. 2 & 3. They have two alternate categories below AWPA. I dont get it. Surely I'm wrong. But, the lady at the admissions ofc. said otherwise. 4. The "No Thanks" category is self explanatory." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the curricular design is very much based on self-directed learning. A good deal of technology is involved and used in both group and pbl. I liked the school (although there are definately few frills compared to other schools, but as one student said the positive of that is that you don't increase your debt to study somewhere "pretty" either), but was a little disappointed with one of my interviews. It was my first at the school...the guy showed up late and then only talked to me for 20 minutes. Nice guy, but seemed to have had me sized up based on my app. It was all positive, but a little different than any other interview I've experienced and somewhat frustrating." More from this Member | Report Response

"Before the interview, I was only midly attracted to the school, but the people (students / faculty) made the whole thing look really appealing. If any of you are fortunate enough to interview with Dr. Quinn, relax and enjoy it, she's fantastic. My interview with her lasted half an hour longer than scheduled." More from this Member | Report Response

"Financial aid meeting, student tour, and two interviews. It was a fun day, and being that it was halloween the atmosphere was very light-hearted. My first interview was with a PhD in immunology. He asked me questions about my application and we had a fun conversation. The second interview was with an MD. She was very nice as well, although we didn't get as much time to talk because she was in a hurry to go get her kids' costumes ready for Halloween!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very good day. Both my interviewerws wanted to get to know me and were friendly, but still asked all the important questions. I had one PHD and one MD interviewer. Student tour was helpful and the student seem to love the curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall my interviews were very easy-going and I had a great time meeting the faculty and students at the Springfield Campus!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The good was that it was not stressful in the least. The bad was that it wasn't very organized. It seemed like the first interviewer was not experienced in conducting interviews. The second lady (after asking me to tell her about myself) told me that it was closed file interview and half way through my answer told me it was actually an open file interview. In addition to that, I was the only prospective that day, and I didn't get to eat lunch or spend any real amount of time with current students which makes it hard to size a school up. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interview was closed file and I did not realize it until my second interviewer told me. The first interviewer had two pages front and back of questions to ask me with lots of ethics questions. She tried to make the interview conversational, but she kept going back to her list of questions. She also kept writing down things while I was talking which was a bit unnerving. The second interview was laid back and conversational. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall good. The interviewers were very nice. The school is in a safe location with the cheapest housing and cheapest price you'll find in Illinois." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews were very laid back. The first doctor talked more about my application and motives while the second one just talked to me about med schools and Southern IL in general." More from this Member | Report Response

"Again, a pretty run-of-the-mill set of interviews. Nothing political or difficult is involved, but they do try and stress YOUR reasons for joining the field of medicine. The two sessions felt much more like a couple of conversations rather than a list of questions. Don't lose sleep over these." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I was very impressed with the school. Everyone did an excellent job at making me feel at home and selling the school. PBL seems to be an effective way of learning and I was able to express how I felt I would be able to thrive in that type of cooperative environment. The key is to be yourself because they ask a million questions about YOU (they want to know YOU!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't sell SIU short just because its in Southern Illinois. Its really an excellent school if you're a self-disciplined individual." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were nice and straightforward. The facility wasn't to-die-for, but meeting students and talking to them, plus seeing the hospitals, convinced me that SIU is a great school." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the interview questions were based on my application. The student's happiness was incedible! that really made the difference for me. Overall, if the school was located closer to a city, I would go there in a heartbeat!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a really nice day visiting the school and with my interviewers. The 1st interview was more traditional and asked questions like: why medicine, would you want to practice in a rural setting, why not another profession in the medical field other than a doctor, what do you do to relax. The 2nd interview was more laid back and we just talked about having a family and practicing medicine and about ethical issues. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a little disappointing because I didn't feel it went well & I didn't get to talk to students or faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"pretty much awesome interview. totally laid back. the one doc gave feedback on my chances. the office was great in letting you know timelines for acceptances. the small class (72 students) and pbl seem to make for good learning experiences. from what i've read, you don't spend time learning asinine things that you'll never need again because of pbl. i'm glad i was accepted here!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great interviews. One in the morning then tour and lunch, followed by second interview. Financial aid session in there somewhere." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 83
Faculty member 2
Admissions staff 11
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 49
Neutral 8
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.58 59

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 57
Out of state 2

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 10
2-3 hours 28
4-6 hours 17
7+ hours 2

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 2
Automobile 54
Train or subway 4
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 25
$101-$200 15
$201-$300 3
$301-$400 1
$401-$500 0
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

spi

STL

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 12
Hotel 25
Home 3
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.77 62

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
5.15 61

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

Response Avg # Responders
5.02 61

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.29 31

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.47 32

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.96 28

0 = low, 10 = high

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

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