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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At a regional location

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

""What was the most difficult part of college for you?"" Report Response

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

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

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

""Have you had any formal or informal research experience?" " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

""How can honesty and dishonesty affect the work of a physician?"" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

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

How did you prepare for the interview?

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

What impressed you positively?

"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. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"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?"" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"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. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"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." Report Response

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