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  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What is your typical role when you work in small groups and why?" Report Response

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

"You are a pediatrician. One of your patients is the child of Jehovah's Witnesses. What do you tell the parents about the possibility of performing a blood transfusion?" Report Response

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

"If you could have plane tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could ask any question to any of the current presidential candidates, what would you ask and who would you ask?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What piece of art inspires you?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Interview Feedback, website, secondary essays." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The curriculum: Pass/Fail, very little lecture time, PBLs, etc. Students seem very happy there." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I'm not a big fan of Chicago. Too big and crowded for me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Parking is about $20." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I got there about 7am, walked around, admired the view of Lake Michigan. There was an introductory session with the assistant dean of admissions, plus a continental breakfast. Then I hung out in the admissions office for an hour, waiting for my individual interview. In that one, the assistant dean asked if there was anything I wanted to add to my file, what I wanted the adcom to know, and if I had any questions. She took notes the whole time. She was very friendly and easy to talk to. Then I went to the group interview. I am not a fan of the group interview. It's just not my style and I got nervous. Plus, they asked the most difficult questions that I've had (this is my 6th interview). It lasted for about 70 minutes. The three interviewers took turns asking us questions. Sometimes we all got the same question, other times they mixed it up. Toward the end, they had us work together to answer: What are the 5 greatest advances in medicine in the last century or so. We worked on that for 10 minutes, while they observed, and then we presented it to them and defended our answer. Then we got a chance to ask them questions for 10 minutes. After that we went to lunch in the hospital cafeteria. Then there was a tour or the hospital. This is one of the nicest hospitals I've toured. They told us that Northwestern's is the most profitable teaching hospital in the country. We also toured the anatomy lab and the dorms. Then there was a curriculum overview session, with a sample PBL lesson. Then it was over about 3pm." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/31/2003

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