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  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Iowa City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

6

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Please describe your research for me." Report Response

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

"Why an MD/PhD and not just one or the other?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Name one current problem in health care and address various ways that physicians can help remedy it." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you could only do one (MD or PhD), which would you choose and why?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Standard interview preparation: read up on the various parts of my application, work my interviewers were doing and various interesting aspects of the school" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Beautiful new medical education center; recently renovated laboratories; enthusiastic students and faculty; the "downtown" bar area on Saturday night" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Iowa City is pretty small and the public transportation system seemed a little inadequate for how many students need to use it every day" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The format of the med school interview -- five questions + two "completely objective and expressionless" interviewers (closed file) + 25 minutes = weird" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The MD/PhD weekend is, overall, a fabulous experience -- a lot of time to talk to students/faculty and explore the city. The interview day is long, with the med school interview and four other MD/PhD interviews. I briefly summarize the med school interview below. The MD/PhD interviews were pretty standard, focusing largely on the research that I've done and my reasons for applying to a dual-degree program." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/17/2003

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