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  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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?

Open file

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

"Do you support to War in IRAQ? (Pick Yes or no) " Report Response

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

"Give me financial incentives/reform to reduce the cost of malpractice insurance for Obstetrics " Report Response

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

""I dont care about health policy/research or whatever people do on the Hill, I am a real doc on the front lines practicing on people" (Well it was not really a question as you can see)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why I think people choose certain specialties (radiology vs. derm vs. ER etc)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do I feel about the War in IRAQ " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read application over" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"everything BUT the interview. Although I interviewed at ROCKFORD and the campus was isolated." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The Interview. I had already been on a few interviews, but this was one very UNPLEASANT. It is the luck of your panel, mine was very abrasive and unfriendly for no apparent reason. No one really smiled or seemed interested in learning about me. Rather one doc asked me a series of difficult health economics questions and was unrelenting. He seemed bitter and tired and not interested in being there, more interested in being condescening towards me. Another M4 student asked me if i supported the US in Iraq. But when I tried to give a moderate answer, he cut me off and said he only wanted a "YES or NO" answer. I found this abrasive and irrelevant. I have middle eastern heritage so I felt very uncomfortable about this. I also have an advanced graduate degree, I have papers published, however they never asked about anything. Instead the doc berated research and claimed that he "is on the front lines of medicine actually seeing patients". I found this to be quite immature as he minimized my work in research and I had to defend the integrity of my work. This interview tested my patience and questioned my desire to attend UIC. The interview was anything BUT a "get to know you" opportunity like the nice people in the admissions office like to tell you. They did not leave me any time to ask questions. No one gave me feedback of any kind. Other students have had pleasant experiences, but I probably had the same panel as the other NEGATIVE posts for this School." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"a whole bunch" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"See above. the whole interview was bizzare and uncomfortable." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/06/2003

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