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  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Milwaukee
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"How would you fix American healthcare? (I said I didn't have a good answer, and he said "That's as good an answer as anything else you could have said, because no one else has come up with anything." WHEW!)" Report Response

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

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

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

"An ethical question, describe a difficult time in your life, describe a time you were a leader, what are three qualities a physician should possess, and see above. Good luck!! :)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Who are you voting for in November?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you feel about American foreign policy?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read MCW website several times, read up on healthcare issues in Princeton Review's Med School book, mock interview" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were great! Everyone I talked to was very nice and supportive - they kept wishing us "Good luck" and telling us to relax, and didn't mind hanging out and talking to us. They were also very informative about the pros and cons of the school. I also really liked the facilities - everything is practically brand new! Finally, I will find out soon if I'm accepted or not (in about a week)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The school itself is pretty much one building (which is attached to the hospitals via walkways); I was expecting multiple buildings, but I actually kind of like the fact that there's only one. Also, I knew it would be cold, but I didn't think it would be REALLY cold ;)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day starts with a free lunch in the cafeteria. It's a good opportunity to relax before the interview and get to know the other interviewees. Then there is a de-briefing at 12:30, at which point interviewees are divided into two groups. Group one has interviews (2, half hour each) first, then a presentation on financial aid and a tour. Group two has the presentation/tour first. I was in group one, so my interviews were first. My first one was with a fourth year medical student, and it was awesome! We really just had a nice conversation during which he asked me some questions about my experiences and my opinions on medicine, doctors, healthcare, etc. Nothing intense, and he really helped put me at ease. For my second interview, I met with a PhD. That was interesting, to say the least. He greeted me nicely and asked how I liked MCW so far, then he leapt into the TOUGH questions: he gave me an ethical dilemma, asked why healthcare costs are so high, asked my opinion on affirmative action, wanted to know my view on American foreign policy, and even asked who I was going to vote for!! Some of those questions made me a little uncomfortable, to say the least, and every time he asked me a question he stared behind me, or held his head, or looked at his hand! It was very distracting, but I know he did that to another interviewee, so maybe that's just how he does things. From what I heard from other interviewees, however, this second interview was not a standard MCW interview experience. So if you get that guy, just try to stay calm and don't panic! " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2004

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