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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"What small group settings have you worked in? (PBL)" Report Response

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

"How did you prepare for the MCAT, are you satisfied with your results?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your shadowing/research?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about your family" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Illinois? (I had a different state residency last year)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, AMCAS application, SIU website, researched my interviewers (you will know who they are weeks ahead of time) and PBL, talked to some students from the school" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"small class size, low stress/ family-like enviroment, PBL sound like a great learning method (especially for part 2 of the new USMLE), low cost, exposure to patients from the first week" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"first year in Carbondale (but all of the students said it was wonderful)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I'm glad I did a little research about the PBL system. The only questions that could throw you during the interview relate to the PBL system and how you would fit in." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Bring something to read and eat, because you will have a little down time b/t interviews. This is a comprehensive but no-frills interview process. You will have to find your way to your interview rooms (unless you are lucky enough to have a student take you), there is no breakfast/lunch set up for you and you are pretty much on your own...but this all probably goes hand in hand with being a self directed learner, which they stress. The interviews are relaxed and stress free. Both of my interviews, one with a student and another with a faculty member who was also an alumni, were more of a casual conversation where they tried to get to know me on a more personal level. They did their best to put me at ease and make me feel comfortable. I stayed at the Best Inn, located 3 blocks from the school. You can go to orbitz and reserve a room for $32...it is not a high class hotel, but it definatley works if you don't want to spend a lot of money." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/09/2004

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