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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why medicine? The interviewers only had the AMCAS personal statement. They did not have the MCAT scores either. So 2 of the 3 interviewers had some follow up questions on my personal statement." Report Response

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

"What do you do in your free time/ How do you relax/ What do you do for fun?" Report Response

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

"Most questions were based on my personal statement. What was interesting was that second interviewer asked me only one question. Rest of the time he was answering my questions. I felt bad about it in the end because it was like me asking him questions rather than him asking me questions." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you manage time for volunteering if you want to do serious research?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None really. They just wanted to know me more." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the feedback. Thought about the obvious questions like: a) Why medicine? b) Why UIC?" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Lot of things. They have new research facility going up. You can do your rotations at any other medical schools in Chicago area or elsewhere (I think it is true of most medical schools though). They seem to have cutting edge research facilities. I didn't understand why they are not ranked in top 50 research schools though. They told me that they were going into privately funded research now since the state funding has been decreasing constantly. I liked the attitude of the interviewer. I know medicine is a buyer's market (that is medical schools have the upperhand), but they made me feel that they were trying to sell the school to me rather than me trying to sell myself to them. They had lot of good volunteer opportunities in many minority communities around Chicago. They didn't seem to have an organized program for international medical experience. But then I have seen very few schools that do have organized program for international medical experience. Students have to take the initiative for such experiences at most schools." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Their facilities were old. You probably will see this at many places. But I don't think that old facilities would be a major factor in my decision. I guess we all like new facilities, but there is nothing wrong using the old facility if they work fine. In anatomy lab, students were not careful while handling formaldehyde. Some of the students had gloves (w/ formaldehyde) on while they used door handles, while others opened the doors without any protection." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I liked the school. The school had students matching into all the competitive residency specialities (but not at competitive places). About half of the students go into family medicine, and the other half go into specialities. The school has opportunities available. A student who is a self-starter and resourceful can take advantage of those opportunities and succeed. I would seriously consider going to the school if I get accepted." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/11/2004

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