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  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Will it be necessary for you to maintain long-term relationships with patients? (this related to my stated interest in ER)? How flexible will you be about the other specialties (you might hate ER rotation)." Report Response

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

"Why Pritzker? Why Chicago?" Report Response

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

"Favorite show, movie (from student interviewer). " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Everything related to my file and from the conversations I had. The closest would be given your experiences with unethical practitioners in the law (I had remarked about a few cases I encountered but also pointed out that this was not the primary reason for my career switch), how would you react to a situation where you believed a doctor acted unethically or erronously? Nothing too out of the ordinary- Why Chicago? Why Pritzker? It was clear that they take a lot of time and effort to make sure that the right students are matched up with the school." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"My faculty interviewer had thoroughly reviewed my file and was citing items for further clarification/explanation that she felt members of the committee might bring up and she wanted to be as prepared to speak on my behalf as possible (ex. support system since I was from NY and never lived or even visited Chicago before, a grade in Chemistry, MCAT breakdown, diverse background and incorporation into my future career as a physician)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"reviewed Pritzker's web site, SDN, stayed with a student host and asked questions, visited classes" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything. I am a non-traditional student and prefer traditional lecture-based format to PBL. The classes were entertaining and well-organized (and of course, extremely informative). The students were all highly intelligent, articulate, genuine people who obviously cared about the school and each other (my student interviewer was representative of the class and we had a wonderful conversation and I hope we can be friends next year if I am fortunate enough to get in). I don't understand how anyone who visited the school can characterize Pritzker students as competitive with one another. They push themselves but they collaborate so everyone passes the classes (the system is pass/fail. Students tutor one another and even share review sheets). There are a number of older students at Pritzker and my student host (who is one of them) said that they refer to themselves as the "post-bac Mafia". To me, it showed what a good sense of fun everyone has. In addition, the administrative staff was fantastic and truly interested in making the process as painless as possible. The facilities highly impressed me- esp. the gross anatomy lab with the negative pressure air system. If anyone else has allergies like I do, know that you can barely smell the formalin (I have been to other schools where the smell nearly overwhelmed me). " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"That pepsi is in the soda machines. I am a diet coke fan-- but do not despair, they sell diet coke in the 2nd floor cafe. That is the only thing I can think to write. I know some people pick on Hyde Park. I thought it was charming. In addition, public transportation although decent is not as convenient as NYC (at least not that I saw in the New Hyde Park area). The chinese food in the area is pretty bad-- but that will be good for my diet." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How expensive it is to get a cab to O'hare- can we say $50! Ouch!! " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a very favorable impression of Pritzker before I went to the interview. I only rated the stress level as 8 because it is my first choice. If granted the privilege of admittance, I will definitely attend as I cannot imagine a better environment in which to spend my four years in medical school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/06/2005

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