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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"How did growing up on a farm shape your outlook on life and contribute to your interest in medicine?" Report Response

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

"As a physician, what steps could you personally take at a local/hospital level to make medical care less financially burdensome for uninsured patients/low income patients?" Report Response

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

"How do you think you will handle the stress of medical school based on your prior experiences with stressful situations?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How did growing up on a farm shape your outlook on life and contribute to your interest in medicine?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"As a physician, what steps could you personally take at a local/hospital level to make medical care less financially burdensome for uninsured patients/low income patients?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read through UIC's website, look at previous SDN respondents and researched medical ethics and current issues." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewers were all very interesting and personable--and the lunch was delicious too. Seriously, though, I also really liked the fact that the cadaver lab is on the top floor of the med school building. It has large windows and lots of natural sunlight--much nicer than every other one I've seen that are tucked away in a dark corner of the basement." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There was some down time because there are four interview time slots but only three interviews/candidate. As a result, I had about 30 minutes in the middle of my interviews where I just sat around in the lounge area. I could brought a book or something! Still, that's not a big deal." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing--I volunteer at an affiliated hospital, so I've picked the brains of several UIC med students and residents. UIC kind of has the reputation of being "correspondence school". Since it's all lecture, and since many of the profs aren't so great, many students don't even attend lecture. They form study groups and learn that way instead. You really need to be proactive because tuition isn't high enough to have anyone hold your hand. It probably makes you a better doctor in the long run though." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Very organized--Susan Stuecheli is really on top of things. The only reason I gave a 3 to the stress level was because my final interviewer gave some tougher questions and really tried to pin me down on "what would you do" types of questions (as though medicine is a black-and-white profession--whatever, he was a PhD). Otherwise, it was very conversational because the interviewers had no access to my GPAs, MCAT score(s) or even the majority of the UIC questions. All they had were my AMCAS essay and my answers to those "pick two of the four" supplemental questions. You are a blank slate, so it's all about how your present yourself. Will your personality fit with the "feel" of a state school?" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/10/2005

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