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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

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)?

"What kind of doctor do you want to be?" Report Response

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

"What would you do if a long-time smoker, age 65, came to you and refused to quit smoking? " Report Response

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

"There were questions basically pertaining to my application." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you do if a long-time smoker, age 65, came to you and refused to quit smoking? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What to do with the 45 million uninsured? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"AMCAS, supplemental application, SDN, student website, websites about ethics and health care." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I toured at the Chicago campus, and was impressed by the fact that the students took the initiative to change the curriculum regarding the testing schedule. Also, I was amazed by how friendly everybody was, from the admissions staff to the interviewers to random students. The medical students seemed down to earth and satisfied with the medical education they were receiving. This place is modest when it comes to boasting about their curriculum and facilities on their website, but when you tour, you will find that they, too, have a new and amazing fitness center. The anatomy lab is on the top floor, and is well-lit. The grading is honors, pass, fail, and everybody can pass if they do the work. In addition, they have an excellent standardized pt. program that is videotaped, so you learn clinical skills early on. of Also, I love the fact that UIC is situated in the heart of Chicago proper, and you will having amazing clinical experiences during the 3rd and 4th years. Finally, to quote one of my interviewers, this place is a "smorgasbord" in regards to the opportunities that abound, from earning dual degrees like MD/MPH, MD/MBA, and MD/PhD to finding research opportunities after M1. They also have a UMed program, which offers courses specifically for the health concerns in an urban population." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only thing I didn't like about the interview day was having to run around from building to building to find my interviewers. It makes the situation kind of stressful if one of your interviews runs a little long, and you only have 10 min. to rush to the next one. It all worked out, though, so no real complaints." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My day started out early, with a morning interview schedule. They were back-to-back, 30 min. long, with a Ph.D., medical student, and an M.D. It was pretty low-stress, as the interviewers just wanted to get to know me better. Afterwards, there was a talk on the various tracks, and then a great lunch. Susan Steucheli was very kind and *surprisingly* remembered my name (an amazing feat given the fact that so many people apply to this school). The random students I talked to gave unsolicited comments that really helped put this school at the very top of my list -- they're honest, REAL, and truly satisfied with their medical school experience. This school is as tightly-knit as you want it to be, but nobody is going to hold your hand. Sounds good to me!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/15/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

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