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

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Tell me about yourself and why you want to go into medicine." Report Response

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

"What kind of doctor do you want to be? (this seemed intentionally open-ended...maybe to see if you'd interpret "kind" as a specialty or if you'd talk about being compassionate or whatever)" Report Response

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

"What's a good book you've read recently and a good movie you've seen recently?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What would you do if you did not get accepted to any medical school (i.e. what else would you consider as a career path...simply saying apply again next year was not sufficient)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Didn't really" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I interviewed at the Rockford campus and was impressed with the more personal feel as opposed to the Chicago campus, the students all said they were happy with their choice of school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The students told us that 60% of the first year students at the Chicago campus fail at least one course and have to make it up during the summer, facilities are old, students in the tracks outside Chicago take 11 courses during their first year all at the same time, the school is very sink or swim due to its large size...also, despite students at Rockford saying they were happy with their choice of school, they seemed less than enthused to be there." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The Rockford and Peoria tracks are a sharp contrast to the impersonal feel of the Chicago campus. These tracks are much more geared towards students who want some personal attention, while the Chicago campus has the research dollars and opportunities, but very little personal attention from faculty. The 60% retake rate at the Chicago campus was also very surprising." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was held at the Rockford campus, and was only a half day, starting at 1pm. The day started off with short presentations from two deans and then a short tour with a student (the campus is tiny, so the tour is about 15 minutes). After that, there was some downtime, and then a short panel interview with an MD, PhD, and a student. Then we were free to go." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2005

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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