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  • Northwestern University Feinberg School 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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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?

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)?

"Panel Question: A fourth year med student is on the wards, and a patient needs to have a feeder tube put in place. The student is at the top of her class and has no history of any problems. The procedure is to 1) place the tube, 2) chest x-ray, 3) have a resident sign off on it, 4) start feeding; however, the student starts feeding without having a resident check it off. The patient dies after having his lungs fill up with fluid. Turns out that the chest x-ray showed that the tube was obviously in the wrong place, and the student had forged the resident's signature. What should be done? (I said expulsion - she LIED by forging the resident's signature, and that kind of person doesn't need to be giving care to others. The other two said she should take a year off and rethink her future before coming back and finishing her career. I've dealt with cheaters before... they don't change.)" Report Response

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

"What's in your DVD player right now?" Report Response

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

"If the Russians invaded the US and said that no Irishmen could be doctors, what would you do for a living then? (It sounds crazy, but it corresponds to my answer to Question 2)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The Panel Question (See Below)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How did sharing a room with your brother influence who you are today?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Interview Feedback, School's Website, Reviewed AMCAS and my secondary" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The hospital is a chimera of mall and hotel - it's really nice. The students seem nice enough, though they look a bit overworked. I like their emphasis on service, and the location of the med school is simply amazing - half a block from the lake, and 2 blocks from the magnificent mile." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Cost of living of the surrounding area - $1200 for a one bedroom??? Also, the lack of ownership of cars - I just bought one this year, so if I'm going to turn around and sell it..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"FIRSTLY - there's breakfast, so don't get up early to eat! Also, there's a lot of downtime, so you can plan on doing something else that takes ~1h if you really want to, in the morning. Plus, there's a lot of construction in the area, so work that into your time of travel." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I stayed with my girlfriend's family in Highland Park over my Fall Break, so her mom drove me in on the morning of my interview. The day started off dreary - completely cloudy and rainy. I didn't realize how downtown the campus was until we got off on Ontario and were in the middle of it all - not too shabby. I got there at 7:20, and the doors to the admisisons office didn't open til 7:30, so I got to wait in the lobby with a few of my new friends. After breakfast (bagels, fruit, muffins, juice, coffee, water, etc.), we had a 20 minute orientation given by the associate dean of admissions. Afterward, we went back into the admissions office for a short break, during which time I got to know the other two people in my group interview. I was in the first batch of group interviews, from 9 - 10:15, so that was first. Questions were straightforward, though this varies from panel to panel. The group question was more difficult for me, as I had a different background than the other two, i think - in any case, if they were looking for strong morals and a willingness to stand by my opinions, they got it. If they wanted compromise, well... I think that was my only failing. After the panel interview, I had 1.25h to kill, so I wandered up to the lake and then to the magnificent mile - by then, the clouds had broken, the skies were blue, and the sun was shining - a gorgeous day (though it did prove to be the Windy City!) At 11:30, I had my individual interview, though the interviewer was more about making me relax and answering my questions than he was about grilling me. All-in-all, it was a really laid back time. At noon, the student guides picked us up and took us to lunch ($8 voucher) in the new hospital - it was awesome. Then we toured a patient room, the histo lab, the anatomy lab, a couple of classrooms, and then we went to the curriculum presentation and a mock PBL problem (speak up - it's fun, and it can't hurt!). After that was a reception by the Office of Minority Affairs or somesuch, and then it was back in the car for an eight hour drive home." 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/25/2005

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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