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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 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)?

"1) Talk about yourself 2) What is on your MP3 player? " Report Response

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

"3) What non-academic book have you read recently? 4) How would you explain to a 2yr old how to brush his teeth? " Report Response

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

"5) 8yr old child is in a car accident and requires surgery and a blood transfusion, but the parents are Jevohah's witnesses, what do you do? 6) What non-traditional qualities will you bring to medical school (can't talk about grades, volunteer experience, etc.) 8) Are you worried about the transition back to medical school? 7) Group Question: What are the top 6 medical discoveries of all time? (unranked)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would I explain to a 2yr old how to brush his teeth?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is on my MP3 player these days?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I copied down every question posted here over the past two years and wrote down an answer for each one. I ended up with about 100 questions. And PRACTICE them in front of the mirror, to your favorite statue, or to your dying plant. I RECOMMEND you do that as well unless you have incredible interview powers like Vin Diesel." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nothing in addition to what's been said here. It's in the best part of Chicago. Imagine going to med school in Union Square, SF; downtown Manhattan, NYC, the red light district, Amsterdam, next to Stubbs BBQ in Austin, TX. Just awesome locations." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much, it was absolutely freezing the day I arrived." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"No surprises - but it is a long day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Well, if you read the last 100 posts here you will get an idea of what it is like at NU. So I won't rehash what everybody already knows. But I will discuss the Panel Interview in some more detail. The purpose of this interview is to have you talk about stuff, anything really. They want to gauge your communication skills, your impromptu thinking abilities, and your ability to express weird and abstract concepts that you would otherwise never do. Note that these qualities are also quite important in PBL - you must be able to interact with your fellow students and mentors. This is why I recommend you study and prepare as hard as you can, because they will ask you questions that have been posted before and even some that have not. My main problem with the Panel Interview is it is not a dynamic Q/A/Q/A discussion between you and your interviewer. There are times I wanted to follow up on a question or expand on what someone else said, and you can't do that. It's like a firing squad of questions. As soon as you finish with one question your fellow candidate is asked another question. All this said - I felt I performed quite well. I had prepared for my group question in advanced and I think it killed it during the group problem session at the end. One last thing - it is so interesting to hear other candidates answer questions. One candidate seems to clearly contradict himself but he didn't catch on to that. Most of the answers you here are stock answers, completely transparent. Ethics this, injustice that, helping the unfortunate here, i'm intellectual because my favorite movie is something that sounds completely boring.... I think one will have a superior interview if you not only show depth in thought but also some passion, personality, and sound like a real person. It is more impressive to sound like a pragmatist than an idealist. I'll list all of the questions I can remember below..." 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 primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2005

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

9 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?

8 out of 10

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