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  • Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Indianapolis
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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why Indiana?" Report Response

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

"My chronology... from test scores/class rank in high school... to my time spent in another career... to my activities since graduating." Report Response

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

"She asked me several probing questions about medications I took during an illness. I was uneasy by this line of questioning because I am no longer sick, so it seemed less relevant to my candidacy." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I voiced an interest in pursuing a joint M.D./M.P.H. with a professional focus on public health and community-based prevention. My interviewer asked me the other schools I applied to, which included several bigger name private medical schools. She asked if I would go to a private school over a public school, given that my interests were in public health. I missed the boat with this question... I thought she was asking me whether I needed a private university for the sake of a prestigious name (which is not of concern to me), when she really wanted to impress upon me that it might be better to pursue a public health focus in a public institution (although I don't understand why that has to be the case)." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"My interviewer pointed out that I was lacking in recent, long-term volunteer experience. It was hard to explain my reasoning for that without sounding like I was making lame excuses." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"IU Med School website was very helpful. I read lots of other StudentDoctor.net reviews, but I was not asked ONE SINGLE QUESTION that was listed on this website. (So don't be fooled... be prepared for anything...). I also read "Health Care Meltdown" by Rober LeBow before the interview... this book was IMMENSELY helpful in putting some current challenges of the U.S. Health Care system into context." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Every student I spoke with was VERY positive about the school. The interview was with a physician, in a casual atmosphere. There is a large focus on expanding IU's research capability, which should increase the prestige of the institution in the near future." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I'm from Los Angeles, so the culture shock of living in Indianapolis would take some adjustment. I stayed an extra night so I could explore the city, but it was pretty deserted once it got dark. The idea of spending my first two years at an even smaller satelite campus is not appealing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviewer was a child psychiatrist, which was good and bad. She had a very calming demeanor, that quickly eased my anxiety over the interview (this was my first medical school interview). I have a complicated background because I withdrew from a school due to an illness, took several years off and worked in another profession, then transferred to another school. My interviewer seemed VERY interested in understanding every aspect of my chronology, so she could place all of my accomplishments into context. I felt relaxed with her, and I was able to let my personality show. We even laughed at times during the interview. We ended up speaking for over 90 minutes, with her taking EXTENSIVE notes, and when I left I felt that she had really invested in getting to know me as a candidate. I was impressed by this. I am glad this was my first interview, because it was very low stress and some of her questions highlighted areas where I need to make stronger arguments in future interviews." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

IND

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Days Inn Downtown

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/04/2005

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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