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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?

10 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)?

"Tell me about yourself (all they have in the panel interview is demographic information, so you have the ability to dictate the information provided here...run with it!). I was then asked a couple of questions regarding the information I provided. As a non-traditional student, I was asked about how I would handle being the subordinate of people younger than me with much less experience in life." Report Response

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

"What do you believe are the most important qualities for a teacher to possess?" Report Response

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

"What would it mean for you to don the medical student white coat at Northwestern University?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"This one was related to my specific experiences as a non-traditional applicant, and would not be of much use to other applicants." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read through AMCAS and secondary applications again (for one-on-one, open file interview). Reviewed questions posted in this interview feedback forum. Read AMA News and JAMA for current events." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The attitudes of the students! Everyone was ecstatic about participating in the curriculum at Northwestern! The hospital facilities are amazing!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Absolutely nothing!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The quality of the hospital facilities is much better than I could have ever imagined. The curriculum has even more flexibility built into it in terms of research, dual degrees, etc. than I had initially realized." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day began with an breakfast and an orientation session. We then split up into our interview groups; some of us had our one-on-one, open file interview first, and others had their three-on-three, closed file, panel interviews first. We were given a sheet of paper that illustrated our interview times, and the individuals with whom we would be participating in the panel interview. Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know your fellow interviewees before the panel; it will certainly help put you at ease. The one-on-one interview was with a professor or one of the deans, and lasted 20 minutes. This was primarily an opportunity to review your file and provide any updates. I was asked about my interest in medicine during this interview. The panel interview lasted for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Each of the three interviewers took a moment to introduce themselves, and went out of their way to make us feel at ease. A series of individual questions was followed by a problem-solving exercise in which the three interviewees had to work together to solve a particular problem posed by the panel. The interviews were over by 11:45. We were then provided lunch at a small cafeteria in the Robert Lurie Research Building. The rest of the afternoon was filled with tours of the facilities, a dessert reception, and special interest briefings on MD/MPH and MD/MA programs. People were able to leave as early as 2:30 pm to catch flights. The interview day was shortened from previous years by removing a sample PBL session from the afternoon schedule. Overall, it was a great experience!" 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?

2-3 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?

ORD

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Fairfield Inn & Suites - East Ontario St.

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/01/2007

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?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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