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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?

3 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?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"So, you're interested in medicine, and you're REALLY interested in business (so trying to sway me there...)...how do you plan on balancing both?" Report Response

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

"Flash forward 10 years...in what kind of environment do you see yourself practicing?" Report Response

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

"You're a poet?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

" ''Bassoon!'' <not really a question, referring to my lapel pin> ''What's up with that?'' <no joke>" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

" A hypothetical about end-of-life issues for a cancer patient. I struggled through a response, stating that my mother had just died two weeks prior due to cancer. Yeah, a bit rough." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

" Being my first one, I may have went over-the-top: Aside from SDN, reviewed AMCAS and several essays from apps and my History of Medicine seminar, FeedForward, practiced interview questions with Steph on the drive down." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

" Indianapolis: city is tight! Great restaurants and mall area; all entertainment is within walking distance of campus (if you're not lazy); there's a Shula's (best cheesecake ever). Riley is lovely - I got to meet with an endocrinologist the night before my interview; he gave me a tour of the clinics/neonatal ward/etc.; specialty departments at least at Riley seem to have NO understaffing problems. IU: expanding...eventually will be largest medical campus in U.S. Facilities, with exeption of the cadaver lab, are top notch, including library system. The ''skywalk to everywhere'' is nice. THE most organized MD/MBA program I've encountered is at IU. Personnel/interviewers: Friendly. Very nice receptionist in the microbio dept. Interviewers were a couple of jokesters...good attitudes, kept it relaxed, no complaints at all." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

" A few of the other interviewees, actually. I know we're all technically competing, but some should show a little humility and be open to stimulating conversation. I don't really like the prospect of going to one of the satellite campuses...this is probably what will be the ''turn-off'' (if any) for most applicants. Minor complaint: my interview was scheduled at a time that interrupted a talk by the Med School big cheese (this happened to a few of us who were scheduled in the afternoon). Would have liked to stay for that." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

" With all the walking I did downtown the night before, I wish I had brought my AND-1s... Many interested applicants may be disappointed to find out that the tour does not go through Riley, but merely showcases the lobby and McDonald's. I'd suggest you get the hookup there and get a tour the day before/after your interview as I did." Report Response

What are your general comments?

" Being an out-of-stater...and a white guy...facing IU's preferential policy toward Indy residents, I was told to expect to be grilled a little harder. And grilled I was. In the end, I took it as ''they musta liked me.'' Other non-Indy residents MIGHT expect a similar experience of tough questioning. For me, ethical scenarios and one of my interviewers playing devil's advocate for most of what I said made for a...stimulating...interview. I was even asked about a topic a second time, likely to see if they could get me to change my answer. Just being honest, sticking to my beliefs, and having an appropriate sense of humor kept it cool for me, and I gathered at least one of my interviewers appreciated that. Overall, it was painless, though a bit tough. I'm a tid bit jealous that others on SDN had such an easy interview. In the end, I got in everything I wanted to convey through them to the Committee. Good first experience for me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Day's Inn - downtown

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/03/2007

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?

5 out of 10

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