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  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

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?

7 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?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why medicine?" Report Response

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

"What are you looking for in a medical school?" Report Response

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

"Why UIC?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What are three recent break-throughs in medicine?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Three questions asking in the following order: Why UIC? Why UIC if you got into another Chicago-area school? Why UIC if you got into Northwestern? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, UIC web site" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Laid-back non-competitive student body, great location, research." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The facilities." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I was glad I'd read SDN the night before. I read about the ''3 medical break-throughs'' question, and got asked it at my first interview! If you say ''stem cell research,'' be sure to be able to answer some questions about the technology itself! I winged it, and think I did fine." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The students and faculty I met were nice, laid-back and friendly, and the clinical training amazing. I also loved the location downtown. However, the facilities were pretty worn (1930's dark musty building, microscopes for histology instead of online slides & computers, etc.), and didn't stand up so well in comparison with other facilities I've seen. The student resources/computer lab/lounge area is in the basement. While the facilities were lacking, and the curriculum pretty lecture-heavy, the clinical training is great the first two years, and amazing the last two years. I felt like UIC probably offers some of the best clinical training opportunities around. If you can see past the facilities, I think this school offers a great medical education. I recommend the afternoon interview slot since you get the dean's presentation, the tour, and lunch with other interviewees first, and then your three interviews (one was a PhD, one an MD, and one a 2nd year student). If you do the morning interview, you have your three interviews first, and then join the afternoon interviewees for the presentation, tour and lunch. Going for the afternoon interview gives you a lot more to talk about during your interviews. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

2 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/21/2007

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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