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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield
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?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"What type of extracurricular activities have you done?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is the biggest challenge you have ever encountered?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If everything you wanted came true in the next 10 years, where would you be?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, re-read essays, school's website and pamphlet" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The director of admissions told us about a study correlating MCAT scores to step 1 of USMLE. The study found that the MCAT is usually a great predictor of step 1 scores, except for at SIU where there are consistently students who had scored lower on the MCAT but above average on step 1. That problem-based-learning must really be something great if the students have that much improvement!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Acceptances are given out in three batches. The higher your score is on the AWPA list, the better chance that you will get accepted. They never offer more acceptances at one time than their max class size. So last year, to get a class of 72 they extended a total of 155 acceptances throughout application season, which is about half of those who interviewed." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Definitely a positive day. Totally chill, got to talk to some second years while waiting and they were very friendly and willing to talk to me. Very nice school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

What airport did you use?

spi

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/16/2007

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?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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