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

How did the interview impress you?


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?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


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

"What are your strengths/weaknesses? How would your friends describe you? If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? What problems do you think physicians (as a group) encounter? What are the most important issues in this election for you personally?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself. Based on the political candidates' campaigns, who do you think has the best health care plan and why? What makes doctors ''professionals'' versus a person that is really good at their job but not a ''professional''?" Report Response

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

"How would you teach ethics? What would you do if you were at a hospital that had a policy of not distributing contraception at all? Why medicine? What would you do if you didn't get in this year?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you teach ethics? (not me personally, just in general)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is the difference between being a ''professional'' in the ''profession'' of medicine versus just a regular job that you are good at?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read feedback on SDN, researched medical innovations and health care, familiarized myself with political stances on health care, reread personal statement and supplementary applications" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The interviewers were very nice and genuinely interested in your point of view and you as a person. Also, there were plenty of opportunities to talk to current students - during the interview (one of the interviewers is a current student), during the tour, and during lunch." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tour was really uninformative - they showed us a hallway in the hospital, the gym, a classroom, and the student center (which felt like a tunnel). I really wish they had shown us labs and more of the hospital." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That there are three seperate interviews and they are all closed file academically, meaning that they have read your personal statement and your supplementary application but have no idea what undergrad you went to or any specific extracurricular activities/medically related experiences unless it was mentioned in one of those. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I interviewed at the Chicago location. There were about 8 total interviewees in the morning and they didn't really welcome us - they just handed us folders and took us to the first interview. Also, the tour was just not that great or informative, some of the students seemed disillusioned (although I was glad to hear honest opinions) and the dean's welcome never happened because the dean was busy." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

6 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?


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


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

6 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Do a ''welcome'' at the beginning - it just promotes a higher level of feeling comfortable." Report Response

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