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  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
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?

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)?

"Tell me about yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Report Response

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

"What do you think about socialized medicine? What is the biggest problem in health care right now? How would you fix health care? Why UIC? How many uninsured people are there in the US? How many underinsured?" Report Response

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

"What kind of medicine do you think you would like to pursue? What type of clinical exposure have you had? What are you doing in your year off? Is health care a right or a privilege?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing. I felt like everything was pretty standard." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing really. The more aggressive interviewer caught me off guard right at the start, but I managed to comeback and defend my views, I think." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Re-read my personal statement, my old research notes, all supplemental essay materials, read two books on health care policy (LeBow and Bodenheimer), interview feedback on SDN (prepared a list of 60+ possible questions), and read many times over the website info." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How the students (all MS4s) emphasized about how well they were being prepared for their residencies compared to other schools. Most students seemed happy with the school, but didn't get to really meet any other than the ones who were supposed to interview or be tour guides. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The buildings. Very very old, but then again so is most of Chicago. The anatomy lab was shown to us, and it reeked of preservatives and chemicals used in histology, but then again that is sort of to be expected." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How to specifically use the train system and how to get to office once you get off the train." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, a school that didn't really change my views about it too much. Still relatively neutral about it. The day (for afternoon sessions) starts with the Dean's Welcome (about 30-45 min), then you have lunch with some students (M3, M4s), then you have a short tour for about 45 minutes. Then you are all sorted off individually to interviews. The admissions staff take you to each of your locations, so you're never lost. :) For some reason, I got many more questions than what seems to be the standard (3) per session. It was rapid-fire question and answer for all 3 interviews. Here are some more questions, that I didn't list below: 1. What recent advances in science do you think will change the face of medicine in the near future? OR Which field of medicine do you think will change the most in the future? (I had to pause for a few seconds to think about this.) 2. Does your school offer courses that teach you how to do research before you actually go into lab? (My answer was no, but for some reason the interviewer decided he wanted to debate the usefulness of the class for 5 minutes.) 3. What do you do to relieve stress? 4. What do you think will be the most difficult part of medical school? (Got drilled on this by 2 out of 3 interviewers.)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

O'Hare

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?

Wyndham O'Hare

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2008

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?

3 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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