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  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

4

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What has been your biggest failure?" Report Response

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

"If a physician were a player on a football team, what position would he/she play?" Report Response

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

"Do you go on studentdoctor.net? Do you think it corrupts the interview process? (Well cut off my legs and call me shorty - I guess I'm a corrupter for having posted all this!)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If a physician were a player on a football team, what position would he/she play? Also the group question: Create a reality show where the winner gets a full ride to medical school." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What has been your biggest failure?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"It was my first interview, so I did a lot of research on the school and practiced verbalizing answers to the expected questions to myself." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The location is indescribably fantastic, and everyone I met was so passionate about Chicago. Chi-town is definitely the place to be, thanks to Obama! The facilities are lovely and I like the curriculum (although as I've interviewed at other schools I've learned that it's not unique to Northwestern, as they would lead you to believe). The students I met were friendly. The learning environment seems laid back and very collegial. I came away feeling like NW was a great fit for me, and the feeling must have been mutual as I was accepted in November." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The class size is rather large (175). There was a lack of visible diversity (both ethnic and geographic - everyone I met on my interview was white and from the midwest). Also, the folks who led our PBL session in the morning acted somewhat paternalistic towards us. If that's a reflection of the actual experience, it's off-putting." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That all the time I've wasted watching ANTM and Project Runway over the years actually helped me get in to a top-20 medical school! (see "most interesting question" below). I find this hilarious." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was very impressed by Northwestern and am ecstatic to have an acceptance there. With that being said, I've learned a lot as I've gone to other interviews, and I don't think Northwestern is as unique as it markets itself to be. This may sounds cynical, but in the end I think that all upper-tier medical schools will give you more or less the same education and opportunities, so things like "mall-like facilities!" and "an innovative PBL curriculum!" aren't huge selling points for me. Location, on the other hand, definitely is, and NW gets a big freaking gold star in that category." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

ORD

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/07/2008

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 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?

8 out of 10

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