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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?

3 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?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3 people interviewed. There are three separate interviews, each 30 minutes long. One interview is by a medical student, another by a doctor, and another by a PhD. All of them have your essays and personal statement. I don't think any of them had your numbers.

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)?

"Describe a hardship of yours." Report Response

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

"List two strengths and 2 weaknesses, and tell me how you are going to improve your weaknesses to be a better doctor." Report Response

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

"What is my level of cross-cultural understanding?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your emotional intelligence? (do you have realistic expectations for yourself and others?)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

No Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read through my personal statements and essays, looked through the school website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students seem to do very well on their exams, and go on to competitive residencies. Also get a ton of clinical experience sine there are so many hospitals associated with UIC." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The UIC buildings were kind of run down. Not a huge deal - but it was freezing outside and some rooms were warm, and other were blazing hot." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"What time the day would end. Where to park. The schedule for the day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview was the Chicago campus of UI. The admissions process is rolling, so the sooner you get your interview done, the better. The Chicago campus is quite big, and there are a lot of hospitals that are very close to the school. The students seemed happy, and the student population was very diverse. Living in Chicago seemed to be an issue based on cost and commuting, but the students seemed very happy living there. Lots of research opportunities are available for the students, both clinical and wet lab (too bad medical school is so time consuming). Also lots of opportunities to do additional degrees (MS, MPH, PhD) with an MD, and innovative ways to work with underserved populations (Umedicine, and Rmedicine programs)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

No Response

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?

Chicago South Loop Hotel

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/24/2010

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?

7 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

4 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

4 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?

"When offered an interview at the school you need to call in to set up the interview date. The person on the phone was really rude, and I was very unsure where online I could find the dates for the interviews that were being offered. I had to call in twice to get all the date written down and the locations the interviews would be. The person on the phone was quite rude, and very unhelpful. Also, they did not send me a confirmation email till almost a week after my scheduling of the date (4 days before the interview!). The email was very vague about what the day would be like, and what time the day would end, which makes it very challenging for those coming out of town. Basically, since my interview was in the afternoon (11:30 am slot), the day was: 11:30-12:15 Dean of school describes school !2:30-1:30 Lunch with med students 1:30-2 tour of campus 2-4:30 3 separate interviews" Report Response

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