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"They definitely want to get to know you as a person"
"How would you compare the U.S. healthcare system to other healthcare systems? What are some of the faults of the U.S. healthcare system?"
"Give an example of being a person for others."
"What is one of your biggest weaknesses?"
"What is an example of a time you served and underserved community and how did it impact you?"
"Tell me about a weakness you have"
"How do you think you’ll acclimate to living in Chicago?"
"Why do you think you got the score you did on your MCAT?"
"Coming from your background etc., how will you be able to relate to people/patients of various cultures and races different from yourself?"
"Complete the sentence: My friends love me so dearly that they put up with my ______."
"What are your hobbies?"
"Very specific questions/talking points from my application. They had done a VERY detailed review."
"How would your friends describe you, and where do those qualities stem from? (i.e. if I said my friends would say I was kind, interviewer would say "what do you think made you kind/why are you kind?")"
"Why Loyola? It is open-file. Your numbers are secret though (no MCAT/GPA)."
"A lot about my research; Why do you want to be a doctor?; Why Loyola?"
"What do you think about France's ban on child beauty pageants?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"What stresses you? How would your best friend describe you? How would you deal with (insert medically relevant challenge) as a future physician?"
"what is my interest in medicine"
"discuss an ethical dilemma (you chose which ethical dilemma)"
"Describe your ideal medical school."
"Why/how would you fit in here?"
"Tell me about a research project of yours?"
"Describe X,Y,Z activities"
"Ethical dilemma "
"(interviews are semi-open file: no access to GPA/MCAT) Why medicine?/ Why Loyola?/ Have you thought about other career choices?"
"Researcher: Why Loyola, How do you think doctors use science and analytical skills to practice. We mostly had an informal discussion about science and how it pertains to medicine. "
"What are the ethical issues the medical field is facing?"
"What superpower would you want and why?"
"Why Loyola, Why medicine, tell me about such and such experience."
"Tell me about your research."
"Why do you want to go to medical school?"
"tell me about your family. How are you going to adjust moving away from them?"
"What do you want to know? The first interviewer was very interested in answering any questions I had about the school."
"Talk with me about an ethical issue in medicine and present both sides"
"describe any bioethics issue on your mind."
"Why did you choose your undergraduate college?"
"Explain shadowing experiences."
"Tell me about yourself. What led you to Loyola today? Tell me about your family/undergrad/jobs after college. Why did you go to your undergrad? Why did you choose your major? Big focus on talking about my clinical experience, volunteer pursuits and travel abroad."
"What is one weakness you have that you are trying to change?"
"What are some other careers you have considered? "
"Why Loyola? Why medicine?"
"What do you think about equity in healthcare?"
"tell me about x, y, z experience"
"How do you think your friends would describe you if I asked them what you were like and what your strengths were?"
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
"What is the biggest problem with the US healthcare system? (Both my interviewers asked this)."
"What are some of the current problems facing medicine?"
"Biggest ethical problems facing medicine today"
"What is a major problem facing US health care and what can we do to fix it?"
"Why Loyola? Why Medicine? ...the obvious ones"
"Why did you take time off after college?"
"Why medicine/why Loyola?"
"Why medicine? Why Stritch? Why take you over 3 other candidates?"
"Tell me a little more about two of your volunteering experiences."
"what do you do in your free time."
"Why do you like Spanish? Are you a published writer? Why Loyola?"
"The illegal alien question."
"What can be done to help the uninsured children in the United States?"
"An unconscious Jehovah's witness needs a blood transfusion to live, but the family adamantly refuses because of religious reasons. Do you still do it?"
"What I've been doing since college."
"What do you see yourself doing with medicine in 10 years? How do you plan to use your MPH? "
"You discover a fellow physician is using drugs or alcohol. What do you do about it?"
"Have you considered other career options? Why didn't you choose them? Describe why you want to be a physician?"
"Mostly tons of questions about my background from my file (which both interviewers knew VERY well)."
"Favorite undergraduate course"
"If you were a psychiatrist and a patient came in for a psychiatric consultation but told you his insurance doesn't cover it and requests you bill the appointment as a diabetes consultation, would you do it?"
"Describe your research."
"What do your parents do?"
"What are your reasons for applying to Loyola again?"
"Why did you choose to go to (your college)?"
"When did you decide to be a doctor?"
"Where are you from originally?"
"How do I feel about pharmacists being required to fill perscriptions for emergency contraceptive?"
"What do you think about stem-cell therapy?"
"About my independent research study on autism."
"what do you do for fun?"
"Terri Schiavo case"
"talk alot about extra curriculars: research, volunteering, jobs, hobbies."
"Having travelled, what can you say about foreign health care policies? Compared with U.S. healthcare?"
"Asked to describe personal experiences"
"So, your interview all comes down to this, Sox or Cubs fan?"
"What do you think is one of the biggest problems in health care today?"
"why do you want to be a doctor specifically, and not a member of another healthcare level? (asked by both)"
"What is the greatest problem in the healthcare system today?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor/why loyola"
"Describe how you came to choose medicine."
"Would you be comfortable going to school in Chicago? "
"what is the biggest problem facing healthcare in the US (standard question)"
"If I could guarantee you admissions to the medical school of your choice right now, on the condition that you had to commit to practicing one field of medicine for the next twenty years, what would it be?"
"Other than the ones mentioned above, why medicine, is anyone else in my family a doctor? How do you like your university?"
"What is one controversial medical ethics issue that you find interesting?"
"Basic stuff about my AMCAS"
"Why did you choose to go to (insert college or university)"
"What are your weaknesses and strengths?"
"How did you come about the decision to go into medicine?"
"Why Loyola, and not a state school that is much cheaper?"
"They referenced my AMCAS application and my Loyola essays and asked me to explain experiences"
"Tell me about your family."
"Why did you choose medicine over research?"
"What do you think about stem cells?"
"What problems are there in the health industry today?"
"Tell me a little about (pick an experience from the AMCAS)"
"What makes you interested in Loyola verses your state medical school which would be cheaper"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why medicine? Why Loyola?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why Loyola? What specialty? What other careers have you considered? (The standard med school interview fare.)"
"Terri Schavio case: What would I do?"
"Tell me why you want to be a doctor?"
"How would you change our medical system?"
"Why do you want to be a physician? And, what have you done to support your desire?"
"About the recent Terri Schiavo case and whether to continue keeping her alive and it's cost effectiveness. (Spurred by our conversation on my past economics courses)."
"Everything pertained to my file."
"What has been the most meaningful growth experience?"
"Tell me about how you became interested in medicine."
"Why medicine? Why Loyola?"
"Why do I do service?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing physicans today?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Strengths and weaknesses"
"Why do you think people choose the medical specialty they do? How do you feel about the space shuttle failure? What are you looking for in a medical school? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor, and why do you want to go to Loyola? (pretty standard)"
"all stuff specific to my app besides the general questions asked everywhere"
"What do you think about HMO's? "
"Why medicine...why loyola?"
"Tell me about your extracurriculars."
"Tell me about your family"
"How does the weather in Chicago compare to Pennsylvania(where I'm from)?"
"Tell me about your major and extracurriculars."
"Why do you want to be a doctor, why not an EMT? Why Loyola? What are you looking for in a med school? What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"Tell me your story, and when/why you decided to go into medicine"
"What is the most important ethical issue doctors face today, and how would you address it?"
"What are your weaknesses? "
"Where else are you applying?"
"Ethical question: What would you do if... You had a 3 year old child who needed a blood transfusion to save his/her life but the parents did not want to proceed with the transfusion because of their strict religious beliefs."
"Tell me about yourself"
"What is your biggest strength and weakness?"
"What is it like to be you?"
"Tell me a way that a volunteer experience has impacted you."
"What was your process in choosing Loyola?"
"What would you do if you couldn't work as a physician?"
"What do you think makes a strong leader?"
"How would you go about motivating a child with few positive role models and a disadvantaged status to achieve more? How could you help to empower children and change this cycle in society? (prefaced this by saying "Ok, I'm going to challenge you here..")"
"Do you know what a Jesuit is?"
"What direction do you see healthcare taking in the next 10 years, and how do you see yourself fitting into the system?"
"Tell me about (this EC)?"
"What was your MCAT score?; Tell me about your experience shadowing doctors."
"What do you think about active versus passive euthanasia?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why medicine (and why do you want to be a doctor instead of nurse)?"
"Is there a book you've read that you found inspiring? Why?"
"If you caught a fellow colleague stealing medications from a locked box, what would you do? Would you perform euthanasia on an 80 year old patient who has one year left to live, is suffering immensely, cannot be helped by any treatments, and specifically asks for your help to be euthanized? Know state laws on euthanasia, especially Illinois."
"what do i like about loyola?"
"tell me about your undergraduate extracurriculars"
"What was your favorite class (non-science and science)?"
"My first interviewer was a PhD, so he focused primarily on asking about one research experience and picked specific community outreach experiences."
"Plastic Surgeon: How does your dad feel about how healthcare is today (My dad is a doctor) We talked a lot about my background. Most difficult moment? It was very laid back and informal, we really mostly had a chat. "
"Would you have a problem treating a patient if it went against your moral beliefs?"
"If President Obama called me and asked me how he can improve the US healthcare system, what would I tell him?"
"Very conversational for the most part but both interviewers did want to see that I had questions about the school and that I really was interested in Stritch."
"You grew up in Turkey? Tell me about that?"
"How was "____________" experience? (They asked about research, volunteer, academic experiences listed on my application.)"
"What strengths would you bring to the role of physician?"
"Tell me about this experience (for several things)"
"Why loyola? Why medicine? What do you do for fun? Is this your first interview?"
"If you had to pick a specialty right know and stick with it through residency what would it be?"
"Have you experienced any ethical issues that you've seen or heard about it? Perhaps in the news?"
"Tell me about your research experiences"
"Tell me about this experience."
"How do you think the Jesuit experience would be for you?"
"Why medicine? Why Loyola?"
"If you could be accepted into your top choice medical school right now if you signed a contract committing to one specialty, what would it be?"
"How did you choose your major?"
"Tell me something about yourself that I can't just read in this stack of papers (personal statement, amcas activities, supplementary app). You are more than just a few pieces of paper aren't you?"
"tell me about your family"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Why Loyola/Medicine? "
"Describe your leadership experience."
"Do you think spirituality holds any place in medicine? (The conversation had drifted, and I'm not sure that this would be a question posed normally)"
"As a nontraditional student do you regret taking time off since other students your age are matching this week"
"Why did you choose your major? (Economics)"
"Questions about the research I participated in."
"Tell me 4 important qualities you feel every phsyician should have. "
"Tell me about your family? What do you do for fun?"
"What are some problems with US healthcare?"
"Why were you researching the specific project that you did? "
"With all of the hardships that doctors face, long hours, politics, insane amounts of paperwork, and other negative things, why do you still want to be a doctor?"
"Talked about my research experience"
"Problem of underinsured/insured"
"How did you arrive at the decision to do medicine?"
"Why did you volunteer at...?"
"What made you want to pursue medicine?"
"tell me about your international experiences."
"Why medicine? Is anyone in your family in the medical field? How did you choose your undergrad?"
"Describe an ethical situation and tell me about the issues involved."
"What can you bring to the Loyola student body?"
"Why did you volunteer at X?"
"Motivations for entering medicine."
"What about your personality makes you a good fit wealth our institution?"
"Tell me a failure that you've had."
"How did you chose medicine?"
"One of my interviewers presented a case to me where an organ donor matched with his or her recipient on-line. He asked whether I thought that the transplant should be sanctioned."
"Tell me about your family....are they supportive of your decision to go to medical school?"
"Questions about my extracurriculars."
"If a patient comes in to see you and tells you he/she has AIDS but pleads with you that you don't document it because he/she will lose insurance coverage, would you do it? (Different interviewer than one from first question)."
"What was your favorite undergraduate course?"
"Tell me about something you think is a serious problem with the current state of medicine. "
"Why did you serve so long in the Army? "
"Why not go to a state school where the tuition is cheaper?"
"Why do you want to go to Loyola?"
"What do you do when you are not being pre-med?"
"How have you enjoyed your day?"
"Why will I be a good fit with Loyola?"
"What would you do about the 45 million uninsured?"
"What do you know about our Jesuit influence?"
"how do you handle stress?"
"give an ethical issue and discuss all sides "
"what is the biggest problem in healthcare today? how would you remedy it?"
"What is healthcare's biggest problem?How do you think it can be fixed?"
"tell me about a problem?"
"What are your strengths? Weaknesses?"
"What are some current problems in medicine?"
"What is biomedical engineering?"
"why loyola? (asked by both)"
"Should mandatory screening for HIV be permitted when applying for a job?"
"Tell me about yourself/your family"
"Do you know how to flyfish? "
"Explain your current job"
"pick an ethical issue and defend your position"
"How has your work and volunteer experience effected your choice to be doctor?"
"Favorite movie, comedy, book, hobby."
"How do you relax? What are your volunteer experiences? What type of medicine would you like to practice?"
"Why were you interested in Loyola?"
"Why did you want to become a doctor?"
"Why Loyola? (asked by both interviewers)"
"Went through most of secondary experiences on AMCAS."
"Why do you think you would make a good doctor?"
"Where do I see myself in ten years"
"Why medicine? Why Loyola?"
"What are some of the negative aspects of medicine that you have been warned about or exposed to?"
"What is the largest issue facing medicine in America today?"
"Why a doctor and not an EMT or PA?"
"Why are you interested in Loyola?"
"Where do you see your medical practice going"
"Questions about my athletic career."
"Why did you choose a psychology major? How is it at the University of Iowa?"
"What would you do if medicine was not an option anymore?"
"What are some issues in medicine today that you find important?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why are you interested in coming to Loyola?"
"Problems in medicine today. (Quite a few of the questions shot one right after the other from the usual list you see online and from advisors)"
"What specialty do you see yourself persuing?"
"Why not vet med?"
"How do you see yourself 10 years from now?"
"How did I become the person I am today?"
"Tell me how you decided or what influenced you to become a physician and the events that reinforced your decision."
"Why not some other profession?"
"What are you doing now (i took a year off)"
"How are your people skills? What do you know about Loyola? What is our motto? (something about treating the human spirit) Why did you apply here?"
"Do you think that doctors have an ethical responsibility to gain their patient's trust?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Tell me about your research experience."
"Tell me about ethical dilemmas in medicine."
"Do you think that physicians have a moral obligation to establish the trust of their patients? Why do we require our doctors to be good people as well as good physicians?"
"How did your observations of your father at work as a physician affect your decision to enter medicine?"
"Tell me about your school. How do you feel about research?"
"What was the toughest obstacle you faced in your life, and how did you overcome it?"
"What was your favorite/most challenging class?"
"What are you looking for in a medical school. "
"How do you feel about abortion?"
"What specialty are you most interested in & why"
"Why Loyola SSOM?"
"Many questions in regards to my activities"
"Tell me about your most meaningful patient interaction."
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?"
"Tell me about your family. (first question)"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What do you think your greatest challenge will be as a doctor?"
"Are you a leader or a follower?"
"If everything went perfectly, what kind of medicine would you practice? If there were no more jobs for doctors, what else would you do?"
"What do you know about Stritch."
"Questions about my secondary application."
"Tons of questions were asked about specifics on both my AMCAS and supplemental applications. Also, why medicine, why loyola, what do you do for fun, and the more usual questions like the ones mentioned below."
"asked about what playing a division 1 sport has taught me and how it can be applied to success in medicine"
"What difficulties will you have in becoming/being a physician?"
"Tell me about your favorite extracurricular activity?"
"Why Loyola/ why medicine"
"My second interviewer was a MD, so he focused on my motivations for medicine and family life."
"What are you most proud of, greatest achievement?"
"Would it be difficult for you to go to school connected to the Catholic Church."
"Tell me a bit more about you. Why medicine? "
"All of them were very conversational. Discuss an ethical issue."
"Have you been to Chicago? What do you like about it?"
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"What is one thing on your application that you wish were improved?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"I see that you have done quite a bit of research, what role do you want research to play in your career?"
"Specific stuff from my app they wanted to talk more about... how was experience X? what was most interesting thing you saw shadowing here?"
"What was your MCAT score? They don't have this information, and I got the impression that they don't usually ask, but the conversation was steered in that direction."
"What will you do if you don't get in to medical school?"
"Tell me about your clinical experience."
"timeline of exposure/interest/affirmation to study medicine traced by interviewer. ie. When did you first consider medicine? After college what did you do? etc.. "
"What is the biggest issue facing healthcare today?"
"What volunteer experience most affected you?"
"What do you think about healthcare today? Stengths/challenges/what would you change/how do you see yourself practicing medicine?"
"Why did you pick your undergraduate institution?"
"What are some of the healthcare issues in your home state?"
"Awareness of issues in health, specifically euthanasia (related to health ethics course). "
"What are some characteristics all doctors should possess?"
"what are your strengths...weaknesses?"
"Why do you think you'd be a good fit for Loyola? What in particular do you like about the school?"
"What is your stance on euthanasia? (he actually brought up many different scenarios concerning the topic...)"
"Describe your volunteer work."
"Lots of specific questions about my job, papers I'd written, and other EC's "
"what are your feelings on euthanasia"
"Tell me about yourself, brothers/sisters, what do your parents do, what do you like to do..."
"What can you tell me about yourself that is not in this file? What makes you special?"
"What are some major ethical issues facing medicine today?"
"Get to know you questions, all from my AMCAS"
"What's your favorite movie? My interviewer mentioned that no one ever names a comedy off the bat...pretty interesting that most name some epic or war-related movie... mine was Jurassic Park and Harold and Kumar"
"What personal characteristice do you need to work on or improve?"
"tell me about your European values "
"Talked about transition to Chicago"
"Tell me about your role in research and what you gathered from this experience. (maybe a harder one because my research was NO fun whatsoever, and I didn't gain ONE thing from it!!!!)"
"Why not (other career)? Why medicine?"
"What is a problem with healthcare in the US?"
"i'd just like to point out that while i got asked why medicine, i didn't get asked one single ethical question!"
"What field of medicine are you looking into? Tell me about X experience. How is health care in Y country different from in the States?"
"What are some current ethical issues and events surrounding those issues? "
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Can more be done to help sub-Saharan Africa with HIV or have we done enough?"
"What's your biggest weakness? How do you think this will affect your ability to serve others as a physician?"
"Questions about my study abroad/extracurriculars/work experience."
"How do you feel about health disparities and what would you recommend be done to address this problem?"
"What are your clinical experiences? "
"Is your family supportive of your choice to go into medicine? Is there anyone who hasn't been supportive of you in this?"
"So you're from California. What was it like growing up there? How do you think living in the Chicago area will be different - especially culturally?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today?"
"Identify a problem with the current healthcare system."
"How do you define death? Can we die more than once (in reference to patients being resuccitated)? Also both interviewers asked the 'Why Medicine?' question."
"Why not M.D./Ph.D?"
"There were only 3 people interviewing on my day...makes for a very different dynamic than hanging out with 10-15 applicants at other schools."
"What types of bioethics situations have you faced in your careers?"
"What do your parents do?"
"What is your understanding of the whole medical education process, from medical school, to residency, and finally as an attending?"
"Explain an ethical issue."
"Questions about my research or community service...ethical questions"
"What is the biggest problem facing medicine?"
"What do you think about the problem of the growing number of uninsured people in the country?"
"Do you have a specific specialty that you are leaning towards?"
"Which experience has most shaped my desire to enter medicine?"
"What potential problem do you see with our curriculum?"
"where do you see yourself in the future?"
"if I don't get into med school (even if I kept trying), what career will I go into?"
"What other careers would you consider pursuing besides medicine?"
"people tend to play different roles in a group dynamic. what role do you usually see yourself playing?"
"What are your goals for yourself 10 years down the road?"
"Compare your research experience from X place to Y place."
"Have you thought about what kind of doctor you want to be? "
"what makes you different? why didn't you take a year off after college to "find yourself"? [ i was also supposed to be asked an ethics questions, as one of my interviewers was an ethics consult, but we didn't get to it; he told me later that he was supposed to ask it ]"
"With all the problems in healthcare, why do you want to be a physician?"
"What did you learn on your experiences abroad and with community service, tell me about your job now"
"Tell me how working in the nursing home prepared you to be a doctor. "
"What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"why loyola? Chicago?"
"Choose one current ethical problem in medicine, and discuss all opinions on the subject."
"What is your sincere motivation for pursuing a career in medicine? Did your parents play a role in this decision?"
"How would you deal with a patient that was in intense pain, but you are unable to relieve it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"How would you describe yourself in three words?"
"Explain stem cell research--for or against? What would you do if a woman wanted an abortion? Name an ethical issue in medicine."
"Ethics with stem cell research."
"Name an ethical question"
"Would you be comfortable at a Catholic school? (I am not Catholic and chose to write about that in my secondary. Both interviewers asked this.)"
"What do you think of malpractice?"
"If you couldn't be a doctor what would you be?"
"What area of medicine do you see yourself practicing?"
"Mostly a bunch of questions specifically about me - no ethics questions."
"Tell me about XYZ experience from your AMCAS."
"Name a difficult situation you were in, and how did you overcome it? "
"What do you think is an important ethical issue in medicine today? (end-of-life care, physician-assisted suicide, stem cells, etc.) It helped that this was a little more open so I didn't have to talk about something that I didn't really feel knowledgeable about."
"Did anyone ever try to discourage you from becoming a doctor?"
"Why primary care?"
"What is your favorite movie?"
"What are some important qualities for a physician to have?"
"Talk about a challenge and how you were able to overcome it...."
"Which part do you sing in choir?"
"Greatest weakness? strength?"
"What would you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Why did you choose Loyola?"
"What area of medicine are you interested in?"
"Something about Bush's state of the union address. How do you think we can solve the issues with high health care costs and the fact that some people can't afford health insurance?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Have you had experience shadowing physicians?"
"What is a major problem with healthcare today?"
"Why here? What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Why didn't you apply for the MD/PhD program (I have a lot of research experience)?"
"Do you know why Chicago is called the "windy city"?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"If you had Bill Gate's money, what would you do with it in healthcare? How do you feel about religion in medicine?"
"Tell me about your hobbies."
"How do you deal with failure and disappointment."
"What do you think about the advancement of science (in terms of our pausing or not pausing to think about moral issues)"
"How do you feel about discrimination/racism?"
"What are some orgs that interest you here at Loyola"
"If you could choose any famous person to have dinner with, who would it be, why, and what would you ask?"
"What is the most recent movie you saw?"
"If medicine was not a possibility, what other career would you pursue?"
"What makes you unique?"
"Who are your three biggest heroes/role models? What was the most impactful experience in your life? And how do those two answers contribute to your career choice?"
"None really...most of my interviews were conversational. Talked a lot about my ECs."
"How do your family feel about your being a doctor?"
"Why do you think there are so many dollar stores, liquor stores, etc. in lower socioeconomic areas yet such a lack of real grocery stores?"
"Some discussions relevant to my background in EMRs"
"Society does not place importance on X-- so how did you come to hold the value X?"
"Is there a book you've read that you found inspiring? Why?"
"Describe your ideal medical school."
"Why do you think you didn't get many interviews this cycle?"
"How would your best friends describe you?"
"What do your parents think about you going into medicine in light of the current healthcare reform?"
"How does your dad feel about healthcare today"
"Would you have a problem treating a patient if it went against your moral beliefs?"
"The ethics questions. "
"What superhero power would you want to have and why?"
"How can I convince you to come to Loyola?"
"How do you balance a compassionate bedside manner with your other duties as a physician? You're not ordained, are you? "
"Role play. How would you handle an irate patient?"
"What do you think about what the US has done to fights Cancer and AIDS (is there really a right answer to this question?? I don't think so)"
"This was the last question of the first interview: If there was one aspect about your application that you wanted me to remember, what would it be? Pretend I am at the admissions committe meeting and I am about to explain to them why you should be accepted...what would you want me to tell them? I also like the "what do you do for fun question." We started talkin about the 49ers...haha. it was awesome. We also talked about osteopathic medicine since I mentioned I applied to both types of programs. It was a very nice convo and the physicians expressed their utmost respect for the DO profession."
"What is your favorite movie? "
"What's the name of the sword used in fencing? (One of the interviewers was interested in my fencing experience)."
"Where do you see medicine going in the future?"
"discuss your thoughts on a major bioethics or healthcare issue.. your choice. what type of clinical exposure do you have? what did you learn?"
"What are you taking this semester for fun?"
"While in this specific x clinical situation, would you defer to a doctor or follow your own instinct if you disagreed?"
"Discuss the pros and cons of euthanasia. Would you perform euthanasia? PAS?"
"Just basic questions...had a conversation about me!"
"pretend you have 3-5 minutes in front of the admissions committee as they look at your file...what would you say?"
"You're on a 40 foot boat for 10 days. What three books do you bring with you?"
"What do you think should be changed most about EMTALA?"
"What is your favorite movie? "
"Do you agree with the current government regulations on stem cells? "
"Nothing too interesting, except one of the doctors threw me a curve ball and asked a question about a theory on emotions and the effect they have on your health."
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years- maybe some of us are too type A and have it all planned out--while i've THOUGHT about it, I'm not one of them so it was the first time I had to put words to this question for myself."
"Do you think it's right to do medical testing on humans?"
"If someone didn't want to hear about your religion what would you do? lol"
"Why did you learn French?"
"If a known murderer came in to your ER, would you save his life or let him die?"
"If you contracted a disease and you could drop dead within 5 years at any time. What would you do?"
"What do you think is a big problem in clinical medicine? "
"''tell me about a time in your life in which you failed''"
"What on earth possessed you to go bungy jumping?"
"Problems with healthcare system"
"How do people try to discourage you from medicine and what effect does this have upon you? "
"Why Loyola? (By both the Dean and my interviewer)."
"What was the resulting political situation in Mexico? (I volunteered there)"
"Name all of your past teachers, from pre school through eighth grade."
"How would you keep from getting burnt out as a physician?"
"If an illegal alien came to your private office and he was very sick, and his family would sue you if he died, what would you do?"
"What is your opinion on healthcare as a right versus a privilege?"
"Do you see yourself having a family? How does being a doctor factor into it?"
"What is the worst thing you heard from a doctor when you talked to them about going into medicine? How did it affect your thinking?"
"What was your favorite movie?"
"Who knows you best? If that person were to say 'that is so * insert your name here*', what would they be talking about?"
"Well, if you find yourself interesting, the interview will be a breeze. It's a casual conversation about you and why you've chosen the profession."
"Have you had to deal with patients' families who were difficult? What about patients that are difficult? What is dealing with patients from different religious backgrounds like?"
"What was my favorite undergraduate course?"
"Can you understand the Arabic in the Quran?/Do you believe we have a body and soul, just body, or just soul, etc...?/How's the relationship between Iraqis and Kuwaitis seeing as the Gulf War was Muslim-on-Muslim violence (b/c I lived in Kuwait for a year when I was young)?"
"Do you think you'll have to make personal sacrifices to become a doctor?"
"What skills from your business experience can you see yourself using as a physician?"
"With the progression of computers towards becoming self-aware, and the technology of nanobots, being a physician may become obsolete, why be a doctor then?"
"You look like you are twelve years old in your picture, what year was this photo taken?"
"What issues are of most importance to you in your life?"
"Tell me about your experiences with Medicare. Does it work? What would you change?"
"What is the biggest problem in medicine today?"
"What would you do if you were the only obstetrician in Nevada and cant afford to practice there bc of malpractice insurance? Do you stay or go?"
"What would you do if a very depressed patient with advanced lung cancer came to you asking for a medication you both knew he would overdose on to kill himself? Would you prescribe the medication to honor his wishes?"
"What do you plan to do if you are not accepted?"
"What am I most afraid of about being a physician?"
"What potential problem do you see with our curriculum?"
"how do you feel about this being a jesuit institution?"
"tell me about yourself... lot of open ended general questions like that since both were closed file. "
"Having travelled, what can you say about foreign health care policies?"
"i got the standard, run of the mill all day. "why do you want to be a doctor?" etc."
"What are you looking forward to most about your years in medical school? What are you looking forward to least?"
"Did your father push you into medicine?"
"What do you think about shows like Extreme Makeover? Do you think that's right? (This question didn't come up out of the blue... we were talking about that kind of stuff and I was saying that, as a doctor, I would not perform surgeries for purely cosmetic reasons...)"
"What are three things you would never do?"
"What are the steps in starting a business? (I have a business degree)"
"What was the most important lesson you learned during your undergraduate experience."
"Describe the similarities and differences among the people in Maine, Montana, and Minnesota (places I've lived). "
"Why is professional soccer not very popular in the US? (We talked alot about sports during my interview)"
"Nothing too out of the ordinary-- biggest problem with US healthcare, ethics issue"
"So how did you feel when Illinois beat Wake Forest? (I attend U of I -- so we talked about basketball for the first 10 minutes of the interview)"
"If I could guarantee you admissions to the medical school of your choice right now, on the condition that you had to commit to practicing one field of medicine for the next twenty years, what would it be?"
"Are doctors who close up their practice and move to another state where it's cheaper to practice bad? What do you do if you can't afford to keep running your practive with patients only on HMOs? Do you shut-down & move?"
"How will you react when you have 10 patients, in one day, whose pain you cannot relieve?"
"What is a physician's job in a case like the one in Florida with the woman on life support whose family wants one thing and the husband wants another."
"How do you think Chinese healthcare is stuctured in comparison to American healthcare? (Related to my application)"
"I was presented with a hypothetical situation and asked how I would react to it based on my ethics."
"Nothing very out of the ordinary. Explain stem-cell research, perhaps interesting b/c this was the only school I interviewed at that even touched on any "controversial" ethical issues. Most other places stuck to healthcare policies, insurance, etc."
"In terms of health policy, which candidate in the upcoming election is the best?"
"Describe an ethical dilemma you have had or an ethical issue facing medicine."
"If you were a neurosurgeon treating a patient who was terminally ill and suffering and he came to you seeking your assistance in committing suicide, what would you do?"
"Differences I had with my ugrad's student body in a medical ethics class."
"Nothin really interesting... pretty straightforward"
"Tell me about high school."
"What was the worst thing about working with cows?"
"Where exactly do you live? (Interviewer was from the same city I am from)"
"So. . . .tell me about stem cells. (Totally random, thank you God for me watching TLC the week before!)"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"What do you think about the University of Michigan admissions lawsuit, and consequently, what do you think about racism? (I'm from the state of Michigan)"
"Why do you think obesity is a problem in the U.S. today? (Sparked by my research endeavors)"
"What are your view on universal healthcare?"
"What time of day do you MOST prefer to study?"
"If you had to explain to a 4th grader what a gene was and how it produced a protein, what would you say?"
"There were a couple: If I married someone other than my race (specifically the interviewers) would my parents mind? (This was after saying how traditional my parents were). He asked me how I studied and if I had some notes with me."
"What are the ethical arguments surrounding the woman in Florida on feeding tube?"
"Tell me about your values...what do you stand for?"
"asked about fraternity system at my school"
"What are your feelings on Euthanasia?"
"Nothing really that stands out. First interview was basic questions, second was more of a conversation"
"Are there any issues in medicine today that concern you? "
"Tell me your stance on physician-assisted suicide (I'm an Oregon resident.)"
"what do you think are some of the more interesting ethical issues we are facing today"
"How did you end up doing medical missions?"
"Talk about your international travel."
"What is your opinion on euthanasia (I'm from Oregon)?"
"Who is your favorite violinist and pianist?"
"Tell me about your family."
"How do you feel about dogs? Tell me about your dad. How did 9/11 affect him and your family?"
"Why do you think more women have entered medicine compared to 20 years ago?"
"What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago? (I'm from chicago)"
"How did September 11th change your motivation and goals regarding medicine?"
"Nothing. Just went over application, background."
"Tell me why you decided to do a study abroad program?"
"What ethical issue do you find most interesting in medicine and why?"
"(Based off my secondary) Tell me about this lake you go to w/ your family."
"What is Bioengineering"
"Would you perform Euthanasia (if it were legal)."
"Tell me abt yourself"
"Discuss your viewpoint on global health???"
"Does your love of adventure/thrill-seeking influence your desire to become a physician?"
"None. Very conversational."
"Tell me about some hardship you experienced outside of academia."
"What would you like me to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"What is your greatest weakness, why do you think you have that quality, and in what situations do you see that weakness manifesting itself?"
"None really...most of my interviews were conversational. Talked a lot about my ECs."
"Do you really want the doctor life? What will you do when you miss your kids' birthdays or holidays?"
"How should I "market" you to the selection committee?"
"If a patient asked you for a treatment that was legal and that you had been trained to do, but it was borderline questionable in terms of your own personal morals, what would you do?"
"What would you change in applying again?"
"none were too difficult, very chill interview"
"Was it hard to tell your friends and family that you didn't get into medical school on your first try?"
"Healthcare reform opinions"
"Tell me about a current ethical problem in healthcare. I don't think I answered this one very well..."
"How do doctors use analytical skills to practice medicine?"
"None. The interviewers were very friendly..."
"None were difficult. "
"none, all very basic and conversational"
"If you had to choose between an MD and a PhD, which one would you choose?"
"Should we (the US) look to other countries in how we respond to health care needs?"
"Role play. How would you break bad news to a patient?"
"nothing (most difficult part of interview was surviving the scorchingly hot room)"
"none really. they didn't try and stump me, just wanted to get to know more about my app and me as a person."
"Based on your work in the medical field, and dicussions you may have had with other medical professionals, what do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing the medical field?"
"I wasn't really asked any difficult questions. There were some of the standard interview questions, but most of the interview was just talking about my experiences and insights on things."
"Where do you see medicine going in the future?"
"What ethical concerns have you come across in school and/or practice?"
"Nothing difficult. I was prepared for ethics questions but were asked--although we certainly talked about my personal values/ethics/beliefs in the context of discussing my clinical experiences."
"How do you feel about euthanasia?"
"Some doctors practice medicine in cultures where hallucinogens are used in healing ceremonies. Some participate and are able to reach the people. If you practiced medicine in such a culture, to what extent would you integrate yourself into their practices?"
"So you are more than just a stack of papers (personal statement, supplementary application, amcas activities) tell me things about yourself that I can't just read about. "
"strengths/ weakness question. ethics question- what do you do if someone dies and they had wanted their organs donated but their family doesn't want that?"
"You're standing at the front of a room filled with everyone on the admissions committee. You have three minutes. What do you say? (The interviewer offered to let me email him the response if I didn't feel up to answering at that moment (he acknowledged this is the most hated question he asks interviewees - you get to turn in a review of the interviewer), but I answered right then and there, which I think he appreciated)."
"WHat is the biggest issue with healthcare in the Uniterd States"
"Euthanasia related to the Therry Schiavo case"
"What are the malpractice laws in your home state?"
"Three strengths and three weakness that I recognize in myself."
"What would you like the inscription of your tombstone to read? How would you like to be remembered at the end of your life."
"To chronologically list every summer activity I've ever been involved in...starting 6 years ago!"
"What is a major ethical issue facing healthcare? Please pick a side or give both sides."
"Give me 4 important qualities you think a physician should have... Communication Skills, Humility, Medical Knowledge, Team Player"
"Damn ethics questions."
"Talk about an ethical situation facing america. Either take a stance or present both sides."
"What should we do about the problems with insurance in the US?"
"''talk to me about the ethics involved in end of life care''....something along those lines"
"What would you attribute your observations in healthcare disparities to?"
"Why not choose another profession requiring less work if you're not interested in money and prestige?"
"What is an ethical problem in medicine right now and what do you see the issues surrounding it being?"
"Is there anything not on the application that you would like us to know about you?"
"what would you do differently in the future to avoid overloading yourself (asked in reference to my W)"
"An entire slew of ethical questions, just a bunch of what ifs. Not really hard to come up with an answer, but the right phraseology."
"Nothing was all that difficult. Some ethical questions. They mentioned that they aren't interested in what you say, as long as you can give your rationale for your position and can also acknowledge the other side of the issue. "
"The question above plus about 4 other ehtics questions. I got grilled."
"The questions were related entirely to my background and application. Know your application inside out - I was asked very detailed questions that were intended to reveal whether some of the stuff on my appliction was embellished. The level of familiarity with AMCAS and secondary applications demonstrated by my interviewers was very impressive."
"What would you do to solve the HIV/AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa?"
"Give me five distinct reasons why you should be a doctor."
"There weren't any difficult questions - of the ones I was asked I would say 'Where do you see yourself in 20 years' is one I don't particularly like."
"I a patient asked you to do something you were morally uncomfortable with what would you do?"
"How would you fix the American health care system? "
"What do you think about stem cell research? If you were featured on the front page of a magazine, what would the statement above your picture read?"
"The interviews are completely low stress, so I didn't find any of the questions that difficult. However, if you're not well versed in medical ethics, I suggest that you read up on some recent issues. They are well known for asking ethics questions."
"Is there anything you want to tell me about yourself? (After we had already spent so much time talking together, it was hard to think of anything else to divulge.)"
"Problems I see with current healthcare system"
"See psychiatary/diabetes question below."
"Pick an ethical topic and discuss it."
"If you had a patient with a degenerative brain condition who refused to take his medication, would you declare him incompetent to make the decision and force him to take the medication knowing this would damage your relationship and hinder future dealings with this patient, or would you honor his wishes, knowing that the result would be a detriment to his health?"
"You seem like the kind of guy that prepares for stuff a lot - is that a fair assessment? "
"Do you know what "natural law" is? "
"How would you fix what you believe is the biggest problem in the US healthcare system today?"
"above, also asked me about stem cells and what i thougt about it. once i said that i supported it, he asked me about women in foreign countries selling their eggs for money and organs obtained illegally that the US uses. interviewer seemed intent on trying to nail me on ethical questions "
"Same as above"
"Why are you a good match for Loyola?"
"What do you think is a major ethical problem in medicine right now and what would you propose to help the situation?"
"What did you learn from (random experience)?"
"What would I do if I was confronted with a situation in which an unconscious adult Jehovah's Witness came in to the ER and needed a blood transfusion?"
"What do you think about stem cell therapy? (Remember, folks, be mindful of the fact that this is a Jesuit institution)"
"If a patient and their family wanted you to do something that did not sit well with your conscience, how would you handle the situation?"
"how would you fix the problem with malpractice suits?"
"Is healthcare in [my home country] expensive? (Looking back, I realized I didn't explain my answer well enough)"
"see above. also, why loyola? why medicine? etc. "
"lots of jobs help people, why doctor. why doctor versus other medical jobs"
"What would you do if you were Terry Schivo's physician? and What is healthcare's biggest problem?How do you think it can be fixed?"
"again, pretty standard."
"current problem in medicine"
"why should we pick you?"
"What would you have done about the Terri (whatever her last name is) case in FL? (She's the woman who was on a feeding tube for like 10 years)."
"After two research experiences, what was the reason for not publishing?"
"Describe the patient, and the particular moment with that patient that made me realize I want to be a doctor. "
"Talk about an ethical problem in healthcare"
"ethics issue- stem cell research and justifying position"
"What 5 words describe you best?"
"Should fetal stem-cell research be allowed if it involves the addition of more stem cell lines? What should we do if the current stem cell lines aren't adequate and fetal stem cells are better? Can we use these stem cells? What about in the case of spontaneous abortion? What are your feelings on organ transplantation?"
"If you are so interested in service, why is being a doctor so important to you vs. being a physical therapist or social worker?"
"not much really. In response to the last question, I said that American healthcare is structured towards a business model, and he grilled me on that, but that was it."
"What do you hope to accomplish as a doctor?"
"What questions do you have for me? I had been all questioned out."
"What is the motto of other local medical schools? (At least I knew Loyola's!)"
"Why I felt that more women were pursing medicine in the last five or six years? (wasnt exactly prepared for that)"
"What do you think, specifically, that it is that hospice doctors do to put their patients and the patient's families at ease."
"What do you think about stem cells?"
"Questions about research/ethics."
"How do you propose we deal with the current malpractice situation?"
"Tell me about healthcare."
"Pick an ethical issue involving medicine that has been in the news lately. Tell be the pros and cons of each view involved and what do you feel is the best direction?"
"Ethical question about "pulling the plug" on a braindead patient."
"What advice would you give parents today?"
"So. . . tell me about stem cells."
"A couple with a sick child cannot find a bone marrow donor. They plan to have a child for the purpose of harvesting the marrow, aborting any fetus that is not a match. What do you do? (Not so much interested in what my feelings were on the issue, but more about how I would counsel the parents and accomodate their desires and goals.)"
"There were a few...:) Mostly ethical questions pertaining to stem cell research, euthanasia, abortion.. the big ones."
"How do you feel about abortion? (Sparked by my inquiry regarding the medical education curriculum)"
"Do you believe in absolute or relative morality? (Followed up with a long discussion about my answer)"
"I think they were pretty average. Some just took longer to think about the answer."
"nothing too difficult, it was more like a conversation"
"N/A -- interview took the form of a great conversation"
"Where do you want to go to medical school?"
"ethical questions about physician-assisted suicide"
"Different questions about health care"
"How have you prepared financially for medical school?"
"Current Issues questions."
"I did not get any ethical questions. I actually started to talk about it a little myself, since I knew that they were kinda big on ethics at this school."
"What is the cost of health care in Europe so much lower than it is in the US, but the quality of care is the same?"
"Couldn't you still find satisfaction being a physician's assistant?"
"(coming from my response to that above) would you help a couple who was deaf, have a deaf child? if not, would you direct them to someone who would help them select for such a disability. why?"
"Nothing was very difficult...they were very relaxed for the most part. They were just trying to see if you would be a good fit at Loyola. "
"What do you think about doctor-assisted suicide?"
"Talk about ethical dilemmas facing the nation right now. "
"Why couldn't you use your talents and interests to be a science teacher or a physicians assistant?"
"Not too bad... Ethical questions on the McDonald's obesity lawsuit. "
"What is the biggest problem facing the medical profession today? Pick a current issue in medical ethics and let's discuss it for 5 minutes."
"What ethical issue do you find most intriguing in medicine and why?"
"What is your most unique strength, and your biggest weakness?"
"What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?"
"How would you fix the health care system today?"
"how do you feel about genetic testing? Cloning? Abortion?"
"How would you solve the current problems with medical insurance and managed care?"
"What questions do you have for me? (I always blank when they ask this)"
"How would you solve current healthcare problems (HMO's, etc.), also a couple of ethical questions."
"What are the biggest problems facing doctors today?"
"Practicing in front a mirror"
"Mock interviews, re-read my primary and secondary, SDN, Dr. Ryan Gray's book"
"Know my PS, secondary, and being able to speak about my values"
"Read over my primary, secondary, and the school's website and mission."
"SDN, reviewed app"
"Read over my primary and secondary, read about Loyola. Prepared: tell me about yourself, why medicine, why Loyola, strengths/weaknesses"
"SDN, mock interviews, practice questions, researched the school"
"SDN, re-read my app, read the Loyola website, talked to a few students"
"Read about the school"
"Re-read my application, understand Loyola's mission, review healthcare issues"
"SDN interview feedback, med school website, MSAR, talked to students who had interviewed here in the past."
"SDN interview feedback, school website. Read up on healthcare. Talked to my student host (highly recommended)"
"SDN Interview feedback; contacting current M1s"
"SDN interview feedback questions, reviewed Loyola med website"
"Read SDN, reviewed my application"
"I read up on current events, both in science and in the general news, researched medical ethics issues, read all the materials on their website, and prepared answers to commonly asked questions."
"SDN interview feedback questions, Stritch's website, reread primary and secondary applications"
"researched the school online, studied my amcas application and secondary application essays"
"read sdn, reviewed ethical dilemma essay i had written for another school, learned about the school/ curriculum to be able to have a good conversation with my interviewer about my interest in the school"
"SDN/PRACTICING WITH FRIENDS/PRACTICING IN THE MIRROR/VISITING THE SCHOOL WEBSITE."
"SDN feedback, read AMCAS and secondary, was myself."
"SDN, advisors, current Stritch medical studnets, revieiwing current ethical dilemmas"
"Read SDN and tons of 'doctor' books including one on understanding health policy; knew my primary and secondary... but I think I could have used a little more prep to make my answers more specific."
"Read Schools website thoroughly, read materials sent, Went through SDN, looked up healthcare topics and ethical questions"
"Read my primary and secondary apps, looked at Loyola website, SDN."
"Practice interview. I read the NYTimes daily, so I was pretty caught up with what's going on in the world. Read some medical ethics/humanities books."
"Read the recent NEJM opinion pieces, read up on some ethical issues (i.e. stem cells, abortion, etc.), read the schools website, browsed SDN feedback"
"Read a book about medical school interviews, looked over my AMCAS primary and Loyola graduate school applications, and read up on the research of some of my PhD faculty interviewers."
"SDN Interview feedback, looked over Loyola/AMCAS applications, read two current health care books, talked through responses with family/friends"
"Reviewed secondary and AMCAS application"
"SDN, looked over primary and secondary app, printed out stuff from school website, a book about med interviews, woke up 30 min before I would have to have sex with my gf-->highly recommended pre-interview stress relief "
"SDN, school website/provided materials, talked to my sister who attended the school"
"I read current events articles, read up on new medical advancements, read over my AMCAS."
"SDN, School's website, info that school sent to me, read up on current affairs in healthcare (ethics, policy, presidential candidate's views on healthcare reform), did mock interview"
"read over AMCAS and secondary application, school admissions packet, studentdoctor.com for interview question types."
"SDN, Website, Info given to me through mail"
"sdn, secondary essays, msar"
"SDN, reviewed my AMCAS app and secondary app, mock inteview with advisor, mock interview with M4 friend who attends different school, talked to friends who had interviewed at Loyola, talked to current Loyola students"
"reviewed application, SDN, Loyola website"
"I reviewed my application, talked to a friend who interview there, read SDN, and read through the Loyola website. "
"The Medical School Interview: Secrets and a System for Success, sdn, discussed issues in health care with physicians."
"SDN, Friends who attend, Sample interview questions, school website, University of Washingtion Biomed ethics website."
"looked up stuff about schools online, SDN, looked over mock interview questions"
"SDN, Loyola's web site, materials sent by Loyola via mail"
"studentdoctor.net, went over apps, mental prep"
"SDN, AMCAS application"
"amcas, school website, SDN, mock interview, talked with other med students and residents"
"Sdn interview feedback, read over my AMCAS and Loyola's secondary"
"Read over AMCAS, SDN feedback, read their website and informational packet they sent me thoroughly"
"Read AMCAS app/secondary/CV"
"SDN, AMCAS application, mock interviews"
"SDN, re-read over AMCAS, Loyola's website"
"SDN, www.meddean.luc.edu, AMCAS, Secondary Application, Friend's feedback"
"Practice interviews, going over amcas application and school applicaiton."
"Read Newsweek, SDN, looked at materials from school. "
"went to different websites and reviewed questions to make sure I had a decent answer for many of the questions so I could cover most bases"
"Stritch website, AMCAS, secondary, SDN"
"SDN, AMCAS, Secondary, school's website"
"I asked family if there had been anything medically related in the news lately, read SDN, school's web page, AMCAS, and Loyola's secondary."
"SDN interview feedback, my AMCAS/Secondary, Mock Interview w/advisor"
"SDN, read various bioethical forums"
"looked at school's website, re-read secondary and amcas, sdn"
"Read info school sent, SDN, CNN.com, talked to M1s"
"SDN, school's website, current students, looked over my AMCAS, reread my Loyola secondary."
"school website, school brochure, sdn"
"SDN, current students, pre health office at school"
"SDN, school website, mailed materials from school"
"Looked at the website, read SDN, read over Loyola's magazine, and did several mock interviews."
"Read material mailed to me."
"SDN, Loyola web site, interviewed myself out loud using questions from SDN."
"Read about the school online (they have an excellent website),read SD, talked to students."
"Read AMCAS application, SDN feedback, Loyola's website "
"Looked over AMCAS and secondary essays, visited Loyola website, read interview feedback on SDN."
"I read over my AMCAS file and my Loyola secondary application. I looked at myself in the mirror and told myself I looked like I'd make a fabulous doctor. "
"Had one interview prior to this, I skimmed my secondary and AMCAS, I grilled as many Loyola people as I could (M1, M2, residents, alums), scoured their website, read alumni bulletins, looked over some medical ethics stuff (although I was the one who brought this stuff up, not the interviewers)."
"Read school's website"
"Read over my personal statement, secondary, school brochure, school website, talked with classmate who interviewed their, StudentDoctor.net"
"SDN, school's career center website, Loyola's information packet"
"Read over my app, the MSAR, and the information packet that Loyola mailed me along with my interview confirmation."
"SDN feedback, school website, google search for recent school news, spoke with med students at the school, took informal tour of school, MSAR, reviewed all my submitted materials"
"Read SDN, Princeton Review, scoured Loyola's website extensively, talked to students, read MSRP, and went through six other interviews before this one."
"Read the Admissions packet on the website, browsed the information sent to me from the school, read articles about the US healthcare system, and looked over my AMCAS and secondary."
"read sdn, my secondary and amcas, loyola websites, ethical websites, mock interviews"
"SDN, read the brochure"
"SDN, website, google searches on ethics issues."
"Reread AMCAS and secondary essays, SDN, researched some ethical issues and practiced how I would answer them, attended an "ethical issues" seminar at my college"
"Read over the website extensively, read princeton review, looked at SDN, Read material they provided in pre-interview packet, thought of questions ahead of time, knew alot about school already."
"SDN, mock interview, reviewed secondaries/AMCAS, school website"
"SDN, AMCAS application, school website, supplemental application, ethics websites, and websites about problems with our healthcare system."
"Read over AMCAS/secondary application, look at school website, talked to students that I knew."
"did research on the school, reread my secondaries, mock interview, talked to others who had interviewed"
"SDN, secondary application, read newspapers, magazines, Loyola website, talked to others who already interviewed."
"this site, read essays, read amcas, bioethics sites."
"sdn, essays, read about curriculum"
"Read my secondary, AMCAS and SDN interview feedback"
"talked to friends that had been through the process, this website, prepared myself to talk about PHR and ISI."
"SDN, read about the school, looked over questions"
"SDN, learned about the school by talking to faculty/administrators beforehand"
"Looked at this site, reviewed my resume and my personal statement. Also looked at websites about healthcare. "
"SDN, mock interview, ethics website"
"SDN, website, interview packet"
"Looked over website, SDN, mock interview."
"Relaxed, read about the school, relaxed. "
"Loyola website/viewbook, SDN, practiced questions"
"reviewed admissions materials, web site, spoke with student host"
"Looked at Loyola's website, SDN, research a lot of ethical questions"
"Visited the school about a month in advance. Got to meet the people in the admissions office, as well as several physicians and students. Also got briefed on the curriculum and the school in general while I was there. Then the usual- reading SDN, brushing up on my answers to the most common questions, and reading about the school online."
"I read my AMCAS, their website, SDN!!! : )"
"Looking on SDN, website, reading Loyola catalog, reading up on issues such as stem cell research, abortion, spoke to a friend who goes to Loyola"
"school's website, a good night's sleep"
"SDN, online Loyola material"
"This website and the school's."
"Read over AMCAS and supplemental application, read the packet they sent."
"Looked over ethical websites, read Loyola packet, read my AMCAS and application essays"
"Read reviews on this site, my AMCAS and supplemental apps, and the Loyola website"
"Secondary, SDN, Loyola info packet and website"
"school's website, this website, info they sent, reviewing my AMCAS application"
"sdn, loyola's website etc "
"studentdoctor.net questions, medical ethics questions, reread all my background info, read up on the school."
"Read the school's viewbook, discussed possible questions with my advisor, reviewed my AMCAS"
"Read the packet they send you. This school wants you to understand them. Also reveiwed my AMCAS and talked to my letter references"
"Website, interview feedback, talked to student hosts the night before."
"SDN, UWbioethics, Stritch website, previous non-admissions visit to school."
"AMCAS, website, secondary, SDN"
"Read my essays, and their school book."
"I read some interview feedback on SDN and went over a lot of resources on medical ethics. There's one interview feedback entry for this school that had a link that was very helpful."
"Read SDN, accessed University of Washington's bioethics website, browsed several ethics books (including opposing viewpoints series), brushed up on current events, practiced answering questions aloud, read materials they sent me prior to interview"
"Interview feedback, mock interviews, interview packet, Loyola website, virtual tour."
"other interviews and this web site"
"Loyola's website, read my app, SDN"
"Read website, talked to some people, relaxed."
"read the catalog. reread applications. it was my first interview so i wasn't as calm and quick with my answers as I wanted to be."
"read SDN, interviewed at U of Wash. Everything is easy after that. "
"Website, Pondering interview questions"
"Read SDN, read over apps, their information."
"talked to current students, SDN, researched ethics, read over supplemental essays"
"Read over this site, the material they sent me, and my AMCAS info"
"Talked to medical advisor, read the interview questions posted on this site, looked over my application, had role playing with a family member (to practice possible questions)"
"Read information packet sent. Reread AMCAS."
"Read over my amcas and secondary app, read their website and the information that they sent me, did a lot of research on ethical issues (abortion, cloning, etc)"
"Read my application (AMCAS and secondary)--both my interviewers knew my application inside and out, so I am glad I did this. "
"Read SDN interview feedback (v. helpful). Also read the 2 publications that Loyola sent me-- the alumni book was especially helpful for questions I asked the interviewers. "
"did a search on medical ethics on google. read through a couple so when they approached the ethics issue, I could direct the discussion to a couple of areas I knew about already, pick 3 or 4 so you can mention a couple."
"SDN, reading about current ethical issues, thinking through possible questions they might ask, reviewing my personal statement, secondary, etc. "
"Read my essays and AMCAS. Learned about the school"
"I read all of the material they sent me, including the alumni bulletin (very helpful for interview questions and topics). Read AMA's statement for managed health care. "
"Read application and school website, looked at various bioethics issues."
"Read the viewbook they sent to me (don't waste time on the website, it's all in the book that they send you). Researched a few ethical issues and health care issues using newspapers and recent "Opposing Viewpoints" resource books. "
"Refered to this site and read up on ethical issues in healthcare. Note: ethics is big at this school!"
"Read SDN, looked over U of WA bioethics website (http://eduserv.hscer.washington.edu/bioethics/), read through school information"
"read up on website"
"Read over stuff they sent me, looked at website, stayed up with current events."
"Just looked up why I liked Loyola and what they offered students in terms of the curriculum, location, etc."
"read feedback, reviewed HMO issues, kept up on the news, and reviewed my application"
"Reviewed materials they sent to me, reviewed SDN comments, stayed up on news and current events"
"Read all of the information they sent me, looked on SDN."
"Read the Loyola website and my app."
"SDN, Interviewfeedback, articles on healthcare, their website."
"How friendly they were"
"How kind, relaxed, and welcoming they were"
"Strong emphasis on student wellbeing"
"The kind and genuine nature of everyone I met there. Also the locker room of the gym."
"How friendly and kind every single person was"
"Friendliness of students and faculty support. Interview experience was amazing."
"How kind and welcoming the community was. And how nice the facilities were! Lunch was also delicious! And they really make you feel like you are valued and wanted. They are very mission-focused, and it is nice to see their mission actually reflected in their student body and way of teaching."
"The community feeling, the school seems extremely supportive."
"Student body so happy and friendly, really well taken care of, gym and library were both beautiful"
"Facilities and atmosphere"
"Friendliness of EVERYONE, facilities (that GYM!), support for students, commitment to increasing diversity at all levels, the way spirituality is weaved into programming without being pushy"
"Seems to be a very supportive/community atmosphere. Lots of clinical/service experiences. Have honors programs in bioethics, research, and global health. Awesome fitness center attached to med school. School and nearby hospitals are REALLY beautiful and up-to-date. New research building going up right next to the med school."
"The real sense of community. The gym is literally 1 minute from where you take your classes and it's ridiculously nice."
"Treating students like human beings; dynamic curriculum"
"I was amazed at how friendly and close-knit the classes are."
"It might seem silly, but the people here truly are awesome. The curriculum is set up well, and the school seems like a great place to become a doctor."
"Friendliness of the admissions office people."
"The atmosphere and people were so warm and positive. Everyone was so open about the medical school, the students there, their philosophies, and their goals."
"Very friendly staff"
"the positive attitude and friendliness of both students and staff as well as the relaxed atmosphere"
"the people - all very nice and friendly"
"The facilities are spectacular. Streamlined and I felt that every student was extremely happy to be there."
"The Loyola effect. Students are all very friendly and nice and seem genuinely happy to be there. Beautiful facilities (including the gym, though I would never select a school because of that). Professor came to sit with us at lunch and was very candid."
"Receptiveness of Dean Jones and admissions office"
"Both interviewers were very friendly. One of them wasn't originally supposed to do any interviews that day, but due to weather, he took the time to meet with me."
"The friendliness of everyone, from the admissions office to the students to the dean."
"Friendliness of everybody: admissions office staff, chairman and dean of admissions, tour guide, interviewers, MS1's, MS2's; clean, fresh, and new hospital facilities- especially the very cute children's ward, and of course, the amazing gym "
"Loyola obviously has a fantastic environment. The facilities are topnotch. The Gym of course is out of this world. You really feel like your in a community. Most students agree that M1 really isnt too bad, they ease you in. The interviews were very laid back and conversational. Lastly, Loyola is at the top in clinical training and resources. They have all the gadgets necessary to train you."
"How happy the students are (they didn't seem to study excessively). Gym was also awesome. The dean of admissions made the effort to meet with all interviewees, which was very impressive."
"Everything! . "
"Everything: starting with the wonderfully new facilities, cancer research center, children's hospital, student lunges, full gym (more of a spa) with saunas, hot-tubs, pool, indoor track, bball/volleball courts, full set of weights and machines, friendliness of the admissions staff and every student, community involvement, commitment to improving the community, sense of friendship among students, how happy everyone was"
"Very nice students and VERY VERY nice workout facilities. Jesuit ideals of caring for the sick/poor combined with life long learning"
"Fantastic hospital and medical school facilities, incredibly nice people, good location (near Chicago but not in it, and there are nice places to live near the school), amazing gym, non-competitive atmosphere among students."
"The students, the facilities (especially the newly opened hospital tower), the gym, the pediatrics wing (sponsored by the Ronald McDonald house, complete with its own radio station that medical students help run)"
"The school was seriously like a little community. Everyone was nice to everyone else, the ministry office has food and candy sitting out for the med students just because. The facilities are really nice and there's alot of technology integration. Everything is localized in this one building so you really never have to go outside in the Chicago winter. This school has to have one of the best gyms."
"facilities were spectacular, especially the gym, students all seemed nice, you could tell everyone there REALLY cared about helping people"
"The curriculum - they start you off slow with only two courses and really allow you time to adjust to the rigors of med school. The students - very nice, very positive and enthusaistic about their school. seemed non-competitive. Interviews - very casual and laid back. Easy to talk to. It wasn't a grilling of my app or ridiculous questions. I felt very relaxed and the hour went by very quickly. Facilities were nice and so was the gym. Hospital was recently renovated so it was brand new and looked nice."
"The facilities are clean and state-of-the-art. Everyone, from the guys I stayed with the night before the interview, to the admissions staff, the tour guide, the dean of admissions, the interviewers and even the ladies who served lunch in the cafeteria were AMAZINGLY nice. They all went out of their way to give the interviewees as much information as they could and make us feel as welcome and comfortable as possible."
"Everybody was overwhelmingly friendly and enthusiastic. All the students seemed very happy at the school."
"The facilities are top-notch. You really couldn't ask for anything better in a medical school. EVERYONE is friendly. I would say that throughout the entire day, at least 30-40 current medical students ranging from M1-M4 came up to me and introduced themselves, asked me if I had any questions, and sincerely wished me luck. I felt like a very welcome guest."
"friendliness of everyone there, people look genuinely happy, stress is minimal, good looking women, remarkable exercise facilities, everything you need in one building, spacious atrium for socializing/reading."
"The facilities were VERY NICE, the block scheduling seems good, the students weren't terribly stressed out, the school is in one building"
"It's a great building. Their fitness center is amazing. "
"The real sense of mission and values of the school that permeate student life. Friendly, outgoing, happy students who are very involved in their community. Beautiful, new, well-maintained facilities. Faculty with real interest in developing meaningful mentorships with students. Also the concern of the Admissions Committee of finding the *best fit*--you're not just a number, they genuinely want to get to know you. It's clear that your interviews had really read every word of your application before meeting you. "
"The facilities are amazing. The anatomy lab is large and well-ventilated, there is a great simulator lab, impressive gym, and everything seems new. It is a nice, safe-feeling environment."
"The campus is incredible. The students and faculty are all very friendly. "
"Reputation for producing strong clinical physicians (not much research)."
"Community of students. The facilities are amazing and the students all seemed to get along and be very very very friendly. Definitely a very welcoming environment and the nicest facilities I have seen."
"they are very committed to their mission- service, etc. also, they have nice group study rooms adn a nice med school building/ facilities"
"Everything. See above."
"how everyone (not just the interviewer) was so open and enthusiastic"
"The hospital was renovated pretty recently and is one of the nicest I've ever seen. All the students really seem to like it there, and everyone is so friendly."
"everything. the gorgeous buildings, health and fitness center, and how laid back the interviewers were ( it honestly felt like I was having a normal conversation with a friend )"
"how happy the students seemed (and i was there the friday before a monday exam), the facilities (the GYM is gorgeous), how the faculty seemed to know each student"
"They really hold themselves to the mission they describe. Many schools have a great mission statement and all kinds of lofty goals, I feel like this school more than others I've visited strive to keep in line with their described ideals."
"The facilities were amazing!!! The students were really nice and happy and reported the faculty to be attentive to the students needs and requests. The gym was fabulous."
"*Everyone* I encountered honestly seemed happy to be there. Closest thing to Pleasantville."
"The general feeling at Loyola is extremely positive. The facilities are wonderful, students are happy, the curriculum is on a block schedule, the gym is spectacular...made me feel like I was a member of some country club. Great place!"
"Facilities are 1st rate and the students are all very happy and enthusiastic. "
"AMAZING facilities, one on one tour, actually got to sit in on a lecture."
"The school is right next to the hospital and has very nice facilities. The gym is very nice"
"The helpfulness of the staff, the dedication to professionalism and social justice. The beautiful gym. "
"all the students were really happy and willing to come talk to me when I sat a bit before my interviews. Everyone was very nice and had a positive attitude towards the school"
"I feel like I met half the first year class, everyone was so friendly and genuinely interested in me. Several of the administration staff introduced themselves in passing while I waited for an interview. The medical school building is fantastic. The gym is amazing. I'm really enjoyed learning more about the International Immersion program about half the first years do during their first summer."
"Med school bldg is very new and bright. Nice gym. Friendly environment."
"The friendly feeling of the atmosphere. I honestly wanted to be at a family party or somewhere else with one of my interviewers he was so nice and funny!"
"Very organized, personalized day. From the moment I arrived on campus everyone was helpful. Admissions office was organized and the day went very smoothly."
"They were VERY hospitable and EVERYONE was super friendly! The Dean meets with every student and gives a detailed breakdown of the admittance/rejection process. The facilities look pretty new and I really like that it's a Catholic school."
"EVERYTHING!! I loved this school. The students were sooo nice, they have a campus ministries office that plans retreats and service events, my interviewers walked me from the medical school to the hospital and back for interviews. one of my interviewers is the nicu director and he took me in and showed me around the department. the admissions staff is excellent and the dean of admissions personally sat down with me and the other interviewer and explained admissions procedures. i sat in on a class and really liked it, their lecture halls are the best that i've seen..and i know that i'll be spending a lot of time in a lecture hall. also, they paired me up with a tour guide from my undergrad--how nice and thoughtful of them!"
"The facilities, how nice everyone was"
"Everything. Admissions staff was really friendly, the facilities are top notch. The hospital is great and is still expanding. Everyone seemed to know everyone, and it was a very tight-knit community."
"The atmosphere is very laid back and friendly. The students and staff are ridiculously nice. The facilities are amazing. "
"Facilities are AMAZING. One of the most cohesive and compassionate medical schools I have seen. The students, faculty and staff really make an effort to be kind and interact with you. Dozens of students stopped me in the hallway and wished me luck before my interview. The Dean of Admissions and Chair of the Admissions Committee both made a point to meet me personally and get to know me. My first interviewer put me at complete ease and was so engaging. My second interviewer walked me back to the admissions office and took extra time to show me the Clinical Care Center (where students learn how to interact with patients)."
"Everything! It is the nicest facility I have seen throughout the interview season. Everything is done on such a personal level - just a handful of interviewees each day, tours conducted on-on-one. In fact, the school is so interested in class "personality" that interviewers do not see your transcript for fear that it might prejudice their impression of a candidate. They figure that everyone selected for an interview is a capable student and base their decisions on your personal qualities and accomplishments rather than merely grades and MCAT scores."
"I was impressed by how students, faculty, and staff at Loyola embody the school's philosophy of nurturing the whole person. I loved the athletic facilities..talk about first-class!"
"Enthusiasm of admissions staff, faculty, and students."
"The facilities are amazing - the med school was designed around the curriculum and everything still looks nice and new. The gym is phenomenal as well. Everyone I came in contact with was very friendly and welcoming, including random people I stopped for directions."
"Everyone was very friendly and genuinely interested in me as as a person. From the admissions staff to other students each person welcomed me, it was a wonderful feeling. The facillities are wonderful (particularly the gym). The day I went there was a panel in one of the classes made up 3rd year and 4th year students, and interns discussing taking the boards, what to expect in the next two years, and other general questions. The professor emphasized both practical medical issues and personal life issues to consider. I also like the idea of working in small groups for part of the time."
"The friendliness of the people and newness of the facilities"
"The friendliness of absolutely EVERYONE I met there. They foster a really supportive caring environment, and are really interested in who you are. Their facilities are awesome. I loved the layout and brightness of their med school building, and as a previous poster noted, you don't even have to put a coat on to go and work out at their beautiful fitness center since it is connected through an indoor corridor. "
"I am interested in the International Student Immersion trips between MS I and MS II. I like that they have the class broken up into three smaller groups to help first and second years mingle. The gym is fantastic and connected to the school by a tunnel so you don't have to go outside during the winter). Everyone is very friendly. I intent to persue a master's in medical ethics - they have a program which provides a scholarship to MD/MA students. "
"EVERYTHING! The school is great, the faculty is great, and the people are great! ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!!!!!"
"The atmosphere at Loyola is truly unique. Even as a prospective student, they make you feel as if they care about you. Throughout the entire day, students were coming up to me and saying hi and asking me if I had any questions. Overall, everyone was extremely friendly."
"How enthusiatic and satisfied the students seemed with the school."
"The students were very friendly and genuine. They seemed sincerely happy with their experiences there. The admissions staff is also extremely helpful."
"The facilities are amazing. The faculty and students are all very enthusiastic."
"Nearly everything - the overall student attitude was one of joy, extreme helpfulness, and pride in their school. The fitness center is breathtaking!"
"The tag line, "we also treat the human spirit" is not just lip service, everyone there really believes it and it shows. The facilities are amazing."
"The enthusiasm of every staff and student I met. The facilities were also beautiful and it was obvious that their students were very well taken care of."
"definitely the gym. also the ronald mcdonald childrens hospital was beautiful. the facilities all look new, students were friendly as were the office staff. everyone said that they liked it there."
"Everything. You would be hard pressed to find a negative thing about this school. Several faculty stopped us on the tour to talk to us. The students are amazingly friendly and forthcoming."
"The facilities are amazing, the med school was just rebuilt in '95 and is state-of-the-art. Students are genuinely happy. They cooperate with each other rather than compete. Professors are friendly and humorous. Great hospital right next door, luxurious health club attached to the med school."
"The school focuses on treating the whole patient--mind, body, and spirit. They also admit and help develop well-rounded, balanced medical students. The school has wonderful exercise faclility with massage rooms, track, pool, and dance/pilates/yoga classes. The academic facilities were unlike any I have seen. They seemed like they were built yesterday! All of the people were incredible. I went to an anatomy lecture and cadaver lab and all the students were so eager to learn about where I am from and whether I like Loyola so far. I feel like I belong there. And keep in mind, rankings on research grants cannot tell you about the personality of a school or if they will treat you like a valued and respected human being."
"Everything. The students are fun and willing to talk with you about anything. Faculty are extremely approachable and apparently are available all the time (sometimes even to their own detriment). The facilities are new and technology is well integrated. And, of course, the fitness center is just about the most impressive gym I've ever seen."
"The people are just amazing! And the school has a huge focus on social justice and community involvement."
"Everybody was extremely nice and gracious, from the medical students walking around to the host, administrative staff, interviewers, and tour guide. I was very impressed with the fact that the Dean sat us down and talked to us about how our applications would be processed post-interview. In sum, everyone really made me feel at ease the whole day."
"All of the students came up to me and told me what a great place Loyola was and that they would not want to be anywhere else!"
"everyone is very friendly and really puts you at ease. their educational resources are great"
"Everybody was friendly."
"great atmosphere of community and teamwork. emphasis on personal motivation for learning; ie, lectures are short and you mostly learn by yourself. and as everyone else said, nice gym indeed!"
"The facilities, the warmth and helpfulness of the staff and students."
"warmth of the faculty, students' seemingly genuine enthusiasm and excitement about the school. committed to social justice ("and that's not just lip service.")"
"I LOVED how friendly everyone was, and their committment to service. And their facilities are phenomenal... the gym is too! Loyola Chicago was definitely my favorite school out of all that I interviewed at. The students were enthusiastic and fun, and not stressed even though it was a test day, that meant a lot to me in deciding where I would be happiest spending my 4 years of medical school. I love the service programs it offers and the chance to travel to South/Central America after the first summer. "
"enthusiastic students and friendly staff"
"Everyone was sooo nice! It was obvious to me that the students were happy there. They were all enthusiastic and came up and talked to me just to be nice. It was a great atmosphere. Also, the work out center was amazing!! Oh, I also liked how the students are only in class until about 12:30 every day, as opposed to sitting through lectures until 5pm. There was a lot more emphasis on group learning than at some schools. "
"the friendliness of the whole place. the facilities are really conducive to effective studying and a happy environment. even random med students (not involved in the admissions process or giving tours) were very friendly in showing me where to go if i was lost."
"Excellent facilities and the students seemed very happy"
"almost everything! as previous posters have mentioned, it's a great school."
"Everything, especially the people and brand new facilities"
"The facilities were amazing. And everyone LOVED their school. Graduates end up in the residency programs they want."
"The facilities are amazing, the people are super friendly and compassionate"
"the facilities are incredible (gross anatomy labs/computer technology, the gym-- WOW- two pools, spas... the works), the administrative staff is fanastic, quick turnaround in decision-making, close-knit community, committment to service"
"The friendliness and genuine concern of staff and students."
"Every student seemed to genuinely enjoy being there. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The building (school, inpatient clinic) is brand new. The children's floor of the hospital is great. Everything is awesome."
"The campus is beautiful, the students were friendly, the staff was friendly, and the location is great. Everyone seemed to love the school."
"THE PEOPLE! This school really treats you like a person, not just another applicant. You actually sit down and talk with the dean. This was the first interview that I've had where I've met three deans! I was able to see Anatomy Lab, every student I came in contact with was incredible friendly and encouraging. They all were enthusiastic about their love for the medical school. I also like how you are only in lecture usually until 12 or 1. This school is also emphasizes service and they have an incredible international immersion service trip that they go on every summer! I could keep going on about this school. Oh yeah..the GYM! The Locker Room is like a Country Club Spa...you have GOT to check it out. They are so interested in the well-being of the students and employees that they built this incredible Health and Fitness facility. You will also find out within a month whether or not your are accepted. Gotta love it! And of course..CHICAGO!"
"Everyone is really down to Earth and the facilities are really nice. I got the feeling that it was an environment I would be comfortable at."
"the school is really new and the facilities are nice, the faculty seem to really care about the students and genuinely are interested in teaching, the students are cohesive and work well together. the admissions staff is really nice"
"Very kind interviewers and happy students."
"That would be everything. I dare you to find something negative about this place. It has a warm, caring environment exuded by faculty, staff, and students. Brand new facilities, technologically ahead of many other schools I've visited. The only Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital in the country, amazing VA hospital. Many mentors for first years for support and exposure to different clinical experiences (one is a chaplain). Concurrently earn your Masters in bioethics! I couldn't find this anywhere else. Also, the dean meets with every interviewer individually to answer any questions. Very personable, as were both my interviewers."
"How friendly all of the students were. I sat in on a class with the M1s, and after the class many of the students came up to talk to me."
"Everything. What an amazing facility. The people were friendly and helpful, seemed more then willing to help. The experience was wonderful. "
"Everyone's enthusiasm, my second interviewer (he was just a great guy) and yes, the gym"
"Everyone is extremely nice, the students seem very relaxed and friendly to each other, and the facilities are great."
"Amazing facilities and warm atmosphere."
"Everything. Layout of the school, the gym, cafeteria, classrooms, small learning groups, etc etc etc."
"The facilities are mind blowing. Also, the students are really really nice and helpful people. They are much more outgoing than at any other school I had visited. Did I mention that the facilities are incredible?"
"EVERYTHING -- the facilities, faculty, students, curriculum, etc. This school is absolutely amazing!"
"The people here are amazingly friendly. The school facilities are wonderful. They have a gym that is housed in the medical school. The relationship between the faculty and students is unequaled anywhere else that I've been"
"The facilities are new and top-notch. The students are all really friendly and there is a great sense of community. There is a lot of free time since most classes are done by mid-afternoon. "
"One of my interviewers let me see the end of a c-section and tour the NICU - I am already sold on Loyola, but that helped seal the deal. Also, the school is beautiful, the students are so mature and professional, things seem to function so well there."
"The curriculum, the facilties, the friendliness of everyone!"
"Interviewers and staff extremely friendly. Same with all the students. Check out their gym too, very sweet."
"The facilities are very nice. Coming from a public university dealing with budget woes, everything seemed like a palace to me. Every person I met was friendly, and the students in the anatomy lab dropped everything to stop to the few of us interviewing that day. Students were not burnt out at all."
"Nearly everything!! The students were soo friendly, and the admissions staff was awesome! The facilites are superb and everyone seems genuinely satisfied with their Loyola experience. It's obvious that Loyola makes an effort to cultivate a "family" atmosphere among their students, and it seems to alleviate some of the stress equated with med school - I've never seen so many happy-go-lucky students so close to finals!"
"The friendliness of the staff and students. Rosemary and Judy rock!!"
"The campus was beautiful, they seemed to know me pretty well...at least who I was on paper. Very relaxed."
"Facility is new and GORGEOUS! They have a lot of great facilities for students- very nice gym. Students are nice and helpful. They have a cool medicine abroad program for after 1st year that a lot of students participate in. "
"The facilities and the people were amazing!! A wonderful environment to learn in!"
"The tour. Their curriculum and facilities are great. They really emphasize the need for community and interaction b/t all the students (first years to fourth years)."
"The facilities, students are really happy, doctors love their jobs, great values!"
"The tour was fantastic. Loyola is a beautiful new facility that is DEFINATELY worth a look!"
"The facilities were absolutely amazing, and of course so was their legendary work-out facility."
"Facilities are amazing. Students and staff down-to-earth."
"The facilities were amazing. Also, there seemed to be great relationships among all the students.. of all 4 years even."
"Both interviewers talked matter of fact about what Loyola has to offer."
"Facilities are impressive and the students seemed happy. Faculty was extremely nice."
"The school is so nice and new, computers everywhere. The lecture rooms are nice, they have internet hook-up at each seat. They have three communities where there are lockers to keep stuff in and I think a refridgerator and microwave and stuff like that. These mix 1st thru 4th year students, so a nice chance to see people other than your year around. There is a ton of study space there too. The people everywhere were incredibly nice, even random people I spoke to in the elevator."
"The recreation center is awesome. The children's unit in the hospital is neat, too."
"Loyola is clearly dedicated to making sure that their student's are happy/healthy and satisfied with their surroundings and experiences. "
"WOW is all I have to say. I expected it to be just like all of the rest of the interviews I have been to and expected the usually blah, blah, blah. But this school just has a different feel for it and the facilities can't be beat for the med school and gym. "
"The facilities, they are amazing! They even have computers at every body in the anatomy lab...everything is very technologically advanced! "
"The new facilities, Chicago, the attitude of the admissions staff"
"The facilities are brand new. The students are happy and the people were very nice. "
"The medical school facilities are amazing. Also, they truly are student-interest-oriented. Students' ideas and opinions are incorporated into the curriculum, classes, facilities, etc..."
"Facilities are very nice and new, admissions staff and students very friendly and helpful. There seems to be a real sense of community among the students and faculty."
"The facility is amazing, the students are happy, the fitness center is incredible, and the people are genuinely nice. Dean Norstrom was very straight-forward and incredibly open about the remainder of the application process."
"The friendliness of the faculty and students and laid back atmosphere."
"The facilities were all state-of-the-art, the students seemed extremely happy to be there, and the fitness center is one of the best in the state"
"Everybody was unbelievably welcoming."
"The new sports facility adjacent to the medical school."
"Dr. Cera was a very nice person. She read out my letter of rec out loud because she was so impressed. All the students are extremely nice."
"the facilities were AMAZING, and the students seemed really happy there. They also had a huge commitment to community service."
"How friendly and helpful everyone was. It was truly amazing. Also, their view of how to restructure clinical practices and management to improve patient care."
"The facilities and the attitude of the students. They looked like they were happy to be there, and were very friendly w/ each other and us. "
"New facilities and the incredibly friendly staff. The entire medical school was rebuilt in 1997 and all the labs/lounges/classrooms/lecture halls were new. Students were all very friendly and enthusiastic (kept coming up to me and introducing themselves/chatting about the school). Attached to the medical school is also a brand new fitness facility."
"the campus and the medical school is gorgeous! Everyone is so friendly. The facilities are absolutely amazing."
"they mentioned the cold weather a lot"
"One of their clinical sites is in Indiana."
"surrounding area isn't super nice"
"Anatomy is prosected cadavers"
"Seems like I may have trouble finding research in an area that interests me but I should be able to work it out. They also didn't give any information on the Match."
"Grading is not true pass/fail (at least internally). 90=honors, 80=high pass, 70=pass. May not be a negative for some people, but students are not required to dissect their own cadavers - there are several prosected ones, and only a few students can dissect if they choose to."
"Nothing at all."
"Sharing facilities with school of nursing and hospital = lots of human traffic all the time"
"Still have lots of chalkboards (yet they do have whiteboards in areas as well). No print quota- you need to print everything yourself."
"Can't think of anything off the top of my head...cheaper tuition would always be nice, but it's about average for private schools."
"So much paperwork!"
"My interviews were back to back and in different buildings, so in order to get to my appointments on time I had to skip out asking questions that I really would have liked to ask."
"no other professional/ graduate schools in the near vicinity - feels a little secluded"
"The lack of direction as far as getting to the admissions office."
"No information about the school given in the form of a seminar/presentation. Library is rough but I don't really use libraries."
"Although both interviews were very relaxed and conversational, my second interview consisted of the interviewer basically selling the school to me because she already thought I was a wonderful fit for them and she made me feel as if I was almost already accepted. I have since been waitlisted, but I feel as though the opportunity to further impress me was taken since I didn't really have a second interview."
"Honestly nothing... This day turned out to be about us getting to know each other. Loyola really is beautiful- their mission, their facilities, and their people."
"I wish there was like a central presentation to sell the school more. Both my interviewers were late, however not really bad cause you cant blame them theyre busy people. Both didn't really know my file, but I didn't mind since it made the interviewer more interested in knowing about me. "
"Small school, small sim lab, limited research."
"Nothing really... I was on cloud 9 :)"
"The location is too far removed from downtown Chicago for my taste, but that's not really anyone's fault. It's not a huge deal."
"The school is not as ethnically diverse as it could be (22% URM), but students come from all over the States, making for a heterogeneous student body."
"The paperwork. I would have rather filled those forms out with my secondary."
"The location of the school is really out in the suburbs of Chicago. Not many research opportunities. Not public transit friendly."
"not a lot of basic research opportunities, kinda far from Chicago. area around school isn't super, curriculum isn't loose enough to allow for a year LOA from coursework"
"They didn't give a presentation on financial aid... kind of shady. THey give you a sheet of paper you have to sign which says "i will visit financial aid website on my own time." I feel they should have put more effor in to letting us know of any scholarship options, etc. Also, Chicago = LA with sh*tty weather which is not a good combination."
"The traffic in the area is not great, but as traffic in EVERY major city is generally atrocious that is not much of a negative. The weather is also less than ideal, but considering I am expecting to spend about 95% of my 4 years of medical school inside anyway, that is also not much of a negative."
"nothing really. It seems like most students live in areas a few miles from the school or even in downtown Chicago so everyone drives to school. Public transport in the suburbs doesn't seem that great but that seems standard in most cities."
"more of a campus feel would have been nice. The medical complex is not part of loyola undergrad. and somewhat off on its own. "
"There is no diversity what-so-ever. It literally is like a white prep school."
"You have to drive each day to school."
"While I like the values influence of Catholic Jesuit faith on Loyola's curriculum, the hospital doesn't perform abortions. I don't think it limits your rotations experience as an M3 and M4 but certainly a factor to be aware of."
"Location of medical school and housing situation (I live 2 miles from the school), doctors were late for interviews, disruptions during the interviews."
"No diversity in the student body. I felt like I was at a White prep school..."
"location of campus- not much directly around it. "
"No classes that day (exam was the following day), so there weren't many students around. Location - wish it were in Chicago instead of a suburb (traffic!)."
"nothing really, although i might like the location better if it was downtown"
"that there is no bookstore"
"Nothing comes to me immediately, the only thing I can even nitpick about was the traffic surrounding the complex that housed the school-incredibly confusing if you ask me."
"It was darn cold."
"The schedule for the day. The place was so nice and there were so many other things we could have done to learn more about the school rather than sitting during down time."
"It was on a saturday so school was not in session."
"The parking was hard to find. I interviewed during a break and did not get to experience the school while in session. Some of the rooms we wanted to see were locked for the break. "
"No graduate housing for the medical school. The student body doesn't seem exceptionally diverse. The weather was a bit of a shock!"
"You have to live in the burbs during the 1st 2 years probably and if you don't and you live in Chicago proper, it'll be a 30-60min commute."
"The second interviewer wouldn't drop the fact that I had come about four minutes late because the first interview had run long and because another doctor, actually the chair of admissions, had stopped me to talk to me about some things! So when I got there he went ahead and made a phone call that did not seem too important, but once things got started he seemed to start to like me until we finished and he again recalled that I had arrived late-grr."
"Seems like there are few clinical opportunities, the location is farther removed from the city, you would need a car to commute since the public transportation isn't too extensive there, and the student body isn't diverse, though, they're working on it."
"nothing...everthing was awesome, from the people to the opportunities to the attached gym!"
"Trying to find the right parking garage."
"Nothing, except that the day was somewhat disorganized, but this was only because of a horrible storm that occurred the night before. The first and 2nd years were also on their fall break, so I didn't get to experience as much of the community as I could have."
"I was a bit concerned about the religious influence at the school but almost everyone (tour guide and interviewers) emphasized that 1) the Jesuit tradition is open to all backgrounds and religions and 2) that religious mandate does not interfere (too much) with the education or Practice of Medicine. Just no embryonic stem cell research or abortions. If anything, the Jesuit foundation makes for interesting debate about ethical medical decision making."
"The location of the school is not the best, but many students reverse commute from Chicago and say it's not too bad."
"I would probably want to live in Chicago vs. Maywood, and traffic can be kind of a pain. Also, my tour guide was nice enough to tell us about some negatives: the pharmacology class is bad, as is the psych rotation. This didn't really have any effect on my positive image of the school. "
"There did not seem to be a lot of emphasis on research. It seems like a great school for clinical skills, but research was not featured."
"The cold and it being in the suburbs"
"Nothing. Loyola seems to provide exactly the kind of cooperative learning environment that I was searching for."
"The school is not readily accessible by public transportation."
"The parking! My only complaint is that is was hard to find the entrance to the parking garage."
"The school has little research facilities."
"After the interviews and the tour, their seemed to be a bit of confusion amongst the staff as what do with us (the interviews). Apparently they couldn't find some dean so we were wandering for a bit then they put on a movie about their immersion program until they found the dean (of students I believe? Not of admissions, we already met with her). Also, anatomy lab is holed up in windowless basement."
"The school is truly exceptional. I don't have any real complaints, aside from the fact that they don't appear to have a very diverse student body or faculty."
"Probably the only thing I didn't like about this campus was having the anatomy lab in the basement with no windows."
"Nothing at all, this place is awesome. I think the interview day could be improved if there was a presentation from a financial aid person though (or at least some more literature)"
"Maywood itself was pretty bland, but not a big deal because downtown Chicago is a quick drive away."
"Kind of expensive, I could have used a session on financial aid."
"The weather was bad. "
"there is no on campus housing, so you have to live in the nearby towns since everyone tells me that Maywood isnt the best place to live."
"Nada. Absolutely nothing."
"I was only saddened by the fact that I would have to get a car. But that's a pretty small problem given the fact that this is an excellent school, with a well-organized and integrated curriculum."
"the area is kind of blah, but is close to nicer suburbs and downtown (if you can avoid the traffic)"
"the area surrounding the campus wasn't too pretty; other pre-med interviewees weren't too friendly."
"not too much... i thought an hour and a half was enough to drive 12 miles outbound from the city, i was wrong. "
"maywood is pretty lower middle class"
"Isolation of school."
"throughout the interview i became aware of how the school is 85% comprised of white 23 yr olds. they certainly dont have to the right to boast of any kind of diversity, and it's one of the few institutions that doesnt seem to care. my tour guide told me that the students have brought that issue up with the administration and they were snubbed without much reason as to why. i know there's a strong connection to notre dame, and they really havent shown the nation much to be proud of in terms of racial sensitivity. i dont know if it would factor into my decision to attend, but it gives me pause at the least."
"Nothing at all. The only thing that came about later is that the school isn't ranked all that high in national rankings... it makes it hard when you come back home telling everyone how much you loved the school and they tell you to choose a "higher ranked" one. :( "
"location is not ideal, lack of on campus housing"
"There was basically only one building where students could study. The building was really nice; it's just a lot different that medical schools that are on a huge campus. "
"there is a slight lack of diversity... "
"Lack of diversity"
"the student body was not very diverse"
"Nothing, it's a great school. Expensive but that's normal for a private school"
"Not much. The pool was too small, and the indoor track wasn't the right color. just kidding"
"cost, location...not in a great area"
"hmm......I honestly have no idea. Well, this isn't negative, just an issue..the tuition is a lot more expensive than a state school's tuition."
"My tour was disorganized and not comprehensive."
"Students don't live on campus."
"Their seemed to be a large Greek fallout population. Not a lot of blacks and hispanics. All minor... Only problem is cost."
"I'm used to living in a big city and Loyola is a little further from Chicago than I had expected. It is pricy, but we are talking about med school so that is understandable."
"I'd say the weather (it snowed overnight, making the commute far longer than normal), but I'm from Chicago, so it's a given."
"The school reputation is good, but it isn't the best. That and they aren't too upfront with their match data for residencies, which makes me a little nervous. All in all though this is a wonderful school and I'm seriously considering it"
"My student tour guide was a bit distracted."
"the medical campus (as is the case with many schools) is not near the main campus."
"As others have noted, the living situation is not ideal. Apparently, most of the students live in Oak Park, so you may want to check out a map to see what you're dealing with exactly. A car is pretty much necessary, and the students claim it's a 20 minute commute each way. If you want to get up at dawn and drive from Chicago, you could do that too."
"The tuition (ouch) - though I think it'd be worth it! - and I wish we could have seen the library (though our tour guide warned us it's not a focal point)"
"Emergency room is only a level 3 trauma. "
"Where am I going to live? It seemed that the only answer was miles away from the medical school."
"Didn't show/talk about library at all. Students aren't provided with gloves for anatomy lab."
"Maywood blows! The midwest is a very sheltered place. There wasn't much in the way of culture there."
"They don't teach about birth control...and I don't think I like the Problem Based Learning curriculum...the format just isn't me..."
"Location, but some students live in downtown Chicago."
"Maywood.. not the nicest area"
"It was raining so I didn't get a good chance to see the entire atmosphere of the school. Also, that the housing is not too close."
"Maywood is not in Chicago."
"There isnt any housing nearby, so you have to have a car. I did not get a chance to see any of the hospital facilities during my tour."
"It is a Catholic school, so they don't teach certain medical procedures (not just abortions). I feel like I want to be taught how to do everything, and then I can choose on my own whether or not to perform certain procedures. It seems that by not teaching some procedures they are short-changing their students. "
"Maywood... the fact that the school boasts a Chicago location is a myth... it's a good 20 minute drive from the city and is nothing (culturally) like Chicago."
"Probably the fact that the school is not closer to the city, but I took the time to ride around Oak Park where many students live, and that made up for it."
"The weather and lack of close housing."
"Maywood, Maywood, Maywood. The idea that the school is in Chicago is an urban legend. It's a good half-hour drive to the city, and Maywood leaves a lot to be desired."
"The housing situation. One student said it's practically impossible to get around without a car."
"You must commute to and from the med school campus - i.e. Maywood isn't a nice town to live in."
"The lack of a bookstore (the small one they have is closing) and minimal variety in available food."
"The location (very isolated and somewhat distant from anywhere else in Chicago), the schedule (classes start the first week of August)"
"The fact that we didn't tour the hospital (only the med school). "
"Location. Outside of Chicago. Looked like middle of nowhere."
"The location. Maywood is nothing to write home about."
"The medical school is new and beautiful and they have a new cancer center, but the rest of the medical center is pretty ugly...lots of parking lots and buildings with retro-60's looks, like concrete blocks."
"The location/traffic, and they didn't have as high of residency placement stats as some other places i've been to."
"Location of campus."
"One of the interviewers was extremely stoic, and didnt smile at all! He also kept throwing ethical questions at me one after another."
"That they genuinely care about getting to know me"
"Nothing in particular."
"They are VERY focused on finding students who match their values (community focused, team-oriented, etc.)"
"How easygoing the interview would be"
"How at ease they make you feel."
"It was freezing so I wish I brought a warmer jacket"
"This was one of my tougher interviews! There were some really challenging questions (although not really anything you could predict/prepare for)."
"Traffic in Chicago is rough..."
"I wouldn't be able to meet my fellow applicants; itinerary given in advance"
"They ask you questions on paperwork about online courses, non-science courses...bring your transcript to refer to."
"The names of the individuals I was interviewing with."
"Check in at the front desk located across the elevators before going to the 2nd floor in order to get a guest pass. That the parking attendant at the visitors garage was unable to accept credit cards for payment."
"staying in the city (with friends, as i did) makes it a pain to get to loyola in the morning. taxis are way too expensive. i would definitely stay in a hotel near loyola if i were to do it again"
"How great of an interview experience this would be!"
"Day is fairly unscheduled, you will find your interviewers at their office or clinic and must hope to make it in time."
"I drove, so give yourself plenty of time to get to Maywood. In morning traffic, it takes about 1.5 hours."
"They forewarn you that you might have a lot of down time, which you can use to read/study. But this actually ended up being a good opportunity to sit in on lecture, talk to other interviewers, and ask questions from the chairman."
"That I wouldn't be asked any ethical questions or many typical questions. "
"How my visit would be even more amazing than I had thought it would be! "
"How much this interview was going to blow me away."
"That I was going to like Loyola so much."
"How much walking we'd be doing...ow! Also how far this school is out of the way. I would have driven to this school instead of public transit."
"bring your AMCAS app to fill out paperwork about specific coursework and credits completed to fulfill requirements (do we really have to do this right before our interviews???). I did a saturday interview but I wish I had gone during the week cuz nothing was happening at the school and it felt like touring a closed shopping mall with a few students milling around"
"There is a good deal of paperwork to fill out on the day of the interview. KNow what classes you have taken since submitting your primary and what the grades were, and also be able to break down any AP credits on your primary into math/science and non-math/science units if they aren't already shown that way. I had a rough time remembering some of that information off the top of my head. "
"The interviews were not in one central location; you'll have to walk to/find each of the interviewers' offices. They do a pretty good job of explaining directions though. There is also a lot of paperwork to fill out."
"more about the curriculum but it didn't come up in the interviews"
"It would the night before which would make getting to the school HELL!"
"It's kind of its own community."
"Nothing--SDN had me feeling fully prepared!"
"The extensiveness of the paperwork you have to fill out while you're there."
"My interview took place during fall break, which made the school seem really disorganized. Loyola is a Catholic Jesuit insitution, it was risky for me to say I would consider euthanasia under some circumstances."
"Make sure you wear really comfortable shoes - there's A LOT of walking on the tour. "
"parking situation is kind of confusing, but you will find it."
"nothing comes to mind yet again, but maybe that the interviewer wouldn't have known my grades and MCAT-i THINK its closed file, cause that's what he suggested when he told me he didn't have those stats, but he did have recommendation letters and secondary essays..."
"That traffic can easily make a 10 min. Mapquest commute into 1 hour. Make sure you leave extra early to make it in time, especially in the morning."
"Nothing, it was really low key."
"...that I had forgotten my dress shirt. Made for a hectic morning."
"The really great Patient Centered Medicine program and the International Service Immersion program. "
"The day is extremely personalized, so there is very little interaction with other applicants interviewing the same day."
"Don't bother printing off your AMCAS like something says, they have it there for you!"
"How beautiful the campus was! How amazing the students are to each other. "
"Get there a bit early. My first interview was supposed to be at 8:00am, but the admissions staff was late, so they had to reschedule it."
"My interviews were back-to-back, which was actually a relief."
"That I wasn't going to get any tough ethics questions. I was scrambling beforehand to read up on stem cells and euthanasia, etc, but neither interviewer asked me anything related to ethics."
"Lot's of walking!! Ladies do not where more than 1 inch heals. Someone else said this, and I ignored it, and regretted that."
"Wear comfortable shoes, there's some walking around during the tour"
"Classes in the first two years generally end by noon. Small group sessions extend into the afternoon, but only a few times a week."
"That I would be walking outside from building to building - I would have brought my umbrella in my purse instead of leaving it in the admissions office!"
"That I needed to bring cash for parking. The parking lady had to take down my liscence plate number and give me an envelope to send my 3 dollars in. But hey, at least I wasn't held hostage in the lot until I found a way to acquire the needed funds. "
"I researched it pretty well, so I wasn't surprised by anything."
"That this is where I want to spend the next four years, no question about it."
"I discovered that I need to compare overall student happiness when comparing programs. I also learned that by quietly observing students in an anatomy lab, you can get a good sense of how well they work together as a team."
"That my interviewer from last time (I'm a re-applicant) had remembered my name and was going to call me to his office to chat. What a cool and wonderful guy."
"I got a little confused by the parking situation, but I was able to figure it out. Also, when they say they want you to be there 30 mins early, I would definitely make sure to be that early, if not even earlier. You have to fill out paperwork, so it helps to get there early so you do not have to worry about it later."
"dont forget to bring a copy of your amcas bc they ask you to fill out some paperwork in the beginning. "
"There's nothing that I had wished I had known ahead of time, but there were some pleasant surprises -- this place truly is state-of-the-art with everything at your fingertips. Watch out, you might get really spoiled as a med student here :)"
"there could have been better directions about where to park, also traffic was horrendous"
"The interview was for the waitlist."
"wish i knew which parking lot was closest to the med school. "
"That public transportation to downtown Chicago isn't that close by."
"that the "right on 290" they told me to make on the map really was a LEFT. be responsible for your own directions and leave EARLY."
"Students live in different parts of the city, no central campus area"
"That the interview would be so relaxed..I could barely eat breakfast."
"That my skirt was too big and totally uncomfortable. (We dont wear suits very often in Maine, Montana, and Minnesota.)"
"how awesome the fitness facilites were"
"that 290 was going to be so jammed at 7:15 in the morning! From Western Ave. it took me 55 minutes to get to Loyola!"
"How nice the students were compared to some other places."
"nothing--visit their website, it's very thorough"
"That there was really no reason to be nervous."
"The class is full so I was interviewing for a waitlist position."
"The closeness of the admin/facult w/ the students. I really respect that."
"We were interviewing for wait list spots."
"That the class is full and the most I can hope for at this point is a place on the alternate list."
"How friendly everyone was~ I would not have been nearly so nervous"
"How much I would like it"
"that I could interview on a saturday"
" I was a little early for my interviews, so I had some time to thumb through the viewbook a few times, and it really let me prepare some better questions. About 15 minutes into my second interview, my interviewer asked, "Do you have any questions for me right now?" and I was able to ask him questions for the remainder of the time. If I didn't have anything specific prepared, it would have been bad. Also, give yourself time to walk from interview to interview. I got lost once and was running around with stress rising with every step."
"Maywood really isn't as bad as everyone makes it seem. I actually found it comforting after the shock of the big city nearby (I'm a smalltown girl myself)"
"Do NOT stay at the Travel Inn, no matter what you do. Even though it is close, don't do it! A cardboard box is more sanitary. Also, they are advertised as a Travelodge, but they are not. I will be contacting the better business bureau later on today. "
"Taxies are expensive and public transportation is a little tricky. Also, there is a hostile program where you can stay with students instead of paying for a hotel room."
"The wonderful facilities that were available at Loyola, and the block type curriculum."
"That they say they will be done around 5pm but I was done by 2pm after my tour lasted an hour longer than planned."
"the school is quite far from the city of Chicago. No good dining, except great pizza!"
"They're really service oriented...lots of great opportunities for immersion trips."
"Nothing, I was pretty well prepared."
"How impressive the school is."
"That I would have a lot of free time to myself during the interview day. ALso they make you fill out this sheet about your honors classes and non-sci upper division classes which made me nervous bc mine was basically blank.....but I ended up getting accepted so I dont think its a big deal. Also, the summer after the first year about 65% of the students go to another country for about 2-3 weeks to practice medicine. It sounds awesome. They have a silent auction where they do fundraising for it, so you dont pay too much. Also....I had no idea that I would like it at this school so much. It was my first interview, but by far has been my top choice after seeing what else is out there."
"I would be on my own for a lot of the day. I had to find my interviewers offices on my own, which were in completely different buildings, which was fine, but it didn't seem as personable as other schools where you are given more personal contact and guidance."
"You can bring your luggage to the admissions office and they don't mind if you leave it in the closet during your day of interviews and tours."
"How impressed I would be with the school, I have been waiting for a school to jump out at me, and this one finally did."
"I was interviewing for a wait list spot. "
"If you can't/don't arrange to stay with a student, you can bring your luggage to the admisssions office so you don't need to stay an extra night in a hotel. They have a closet and they don't mind at all if you keep things with them while you interview. Also, if you have a bad interview experience, make sure you tell the dean when you meet with him/her at the end of your day. Because the interviewers report their initial impressions (score of 0-5) immediately after talking to you, if you have 2 completely different scores, the dean will offer you a 3rd interview, on campus, that day. Pretty nice deal, actually."
"The housing situation..."
"They give you a questionairre about what honors courses, double majors, upper-level non science courses, etc, that you have pursued - it shook me up a bit because I know they'll use that to evaluate me in the final admission decisions."
"Over 50% of last year's first years went abroad, mostly to 3rd world countries, to volunteer their time."
"The parking structure they tell you to park in for your interview has an unmarked employee entrance, and a (more distant, and not visible) visitor entrance. If you go to the employee entrance (as I did), you won't be allowed into the structure. Also, last year they interviewed 575 people for 300 acceptances, so if you're this close, you have a good shot."
"The Dean will talk to you for a few minutes. Kinda stressful at first. But she's only making sure all the requirements are completed. Also, if you interview late, your chances are only for waitlists. I didn't know this earlier. I may not have gone."
"That my visit was timed over one of their breaks...would have liked to be there for a class or to talk to more students. Some students were there, though."
"They are a Jesuit/Catholic institution, and have a really high emphasis on ethics. "
"From reading comments on the forums, Loyola seemed to be a "lower" choice for many students. However having seen it for myself it seems like an excellent place to learn medicine and have a great time doing it."
"Being friendly and staying true to your personality/humor throughout will let you shine"
"Fantastic school. I fell in love on interview day."
"Amazing school full of compassionate faculty and students"
"I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the school and how nice their facilities were."
"Very kind people, both students and faculty. It was emphasized to be a low stress day, and that the interview would be more conversational."
"Loved this school! If you get an interview here, just be authentic. Show who you are and why you would fit the school's mission."
"It was a very relaxed day and the people you meet are genuine."
"Staying with student hosts is awesome!"
"Awesome school, great interview day. Despite a few challenging questions, extremely nice/warm interviewers who were genuinely interested in getting to know me."
"One open-file interview with faculty, one closed-file interview with a student"
"Really loved it here. Great school with interesting opportunities."
"Best interview experience by far. Also, only 5 people interviewed that day. Really made you feel that you were unique/special, and not just another applicant."
"Genuinely happy students; dynamic system to support student body and help them succeed; great opportunities for research"
"I was impressed with the level of commitment by the staff and quality of clinical training and related opportunities."
"Nice school, very friendly and community-oriented. Small campus, seems somewhat isolated. Cool fitness facilities."
"I really enjoyed the whole experience. It wasn't intimidating or scary at all. Everyone was very warm and welcoming."
"Each interviewer asked me about 30 minutes of questions, and I had about 15 minutes to have my questions answered. There is a new nursing school being built really close to the med school. This will be a good additional resource for clinical learning/practice."
"Loyola's a great school! They were very welcoming, and I was not intimidated at all!!"
"Despite my frustration with the results of my interview, the school, the facilities, and the people at Loyola couldn't have been better."
"LOYOLA IS A GREAT PLACE! Everyone is truly happy with the education and opportunities at Loyola and helping in their community. This was my first interview- but I'll have a better frame of reference to compare Loyola against other schools very soon. :) "
"Come 30 min early. It seems like everyone knows your interviewing. Its really odd a lot of people come up to you and say hi. Since it was the first day of interviews it seemed like everyone was staring. When you come to the office they hand you your schedule and paperwork. They give you detailed info on how to meet your interviewers. You get a tour and lunch. The tour was quite informal, but relaxing and cool. I'd easily be happy there. Even though its not quite pass/fail its a really great environment. Also, the medical school isnt isolated from the hospitals. They are all interconnected. In fact physicians, surgeons, nurses, etc all walk through the medical school and interact frequently with students. Everywhere you look you see doctors. Its a really cool feeling. Plus, the doctors are quite down to earth and cool. Many came up to us. Lastly, we met with Dean Jones. He is a cool guy, and really knows a lot about you. Overall, a fun but long day."
"Loyola was a very nice school with friendly people. I think it would be difficult not to be happy there."
"Everyone was so happy and nice--the staff, professors, students, and fellow interviewees. The staff went out of their way to line up an additional student to take me out to lunch at the end of the day, since I didn't purcahse any food at lunch since I get nervous before interviews. I met the dean of admissions, who is a great guy. Everyone at Loyola seems to really want to be there. I felt the people at Loyola were all "good people," and would be a wonderful group to spend the next four years with. My interviews were amazing. I was nervous before they began, but they were both very conversational, and a lot of fun. The gym is amazing (though I don't work out!) and the medical school is very student-friendly in its layout and designI like that Loyola isn't in Chicago, but that it is still close enough to easily enjoy the big city. "
"I was so set on a school that I already got accepted to and felt like was the perfect fit. If I get accepted here, I will have to choose from two schools that were perfect fits"
"I applied for the MD/PhD program, so it was a two-day process. The first day was the MD day. I was supposed to arrive there at 8:45, but I was 40 minutes late due to icy road conditions and traffic (it took me two hours to get there from Wheaton, which is 11 miles away). They were really nice and understanding about me being late, and I wasn't the only one. My two, hour-long interviews were before lunch, and they were as relaxed and laid-back as possible. The interviewers had access to my AMCAS application minus the grades and MCAT score. My first interviewer asked me questions non-stop for one hour, but he was definitely nice about it. My second interviewer seemed more like she was trying to convince me to go there than ask me any questions. That was nice. I had lunch and a tour with an impressive M1 student who was as nice and relaxed as he could be (especially considering he had an anatomy final the next day). The second day was the PhD portion, which was more rigorous. There were nine one-on-one interviews. The first five interviews in the morning were with physiology faculty, and there were four in the afternoon with the MD/PhD steering committee. By the end of the day, they had me wanting to attend Loyola. They were amazing folks, and I could definitely see myself there."
"I was very impressed with Loyola. The students seemed to really enjoy the school and curriculum. Loyola tries to cater to the 'whole person'--so, while academics is the focus of medical school, they don't neglect the social/physical components of their students. They seemed to have a great student camaraderie (the night before my interview was their annual 'Powder Puff' football game between the M1s and M2s) and had a pretty amazing gym. The campus is in the suburbs of Chicago, which I personally liked--but it is only about a 20 minute drive to the city (depending on traffic)."
"Everyone from the administration office to the interviewers to the students were very nice and very helpful. Definitely try to interview during the week so you can see this little building alive. It's like a beehive! Ladies bring comfortable shoes!! Also, I only stayed in the city because I was up there for more than one interview. I would not recommend staying in Chicago for an interview at Loyola."
"arrive, quick spiel by Dean Muraskas (great guy!), 2 back to back interviews (one PhD, one MD), then chat with students over lunch and tour of facilities. It was funny how they said that "occasionally" they would do three interviews, but would not tell us whether that was a good or bad thing. but people during the day were pulled aside from tour and stuff to go meet with another person. I was thankful that I made it through the day w/o this until I got back to the office and they told me and another guy to go talk to the dean. It was NOT an interview, just a chat. Although other people may have had actual interviews, who knows. Needless to say, me and the other guy went to the restroom to rebutton our top button and pull our act together since we had started to relax. I thought the finishing touch of the dean taking me and another guy into the NICU to show us the impact the school was making on the community was a very nice touch. I just got my acceptance today and if I get in somewhere else, I'd want to check it out again during school in session. Overall though, I'd be happy here for sure"
"I went on a Saturday. Compared to other schools the day didn't seem very organized, they dont really have any presentations on financial aid or curriculum or anything like that. The chair of admissions basically comes in and says "do you have any question?" He is a actually a really cool guy and really goes out of his way to get to know each applicant. He was also one of my interviewers. There are two interviews for the day and they are the first things you do (starting at 9am) after you fill out some paperwork and talk with the chair. They are scheduled for an hour each and are very casual and laid back. The students love their school and are very happy with their education and the people they interact with. It is pass/fail system so very non-competitive. "
"I already knew a good bit about this school going into the interview, and everything I experienced served to verify the things I had heard. This school is very special. They are all about creating a close-knit community of impeccably trained, globaly conscious, patient centered physicians. Everyone at the school seems to be on the same page and working toward the same goals. My time at Loyola cemented in my mind that I would be amazingly happy at this school and I really hope I get a spot."
"The interviews were VERY conversational and the interviewers were very friendly. I had two MDs that interviewed me and they did an excellent job of making me feel at ease. I was very stressed at the beginning, but I almost forgot I was in an interview a few minutes into it."
"Overall fantastic. Two interviews: one student and one professor/physician/committee member (he's very involved with the school). The admissions office staff is very accomidating and extremely friendly. The students are very friendly and don't be afraid to ask them questions because they all go out of their way to make you feel welcome. You get lunch (use the whole $6 card up if you can) and a great tour. Mine was one-on-one with a student that clearly thought highly of Loyola. At the end of your day they let you know about the decision process and you're done. Expect to be there from around 8:30-3pm or so, but you have a lot of down time to sit in on classes (sit in on a small group discussion if you can) and explore. Definitely explore. If you interview at Loyola it will be a good experience so relax."
"great day. The interview experience was very well put together. Only two other people were interviewing this day so the tour, lunch etc. weren't stressful and there was plenty of time for questions. During a gap between interviews I was led into a 2nd year class where several 2Ms introduced themselves almost right away. Very friendly crowd and inviting atmosphere. The day was structured around 2 interviews.. i was told that if both interviewers agreed, roughly, on your performance score (1-10) then you can go home afterwards.. otherwise a 3rd interview is required. Interviews were very much conversational though with almost no stress. "
"Both Interviewers were really nice. The school is gorgeous and the students were very nice. It was more of a conversation than an interview. If the school wasn't in the middle of nowhere it would be my #1 choice."
"The interview is semi-closed because they cannot see your gpa or mcat scores. It was pretty laid back, though."
"The interviews were relaxed and conversational. There was not a strict linear interviewing script and the questions changed depending on my answers. They really want to get to know you and understand if you would be a good fit, and if you would be happy there. Everyone--students, admissions staff, doctors--was so warm and welcoming. And so happy!!! It was a fun day and I really enjoyed myself. I would be thrilled to go to Loyola."
"The interview day is well put together. My interviews were spaced with an hour in between, which gave me time to work on the paperwork they had for me. The interviews were open file, but the physicians did not have access to my GPA or MCAT score. They both seemed to truly be trying to get to know me. The dean comes out to say a few words, meet all of the applicants there that day, and explain the remaining aspects of the admissions process. Then it was off to lunch with a few medical students who then take you on a tour. The students are extremely happy to be at Stritch and eager to answer any and all questions. The tour is very thorough, including stops in the anatomy lab, lecture hall, hospital, study rooms, and gym. Overall it was an amazing experience. Everyone is really friendly and it was a low-stress day."
"I had a couple of interviews with lunch and a tour in between. The first one lasted about an hour. The second one was about a half an hour. The interviewers had access to my AMCAS and secondary applications but not my grades or MCAT score. The admissions office gave me some more information and had me update my application and fill out some forms when I had free time. Everyone was very accommodating. "
"Unfortunately, my interview experience was terrible. I am aware that many good physicians come from Loyola, but the school seemed to put minimal effort into attracting students. The tour guide was a no-show, and the interviews were not professional. My first interviewer was 20 minutes late and tried to ask me questions while performing a bronchoscopy on a young lung transplant patient. He was very nice, but he didn't have time to do a complete, meaningful interview. The second doctor also showed up 20 minutes late and was not familiar with my file. Noting that my father was a private practice ophthalmologist, the interviewer criticized the profession for being money-oriented and apathetic towards patients. He interrupted our conversation to answer his phone and speak with his wife, then called his daughter. In spite of the negative experience, I was accepted. Nevertheless, my interviews lead me to doubt the overall quality of the school."
"The experience was truly great. The environment is amazing and the interviewers I had were really nice and friendly. I also love how I will know the decision made on my file in less than two weeks! I had a great day at Loyola and would be very happy to attend...but we will see!!"
"very good. I'd definitely be happy to go here. would have to own a car and drive to the campus, though."
"I think it would be hard to interview at Loyola and not fall under its spell. The students I met were uniformly happy and loved their school, and all the talk of it being almost a little creepy (in a good way) is true. The administration and faculty are incredibly supportive, and quickly make changes or adjustments to the curriculum or classes, or add new programs based on student reviews and feedback. They really want you to be happy and successful there. The curriculum is a block system, where you only have one class at a time, and are generally done around noon. They said you usually have a short lecture, followed by a mediated small group problem solving session, followed by a summary lecture. The students I spoke to really liked it. And I like the idea of having one major class at a time (they do all of anatomy in 2 months!). Also, they tend to cancel PBL sessions the week of a major exam, and often give a week off after a big exam. They have an ''honors program'' based in bioethics and healthcare policy if you're interested. Clinical training starts early in the first year, and throughout all four years - they put out some of the best clinically trained doctors, with tons of standardized patient hours (and patient simulation exercises). And the facilities were specifically designed with the curriculum in mind and to foster a real ''community'' feeling among students. They are new, bright, and wonderful, and each class is broken into three groups and given a section of the main floor where they have a ''community area'' with a lounge, study rooms, mail room, fridge/microwave, etc. Everything has windows onto the open atrium (3-4 floors high) filled with tables & armchairs. The gym will blow your mind no matter how jaded you are or how irrelevant you think a gym would be to a medical school. There are lots of community service opportunities, and many students go on one of their international summer immersion programs for 2-4 weeks after their first year. There is some research there, but my impression was that it's mainly clinical research, and that it's available, but definitely not the focus of the school. It's mainly a clinically-oriented school. Most students live in Oak Park & surrounding suburbs, but some students do live in Chicago and commute 30-40 minutes each way (depending on traffic and location). As for the interviews, they were some of the most in-depth and demanding I've had. They are very conversational and friendly, but they really want to know what makes you tick, the decisions you've made and why you made them. They're really digging deep to see if you'll be a good fit for them, and what attracts you to Loyola. I got some difficult and very probing questions (not listed in this review since they were predominantly specific to my particular background), but just be yourself, relax, and if you're a good match, it should come across loud and clear. If you interview there, you will leave Loyola convinced that you would be a very happy medical student if you went there...."
"My interviews were back-to-back. First by the head of the admissions committee, the second by a fourth year med student. "
"It was a great experience. The whole day was totally tailored specifically to me, from my interviews to the tour, which was really nice. After visiting, I would really like to go to school there."
"I truly fell in love with the school and left dying to go there"
"Amazing, loved the school, the students were very helpful and the staff was incredibly accomodating"
"I left my interview really excited to attend the stritch SOM. I was impressed by every aspect of the school from the faculty to the facilities to the students. My interviews were very relaxed and laid back, my 2nd interview flowed and the hour was up so quick! I flew home excited and eager to attend this school"
"The first one was slightly stressful since I had to justify the decisions I made to take/not take certain classes (med. ethics) and discuss my point of view on certain ethics questions. The second one was not stressful at all. She helped me answer any questions I had about the school, and was openly supportive of my application."
"Arrived at 8:00am and filled out a bunch of paperwork on prior coursework and financial aid stuff. The Dean of admissions came in and explained the admissions process and told us exactly when the decision would be made. Then we had interviews. Both of mine were surgeons. They each took about 1hr, they were semi-open file and really laid back. Then we had lunch and went on the tour. They are really accommodating, in that they matched me up with a student host of my same religion and then matched up us non-trads with a non-trad tour guide. It was a very positive experience. "
"Great on the wholepart. I do, however, think that the adcom, as organized as they are, could try to sell interviewers more on their school. They have such a great program, but they seem non-chalant about it."
"Loyola is a beautiful school, amazing facilities, everyone is crazy friendly. Everything is more service- and clinically-based than Ive seen at many other schools, which I liked. Like everyone else says, the Gym is rediculous - it makes the YMCA look like a broken nordictrak in my basement. I had one MD interview and an M2 interview, the M2 asked me several ethics questions while the other was much more informal."
"The interviews are very relaxed. Both interviewers have a partial file. They have your essays and activities but don't have any of your grades of scores on the MCAT. The school is in Maywood outside of Chicago and most of the students live in the surrounding burbs. No real difficult questions during the interviews and the staff really makes you feel welcome and puts you at ease. "
"I came away with a very positive impression and enjoyed the day at Loyola. The interviews were laid back but still serious. Great school that treats the students well. "
"It was great. The interviewers were pretty laid back and we had more of a conversation rather than an ''interview.''"
"The day is all about you. You don't move in a large group as I have in some other interviews. I had both interviews in the morning, then lunch with the tour guides and another applicant and then met with the dean to discuss what happened next. I stayed with a host and then shadowed them in one of their small groups, which was fantastic. There is a very tight community feel and everyone I met was very warm and welcoming. Many students came over to me and introduced themselves and asked me about myself. Overall, I was very impressed with both the students and the school."
"The day was a little too laidback w/o very much structure. If you interview during the week, the groups are small - mine was 4 total. And you have a lot of down time to just wander. 2 one-on-one interviews lasting 50 min or more. Lunch/tour with some M1s or M2s. And then you're done."
"Minus the second interviews reluctance to allow me to foget my tardiness, it was WONDERFUL and relaxed! The staff and students are so friendly and fun. "
"Loyola is an amazing medical school and I had a great experience there for the day. Relax and be yourself. They gave us schedules and told us what the next steps were. The student tour guides are funny and smart. The anatomy lab is clean and well-organized. Overall, Stritch is a top choice for me. "
"I had my first inteview at 9am, after which I was given a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit and saw a baby born in the delivery room! Afterwards, I toured the anatomy room, met with the Dean to talk about the admissions process, and had lunch with first and second year students. Then, I had a tour of the medical school facilities, had my second interview, and was going home by 3pm. Overall, a really low stress experience, didn't get any hard ethical questions, and came out really wanting to go here! "
"the best day of interviewing that i've had!! i would love to go to school here. the first thing that i did were my two interviews. one was 1hr 15 min long and the other was 45 min long. I had great discussions with both interviewers. the dean talked with us about the admissions procedures, and we were given a voucher for lunch in the cafeteria (good food), and a tour of the facilities. i also was able to stay and attend class with my tour guide."
"I had an awesome day. I got to sit in on two classes, my interviewers were really knowledgeable about my file. I got to talk to some M1s and a couple M2s about their experiences. "
"Great school with very happy students and helpful staff. It felt like a little community. Really good feel to the school."
"A great school, tremendous people and a wonderful experience. Stritch is certainly a star that is seldom recognized on the national stage for their innovative thinking, outstanding commitment to students and patients and their top notch facilities."
"Both of my interviewers were curious about me and my path to medical school. It felt less like an interview and more like an intellectual conversation with a colleague about what's currently going on medicine. "
"The interview was very relaxed and the faculty who I interviewed with were easy-going and very conversational. There were three of us interviewing that day and everyone seemed to share the same positive experience."
"When you show up at 8:30, you check in at admissions and get your schedule for the day - my interviews were in the morning and the afternoon but some people's were back-to-back. I had 2 physicians and some other people had a physician for one and a student interviewer for the other. In between the 2 interviewers, I had lunch and a tour with a 4th year med student and 2 other interviewees. Both of my interviewers put me at ease - they were extremely nice and non-intimidating. We mostly talked about my file and my experiences and motivations for entering medicine (I'm a "non-traditional" applicant). Since I had been expecting something a little more grueling, I was relieved and actually found the day pretty enjoyable. I think I would be very happy here."
"Very positive experience! There motto of treating the spirit too seems to be incorporated in multiple levels, and not just a nice saying. "
"It was great. The environment seems truly engaging and though there's some competition, everyone seemed to get along well. "
"Interviewers were tremendously nice. They actually had read my essays completely, so there were no questions that just repeated what I had already written, like in some of my interviews at other schools. "
"I love Loyola! "
"POSITIVE! I love this school and really hope they love me too! I would choose Loyola over any other school out there! "
"Very positive. As mentioned, the atmosphere at Loyola is terrific."
"Overall great experience. Really laid-back and low stress. Interviews were very conversational and friendly. School seems to be activiley working to create a more diverse student body. The students and dean of students mentioned it a lot and of the five of us who interviewed that day, we were comprised of an African-American male, African female, two Arab-Americans (one Christian, one Muslim), and one white female (not one white male in sight!). Student body seems really tight-knit, friendly, and sociable. They also seem to really like the block curriculum setup and love the school in general."
"Everything was very organized and individualized. The student tour was on-on-one, which was pretty impressive."
"Upon arrival, there are some videos to watch and paperwork to fill out while you wait for your interview day to start. There are two faculty interviews, generally one before lunch and one after. They're about 45-60 minutes, and relatively low-stress as long as you take your time to think about what you want to say. The tour is led by a student...and is unique in being a one-on-one tour. This gives you the opportunity to ask all the questions you want without sharing time with other applicants or being embarassed to ask things in front of other applicants. You have lunch with your tourguide as well, offering even more question time. I found it very easy to chat with my tourguide. Everyone from start to finish was extremely nice and welcoming, and the coffee was quite tasty. I was ill on my interview day, and everyone I came in contact with did everything they could to make my day as pleasant as possible."
"First, let me say that this experience was amazing. The people from Rosemary and Matt in the front to Dean Norstrem in the back were all extremely kind, friendly and helpful. I had two interviews. The interviewers have a copy of the primary and secondary with the transcript, grades, and MCAT removed. Both interviewers had read my file thoroughly, and asked a lot of no-stress questions about things in my folder. The students that I met were all very enthusiastic about their school. I had the chance to observe the students in the anatomy lab, and saw that they worked together closely as a team, and were kind, respectful and friendly towards one another. They all seemed to be very happy - more so than any other school that I have seen. The facilities themselves are all newish, and very nice. The fitness center is breath taking. After the interview, Dean Norstrem tells you the date that you will be considered by the committee so that you know when to start looking in the mailbox. Overall, a great experience. "
"The interview experience was great. I was able to make a great connection with my interviewers and felt wonderful leaving. Dean Norstrom (Admissions Director) was nice enough to meet with myself and the other interviewees and answer our questions. I can't say enough about the atmosphere at the school, students seem genuinely happy and cohesive. The mission of Loyola as a Jesuit institution definitely lends itself more to a clinical physician than a researcher. If you are planning on being a clinician, this is your place. I'll be here next fall as I got my letter of acceptance last week. The turn around time of 11 days between interview and decision is wonderful... And one more thing, a question/request to the person who gave the ONE NEGATIVE response to Loyola Stritch's interview day: why don't you give some reasons? One lone negative response begs a little more than some numbers and a not-so-smiley-face. What went wrong?"
"When I walked into the admissions office before my first interview, I felt everything was very well-organized and explained to us about what was going to happen that day. Toward the middle of the day, the Dean of Admissions spoke with us and she made me feel even more welcome. She also described to us the rest of the application process, which I thought was very important in setting our minds at ease about how long we would have to wait for a decision, etc. Additionally, I found both of my interviewers to be very attentive and knowledgeable about my application. "
"A+. Now I just need to get over the fact that it isn't a bigger name school. Once I do that, I think it will be very difficult not to choose to go there."
"I wasn't expecting Loyola to be all that great--I was wrong. It's definitely moved way up on my list of schools, I'd be more than happy going here."
"the first interview was nice and laid back. more like a conversation. where he slipped in questions. the second one was with another faculty that just seemed distracted the whole time as he clipped his finger nails and filed them as i spoke, pulled hair out of his ears, and answered a phone call during the interview. "
"I had two interviews, one with a faculty member of 20 years and one with a second year med student. They were both friendly and easy to talk to. The dean of admissions is wonderful and she talked to the group of interviewees about the whole admissions process and timeline. Not all schools do this. I liked it a lot."
"I know I'm biased having attended Jesuit educational institutions all my life, but the place has it all. If you are interested in clinical medicine and treating people and not a disease, this is the place for you. And Rosemary is one of the most helpful and enjoyable people around. The interviews both went well; I felt they were trying to sell me on the school. They were both very conversational and I found the interviewers engaging. Surprisingly, I did not get an ethical question that so many others on this website have talked about. Perhaps it was because I have a history of Jesuit education or maybe not everyone gets the question, who knows. All in all though, Loyola was my top choice before and became even more so after the interview day. "
"Random students would come up to me and tell me how great their school was. The curriculum is organized well, from an excellent standardized pt. program to a ridiculously posh fitness center. "
"My first interviewer was a little weird and had a dry sense of humor, but overall he was interested in what I had to say and had answers to my questions. The second interviewer was great and we talked about everything to sports, our common hometown to his work as a physician."
"easier with more superficial questions than i expected; i was surprised that i didn't get any ethical questions; the first interviewer was impressively familiar with my secondary"
"The interviewers were very relaxed and friendly.One was a psychiatrist, the other a 3rd year med student. They were really interested in my life/family background, because I have an unusual history and they were very supportive. I realize now that I should have explained my answers to their ethical questions more thoroughly. Overall, I left feeling good about the interview process."
"started off very stressful but once we sat down, it was very friendly and seemed to be more of a conversation. i had a great time."
"got there had two one-hour long interviews, then was told that one was more enthusiastic than the other, so I would have a third after lunch. It ended up being a long day. "
"Very positive, great school, great people."
"positive, overall. when people rave about the facilities, you have to see it to believe it. tight knit community, it seems."
"Arrive early in the morning for check in. I interviewed with 3 other students... we filled out paperwork, heard a short talk, I interviewed with a second year med student who I instantly clicked with. She was very friendly, asked interesting questions... and was very happy to answer mine! She arranged it with her friend so that he could take me, and the other interviewees with him to his small group discussion class, so we were able to sit in on that class, as well as in a big lecture class. Next up was a tour of the facilities, watched a video about the service immersion trips, and then interview #2 with an orthopedic surgeon, who was also very friendly and intelligent. this time we talked alot more about the problems found within medicine. The admission staff was SOOO helpful... the secretary even called her husband and woke him up to ask about bringing me a 1/2 off coupon for a Chicago attraction I wanted to visit the next day. It was a very positive interview experience with a very vibrant, sevice oriented school. :) "
"Very laid back conversations with facultry members. I talked about everything from research experience to baseball. "
"It was great!! I loved it and I know that I'd be happy going there!! I got my acceptance letter and I am definitely considering it. Everyone was so nice and it seems like a great place. "
"very nice and relaxed. my first interviewer was in family medicine, and we had more of a conversation than an interview. my other interview was with a fourth year med student, and that was a bit tougher. she was interviewing for residency programs herself, and had a lot of interesting questions to ask based on her own interviews. but it was still fairly comfortable. "
"Overall, the interview was very laid back and focused upon life experiences. Questions in regards to healthcare and ethics were also asked."
"I had 2 back-to-back interviews right in the morning. my first was great; exceptionally laid back, fun conversation. my second interviewer was a little less prepared and fumbled through my file for the most part. afterwards we met with the dean for a short bit, and then had lunch and tour w/ student tour guides. the facilities are amazing! everyone - staff,students, doctors-- seems to love it there!"
"They directed me to my first interview the minute I arrived. Both interviewers seemed genuinely interested in my responses and put me at ease, the first one even took me on a tour of the Peds floor and NICU. Everyone was very helpful in regards to tours, answering my questions, ect. The dean of admissions commented that they are proud to have a medical school that has very "normal" students...which I suppose is a plus. I think it means that the people here are generally concerned about each other and helping the community. "
"My first interviewer was a neonatologist and completely welcoming. He asked me a few questions, but I honestly had to fight to get my answers in because he was so excited to tell me all about Loyola and Chicago. I actually had to interrupt him so that I could make my other interview. My second interviewer was a pulmonology fellow (I think), very young and friendly. Overall it was a great day that far exceeded my expectations. I was thrilled to hear about the opportunities to spend time training and working in other countries. Loyola seems to have a deep commitment to social justice and a humanitarian approach to the practice of medicine. I had a warm fuzzy feeling the whole day. They also let you know about their decision within 2 weeks of your interview. Have fun!"
"I stayed overnight with a first year...great experience because it allowed me to become much more familiar with the school, interviews were very very low key, both were not stressful at all. tour was long but good. this is a great school."
"overall very positive interview experience- very low-key and conversational."
"I had two interviews, both of which went for about 30 minutes. We then toured the facility and talked with other students. It was a great experience (one of the only part of the application process that I actually enjoyed), and it cemented my desire to go here."
"The school is awesome. The people are friendly and great. They do their best to make you feel welcome. The interviews are challenging, but low stress. I got the impression that they are looking for a low-stress kind of student who will add to the community there."
"One interview was simply just getting to know you and the other interview was more intense with questions about medicine. The interview is somewhat open-file, they know everything about you except for your scores (MCAT, GPA, etc.) The interviews were ~45 min long. They were very low-key and actually fun!!! The tour involved seeing "virtual vince" and the anatomy lab which are so high-tech!!! I loved the school!!! "
"Just an amazing school. I fell in love with it when I visited. It just definitely seemed like a school where I could be happy. The students, despite all of the hard work they were doing, did not seem stressed or unhappy at all. They were all extremely satisfied with their decision to attend Loyola."
"Most of the questions were about my secondary so it wasn't bad at all"
"I know on this website a lot of people have said about other schools that they were relaxed. However, there really was no comparison between the other schools I visited that these students said were "friendly," and the actual warmth I experienced from my interviewers. Maybe we just clicked, but I really felt comfortable, like they weren't evaluating me at all, just trying to understand me. They did touch on some ethical issues and research-related questions. It showed they still did care you had logical opinions about what's going on in the world."
"As this was my first interview, I was rather nervous, but I really did not need to be. The interviews were very relaxed."
"Both my interviews were very layed back and conversational. Not a stressful experience at all. One of my interviews was a doctor and the other was medical student. "
"Both interviews were very conversational, and my interviewers were both interesting doctors but completely different from each other, which was great. "
"The whole process was pretty relaxed. One doctor who interviewed me had to take care of some pts in the middle of the interview, so he told me to follow him and he talked to me about some of the pts. The interviewers and admissions staff were very nice and very helpful with everything. There were no crazy questions, but they do talk to you for a long time and ask a wide variety."
"I am an EAP applicant from Loyola University Chicago. This is an early acceptance program. Other students will only have 2 interviews."
"the interviews were more like a conversation than an interview"
"Very positive, they say that they usually pull 1/3 of their class from the alternate list so it's not such a bad place to be."
"One of my interviewers was VERY intense while the other was as sweet/relaxed as can be. Stayed w/ a student and toured the classes etc. Great place."
"The interview was great. Talking with other interviewees, I noticed that most people had a really easy first interviewer, followed by a more critical second interviewer. The students were really awesome and open to discussion. The small group based learning used at Loyola is a lot better then most school. The facilities rocked my world."
"The interviews were pretty laid back, and were more like conversations. I could tell the physicians really cared about what I had to say. They definitely had read my application prior to the interview, as they referenced various accomplishments without referring back to my app. I truly felt that I mattered to them."
"I really didn't think that I would like the school that much, but I was blown away. The facilities are excellent and so is the format of the curiculum. The faculty that I interviewed with were great."
"The whole interview was very personal. All the questions pertained directly to me and my experiences. They really read my application. I loved the school and the interview and really hope I get in."
"Very pleasant experience, they interview so few people on any given day so you get very personalized attention. The curriculm is holistc, and based on the Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis-- the whole person. The students seem overwhelming estatic and happy with their school, and there seems to be a strong sense of community. Classes are 8-12 or so each, so there is a ton a room for flexability and freedom in your schedule. Fitness facility is out of this world, and the campus ministry is so heavily involved with EVERYTHING (or so it seems) the students do, so it would appear to me that if a student had a problem of any sort he/she would have a resilent and strong, non-judgmental support network. The clinical experiences appear to be good (they start early, as with many schools now) but the hospital is not in downtown chicago, and I am not sure if it is a public hospital or not. Overall, a very positive impression, and I really liked the school."
"In response to a post on 11-25, Loyola University is a Level 1 trauma center NOT a level 3 center as stated. http://www.luhs.org/svcline/trauma.htm"
"Overall it went well, it seemed they were trying to sell the school to me more than the other way around. I even started chatting about the Bulls trade of Jalem Rose with one of the doctor interviewers. Very good atmosphere."
" I arrived at 9:00 AM for my interview, which I found out didn't actually begin until 10:00 AM. I had to fill out some paperwork (update your grades, courses for the spring, and a volunteer activity form,) and then I had time to watch a video about their summer medical mission trips. At 9:45 I left for my first interview with a surgeon, and I got lost. I got off the elevator and a fiberglass Ronald McDonald was staring me down (I was on the pediatric floor.) Luckily, a janitor pointed me in the right direction, and I arrived at 9:59:48. She was waiting for me, and didn't mind that I was just on time. The first interview went well, and she seemed to focus more on ethical questions and my experiences rather than giving me information on the school. After that, I went on a tour of the medical school with a second year student, and then to lunch. The lecture halls are fully wired and decked out with the latest in technology (even the shades are controlled from the podium.) My second interview was at 1:00 PM, and I got there on time. We talked for about 20 minutes, and then he offered me a tour of the neonatology ICU. (I think he had to check on something actually, but it was still interesting.) After that, I went back to the admissions office and waited to make sure I didn't have to go to a "tie-breaker" third interview, and I was off home. The staff was very polite and helpful. I felt very welcome there. It was finals week, so I was braced for a school full of strung-out zombies, but that really wasn't the case. I don't know if I got in yet, but this is my first choice."
"This school is far and away my top choice! I felt so comfortable there, and I can see myself thriving in the environment - it seems Loyola has invested a lot to establish such a student-friendly atmosphere. The curriculum seems to be a nice mix of lecture and small group (I like variety) and the technological resources seem very advanced compared to other schools I've seen. The fitness facility - well, it's worth writing home about. My interviews went well (I think). My first interview was very conversational - my interviewer made me feel so welcome, and she essentially sold the school to me. My second interviewer was quite a bit tougher, and he was a stickler with the ethics questions. After the interview though, I got to see a bit of what he does as an interventional cardiologist in the heart cath lab, so that was worth sweating out the 50 minutes prior:) He was very nice though, and obviously very intelligent. All in all, this experience was great! I also liked interviewing with only one other applicant - it made it easier to ask questions of the tour guide, and I felt more engaged the whole day than I have in other interviews I've been on. If you haven't given Loyola serious consideration yet, an interview experience is likely to change your mind!!"
"Amazing facilities, amazing (and fabulous) staff, and excited students who are all friends and are genuinely excited to be there make Loyola a great school. They have their own helicopter, called Loyola Lifestar... How cool is that!?! "
"I got to the medical campus early and had some paperwork to fill out. Before and after each interview I was encouraged to check out a class or a lab (it was weird going to gross lab in a suit). THe two interviews were great, the first one barely asked me questions and gave me opportunities to talk about myself in conversation. The second was more ethics based. The tour was great and very informative, showing us the AMAZING facilities they have there. "
"Loyola is a great school and I really like the area of Chicago it's in. Students generally live a distance from school but everyone can park in the convienent parking garage. The students are really, really nice and helpful. They focus a lot more on holistic healing than other medical schools, and they have a chaplain mentorship program. The interviews were tougher than I expected but still fair."
"The interview day began at 9AM, with an interview. Then, there was some paperwork that was completed prior to a meeting with the Dean. This was followed by lunch and a tour with a student. Finally, the last interview. The day was completed by 3:30. All the people were super nice and laid-back."
"The interview day was extremely relaxed. It was a Saturday so things were pretty quiet. The staff and interviewers were all very friendly. Lunch was good. Don't stress about this one."
"A positive stress-free experience"
"Good and relatively stress free day. The interviewers were nice,...the second one really stuck it to me...she did a lot of research on my activities. Fortunately, I didn't try to bullshit anything on my AMCAS, so they didn't catch me with my pants down or anything, but it could've been ugly."
"Stop looking elsewhere if searching for great clinical training and great environment for 4 years."
"Everyone interviewing that day was either interviewing for a position on the waitlist, to be put on hold, or rejected. Also, the interviewers do not have your grades, courses, or MCAT scores."
"At first, I got my schedule for the day. I met with the first interviewer who was very relaxing and made it easy for me to feel comfortable. After that interview, I had time to fill out some required paperwork. Then I met with my second interviewer, which was a little more like what I would think is a typical interview. More straight forward questions where as the first was more conversational. Then we met with the dean to discuss what will happen now with my application. There are three possiblities 1) Alternate List 2) Hold List 3) Rejection. The class is technically full so the Alternate List is who any additional acceptances are given to. "
"Extremely relaxing after interview began. The people at the admissions office were nice and made you feel comfortable. The school is amazing and the students were awesome."
"I stayed with a host the night before, and I strongly reccommend this to anyone interviewing here. We went out to eat with another med student and ended up seeing one of their classmates there too. He joined us and they sat talking to me for over an hour about all the good things about the school and how much they liked it. I asked them if they honestly could think of anything negative about the school and they could not think of anything. They were really happy there. I even asked this to my interviewers (asking more in a what could be improved, if anything)(who were both Loyola-Lifers..did med school, residency and now work at loyola) and they had only good things to say, the only improvement they thought would be in the research and they said loyola has those capabilities. My host said that she actually likes going to class and that almost everyone, or maybe she said everyone, attends class (most other schools I have been to, hardly anyone goes to class) My interviewers were really nice. The first one was a little intimidating at first, but still a nice guy. He seemed to follow a list of questions. The second one was great, it was totally a conversation. He started out by saying that if we were going to talk about all my activities we would be there for hours, so I had a good feeling about that interview. The dean sits and talks to you for a bit, to make sure you have met all the requirements to enter their school (bio, physics, etc) and then tells you when they will make a decision...very nice...Afterwards I did not know that the secretary would read my comments from the survey right then and there, I had said it would have been nice to sit in on a class, and she said that I could go and check out the anatomy lab if i wanted. So I changed out of my suit and hung out with my student host during her anatomy lab for about 45 minutes. It was nice to really see for myself how much help they have with professors and also talk a little more to some students, who all had good comments."
"My first interviewer was a PhD, and I think he had issues with that because he criticized MDs for thinking they are better than PhDs and for being condescending. He also ripped into my engineering background, and he asked a lot of questions that didn't seem relevant to determining my qualifications for admittance or capability as a potential physician. He was discouraging, but I held my ground and said what I felt and thought, and I think in the end he respected that. My second interviewer was an MD who was close to retiring, and he was very nice and asked questions that were easy to answer because they involved talking about myself and my experiences."
"My first interview was awful--I interviewed with an MD who acted like she was completely unimpressed with my file (closed). She interviewer kept grilling me and then telling me that my opinions regarding medicine were wrong! My second interview was completely different, however. It was great because the interviewer asked very engaging questions and agreed with everything I said. Possibly a case of good cop/bad cop? I was really worried when I left, but then received a notice of acceptance 2 weeks later! Also, at Loyola, they have an awesome system where if you think that you had a bad interview, you can ask the Dean for a 3rd opportunity when you meet with him/her at the end of the day. "
"Expect to be impressed. This school is way underrated, in fact I almost passed the interview up. If it wasn't for the price, it would be far and above my first choice. Even with the price tag it is comfortably even with my previous first choice."
"It was an amazing school. I couldn't have been more impressed. The fact that I was interviewing for a wait list spot is slightly discouraging, but the dean of admissions was helpful in telling us that we still have a good chance if we are waitlisted. Overall, it was an incredible school and I would love to go there!"
"This was the first school that interviewed me so I was naturally more nervous than I should've been. Good experience overall though."
"Great school. Definitely a good place to go. Facilites and students are a plus. Dean met one on one with me to explain the process. The interviewers were very friendly and it was a relaxed style."
"My first interview was the opposite of everything I had heard about Loyola. First, the interviewer was confrontational and argumentative. She told me that my file was impressive, but looked exactly like everyone elses. I left feeling like I had blown the entire day. However, my second interview was incredible. The Ph.D. was engaging, conversational, and truly interested in who I was and what I had done. I just received notice of acceptance, so I guess that things went pretty well!"
"There were two interviewers, both very friendly. The interviews lasted about an hour each, and were semi-blind (Interviewers are given your application essays and biographic information, but not your grades or MCAT). The dean came and spoke with us after our interviews and was very clear and to-the-point on what happens with our file after the interview."
"Loyola is an amazing school, I just wish I had sent in my secondary even earlier so that I'd have a better chance of getting in. I would be ecstatic to go there."
"I was surprised in how much I liked this school. Although it may not be as prestigious as other schools in the area, such at U. of Chicago, the students here are highly dedicated to service and care and the faculty were awesome!"
"Two separate interviews, both with practicing docs in their respective offices. Both read over my essays beforehand, and had a list of questions prepared. The questions were fairly standard, though Loyola will almost assuredly ask you several ethics-based "what would you do if..." questions, as well as your opinion on the future of health care in the US."
"I had a really nice day at Loyola. The staff was great, and both of my interviewers were fanatastic. They gave me honest advice about Loyola and other schools I was applying to. While waiting for my interview, about ten students came over to chat with me, unsolicited. They were a real testament to the school."
"Overall, the day went very quickly. They give you a bunch of paperwork to fill out throughout the day, and your first interview starts shortly after you arrive. Depending on when you're scheduled, you may have both interviews before lunch, or one before and one after. Both of my interviews were very conversational and low key. The tour is led by a med student (that you also have lunch with), and they really do have a very nice building. After everything's done, you talk to the asst. dean of admissions to check over your paperwork, and then she explains how the committee makes their decision and gives you an approximate date of when you'll find out."
"I was very impressed with the school and the student body. Very nice people, very dedicated to medicine. Really good school for primary care."
"The interviews were not as stressful as I thought they would be. The interviewers were very positive and conversational. The school was better than I had expected, and is very involved with their new curriculum. "
"I didn't know much about Loyola coming in, but I have to say I was really impressed. The students I did speak with were very happy there and the faculty interviewers were so casual and personable that they didn't feel like interviews. One of my interviews went on for an hour and a half! They really seem student-oriented there and very responsive to their concerns and interests. Some of the things they've done with restructuring patient care procedures and interaction between doctors, residents and medical students (creating formats where the interaction is less hierarchical) is really interesting. I really liked it."
"I had my first interview at 10:00, after which I went back to the admissions office to fill out paperwork. There were two other students there, and we each met w/ the Dean to discuss our academic record and any questions I had. Then we had lunch w/ a student and he gave us a tour of the school and facilities. After that I had my second interview, and then we were free to go. The facilities are amazing, and the faculty and students were very friendly and helpful."
"Very laid back interview, all staff was very friendly. Students seem to be closely knit with each other and with the professors (when we got a tour of the fitness center some students were even playing basketball with their anatomy prof.) A great experience overall."
"In response to your question. I dont know if more than 83 people were taken off. The dean just said that 83 people were taken off the list. I assume that 83 TOTAL were offered spots. I dont know exactly what she meant by that though. She also did not give us an exact number of people on the waitlist. She said that there were around 200 maybe more, so it's pretty big. but the positive side is that usually (depending on the specific year) around 30-40% of applicants come off the waitlist. I met a first year medical student from CA at the interview who actually was one of the people who had come off the waitlist last year, so there really is some hope! Hope that helped and good luck!"
"Hi, one more question in response to your answer. Is that number of 83 students, the number out of 130? Or were only 83 taken off the list. What I mean is that not everyone who is taken off the alternate list goes to the school. So were more than 83 people actually offered a spot? Do you have any idea how many people are on the alternate list? Thanks for your help."
"This is in response to the person who asked about Loyola. They are ending interviews on the 25th of April. So all interviews right now are for the waitlist. There are a total of two waitlists, one for out of state and one for instate. Both are split into thirds, so basically, the waitlists are ranked. Most movement is in Mid may and june. The dean said that last year a total of 83 people were taken off the waitlist, which is a lot considering their class is 130! Good luck!"
"Hi, this question is in referrence to the person who submitted their experience from 4/17. Do you know when they'll finish interviewing? Did they tell you anything about how the process will go from here in terms of the wait list and when they will begin taking people from the wait list. All info you would be helpful. Please post the response or if anyone else knows these answers. Thanks a lot"
"The day starts with going to the admission office. They hand out your schedule to you there. You will know who your interviewers are ahead of time (they might be in difft buildings like mine were). After the interviews you go back to the admission office and eat lunch and go on a tour with a student. And lastly, you meet with the dean. The dean of admissions is a really nice lady, and basically all the people there are. The interviews arent as laid back as at other schools. Loyola is REALLY big on ethics. But otherwise, the interviewers are not there to try to screw you over. They just want to know if you are able to think well and if you are able to communicate well with people. Overall the interview experience is fun and interesting! So enjoy."
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"continue to allow virtual interviews in the coming years + forever as an option"
"Provide match list in interview packets (de-identified list with actual program names). Otherwise, amazing and keep doing what you are doing!"
"Keep doing what you're doing because I think you do a good job! My only suggestion would be to share details about Second Look sooner."
"Please give a financial aid presentation to all students and provide information on the Match."
"Would have appreciated a clearer idea of the schedule ahead of time...if I had known exactly when my interviews and tour were further in advance, it would have drastically changed my travel plans."
"Keep up the good work! You are fantastic people."
"All class-related forms should be done online prior to interview. I can be difficult to recall specific classes taken during academic career."
"None.....they are awesome people, and very friendly."
"None, they were wonderful! They were a great calming influence."
"Ability to complete the required paperwork before the interview day. A brief, general presentation about Stritch, especially about the Jesuit values. Financial aide presentation. Chaperones to take interviewees to and from interviews. Parking validation for the conveniently located visitor parking garage."
"None--super friendly and supportive."
"Some sort of information session about the school to try to "sell it" for students."
"Perhaps a group presentation on what the school is about, basic info, would be nice. Try to sell the"
"None - this was an excellent experience"
"Filling out amcas info at the interview seems repetetive as we are basically asked to simply fill ou"
"Getting that pre-interview paperwork online would be awesome"
"completely online application would be nice and please give future students a look at the app before"
"Nothing; the day was very well planned out."