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University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1870
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University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Allopathic Medical School
Iowa City
  • SDN RANKING 4
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 228 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $37,769
  • Non - Resident Tuition $58,544
  • Application Fee $60
  • AVG MCAT 514
  • AVG GPA 3.8
  • LIZZYM Score 71.1
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Admissions Information

  • Office of Medical Student Admissions
  • 1213 Medical Education and Research Facility
  • Iowa City 52242
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The Carver College of Medicine is committed to providing a diverse set of educational experiences and activities to help you explore and define the kind of physician you want to become. You will be well-prepared to address future healthcare challenges and to serve those seeking good health and healing.

Curriculum

The first two years curriculum helps students identify and develop the skills, knowledge, awareness and sensitivities that are the basis of medicine. A first-year medical student at Iowa learns the factual and technical language of the field, comes to understand the structure and function of the body in health and disease and begins to apply this knowledge of pathophysiology to clinical problems. The curriculum also seeks to orient medicine in the larger social context in which conflicting values, goals, economic motives and political forces shape health care access and delivery. Second year students continue basic science study, applying what they have learned about the body systems in order to understand how disease processes alter those systems and their regulation as well as how the body responds to illness and injury. The final two years improve basic clinical skills, expand experience in generalist and subspecialty medical disciplines and offer opportunities to develop the advanced skills necessary for residency training and lifelong learning.

Facilities

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was established in 1898 with 50 beds and a handful of physicians. Today, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is Iowa`s only academic medical center and comprehensive care center with 769 beds, over 200 healthcare specialties, with approximately 638,000 patient care visits and admissions annually.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 197
Negatively 6
No change 22

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.36 222

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.77 183

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"The food needs to be better." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep doing everything as you are, the day was extremely positive." More from this Member | Report Response

"I'd almost prefer to knock the interview out as early as possible, but everything was enjoyable overall." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have better printed materials, maybe a power point in the beginning to show pictures of the place or a video? Also, after giving out handouts, please give interviewees time to scan through the materials and come up with questions. I liked the healthy options for lunch (apple/banana), although there was also plenty of soft drinks and chips available. The case-based learning session was a little long and not as organized as it could have been. Loved the coloring books and sudoku puzzles for the interviewees waiting to have their interview. Maybe having an organized wellness session too would be nice (leaving a even more positive impression on interviewees)? Something like meditation or strategies. Besides the financial counselor, we didn't get to speak with the social support staff, which might have been helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. They are fantastic." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, they were great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None! They are extremely friendly and the interview day is well-organized." More from this Member | Report Response

"none. they are great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It would have been great to see the science building on the tour." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give us a folder instead of a bag - a folder would be much nicer and easier to carry around throughout the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Quit printing so many papers and present a powerpoint for the orientation session. Hand out the slides of the powerpoint and direct applicants to the website for more info. Seriously, I don't want like 100 pages of papers that I'm not going to read." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be nice if a general schedule was sent out before, via e-mail. I knew what to expect because I live in the area, but some other students came hungry expecting breakfast or didn't realize we would interview in the morning on Friday (as opposed to afternoon interviews for Mon/Wed interviewees)." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions office is extremely friendly but I didn't discover this until I visited in person for my interview. It would have been even nicer to receive an email a few days (or a week) before my interview as a friendly reminder that they were anticipating my arrival. Other than that, the admissions office was fantastic and great to work with!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The adminssions office staff was really friendly and welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing overall. Extremely enthusiastic, I felt like they wanted me to go there. I felt like a recru" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work." More from this Member | Report Response

"maybe a better lunch" More from this Member | Report Response

"Change the interview format. I understand that you are trying for consistency among interviewer reco" More from this Member | Report Response

"Be kinder to your applicants. Every interaction I had with the office was very unimpressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Respond to emails in a timely fashion (i.e. less than two months). Be nicer to students calling in." More from this Member | Report Response

"The early morning Powerpoint session was rather dry and impersonal. It could either be spruced up," More from this Member | Report Response

"Please make these 25-minute interviews a little longer!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sitting in that small conference room for the first hour and half was a little long, but the amount" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think both myself and the interviewers would have benefited from a longer interview (~50 minutes)." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be great if future interviewees could get time to talk to other students in addition to the" More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be great if future interviewees could have time in between activites to talk to more M1 and" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was great!" More from this Member | Report Response

" Keep up the good work, it really shows you care bc you are so prompt with communication. I know t" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"More unstructured interview time, please. Like 15-20 minutes. I know Iowa wants as standard and fair" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why do you want a career in medicine" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why are you pursuing medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Based on your expressed passions, where do you envision your career in 5-10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a person needed a blood transfusion for a life-saving procedure but doesn't want a blood transfusion due to personal beliefs, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Question about solving organ shortages" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you believe the rising cost of healthcare is going to affect the delivery of healthcare in the future?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you deal with healthcare costs?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if a patient refused a blood transfusion due to their beliefs?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Please introduce yourself. Why do you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"1. Why Iowa" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"3 structured questions: why medicine, how would you treat a patient who refuses a blood transfusion based on religious beliefs, name a time you went above and beyond and what did you learn from the experience" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"tell me about yourself. why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell us why you chose a career in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you lower the high costs of health care?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you choose to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if someone refused blood transfusion for religious reasons?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why CCOM?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me a little something about you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"There are 3 structured questions. The three they asked me were: 1. Why do you want to be a doctor? 2. You are considering performing a life-saving surgery on a patient that requires a blood transfusion, but their religious beliefs do not allow this. What do you do? 3. Describe a time when you went above and beyond the call and how it impacted you. The structured portion is awkward because the interviewers are not allowed to clarify the question--they will only re-read it. They are also not supposed to show emotion or interact with you in any way (to make sure your response is not affected by them at all). It was a little weird and felt unnatural to me." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? How would you solve the problem of high health care costs? If you find out that one of your classmates is addicted to drugs/alcohol, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a time when you needed to ask for help." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you increase the number of organ donors?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you address the shortage of organ donations?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Ethical question about Jehovah Witness blood transfusion " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why MD?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Iowa? Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Something about the cost of healthcare. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Very poorly worded question about telling people difficult news, I think?? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell us something about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Medicine? Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a patient came in that needed surgery and a blood transfusion but refused what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you address the shortage of organ donors?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"When did I show compasion to someone else?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

" Why Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be a doctor." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a situation where you went above and beyond. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What characteristics would you want in a physician who was taking care of you or a family member of yours?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What makes you want to pursue medicine as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you choose a career in Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do about the current organ shortage?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to pursue a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why have you chosen a career in Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"All of the questions are here on SDN Why medicine, Drunk classmate question, what do you see being your toughest challenge, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a situation in which your interpersonal skills helped accomplish a goal." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? What can we teach you here?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Medicine? What do you do for fun? What qualities do you look for in a physician? What challenges do you think you'll face in medical school? What has been your greatest achievement so far? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a patient needed a blood transfusion and didn't want one for religious reasons, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What problems do you see in the current health care system and what would you do to solve them?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the most challenging experience you've had over the last 4 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will you deal with frustrations of being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What makes you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if you knew one of your classmates were abusing drugs/alcohol?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The good old why medicine question." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Experience that pushed you into becoming a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"All the questions I was asked are already up...structured portion = 4 of those questions...unstructured is just time to talk...I think I spent a little to much time on the structured...try and pace yourself oh and the knock on the door sort of through me off once we passed the 30 minute mark...grrr" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name a problem with the US healthcare system and discuss possible solutions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"See above" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Iowa? Why Medicine? What do you do to relieve stress? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What qualities do you have that you feel will make you a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Medicine? The most interesting question. The most difficult question. And What would you do if a patient or a colleague had different beliefs than you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was the most influential experience of your life?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you handle working in a difficult situation with many different people?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? What is one problem with the health care system and what can physicians do to change it? What qualities would make you a good physician? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine/Iowa?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""Well, you probably are expecting this one: Why do you want to be a doctor"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"These are in addition to the two I mentioned above: Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you help a friend that is an alcoholic?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Read any books recently?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"See website for questions" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"(MD only): Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Medicine? Why Iowa? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How did you decide you wanted to become a doctor? How do you handle conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"a time you showed compassion" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? What skills will you bring to your entering class? What would you do if you thought a friend was abusing alcohol? Describe a time you had to use your skills to complete a task with others." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you decide to pursue medicine as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Iowa?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do I want to enter medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"For the med half, you can look up the exact 5 questions to the med school portion online. They don't change much year to year." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"1. Why U of Iowa 2. Why Medicine 3. How would you help a friend who is addicted to alcohol? 4. Discuss a time you showed compassion 5. Discuss a time you needed help" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you choose medicine for a career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? Qualities of a good doctor. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to go into medicine and why Iowa?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"See above, plus biggest medical issue and what qualities would make you a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think is the biggest healthcare issue facing americans today and what should physicians do about this?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why have you chosen to pursue medicine as a career? What would you do if you knew one of your classmates had a drug/alcohol problem?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be a doctor? What personal characteristics would make you a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What characteristics do you possess that would make you a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to practice medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you handle stress? How would you help a friend with a drug/alchohol problem? When have you shown compassion?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What made you interested in becomming a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you decide to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Med-school is stressful, how do you plan to handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What personal qualities do I have that prepare me for medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Medicine? Why Iowa medicine? What is a big health care issue today adn how can we solve it." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why are you interested in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you handle stress" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What characteristic do you possess that will make you a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Medicine" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What are signs for you that you are too stressed and need to take time for yourself? (note: I was interviewed by a psychiatrist who really enjoyed talking about self care and mental health)." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are you most proud of accomplishing in the last 4 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name one moment in college that either impacted you very positively or negatively. And what did you learn? Why IU?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you like to do for fun" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"N/A - they were all pretty straightforward, basic questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The structured question about the rising cost of healthcare" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How should the medical field battle cost issues?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"During the second half of the interview we had a more informal discussion about my aspirations to do humanitarian work as a physician and that was an interesting conversation." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Follow up to my answer: Why do you think physician burnout is such an important issue?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"We talked about music and why I chose my school." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What's your favorite place to rock climb? (after talking about gap year)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was the most exciting experience during your undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe one positive experience and one negative experience from you undergraduate years." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Talked about my rabbit and why I would recommend getting a pet rabbit!" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What qualities would I want in a physician for myself or my family members." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do to manage stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what do you do with a patient who opposes life-saving treatment due to religious reasons?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Thoughts on alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you deal with a patient who was non-compliant?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had to choose today, what specialty would you go into?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Follow-up questions... What would you do if you couldn't be a physician? What are your interests? Tell me about a volunteer activity you have done? What's your biggest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you like us to know that isn't on your application?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How to help combat the cost of medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me a negative aspect of your undergraduate career" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you play tennis. ( I said that I play tennis as a repose to what do you do for fun)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you think healthcare is a basic human right?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Can you deal with the shades of grey involved in medical decision-making (I have an engineering background)?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is something you're most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"After the three structured questions they asked me several additional questions: What do you do during your free time outside of school/medicine? What is your greatest accomplishment in the last 4 years? Tell us about yourself? Tell us about your research? How would you go about working with someone who had a very narrow opinions that contradict your beliefs? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name a specific example of how (insert volunteer experience) changed you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"1. How would you integrate your artistic background into practice?/What value does it bring? 2. You've talked a lot about your research. How will you use it in your future practice? 3. You mentioned growing up on a farm. How will that impact how you serve the community? 4. This rural doctor you shadowed - how did it affect you? How did he work in and with the community and the patient population? 5. What specific challenges might be faced in a rural setting?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The blood transfusion question - everything else I was asked was pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How did you like "X" college class and do you think the teaching methods were effective?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Ethical question: Someone needs a blood transfusion but it's against their religion. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Conversation part of interview." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"There is a shortage of organs for transplants. What do you suggest as a solution?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Probably the organ donation question." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing really. I mostly expected them, but somehow forgot to practice Q3. They did ask what type of medicine I was interested in, since I want to do global medicine." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you feel about alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"They were all pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What will you do as a physician to address the problems in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was your biggest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Don't remember. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None were interesting. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"none, but one of the interviewers fell asleep during the interview. The other interviewer wrote on a business card telling me he has parkinson's disease...kind of an awkward situation. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The healthcare system one." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The organ donor question." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will you use your public health background in this job?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you plan to integrate your environmental interests into your future medical career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if a patient just wouldn't listen to your advice? (prompted by discussion of smoking)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Specific to me (Why change in career)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Specific to my file." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a time when you needed help and asked for it." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"When was an example of when I've shown compashion for someone?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Discuss a current topic in medicine and your opinion on the physician's role in it. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What type of medicine would you like to practice?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was my proudest moment?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What characteristics do you look for in a physician for yourself or your family?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

" Would you give a life saving blood transfusion to someone who didn't want it because it was against their beliefs?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a colleague was abusing drugs or alcohol, what would you do? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Propose a solution to the organ deficit problem." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you ever had a family member abuse drugs or alcohol." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What qualities would your ideal physician possess? (Pretty standard, all of the Q's were like this)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you needed to give a life-saving blood transfusion, but the patient had cultural beliefs against it, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you see technology advances changing the field of medicine? (Besides imaging...)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you solve to problem of rising health care costs in America?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your most meaningful experience?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Propose a solution to the deficit of organ donors." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of from the last four years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing. It seemed like they didn't want to know anything personal about me and couldn't seem to come up with any specific or interesting things to ask me." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you deal with the organ shortage ?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you look for in a physician who would be treating your family member?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had a patient that refused to follow your advice, how would you handle the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Elaborate on your performing arts experience and how it relates to your desire for a career in medicine." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you met any scientist who's amazingly bright and you genuinely admire?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think it is going to take to close the gap between socioeconomic groups so far as healthcare is concerned? (Asked during unstructured portion)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If we had to sell you to the admissions committee, what else would you want them to know?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What about healthcare in Africa surprised you most?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What were the best and worst experiences of your college career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What does the name Proteus mean? (I worked for a mobile health clinic, Proteus, Inc.)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if you found out a doctor friend of yours was a boozehound?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What's one way you would improve healthcare" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"There is a continuing shortage of organ donations, do you have any ideas to help the situation?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Health care costs are high. Suggest ways in which this could be improved." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What made you choose a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If there were a shortage of organs, what would you suggest to increase the number of organ donors?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your great achievement so far?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you feel about the Iowa-Iowa State rivalry?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The structured questions were interesting in that the interviewers made no comments or real reactions other than polite smiles. I just kept talking until I was done, and then it was on to the next question." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a situation in which your interpersonal skills helped accomplish a goal. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is one non-medical experience in your undergraduate career that led you to consider a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will you prepare for the frustations of being a doctor (i.e. patients not following your advice, continuing smoking, not taking meds, etc.)?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a patient needed a life-saving blood transfusion but it was against his.her religious beliefs, would you give it to him?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Where do you see yourself in ten years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Would you give a blood transfusion to someone against thier religious beliefs?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What other challenges besides the past year have you experienced?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had to work with someone whose personal beliefs were vastly different than yours and it caused problems at work, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"They asked me to describe a situation where I showed compassion." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you think you can make it through medical school while being a father/husband?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if you had 24 hours and could go and do anything in the world?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was an example of when I went beyond the call of duty? How did this impact me?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if you knew a friend in medical school had a drug or alcohol problem?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name medically and non-medically related books that you've read recently." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you be able to interact with a person who has extremely different beliefs than you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"none really" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I didn't find any of the questions particularly interesting or difficult because I had seen them all before on this site." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you handle a patient with different social/cultural/religious beleifs than you? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will you work with a colleague/patient who has different beliefs than you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Standard questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Identify a problem in Medicine and tell us what doctors can do about it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if you had knew a fellow medical student had an alcohol or drug related problem? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"one advantage and one disadvantage of a small school" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Would you take in a stray animal or child?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a time you went above and beyond the call of duty." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What will the hardest part of medical school be for you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if someone with different religious or cultural beliefs disagreed with you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Since you like water sports, what would you do in Iowa City where there are no lakes? (I previously mentioned I'm an avid windsurfer)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None really, because I anticipated most of the questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if you knew a colleague of yours had a drinking/drug problem?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a fellow medical student who was also a friend had a problem with drugs or alcohol, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if medicine was not an option?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Which aspect of being a physician are you least looking forward to?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell about a time when you asked for help. How did you ask?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if one of your colleagues had a drinking problem?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What achievement in the last four years are you most proud of?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"One of my responses to a question was a story about the injury of a friend and my involvement with the paramedics,etc. and the interviewer asked me how the experience affected my choice to become a physician." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Can you help me with my research?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would I handle a friend with a drinking problem?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I mentioned that I was interested in practicing in an underserved (rural or inner city) environment. The interviewer asked me how I felt my experiences had prepared me for that." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would I feel going from being one of the most popular people at your undergrad to being virtually unknown?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you were in a market in Ghana and an HIV positive person collapsed beside you and was bleeding, what would you do? You have no gloves." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why not MD/PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what do you do when you are wrong?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"no surprisingly interesting q's" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will you contribute to the class if admitted?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The interview was sooo laid back, that it was just general conversation. The hardest questions were the first 4 structured ones, and those weren't even that hard because you knew them in advance. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"When was an instance that you went above and beyond the call of duty, and what did you learn from the experience?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name a situation in which your interpersonal skills helped towards a resolution to a problem." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you react to a personal conflict situation" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The University of Iowa interviews are set up such that they ask four standard questions to all applicants. After those questions are answered (during which no feedback is given by the interviewers), a more informal conversation occurs. The most interesting question I was asked related to my experience as a substance abuse counselor, and how I managed to establish rapport with clients." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The questions weren't surprising, they were the standard Iowa interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is a important health issue and what can physicians do to remedy the problem? What do you forsee as the biggest challenege you will face in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What kind of media do you us for painting/have you ever shown your work?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a time when your communication skills helped you achieve a goal." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would I do if a friend had an alcohol/drug problem?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The breakfast at the director's house yielded a great many interesting conversations. That is a great time to chat up faculty about mutual personal interests." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had 24 hours to do anything, with no financial constraints and the laws of physics don't apply, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you choose Iowa?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So, do you hunt and fish like all good Utah boys?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"All of the questions are on the website and are pretty generic questions. The intersting part of the interview is after you get asked your standard questions and then you can just have a normal conversation with your interviewers. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you know when to ask for help and how do you do it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If your friend, who was also in medical school, had an alcoholism problem, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"See below." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you know when to ask for help?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name one current problem in health care and address various ways that physicians can help remedy it." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is a major problem in today's healthcare system, and what can physicians do to remedy it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None were all that interesting. If I had to choose one, it would be what is a health care issue today and how can doctors remedy this issue?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What type of art media do you prefer to work in?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"In your mind, what is a one of the largest health problems in the world and how, as a doctor, would you solve it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What does it signify when an electrical outlet has a horizontal line across one of the outlets?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think about alternative medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you like to do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to go to Iowa?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is a major health problem in America today, and what can physicians do to remedy it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"During the unstructured portion of the interview, I was asked what I would do if I am not admitted to medical school this year. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"strangest question: if a fellow med student had a drug or alcohol problem, how would you help them?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are some of the health care issues facing physicians today?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the name of the mechanism by which that occurs? (explaining my research)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None really struck me as interesting." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do to get rid of stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"No interesting questions" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the biggest problem facing health care today?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing real interesting. There was a structured impersonal section followed by an open more personal conversation." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you found out your good friend was an alcoholic, what steps would you take to get him help" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What have you done in your year off?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"When was a time that you showed compassion?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are your hobbies" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a friend of yours in medical school was displaying signs of alcoholism, how would you try to help him?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"1.What was an instance when you showed compassion? 2.Describe a time when you had to ask for assistance." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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"Well rounded education." | Report Response

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