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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"How will you pay for Med. School . . . will you work?" Report Response

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

"Why, after getting a Master's, did you decide to go to Medical School?" Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun? With a child and a wife, how will you find time to study?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you think Doctors should be involved in community, local, or even state government?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What are you going to do if you and your wife fight, or get a divorce while in Med. School? Will you be able to find time for a marriage?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read online CVs of both my interviewers, since I knew in advance who they'd be. Came to SDN and printed off all the questions in the SIU section: had my wife aske me these questions. Also, I have 2 friends already at SIU SOM, and they've been tremendously informative." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Throughout the process of applying to Med. School, SIU has been the most "human," approachable, courteous, prompt, and professional school I've dealt with, when compared to UIC and IU" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Absolutely nothing. At the end of my visit, Dr. Z said "Well, maybe we'll talk with you later." Obviously, i wanted to hear "See you in August."" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was good. The school is a perfect fit for me. After the interview I received a letter that said my status is "Accept When Place Available". It's taken 3 phone calls to the admissions office at the SIU SOM to understand their complex applicant ranking system and acceptance schedule. Here's what I understand (and I may be wrong): In 2003 SIU SOM will accept 73 students. First, on OCT 26 the admissions committee met to accept any applicant enrolled in SIU's special MedPrep program (where they train up their med students from toddler age to acceptance date), and/or any accepted but deferred students from the previous year (you know, they got accepted, but couldnt go for another year . . . yeah right!). This was a total of 3 people (70 more to go). Then, everybody else goes into 1 of 4 categories: 1. Accept when place available: accepted in batches of 20 in November, January, March. Each AWPA student is ranked within this group and applicants are accepted by rank. 2 & 3. They have two alternate categories below AWPA. I dont get it. Surely I'm wrong. But, the lady at the admissions ofc. said otherwise. 4. The "No Thanks" category is self explanatory." Report Response

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