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  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Iowa City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What do you think is the biggest healthcare issue facing americans today and what should physicians do about this?" Report Response

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

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"Tell us about a time when you helped someone." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had to choose between getting a PhD and an MD, which would you choose?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read all the Iowa materials, reviewed my research, checked out this website, re-read my AAMCAS application and my Iowa application." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The lab facilities and teaching facilities are AMAZING. Iowa City is a swell town and the MSTP seems like a really close-knit fast-paced program. THe faculty really care about the program and are really involved. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Even when it says "casual attire" (as in for the MD/PhD interview weekend events), everyone else is wearing khankis and button up shirts and sweaters. DON'T WEAR JEANS. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The Iowa interview for the MD is odd. It's "standarized," so there's no feedback. Just you and two people in a room. They ask you a question and you answer until you feel like you are done. They wait a few seconds to make sure you are done, then ask the next question. No interaction. It's really important to get through all the questions, because after the structured segment, they have unstructured time when they can ask the questions they have about your answers and your application. The PhD interviews were relaxed conversations with really neat scientists. Not at all scary. Just really interesting." Report Response

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