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  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"10 qualities of the perfect physician?" Report Response

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

"What do you like to do to relieve stress?" Report Response

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

"What dead historical figure would you like to eat dinner with?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Explain a time when somebody has mistaken your intentions or misjudged you. Tell about the means by which you resolved the situation." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The one mentioned above, but also a question concerning a time I really helped someone. It is difficult to have an honest response to something like that right on the spot without being trite and talking about your hospital voluteer experiences (little Jimmy on the 6th floor), etc... For me the question ended up getting very personal... almost uncomfortably so." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Talked with friends about current political/healthcare issues. Thought about some analogies so that I could clearly relate my standpoints on healthcare and the role of the doctor. Read some accounts of Non-western medicine so that I could have a few different type of interpretations of disease and body available to open up different angles on a given standpoint. Made sure I knew the curriculum." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The supportive attitude of the admissions committee. This was my first interview and I was surprised to find that admissions folk are not out to get you after all. They want to make the experience a good one so that you are impressed and want to come back when they accept you." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not too much. Most of the other students interviewing with me were very cool. Same was true of the med students that I met. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Panel-style interviews. I had heard of them, but did not know the format. It turned out to be two faculty/MDs and one 4th year med student questioning myself and another applicant (usually three applicants but not in my case). While this might seem intimidating, it really wasn't. The interviewers really put me at ease before hand. They referred to it as a "dinner table conversation." Trying to make sure that we were able to work together positively in groups (reflective of the northwestern curriculum's problem based learning)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great faculty/staff, great students, great applicants. very low stress levels at this one. Wasn't sure I was going to be impressed with the quality of the school but was really surprised. " Report Response

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