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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"Why medicine?" Report Response

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

"What would you look for in a physician?" Report Response

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

"Discuss a time you showed compassion. What sort of difficulties do you expect to face in medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The questions weren't surprising, they were the standard Iowa interview questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What makes a professional? Define 'professionalism'. This was related to an answer I'd given to a previous question." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, read up on current events, read up on the school, did three mock interviews." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are incredible and the continued construction on research buildings is impressive. The school is really reinvesting in itself and building on its reputation. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It rained all day, but who can help that? I didn't feel like I had much time to eat lunch, but got to see a lot more of the facilities because of the rush." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't need to know it ahead of time, but I thought this was interesting: our student guide told us that the admissions staff monitor this website and take any criticism to heart. I hadn't heard of this website too long ago, so it surprised me. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It's been described previously, it doesn't change much. I liked that the interviewers knew virtually nothing about me and therefore could not make any biased assumptions or inferences about me or my experiences. The structured questions are not intimidating, although they could be if one didn't know them initially. In a previous interview experience, my interviewer kept on interrupting me, but with this type of format I felt like I was able to finish my thoughts. " Report Response

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