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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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?

Open file

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

"(MD only): Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"(MSTP): Why do you want us to spend so much money on you?" Report Response

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

"(MSTP): "Tell me about your research"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Can you help me with my research?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Iowa?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, read papers from those I would interview with. Re-read my research experiences. Read about each lab I would visit." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The level of research at Iowa is fantastic. I was floored by the shear volume of publications coming out of the graduate department I interviewed with. It was on par with other mahor MSTPs I interviewed with, including Duke. Worth checking out. Also, the MSTP program seems VERY well integrated. It is obvious the directors bend over backwards to help the students. Iowa has a program called Clinical Connections which allows you to stay up-to-date with your clinical skills while picking a specialty to focus on during the entire PhD years. And this allows their MSTP students to reduce the amount of electives required in year 7. Lastly, UIowa's Hospital is amazing. Very highly ranked, and seems like an awesome place to learn clinical medicine." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Really nothing. However, I was a little upset the football stadium was not completed yet. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I knew more about the MSTP directors." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was the best MSTP interview I have had. They seem to care so much about the students, and they really want to attract those interested in their school. The first night was a nice catered orientation event. On friday, you interview with three scientist/physicians for the MSTP interviews, and you also have to go through the basic MD interviews (X2). The regular MD interviews were a little strange. Very formatted (closed file, no expressions, talk yourself into a hole if not careful). But the MD/PhD interviews were very relaxed. And, EVERTHING was paid for." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Iowa House

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

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