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  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
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?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"See above" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Why now?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"The questions were very straightforward; though several required some personal details to answer as fully as I wished. But all the interviewing was exceedingly tactful and gentle and fair." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This site, website, AMSA student reviews. Also have been reading MDLinx for a couple of years. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school is magnificent: lecture halls, labs, facilities, are all top-notch: not to mention the ***** (5-star) professors. The administration seems thoroughly respectful of and responsive to the students' wishes--with a caveat (see below):" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The admissions staff was, at least before us as a group, rather unwilling to concede there were any drawbacks whatsoever to attending the U of C. Really? Even the weather is wonderful? One student, whose honesty I appreciated, conceded that the scores on the Boards might well be lower at the U of C than they might be elsewhere--though admittedly this doesn't seem to matter much on the match. He came close to saying that he wondered whether the $250,000 price tag was entirely worth it (and for those with good state school from which to choose, and little money, that's a nontrivial decision!). Some students have asked for problem-based learning--i.e. the case method, i.e. fewer lectures, and more real medical problems. However, the office of medical education sticks to its guns, and so at U of C, for better or for worse, the first two years it's a smidgeon of clinical observation, two years of quite detailed (but non-Board-relevant) hard-core science lectures, and no formally supervised small-group learning. Those first two years are pass/fail, though, so the students band up to get through the exams. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That altogether U of C like most other private schools will cost about $250,000 for four years. That parking around the office is difficult on Tuesdays due to street cleaning. That rental cars in Chicago do not, as they do in Los Angeles, come standard with air conditioning; you have to ask for it: Chicago in September was 91 degrees Farenheit, with 40% humidity." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really liked the two students who gave us the tour, and the student who interviewed me: all were exceptionally cordial and good-hearted. " 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 is your in-state status?

Out of state

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?


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

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?

7 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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