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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?

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?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why medicine/Iowa?" Report Response

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

"What qualities do you possess that you think would make you a good doctor?" Report Response

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

"If you found out that a colleague had a drinking problem, what action would you take?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Since you like water sports, what would you do in Iowa City where there are no lakes? (I previously mentioned I'm an avid windsurfer)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN. All the questions they ask are on this site." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The friendliness of the admissions staff (they seem like they could be your mom) and the laid-back students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The Medical Education Building, while new, was a little too industrial for my tastes. Walking through it you would think that wood didn't exist on planet earth anymore, only aluminium." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That half of the other applicants would be non-traditional. We even had a professor of anthropology in our group. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall the day went pretty well. Don't expect breakfast because the day doesn't start until 11:00 AM, which is nice because you have time to get your wits about you. The Admissions staff were extremely friendly and laid back, as were the other students in our group. The dean joked that it was good to see such a livid bunch, as the past week's group were deathly silent the whole time. I think they wasted too much time (almost 50 min) talking about financial aid. Why not tell us all this info AFTER we're accepted? I would have prefered to have had a longer time seeing the campus itself, as the tour only lasted about 35 minutes, partly because of the long finance talk and because the tour guides had to go to class. The school has nice facilities, but it's lacking in warmth (i.e. metal everywhere). The interview itself went really smoothly, and the format wasn't as awkward as you might come to expect. If you have Tom and Tom as your interviewers, don't sweat it. They're awesome guys!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Super 8

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?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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