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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"Lots of questions about my AMCAS and secondary essays. (All interviewers.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What activities are you still involved in, and what are you doing next semester? (Director of Admissions)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Questions about my research. (Faculty interviewer)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"How does your interest in existentialism relating to your interest in medicine? (student interviewer)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

""Well, don't you think that somebody is going to have to pay the phone bill?" (faculty interviewer, in reference to my comment about not wanting to go into private practice because I want to focus on patient care rather than spending a lot of time running my own business)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Printed out the website and read it on the plane, brushed my hair a lot (Chicago really IS the Windy City!!!)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The Director of Admissions (Joni Huff) is the nicest woman you will ever meet. I was fortunate to interview with her. The facilities are also amazing and all located in the same area (you don't need a car). The children's hospital is brand new, and has lights that change colors in the elevator (sooo cool!). Hyde Park is an amazingly diverse area...I love that." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My faculty interviewer was a real jerk. He looked surprised to see me when his secretary told him I was there for my interview. Then he sat slunched over with his foot on his knee sticking his pencil in his shoe. Halfway through the interview he asked me if I did such and such at BAYLOR, and I was like "uhh, I don't go to Baylor." He kept asking me who was going to pay the phone bill in my future lab (even though I told him I didn't want to have my own lab and was more interested in the clinical aspects of medicine). He also complained about the patient population on the South Side of Chicago because they were pretty poor...this was his response to the fact that I had worked with underserved inner-city patients in the past and enjoyed it. Then he berated what was probably the most meaningful experience of my life by saying "well, medicine isn't all about little kids with cerebral palsy." Every question he asked was antagonistic and began with "well don't you think that..." or "well, what about..." He made it pretty clear he spent 100% of his time in the lab...which probably explained why he had ZERO people skills. Thankfully, my other two interviewers were INCREDIBLE and made up for this guy. And I got in anyway, so either he was just trying to stress me out and I passed, or the other people on the committee didn't care what he had to say about me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Chicago is so windy! Should have flown into Midway (much closer than O'Hare)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You have 3 interviews...faculty, student (4th year), and someone from the admissions office. With the exception of my faculty interviewer (see what negatively impressed me), the day was amazing. Everybody there was nice. The administrators really seem like they are there for the students to help them reach their goals, whatever they may be. The scholarly atmosphere of the school urges you to pursue your interests and questions about anything and everything. It's a great school, and if I don't get into my top choice school, I will likely be going there!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 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?


How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Ramada Inn Lakeshore

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?

9 out of 10

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