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  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago, IL
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?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Tell me about yourself. Have a short, solid answer to this question because the panel interview is closed folder and that's how they start off with each of us. You want to give a brief overview that offers them topics they can come back to in later questions." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Other questions asked to me and others... What do you think you've gained from your experiences since graduating? (I'm an older applicant.) What's a book you recently read or a film you recently saw? What would you do if you a military doctor and were asked to extract information from a prisoner using any means necessary? If there were both an AIDS epidemic that had overrun the US and a malaria epidemic that had overrun the rest of the world, and if you only had enough resources to address one disease, which would you choose? What would you do if a child needed a certain procedure but their parents were Jehovah's Witness and refused to give consent?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Our group project was do decide what action to take with an M4 who was supposed to put in a nasogastric tube, get an X-ray, get the resident to sign off on it, then begin feeding. The resident wasn't available so the student forged the signature and was just about to start feeding when the resident came in and checked the film. Other groups got different questions, but they're all listed here in SDN. Remember it's the process of working together that matters more than your final answer." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Imagine that one of the questioners had to give a political speech arguing that we should spend nothing on public health and everything on medicine. I was free to resign afterwards but I had to come up with arguments to support that position. (Yikes.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"During the panel interview another applicant's second question was whether she still remembered my first question. (She did.) LESSON: don't just focus on your own answers, pay attention and be interested in what other folks are saying during the panel. The whole reason they do a panel interview is to see how you interact and listen to others." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Others have said this, but I'll repeat it: Study the questions posted here. I went through the past few years of NW feedback here and collected 140 past questions then wrote out a short answer to each one. It might seem like overkill, but I could relax during the interview and over 90% of the questions I heard had been listed here in SDN. Also, a great resource is _101 Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions_. It's written for job interviews, but is still useful for teaching you how to look at questions/answers from an interviewer's perspective." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"This is the only interview I've been to where it definitely felt like they were trying to sell their school. It wasn't just about checking us out, they were enthusiastic to present their school to us. The 4 year MD/MPH option is the syncher for me, but beyond that there were lots of things... Everyone was very enthusiastic about the program, it was collegial didn't feel at all competitive, NW has a very strong clinical focus with a great clinical reputation (research is definitely available but they don't expect anyone to do it who doesn't want to). The facilities were amazingly top notch, but despite its wealthy reputation, they went out of their way to stress that NW values service and serves a very diverse population. Their line was "Why shouldn't a homesless person get just as nice a hospital room as a millionaire?"" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Cost (incidentally there was no financial aid presentation). NW is definitely at the top of my list, but if I get into a UC school for half the tuition, I'll have a touch choice to make." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Chicago is more diverse than I realized, lots of opportunities to use other languages and serve immigrant groups. I also had the wrong impression that NW was primarily a research institution, but clinical skills seems to be its primary focus." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I think there were over 30 of us the day I interviewed (they said it was one of their biggest days). We all gathered in the admissions office and there were bagels and juice available. Then we had an overview lecture by Asst. Dean Lapin and found out who we were doing our panel interviews with. Then we had at least a half hour to meet and chat with other applicants in our panel group, which you ABSOLUTELY should do. It feels a lot better going in as friends than as strangers. Then the panel interview which was pretty fun and a short interview with Dean Lapin (or Dean Brown or someone else) to "update your file" and ask questions. The one-on-ones varied quite a bit. It sounds like Dean Brown is very outgoing and talkative, but with Dean Lapin be prepared to get a conversation going. Talk about what's new, ask questions, etc. Students hosted lunch and a tour, then we had a presentation from the Dean of Minority Affairs, the Dean of Education asked us for feedback (feedback is big at NW), and we did a mock PBL session as a group (a bit difficult with 30 folks)." 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?


How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Holiday Inn

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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