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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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?

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)?

"Tell about how you arrived at the decision to go to med school." Report Response

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

"What do you think about a national health care plan?" Report Response

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

"What do you do when you're not in your lab or classes?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why this circuitous route to medicine? (Because I'm a non-traditional student). " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Throughout all your medical experiences, hasn't anyone discouraged you from choosing medicine as a career?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, School catalog, School website, Read primary journal articles on PBL, and its effects on curriculm and instruction." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Very little in-class time. A lot of hands-on clinical experiences and patient contact within weeks of starting the program. College is central to the town's healtcare setup. Everyone was highly courteous and geneorus with their time. Did not feel rushed. Interviewers were very open and candidly discussed the negative points of the university. The entire campus is wireless, all lectures are available online, and printouts are free!!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not much to do around campus. Downtown Sprinfield is growing but is far from offering the urban experiences of even a medium sized town in the midwest." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Take quarters with you for parking. They have metered parking for visitors! Pavments were not deiced, so if your thinking of wearing high heels (ladies) forget it! Good cheap lunch is avaliable in the hospital (under $1.50 for a slice of pizza). " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interviews were very relaxed and they just wanted to get to know more about what my experiences meant to me. They were extremely well organized and had a very nice financial aid session that was one on one, just like the two interviews. It's a great school and their residents' board scores are up there with the best. They are 100% in-state and competition is tough to get in. Your first year will be in Carbondale and the next three years will be in just the three or four buildings that make up the entire campus in Springfield!!! There is no vibrant community surrounding the campus, so married students may find it hard to do anything worthwhile around town. Springfield is all about the med school and some state legislature buildings! " Report Response

Tour and Travel

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How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


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

< $100

General Info

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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?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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