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

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"What brought you here today?/ What ethical dilemnas did you face in x clinical situation and how did you resolve them?/ Do you have any questions for me? (all in the individual interview)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What will be the most important medical/biological development in the next 20 years? Ignore the economy and access." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"I am a federal grants awarder. I have $1 million that I may give to your free clinic. Make me a fundraising pitch. Why should your clinic be the one to receive funds? How would you distribute the money to different needs/departments?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What would I see if I walked into your room? Favorite books and movies?/ If you couldn't be a doctor, what other profession would you choose?/ A book that you've written about your life is published. What does a review in the NYT say?/ What would you change about your undergraduate curriculum? Where would you take me if I visited your undergraduate institution for an afternoon?/ Teach someone from rural Iran how to go to the bathroom in the US using words only." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"What were the hardest ethical dilemnas you faced in x clinical situation? How did you resolve them? (Individual interview)/ An M4 performs a specific clinical procedure incorrectly without the supervision of a resident. You are the disciplinary committee comprised of three faculty members and one medical student. What is your group's recommendation for punishment--if any--for the student? (panel interviewing group)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, talked to current students, mock interview with friends, mock interview with advisor" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The organization and breadth of the day--you really see everything: anatomy lab (with cadavers!), dry lab, hospital patient rooms, lecture halls, mock PBL. Admissions opens their office to students so there's a constant flow of people and a real opportunity to ask students questions. Several deans and faculty make presentations so you get a very complete picture of the school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"High cost of living in the area. 90% of students live in Streeterville (surrounding downtown area)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You won't get any straightforward ''Why medicine'' or ''Why Feinberg'' questions so you have to work those things into answers to other questions." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You're with a group of co-applicants the entire day. I interviewed with 20 other applicants. The entire day is very structured and designed to show Feinberg off at its best. After a continental breakfast and 45-minute orientation by an assistant dean, during which basic school info is presented, you break into interviews. There are two interviews, in a different order for everyone: one 20-minute individual interview with the dean of admissions or a doc; one 90-minute panel interview of a group of applicants. The invdividual interview is open file. Although the individual interview is supposed to be just to update your file, I got asked tough ethics questions here so be prepared. I also got asked the closest thing to ''Why Feinberg'' during this, too. The panel interview is closed file so the interviewers only know your name and where you're from. Two docs and one M4 interviewed four applicants. It opens with everyone introducing themselves. Then they do three rounds of individual questions and then give the group a problem to solve. You discuss the problem for 15 minutes while the panel observes you, then you present your solution to the panel. Then the applicants ask the interviewers questions for 15 minutes. You definitely have to be on your toes and the anxiety is not for nothing--be prepared and be gracious to your fellow applicants! Then all 21 applicants have lunch with eight M1s and M2s. They give you a thorough tour. The day ends with presentations by MD/MPH, MD/MA in Bioethics, Diversity training, and a mock PBL session in which everyone is expected to participate. The day starts at 7:30 am and ends at 3 pm. There is a lot of walking inside and outside." 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?

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

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

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