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  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Springfield, IL
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?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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 me about yourself." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What do you think are your main strengths and weaknesses, why?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Have you had previous experience working in small groups?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Let's say that later in life a physician (not from SIU, of course) comes out of a hospital room, angrily says to you, ''Well, you really screwed up back there,'' and walks away without further explanation. What would you do?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Do you feel as though you set your expectations too high and that it's just a fantasy that high expectations result in positive outcomes?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read supplemental essays and the SIU information the admissions dept. sent to me" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The study-groups seemed REALLY great. I've heard wonderful things about their problem based learning curriculum from former graduates and I was not let down based on what I saw during our tour. Each group get their own ''group-study-room'' and because students are NOT ranked, there is a team atmosphere among students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There may be up to 8 people to a cadavre (sp) and 4 at a time disecting. Seems like it'd be too many cooks in the kitchen for that. ALSO-- make sure you cut off your first interview after about 30-35 mins, because mine went from 9am-9:55, which didn't give me nearly enough time to get to my car, drive to the next interview, find a space in the parking garage, and then find the interview room, especially because once I made it to the building of my 2nd interview, I was told by the information desk that the room didn't exist! Uggg-- I was really late and I think that SIU admissions should do a better job of coordinating the transport/directions/timing." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The map they send with your interview packet is on a really small scale, which I didn't realize. Because of my carelessness, I thought that the buildings were mainly within walking distance, so I parked at the main building and put 5 hours worth of quarters in the meter. Turns out, I was only going to be at that building for 15 mins... waste of money. Be sure you have your own form of transportation to get you to and from the interviews. Mine (and those of the other applicant) were both in outlaying buildings." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"All-in-all, pretty stress free interviews, though certainly NOT stress free travel between interviews. The last thing you want to be worrying about during your med school interview day is finding the right building/room or a parking space. I think the interviewers should be given firm time limitations so that we interviewees can make it to the next interview/meeting on-time. I had a really great tour-guide who was willing to take her time to elaborate on her experience in Carbondale and in Springfield about topics ranging from housing to board scores to assesments to research options. Certainly not an interview-day-set-up that people should get nervous about." 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?

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?

7 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?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

2 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"PLEASE find some way to make travel between interviews more interviewee friendly-- don't leave us gu" Report Response

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