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  • Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Maywood
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

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

"You grew up in Turkey? Tell me about that?" Report Response

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

"How did you become interested in medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How can I convince you to come to Loyola?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had to choose between an MD and a PhD, which one would you choose?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read a book about medical school interviews, looked over my AMCAS primary and Loyola graduate school applications, and read up on the research of some of my PhD faculty interviewers." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Fantastic hospital and medical school facilities, incredibly nice people, good location (near Chicago but not in it, and there are nice places to live near the school), amazing gym, non-competitive atmosphere among students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school is not as ethnically diverse as it could be (22% URM), but students come from all over the States, making for a heterogeneous student body." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I was going to like Loyola so much." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I applied for the MD/PhD program, so it was a two-day process. The first day was the MD day. I was supposed to arrive there at 8:45, but I was 40 minutes late due to icy road conditions and traffic (it took me two hours to get there from Wheaton, which is 11 miles away). They were really nice and understanding about me being late, and I wasn't the only one. My two, hour-long interviews were before lunch, and they were as relaxed and laid-back as possible. The interviewers had access to my AMCAS application minus the grades and MCAT score. My first interviewer asked me questions non-stop for one hour, but he was definitely nice about it. My second interviewer seemed more like she was trying to convince me to go there than ask me any questions. That was nice. I had lunch and a tour with an impressive M1 student who was as nice and relaxed as he could be (especially considering he had an anatomy final the next day). The second day was the PhD portion, which was more rigorous. There were nine one-on-one interviews. The first five interviews in the morning were with physiology faculty, and there were four in the afternoon with the MD/PhD steering committee. By the end of the day, they had me wanting to attend Loyola. They were amazing folks, and I could definitely see myself there." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

O'Hare

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2007

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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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