Admissions Process

Interview Process

Interview invitations

Interview invitations are issued by email solely upon the recommendation of the Feinberg Committee on Admissions. Interviews are held from September through February, on selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Feinberg School of Medicine on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. An applicant is expected to schedule an interview soon after the invitation is issued.

Individual Interview

The Feinberg School of Medicine uses a combined interview process. Applicants have an individual interview that lasts 20-30 minutes with an admissions dean or a faculty member. During this interview, applicants are asked questions about their interests and their motivation for studying medicine and can add updates to their application.

Panel Interview

The Feinberg School also employs a panel interview. This interview format is derived from the structure and design of Feinberg's small-group, interactive, problem-based learning curriculum. Thus, unlike a traditional one-on-one interview, the panel interview is interactive and group oriented. Two medical school faculty members and a fourth-year medical student, serve as interviewers. Three to four candidates are interviewed together for one hour and fifteen minutes. The interview is conducted "blind" which means that the interviewers have not reviewed the candidates' application.

During the interview, the interviewers ask questions and observe applicants to assess personal characteristics such as maturity, professionalism, empathy, and interpersonal skills, including cooperativeness, oral expression, and attention to others. Interviewers also ask questions to determine each candidate's motivation for and knowledge concerning a career in medicine. Problem-solving skills are evaluated during a collaborative group activity.

From Interviewers

"I greatly enjoyed the whole experience. It was amazing how each panel had a somewhat different flavor."

"It was a great experience to be a member of the panels...it was exciting to be part of the...process."

From Applicants

Group Interview

"I was surprised at how laid back and enjoyable the panel was."

"This truly was a great interview. It was fun and informative..."

"The panel interview was surprisingly comfortable and informative...splitting the interview time between three applicants allowed me to learn more about the people I could potentially go to school with..."

"Loved it, [the panel interview was] invigorating...great way of learning about how people socialize and use teamwork to solve problems."

"I consider it a fairer interview than most I attended. Interacting with three interviewers gave me a greater chance to 'click' with someone than at the schools where I met with only one interviewer, or one at a time."

This page last updated Mar 10, 2014

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