Interview Impressions

Illinois - Chicago
University of Chicago Program
10/9/2018, 10/22
10/14, 10/03, 09/16
10/2, 10/11 (full), 10/16, 10/30, 12/11, 12/13, 12/18
Yes, dinner at restaurant/external location
- Very low amount of call; apparently only 2-3 weeks of nights per year
- No 7am conferences (only noon conferences)
- Residents seem super friendly and legitimately like each other
- Lots of program-funded parties
- Great fellowship placements - lots go to UCSF, Stanford, University of Washington
- PD is quirky (doesn't shake hands) but seems nice and genuinely interested in program success (per residents)
- Not very family-oriented (most residents are young and not married) >> not sure this is a negative for single people but my opinion +2 (as a single applicant, it was one of the only places I felt like I could fit in)
- Campus is safe, but south of campus and west of campus are not safe
- Chicago traffic is bad
- PD was hostile to me but the other applicants said he was chill in their interviews. Didn't respond positively or start a conversation with any of my answers. Jumped from one question to the next giving me little time to add to my answers. Pressured me in some of my answers. Ended the interview 10 min early and didn't ask if I had any questions for him. All around bad experience for me.
Midway airport is much closer than O'Hare; consider trying to fly into Midway if you can. If you do land at O'Hare though you can take trains to near the campus without too much trouble. Be aware that there are two types of trains (and thus you need two different types of tickets) - Ventra and Metra. The pre-interview dinner is downtown, about 15-20 minutes north of campus by train.