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U Illinois - Chicago
State: Illinois
Positions: 6
Years: 3
Average USMLE Step 1 Score of interviewed applicants: 251
Average USMLE Step 2 Score of interviewed applicants: 254
Percentage of applicants offered interviews who were AOA: 46%

Applied, Received Interview:
00001, Ohio State University, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 259, AOA
00003, Northeastern Ohio Universities, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 248
00009, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 250, AOA
00011, Anonymous, Step 1: 243
00012, Anonymous, Step 1: 244
00086, University of Illinois, Step 1: 235
00089, Anonymous, Step 1: 255, Step 2: 252, AOA
00177, University of Oklahoma, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 246, AOA
00695, Boston University, Step 1: 248, AOA
02651, Medical College of Wisconsin, Step 1: 254, AOA
02689, University of Arizona, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 264
03117, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 258, AOA
03122, University of Virginia, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 246
13977, Anonymous, Step 1: 258, AOA
14009, Tulane University, Step 1: 247, Step 2: 245
14228, Anonymous, Step 1: 258, Step 2: 262, AOA
14229, Anonymous, Step 1: 261, Step 2: 259, AOA
14230, Anonymous, Step 1: 245, Step 2: 256, AOA
14234, Cleveland Clinic Medical School, Step 1: 265, Step 2: 262, AOA
14245, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 249

Applied, No Interview:
00007, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 236
00013, Anonymous, Step 1: 228
00015, University of Alabama, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 252, AOA
00016, Anonymous, Step 1: 222, Step 2: 238
00084, Anonymous, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 243
00085, Anonymous, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 259, AOA
00138, Tulane University, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253, AOA
00178, Anonymous, Step 1: 233, Step 2: 255
00181, Anonymous, Step 1: 232, Step 2: 260
00182, Albany Medical College, Step 1: 267, Step 2: 264, AOA
00424, Anonymous, Step 1: 222, Step 2: 225
00449, Cleveland Clinic Medical School, Step 1: 239
00487, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 216
00488, Loyola University Chicago, Step 1: 264, Step 2: 264, AOA
00546, Anonymous, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 253
00607, Tulane University, Step 1: 219, Step 2: 242
00691, Anonymous, Step 1: 224, Step 2: 233
00922, Anonymous, Step 1: 250, AOA
01388, Anonymous, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 255
02581, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 250
02626, University of Louisville, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 220
02671, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 247
02674, Georgetown University, Step 1: 228, Step 2: 241
02686, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 256, AOA
02995, Indiana University, Step 1: 245
03154, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, AOA
03583, Anonymous, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 230
03632, Wright State University, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 236
03682, Anonymous, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 238
03871, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 238
13904, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, AOA
13949, Anonymous, Step 1: 247
13965, Anonymous, Step 1: 263, AOA
14151, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 261, AOA
14225, Anonymous, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 258
14226, Case Western Reserve University, Step 1: 231, Step 2: 247, AOA
14227, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 270, AOA
14238, Anonymous, Step 1: 256, Step 2: 275, AOA
14251, Anonymous, Step 1: 25
16941, Anonymous, Step 1: 257, AOA

Interview Experiences
Chair, chair's wife/faculty, prog director, 2 other faculty members
Intro by program director and then time with residents Interviews with most of the faculty Lunch Great presentation by chairman
Relaxed
7 or so one-on-one or two-on-one interviews with faculty, then tour from the residents. Nice people.
6 interviews, some 2-on-1 met for apps and drinks the night before
Program Advantages
What isn't amazing about this program?
great location, residents appears happy, good volume? energetic new chair Azar from MEEI
Chicago is a great city, Dr. Azar and Dr. Azar will infuse energy into this program which has been floudering a little in recent years
The chairman is extremely enthusiastic about the program and resident education
Dr. Azar is awesome, surprising number of big names (very well published faculty), good surgical volume for a big city, excellent fellowship matches & top notch home fellowships (ASOPRS plastics, top 10 cornea, strong retina), free iPads!
Great surgical numbers, strong fellowship match, well-respected program. Research is incentivized, and there is tons of support for research. PGY3 is a low-volume call year, and you have time to do research. They pay for you to have international experien
Outstanding didactics and clinical experience. Chicago is a great city. Some very notable faculty including a new chair Dr. Varma (glaucoma) who is very approachable and an excellent resident advocate. Call is very manageable.
BIG name academic program in chicago strong alumni base in chicago and nationally for private practice jobs superb didactics help prepare for OKAP/boards
unambiguously top program in Chicago, major referral center, big names, top fellowship match (home has top cornea/retina), faculty vouch for residents, strong research/didactics whole package
top program in Chicago, big name in ophthalmology extremely supportive faculty for academics or private practice
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary: Prestigious program, new chair Dr. Rosenblatt is very kind, all subspecialties are well-represented
- large faculty - residents incentivized to do research -exchange program with Sao Paolo and Japan (1 week each) - excellent fellowship matches
Program Disadvantages
As a first year you have to do grand rounds presentations almost monthly
the building, w/o windows, disrupts your circadian clock
Facilities a bit old and outdated Surgical volume seemed low
old facilities, but most of the department is being renovated
Probably none
Saturday lectures, surgical training may not be the best as volume moderately low. VA is shared with Northwestern so time is limited.
none
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- saturday lectures - older facilities