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Northwestern University
State: Illinois
Positions: 4
Years: 3
Average USMLE Step 1 Score of interviewed applicants: 244
Average USMLE Step 2 Score of interviewed applicants: 254
Percentage of applicants offered interviews who were AOA: 47%

Applied, Received Interview:
00001, Ohio State University, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 259, AOA
00003, Northeastern Ohio Universities, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 248
00013, Anonymous, Step 1: 228
00086, University of Illinois, Step 1: 235
00487, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 216
00695, Boston University, Step 1: 248, AOA
02686, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 256, AOA
02689, University of Arizona, Step 1: 257, Step 2: 264
03117, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 258, AOA
14007, University of Cincinnati, Step 1: 249, AOA
14226, Case Western Reserve University, Step 1: 231, Step 2: 247, AOA
14229, Anonymous, Step 1: 261, Step 2: 259, AOA
14245, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 249

Applied, No Interview:
00007, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 236
00011, Anonymous, Step 1: 243
00012, Anonymous, Step 1: 244
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
00092, Anonymous, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253
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
00485, Anonymous, Step 1: 252
00486, Anonymous, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 260
00491, University of South Dakota, Step 1: 225, Step 2: 256
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
02582, Anonymous, Step 1: 221
02626, University of Louisville, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 220
02651, Medical College of Wisconsin, Step 1: 254, AOA
02671, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 247
02687, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 242
02995, Indiana University, Step 1: 245
03055, University of Texas, Houston, Step 1: 255, AOA
03107, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 231
03154, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, AOA
03156, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 262
03356, Anonymous, Step 1: 250, Step 2: 245, 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
03752, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 250
03863, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 265, AOA
03871, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 238
13904, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, AOA
13911, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13912, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13913, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13949, Anonymous, Step 1: 247
13965, Anonymous, Step 1: 263, AOA
13977, Anonymous, Step 1: 258, AOA
14151, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Step 1: 261, AOA
14225, Anonymous, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 258
14236, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 246
14251, Anonymous, Step 1: 25
16941, Anonymous, Step 1: 257, AOA

Interview Experiences
Breakfast/Intro 4 faculty interviews Lunch Tour
intro by PD and subspecialty representatives followed by 5 2on1 interviews or tour, day ends around 4 PM
Very early start, with intro from faculty in every department. 3-4 one-on-two interviews with faculty, and one with the PD, alone. Lots of down time with residents in meantime (too much down time?).
Program Advantages
Great location Well-known faculty
Michigan Ave, new chair (Volpe) trying to build reputation
great location, nice facilities, beautiful hospital, very strong leadership under Volpe with plans to improve reputation, India rotation in second year in which you can get 50 cataracts in addition to the 120 or so in the U.S., strong retina with Jampol;
-Amazing chair (Volpe) -Location in downtown Chicago -Focus on education with faculty (not just research) -Lenient post-call schedule -New facility
Program Disadvantages
Farmed out to Louisiana VA ? Resident happiness
Low cataract numbers; decent fellowship match
mostly wealthy/insured patients, limited end stage pathology without county hospital, however residents rotate through several charity clinics; currently doesn't have a huge reputation;
-Saturday lectures (whyyyy) -strange India intro to phacos -Busy call until 3rd year -Share call with VA
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary takes most of trauma, surgical numbers also compromised with IEEI