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Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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  • Year founded: 1967
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Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Allopathic Medical School
Hershey
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 270 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 5 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $50,534
  • Non - Resident Tuition $50,534
  • Application Fee $85
  • AVG MCAT 507
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 66.3
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Admissions Information

  • Office of Medical Student Admissions, H060
  • PO Box 850
  • 500 University Dr.
  • Hershey 17033
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

In 1963, The M. S. Hershey Foundation offered $50 million to The Pennsylvania State University to establish a medical school in Hershey. With this grant and $21.3 million from the U.S. Public Health Service, the University built a medical school, teaching hospital, and research center. Ground was broken in 1966 and Penn State's College of Medicine opened its doors to the first class of students in 1967 and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accepted the first patients in 1970. Penn State College of Medicine is committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all.

Curriculum

The practice of medicine is undergoing major changes. Many of these changes are part of a transformation that will alter the way health care is organized and delivered in the future. The Penn State curriculum is designed to reinforce the enduring tenets of the practice of medicine and address the broad and changing healthcare needs of society. The curriculum is learner-centered and has been developed to prepare our students for work in a more integrated healthcare system. The Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education, composed of faculty and students, meets regularly to evaluate and modify the curriculum to keep pace with new knowledge and changes in healthcare delivery. The curriculum for the first two years is interdisciplinary and integrated, and combines elements of traditional teaching with case-based learning. The third and fourth years are a continuum of clinical rotations. Students first take required core clerkships and one or two selectives followed by required advanced clerkships and electives.

Facilities

The original buildings at Penn State Hershey Medical Center included the Medical Science Building and medical center, Animal Research Farm, Laundry and Steam Plant, and University Manor Apartments. Since 1970, the campus has grown from 318 to 550 acres. Many additions have been made to the academic and patient-care facilities. Today, Penn State Hershey Medical Center has completed several carefully planned construction projects. Additions were made to reflect a steady increase in patient demand for services and to expand research and teaching programs. In 2000-2001 Penn State Hershey Medical Center admitted 20,622 patients and provided care through 524,411 outpatient and 33,705 emergency-service visits. Penn State Hershey Medical Center has 5,028 employees, 500 volunteers, and the College of Medicine enrolls more than 600 students annually.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 224
Negatively 13
No change 26

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.57 262

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.77 181

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"The dean of admissions is, perhaps, the most jovial person I have ever met. He had something personal and nice to say about each and every one of the applicants present at the interview. He was also incredibly receptive to questions and wanted applicants to be as low-stress as possible. Keep him around, he's a gem." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep doing what they are doing because they are great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the admissions office was very friendly and enthusiastic. Having someone walk us to and from our interviews was certainly appreciated" More from this Member | Report Response

"Follow-up Clinical Preference Survey was confusing. Also, I would prefer if the interview reminder email had the specific date and time on it just to confirm that the appointment was correct." More from this Member | Report Response

"Put up signs telling the applicants where to go in the morning, I almost got lost. Plan to arrive a little bit early to find your way around" More from this Member | Report Response

"More exciting tour guides!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have an MD/PhD status check website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really." More from this Member | Report Response

"It's a very long interview day! Maybe make it shorter?" More from this Member | Report Response

"don't change a thing! except maybe a little more variety for the lunch buffet. i hate wraps =( so i was stuck with salad" More from this Member | Report Response

"Only STUDENTS should lead the campus tour. To me, this raised questions about what the school may have been trying to hide and, honestly, I felt kind of insulted." More from this Member | Report Response

"Our tour guide was a volunteer, a very nice person but I would have liked a student more to answer s" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions needs to do a better soliciting feedback from students with their interviewers. Many peop" More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide more info about where to go on the morning of the interview ahead of time." More from this Member | Report Response

"Unsure of where to go to start the day. Didn't know interviewers' names beforehand." More from this Member | Report Response

"None really, except for maybe making the decisions faster. We were told to wait AT LEAST 6-8 weeks" More from this Member | Report Response

"Get a student to give the tour/show us more of the med school and less of the hospital" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nicest admissions office EVER" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tours should be given by current students, not an elderly volunteer, as nice as he was." More from this Member | Report Response

"Take us to more places on the tour!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have a student host program. Amber was the nicest person ever!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Amber, Marc, and Janice were all friendly and hospitable people." More from this Member | Report Response

"They have been the most genuinely friendly admissions office I have met so far...truly a pleasure." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great people, very helpful and friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The lady at the admissions office was super nice and cute." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing! They were great all around." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What was your most engaging research activity?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is one of your favorite books that you've read (it was relevant to our conversation, not out of the blue)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think you would like most about being a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What could you change about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about X extracurricular." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Are you really ready for medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Explain an extracurricular activity." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about experience X." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do your parents do? (No one in my family is a doctor). Why did you choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think you will contribute to our class?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Am I interested in a specialty?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What adversity have you faced?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What will you do if you are not accepted?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Think of a 4 letter word to describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could go back in time and speak any language, who would you want to spend the day with and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think about the direction of healthcare in the near future?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your research, ECs, etc." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be an MD/PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you choose your major?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""Tell me about yourself"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""What was your most meaningful experience while volunteering at your local hospital?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the biggest problem with health care in the US and in the world?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"At what point do all the trees lose their leaves in PA? (He was from Jamaica and just moved to Penn State)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"No specific questions - both interviewers were incredibly conversational. One asked me about things in my file which stood out, then asked me what questions I had about the school. Everything else flowed from those questions. The second interview was entirely based on the questions I had about the school." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"how do you think your involvement in ECs will help you as a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you handle 80 hour work weeks and waking up at 4 am?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The usual... why medicine? why Penn State? how do you feel about research?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So, what can I tell you about Penn State?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I noticed your freshman year was a transition period for you (very low GPA)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself. Have you interviewed anywhere else? What is the worst part about you as a med school applicant? Were you influenced more by your mother or father? What do your parents do? Whats the most enjoyable part of undergrad? How did you prepare for this interview?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Think of a 4-letter word to describe yourself." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? Why PSU?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are your personal strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"why psu? tell me about siblings/ family, when did you decide you wanted to be a dr? why did you choose your undergrad college? tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your international experiences and your research.. (All straight from AMCAS app)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Who was your main role model in deciding on a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why will you be a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about X,Y,Z activity (from AMCAS application). The interviewer asked several follow up questions regarding activity." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Just to start off, do you have any questions for me about the school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself..." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Out of 100 pre-med students, what rank are you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What questions can I answer for you about the school or Hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Could you clarify this on your AMCAS application?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"-when did you know you wanted to do medicine? -how will you pay for medical school? -do your parents know how much med school costs? -what do your parents do? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What brought you on your path to medicine and Hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What questions do you have for me?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Questions about my undergraduate school and volunteer experiences. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So, what interests you about Penn State?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you chose your major?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Ask me a question. (One interviewer asked this about four different times)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you like best about Penn State?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was the most serious thing you saw during your time volunteering in the ER?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"ask me questions. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your clinical experience." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about this..." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why you want to go to Penn State College of Medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your specific role in your research group?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"In your essay, you mentioned a rough time during your undergrad years, can you talk about how you got through that? (Most of the questions asked revolved around my AMCAS)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you like to do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"role models in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"how can you contribute to the diversity at penn state. the rest of the interview was very conversational. the interviewer talked about how he went to medical school at stanford (im from california) and why he decided to come back to hershey." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why MD/PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you think living in Hershey will be a problem? (I'm from Tampa, FL)." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the biggest problem in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"how did your interest in medicine develop?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"First interviewer just went through my list of experiences and asked about them. It was very casual and low stress. He just wanted to learn about me through my experiences. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your top school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your experience abroad." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"see most difficult" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine? <insert my answer here> Eventhough you will have to spend another 7-10 years in training? <insert my answer here> Eventhough you will likely have six figures of debt? <insert my answer here> Why not a PA? <insert my answer here> Why not a nurse? <insert my answer here> Why not a teacher? <insert my answer here> Don't you think medicine will interfere with your family life? <insert my answer here>" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today? How do you propose we fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be a doctor? (in the context that you can help people in many other professions)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What about Penn State interests you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"did i mention the clinical scenarios?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the biggest problems concerning our Health Care Policy, and how would you fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you want to study as a specialty in med school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Both interviewers (primarily Interviewer #1): At what point, or during what period, did you finally decide for sure that this was the path you wanted? (I had changed my mind about medicine at least twice, and it wasn't until 9/11, when I worked close to Ground Zero, that I resolved to become a doctor.)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you think what your research is important?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about X volunteer work?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"- Tell me a little about yourself. - Greatest strengths/weaknesses. - Why Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your experience in Spain" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Basically, the interviews consisted of a brief synopsis of the application, followed by a line by line discussion of each activity." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why aren't you pursuing an MD/PHD?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What kind of procedures did you do as an EMT? (The interviewer was trying ot get a sense of how much of actual clinical experience I have)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Penn State? (I rambled on and on for a while after this one and he kinda giggled and stopped me but seemed to like it, so have an answer prepared)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you feel about living in rural Pennsylvania?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"List two of the most important things on your application that you would like me to bring up at the admissions committee meeting." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What's the biggest issue facing medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Did they ask questions? I guess the only one I can think of that was a direct question was asking me to clarify something in my academic record." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Are you interested in primary care?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why, based on your research experience, did you chose not to pursue a MD/PhD degree?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to become a military physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"tell me more about your current job" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What does your brother do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do for your research?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you want to do medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So fine arts?? ..and it went on from there" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was your favorite class in college?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"You obviously have a strong background in research. Would you rather spend your time doing clinical or bench research?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Which speciality do you want to go into? I answered primary care. He then asked "From scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest, how would you rank your potential to be a primary care physician?" " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Penn State? Since this school is in the middle of nowhere, the admissions staff really cares about your answer because it's certainly not for the surroundings." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you quit the marching band?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How's your mom?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"how did you learn about the school? where have you traveled to? what was that like?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you handle stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"why medicine? how would your friends describe you? are your parents doctors? why did you take a year off?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"When I decided to be a physician." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your research?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Did you consider any other professions besides medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your leadership and teaching experiences." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"why do you want to go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could spend a day with anyone in the past, who would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""What are you most passionate about?"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"strengths/weaknesses" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would your friends describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"From the first interview: Why did you apply to Penn State? What do you think you still need to learn to be a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"why do you want to be a doctor? (both interviews)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are your strengths and weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"From my first interview: Why did you take two years off? What led you to medicine? Why did you choose to go to your undergraduate institution, and why did you choose your major? Explain your study-abroad experience. Why Penn State? Do you have any questions for me? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself, your college activities, and your research (my second interviewer, a PhD, was particularly interested in my research; this has been true at other schools where my interviewer was a PhD.)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself, brothers and sisters, etc..." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What's wrong with health care? Why are there so many uninsured people in the U.S.? Time machine question" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"See most interesting question?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is squash? Why do you like Penn State? How many medical schools did you apply to?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about how you've come to be interested in a medical career. Why would you not pursue a degree in clinical psychology with your background? Why did you take the MCAT so late (non-traditional applicant) and what did you do between graduation and the test? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do about the uninsured?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What will you bring to the class of 2009 that is unique?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to come to Hershey? Do you know much aboout PBL? What specialty are you considering? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself? Tell me more. Tell me more. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"why penn state? (i think they want people who like pennsylvania. just say you think it's beautiful and want to live there, it may be true)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could go back in time to any point, who would you want to meet and spend a day with(provided you could also speak their language)?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What have you done with your time off?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Who is your role model or your favorite author?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Hershey Medical Center?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"bunch of questions having me elaborate on some of the activites/aspects of my application" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What made you decide to do medicine? Have you considered doing something besides medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Wonder when I'll hear back from PSU? They didn't really give us any dates to be expecting correspondence." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"tell me about your medical volunteering" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what do you think should be done about the healthcare crisis in this country?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why PSU?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How are your parents responding to such an expensive career path?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So...how did you get involved with medicine and why do you want to practice it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"No specific questions were asked; one interviewer just went over my file with me - very easy." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Which 2 student organizations do you think you would want to be a part of here at Penn St?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Both interviewers mostly just asked me to elaborate on things I talked about in my personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"coming from a city environment, are you sure you can adjust to hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had $10,000,000 to spend on healthcare, how would you use it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do I like about Hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Tell me about your family" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"a question specific to my MCAT performance" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What were you doing in Russia?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to be a doctor? (First interviewer, the nice doctor)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you perceive as your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do we have and what are we to do about the obesity problem facing the United States? What was the worst thing that has ever happened to you and what did you learn from that experience? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me what you want me to know about yourself... How long were you in the Marines? What kind of research have you been involved with? What else do you do other than work and go to school (clinically and extra curricular activities)?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are you passionate about?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What books do I read?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Anything unique about you that's not stated in your application?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your motivations for entering medicine." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How has your family situation influenced the doctor you hope to become? (My sister has had a chronic illness throughout my life)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The mammogram question." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you get accepted at the U of MN (my home state), you aren't going to go to Penn, are you? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do for fun? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do if you did not get in to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could travel back in time and meet one person, who would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""Standard" interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Anything else I should know about you? (several times)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you like me to know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why Penn State?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about yourself... " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What first motivated you to want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"You are from a big city, can you picture yourself living in Hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why MD?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What kind of medicine do you think you'll practice?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what do you know about PBL?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"some questions about why woman and folic acid." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Asked questions about organizations I was involved in during college." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you like to read? What type of books do you like?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you want to attend Penn State." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""Why would you want to come to Hershey?"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"We have time so you can say anything you'd like to tell me that I haven't asked you" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"My interviewer set up a long situation that was essentially asking about how I would deal with stress,, but phrased in a very open-ended way." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Where do you see yourself in 12 years?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"One bad thing about Penn State Hershey (blanked on this but laughed through it and so did he)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe where you grew up." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How can healthcare providers help rural communities like the surrounding Hershey area?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If a doctor was the coach of a sport, what sport do you think best fits and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is something that you want me to take away from your admissions file that isn't immediately apparent and sets you apart from the other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me what you do for fun." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What type of exercise do you most enjoy?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""What my hardest class was"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you have any idea on what field you want to go into?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What did you get out of each of your shadowing experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How will you deal with your medical condition and it's limitations?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"First interview was more of a conversation than anything, mostly about what I wanted to know about Penn State. It was a good thing I had a slew of questions lined up, and I used all of them. The second interview was much more standard and less conversational, and I get the feeling it was that way because I didn't seem to have much in common with her. She asked the standard questions and the most interesting one was probably about the "biggest issue facing medicine today."" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So basically, there were two interviewers (individually). Both were very conversational, and they had my printed AMCAS app in front of them. They both had read it before I was escorted in by the admissions staff (very nice!) so we built off there. Discussed a lot of other things too, such as local activities/dining to do in the area, traded book recommendations" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Explain about this activity (tennis), how will this help you as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing really....." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you have a philosophy for dealing with hardship/stress/tragedy?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you think your personality will allow you to fit in well with our community?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"none" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Are your parents surprised that you want to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your favorite Shakespeare play? (I'm an English major)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"That they never actually asked questions. They just asked what questions I had, and then used that as a conversational springboard." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The interviewer asked what type of music I listen to, then pulled up his music library on his computer and asked if I knew some of the bands as he scrolled through the list." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you feel about so-and-so hospital suing their patients, most of whom don't have much money, for not paying their medical bills? (It was interesting because I got to learn about the siuation)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you like to read?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you have changed about your research?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me the dumbest thing you've ever done..." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Number 3." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you know anything about scuba diving?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How are you prepared financially to pay for med school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are you passionate about?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was the last movie you saw?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Would you like to work abroad?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you woke up one day to find that nobody ever got sick anymore, and everybody died at age 80, period, what job would you choose? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Are the intervals between the strings of a guitar the same as they are on a cello? (I'm a music major)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your greatest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think are some problems with our current healthcare system? and, What are some interesting recent advances in medicine? (I was ready for this and they went well - and I'd be ready, too, if I were you, I hear these come up a lot) " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"tell me about your relationship with your brother. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What's your favorite movie? (I guess that's not very interesting but it was fun to answer)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about a difficult experience that you have had." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Neither of my interviewers really asked me any questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"standard questions were asked. Nothing too hard. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you can go back in time, who would you want to meet and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What does your dad do for a living? I'm not sure what this adds to my application." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think should be done about the millions of uninsured?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could go back in time to any era and speak any language, who would you like to meet?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None. Pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what have been some recent major technological advances in medicine" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what 4 letter word best describes you (i got a couple of minutes to think while the interviewer read my letters of recommendation)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you thought about how you are going to combine your MD and PhD in your career after school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None, really. I was never asked a question directly. I simply chatted with both interviewers with the conversation revolving around my AMCAS/application. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is the biggest problem you see facing your era of physicians?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could spend one day with any person from any time period, who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"how would your friends describe you" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"You have always lived in a city, why do you want to come here?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you didn't want to go into medicine and we could wipe the slate clean, what would you choose as your career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I would not consider any of the question interesting. They were all typical questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could spend a day with anyone in any time period, who and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Out of 100 applicants, where would you rank yourself in terms of who would be the best physician? Why did you rank _#__ others better than yourself? Why did you rank yourself better than _#__ others?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"can't remember... the first interview was more of a conversation and the other was more like an awkward grilling, but not too many questions stick out..." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Who (anyone in history) would you spend a day with?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you know that just because you enjoy working with children you want to enter pediatrics? You've worked with sick children, but how do you know you wouldn't be better suited for working with healthy children?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I don't remember, but i got lots of clinical scenerios" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you seen 'Harold and Kumar (Goes to White Castle)'? [I'm Indian, both my father and brother are surgeons, and I attended Princeton University.] I anticipated this question, having read SDN feedback, so I had a semi-scripted answer, but my interviewer cut me off, saying he was just joking around." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"if you could time travel who would you want to meet?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you were a raisin in the sun, where would you want to be?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you were to go anywhere in time and meet anyone in history, who would you meet and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could have a skilled doc with no bedside manner, or a non-skilled one with great bedside manner, which would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So you have taken a round-a-bout path to medical school, tell me about that." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""What type of medicine would you like to go into," followed by "why do you choose them"?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Would your parents consider moving down to Penn. if you were accepted? (I come from a very close knit family, and he asked because I told him that my mother, father, and younger sister made the trip from NY to Penn with me for the interview.)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing really, every question was pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Who is your favorite poet?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"why do you think people will come to you as their doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Tell me about your experience in Spain" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I can't find anything wrong with your application. What do you think about that?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Specifics about my research" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing really. How did I meet my fiance????" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"No particularly interesting questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you seen Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If we could go anywhere in time and you could speak any language, Who would you go and see?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could meet anybody from any time period and speak any language, who would you meet?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Did they even ask questions?? It was more of a conversation than a question & answer session." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you didn't go into medicine, what would you pursue?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had to choose your specialty today, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How did your travel abroad experiences change you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"We just chatted about my AMCAS application. Nothing too interesting or difficult." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"if you could use a time machine to travel to any time in recorded history, and assuming you could speak any language, who would you choose to meet and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Are your parents political?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Is there anything that you want me to keep in mind as I further review your file after this interview" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Critique yourself. What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What drives you? What makes you passionate about what you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your passion?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So do you want to become a citizen?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What makes you different from all of our other qualified applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Did they even ask questions? It was like a conversation about me and where I am now. Quite relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do your parents do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"My interviewer basically went through my AMCAS in front of me and asked me to verify that I did participate in all the activities. With each activity, I tried to explain why it was relevant to where I am today." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""I have a time machine parked out in the back lot that can take you to anytime in history. Given that you could speak their language, who is the one person you would meet and why?"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What historical event in your lifetime had the most impact on you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"All of the questions I was asked were unique to me, so they'd be of no use to anyone" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe a perfect day for you." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was favorite place to travel to?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think will be the biggest challenge in medicine 25 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"have you been to the U.S. before?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"none out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What factors will you use to choose a school?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do you think poetry is such a difficult form of writing?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you think of yourself as a deep thinker?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What kind of opportunities would you like to see available here?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could spend a day with anyone in the past, who would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""Teach me about something, anything, as if I have a sixth grade education."" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"tell me about a stressful situation you've been in" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had a time machine, who would you want to meet?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think you still need to learn to be a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"whats the largest obstacle you have had to overcome? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What seperates you from everyone else?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Describe everything about yourself, from what motivates you, to what you do for fun, to what your goals are, in one four letter word. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Current Politics of Boston?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How do you think the elections are going turn out on Nov. 2nd? Did you see Michael Moore's "9/11"?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Who are your heroes in life?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"All the questions were pretty standard." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If I had a time machine, who would I go meet?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"what do you want me to tell admissions committee about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I have a patient who needs to have their thyroid removed (thyroid cancer). However, the patient has 5 social security numbers (illegal immigrant). What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Explain to me the sport of squash " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Can I see your scar?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why does Penn State's football team keep losing?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you do about the problem concerning the uninsured?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What will you bring to the class of 2009 that is unique?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would your "alter ego" describe you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you still sing? (I mentioned in my AMCAS and during the interview that I am a classically trained singer)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"if there were no diseases, what would you do as a career?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you tell a patient they had a terminal illness?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you had 10 million dollars to spend on a healthcare related issue how would you spend it?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why would you ever leave California to attend school here?--the interviewer didn't exactly try to sell the school" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I was asked very standard interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you ever been to the middle east?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If woke up tomorrow and there was no need for healthcare because everyone lived until they were 80 then died (with no health problems), what would you do instead? " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do for fun? There were no real questions in the two interviews. Mainly just a conversation that covered main parts of my file." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"A general question about the Middle East (it was about 2 days after Israel killed the leader of Hamas)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you considered going to USUHS?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What would you think is the biggest problem facing US healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why did you think so many cases of bird flu originate in Asia?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"how would you make our current health care system better?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How would you adjust to living in Hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Can you justify expensive surgical procedures (organ transplants) when there larger uninsured population who could benefit substantially from the funds?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What specific mechanisms do you have for dealing with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you really want to do medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I’m not sure what that “raisin in the sun” question was all about, but it seems kinda thespian to me." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What is your take on the current health care system (crisis;))?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why medicine instead of graduate school? (specific for me because I have alot of research experience)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was your least favorite class in college?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Both interviews basically just rehashed my application... nothing out of the ordinary (sorry)." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"As a physician what do you see as being your greatest challenges in your personal life as well as your professional life?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why has industry moved over-seas? Do you think it will come back to the US?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Who is your favorite American writer?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name an ethical topic and medcine and give your stance on it." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How many Mennonites are there in the world? (I am a Mennonite)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"No real tough questions. They really want to know about you so know your application, why you want to be a physician, and why Penn State." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"How are we going to help the millions of uninsured americans?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"how do you think you will adjust to living in such a small town as hershey?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"None." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"am I still involved in girl scouts? (from my personal statement)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing really. The interview was definitely very conversational" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Do you have a photographic memory?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you think are the greatest challenges in academic medicine? (I expressed my interest in academic medicine in my personal statement.)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Everyone dies at 80 no matter what and until then they are totally without health problems. What profession would you pursue?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What aircraft do you fly?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could travel back in time to meet anyone who would it be and why? (I answered Einstein) What period in his life?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What are your plans for having children? ILLEGAL!!!!!" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Can't you firther your education through Physical Therapy?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Questions about my family history, experiences, and other inquiring questions from my app- nothing stressful, he just wanted to genuinely get a feel for what i had done" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Why do we have and what are we to do about the obesity problem facing the United States?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So what's it like driving a Zamboni? (the interviewer played hockey and so do i)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What does your family think about your choice of medicine as a career? Are they supportive?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Pretty standard interview questions...reviewed application info... Only "odd" question was 'What books do you read?'" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"none-all straightforward" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Not really a question, but my second interviewer talked about drug reps and the benefits and costs of free dinners." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing really. What would you do if you couldn't do medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Name three perspectives you have taken away from your studying abroad." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Have you heard about the new research in autism, about the hyper-sensitivity to sounds? (I should clarify, I researched autism as an undergrad, so it wasn't totally off the wall)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What aspect of medical school do you think will be the most challenging for you?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What was the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What class do you wish you had not taken and what would you replace it with?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"I was not asked anything unusual." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The questioning was very straightforward and general." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Whether one of the people I mentioned in my personal statment was real or fictional." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could meet anyone in history, granted you could speak their language, and why?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Nothing really interesting, just the basic medical school school interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Is there anything else that you want me to know about you? (3x)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Because of my background: "Did you ever consider going into the ministry?" " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"All questions were basic and low stress. Why do you want to become a doctor? Why Penn State?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"What do you do with a public health degree ?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could travel back in time, who would you want to meet?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"do you have any experience learning in a small group of 8?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you could meet any historical figure, who would you chose and why" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"So you're sister is loud and opinionated? After explaining that my sister and I were complete opposites growing up)" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Asked me to relate my experiences as a teacher to my desires to enter medical school. " More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"Most medical school applicants feel some degree of anxiety over the difficulty level of the material covered in medical school. Have you ever felt anxiety that you won't be able to handle the work? No? Well, what aspects of medicine are you anxious about?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"The first interview was very much of a conversation, he did not ask any pre-planned questions, nor did he take any written notes. We discussed my interests, military history being one of them, and then moved onto the effects of September 11th. Very low stress, and dare I say it, kinda fun." More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

"If you didn't go into medicine, what career would you have chosen?" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

""Why did you choose French for a major?" ...and: "do you think that with your background [French Lit.] you'll be prepared for Medical School?"" More from this Member | Report Response | I was asked this question too

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