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"Make the rest of the day more professional. Dean Martin is very nice and welcoming, however sitting in his office seems a bit informal. In addition, lunch should be held in a more formal environment because it was really awkward to have to eat on a sofa and eat off your lap"
"Disappointed that the tour was not given by students. The faculty member was not focusing on points that we were interested in and instead showed us things that we will never use, such as ancient books in the (small) library. Additionally, the school uses a lot of marketing with pictures of the MD medical school which is a state of the art beautiful building, where as podiatry students will never be there and instead be at the extremely dated and run down podiatry building. Tour guide was not answering my questions when I asked and instead said she will answer them once we got there, which was strange. The clinic is large, but extremely dirty and run down. I had completely checked out of the interview day until my actual interview with the professor, who was amazing. He did a great job conducting the interview, however it was not enough to make up for the rest of the day. I felt as though the school did not feel the need to make us feel welcomed and instead thought it was a burden to interview us."
"None, they were amazing! Mr. Martin was the most friendly, charismatic, and overall welcoming person that any medical school could have."
"nothing, everything was amazing"
"David was kind, knowledgeable, and welcoming. He gave a thorough rundown of the city - a little too much time in my opinion. Philly is a great city, that is easy to sell. But I felt as though more was said about the city than was the school. I highly recommend having student lead tours instead of admission faculty lead tours to give a more personal perspective on things. In fact, the tour guide missed a few talking points that were brought up with David later during the day. I wish we toured the clinic more - it is one of the schools biggest selling points."
"I really like that they make the hotel available. It didn't work out for me, but I appreciate that they do it."
"I would have enjoyed more time in the clinic or shadowing."
"Revamp the interview day. Or at least make it substantially more organized."
"they were great to us"
"I think the tour should have been given by a student as opposed to someone from admissions and overall there should have been more interaction with students throughout the day. Spending most of the day with the dean and someone from admissions (people who are obviously selling the school) doesn't always give the most accurate perception of the school. But overall, they made the day very low stress and comfortable."
"The whole day was very unorganized. I arrived 15 minutes early and was the only student in the correct location. At 8:30 the dean and I were sitting in a under-construction room twiddling our thumbs waiting for the other students to arrive. I would suggest the admissions office do a better job at displaying the directions on their information. It WAS there, but I really had to read my paperwork to find the directions."
"To be a bit more professional. I never received an interview offer e-mail, I had to call the school to confirm if they had received my application, upon which I was told that I had been sent an interview invite. Also the interview environment was too informal, there were personal stories being shared instead of discussing the stats of the school, the residency placements etc. I think the school has an EXCELLENT building and clinic but the one major thing stopping me from considering the school is the admission staff. There was no student interviewer, there was no student tour guide. Everything was done by the admission staff and it seemed more like they were trying to sell the school than why you should genuinely go to the school"
"First impressions are huge. The first phone call with TUSPM both confusing and eventually telling of the actual interview day."
"The person picking up the phone in the admissions office really needs to learn how to be cordial and nice. Every time I called, she made me really mad."
"Whoever answers the phone when calling always sounds hurried and somewhat rude. It would be nice to hear a "smiling" voice on the other end."
"Too much paper take aways; as it is many were illegible due to poor copy quality. The person who gave the tour was too robotic. She skipped several areas of the school that we wanted to see but couldnt because of time. Not being able to see main campus is a huge negative. I know its a big school but if we are coming from out of state staff should provide is with all the time we need in order to tour the school."
"A bit of respect and courtesy goes a very long way. If I conducted myself at my place of business in the manner you do. I would be fired, rightfully so."
"Put the interview at the beginning of the day so you don't have to work about it for 4 hours."
"The pre-interview information seemed too long and dry. It also felt a bit too relaxed and slightly u"
"How about a real lunch; not one with a sub sitting on a chair waiting to be called into an interview"
"It was a really long day, it could have been shorter."
"It was a really long day. Maybe shorten it up a bit"
"Shorten the whole interview process. Way too long and unnecessary."
"Why do you want to be a podiatrist?"
"Why podiatry? Other than that it was just conversational."
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me how you got where you are today?"
"How are you going to combat the academics here?"
"Explain what you would bring to the school in terms of diversity."
"No questions asked. We had a 25 minute conversation about the future of podiatry research."
"I see you were interested in Podiatry early on, why is that"
"why podiatry? Why Temple?"
"Are you interviewing at any other schools?"
"What was your favorite undergrad course?"
"Why podiatry and why Temple. Other than that we just chatted."
"How did I learn about Podiatry ?"
"Did you participate in any sports in school?"
"The faculty member basically just flipped through my application and asked me about different parts. I told her a little bit about myself and then we talked about academics, my research, extracurriculars and about the field of podiatry in general. It was very conversational and a lot of it was just her giving me advice about how to succeed. Very low stress."
"How did you raise your MCAT score thee second time?"
"Tell me about some interesting course you have taken"
"What would you change about the application process?"
"One always reads posts, "I was not asked a single question," well this sums up my experience. The DPM looked over my application and said ooh this is nice, and yes this is also very nice. I had to mention I had a low MCAT score myself (which I should not have but the doctor said it's okay since I improved), I chipped in whenever I could but no question was asked. At the end the DPM asked if I had any questions. So be prepared to ask some questions.."
"What was your favorite course in undergrad?"
"What led me to choose podiatry?"
"What happened in gen chem?"
"Do you know what a typical day of a podiatrist is like?"
"I was not asked a single question"
"What was your favorite class in undergrad?"
"Just generic application questions. Mostly, the conversation focused on selling Temple POD and the surrounding area."
"How did you like your undergraduate experience?"
"Why a lower BS score on the MCAT?"
"What do you think podiatry is?"
"How did you get into podiatry?"
"There were two interviews. One group conversational interview with David Martin, and a personal 1 on 1 interview with a faculty member.
Interviewer #1 (David Martin)
How did you come about podiatry?
Asked about my work experiences in the nursing home I worked in.
Asked how long I shadowed a podiatrist.
That was all, he then moved on to the next person. I think he just wanted to see how I would react in a group.
It was not stressful at all. He made me/everyone feel comfortable. "
"Why I chose podiatry? "
"How did you improve your grades over the years. What did you do differently? Same for test scores. "
"What was the most interesting thing you saw during your shadowing experience?
"Why did you decide to graduate from undergrad earlier than expected?"
"Do you feel you have enough experience in the field of podiatry?"
"Generic pod/application questions...nothing difficult or have to think about."
"describe your running experiences"
"Tell me about your science grades."
"What procedures did you see during shadowing?"
"why podiatry over dentistry"
"What sparked your interest in podiatric medicine?"
"None besides the expected ones."
"What recent movies have you seen? Have you seen that movie, Borat?"
"Do I do well on standardized tests?"
"Why Podiatry? Why not Osteopathic Medicine or Allopathic Medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Would your wife be willing to move out here from California if you were accepted?"
"Why low grades? I had a bad first 2 years at one college. I transfered and made a 100% change. "
"The only question I was asked was why I wanted to become a podiatrist."
"Describe to me your favorite shadowing experience."
"What did you learn from any experiences that impacted you negatively?"
"What was your favorite non-science class"
"Do you have hobbies?"
"More of a conversation"
"I was asked to speak in some detail about my hobbies"
"How do I approach studying"
"how did you come to discover that podiatry was the career for you?"
"What did you do in order to improve your MCAT the second time"
"Is there anything that would make you think twice about entering podiatry?"
"What position in basketball did you play?"
"If you were matched a residency in San Diego, would you go?"
"A question about my personal statement."
"Elaborate on your research."
"How did you not get bored driving six hours to philly?"
"What do your parents do for a living?"
"All were pretty standard. "
"what are your aspirations?"
"I see you play the violin, do you have good hand-eye coordination? "
"Will I like the busy city life as compared to where I grew up?"
"Do you feel you have enough experience in the field of podiatry?"
"What was the most recent movie you saw?"
"What was your time like in the Navy and how do you think it will compair to Pod School?"
"Asked about my clincal experiences"
"Questions about my essay"
"Did working full time during undergrad help or hinder you."
"Where are your parents from? (the interviewer wanted to know more about my family)"
"Have you ever been to Philadelphia before?"
"What do you read?...and...Did you know that Southern New Jersey faught for the South in the Civil War?"
"Did you see that movie, Borat? (I told them I was a movie-lover in my spare time)"
"How's New Orleans?"
"Why Podiatry and where would you practice?"
"None. I was only asked a few very basic questions to verify information in my file, but that was it."
"Why not Osteopathic Medicine or Allopathic Medicine? "
"Tell me about some of your extra curricular activities that you have previously done."
"Do you read books on a regular basis"
"What else do I need to know about you (very open ended)?"
"I was asked the following:
1. why a foot doctor (in those words)
2. what books have i read
3. where did the DPM i shadowed go to school?
and basic conversational questions"
"I really was not asked any interesting questions. The professor that interviewed me simply looked at my file and said that everything was okay. I think more questions should have been asked."
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