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"Tell me about yourself"
"Know all your activities you listed on AMCAS. Have specific examples if they ask for significant memory from an activity. Know how to respond if they ask how the experience impacted you and what you learned from it or how it influenced your decision to pursue medicine. My interviewers basically ran through my "Work & Activities" section with me and that's what we talked about."
"Describe what you look for in a physician."
"As an OOS student with no ties to USC Greenville, why did you choose this school?"
"Tell me about your research..."
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing the U.S. healthcare system today?"
"Why did you choose the university you did for undergrad?"
"What sets you apart from all of the other applicants?"
"What drives you?"
"What is the strongest/weakest part of your application?"
"What is the one patient experience you have had that made you want to be a doctor?"
"What is something that you'd want me to tell the other committee members about you that is not covered in your application or that I haven't already asked you about?"
"I pretty much got every question that was already posted on this site! I was definitely prepared... I got the one about who would you save if you had to choose btwn the mother, daughter, and father...my interviewer did put a lil twist on it though and said that you were actually able to save the mom and the daughter...what would you tell the wife if she asks if you'd not saved her would he still be here. "
"Is healthcare a right or a privledge?--I said it was a right--followup: How could you convince someone who says its a privledge that its a right? "
"Why Medicine? Why USC?"
"Is healthcare a right or a privilege?"
"Do you think the healthcare systems of many European countries would work in America?"
"Tell me why you want to be a physician."
"Is Medicine a Right or a Privilege?"
"Who was most influential in your decision to enter medicine?"
"Why do you want to come to USC?"
"What is the major crisis in healthcare today and how could you fix it?"
"Say a man with HIV comes in and is on medicaid for his treatment. He also gets a disability check every month. However, you know he is controlling his HIV very well, and goes to work out 45 minutes at the gym everyday, so he is clearly not disabled. What do you do? "
"Why should the admissions commitee choose you?"
"what is your definition of the health care crisis?"
"Why do you want to become a doctor?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What is your weakest point?"
"What will you do if you are not accepted to medical school? and Why should we accept you?"
"I see you are the president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, exactly what have you done as president so far? (specific achievements)"
"Discuss your medical experiences and how each either influenced or discouraged your pursuit of medicine."
"tell me about your research"
"What field do you want to go into? -be sure to answer this question that (even though you know what field you want to go into) you are remaining open-minded throughout all rotations (my first interviewer was great and coached me on how to answer questions to impress the next interviewer)"
"Questions are very standard... in fact, they used some that I remember seeing in the Princeton Review Best 162 Medical Schools."
"Why USC/Why should we pick you?"
"What do you think about your MCAT scores?"
"What books have you been reading lately?"
"Explain your research experience."
"questions about life-style, how you handle stress and what you do to prepare"
"What makes you unique?/ Why should we pick you?"
"What book have you read lately? Tell me about it."
"Why should we accept you when we have so many other qualified candidates? "
"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare today?"
"How I decided on medicine"
"Why do you want to be a doctor... Why medicine instead of some other health care profession... Why do you specifically want to be a doctor and not a nurse or some other position?"
"Why did your choose medicine?"
"If a patient came to you for an abortion, would you be able to do it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (I gave an answer relating to service.) Why is service a good thing / why do you want to do it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What kind of volunteer experiences do you have?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"THERE'VE BEEN TIMES WHEN YOU'VE HAD TO GO HOME TO HELP YOUR FAMILY-DO YOU EXPECT THESE ISSUES TO COME UP WHILE IN SCHOOL?; HOW WILL YOU NOT PROJECT YOUR FAITH/VIEWS ON OTHERS? WHAT WAS A HARD DECISION YOU HAD TO MAKE? "
"Why usc school of med?"
"Even though you scored very well on the MCAT science sections, do you think you could pass Biochemistry?"
"Tell me about _____ class that you took. What was it about?"
"How did you decide on medicine? Why do you think you would like a particular area of medicine over another?"
"What would you do about the 9/11 attacks? (I was asked this by an interviewer and also by a patient at the V.A. hospital who insisted we should just bomb Afghanistan off the face of the planet)"
"They will ask questions about your background, coursework,grades, interests & experiences."
"For COVID: I did not have any questions related to COVID."
"What sparked your interest in rural medicine and how will you incorporate that into your future practice?"
"What would you have done differently at [undergrad college]?"
"To explain in detail how I went about founding a community service organization...Like step by step"
"What should I tell the Admissions Committee when we meet to discuss your admittance?"
"Why medical school?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What kind of books have you read recently?"
"all questions were from the file"
"How would you describe the facilities of the ER you volunteered in?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Why medicine? What medicine here?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What is the worst thing you have ever done? What is the best?"
"Why Medicine? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "
"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you that isn't in your application?"
"How will your classmates be able to help you be a better student?"
"What was your greatest dissapointment?"
"How do you prepare for tests?"
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
"What makes you unique from other applicants?"
"What draws you to South Carolina? "
"What is your greatest accomplishment?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What are some solutions?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare today?"
"What made you come to graduate school here at USC?"
"How many jobs did you work in undergrad?"
"Given your high MCAT, explain your low undergraduate grades."
"What are your views on stem cell research?"
"On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your effort you had to put into your undergrad work to get your grades? "
"Give me three of your strong points and two weaknesses."
"tell me about your undergraduate experience"
"what was your favorite clinical experience and why?"
"Be prepared to talk about any grades that weren't quite up to par. Remember, if you get an interview, your grades must have been good enough, but the interviewer may need to explain them to the rest of the group."
"Health care questions...in both interviews."
"What do you think are the biggest problems facing health care right now?"
"Tell me about your clinical experience?"
"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
"some about past community service activities and community involvement"
"Tell me about your extracurricular activities."
"What other books have you read lately? Tell me about them."
"Are you good at languages?"
"Other than the desire to help people, why do you want to become a physician?"
"What sort of medicine did I want to practice"
"What books have you read recently?"
"What is large accomplishment/failure"
"Where would you like to be in 10 years?"
"What field of medicine could you NOT practice?"
"Review your clinical experiences starting with the most recent."
"What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school this application cycle?"
"Why do you think you know what kind of doctor you want to be when you haven't even started school yet?"
"What do you think about the Episcopalians approving a gay bishop?"
"WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOUR SELF-HOW DO YOU RECHARGE? TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF"
"talk about your clinical exp/research exp."
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Explain to me this line in your personal statement."
"What was your greatest obstacle?"
"Tell me about your research experience (I have a master's degree, so I got this a lot at interviews)"
"What about our program interests you"
"What draws you to USCSOM?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Tell me about you extracurricular activities and the influence they had on you."
"What's the biggest issue in health care?"
"What is one thing you would change about yourself?"
"How would you reform the healthcare industry?"
"Why Medicine? (beyond you like science, have always wanted to, and you want to help people)"
"What would you do if a patient of yours was noncompliant?"
"What was the neatest thing you saw during your shadowing experiences?"
"What is your best/worst characteristic?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What do you think about the 80 hour limit on residency work weeks?"
"What's the greatest obstacle you have overcome?"
"What is your greatest strength/weakness?"
"Who is your hero?"
"Is medicine a right or a privilege? Explain."
"How would you deal with conflict in a real situation, such as with an angry patient?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What are your strengths and short commings?"
"(please read the most difficult question asked above!)"
"Do you have any family in South Carolina?"
"How did you develop better study habits? "
"Name three people you would invite to dinner (dead or alive). Why?"
"What makes you more qualified than your competitors?"
"Why Medicine? (I'm a public health major so I had to explain how my desires to be a physician were any different than being a public health specialist."
"What will you do if you are not accepted into medical school?"
"what kind of medicine do you think you want to practice and why"
"my second guy was an ethics professor who asked me a lot of those type questions like what are most important characteristics in a doctor? how do these compare with scientific knowledge? "
"If you are an overachiever, be prepared to explain what you do in your spare time. The more creative, the better. So if you don't have a unique hobby, get one!"
"How do you problem solve?"
"Why did HMO's come about?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What are your strengths? weaknesses?"
"why I want to be a doctor when there are more "easier" avenues in health care"
"Are you still volunteering right now?"
"How will you finance your education if admitted to medical school? "
"Describe your experiences in healthcare."
"About my strengths and "un strengths""
"Tell me some more about your research experience"
"What if you don't get in? What if you get into all of the schools that you applied?"
"If you don't get in this year, would you reapply and what would you do to improve your application next year "
"What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?"
"I was asked about sex selection, abortion, religion, etc. The interviewer explained to me afterwards that: it's not important for "this" -- pointed to her notes, but I want to see that you have thought about these issues."
"What volunteer experience was the most meaningful to you?"
"What is your family like?"
"What do you think are your weaknesses? (And inevitably, they will ask you about them.)"
"WHAT THINGS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL WILL YOU CONTINUE TO DO? ie WORKOUT, TIME WITH FRIENDS"
"why did you choose your ugrad major?"
"Besides altruism, why else do you want to be a physician?"
"What has been your greatest achievement?"
"Democrat or Republican? Why? Leader or follower? Pro-life or pro-choice? Feminist or not? This led to discussions on all kinds of touchy subjects like affirmative action and women's rights. "
"Very very specific questions from my application!"
"Are you an anxious person/how do you manage stress?"
"Are you interested in medical activism or law?"
"Many 2nd generation physicians tend to have very negative and entitled attitudes about medicine. As the child of a physician, how to you plan to prevent this in yourself?"
"What is your greatest fear?"
"Are you on any medications?"
"Do you believe that healthcare is a right or a privilege?"
"Tell me about a time you disappointed your parents..."
"Let's say each thing you do in life represents a tomato plant and your life is the tomato garden. Time is your fertilizer and water. Would you try to let all survive but wilt a bit or let others die for some to thrive?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"*If you took the time to use these interview feedbacks to help you prepare, take the time to fill one out for the next person. Don't be selfish.* Nothing too out of the way...What's something you had to overcome in your life?"
"Questions from my personal statement"
"How do you think you'll be able to adjust to all the work in medical school?"
"You are a doctor in an ER. A car is hit by a drunk driver. A family comes in (Father, Mother, 7 yr-old Daughter). You can only save two of the three. Which two do you chose and why?"
"I am a reapplicant and I was asked to comment on why I thought I didn't get in last year and why I think I'm a better candidate this year."
"If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be?"
"Why did you leave a successful career to pursue medicine?"
"If you could invite 3 people to dinner who would you invite?"
"My interviewer asked me how going abroad helped me learn about myself."
"Who is your hero? "
"If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be."
"One of my interviewers started talking about a documentary on Rome when I mentioned my interest in history. Had I seen it, I'm sure the conversation would have been much more interesting. "
"You have some much research experience...why medicine and not research?"
"''It takes more than a thirst for knowledge to be a good doctor'' Please elaborate on this quote from your personal statement."
"What is your definition of ''health care crisis''? What can be done about it/solutions?"
"If you could invite three people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?"
"Most questions were fairly straight forward and turned into conversations at times. A lot of questions were asked regarding my current graduate work in public health. "
"How is your mother?"
"What should be done to fix the nation's healthcare crisis?"
"What would you want me to say about you to the admissions committee to persuade them to accept you?"
"..I was out of state with a connection of my father attending med school, residency, and graduate work at USC SOM so it was clear he is a doctor... "What quality do you have that will make you a better doctor than your father?""
"if you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be?"
"how do you settle conflict?"
"I was asked to describe my research in laymans terms (as if this can be done). "
"What makes a good/bad doctor?"
"How do you deal with stress? and Do you visit the theatre often?"
"If you could invite any three people to dinner past or present who would they be. What would you talk about with each one?"
"Why should we chose you over the other qualified applicants?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance what would you be?"
"What can I say to you that will make you want to come to our school?"
"What was your favorite non-science class you've taken?"
"If you were any type of cell, what would you be?"
"If you could be any type of cell, what Type of cell would you be?"
"none really - mostly general questions about myself and the path i've chosen"
"If your best friend told you that she was homosexual, and wanted you to march in a gay pride parade, would you?"
"What do you think about the situation in the middle-east? The new Newsweek's cover features an article on sex selection--how do you feel about this practice?"
"What qualities make for a good physician?"
"Would you be a patient in your own office?"
"What motivates you? "
"TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF; WHAT DO YOU DO TO RECHARGE YOURSELF?"
"i dont remember many specific q's"
"Compare medicine to romanticism."
"I was asked what I felt an applicant being selected for acceptance should have and what qualities I possessed."
"What two people would you like to invite to dinner, living or dead?"
"One interviewer would give me two choices and ask me to pick one, such as "democrat or republican," "leader or follower," then he would sometimes ask me to explain why."
"I was asked who my heros are."
"What do you want us to tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Describe one specific patient from your scribe experience and explain what you learned from the encounter."
"What should I tell the evaluation committee about you when we meet?"
"Explain you sub-par performance in _____ class (that I got a B in..didnt think it was that dig of a deal)"
"What made you choose a career in medicine?"
"What's the biggest issue in health care?"
"What is something interesting about you that is not in your file?"
"None of the questions where really difficult. The interview was very conversational and the interviewers are really just trying to learn about you.."
"Questions about MCAT or B's. How did you feel about it ect..."
"How have you changed as a person since applying the first time?"
"If the president called you and asked you to fix the health care problem, what would you tell him?"
"Nothing too hard...What's the worst thing you've done to someone. I'm sooo not trying to sound perfect, but seriously, I'm not a mean person so I struggled to come up with something I did bad. "
"Whats one thing you would change about yourself?"
"How do you feel about death?"
"You visit one of the two people you saved (I picked mother and daughter). The mother asks you if you could have saved her husband if you had not treated her. What do you tell her?"
"Since you have a lower GPA, how can you convince me you can handle the med school courseload? Why did get some of the lower grades?"
"Is health care a right or priviledge?"
"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
"How going abroad helped me learn about myself"
"Probably the same question (Who is your hero?)."
"What is more important in a resident (doctor), thoroughness or reliability?"
"If the admissions committee asks me why we should accept you, what should I tell them? "
"What do you believe is the most important cirsis facing medicine today?"
"what do you fear most?"
"You are a physician who just diagnosed an elderly man of pancreatic cancer. You are about to walk into the room to tell the patient, but just then the man's daughter (who is Asian), tells you that it is not in their culture for the elderly to find out they are sick. She asks you to tell her everything and not reveal to her father that he is sick. What would you do?....Now you are in the room with him, and he asks you, doc what do I have? What would you say?"
"What specific benefits do you see yourself getting from being a doctor?"
"Explaining lower grades in the middle of my undergrad career, although i expected this question. "
"Interview Questions were standard"
"What should be done to fix the nation's healthcare crisis?"
"Do you think physicians should be involved in politics? Why?"
""Your personal statement said you knew you wanted to be a doctor since childhood. Why and how did you know?" This doesn't seem like a difficult question, but she kept on saying my answer was not enough to separate my choice of entering the medical field from being a therapist...? I had to elaborate three times and still don't think she was convinced..!! Just be prepared to have a unique and specific reason."
"what do you think is your main weakness? (i never know how to answer this one)"
"Strangely enough, I was asked the "What if Medicine doesn't work out for you, what will you do?" question. I told the truth... medicine is the only option."
"What are your views on stem cell research?"
"What do you think is the weakest part of your AMCAS application?"
"In my opinion, what were the three most pressing issues in healthcare today? "
"Explain your low MCAT scores."
"none were very difficult, they just required honest answers and they really want to get a good look at your character"
"Explain your MCAT score for me."
"What motiviates your life in general (not medically)?"
"What made you decide to give up everything and go into medicine...specifically? "
"Why should we accept you above the other qualified applicants?"
"Why the admissions committee should select me?"
"How do you find the patient/physician relationship so appelaing considering you haven't had a whole lot of direct patient contact in any of your clinical experience?"
"Name 3 adjectives that I could use to decscribe you to the selection committee that set you apart from others."
"What topic were you hoping we would not discuss today?"
"What is your greatest weakness? (And a question about explaining a period of poor performance)."
"Nothing too difficult. Just prepare well and you have no reason not to be confident."
"no difficult questions"
"After being asked what I thought was the major problem in health today, I was asked what others there were. I blanked because I had been focusing on only one issue. "
"WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE EPISCAPALIAN GAY BISHOP? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CONFRONTATIONAL SITUATIONS?"
"If you are accepted here and MUSC which would you choose?"
"How much money do you think you will make as a physician?"
"Questions regarding stem cell research and cloning."
"If you got into many schools, how would you make the decision on which to attend?"
"If you were the president, what would you do about the Sept. 11 attacks (my interview was on Sept. 26)"
"I was asked my opinion on cloning to harvest organs for transplants."
"SDN, review application, review school info"
"Go over the questions on SDN. Did mock interview with pre-med office."
"SDN, online mock interviews, common questions"
"Read school's webpage (not up-to-date), SDN, The Medical School Interview (great book)"
"SDN, mock interviews, self-reflection, researching common questions and formulating general answers, advice and preparation homework from student services staff on campus"
"Mock interviews, research health care"
"SDN, practice interviews, reviewed application, reviewed research projects and resumes."
"SDN, mock interviews, and knowing my application"
"Read SDN feedback, read over research papers, read mock interview questions"
"Practiced questions and answers with others OUT LOUD."
"SDN,read other websites, reviewed questions and my application, video-taped myself answering questions, mock interview that was recorded for review"
"googled interviewing tips...sdn...got someone to ask me interview questions I hadn’t looked over yet."
"SDN, review PS, review secondary mock interviews"
"SDN feedback, school's website"
"USCSOM Website. SDN Interview Feedback."
"SDN, previous interviews, re-reading personal statement"
"SDN. Mock Interview."
"Mock Interview. Researched school."
"SDN, mock interviews, research on the school"
"Read SDN interview feedback and went over all my application materials."
"SDN reviews, sample questions, talked to current med students"
"SDN Interview Feedback, mostly. "
"SDN, Mocks, etc."
"SDN, General interview questions, reviewed Amcas Application"
"read this forum, did google searches for interview questions, read up on tort reform and healthcare crisis information"
"I read these interview feedback thingies"
"mock interview, this website, most importantly just had confidence in myself and answered questions honostly. "
"SDN,Office of Preprofessional Advising at USC, 100 Interview Questions via the internet"
"Familiarized myself with the curriculum."
"SDN, Reviewed potential questions posted by undergraduate school, Spoke with Director of Admissions"
"SDN.. None of the preparation truely prepared me for the questions I was asked and I wish I had not wasted so much time.. Interviews are to figure out how you think so my advice is know yourself very well and be able to explain anything about you or your beliefs (if that makes since).. Just do what you need to do to be confident about yourself and your decision because no two interviews are the same so you cant predict anything!"
"SDN, Friends, Mock Interview and with a current medical student"
"mock interviews, SDN"
"looked up possible interview questions on-line and looked over my application again"
"SDN, Interview Feedback Questions, Focused on being myself. I did not memorize any answers to any questions, but rather "shot from the hip" and remained extremely honest."
"SDN, talk to friend, school's website."
"Help from pre-med advisor"
"I reviewed my personal statement and looked over the CD the school sent me."
"Reviewed AMCAS application, student doctor feedback, USCOM website"
"This website, talking to current students there, mock interview, reviewed my AMCAS application"
"reviewed my application, looked over this site, USC SOM website"
"I read this site and their website, refreshed my pre-made answers to the standard questions they always ask."
"read comments from previous interviewers on Studentdoctor.net"
"SDN, interview feedback, school website, read NY Times Health articles & so on. "
"Looked over the school's website and SDN"
"Read about the school, read this site, and looked a sample interview questions"
"reviewed application and essay, this website, checked out a few books with pointers on getting into medical school and the admissions/interviewing process in general"
"USC Website, SDN, Read my app"
"looked up their web page and browsed the school information. looked at this site"
"Not much in particular; just tried to ensure that I was calm and confident."
"Reviewed my application and transcript, studied the school's website, and made sure I was up on current events."
"Researched the school's website, and also consulted the Student Doctor Network forums and interview feedback."
"Review the USC website, interview experiences of others on this site"
"MOCK INTERVIEW BY ADVISOR, READ APPLICATION, SPOKE WITH MED STUDENTS FROM USC"
"thought about my application and motivations"
"I made an appointment with an interview consultant."
"StudentDoctor Feedback, reviewing my application, speaking with doctors, friends, and family, educating myself on current news, the school's website, and critically evaluating myself and motivation to apply for school"
"I had interviewed at USC before, but basically I just went over my personal statement and some sample interview questions."
"I have a book about applying to medical school and I read the section in it about the interview process and potential questions. I also take a beta-blocker for a heart murmer, so I took an extra one before the interviews to calm my nerves."
"I read interview questions on interview feedback.com. Many of the same questions were asked."
"Everyone was so nice and welcoming"
"everyone was very nice and complimentary"
"Ultrasound Institute, warm and friendly students and staff, strong sense of community and camaraderie"
"(USC Greenville) Beautiful school. Even though they're new, they have been working with USC Columbia for ~10 years so have plenty of experience. Can predict step one score to within 1 percentile using test scores. The building is amazingly high tech, and almost every surface (tables, walls, glass dividers) can be written on with Expo markers. Student lounge with Playstation, exercise bikes, etc."
"Niceness of the staff. IS tuition after first year."
"The staff was very welcoming and the campus is beautiful. They have a very impressive ultrasound program."
"Friendliness and the conversational level of the interviews"
"The atmosphere was extremely laid back, everyone involved in the process was warm and helpful."
"All the postive feedback from the current students and the comforting atmosphere created by the staff."
"The staff was really laid back and helped you feel as comfortable as possible."
"Friendliness of admissions staff, quick turnaround time"
"Friendliness and helpfulness of students and faculty. Ultrasound facility. Laid-bac small school atmosphere"
"I heard from several students that the school has a family-type atmosphere in which the faculty members are very helpful. The letter grade system made me fear that students might be highly competitive, but the current students said that their classmates were actually very helpful to one another (most likely due to the small class size and family-type feeling). Each class member has a mentor from the class that is a year ahead; there are many opportunities to get involved in student organizations and extracurricular activities; med students have access to the school basically at all times."
"small class size. nice lecture rooms. seemed liek a community. ultra sound technology. senior program. study cubicles. "
"School is pretty great, the cookie time"
"friendly admissions staff, laid-back interviewer (one of the two at least)"
"Ultrasound equipment. Dedicated teaching faculty."
"The campus is really unique and very pretty. There are dedicated spaces, like a workout facility and parts of the library, just for med students. The students were all very friendly. The smaller class size makes it easy to get to know your peers. The ultrasound curriculum and equipment is very impressive. Overall a great experience. Columbia is a relatively inexpensive city to live in."
"Its a comfortable atmosphere on interview day. Nothing is intimidating or stressful. The interviews are very much conversational rather than interogative. The students are really helpful and were happy to field questions. "
"Comittee and students seemed very receptive. Students spoke highly of the school and their experiences."
"Everything, family atmosphere, friendliness,"
"The facilities at Greenville Memorial, the positive attitudes of my interviewer and the student services coordinator."
"I really liked the community feel of the school. I came from a small school for undergrad, and the atmosphere was similar. Overall, a very friendly place."
"Everyone was friendly and the campus seemed to be a tight-knit family. Parking is not a problem. "
"The students seemed very laid back. They were completely willing to answer our questions, no matter what they were. There was also a great feeling of satisfaction."
"Very small close knit campus, everyone was friendly"
"Everyone was definitely friendly, but then again they seem friendly at every school!"
"Everyone there seemed really laid-back and friendly and genuinely excited to meet me."
"The family atmosphere is great. Everyone I met was very friendly and inviting. "
"Everything was really nice"
"The post-interview meet-and-greet with the entire admissions committee was useful."
"USC school of Medicine is updating the technology and facilities"
"The amazing campus and how enthusiastic the people were about their school!"
"The interviewers were very enthusiastic about the school and were very personable. The school is very student oriented and is close knit."
"everyone seemed really warm and friendly, not a cut-throat environment, very nurturing"
"the students seem close-knit, all of the members of the admissions committee were extremely nice, parkning no problem. the interviewers made me feel relaxed from the moment i introduced myself."
"The class is only 80 members, so its definately good opport. for 1-on-1 interaction. The library is 24/7 and they had an excellent admissions staff."
"I love the close knit feel of the school & how much the students love it here."
"All the nice and helpful office staff ladies I met - which, I have since found out, have all left. Very up to date technology."
"Everything! I went to this interview expecting this school to be my last choice, but I would now choose it over every other school I've interviewed at. The campus is beautiful, the faculty are very involved with the students, and the school is much more student-focused than hospital-focused."
"The interviewers knew my application inside and out. They were very nice and easy to talk with. The medical school library was wonderful--24 hour access. "
"Family atmosphere and you get all the perks of being at USC's main campus (tix to athletics, acess to new gym, etc)"
"the people are AWESOME, the 4th years truly love their school and they have lots to say. Everyone was open to ANY question you may have, and I was extremely impressed by how successful the 4th years were in terms of Residency placements and their interviews... they were all over the country."
"The closeness of the students with the faculty and the parking situation. The techology they are using is great."
"Close knit school, all the students seem very happy and satisfied."
"The close knit feel of the school."
"Its a very small school so everyone seems to know everyone"
"Seems like a very supportive close knit school. Technology is constantly being tied into the school"
"The incorporation of technology was a plus. Also, this school has an excellent close-knit community feel with small class sizes and what seems to be a relaxed and open learning environment in a ddition to being a quality school."
"Family environment, All in one location, Small"
"the small class size, friendliness of students. it was nice to eat lunch with current students and get some insight. everyone was very happy about their choice of school. the office staff were very nice and willing to answer any questions."
"The professor in the Gross Anatomy happened to be present during our tour, and gave us an impromtu speech about what we could expect in our years at USC. He expressed the sense of community in the school, explained the exhaustive trials of anatomy, and shared how his own experiences in the school had stayed with him for years. It was nice to see an unrehearsed, candid viewpoint."
"The students seem very happy and not stressed; they all love the school."
"The school seems very close-knit, and I got the feeling that the administration, faculty, and staff are very supportive of the medical students. The campus, although old, seems somewhat charming once you're there."
"They meet that very same day to decide on acceptances, and they let you know less than a week later. Its so fast and not a lot of waiting around to hear back. "
"The intimate feel of the campus and the people. It seemed like a pretty close group of people whether they were student, faculty, or staff. The memorial for those who had donated their bodies was also a nice touch. "
"THEY'VE GOT SMALLER TESTS VICE JUST ONE CUMUALTIVE MID TERM AND FINAL FOR ALL CLASSES"
"my interviewers and some of the current students"
"The students who gave the tour were very helpful and made efforts to relax the interviewees."
"The friendliness of the faculty, staff, and students. The entire day was great and the program is great. I would be happy at South Carolina with no problem."
"The dedication of the students to their school. I havn't met one student who has ever said anything negative about the school. They all love the experience they've had and are glad they chose USC."
"the use of technology, such as connections for laptops at every seat in the lecture hall (all students are required to purchase a laptop at this school) and wireless internet connections for the laptops."
"Much of the coursework is available online."
"Not enough time during welcome session to learn enough about the school compared to other interviews"
"You're assigned letter grades, out-dated facilities, traditional 2-year preclinical curriculum, Columbia area is a bit sketchy, not impressed by adjacent VA hospital"
"(USC Greenville) At the end of the day, its a new school. It is going places, but I cant go somewhere without a match list."
"I do not like the city of Columbia. Also, no one seems to know where 3rd and 4th year students will do their rotations now that Greenville has its own school. Everything is up in the air."
""Cookie Time". And that's only because there was not nearly enough time to mingle with the AdCom members and some of them didn't join us at the time at all."
"If there was a negative aspect, I didnt notice it when I was there."
"I personally didn't love "cookie time." It was a great opportunity to meet all of the admission committee members. However, it was very awkward and you feel like you are interrupting everyone else to get a chance to talk to them."
"Cookie time wasn't long enough"
"How short interviews were actually."
"The only thing I can think of is that it was really cold in the hallway during the tour, but it is winter...couldn't hold that against them! :)"
"i was told they really don't tape lectures to be viewed later online. traditional curriculum (booo). gym...such a joke. "
"my interview was in a building that was under construction"
"I honestly can't think of anything!"
"The 'Cookie social' at the end of the day is a bit confusing. Its hard to start and end conversations with the entire admissions committee in 10 minutes and really leave any kind of impression. "
"The out of state tuition is high!!"
"Some facilities are older (but there is a brand new building housing several offices, classrooms, etc.)"
"The shortness of the cookie time, and the chaos of it. "
"some of the arrogant applicants"
"Facilities are small and older"
"Their work-out facility...small and looks uninviting!"
"can not think of any negatives"
"One of the students that eat lunch with you before the interviews wasn't very enthusiastic about the school. She also did the tour which made it even worse."
"That my first interviewer was a 2nd yr student.. There are 2 2nd yr and 2 4th yr students on the committee. How a student who has only been there for 2 years gets just as much pull as a professor thats been there for 30 I dont know."
"my tourguide was a little lacking in the information department, but nothing too bad"
"i've seen that many people say they were unimpressed with a lack of anything to do in columbia. being undergrad here, i know there's alot to do and go, you just have to know about it. the only thing at all that i can think of is that even though the school seems very up to date technologically, the buildings seem to be in need of some remodeling. "
"The facilities seem pretty old and the VA hospital is limited on the type of patients you will see in clinical rotations. There is another General Hospital locally but the VA hospital is right on campus."
"The rural atmosphere of the school."
"Even though the campus itself is absolutely beautiful, the surrounding area is pretty boring."
"Columbia in general."
"The school is tucked away from the Columbia night life."
"nothing really, the tour guide couldn't open some of the "coded" doors, but it was more humerous."
"The surrounding area. There is nothing immediately around the school, no night life."
"Columbia & no major hospital nearby other than the VA"
"Lack of a large hospital (except the VA) near campus"
"Columbia is not the best place to live, but I had that opinion already."
"the associate dean didn't seem too friendly. some of the admissions committee mingled with themselves at "cookie time" instead of getting around and meeting us. we were told we'd know of a decision either way in about a week, but i haven't heard yet"
"Although the technology used in the classrooms and labs were top-of-the-line, some of the buildings seemed to be showing their age."
"Some of the facilities (like the fitness center) are really quite small. However, they are well maintained."
"Not knowing that the infamous "mingle" would only last 10 minutes. I had heard that the mingle on other interview days lasted an hour, so I was surprised when they called time after about 10 minutes. Rather than a bunch of "hi" and "bye" encounters, I recommend having some good conversations with several people on the committee. Quality over quantity, if you ask me."
"The Columbia area wasn't impressive. "
"KNOWING HOW HOT COLUMBIA IS DURING THE SUMMER"
"some of the other nerds that were interviewing"
"The demeanor of both my interviewers was very abrupt. It was a bad experience. There is a tea and cookies time with the admissions committee after the interviews, which is very awkward and unnecessary. Other members of the committee were very nice and not as rude as the two individuals whom interviewed me. "
"Not a thing!"
"the campus was relatively small compared to other schools I visited"
"The interviewers had a trainee with them & they would sit right next to you , avoid looking at you & would scribble notes the whole time."
"Don't stress! It is very chill. Mostly just going through your application, and it really felt like a conversation more so than my other interviews."
"Super laid back"
"How laid back and easy this day would be!"
"How friendly the students were"
"To wear lots of deodorant because it's so hot."
"The interview was very conversational. I had prepared for many off-the-wall questions, but they mostly stuck to the questions I read on SDN beforehand. I wish I had not stressed so much."
"How relaxed it would be"
"Why they chose me, being that I am an OOS, low MCAT applicant."
"Know an interesting fact about yourself (that you would want them to remember you by) that is NOT on your application :)"
"That interview day starts at 12 noon not 11 am! haha"
"I had done some research about the process at this school, so I didn't really experience any surprises."
"The interviews are relaxed and are done on neutral territory, not in the ADCOM's office, which makes it less formal. Both of my interviews seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me as a person. They also seemed extremely happy at USC."
"I wish I had been more relaxed going into the interview because the environment was very relaxed."
"The cookie "meet and greet" session isn't all that bad. Just be chatty and talk some people up. Its your chance to let the other members of the ADCOM who didn't interview know who you are."
"They're really looking for more diversity in their class, but are restricted by the fact that they have to accept mostly out of state applicants. "
"I wish I had more questions prepared to ask the medical students"
"Nothing...I read this forum about the school and knew what to expect. I will echo what is alreay written and say that while the med students were giving us a tour, the admissions committee met right then and there to decide who they wanted to accept! Letters should go out soon..."
"I wish I had known that I was going to be the only one from the west coast."
"not to worry so much, just be confident and yourself"
"One of my interviewers would be a prof I took immunology with here as a grad student."
"Don't stress out about the interviews too much. The environment was very laid-back and you are helped during the time to meet the admissions committee."
"Once the interviews start there is no time to breathe between the two interviews and the "cookie social". That all lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and no time is given in between AT ALL"
"How quickly the 15 minute cookie, mixer goes? "
"i wish i had known how relaxed the atmosphere was going to be"
"be prepared to have questions to ask your interviewers. even if you don't have one, think of a few (more than one). they like this"
"Their hallways are really hot! Be warned, and well-hydrated! Another thing... this is actually concerning the whole process... although this is risky, it may be a good idea to leave a couple of minor attributes OFF of your AMCAS because this makes good conversation about something they didn't already know about you."
"Nothing, I had already visited the school before my interviews."
"That you have 15 minutes to mingle with and make an impression on all of the members of the admissions committee that didn't interview you."
"That the interviews are pretty stress-free."
"it is COMPLETELY LAID BACK, the admissions committee is extremely friendly and love conversation."
"That it would hot in december."
"It is really laid back. "
"How personal the environment was"
"nothing really, pretty straightforward"
"That this is not something to stress over, just study and know all about yourself and have prepared ideas that you can discuss."
"that every applicant wears black- including me! might would have worn a different color to stand out."
"I was surprised to find that our interviewers would decide whether to accept us immediately following having met us. All candidates are then notified within a week."
"Nothing...the letter was accurate, there were no surprises."
"Basically, that the interview is not worth stressing over. This was my first interview, and I was nervous on my two hour drive to the campus. Prepare well, be confident that you can do a good job of selling yourself, and look forward to learning more about whether or not you might want to spend four years there."
"The social gathering of all the committee members and applicants is really more important than they let you know. Be sure to meet and impress as many of them as possible during the short time. "
"WHETHER ANSWERING ABSOLUTLY HONESTLY TO QUESTIONS WILL BE HELD AGAINST ME "
"columbia doesnt seem that great."
"You have to defend you credentials."
"It is very relaxed. The interview day doesn't start until twelve, and then you basically have two hours to eat and relax, and they will tell you a little bit about the school. The interviews seem like they fly by-only 2 interviews 30 minutes each. The stess level is really low-the interviews are very conversational and they are just trying to get a picture of your reasons for entering medicine and your motivation to go to their school."
"I wish I had practiced my interview skills better beforehand, because this was my first interview. "
"Very laid-back and conversational. Most questions were very generic and nothing really stood out."
"This is a very laid back interview, everyone is super nice and welcoming, they are not out to get you, know details about your application and you will be fine"
"Wonderful school if you want to go into primary care or internal medicine."
"Amazing school. It is going to be a major contender in the near future."
"My interviewers were great. There are two 30-minute interviews, one-on-one with USC SOM faculty, AdCom, etc. They were both extremely friendly and welcoming, but their positive attitude made it hard to tell how I was actually doing."
"I enjoyed my interview day at USC-SOM. As soon as I arrived, I knew it would definitely be a stand out school amongst the others I applied to."
"After the interview and tour, I realized that this school is truely a hidden gem. The class sizes are small and everyone knows everyone. The campus is average, but the family oriented atmosphere will make you feel at home."
"I really learned a lot from talking to the 2nd and 4th year students during lunch. They are more than willing to answer your questions, if you ask."
"great school, admissions staff was so nice"
"Show your passion for medicine and why you want to be a doctor above all other professions. Be honest."
"Arrive early, come prepared, talk with people during cookie time, and try not to stress! In general, it seems like this school is more interested in getting to know you apart from what they have seen on paper, not in grilling you about controversial issues. I carried some mints for after lunch. Also, ladies, since you can carry a purse...I packed an extra pair of hose, a small brush, lip gloss, and headache/stomach medicine just in case. I only used the lip gloss after lunch, but you never know!"
"Be yourself...I don't have stellar stats, but I did have great summer programs, ecs, volunteering, ect...so, if you got an interview, don't blow it. They clearly saw something in you. So it could make you or break you. They're interested in the whole student."
"Cookie time is hard to meet people"
"Day starts with lunch with a few students, then general comments from someone on the admissions committee, then 2 30-minute interviews - one with a student, one with a faculty member. I'm sure it varies with each interviewer, but it was pretty laid back and there weren't too many confusing/shocking questions (not even one about healthcare or ethics). Overall a pretty positive experience."
"One interview by a faculty member. One by a faculty member and an M-II. Later interviewers will only have the M-II in the second interview."
"Overall, I had a great experience! I like that it didn't start until noon, because that gave me time to travel there that morning. The "Cookie Time" is really unique and is a neat way to meet all the ADCOM members and hopefully make a memorable impression. All the staff and students were extremely friendly. They all seemed generally happy, even though the first years had a huge test the next day. The school has a great curriculum and many resources for students. A great day!"
"It was great!"
"Lunch and cookies make this day worth it."
"Great experience. One interview by a physician (laid-back), one interview by a student (more question/answer style). Both interviewers were easy to talk with. The day was well organized."
"It was a great experience. Since we were the first group to interview, they had two interviewers per session, one old members of the admissions committee, and one new member of the admissions committee. The interviews were nice and conversational as well, and the adcom meets right after cookie time to decide your fate. The food was good too. Overall, I was very impressed. "
"Started at noon with lunch, followed by introductory comments from the dean, and then two 30 minute interviews. After the interviews was a 10 minute meet-and-greet (cookie social) followed by a quick review of financial aid and then a short tour. The day ended about 3:45."
"The day began with lunch with the medical students. Then we had a short orientation. Then We were escorted to two interviews. After the interviews we had ''cookie time'' where you chat with all of the members of the admissions commitee. We had a short presention about financial aid followed by a tour with a medical student. It was a nice interview experience. Both of my interviewers were engaging and polite."
"Starts with lunch for an hour, then two 30 minute interviews back-to-back. The interviewers get right down to business and start asking quality questions. after the interviews, the med students take you on tour and while on tour...the committee meets! ahh, nerve-wrecking! overall, good experience and i enjoyed meeting everyone and they were very helpful and friendly!"
"First we all had lunch (yummy!) with a few med school students and then we were taken to a room and given a short presentation on what to expect. Then, I was guided to each of my 30-min interviews. After that, we met with all of the members of the admissions committee for ''cookie time.''"
"This was a great interview experience that lasted about 4 hours total. I was interviewed by one science faculty and one 2nd year med student also on the admissions committee, both had a calming effect and asked good questions. After the 2 interviews there is a social session with the rest of the committee which was also nice and gives you the chance to introduce yourself to many different members before they go make their decision. "
"The interview experience was really laid back. Relax and enjoy yourself!!!!! :)"
"My immunology prof grilled me extra hard. The other interview was pleasant and friendly. The admissions staff were helpful and cordial."
"I was first taken to the student lounge where I met other applicants. We then had lunch with current students. After lunch we went to listen to a professor talk about the school (actually interesting). Following this, we were taken to our interviews and then went back to the student lounge to meet all the admissions committee. Then we talked about financial aid and took a tour with a 2nd year student."
"You start with lunch with some students. Enjoy this time that has no effect on there decision to relax and get comfortable. Then came a 30 minute interview. NO Break. Another 30 minute interview. NO break. A 15 minute social with the whole committee. (Talk to as many as you can, the time goes quickly!) Then the committee goes to vote on you and the part that decides your acceptance is done! Before and after that period is spent with non committee students and has no pull toward your decision...."
"Overall very good. I was asked primarily about my AMCAS application and about myself, no hard ethical questions."
"The interviewers were great, I was really lucky and got matched up with interviewers I had a lot in common with. We had tons to talk about and I really enjoyed myself. The dean was really informative as well, really excited about the improvements and technological advances they were working on."
"i came in more interested in MUSC and applying to USC as a backup. after interviews at both of these schools, i now feel like i would almost prefer USC. THe entire experience was great. they get you there and feed you before your interviews, and this seemed to take the stress out of most of the applicants. then they have the ass. dean talk for about thirty minutes, then you go on two thirty minute interviews. The two interviewers i had were great. a couple of the other students seemed to have a little different opinion of their interviewers afterwards, though. the 15 minute "cookie social" after your interview is a chance to meet with all of the admissions committee. BE SURE to use this time wisely. my first interviewer even told me that this time was more important than most interviewers think. introduce yourself to as many as the members as possible, but be sure to talk about something so that they will remember you. for me it was football(you're in gamecock country) and the small town that i'm from... then you get a very brief financail aid talk and a short tour of the campus and youre free to go. "
"I arrived very early. The interview day began at noon, but I wanted to be there before anyone to guarantee they'd remember me. They have a modified good cop/bad cop system. The first interviewer really knew my AMCAS app. and commented on just about every activity, while my second interviewer was strictly by the numbers.. MCAT, GPA trends, Organic Chem grades... They provided lunch first (at noon) and then the Associate Dean of Admissions gave a 45-min overview of the program. What I really liked about their system was that they allow you to mingle with the remaining members of the admissions committee after the interviews so that you are able to kinda sell yourself to the entire group. Following this, the entire committee meets immediately to discuss your acceptance/hold/rejection/etc. Following the mingle period, two second year students give a breif tour and the day ended around 4 PM"
"I love USC. It's a great school with a really close group of students and faculty. They all support each other & really help eachother to succeed. There's no competitive feel what-so-ever. The small class size is really appealing also. The interviews were laid back & relatively stress free, nothing to freak out about."
"Very nice admissions committee members. "
"My interview experience was GREAT! Everyone was so friendly and genuinely interested in the students. Don't be nervous about this one - it was easy and fun and I was actually disappointed when the day was over."
"Overall, it was a positive experience."
"Great day, started with lunch with students that answered all our questions, moved to a room to hear the chair of the ad. com. speak.. very nice speaker, two interviews spread out on campus, coke and cookies with the ad. com, financial aid speaker, then its over. Very enjoyable, charming campus"
"I enjoyed by interview experience at USC. It was not stressful for me at all and the interviews were exactly 30 minutes apart. You moved from one to the other without breaks. And then you moved to the cookie social, which wasn't bad either because the committee members want to talk to you and they are really friendly. It moved smoothly and the whole process took alot less time than I thought it would."
"Interviewers were very nice, not condescending at all. One was student, other was professor. Both interviewed for about 15 min each. I was very impressed by the way the students themselves felt about the school."
"I did not expect to like this school and absolutely loved it. Everyone was extremely friendly and laid back. It was a great experience all around and I am seriously considering going here. "
"One clinical professor, one basic science professor: basic science interview was more Q & A session, clinical was more of a conversation on various aspects of medicine."
"Began around noon with lunch with current students. Then listened to the Dean speak. Then a tour. Next had two 30 minutes interviews with staff, faculty, students and doctors. Finally a tour and then a short mmingling session with the committee followed by a presentation about financila aid."
"This was a good experience, and my impression of the school definitely improved after visiting and interviewing. I would certainly consider going here if I got accepted."
"1 4th year and one MD. Very relaxed. Ending with entire selection committee not that fun ... just added stress because you are supposed to suck up to everyone as a whole in the same room with the other interviewers."
"overall, great. both interviewers were laid back and super nice"
"It was a casual, relaxed interview experience. It was nice to see the campus and how much student support is in place."
"Everything goes as planned. The "mingle" period at the end is only fifteen minutes, so try to talk to everyone and make a good impression. Overall it seemed like a place I'd love to be."
"I really enjoyed the interview day at South Carolina. From the time you arrive, they do a good job of making sure you are calm. You can talk with some current students (who are not part of the committee), then they serve a laid-back lunch in the student lounge. A professor talks about the school, the curriculum, boards, etc. for 30-45 minutes, and then they take you to the first of your two interviews. Both interviewers try to learn more about you and what makes you unique. Then we heard a speech about financial aid and were taken on a tour of the school before being dismissed."
"at the small talk session with the admissions folks after your interview be sure to know your college football (esp in the fall) - great discussion topic. ask them q's about themselves. this is definitely a chance to stand out while your competition is trying to fit in one more harrowing story about volunteering in the doctors office. be engaging, outgoing, and honest."
"I felt very unimpressed with the school. I feel, as if I was treated much better at schools that were much more competitive and impressive. I know people who interviewed there and had a cake walk with other interviewers. It just depends on who interviews you. "
"I was incredibly impressed with the University of South Carolina. I have nothing bad to say about the interview at all. I was very pleased with the interview. I was a nervous and a bit apprehensive going into the day, but the staff, students, and even my interviewers really put me at ease. The interviews very relaxed and conversational. A great school and great atmosphere! "
"Overall, the interview process if very relaxed. After the interviews, you meet with the whole committee with the other interviewees. It is very important to mingle and talk to as many people as possible during this time."
"This interview was for early decision. I didn't get in as an early decision student, and I'm glad now, because I discovered later that I liked another school better, so that is where I'm going. Overall the interview experience was good, but since it was my first set of interviews, I was really too nervous to enjoy it much. Also, at one of my interviews, there was a second interviewer present who was training to interview students in the spring."
"This school is nice, but the campus is small."
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"Do a better job with the Ultrasound Institute demonstration. The M2s on my tour did their best, but a demonstration from an instructor would be much better and more impressive."
"They put on a great presentation. No negative comments"
"Switch to online secondary."
"Develop an online application. This is the only school to which I applied that I had to fill out and mail a paper application."
"Everyone is really helpful and welcoming."
"They have been really kind and helpful."
"Could be online secondary and payment."
"Online secondary? Had to print it out and hand write responses!"