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  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"What are the biggest problems in healthcare today?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"Asked a few questions regarding my current research." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If an alien were to land here on Earth and ask you to describe how our healthcare system currently works, what would you say?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked pretty detailed questions about the Affordable Care Act by both interviewers, but I think that was because I had a background in economics/finance." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"USC website, SDN, reviewed my AMCAS & secondary" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"As mentioned elsewhere, USC+LAC is insanely awesome and provides (in my opinion and that of local doctors) unparalleled clinical experience/preparation throughout the 4 years. The curriculum is systems based, grades are pass/fail and is geared towards Step 1. Above all of this, the vibe I got from the students was amazing. Everybody genuinely seemed happier and less stressed than any of the other students I met along the interview trail. Also, the lunch was the best I'd had at an interview. It's little things like this that show how much a school values their students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The price tag is high, but it seems like there are a decent amount of scholarships/grants available after your first year. The students typically commute and don't all live in one central location. This doesn't bother me as a slightly older, non-trad student, but I can see how some younger people might prefer on-campus housing/dorms." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I didn't stress as much before the interview. It was my first interview, so I was definitely nervous. I probably over prepared a bit, but I'd rather do that than be under prepared obviously. It's very low stress, but don't let this get you off of your game: stay professional/affable." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Growing up a Bruins fan, I applied to USC simply because it was another shot at staying in Southern California. I didn't know much about the school at first, but once I did my research and visited the campus, Keck rocketed up my list. It's pricier than in-state schools, but with the recent financial problems in the state, the gap between private schools and the UC's is narrowing quickly, unfortunately. Quality of life is huge for me, so USC is definitely the front runner at this point. Another school would have to blow me away with a financial aid offer to sway me at this point." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/5/2012

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

9 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing really. They were, by far, the most transparent and prompt throughout the entire process." Report Response

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