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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?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Ethical question (see above)" Report Response

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

"Where else have you interviewed/been accepted at?" Report Response

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

"Why come to USC?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The faculty interviewer asked me where I had interviewed so far, and when I named a few that I had interviewed at and been accepted to, he asked, "Then why would you want to come here?" He was being serious- actually discouraging me from coming to USC becaue he felt the other schools were better. Way to sell your school!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I had a few ethical questions that were tough. One example: What would I do if a patient needed certain expensive medications to live but he had no insurance? Would I give him his meds and cover the cost myself? I said I would, then he challenged me as far as how long I could go on paying and losing money, where would I draw the line with other patients, etc. There were other ethical questions that I can't really remember." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up on current events, reread application, read up on USC." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The lunch in the faculty room was nice. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Campus is located in bad and boring part of LA. Many (maybe most) students intensely dislike the new curriculum. Tuition is very high (and keeps increasing) for a school that is not very impressive. My student interviewer was very arrogant. My faculty interviewer basically tried to convince me to go somewhere else. A lot of people say County+USC is great because of the experience you get, but I disagree. It's run down, lacks a lot of basic resources (like functioning BP cuffs in many rooms), is over crowded, and there is too much going on to get good clinical instruction. It would be different if County was just one of several hospitals you rotate through, but the majority of rotations will be done there, so the experiences are very diverse." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I would have arrived earlier to look around on my own, since my student interview ran long and cut into the tour. He sort of gave me a half-ass walk through." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Interviewer had my application, but no GPA or MCAT scores. Within the first 5 minutes he straight-out asked me what my numbers were- which I don't think he was supposed to do. USC is an average school, with very high tuition. The new curriculum received mixed reviews. Some students like USC, but many have a lot of complaints. The fact that my faculty interviewer recommended that I go to another school weighed very negatively on my impression of USC." Report Response

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