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  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
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?

30 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)?

"What made you decide to leave the Navy and pursue medicine? (asked by both interviewers and straight out of my AMCAS app)" Report Response

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

"When did you know medicine was right for you? (also asked by both interviewers and referenced in the AMCAS app)." Report Response

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

"I see that your father is a physician. How does he feel about you applying to medical school? (this lead into 'do you have any idea what you'd like to specialize in and why'.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"When was the last time I made it back to ND for a football game?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I would not say I was asked any "difficult" questions. The tone of the entire interview day was relaxed and conversational." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read all about Curriculum 2000, reviewed the webpage and my AMCAS essay." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The RAH-RAH-PENN!!! attitude of all the students I talked to. Everyone loves it there and is VERY enthusiastic about the school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Philly." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you are driving into Philly: I-76 gets pretty backed up during the traditional rush hour times." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The entire interview was extremely relaxed and non-confrontational. It was as if I had two conversations instead of two interviews. DO NOT SWEAT THESE INTERVIEWS. The whole day revolves around them selling you on Penn (which, given the curriculum, is an easy sell) and they seem to want you to use the day to evaluate whether or not you think Penn is a good match for you. Both of my interviewers asked me questions directly from my AMCAS app, so if you have taken time off after college or have some special/unique experiece (e.g. military, like me) then expect to discuss it. Also, Penn seemed to make a point of matching me with a student interviewer who was also 'non-traditional' and a faculty member who shared my alma-mater so it would appear that they try to give you interviewers you have something in common with." Report Response

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