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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

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"Managed care problems. Alternative career choice if medical school doesn't come through. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What book are you reading right now?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Potentially difficult question if you're not prepared: describe the problems of managed care" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the school website, talked to student host to get a feel of the school, reviewed me." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How responsive the faculty is to student's requests for changes in curriculum. If someone complains about something in the curriculum, it gets discussed and is usually changed. They truly listen to students' needs. Hospital facilities are impressive in their patient mix -- if you're interested in learning clinical skills by working with an ethnically, economically, and educationally diverse patient population, USC could be for you." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Yeah, the cost. (Which was not even discussed by the formal program until our tour guides brought it up...there is no financial aid session, which I thought would be helpful to listen to at a place that has a mid-$30K price tag a year)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That traffic was really as bad as it sounded. If you're not familiar with LA traffic, I suggest consulting with a friend, your host, or even the admissions office on suggested driving times. I wasn't late, but I did give myself more time to get there than I thought I really needed." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Your 2 interviews are scheduled anywhere between 8 and 5. Other than that, the whole program is just the tour/lunch with the med students. No group orientation. No financial aid. You check in at the KAM building, and if you have down time, you can ask to see a schedule of classes if you want to sit in on one or two. My student interviewer was very conversational and sweet; we joked a lot throughout. No tough questions, though I heard that another student interviewer did throw out some. Faculty interviewer just went down a list of questions, taking his time to review what he had to ask...he was very gentlemanly and kind. These closed-file interviews obviously take extra work on your part than for the open-files, so be sure to take opportunities to market yourself here and there. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/30/2002

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