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  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Philadelphia
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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?

Open file

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

"Why the delay between college and medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you are accepted into more than one program, what is the most important factor in your decision to choose one to attend over the rest?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"2 - How many times have you taken the MCAT? (I voided twice, so only one score shows, but I decided to be honest - then they grilled me) and Why the delay between college and applying to med. school?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the online e-catalog." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Facilities." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Unsafe location, uptight fellow applicants, students making negative comments about the college president, large class size, clearly expressed preference for Penn State students, tour guides seemed clueless and unhappy, one student told me he chose PCOM because of the near 60-40 female-male student body ratio - is this why you pick a medical school?????" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Frankly, the interview was a joke. The woman who asked most of the questions was very rude and disrespectful. The doctor was fine, but he certainly didn't jump in to stand up for me. They gave me a very negative impression of the school. The admissions staff were curt almost to the point of being rude, but not quite. The other applicants all seemed very uptight and competitive and unable to relax. We had a breakfast with one of the other admissions officers, and he promised that the interviews would not be stressful, but rather an opportunity "for us to get to know each other." I felt very deceived when my interview was anything but that. Overall, the school to me had a very fraternity/sorority type feel, in a negative way." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/06/2003

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