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  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia, PA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

6 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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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)?

"Very conversational. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"In light of the fact that you are not originally from the US, what are your views on the terrorism + Iraq situation? (after I answered, he pressed for more detail). This question arose I think because of my background, so I wouldn't worry about it or studying up on current events!" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"see above" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"looked at AMCAS, interview reports, PENN secondary" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"They are VERY organized and give you lots of information so you understand their curriculum etc. The students are very enthusiastic and sitting in on a class is pretty neat. Also, I stayed with a 1st year the night before, and she was extremely helpful and crucial in giving me such a positive impression of the school! " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The question (see above), from my faculty interviewer, had the effect of making me feel that my acceptance was contingent on precisely how I answered that politically charged question and whether he approved of it. Other than that, very little negatively impressed me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"interviews are very late in the day... earliest i think is at 2:30... they generally are slated to last 45 minutes, so in my case I finished my student interview and barely had a second to catch my breath before the admissions secretary escorted me to my faculty interview" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"UPenn is a great school. The interview day is extremely well organized and makes you feel like your effort in applying is matched by their effort the day of the interview to get you to understand what they are all about. Both of my interviewer (1 student + 1 faculty) were fairly conversational and very naturally flowing... only on that last one did I feel slightly put on the spot. All in all, I am very impressed with the school and I really liked the students. They seem to enjoy it there, which is always a good sign." Report Response

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