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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
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?

45 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)?

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Tell me about your family" Report Response

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

"Explain the discrepancy between your grades and MCAT scores Tell me more about your research experience during last summer." Report Response

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

"How long have you been playing the <insert musical instrument here>? Why do you want to enter the medical field?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing really. The interview was definitely very conversational" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing too difficult" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read this website, looked over my AMCAS application, read up on health care issues in the paper (New York Times) or online." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were really friendly and seemed happy at PSU. A few of them stopped by to wish us good luck and one student who had attended my undergraduate school introduced herself to me. The admissions staff was very helpful and Winnie, one of the secretaries, is the friendliest woman ever. I enjoyed the scenic campus and the relatively cheap student housing. Harvey, the quarter-million simulation dummy was also pretty cool." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Could get kinda lonely in the winter if you have no car to get around." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I came prepared with more questions to ask the students and other admissions staff" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Although it was a rainy and dreary day, I came out of the interview feeling relaxed and confident. Just be yourself and everything else will fall into place because the interviewers are really there to get to know you--not to stress you out. This is my first interview, and if I get accepted, I'll probably cancel all of my subsequent interviews to attend Penn State =o) " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/17/2003

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