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  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"There's no challenge is clinical medicine. It is repetitive, and all the challenge is in research. Why would anyone go into clinical medicine instead of research?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What specific clinical experiences have you had?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Have you considered family medicine/primary care?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you have any role models from your clinical experiences, and did you learn anything from them that you would like to apply to your own practice?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Same as above." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Glanced over my AMCAS, looked at Temple's sparse website, spoke with a few friends who go there." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Children's Hospital, wireless access throughout the Student-Faculty center, the knowledge of the presenters, attitudes of the students/tour guides, the size of my interviewer's lab. Also people interviewing from a wide variety of locations. Out-of-staters probably outnumbered in-staters at my session." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It's a small school in terms of facilities. Also, you really seem to have to search out opportunities there. Both are in the process of being addressed- they are building a new huge classroom and lab facility, and students are setting up new groups now that will address alot of holes in the extracurricular/international opportunities. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not much really." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Temple. I've been in Philly for a number of years now and never before visited Temple, but I had an impression of it from friends and colleagues. Philly is a great city- small, easy to get around, great bars and restaurants, and a good music scene, mostly in Center City, but with alot of great culture in the somewhat segregated neighborhoods of North, South, and West Philadelphia. Temple is about six stops on the orange line north of Center City however, in a pretty bad neighborhood, and perhaps for this reason is considered a commuter school. I was pleasantly surprised to visit the small Temple Med campus though and find a nice island with a couple beautiful hospitals. I got the feeling that I could be very happy staying in Center City or moving up to the Art Museum district and taking the subway in to Temple for a med education. The students seemed really diverse and happy, which is a good reflection on them and the city... The admissions committee seems to have alot of personality too. One guy (who I didn't have, but there was much discussion of by others in the group) gives stress interviews with lots of ethical questions. He's a lawyer though, and apparently if he likes you, will get you accepted as your advocate. My interviewer started off by going on about how all the good things were in research and not clinical medicine, and I had to challenge him to stop him. He smiled at that though and I think he just wanted me to convince him that I had good reasons for choosing an MD... Overall, the school seems to be in a process of transition and expansion, and should be a very strong school in four or five years. Already seems good though... Probation doesn't seem to be much to worry about, although I'd expect to take out the max ($38,500) Stafford loan unless your parents are footing your bill. " Report Response

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