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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey, PA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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)?

" did you get involved with medicine and why do you want to practice it?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What etical situation in health care can you think of? (this led to a long long discussion which the health care system was talked about) How would you try and address the health care system." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What area in medicine are you intrested in?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Name an ethical topic and medcine and give your stance on it." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"I find that most students get more out of asking questions then me asking them questions so please...what questions about our school do you have? (Not so much difficult but really thought provoking right there on the spot)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Penn State website, interview feedback, and previous interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How much the school did, their commitment to the students, and large hospital associated with the college. Also one of their students took the time out of his day to give myself and 2 others a personal tour of areas missed in the tour." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Hershey is a little in the rural area (but less than two hours to Baltimore and Philly and 3 hours or so to NYC)Also, the people in the Hospital that were working did not seem so happy to be there. Mayeb its cause I'm from the south but when you nod or say hello you expect a nod or hello back...not just a blank state from the doctors and nurses. Yet on the college side of the building they were very friendly. HMmmmmmmmm. Also, school tour was given by a hospital volunteer not a college member." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"WOW....I'm happy I took at cab from the airport to my hotel. I stayed at the marriott suites and it was an absolutly great room. Only thing though is all the hotels are scattered around hershey. No real area of strip hotels or resturants near the school. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This was a great interview and experience for me. There are two tiers of interview times 8:30 and 10:30. The 8:30 people interview first then take a tour with the 10:30 students. Who then after the tour they go to interview. I was in the 8:30 group. There was about 5 students in the 8:30 and 5 in the 10:30 for the day. We went almost directly into our interviews. Two seperate interviews and they gave you the names and the work that your interviewers did so you at least knew a little about them. One thing to note. My interviewers KNEW my file. This was a good thing as some previously school interviewers kind of had my file in front of them and said tell me about yourself....where you just repeat what you wrote before. Not here they knew my file, my background, and made comments through my interview saing stuff like "oh thats how you got involved with them"....or "you menchioned that in your essays". This made me feel like they were really intrested in getting to know me as a person. Big plus in my book. After the interviews we went back to the admissions area and by then the 10:30 students were in the area. We hung out there until everyone was together from both groups and then we went to a conference room to learn about penn state (and to hear about the football team as well :) .....I'm a sports fan so school pride is not a bad thing) Then we had a faculty member come in and talk with us about medicine in general. Lunch (hospital cafe)followed with 3-5 medical students M1 and M2's to get a good time for answer and questions. Then we were led back to the college to get a tour by a hospital volunteer. This tour focused more on the hospital/rotations aspect then the college but we were shown a few area where we would practice on medical instruments. After the tour we were led back and filled out a survey. One of the students from our lunch came by to talk some more with us (they were all friendly) I asked about the student lecutre halls and anatomy labs...he offered and then showed us the areas that I asked about. To see where you would actually learn and do your lab/histology/anatomy work was a big plus for me. It ended the day on a very positive note and it was a great interview." Report Response

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