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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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)?

"tell me about your medical volunteering" Report Response

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

"tell me about your non-medical volunteering" Report Response

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

"why medicing and why not graduate school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why medicine instead of graduate school? (specific for me because I have alot of research experience)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Something very detailed about my specific research. I work in neuroscience and both of my interviewers were PhD's in the behavioral sciences, so they grilled me pretty hard about what I was doing." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"student doctor, read over my application, penn state website, read up on current issues, reminded myself of why I wanted to do this" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students! I gave a negative rating because of the interviewers, but all in all Penn State seems like a great place. The students are friendly, energetic and happy to be there. The curriculum is very innovative as well. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"my interviewers!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that you do not interview with members of the admissions committee." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Both of my interviewers were PhD's, and neither seemed interested in the MD program or medicine in general. No specific questions were asked other than about my research, they both just asked me to talk about my medical volunteering. This resulted in a very relaxed interview, it wasn't hard at all, but I felt like they could care less about most of what I mentioned. Especially when I started talking about hospital efficiency problems and insurance issues...their eyes actually glazed over. They write a summary and submit that to the admissions committee, I wish I had spoken with someone more connected to the actual program." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/06/2004

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