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  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
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?

50 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Pick a topic in health care that you are concerned with and talk about it for a couple of minutes." Report Response

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

"What do you do in your spare time? " Report Response

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

"Why USC?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How did I plan on making money/providing for my family if I wanted to work in a "county facility"?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None of the questions were too difficult, however my student interviewer wasn't easy to talk to. He just fired off all of the questions he was supposed to ask and if we started going back and forth in a nice, conversational manner, he would stop it and go back to shooting off questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read up on the school, read newspapers" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school's honor code, pass/not pass system, breakfast and coffee is provided before certain exams." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My faculty interviewer did not really ask me anything about myself. He went out of his way to make me feel like my experiences were completely ordinary and at the end of my interview he asked me, "do you really think you have the stamina to make it through medical school? I mean, do you really think you have what it takes?" I have no idea what that was about." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I guess I thought the medical campus was closer to the undergrad campus. If you are looking for a place to hang out with non-medschool people or even just a gym to work out in your down time -- expect to take a shuttle to the main campus (round trip, 45 mins)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was really looking forward to interviewing at USC, but both the faculty and student interviewers really tainted my overall opinion of the school. The student interviewer seemed bored with giving interviews (his eyes glazed over before I started to speak), and the faculty guy seemed less interested in getting to know me and more interested in questioning my motivation (is anyone really in it for the money these days???). That aside the school offers a excellent opportunity to work at LAC-USC and the new hospital will be ready for the class of 2004." Report Response

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