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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?

3 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 research." Report Response

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

"Tell me about (unique extracurricular I had)." Report Response

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

"Tell me about the volunteer work you wrote about in your Personal Statement." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"A general question about the Middle East (it was about 2 days after Israel killed the leader of Hamas)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing difficult." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I tried to get a good night's sleep, but I got into Hershey too late." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Upbeat students, the complete living environment of the campus, the simulation dummies." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Hershey is about 2 miles from anything resembling civilization. I got the impression during a lunch (which current students attended) that several people had failed Step 1 the year before, making me wonder about the preparation that the school gives." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The school is planning a LOT of expansion; two new sections onto the crescent (look at a map of the school if you don't know where that is), plus expansions on some buildings, plus one or two completely new buildings." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I enjoyed my time there, the campus was attractive, the people were open and friendly, but the town is extremely rural (even more so than where I am now). My first interview (with a biochemist) went very smoothly. My second started out awkwardly while my interviewer read my letters of recommendation, but after a few questions we got along well, and he ended up introducing me to a peds friend of his after I asked about the children's hospital." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/24/2004

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