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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"Why Temple and why medicine?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What has been your biggest accomplishment? And your biggest disappointment?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years and why would you want to practice there?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing too profound or ethical. I was asked, "If I could magically transport you 10 years into the future, what would you be doing and where would you be and why?"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"What has been the biggest disappointment in your life thus far?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"sdn feedback, looking at my AMCAS app, preparing answers to potential questions" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was really impressed by a lot of things, including the students' overall view of Temple and their emphasis on working together, especially in the gross anatomy lab. I also liked that the curriculum will be integrated for our years to come and that all main medical facilities are within a couple of blocks of each other. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The students leading the tour said that you don't have to go to all classes or buy all the books. I guess you can see this as a positive or negative depending on your learning style." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the Temple-based aid is dependent on your parents' income, even though you are technically considered an independent for tax purposes as a medical/grad student. Translation: You must come up with about $10k-$15k/year from either your parents' contributions or have good enough credit to secure an outside, private loan." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Temple. Temple is on a rise in academics and has many top faculty who are involved in the writing of the various national standardized tests you have to take as a med student. In addition, I was glad to hear that there is truly a supportive environment and that class rank is not given; thus, classmates truly work together and learn from each other (since that is the reality of medicine anyways). I liked the fact that the first year is a fair transitional year, allowing many 1st-year students time to be active in extracurriculars. Also, I was really glad to hear about the clinical and community service opportunities offered by various student organizations, allowing for immediate exposure to clinical experience in the actual community. As far as the location goes, I'm not sure what previous applicants saw as I felt that North Philly was like any other urban location: it's not Beverly Hills, but it's definitely not any worse than any other urban location. I see this as a great opportunity to see a variety of clinical cases and to get involved in a community that truly needs our help. However, applicants should be aware that Temple med students can do their final 2 years of clinical work at an affiliate location, including some nice suburb locations, so it's not too big of a sacrifice. As far as the interview, it definitely wasn't too stressful, but I did get a few more thought-provoking questions than some of the other applicants, but nothing that really wasn't expected. Be yourself and you will do fine. Also, if you meet with an RAR representative, take advantage of the input they have. This really helped me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/21/2004

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