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  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia, PA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"How did you decide that you wanted to go into medicine? Any one specific event?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What would you do if you didn't get into medical school? What would you do during that extra year if you were to reapply?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Why Jefferson?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"How does your culture & family regard your decision to enter the medical profession?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Jefferson? (for some reason, this was harder than i thought)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I reviewed my application, the school curriculum and philosophy, and also some sample questions. I also read through some reviews on SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was pleasantly surprised with my experience at Jefferson. It's an incredibly welcoming & warm community, and I was very impressed with the Dean and Assistant Deans that came out to meet us (Grace Hershman & Dr. Callahan). I felt that the school genuinely cared for its students and the students all seemed exceptionally nice and relatively happy. Their facilities aren't the newest but i don't think this matters so much. The school is located in the most optimal spot in town - right in the middle of center city. The apts are buildings over from the main lecture hall, but other affordable choices are available. Most of all, it seems as though Philadelphia offers great clinical experiences and Jefferson in particular is known to generate awesome clinicians. I also had a good time with my interviewer. He was very sweet, attentive, and thorough. He explained the entire selection process to me before I left. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Jefferson isn't the most involved with research & it tends to have a more traditional outlook. Also, the student interviewers do have weight in the selection process & this can be helpful or hurtful. I thought that my first year student interviewer was a bit distracted & unenthusiastic about being an interviewer. More than this though, I feel as though that maybe a first year student who has yet to finish one semester can accurately represent Jefferson." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There's definitely 40 students per interview day and the day is quite long. As of yet, it was definitely the most draining interview day for myself. Go prepared to be alert. But the day does start at 11AM so you can sleep in a little." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I thought my interviewer was great. He seemed genuinely interested in my experiences and dedicated to the school. He spent extra time explaining the selection process of Jefferson - something very helpful for us applicants who are left waiting for most of the year." Report Response

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