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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 you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Tell me about yourself" Report Response

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

"Do you have a problem working with HIV/AIDS patients?" Report Response

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

"What is wrong with healthcare in America? (asked by my student interviewer who honestly thought there was only one right answer to this question. It made for an interesting debate.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Cross cultural comparisons of emergency medicine between developing and developed countries." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"After having a comfortable relaxing interview with my faculty interviewer, I stood up and turned to leave when he called out "what should I tell the adcom about you?" (um... didn't we just speak for an hour about that?) I was ready to go (in fact I was late for the tour), and I blanked and stuttered for half a minute. His response: a smile part polite part pity. Not the most charming impression I wanted to leave him with!" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"School website, SDN, (since both faculty and student interviews are closed files, as long as you know yourself and can sell yourself you'll do fine)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the MDLs for small group discussions; the students genuinely seemed to like their school (as a rule I try and interact with students not associated with the office of admissions); the weather (though I arrived after the floods/mudslide); student organizations with the indigent population, HIV/AIDS patients, and high school students (though no mention of a student run clinic)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"How archaic the school is. The campus isn't completely wireless, the classrooms are cramped and small (I saw several students sitting on the steps. In fact, there aren't enough seats in the lecture room for all of the students), the anatomy lab lacks technology; the new county hospital will have fewer beds than the orginial; for a school with so much research, very little was mentioned; " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is absolutely no school presentations given. You show up, interview, take your tour and go home. I guess they didn't want to scare us with the revelation of graduating with $200+K debt. Also, I didn't know LAC+USC served the jail/prison inmates until I ran into a group of 20 inmates and 5 guards." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Very laid back, both interviewers seemed to want to know me personally. If you can, try and sit in on a class. Also, the #applicants is roughly 10/day, making it easier to mingle with your potential classmates." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

7 out of 10

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