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  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Philadelphia
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"What specialty are you considering? (This was actually asked after I indirectly brought up the topic)" Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun?" Report Response

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

"Why D.O.? Why only D.O.? (Since I applied only to D.O. medical schools) (Note for the bottom section on travel - My flight was delayed twice, then canceled, rescheduled, then delayed again due to de-icing problems, so I ended up spending more than 12 hours trying to get to PCOM and hence missed the morning breakfast. I am just glad I made it in time to be the last one to be interviewed at precisely 11:30 AM.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Where do you see yourself in fifteen years?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Is there an area where you prefer to practice medicine?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed SDN questions and feedbacks. Reviewed the history of Osteopathy. Reviewed application and PCOM information packet." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school had a solid campus with multiple buildings, facilities and a garage. Saw two large lecture halls with state of the art AV systems, reminding me a little of elite private northeast colleges. Cafeteria is also better than I expected and the food is not as bad as I feared. PCOM also gave me the impression that they cared not only about their students academic well-being but also social and physical well-being, establishing a decent workout and exercise area with plenty of basketball courts. Reminds me of the good old days in college. Finally, there is a bus stop right outside of PCOM's front entrance, allowing a quick trip into the city." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The odor in the anatomy lab was a bit pungent, though the student tour guide said one gets used to it after a while. Maybe the filter system is not all that state of the art. I did not get to meet any faculty members, partly due to the fact that I could not attend the breakfast." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"None" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"In general, my interview experience was a success. I certainly liked what I saw. I like the location of the school, being situated in Bala-Cynwyd, a predominantly residential and office building area. Even though I ended up being interviewed with one of the toughest interviewer (I found out after the interview) I was not put off by her initial sterness. I recommend PCOM." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

PHL

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/09/2005

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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