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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 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)?

"Why Penn State? Since this school is in the middle of nowhere, the admissions staff really cares about your answer because it's certainly not for the surroundings." Report Response

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

"What type of doctor do you want to be? (The secondary application requires you to designate your medical interest, but you are not locked into this category. You just need to justify your interest to the interviewer. It's almost better to say that you are unsure and are waiting for your experiences in medical school to make a decision)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"My interviewer basically went through my AMCAS in front of me and asked me to verify that I did participate in all the activities. With each activity, I tried to explain why it was relevant to where I am today." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Detailed questions about my current job as a healthcare consultant." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read website, AMCAS, SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are nice. School is big. Penn State is a Level I trauma center for the entire state so basically, everyone outside of Philly or Pittsburg is flown to Penn State for medical emergencies. This gives students a lot of opportunity to learn from unique situations." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The town (Hershey, PA) is so tiny. There are barely 10 restaurants. The school and patient population is not diverse." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Interivew time is very crammed." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview schedule is extremely tight. I barely had time to talk. Each student is given only 15-25 minutes per interview. The day I went, 14 applicants were all interiewed by the same 7 faculty in 2 hours! If you want the admissions staff to remember you, you better make sure that you have your "pitch" and say it fast because you might not get the chance otherwise." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/14/2005

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

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

1 out of 10

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

1 out of 10

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