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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Tell me about your undergraduate experiences " Report Response

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

"Tell me about your MCAT scores (I took the MCATs twice...the first time I bombed the test, but I improved the second time)" Report Response

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

"What was the last book you read (This was an easy question for me because I read a lot, but I know some of the other students were asked the same question, and the interviewer wanted at least two titles)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you regret most about your life so far?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were a third grade teacher, how would you explain the function of DNA? (Although this question was on SDN, I did not prepare for the question because I figured I wouldn't be asked it since I am not a I gave my best on the spot answer)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, other interviews, read my application, talked to current students" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was impressed that the students do rotations with MS from Temple, UPenn, and Drexel. The location is awesome since you are able to take advantage of the city, but do not have to pay the high rent to live in it. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Since there are so many MS1, (during my interview, I was told that there are 270-something MS1) the average number of students per cadaver is 5 or 6. One student explained that unless you want to cut, it isn’t a problem. But, in my opinion, I want to make the most of my education and cutting is as important as any other skill learned during medical school. Also, I was disappointed that PCOM has not integrated STAN (look it up on the website) into the program yet. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known that only breakfast was included (not lunch). Breakfast was held in the cafeteria, and the applicants had a wide range of breakfast foods to munch on. Also, there was a 15 minute break between each interview (Luckily we only had 6 people interviewing). Also, many of the students that interviewed already knew current students from undergrad (can be seen as a positive or a negative). " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I had a great experience. The interview was really easy and I think the interviewers really took their time to get to know me. I never felt intimidated by the interviewers (although the other applicants would disagree). I also liked that the students all seem ecstatic and proud to be a part of PCOM. Good luck!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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