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  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
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?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Given your non-science major as an undergrad, how will you use the skills learned from that field of inquiry to become a great doctor?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your family. Tell me about X experience on your application. Do you have any questions for me?" Report Response

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

"Where else are you considering? Do you know what kind of doctor you want to be?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"It was pretty standard, straight-off- the-AMCAS-type questions. "Tell me about X experience."" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Do you think you will be able to balance the hectic schedule of being a doctor with your personal and family life?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read over my AMCAS. Don't sweat this interview, it's low-key." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are marvelous and beautiful; Philly is a cool place; the students are brilliant; the curriculum is innovative and well-thought out; the LEAP program is cool; tons of research & travel opportunities (i.e. lots of money); great clinical exposure; long day, but well-organized and there isn't much down-time; the lunch was tasty. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Compressing all the pre-clinical coursework into a year and a half would be fine if Penn didn't throw so many tests at you -- as it is, I got the impression that the pre-clinical years are very stressful, even with the pass-fail Module 1. Also, the brilliant students reminded me of the neurotic, anal, overly-intense pre-meds from college. Sure there are going to be those kinds of students at every med school, but Penn seemed to have more than their fair share. That said, I also met some super-cool students who were not like that, so perhaps I was just exposed to the wrong cross-section of the student population. The students said that they loved Penn and that they were very happy, but the first & second year students seemed really anxious and stressed out. The 3rd & 4th years seemed like they were loving life, though, since the clinical years are flexible and pretty awesome. So I guess it all evens out." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"It is really easy to get to Penn from the airport -- it's the 2nd stop (10 minutes away) on the train and it costs $5.50. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You have 2 interviews - one with a student and one with a faculty member. Each is about 30 minutes long. They are just trying to get to know you; there's no grilling. The questions are softballs, and the whole experience was very relaxed. My faculty interviewer even offered me a diet coke from the fridge in his office, which I thought was pretty awesome. Just relax and be yourself." Report Response

Tour and Travel

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How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

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?

Friends or family

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?

9 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?

9 out of 10

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