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  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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?

50 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)?

"Why do you want to be a doctor? (both student and faculty interviewers)" Report Response

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

"What was the last book you read? (student)" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your family. (faculty)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Is your husband supportive of your goal to become a doctor? (faculty interviewer)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Are you worried about having a two-doctor family? (student interviewer; I brought up my husband first)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I didn't" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"curriculum seems good even though it's traditional block system (not my favorite type), resources are great (mp3 audio of lectures posted online, syllabus with notes said to be good, etc.), the students seemed very positive, and student support seems great" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"We barely saw anything on the tour, not even the libary. It may have been because the tour guides were first years who didn't really know their way around too well themselves yet. Also, they tout Jeff HOPE, but according to the students you can barely participate because it is so popular with such a large student body. The lecture hall was nice, but the back was all desks filling in the space where there weren't enough built-in table seats." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There were almost 30 people interviewing, which was a huge number! But it wasn't annoying or anything." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My impression of the school prior to the interview was slightly negative, but I left with a very strong impression. It's now one of my top choices, which is shocking to me! I certainly didn't expect that. They give you a very detailed schedule before you go, and they stick to it. The day is fairly long (10-3:30-4ish), and your faculty interviews aren't until the afternoon (2 or 2:30). My student interviewer was nice, but I'm not sure what impression I left him with. The student interview was in an open area with tons of other people interviewing around us, but it worked out. My faculty interviewer was a really nice guy, and we had some stuff in common so that's mostly what we talked about. It was a discussion rather than an interview. The student interviewer hasn't seen your file yet, but the faculty interviewer has it. My interviewer hadn't looked at it, though, because he likes to get his first impression from talking to the person. At the end he looked at it, but just a glance. Overall it was very positive. Student and administrative presentations really characterized the school well, and I believe we received an adequate amount of information about it. Oh, and all students I asked said the large class size was usually good, with all kinds of people, but sometimes can be annoying (like with Jeff HOPE, see below)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your primary mode of travel?

Train or subway

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?

9 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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