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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

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)?

"When did you realize you wanted to be a DO? " Report Response

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

"Why did you choose XXX college?" Report Response

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

"The questions were pretty standard." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Did you ever practice in this career, or just obtain training in it? (This tipped me off that they had not read my app at all, since it talks extensively about the five years I have spent practicing this career.) " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None of the questions were difficult. The interview was very laid back and conversational." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Informal mock interview, SDN, Reviewed applications, Read books on interview Strategies" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"School is brand new and very high tech - plamsa screens in OMM lab and anatomy lab. Faculty seemed enthusiatic. The school seems to have already laid some ground work for rotations." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"After arriving, we were offered a very light breakfast and then shown to the lobby of the admissions office, which was to be our home for the next 5 hours or so. Finally, everyone finished interviewing and then we waited another half hour for a student to show up for a tour. Bottom line = 5.5 hours spent on campus - 25 min. interview - 15 minute tour = lots of wasted time. No presentations,no financial aid info, no lunch with students - it was like we were being ignored. Finally, to cap the day the admissions officer told us that while a decision on our status would be made immediately, we could expect a letter in 4-6 weeks, completely contradicting the interviewer who had just told us to expect a letter within two weeks. The administration just did not do a good job of selling the school or of making me feel valued as a potential student. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"While the facility is rather nice inside, the "campus" is really just a parking lot and a building - there's no where to sit outside at all. Feel like taking a walk between classes? - forget it. Traffic in Atlanta is really, REALLY BAD. PCOM-GA's mission is to train docs to serve in the south, and they are serious about it. When people found out I was from a northern state, they looked at me like I was from another planet. Be prepared to defend why you want to move to/practice in the south." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Alhough I was impressed with PCOM-GA on paper and offered a seat at the school, the interview helped me realize that it isn't the school for me. I have no doubt that many students will have a completely different and very positive experience. " 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

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

< $100

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Econo Lodge

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/05/2006

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

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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