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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

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

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)?

"Let's talk about the gap between your GPA and MCAT score. [Undergrad GPA was low, MCAT score was good]" Report Response

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

"Why osteopathic medicine? Tell me about your research." Report Response

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

"What would you do if you were not accepted into med school this year?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"[In asking about my job, which involves drug and alcohol addictions research] Do you think the cause of substance abuse is genetic or environmental?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"[In response to my personal statement, which mentioned that I had experienced depression as an undergrad] Do you think you are now cured? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Visited the school's website, visited AACOM website, SDN, had a friend ask me potential questions, had a mock interview with my boss (an M.D.)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone (faculty and students) was very warm and welcoming - and very available and eager to answer questions. Facilities (especially the anatomy and OMM labs) were brand new and very high-tech. Whole campus is wireless. Library has most books online - all textbooks are required to be online." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing - visiting the school actually dispelled most of the doubts I'd had coming into the interview." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Most of what I needed to know I found on SDN ahead of time. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day started out with a light breakfast in the cafeteria with a financial aid officer. We all introduced ourselves and she invited us to ask questions. Then we went back to the waiting area and they told us what order we would be interviewed in. As we waited for others to finish, many students, faculty members, and administrators came by to talk to us and answer questions. The interview itself was laid back and I felt very at-ease. The interviewers said they appreciated that I was forthcoming in my answers and did not give "generic" responses. There was a lot of down time as we waited for others to finish interiewing, but the other candidates were a very interesting group who I enjoyed getting to know a bit." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

Airplane

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

ATL

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?

02/23/2006

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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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