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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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)?

"You expressed fears about being able to have a family with a medical practice, is that still true?" Report Response

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

"How have your time in the triage and shadowing contributed to your desire to go into medicine?" Report Response

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

"You've had awhole bunch of majors, engineering, etc why medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So are you coming here?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"none seriously, as long as you know who you are, none of the questions will be difficult for you." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I re read my personal statement and the applicant information book to have questions to ask them. You can also find all of the information on their website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The way PennMed caters to its students. I mean what school gives students bagels before each exam? Also, a new clinic is being built in West Philly for the uninsured in that area. PennMed gets involved in helping the community and provides many opportunities that some of the students don't really know how to take advantage of." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Ok it's about to get long... 1.The students seemed spoiled by the school and took things that the school did for them for granted. For example a lot of them complained about the LEAPP program, no one takes advantage of being able to take classes within other departments in the school. And I actually had one student tell me that you can't teach someone how to have empathy. My student host was antisocial and a bit of a jerk. Thank God for his room mate who acted as though he was my host. Also, most people I asked why they chose PennMed did not have any solid reasons aside from the fact that it was a good school aka well ranked. One of the second year ambassadors that joined us for lunch seemed really bitter about everything. I know the other interviewers and I did not need that energy." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That just because certain programs are supposed to happen on the day before your interview does not mean they will happen." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was very organized and your interviewers are chosen for a reason. The lunch was good, the information sessions were thorough, the faculty seem very nice but the students seemed to have forgotten that they were at Penn for goodness sakes! You'll go there and see what I am talking about." 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?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 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?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

8 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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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