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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 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?

40 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)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"Describe your longest volunteer activity. How about X on your AMCAS?" Report Response

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

"What are your strengths/weaknesses?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you didn't want to go into medicine and we could wipe the slate clean, what would you choose as your career?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Let's say that it's ten years from now so that you're already a full-time physician without any other supervisors. How would you tell a patient that he is terminally-ill and that there was nothing else you could for him?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school website, AMCAS, and past interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Modern facilities and welcoming atmosphere most definitely!! Everything was just so state-of-the-art and everyone just had a great aura and a positive attitude." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Uh, the location!! Hershey doesn't quite strike me as the kind of town that people have great nights out but that could just be the NYC part in me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish that the library, gross anatomy lab, and campus hosuing were stops on the vounteer-guided tour. Other than that, the day left me with a positive impression of the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day was very well-structured. You report to the Admissions Office and sign in and once there, you're greeted by friendly people and warm smiles. My interviews were scheduled for the morning so I was escorted (yes, escorted!) to my first interview with a PhD at 9:00am. That one lasted about 45 minutes and I was immediately escorted to my second interview for 9:45 with a plastic surgeon. Both interviewers were completely down to earth and the entire interview experience was very conversational and low stress. I finished the stressful part of my day around 10:30 and was greeted by the afternoon interviewees. At 11:00, the Director of Admissions gives you a DETAILED and THOROUGH powerpoint presentation on Penn State and everything you could expect if you're accepted. The next part of the well-structured day was a luncheon with current students who were informative and only had good things to say about the school. I ended my day with a somewhat shabby tour seeing as how they showcase the hospital during the tour and not much of the school. All in all, it was a great day and I can't wait to hear from them in 6-8 weeks!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

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?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2006

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?

6 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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