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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"What was the most serious thing you saw during your time volunteering in the ER?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about a recent technological advance in medicine that you found interesting" Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think are some problems with our current healthcare system? and, What are some interesting recent advances in medicine? (I was ready for this and they went well - and I'd be ready, too, if I were you, I hear these come up a lot) " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why did you get so many bad grades undergrad? (I was told by the admissions staff and our med student guides that if we'd made it to the interview stage, it meant they were cool with our grades and wouldn't bring them up - evidently not!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over my AMCAS and secondary to remember what I'd let them in on, read up about Hershey's unique programs on their website, practiced my answers to commonly asked questions, committed to memory a few recent medical interest stories I'd heard on NPR" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The admissions staff was absurdly nice. They guided us through the whole day and acted like they truly hoped we'd all get in. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My first interviewer kept me waiting for 15 minutes, so our interview was necessarily very short - only about 15 minutes (it should have been 30-40). She started off by giving me a tiny bit of a hard time about some grades, which was a disappointment - I didn't want to start the interview on the defensive. She also seemed a little distracted and not terribly interested in what I was saying. The next interviewer, however, was fantastic and he and I hit it off great. He and I are both classical musicians, and by the end of the interview, we were totally off medicine and he was consulting me about which version of a Bach recording he should get. The point is, you get two cracks at it, which is nice. From the other reviews I've read here, it seems like the second interview is always a bit meatier." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I'd done my homework and felt pretty prepared. However, I recommend that anyone with an upcoming interview ask themselves why they like Hershey in particular and be prepared to answer that question in an interview (without being cliche. Everyone's gonna mention the unique Humanities program - and I think it's okay to mention it, but you'd better be able to say *why* you appreciate the Humanities program). I suppose that, knowing what I know now, I would have chilled out about the interview beforehand. I spent hours the night before trying to come up with answers to anything they might conceivably ask, but other than the standard challenging questions like 'why medicine?' 'why Hershey' 'what are some problems with healthcare today', there weren't any stumpers. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Generally very positive. We met in the morning in a sitting area outside the admissions office and had to wait for close to 30 minutes, but waited on comfy couches with stuff to read. Several times a physician or Ph.D. would walk by and notice all the nervous little faces in dark suits and would wish us good luck or even stop and offer advice. It gave me a really good vibe about the school. Then the assistant director of admissions came out and chatted casually with us; he was bubbly and friendly and learned all of our names and where we were from and generally put us at ease. Then he gave us a powerpoint presentation designed to sell us on the school and inform us how great it is. Then we had a slightly odd visit from a doctor who gave us a stern lecture (and I do mean STERN) about how being a doctor wasn't like what we see on TV and if we don't care about the millions of uninsured people out there in our country then we should seriously rethink our decision. I couldn't have agreed with him more, but on the other hand, it was a bit abrupt to get such a severe talking-to. Anyway, after the scolding, we went to lunch with 4 or 5 first year med students, who were nice (if not overly enthusiastic to spend their lunch hours with us), and very agreeably and thoroughly answered all the questions we (I should say, there were 10 of us) asked them. Then a super cute old man (a volunteer) took us on a tour of the facilities. It wasn't extremely thorough, but I felt like I got a good feel for the general quality of the resources. After that it was time for our interviews, and an extremely cute and sweet woman from the admissions department personally escorted me to both interviews. Like I said earlier, the first interview was too short and a bit of a let-down, but the second felt great. In both cases, the interviewers were very kind. Afterwards, the admissions office seemed genuinely interested to hear how it went - and gave me a Hershey's kiss, of course!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In 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?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

SpringHill Suites (Marriot)

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/14/2008

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?

3 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing! They were great all around." Report Response

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