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  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Dental School
  • Philadelphia, PA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about your last job." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"All the questions were typical ones such as why dentistry, when did you first decide to be a dentist, etc." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Checked out website. I should done some mock interviews to be really polished with questions. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Their simulation facility was the best I've seen. Not all sim-labs are equal. Theirs has infrared LED lights attached to a handpiece and sensors located up above so that the position and orientation of the handpiece can be followed. A computer can then show you how you're drilling to remove a simulated tooth cavity in the manikin's head. The only flaw is that in the artificial tooth that you're drilling, there is nothing to show you where the cavity is. If the cavity where different colored this would be fantastic. They may get this enhancement in the future. Many of their facilities were fancy and new." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The information session given by Robert Emling was "over the top". Could I have been the only one embarrassed to sit through it? He was so melodramatic about the school, that I'm glad I had a seat towards the back. I couldn't keep a straight face. While obviously not very bright, he is still probably one of the friendlier people you're likely to ever meet. Corky Cacas did a good job with her intro speech, but in person she is an ice-princess. Some of there facilities are oldish; check out their lecture halls and the preclinic lab. Their main clinical lab feels like you're in a gymnasium." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Wow, it get's cold in Philly! I didn't feel particularly very stressed at this interview, but I must have been. By the end of the day, my palms were sweating worse than I've ever experienced. It was rediculous; I'd wipe my hands on my pants and they were immediately glistening with sweat a second later. I have to figure out how to relax more!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The students seemed happy, approachable and friendly. This was true more so than any school I've been to. The students couldn't really justify the cost of the school unless you were sure you wanted to specialize. They have fairly good rates of acceptance to specialties. When you go in to speak to Corky at the end of the day, she is interviewing you, not just making sure your applic is complete." Report Response

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