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

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 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


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)?

"Tell me about yourself? This includes the answer to the sub-questions "Why medicine/osteopathy/Why P.C.O.M.?" (The other questions are kind of a blur after 7 interviews at this point...) " Report Response

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

"What do you see yourself doing in 20 years? I see that you like to ice skate and go hiking, what else do you do to relieve stress? (I answered the question before this point...this was asked a 2nd time)" Report Response

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

"You are from (semi-rural) do you expect to make the transition to Philadelphia? Did you apply to allopathic programs as well?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"PCOM often seems to include current-events questions in the interview or at least one very analytical question of your application if your a foreign/non-trad. For example, the economics major or the foreign candidates." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Standard SDN-like questions, but PCOM seems to include 1 or 2 different ones. My hardest question was: It seems like you were really involved a lot, doing A, B, C, D, E, F..., did you manage all of that? You said what things that you did to relieve stress (2x by this point of the interview), but doing all of those things successfully is...very abnormal! (this was hard b/c I just manage to do it all no matter how long or how much effort it takes! sleeping or not!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Visited PCOM open house x2, shadowed PCOM students for 2 days of her classes (including OMM) and asked MANY random questions, CIB profile, SDN threads, SDN interview fback x 1 year, 5 prior interviews, drove around the area to look for apts, etc" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"-Seeing other candidates who were dissing osteopathy and clearly focusing on allopathic ask a MSI student "So, have you taken your boards yet?" lol! -Seeing other candidates who were accepted to other programs who were still interviewing -Seeing PCOM students who were accepted at other programs who preferred PCOM even though the most logical choice (UNECOM or NSUCOM) would be cheaper/easier -Urban... rotations will have more #patients/rotation and diversity in ppl/cases -They READ and remembered my file! -Price is reasonable -System-based with some case-studies -Reputation -Many students end up taking USMLEs or don't even have to b/c PCOM is so well known in the area -Cafe has reasonable options -mp3 lectures with student notes for Y1 & Y2 (mixed reviews of)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"-Not a big fan of their lecture halls...should be updated -Still using Nucleus...looking forward to more technology integrated into curriculum/lecture halls. -Trying to find a quiet place to study off campus may be difficult? -Admin doesn't seem as focused on maintaining the program or performance on the boards? -One of the faculty members (Dr Fogel) retired (albeit suddenly?) to teach WAY down south" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"-That I would have a personal issue demand my attention 5 min after I had my interview...joys of owning a property =( -The rest was expected. I'd been there before 4x for open house and shadowing, heard about the "paperclip" in interviews from the past, etc" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"One of the medical interviewers couldnt attend...I hope everything was okay for them. I was VERY concerned post-interview if I convinced n=1 enough! -At the Hilton (no free wifi =(), you literally park RIGHT next to PCOM. I was < 50 feet from the driveway =) and ditched my bags before my interview. I grabbed a light breakfast (free) when they open @ 6:30-6:45. The restaurant got busy when I was there and some ppl couldnt find a seat ~7am. They have a coat room when they take you back into "the fishbowl". -Chat it up while your waiting and de-stress...who cares if it takes 2 hours of killing time to get accepted to medical school?" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


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?


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


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?


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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

3 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Ideally more of the process would be web or email-based. Especially secondaries and deposits. Great" Report Response

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