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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"I took MCAT twice with two month in-between, and increased my score by about 6 points (30+). They asked me how I managed to go from an average MCAT score to 80th percentile score in just a matter of two months. I believe the answer to this question made them think, "This is the type of student we want." and ultimately the acceptance." Report Response

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

"I had a very unique medical experience when I was a young child in a foreign country. I used this as a foundation to answer the inevitable question: Why medicine and why osteopathic?" Report Response

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

"Please tell us the qualities in which you excel and the qualities in which you need improvement. Funny thing is I couldn't think of any qualities that need improved...the interviewer had to help me out." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell us about the undergrad you went to. I don't know why they wanted to know this because my undergrad was oriented towards programs like education, business, accounting, etc. I told them that I got the short end of the stick at my undergrad as a pre-med student and it was interesting to see their response to my answer." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The qualities need improving question. This question was difficult for me to answer because I didn't want to come off as a total loser and I also didn't want to come off as a perfectionist. When I stalled and the interviewer suggested an answer, I simply ran with his suggestion because it sounded pretty "safe" at the time." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Primary app, secondary app, sdn, introspection about my life...I see that people don't mention this on here but I think it's really important that you understand yourself as a person FIRST before worrying about explaining why osteopathic and why PCOM. Other than that, I read up on PCOM's website, and talked to few friends who go to PCOM." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"School has been around forever so their curricula is very strong, great facilities, awesome list of clinical rotation sites, access to resources for board preps, being able to compete on its own with 4 other med schools in the city, and of course, it's in Philly..the city of brotherly love" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really. I heard their curricula is tough but that's fine because that means I will be well prepared for boards and clinicals" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I wasn't going to hit any traffic at all on schulykill. I got to school WAY early...!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I got accepted. Very thankful for my acceptance because I interviewed late and only very, very few of us got accepted...most others got waitlisted or rejected. APPLY EARLY!!!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/19/2009

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 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?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

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