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  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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?

Closed file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Both of my interviews were very conversational. I was lucky that neither tried to grill me. Student: Where are you from? Tell me about yourself? Why do you want to be a doctor? What experiences have shown you that you want to be a physician? What did you do for fun in college? Is there anything else you want me to know? A campus tour. " Report Response

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

"Faculty: Where are you from? Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? What clinical expereince do you have? What specialty do you think you might be interested in. How would you deal with having to tell a parent bad news about thier child? Do you have any questions for me. (This went into a lengthy discussion about private vs. public school being worth the money)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you deal with telling the family of a child bad news?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"For this interview, I took time to really get to know myself. I read over my secondary the most (because that is the whole reason the gave you an interview) along with my primary, and other secondaries that added to "my story." The biggest thing you can do is relax. Stay with a student host, get accustomed to the school and what its about. I have heard of some people (on SDN and current students) who were given ethical questions and questions about healthcare. Brush up on these topics. The most common questions I have ran across is "Come up with an ethical dilemma and tell me how you would deal with it/solve it." " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Almost everything about this schools is amazing. First, this school supposedly ranks THIRD in average board scores from around the nation. A student told me last year thier average was 238. The clinical experience of working at LA County Hospital seems like the best in the nation. Residency programs supposedly know that USC students are ahead of the curve clinically. All of the students were very happy, and they probably had the best looking class that I have seen. It seems like they like to have a lot of fun together. There are also a TON of outreach possibilities and everyone seems really involved. Also, thier anatomy lab was very fresh smelling. lol" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The price is up there with most private schools. It doesn't seem like there is lots of aid for people in my boat who DEF. need aid, but on paper, the government wont believe it. Also, this class seemed the most "cliquey" that I have seen. The most high-school like atmosphere that I have seen at a med school. Other than that, everything was amazing!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How hard it is going to be to make a decision between this school and a public school. Also there is not the pretentiousness that is expected with the USC/private school undergrad." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Loved Keck Edit: FYI I was accepted about a month later" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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

< $100

What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

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?

8 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?

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

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

4 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Call us, and not snail mail us for decisions." Report Response

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