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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?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"I noticed your freshman year was a transition period for you (very low GPA)" Report Response

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

"A couple activities on my AMCAS app that tied in together (not clinical). How those activities would translate to medicine" Report Response

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

"Why not MD/PhD? (Lot of research on my app/ps)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So basically, there were two interviewers (individually). Both were very conversational, and they had my printed AMCAS app in front of them. They both had read it before I was escorted in by the admissions staff (very nice!) so we built off there. Discussed a lot of other things too, such as local activities/dining to do in the area, traded book recommendations" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The Freshman-transition year one was a little tough even though I prepared for it, but I definitely did not feel like I was being attacked. Just the opposite - since my interviewers are presenting my case to a committee, and everyone except my interviewers see only my app, I felt as if he was trying to develop a defense for me." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, MSAR, website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The absolutely amazing admissions staff, who escorted us between the interviews and waiting area. I felt that I clicked pretty well with my interviewers, and got the impression both were very interested in my application as well as potential activities as a medical student (one of them is part of the international med volunteering group, and we had an awesome discussion about my potential in that). The lunch with students was fantastic also. They were very friendly and a pleasure to talk to. Even the students that just walked by between class and whatnot wished us luck. Facilities themselves are state-of-the-art and they are adding some amazing stuff that should open up soon too. I'm also very interested in the humanities requirement." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Very little. Tour guide was very nice but a volunteer, not a medical student so we didn't get the 'inside scoop' from them about specific locations as I did in my other interviews." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I scheduled my interviews for the morning, before the presentation. I should have scheduled for after the presentation since they covered some things I definitely would have talked to my interviewers about." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Amazing school! Very impressed. I'm from a big city but I loved Hershey " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

Harrisburg MDT

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?

Days Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/07/2009

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?

4 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 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?

6 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Our tour guide was a volunteer, a very nice person but I would have liked a student more to answer s" Report Response

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