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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?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"The usual... why medicine? why Penn State? how do you feel about research?" Report Response

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

No Response

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

No Response

What was the most interesting question?

No Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The PhD that interviewed me took me to his lab to show off the facilities. While there he asked me to go introduce myself to students working in the lab (there were only two girls there at the time). The first girl I spoke to had come from China just two months previously, and spoke hardly a lick of English. We had a nice conversation, but it was quite a challenge trying to communicate since I know zero Mandrin." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

No Response

What impressed you positively?

"The new Cancer Institute; the required research project; the desire of the administration to constantly improve the curriculum; the obvious attention my file was given by my interviewers ahead of time." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Of all my interviews, I saw the students the least amount of time here - almost erie how little I saw them. Those that I did meet weren't mean, but they also were not as outgoing as any of the other schools I've been to. During our lunch time (not particularly memorable lunch), one of the students repeatedly kept asking me if I had any questions for him to the point of being rather awkward. Additionally, during our time with Dean Davis, he lectured us for five minutes about how single payer universal health care was the only legitimate policy options doctors should support. Seemed like an odd soapbox moment for an interview tour. Interestingly, I asked both my interviewers what they thought about a single payer system and they both rejected it outright." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

No Response

What are your general comments?

"Penn State COM has lots to offer for those comfortable with living in a rural setting. I'm not sure it's fair to judge its program on the basis of only one visit, but overall I wouldn't say it's an amazing school - just good." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 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?

$501+

What airport did you use?

Dulles

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 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?

10/15/2009

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

5 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?

2 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

4 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?

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No Response

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