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  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Camden
Individual Feedback 1 22 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 18
Negatively 0
No change 3

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.27 22

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
6.86 22

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.09 22

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 2
25 minutes 3
30 minutes 9
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 1
45 minutes 4
50 minutes 1
55 minutes 1
60+ minutes 0

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 20
At a regional location 1
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 13
In a group 6

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 13
Closed file 2

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.00 21

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

"What is the most impactful community service activity" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your most meaningful community service activity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"toughest feedback?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an elevator pitch summary of yourself (one of the interviewers doesn't have any information on you)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Cooper?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can you tell me about your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some differences between healthcare practice in the US versus _________ (country where I did some international shadowing)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a story from your volunteer experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can you give to our school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why a doctor and not a nurse?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What drew you to apply to Cooper?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you match Cooper's mission?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a joke I could tell my 6yo" More from this Member | Report Response

"What situations have you been in that have tested your leadership skills?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe an ethical dilemma that you've faced." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Describe one situation in which you were very angry and how you handled it" More from this Member | Report Response

"Research experience Q's" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers was a self-proclaimed math nerd and asked me to describe my research, which was on game theory and oncology." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"What led you to pursue a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any experience working with the underserved?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you have a strong personality, how would you handle working in a group with others who are shy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how have you prepared yourself to be a" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you have any shadowing experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What brings you to Cooper?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since only one of us has read your file, tell us about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you work in Cooper's Active Learning Group-based curriculum?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the thing you're most proud of, disappointed by, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"What originally made you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you consider your greatest accomplishment and your greatest failure?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What kind of volunteering do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of shadowing have you done?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I was in a small group session and another member of the group had an opposing opinion that they presented in an aggressive and unreasonable way, how would I respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you take a gap year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How were you able to balance work, school and other ECs during your undergraduate career?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Cooper?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about X experience (in your application file)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Camden?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think City Year (an AmeriCorps program I'm in) helped your understanding of the difficulties underrsesourced communities face?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What about you would make you a good fit in the inaugural class of CMSRU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your favorite art museum in NYC (I mentioned that I paint)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was a professional musician for a few years and was asked what instrument I played mostly and what model I currently have." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you adjust to living in the Camden community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"International Healthcare Question" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you go from a competitive environment (I was a collegiate athlete) to a collaborative one like medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from 'x' experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your proudest moment/greatest achievement with X club/activity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Camden?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you are a career changer, why should we assume that you won't want to change careers again a few years down the road?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What happened between your undergrad and graduate work? (I had a drastic GPA discrepancy)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How could you see yourself getting involved here in the Camden community as a student at CMSRU?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you feel about critical care (the specialty)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your most negative feedback and how did you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing. Pretty basic" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years" More from this Member | Report Response

"None were particularly difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you handled a harsh criticism in your past?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from 'x' experience? (not 'difficult' but required some on the spot reflection about an experience I wasn't expecting to speak about much, but I think it turned out okay! Advice: know your AMCAS work/activities and be prepared to talk about any part of it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your greatest challenge?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Camden?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for us? (They had already answered the questions I had planned for this!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to do Medicine - in 30 seconds or less." More from this Member | Report Response

"The one about greatest accomplishment and greatest failure." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, just researching the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn, cooper website, mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback, reviewing my app, and reading "Winning Strategies for the Med School Interview"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sdn and youtube videos" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reading through there website, watching there youtube videos, learning about camden, re-reading through my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"School website, YouTube videos about Cooper, reread application, mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"school website, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"School website, sdn forum, student feedback, watching videos, practicing with friends. Researched a bit about standardized patient interviews but wasn't necessary. The patient interview part seems nerve racking but once you are in with the patient, you just have a conversation with them and it's not that bad." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice, practice, practice" More from this Member | Report Response

"School website." More from this Member | Report Response

"Re-reading MSAR, school's website, and my own applications. Watching videos from the school's YouTube channel." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice with friends and family." More from this Member | Report Response

"Practice, practice, practice. On Skype with your family, with your boss, with whomever." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read app, mission and values" More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school's website, drove to the hospital the day before to make sure I knew where to go, looked over my application so I knew what kinds of questions to expect." More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school and area heavily" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How friendly everyone was" More from this Member | Report Response

"students seemed to genuinely love the school, they are passionate in their community service work, and the faculty was so kind to me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Almost everything. The school is amazing. It's right in the community, which is great. The facilities are very impressive, including the sim lab and the anatomy lab. Every single student was super friendly and very happy to be there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The SIM lab." More from this Member | Report Response

"After the interview, I got to talk to lots of students who went to the school of the record and get there impression of what the school was like" More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty and students all seemed genuinely excited about the school & its mission, nice facilities (although in a not so nice area)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are up to date and the faculty seems like they genuinely care about the students' success. I like how thoroughly they covered their curriculum in the info session. The SIM center is cool." More from this Member | Report Response

"Organization of the day, how happy students seemed, relaxed and kind environment, faculty support and encouragement throughout the day, facilities. Also no sense of 'you should come here because we are the best.' They really give students all the info objectively and know that the small group/Cooper values may not be for everyone. Faculty also addressed concerns many may have about living in Camden. They made sure to stress the security protocols in place to help students feel comfortable. Really appreciated that part." More from this Member | Report Response

"Beautiful building" More from this Member | Report Response

"People are amazing at the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The curriculum, the integration of the school into the community, the fact that students said that all of the staff know who they are, all the measures the school is taking to increase student happiness." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cooper has a very supportive learning environment. I asked several questions about doing different activities that were not currently offered, and was told that everyone would work with me to see that I had opportunities to start these programs." More from this Member | Report Response

"Incredibly innovative curriculum, in both the "pre-clinical" and "clinical" years, with extensive clinical work starting in week 3. Great facilities. Vivacious faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very enthusiastic committed people, strong clinical experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very engaging and interested to be there. Although they were physicians and not adcom members, they took the interviewer role seriously and I enjoyed our conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities were grade-A, and everyone on the staff that I met was very friendly and enthusiastic about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty and staff were extremely positive and encouraging with great senses of humor." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The exams are professor written, not NBME. That's the only downside I saw." More from this Member | Report Response

"Area obviously" More from this Member | Report Response

"the area surrounding the school is not the nicest. Most people live in philly, but I would want to do that too. it seems not that inconvenient. Having early morning classes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Financial aid presentation could have been shorter" More from this Member | Report Response

"The area. Although it seems like an interesting/diverse patient population, there isn't much to do outside of the school's main building. It seems like most of the students travel to Philly if they want to do something fun." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"......... Camden. Most students life either across the street or in a neighboring town and commute in via train." More from this Member | Report Response

"The 2-interviewers-on-1-student didn't come off the right way for me. I would prefer two 1-on-1 interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lack of a match list." More from this Member | Report Response

"As an out of state student, it's going to be REALLY expensive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Only the fact that they are new, and somewhat unproven. However, I do not foresee any problems with students passing boards or the last stages of certification." More from this Member | Report Response

"Camden is a difficult area - but Cooper is working to improve it. I almost wish I was interviewing here in 2 or 3 years, as there's some much incredible stuff that is in process and will be finished soon." More from this Member | Report Response

"Still very new, lots of empty lab space" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, if you are unfamiliar with Camden you will probably not like the neighborhood but for those of us who are familiar we already knew what to expect." More from this Member | Report Response

"I only had reservations over the fact that the actual school building was not yet built, and thus I could not tour it." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"You have a strict 30 minutes (there was a timer) and that you should not succumb to the relaxed nature of the interview; remember that this is a medical school interview and you should still try to be formal" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was pretty well prepared. They don't provide lunch, but they do provide breakfast." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"that you are choosing the school as much as they are choosing you. if you get accepted into multiple schools, you have to make a decision. You are allowed to ask them about time off allotted for step studying and what the usmle scores were." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interview was going to be 2-on-1 (it was kind of awkward talking to two people at the same time, and tailoring your answers to one person who knows your file, and another who is blinded)" More from this Member | Report Response

"How short the interview would be! It was relatively low stress and only about 20 minutes." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it would be a relaxed and fun day. And that the patient interview part is SHORT. It flies by and then you're on your way to the next part of the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, they gave us all the information that we needed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular. I felt good about my preparation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not to worry so much!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't stress so much! Be prepared to speak in front of the wholegroup for 20 seconds and introduce yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Which touring group I was in." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I would have known that the interview was going to be short." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a fine school, I felt extremely rushed due to being timed and having to explain my involvements from scratch due to the closed file" More from this Member | Report Response

"This school is amazing. I will be very fortunate to get accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"Really short interview, really long day." More from this Member | Report Response

"this school lets you know immediately (within a week or two what they are doing with your file which was great to know that you've gotten your first acceptance)" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Know your app, and keep in mind that this school has a very unique mission and location that they are passionate about." More from this Member | Report Response

"Seems like such a kind and supportive environment to go to school in. You'll hear that it is relaxed and just keep that in mind. It really is an enjoyable day where they want to get to know you. Stay calm and try to have fun. Also for the interview- it WAS a conversation where you are given time to talk, as much as you want. Not a speedy Q & A format at all. I think whatever you say kind of directs the conversation/questioning. I would be most prepared for, 'Why Medicine' 'Why Cooper?' and 'Why Camden?' Have fun!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Good school, beautiful building but the surrounding area looks a bit sketch" More from this Member | Report Response

"LOVED this school. I think that the environment is what makes Cooper a unique and amazing place to go to medical school." More from this Member | Report Response

"If it weren't for the super-expensive tuition, Cooper would be my number one choice, no question. Their combination of mission and innovative curriculum is just fantastic. But I'm not sure I can justify the OOS tuition when I also have interviews at in state schools that are going to be much cheaper." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great Place to Interview! Great School!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The day was relatively short. We had the obligatory tour and information sessions, but the really interesting part was that we had two mini standardized-patient interviews, which required no medical knowledge but were instead an evaluation of interpersonal skills. They also had small ethical dilemmas weaved in as well. The interview itself was a 2 on 1 affair, with one open-file and one blinded interviewer. It was very conversational and quite short -- the blinded interviewer asked 3 questions from her "list", and the open one asked 1, but the rest of them were drawn from my responses. In general, the school impressed me greatly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview is 2:1 with one open file and one closed file at the same time. Makes for some awkward moments and I wished I had treated it more like completely closed file." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school, hope I can go there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Awesome school to interview for, very relaxed atmosphere, approachable staff." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 7
Faculty member 9
Admissions staff 2
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 17
Neutral 1
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.37 19

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 9
Out of state 9

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 8
2-3 hours 6
4-6 hours 1
7+ hours 3

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 3
Automobile 11
Train or subway 4
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 5
$101-$200 2
$201-$300 3
$301-$400 1
$401-$500 0
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

N/A

Philadelphia

PHL

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 7
Hotel 2
Home 6
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Would you recommend the hotel?

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.48 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
4.48 21

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.05 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.62 21

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.57 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"They're great. No suggestions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Shorten the 45 min lecture on financial aid to an overview, it is so dull that you made a movie because you were tired of talking about it and giving the lecture." More from this Member | Report Response

"Loved the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would have been great to tour hospital since school is fairly empty" More from this Member | Report Response

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