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University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1765
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University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (PennMed)
Allopathic Medical School
Philadelphia
  • SDN RANKING 5
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 5 111 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS - 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $52,210
  • Non - Resident Tuition $52,210
  • Application Fee $80
  • AVG MCAT 520
  • AVG GPA 3.8
  • LIZZYM Score 75.4

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Jordan Medical Education Center 6th Floor, Bldg. 421
  • 3400 Civic Center Blvd
  • Philadelphia 19104
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

We are the School of Medicine -- the nation`s first -- and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- the nation`s first hospital built by a medical school. Our heritage is the cornerstone for our future and the legacy which supports our pursuit of the highest standards in education, research, and patient care.

Curriculum

For in depth information on the University of Pennsylvania's SOM curriculum visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/student/curriculum.shtml.

Facilities

The University of Pennsylvania Health System was established to provide the organizational breadth and flexibility required to achieve our education and research missions. The system includes the Medical Center (including the School of Medicine and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania) and an integrated provider network (Clinical Care Associates). The system creates a regional network that provides patients with access to primary care providers.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 99
Negatively 1
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.68 109

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.73 73

0 = low, 10 = high

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Nothing, they were very helpful in getting us to where we needed to be" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the great work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"None! They did an amazing job coordinating this day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work! Your admissions team made me feel so welcome that I almost forgot I'm not ye" More from this Member | Report Response

"They do a great job making applicants feel wanted and welcome. Keep it up!" More from this Member | Report Response

"You do a really good job keeping your students happy, so I would make sure that all applicants have" More from this Member | Report Response

"perhaps leave a bit more time for the tour. we were basically running around trying to catch up with" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is your greatest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why University of Pennsylvania?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Both interviewers asked why penn, and my faculty interviewer asked specifically what I wanted her to tell the admission committee about me. I appreciated that opportunity and that she was so open about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you decide to go into medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me examples of times you have been a leader." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What kinds of things do you see yourself getting involved in at Penn Med?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your current job/research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why med" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about yourself; etc. Very conversational for both interviews (faculty interviewer and student interviewer)." More from this Member | Report Response

"When you are 65 and you are looking back at your life what do you want to be able to tell your grandkids?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about Activity X." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about x in your file." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"it was very conversational. we spent some time talking about russian culture and how russian parents send their kids to extracurricular activities like swimming and dancing. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The standard questions were covered, although in a very conversational way. Had a great time talking to my interviewers, they were so friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Future of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Student interviewer: Tell me about your research. Why medicine? Why Penn? What personal trait makes you especially fitting for a career in medicine? Tell me about your fraternity." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain research to kid. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain activity x,y,z..." More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities do you look for in friends?" More from this Member | Report Response

"the student interviewer asked the basics: what do you do in your free time, etc. He would spot check through my application and ask me about things he had previously 'circled.' it was very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your favorite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't worry about the interivews. The questions are very standard and everything is relaxed. Just make sure to get some sleep the night before, and your interview will go fine. If you can carry on a regular conversation you should be able to pull this one off too." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"You expressed fears about being able to have a family with a medical practice, is that still true?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle the stress of medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you different? What are your three strenghts and one weakness? How did you get interested in medicine? Why Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Generics: what do you do with your free time? What are you doing with your year off? How did you like your undergraduate college? etc. Low stress interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about groups you were in, research, your family, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you could handle the North? So you don't have a Confederate flag?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you like France?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you learn from your experiences abroad?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How did you end up coming to America? (I am from Canada)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did I quit my job?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of all the bright, amazing people applying here, why should we take YOU? Then, "why SHOULDN'T we?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Penn (asked this over and over)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Given your non-science major as an undergrad, how will you use the skills learned from that field of inquiry to become a great doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me? (Asked by each interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a challenge you have overcome. (from the student interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything from both interviewers was either from my statement or flowed naturally from the conversation. Be familiar with yourself and your statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who was the most influential person in your life and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No specific question I put down here will be of any use to you who read this. I found that the conversations (I can't call them interviews) were based around the specifics found in my AMCAS essays/details. Your questions will be personalized too. Student, review thyself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific questions from my application." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you come to chose medicine as your career goal?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine after your graduate degree?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what book (outside of textbooks) are you reading right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your involvement with ethical issues at your school. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your childhood (a large portion of my personal statement)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel you could have done better in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think about Penn? Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your clinical experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think of Philadelphia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Penn" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very conversational. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you here? (there are questions my student interviewer aske me; the faculty interviewer did not ask any questions I could share, since they were specifically related to my personal statement)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why didn't you become a veterinarian?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would your best friend say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do outside of college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor? Does the current malpractice situation scare you? Why Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you feel about living in philadelphia vs NYC and Boston?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you decide to leave the Navy and pursue medicine? (asked by both interviewers and straight out of my AMCAS app)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why are you interested in community service" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I do in my spare time? Talk about your family. What movies have you seen lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why MD-PhD? why not just PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you like [my undergrad school]?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do when you have free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your major." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UPenn? What in the curriculum suits you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think Curriculum 2000 matches your learning style?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me three things about you that make you a good leader." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the meaning you attribute to life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books are you reading right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to be remembered for in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of all the cities you've been to, which one was your favorite? (I named 3). What commonalities do you see among those cities?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Research" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"When you are 65 and you are looking back at your life what do you want to be able to tell your grandkids?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Whether I believed the condition I am studying in my current job is real or imaginary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me a specific example of a time when you had to delegate responsibility, rely on others, and have others rely on you." More from this Member | Report Response

"The most interesting part was just talking with the great interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"none really. very relaxed conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think of dancing with the stars? I have noticed that a disproportionate number of the professional dancers are from the former soviet union." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is happiness to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"Personal stuff, just where the conversation leads." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were based on classes taken or personal statements." More from this Member | Report Response

"All questions were thoughtful, but nothing out of the ordinary. It was more how the questions were asked." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions were straight forward." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"Elaborate on the critical thinking skills you acquired from your research experiences. " More from this Member | Report Response

"If I forced you to go abroad as a medical student, where would you go and what would you do? (Better have a good answer to this as Penn's big push these days is global health)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you like/dislike about medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could, rank the following three in their importance to a physician: Intelligent, compassion, and integrity." More from this Member | Report Response

"none really." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is the Quaker house still in Ann Arbor? (My interviewer did his graduate work at my school the University of Michigan)." More from this Member | Report Response

"My student interviewer and I talked about crab fishing, that was pretty amazing." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most interesting book you have read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any kind of animal what would you be." More from this Member | Report Response

"So are you coming here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"favorite non science class as an undergrad" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had 15 minutes with President Putin what would you say to him to convince him to renounce his chauvinistic views? (I mentioned Putin and chauvinism in my PS)" More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"asked more ignorant/inappropriate questions than interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we admit you over the other qualified applicants we have here today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did you consider Penn for undergrad? (Yes) Why did you chose xx school over Penn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What problems do you think you will face in the future as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were an animal at a zoo, which one would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we NOT accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does your dad (a physician) think that medicine is a good career to enter? What does he criticize about the profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was pretty standard, straight-off- the-AMCAS-type questions. "Tell me about X experience."" More from this Member | Report Response

"I only got real questions from one guy. Everyone else just acted like it was a conversation between two strangers. More get to know you questions than anything else. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting - very standard questions - perhaps, "how have you learned more about yourself through your patient interactions?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"My faculty interviewer was a clinical neurologist, so he didn't know much about public health/policy (my areas of interest). At one point, he asked me what I thought about the recent genocide in Sudan and how it would affect the spread of infectious disease there. Before I responded he added that he really didn't know anything about Sudan and so he wasn't fishing for a correct or incorrect answer. He was just really interested. That impressed me." More from this Member | Report Response

"I note that you worked at the Gender & Sexuality Center. Can you tell me more about that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about Philadelphia? (from the faculty interviewer- she went on to recommend restaurants to me!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"So what are you working on (my current research)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard stuff." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about how my life experiences will help me be an effective physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"Out of all of your extracurriculars, which one made the biggest impression on you and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I work in a chronic wound clinic, and during the faculty interview we got to talking about it. I was asked to explain Vacume Assisted Closure (VAC), a type of dressing used on larger wounds. But this wasn't a test of my knowledge, rather the doc just wanted to know more about it. What I find interesting about this is it serves as proof to me that the faculty at UPenn really listen, learn and respond to their students. It was truly a two way conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"How has growing up in the Virgin Islands affected you as a person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary, but a nice conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"i don't remember, but definitely not anything difficult..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you would fix the current health care crisis. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Who are the physicians who have influenced you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the word "community" means?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you deal with the insurance companies' "red-tape" and goal of click box medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you look forward to the most in starting med school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was it like being actively involved in a sociocultural student group in college?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most questions were just follow ups on the conversation. " More from this Member | Report Response

"In light of the fact that you are not originally from the US, what are your views on the terrorism + Iraq situation? (after I answered, he pressed for more detail). This question arose I think because of my background, so I wouldn't worry about it or studying up on current events!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think it's human nature to be violent? (This was in relation to something I wrote in my essay)" More from this Member | Report Response

""Do you know what one thing would most significantly improve global health? Potable water." (I suppose this was more of a comment by my faculty interviewer. It underscores the nature of our conversation, though - infectious diseases, preventive healthcare, etc.) " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite halloween custome you ever wore?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most interesting psychology course you've taken (I'm a psych major)." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked how I see myself or others improving the organ transplantation/donation process for the patient and the doctors in 10 years or so." More from this Member | Report Response

"(Im a dental school applicant) Evidently you could have gone to medical school, why did you switch to dentistry? " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer started asking ME to ask a question about the school. That was a little surprising. No other question was out of ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewer started asking ME a question about the school. That was a little surprising. No other question was out of ordinary." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing - faculty interview was a funny surgeon; he was awesome very conversational! we had a good chat. Nothing from my application even came up." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your suggestions in solving the malpractice insurance problems and health insurance problems in the US?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think is the role of women in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When was the last time I made it back to ND for a football game?" More from this Member | Report Response

"about my personal experiences. Mostly referring to AMCAS information. Asked me to clarify a few points on my academics." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were pretty basic" More from this Member | Report Response

"compare the health system in xxx country with the U.S. system" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to Penn? (Isn't that one a little obvious? It's PENN!!!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to be either a librarian, a lab tech, or a social worker, which one would u choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student interviewer asked how I would restructure the healthcare system." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one fear you have of medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see women in medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your summer job experience in retail." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I had a bunch of your friends here right now, what would they say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Contrast the medical system in the US and where you have traveled abroad." More from this Member | Report Response

"what did you learn from teaching the past 3 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They were all very application specific. Both interviewers asked many interesting questions, but these questions were instigated by specific points in my personal statement and my experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

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