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  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Columbia
Individual Feedback 3 64 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 55
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.16 62

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.08 49

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
6.86 42

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 0
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 57
35 minutes 1
40 minutes 1
45 minutes 1
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 2
60+ minutes 1

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 62
At a regional location 1
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 61
In a group 2

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 61
Closed file 2

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.98 64

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

"As an OOS student with no ties to USC Greenville, why did you choose this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think is the biggest problem facing the U.S. healthcare system today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose the university you did for undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sets you apart from all of the other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What drives you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the strongest/weakest part of your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one patient experience you have had that made you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something that you'd want me to tell the other committee members about you that is not covered in your application or that I haven't already asked you about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I pretty much got every question that was already posted on this site! I was definitely prepared... I got the one about who would you save if you had to choose btwn the mother, daughter, and father...my interviewer did put a lil twist on it though and said that you were actually able to save the mom and the daughter...what would you tell the wife if she asks if you'd not saved her would he still be here. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Is healthcare a right or a privledge?--I said it was a right--followup: How could you convince someone who says its a privledge that its a right? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Is healthcare a right or a privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think the healthcare systems of many European countries would work in America?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me why you want to be a physician." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is Medicine a Right or a Privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who was most influential in your decision to enter medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What is the major crisis in healthcare today and how could you fix it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Say a man with HIV comes in and is on medicaid for his treatment. He also gets a disability check every month. However, you know he is controlling his HIV very well, and goes to work out 45 minutes at the gym everyday, so he is clearly not disabled. What do you do? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why should the admissions commitee choose you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is your definition of the health care crisis?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

"What is your weakest point?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you are not accepted to medical school? and Why should we accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I see you are the president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, exactly what have you done as president so far? (specific achievements)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discuss your medical experiences and how each either influenced or discouraged your pursuit of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What field do you want to go into? -be sure to answer this question that (even though you know what field you want to go into) you are remaining open-minded throughout all rotations (my first interviewer was great and coached me on how to answer questions to impress the next interviewer)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions are very standard... in fact, they used some that I remember seeing in the Princeton Review Best 162 Medical Schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why USC/Why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about your MCAT scores?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you been reading lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"questions about life-style, how you handle stress and what you do to prepare" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you unique?/ Why should we pick you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book have you read lately? Tell me about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we accept you when we have so many other qualified candidates? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the biggest problem facing healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How I decided on medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor... Why medicine instead of some other health care profession... Why do you specifically want to be a doctor and not a nurse or some other position?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Why did your choose medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient came to you for an abortion, would you be able to do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? (I gave an answer relating to service.) Why is service a good thing / why do you want to do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What kind of volunteer experiences do you have?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the last book you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"THERE'VE BEEN TIMES WHEN YOU'VE HAD TO GO HOME TO HELP YOUR FAMILY-DO YOU EXPECT THESE ISSUES TO COME UP WHILE IN SCHOOL?; HOW WILL YOU NOT PROJECT YOUR FAITH/VIEWS ON OTHERS? WHAT WAS A HARD DECISION YOU HAD TO MAKE? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why usc school of med?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Even though you scored very well on the MCAT science sections, do you think you could pass Biochemistry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about _____ class that you took. What was it about?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you decide on medicine? Why do you think you would like a particular area of medicine over another?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do about the 9/11 attacks? (I was asked this by an interviewer and also by a patient at the V.A. hospital who insisted we should just bomb Afghanistan off the face of the planet)" More from this Member | Report Response

"They will ask questions about your background, coursework,grades, interests & experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What would you have done differently at [undergrad college]?" More from this Member | Report Response

"To explain in detail how I went about founding a community service organization...Like step by step" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What should I tell the Admissions Committee when we meet to discuss your admittance?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What kind of books have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"all questions were from the file" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe the facilities of the ER you volunteered in?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

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

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

"What is the worst thing you have ever done? What is the best?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you want me to tell the admissions committee about you that isn't in your application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your classmates be able to help you be a better student?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you prepare for tests?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you unique from other applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What draws you to South Carolina? " More from this Member | Report Response

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

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

"What are some solutions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem in healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you come to graduate school here at USC?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How many jobs did you work in undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Given your high MCAT, explain your low undergraduate grades." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your views on stem cell research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your effort you had to put into your undergrad work to get your grades? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me three of your strong points and two weaknesses." More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about your undergraduate experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"what was your favorite clinical experience and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Be prepared to talk about any grades that weren't quite up to par. Remember, if you get an interview, your grades must have been good enough, but the interviewer may need to explain them to the rest of the group." More from this Member | Report Response

"Health care questions...in both interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are the biggest problems facing health care right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"some about past community service activities and community involvement" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What other books have you read lately? Tell me about them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you good at languages?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Other than the desire to help people, why do you want to become a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What sort of medicine did I want to practice" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is large accomplishment/failure" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where would you like to be in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What field of medicine could you NOT practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Review your clinical experiences starting with the most recent." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school this application cycle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think you know what kind of doctor you want to be when you haven't even started school yet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the Episcopalians approving a gay bishop?" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOUR SELF-HOW DO YOU RECHARGE? TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk about your clinical exp/research exp." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Explain to me this line in your personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research experience (I have a master's degree, so I got this a lot at interviews)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What draws you to USCSOM?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me about you extracurricular activities and the influence they had on you." More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the biggest issue in health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one thing you would change about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you reform the healthcare industry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine? (beyond you like science, have always wanted to, and you want to help people)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a patient of yours was noncompliant?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the neatest thing you saw during your shadowing experiences?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your best/worst characteristic?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What do you think about the 80 hour limit on residency work weeks?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the greatest obstacle you have overcome?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Who is your hero?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is medicine a right or a privilege? Explain." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with conflict in a real situation, such as with an angry patient?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are your strengths and short commings?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(please read the most difficult question asked above!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any family in South Carolina?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you develop better study habits? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Name three people you would invite to dinner (dead or alive). Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you more qualified than your competitors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine? (I'm a public health major so I had to explain how my desires to be a physician were any different than being a public health specialist." More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you are not accepted into medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what kind of medicine do you think you want to practice and why" More from this Member | Report Response

"my second guy was an ethics professor who asked me a lot of those type questions like what are most important characteristics in a doctor? how do these compare with scientific knowledge? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you are an overachiever, be prepared to explain what you do in your spare time. The more creative, the better. So if you don't have a unique hobby, get one!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you problem solve?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did HMO's come about?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What are your strengths? weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why I want to be a doctor when there are more "easier" avenues in health care" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you still volunteering right now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you finance your education if admitted to medical school? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your experiences in healthcare." More from this Member | Report Response

"About my strengths and "un strengths"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me some more about your research experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"What if you don't get in? What if you get into all of the schools that you applied?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you don't get in this year, would you reapply and what would you do to improve your application next year " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about sex selection, abortion, religion, etc. The interviewer explained to me afterwards that: it's not important for "this" -- pointed to her notes, but I want to see that you have thought about these issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"What volunteer experience was the most meaningful to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your family like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are your weaknesses? (And inevitably, they will ask you about them.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"WHAT THINGS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL WILL YOU CONTINUE TO DO? ie WORKOUT, TIME WITH FRIENDS" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you choose your ugrad major?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Besides altruism, why else do you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"What has been your greatest achievement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Democrat or Republican? Why? Leader or follower? Pro-life or pro-choice? Feminist or not? This led to discussions on all kinds of touchy subjects like affirmative action and women's rights. " More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Are you interested in medical activism or law?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Many 2nd generation physicians tend to have very negative and entitled attitudes about medicine. As the child of a physician, how to you plan to prevent this in yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Are you on any medications?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe that healthcare is a right or a privilege?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you disappointed your parents..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Let's say each thing you do in life represents a tomato plant and your life is the tomato garden. Time is your fertilizer and water. Would you try to let all survive but wilt a bit or let others die for some to thrive?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you study for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"*If you took the time to use these interview feedbacks to help you prepare, take the time to fill one out for the next person. Don't be selfish.* Nothing too out of the way...What's something you had to overcome in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions from my personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you'll be able to adjust to all the work in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are a doctor in an ER. A car is hit by a drunk driver. A family comes in (Father, Mother, 7 yr-old Daughter). You can only save two of the three. Which two do you chose and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I am a reapplicant and I was asked to comment on why I thought I didn't get in last year and why I think I'm a better candidate this year." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could have dinner with any author, who would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you leave a successful career to pursue medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite 3 people to dinner who would you invite?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewer asked me how going abroad helped me learn about myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your hero? " More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be." More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers started talking about a documentary on Rome when I mentioned my interest in history. Had I seen it, I'm sure the conversation would have been much more interesting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"You have some much research experience...why medicine and not research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"''It takes more than a thirst for knowledge to be a good doctor'' Please elaborate on this quote from your personal statement." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your definition of ''health care crisis''? What can be done about it/solutions?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite three people (living or dead) to dinner, who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most questions were fairly straight forward and turned into conversations at times. A lot of questions were asked regarding my current graduate work in public health. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How is your mother?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should be done to fix the nation's healthcare crisis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you want me to say about you to the admissions committee to persuade them to accept you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"..I was out of state with a connection of my father attending med school, residency, and graduate work at USC SOM so it was clear he is a doctor... "What quality do you have that will make you a better doctor than your father?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"if you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you settle conflict?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked to describe my research in laymans terms (as if this can be done). " More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a good/bad doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with stress? and Do you visit the theatre often?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite any three people to dinner past or present who would they be. What would you talk about with each one?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we chose you over the other qualified applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any kitchen appliance what would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What can I say to you that will make you want to come to our school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite non-science class you've taken?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were any type of cell, what would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could be any type of cell, what Type of cell would you be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really - mostly general questions about myself and the path i've chosen" More from this Member | Report Response

"If your best friend told you that she was homosexual, and wanted you to march in a gay pride parade, would you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the situation in the middle-east? The new Newsweek's cover features an article on sex selection--how do you feel about this practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What qualities make for a good physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be a patient in your own office?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivates you? " More from this Member | Report Response

"TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF; WHAT DO YOU DO TO RECHARGE YOURSELF?" More from this Member | Report Response

"i dont remember many specific q's" More from this Member | Report Response

"Compare medicine to romanticism." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked what I felt an applicant being selected for acceptance should have and what qualities I possessed." More from this Member | Report Response

"What two people would you like to invite to dinner, living or dead?" More from this Member | Report Response

"One interviewer would give me two choices and ask me to pick one, such as "democrat or republican," "leader or follower," then he would sometimes ask me to explain why." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked who my heros are." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What should I tell the evaluation committee about you when we meet?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain you sub-par performance in _____ class (that I got a B in..didnt think it was that dig of a deal)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you choose a career in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the biggest issue in health care?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something interesting about you that is not in your file?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of the questions where really difficult. The interview was very conversational and the interviewers are really just trying to learn about you.." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about MCAT or B's. How did you feel about it ect..." More from this Member | Report Response

"How have you changed as a person since applying the first time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If the president called you and asked you to fix the health care problem, what would you tell him?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too hard...What's the worst thing you've done to someone. I'm sooo not trying to sound perfect, but seriously, I'm not a mean person so I struggled to come up with something I did bad. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Whats one thing you would change about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about death?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You visit one of the two people you saved (I picked mother and daughter). The mother asks you if you could have saved her husband if you had not treated her. What do you tell her?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since you have a lower GPA, how can you convince me you can handle the med school courseload? Why did get some of the lower grades?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is health care a right or priviledge?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How going abroad helped me learn about myself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Probably the same question (Who is your hero?)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is more important in a resident (doctor), thoroughness or reliability?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If the admissions committee asks me why we should accept you, what should I tell them? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you believe is the most important cirsis facing medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you fear most?" More from this Member | Report Response

"You are a physician who just diagnosed an elderly man of pancreatic cancer. You are about to walk into the room to tell the patient, but just then the man's daughter (who is Asian), tells you that it is not in their culture for the elderly to find out they are sick. She asks you to tell her everything and not reveal to her father that he is sick. What would you do?....Now you are in the room with him, and he asks you, doc what do I have? What would you say?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specific benefits do you see yourself getting from being a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explaining lower grades in the middle of my undergrad career, although i expected this question. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview Questions were standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should be done to fix the nation's healthcare crisis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think physicians should be involved in politics? Why?" More from this Member | Report Response

""Your personal statement said you knew you wanted to be a doctor since childhood. Why and how did you know?" This doesn't seem like a difficult question, but she kept on saying my answer was not enough to separate my choice of entering the medical field from being a therapist...? I had to elaborate three times and still don't think she was convinced..!! Just be prepared to have a unique and specific reason." More from this Member | Report Response

"same...." More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you think is your main weakness? (i never know how to answer this one)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Strangely enough, I was asked the "What if Medicine doesn't work out for you, what will you do?" question. I told the truth... medicine is the only option." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your views on stem cell research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the weakest part of your AMCAS application?" More from this Member | Report Response

"In my opinion, what were the three most pressing issues in healthcare today? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your low MCAT scores." More from this Member | Report Response

"none were very difficult, they just required honest answers and they really want to get a good look at your character" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your MCAT score for me." More from this Member | Report Response

"What motiviates your life in general (not medically)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What made you decide to give up everything and go into medicine...specifically? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why should we accept you above the other qualified applicants?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why the admissions committee should select me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you find the patient/physician relationship so appelaing considering you haven't had a whole lot of direct patient contact in any of your clinical experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name 3 adjectives that I could use to decscribe you to the selection committee that set you apart from others." More from this Member | Report Response

"What topic were you hoping we would not discuss today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest weakness? (And a question about explaining a period of poor performance)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too difficult. Just prepare well and you have no reason not to be confident." More from this Member | Report Response

"no difficult questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"After being asked what I thought was the major problem in health today, I was asked what others there were. I blanked because I had been focusing on only one issue. " More from this Member | Report Response

"WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE EPISCAPALIAN GAY BISHOP? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CONFRONTATIONAL SITUATIONS?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you are accepted here and MUSC which would you choose?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How much money do you think you will make as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions regarding stem cell research and cloning." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you got into many schools, how would you make the decision on which to attend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the president, what would you do about the Sept. 11 attacks (my interview was on Sept. 26)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked my opinion on cloning to harvest organs for transplants." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read school's webpage (not up-to-date), SDN, The Medical School Interview (great book)" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interviews, self-reflection, researching common questions and formulating general answers, advice and preparation homework from student services staff on campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interviews, research health care" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, practice interviews, reviewed application, reviewed research projects and resumes." More from this Member | Report Response

"I prayed." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interviews, and knowing my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN feedback, read over research papers, read mock interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"Practiced questions and answers with others OUT LOUD." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN,read other websites, reviewed questions and my application, video-taped myself answering questions, mock interview that was recorded for review" More from this Member | Report Response

"googled interviewing tips...sdn...got someone to ask me interview questions I hadn’t looked over yet." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, review PS, review secondary mock interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"USCSOM Website. SDN Interview Feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, previous interviews, re-reading personal statement" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN. Mock Interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock Interview. Researched school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't really" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, mock interviews, research on the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN interview feedback and went over all my application materials." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN reviews, sample questions, talked to current med students" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback, mostly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Mocks, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, General interview questions, reviewed Amcas Application" More from this Member | Report Response

"read this forum, did google searches for interview questions, read up on tort reform and healthcare crisis information" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read these interview feedback thingies" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interview, this website, most importantly just had confidence in myself and answered questions honostly. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN,Office of Preprofessional Advising at USC, 100 Interview Questions via the internet" More from this Member | Report Response

"Familiarized myself with the curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Reviewed potential questions posted by undergraduate school, Spoke with Director of Admissions" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN.. None of the preparation truely prepared me for the questions I was asked and I wish I had not wasted so much time.. Interviews are to figure out how you think so my advice is know yourself very well and be able to explain anything about you or your beliefs (if that makes since).. Just do what you need to do to be confident about yourself and your decision because no two interviews are the same so you cant predict anything!" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Friends, Mock Interview and with a current medical student" More from this Member | Report Response

"mock interviews, SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"looked up possible interview questions on-line and looked over my application again" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Interview Feedback Questions, Focused on being myself. I did not memorize any answers to any questions, but rather "shot from the hip" and remained extremely honest." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, talk to friend, school's website." More from this Member | Report Response

"Help from pre-med advisor" More from this Member | Report Response

"I reviewed my personal statement and looked over the CD the school sent me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed AMCAS application, student doctor feedback, USCOM website" More from this Member | Report Response

"This website, talking to current students there, mock interview, reviewed my AMCAS application" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed my application, looked over this site, USC SOM website" More from this Member | Report Response

"I read this site and their website, refreshed my pre-made answers to the standard questions they always ask." More from this Member | Report Response

"read comments from previous interviewers on Studentdoctor.net" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, interview feedback, school website, read NY Times Health articles & so on. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Looked over the school's website and SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about the school, read this site, and looked a sample interview questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"reviewed application and essay, this website, checked out a few books with pointers on getting into medical school and the admissions/interviewing process in general" More from this Member | Report Response

"USC Website, SDN, Read my app" More from this Member | Report Response

"looked up their web page and browsed the school information. looked at this site" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not much in particular; just tried to ensure that I was calm and confident." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my application and transcript, studied the school's website, and made sure I was up on current events." More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school's website, and also consulted the Student Doctor Network forums and interview feedback." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview Feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"Review the USC website, interview experiences of others on this site" More from this Member | Report Response

"MOCK INTERVIEW BY ADVISOR, READ APPLICATION, SPOKE WITH MED STUDENTS FROM USC" More from this Member | Report Response

"thought about my application and motivations" More from this Member | Report Response

"I made an appointment with an interview consultant." More from this Member | Report Response

"StudentDoctor Feedback, reviewing my application, speaking with doctors, friends, and family, educating myself on current news, the school's website, and critically evaluating myself and motivation to apply for school" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had interviewed at USC before, but basically I just went over my personal statement and some sample interview questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"I have a book about applying to medical school and I read the section in it about the interview process and potential questions. I also take a beta-blocker for a heart murmer, so I took an extra one before the interviews to calm my nerves." More from this Member | Report Response

"I read interview questions on interview feedback.com. Many of the same questions were asked." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Ultrasound Institute, warm and friendly students and staff, strong sense of community and camaraderie" More from this Member | Report Response

"(USC Greenville) Beautiful school. Even though they're new, they have been working with USC Columbia for ~10 years so have plenty of experience. Can predict step one score to within 1 percentile using test scores. The building is amazingly high tech, and almost every surface (tables, walls, glass dividers) can be written on with Expo markers. Student lounge with Playstation, exercise bikes, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"Niceness of the staff. IS tuition after first year." More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was very welcoming and the campus is beautiful. They have a very impressive ultrasound program." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness and the conversational level of the interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"The atmosphere was extremely laid back, everyone involved in the process was warm and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the postive feedback from the current students and the comforting atmosphere created by the staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff was really laid back and helped you feel as comfortable as possible." More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of admissions staff, quick turnaround time" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness and helpfulness of students and faculty. Ultrasound facility. Laid-bac small school atmosphere" More from this Member | Report Response

"I heard from several students that the school has a family-type atmosphere in which the faculty members are very helpful. The letter grade system made me fear that students might be highly competitive, but the current students said that their classmates were actually very helpful to one another (most likely due to the small class size and family-type feeling). Each class member has a mentor from the class that is a year ahead; there are many opportunities to get involved in student organizations and extracurricular activities; med students have access to the school basically at all times." More from this Member | Report Response

"small class size. nice lecture rooms. seemed liek a community. ultra sound technology. senior program. study cubicles. " More from this Member | Report Response

"School is pretty great, the cookie time" More from this Member | Report Response

"friendly admissions staff, laid-back interviewer (one of the two at least)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ultrasound equipment. Dedicated teaching faculty." More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus is really unique and very pretty. There are dedicated spaces, like a workout facility and parts of the library, just for med students. The students were all very friendly. The smaller class size makes it easy to get to know your peers. The ultrasound curriculum and equipment is very impressive. Overall a great experience. Columbia is a relatively inexpensive city to live in." More from this Member | Report Response

"Its a comfortable atmosphere on interview day. Nothing is intimidating or stressful. The interviews are very much conversational rather than interogative. The students are really helpful and were happy to field questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Comittee and students seemed very receptive. Students spoke highly of the school and their experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything, family atmosphere, friendliness," More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities at Greenville Memorial, the positive attitudes of my interviewer and the student services coordinator." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really liked the community feel of the school. I came from a small school for undergrad, and the atmosphere was similar. Overall, a very friendly place." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was friendly and the campus seemed to be a tight-knit family. Parking is not a problem. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The students seemed very laid back. They were completely willing to answer our questions, no matter what they were. There was also a great feeling of satisfaction." More from this Member | Report Response

"Enthusiastic students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very small close knit campus, everyone was friendly" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was definitely friendly, but then again they seem friendly at every school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone there seemed really laid-back and friendly and genuinely excited to meet me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The family atmosphere is great. Everyone I met was very friendly and inviting. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was really nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"The post-interview meet-and-greet with the entire admissions committee was useful." More from this Member | Report Response

"USC school of Medicine is updating the technology and facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"The amazing campus and how enthusiastic the people were about their school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were very enthusiastic about the school and were very personable. The school is very student oriented and is close knit." More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone seemed really warm and friendly, not a cut-throat environment, very nurturing" More from this Member | Report Response

"the students seem close-knit, all of the members of the admissions committee were extremely nice, parkning no problem. the interviewers made me feel relaxed from the moment i introduced myself." More from this Member | Report Response

"The class is only 80 members, so its definately good opport. for 1-on-1 interaction. The library is 24/7 and they had an excellent admissions staff." More from this Member | Report Response

"I love the close knit feel of the school & how much the students love it here." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the nice and helpful office staff ladies I met - which, I have since found out, have all left. Very up to date technology." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything! I went to this interview expecting this school to be my last choice, but I would now choose it over every other school I've interviewed at. The campus is beautiful, the faculty are very involved with the students, and the school is much more student-focused than hospital-focused." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers knew my application inside and out. They were very nice and easy to talk with. The medical school library was wonderful--24 hour access. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Family atmosphere and you get all the perks of being at USC's main campus (tix to athletics, acess to new gym, etc)" More from this Member | Report Response

"the people are AWESOME, the 4th years truly love their school and they have lots to say. Everyone was open to ANY question you may have, and I was extremely impressed by how successful the 4th years were in terms of Residency placements and their interviews... they were all over the country." More from this Member | Report Response

"The closeness of the students with the faculty and the parking situation. The techology they are using is great." More from this Member | Report Response

"Close knit school, all the students seem very happy and satisfied." More from this Member | Report Response

"The close knit feel of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Its a very small school so everyone seems to know everyone" More from this Member | Report Response

"Seems like a very supportive close knit school. Technology is constantly being tied into the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The incorporation of technology was a plus. Also, this school has an excellent close-knit community feel with small class sizes and what seems to be a relaxed and open learning environment in a ddition to being a quality school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Family environment, All in one location, Small" More from this Member | Report Response

"the small class size, friendliness of students. it was nice to eat lunch with current students and get some insight. everyone was very happy about their choice of school. the office staff were very nice and willing to answer any questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The professor in the Gross Anatomy happened to be present during our tour, and gave us an impromtu speech about what we could expect in our years at USC. He expressed the sense of community in the school, explained the exhaustive trials of anatomy, and shared how his own experiences in the school had stayed with him for years. It was nice to see an unrehearsed, candid viewpoint." More from this Member | Report Response

"The students seem very happy and not stressed; they all love the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school seems very close-knit, and I got the feeling that the administration, faculty, and staff are very supportive of the medical students. The campus, although old, seems somewhat charming once you're there." More from this Member | Report Response

"They meet that very same day to decide on acceptances, and they let you know less than a week later. Its so fast and not a lot of waiting around to hear back. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The intimate feel of the campus and the people. It seemed like a pretty close group of people whether they were student, faculty, or staff. The memorial for those who had donated their bodies was also a nice touch. " More from this Member | Report Response

"THEY'VE GOT SMALLER TESTS VICE JUST ONE CUMUALTIVE MID TERM AND FINAL FOR ALL CLASSES" More from this Member | Report Response

"my interviewers and some of the current students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The students who gave the tour were very helpful and made efforts to relax the interviewees." More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the faculty, staff, and students. The entire day was great and the program is great. I would be happy at South Carolina with no problem." More from this Member | Report Response

"The dedication of the students to their school. I havn't met one student who has ever said anything negative about the school. They all love the experience they've had and are glad they chose USC." More from this Member | Report Response

"the use of technology, such as connections for laptops at every seat in the lecture hall (all students are required to purchase a laptop at this school) and wireless internet connections for the laptops." More from this Member | Report Response

"Much of the coursework is available online." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"You're assigned letter grades, out-dated facilities, traditional 2-year preclinical curriculum, Columbia area is a bit sketchy, not impressed by adjacent VA hospital" More from this Member | Report Response

"(USC Greenville) At the end of the day, its a new school. It is going places, but I cant go somewhere without a match list." More from this Member | Report Response

"Older buildings." More from this Member | Report Response

"I do not like the city of Columbia. Also, no one seems to know where 3rd and 4th year students will do their rotations now that Greenville has its own school. Everything is up in the air." More from this Member | Report Response

""Cookie Time". And that's only because there was not nearly enough time to mingle with the AdCom members and some of them didn't join us at the time at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"If there was a negative aspect, I didnt notice it when I was there." More from this Member | Report Response

"I personally didn't love "cookie time." It was a great opportunity to meet all of the admission committee members. However, it was very awkward and you feel like you are interrupting everyone else to get a chance to talk to them." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cookie time wasn't long enough" More from this Member | Report Response

"How short interviews were actually." More from this Member | Report Response

"The only thing I can think of is that it was really cold in the hallway during the tour, but it is winter...couldn't hold that against them! :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"i was told they really don't tape lectures to be viewed later online. traditional curriculum (booo). gym...such a joke. " More from this Member | Report Response

"my interview was in a building that was under construction" More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I honestly can't think of anything!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The 'Cookie social' at the end of the day is a bit confusing. Its hard to start and end conversations with the entire admissions committee in 10 minutes and really leave any kind of impression. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia" More from this Member | Report Response

"The out of state tuition is high!!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Some facilities are older (but there is a brand new building housing several offices, classrooms, etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The shortness of the cookie time, and the chaos of it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"some of the arrogant applicants" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are small and older" More from this Member | Report Response

"Their work-out facility...small and looks uninviting!" More from this Member | Report Response

"can not think of any negatives" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the students that eat lunch with you before the interviews wasn't very enthusiastic about the school. She also did the tour which made it even worse." More from this Member | Report Response

"That my first interviewer was a 2nd yr student.. There are 2 2nd yr and 2 4th yr students on the committee. How a student who has only been there for 2 years gets just as much pull as a professor thats been there for 30 I dont know." More from this Member | Report Response

"my tourguide was a little lacking in the information department, but nothing too bad" More from this Member | Report Response

"i've seen that many people say they were unimpressed with a lack of anything to do in columbia. being undergrad here, i know there's alot to do and go, you just have to know about it. the only thing at all that i can think of is that even though the school seems very up to date technologically, the buildings seem to be in need of some remodeling. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities seem pretty old and the VA hospital is limited on the type of patients you will see in clinical rotations. There is another General Hospital locally but the VA hospital is right on campus." More from this Member | Report Response

"The rural atmosphere of the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Even though the campus itself is absolutely beautiful, the surrounding area is pretty boring." More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia in general." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is tucked away from the Columbia night life." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really, the tour guide couldn't open some of the "coded" doors, but it was more humerous." More from this Member | Report Response

"The surrounding area. There is nothing immediately around the school, no night life." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Columbia & no major hospital nearby other than the VA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lack of a large hospital (except the VA) near campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"Columbia is not the best place to live, but I had that opinion already." More from this Member | Report Response

"Small" More from this Member | Report Response

"the associate dean didn't seem too friendly. some of the admissions committee mingled with themselves at "cookie time" instead of getting around and meeting us. we were told we'd know of a decision either way in about a week, but i haven't heard yet" More from this Member | Report Response

"Although the technology used in the classrooms and labs were top-of-the-line, some of the buildings seemed to be showing their age." More from this Member | Report Response

"Some of the facilities (like the fitness center) are really quite small. However, they are well maintained." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not knowing that the infamous "mingle" would only last 10 minutes. I had heard that the mingle on other interview days lasted an hour, so I was surprised when they called time after about 10 minutes. Rather than a bunch of "hi" and "bye" encounters, I recommend having some good conversations with several people on the committee. Quality over quantity, if you ask me." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Columbia area wasn't impressive. " More from this Member | Report Response

"KNOWING HOW HOT COLUMBIA IS DURING THE SUMMER" More from this Member | Report Response

"some of the other nerds that were interviewing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The demeanor of both my interviewers was very abrupt. It was a bad experience. There is a tea and cookies time with the admissions committee after the interviews, which is very awkward and unnecessary. Other members of the committee were very nice and not as rude as the two individuals whom interviewed me. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Not a thing!" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"the campus was relatively small compared to other schools I visited" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers had a trainee with them & they would sit right next to you , avoid looking at you & would scribble notes the whole time." More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How laid back and easy this day would be!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How friendly the students were" More from this Member | Report Response

"To wear lots of deodorant because it's so hot." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview was very conversational. I had prepared for many off-the-wall questions, but they mostly stuck to the questions I read on SDN beforehand. I wish I had not stressed so much." More from this Member | Report Response

"How relaxed it would be" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why they chose me, being that I am an OOS, low MCAT applicant." More from this Member | Report Response

"Know an interesting fact about yourself (that you would want them to remember you by) that is NOT on your application :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"That interview day starts at 12 noon not 11 am! haha" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had done some research about the process at this school, so I didn't really experience any surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviews are relaxed and are done on neutral territory, not in the ADCOM's office, which makes it less formal. Both of my interviews seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me as a person. They also seemed extremely happy at USC." More from this Member | Report Response

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"I wish I had been more relaxed going into the interview because the environment was very relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"The cookie "meet and greet" session isn't all that bad. Just be chatty and talk some people up. Its your chance to let the other members of the ADCOM who didn't interview know who you are." More from this Member | Report Response

"They're really looking for more diversity in their class, but are restricted by the fact that they have to accept mostly out of state applicants. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"I wish I had more questions prepared to ask the medical students" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...I read this forum about the school and knew what to expect. I will echo what is alreay written and say that while the med students were giving us a tour, the admissions committee met right then and there to decide who they wanted to accept! Letters should go out soon..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had known that I was going to be the only one from the west coast." More from this Member | Report Response

"not to worry so much, just be confident and yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of my interviewers would be a prof I took immunology with here as a grad student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't stress out about the interviews too much. The environment was very laid-back and you are helped during the time to meet the admissions committee." More from this Member | Report Response

"Once the interviews start there is no time to breathe between the two interviews and the "cookie social". That all lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and no time is given in between AT ALL" More from this Member | Report Response

"How quickly the 15 minute cookie, mixer goes? " More from this Member | Report Response

"i wish i had known how relaxed the atmosphere was going to be" More from this Member | Report Response

"be prepared to have questions to ask your interviewers. even if you don't have one, think of a few (more than one). they like this" More from this Member | Report Response

"Their hallways are really hot! Be warned, and well-hydrated! Another thing... this is actually concerning the whole process... although this is risky, it may be a good idea to leave a couple of minor attributes OFF of your AMCAS because this makes good conversation about something they didn't already know about you." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Nothing, I had already visited the school before my interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"That you have 15 minutes to mingle with and make an impression on all of the members of the admissions committee that didn't interview you." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviews are pretty stress-free." More from this Member | Report Response

"it is COMPLETELY LAID BACK, the admissions committee is extremely friendly and love conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"That it would hot in december." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is really laid back. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How personal the environment was" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing really, pretty straightforward" More from this Member | Report Response

"That this is not something to stress over, just study and know all about yourself and have prepared ideas that you can discuss." More from this Member | Report Response

"that every applicant wears black- including me! might would have worn a different color to stand out." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was surprised to find that our interviewers would decide whether to accept us immediately following having met us. All candidates are then notified within a week." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...the letter was accurate, there were no surprises." More from this Member | Report Response

"Basically, that the interview is not worth stressing over. This was my first interview, and I was nervous on my two hour drive to the campus. Prepare well, be confident that you can do a good job of selling yourself, and look forward to learning more about whether or not you might want to spend four years there." More from this Member | Report Response

"The social gathering of all the committee members and applicants is really more important than they let you know. Be sure to meet and impress as many of them as possible during the short time. " More from this Member | Report Response

"WHETHER ANSWERING ABSOLUTLY HONESTLY TO QUESTIONS WILL BE HELD AGAINST ME " More from this Member | Report Response

"columbia doesnt seem that great." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have to defend you credentials." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is very relaxed. The interview day doesn't start until twelve, and then you basically have two hours to eat and relax, and they will tell you a little bit about the school. The interviews seem like they fly by-only 2 interviews 30 minutes each. The stess level is really low-the interviews are very conversational and they are just trying to get a picture of your reasons for entering medicine and your motivation to go to their school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I wish I had practiced my interview skills better beforehand, because this was my first interview. " More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Wonderful school if you want to go into primary care or internal medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazing school. It is going to be a major contender in the near future." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school." More from this Member | Report Response

"My interviewers were great. There are two 30-minute interviews, one-on-one with USC SOM faculty, AdCom, etc. They were both extremely friendly and welcoming, but their positive attitude made it hard to tell how I was actually doing." More from this Member | Report Response

"I enjoyed my interview day at USC-SOM. As soon as I arrived, I knew it would definitely be a stand out school amongst the others I applied to." More from this Member | Report Response

"After the interview and tour, I realized that this school is truely a hidden gem. The class sizes are small and everyone knows everyone. The campus is average, but the family oriented atmosphere will make you feel at home." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really learned a lot from talking to the 2nd and 4th year students during lunch. They are more than willing to answer your questions, if you ask." More from this Member | Report Response

"great school, admissions staff was so nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Show your passion for medicine and why you want to be a doctor above all other professions. Be honest." More from this Member | Report Response

"Arrive early, come prepared, talk with people during cookie time, and try not to stress! In general, it seems like this school is more interested in getting to know you apart from what they have seen on paper, not in grilling you about controversial issues. I carried some mints for after lunch. Also, ladies, since you can carry a purse...I packed an extra pair of hose, a small brush, lip gloss, and headache/stomach medicine just in case. I only used the lip gloss after lunch, but you never know!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Be yourself...I don't have stellar stats, but I did have great summer programs, ecs, volunteering, ect...so, if you got an interview, don't blow it. They clearly saw something in you. So it could make you or break you. They're interested in the whole student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cookie time is hard to meet people" More from this Member | Report Response

"Day starts with lunch with a few students, then general comments from someone on the admissions committee, then 2 30-minute interviews - one with a student, one with a faculty member. I'm sure it varies with each interviewer, but it was pretty laid back and there weren't too many confusing/shocking questions (not even one about healthcare or ethics). Overall a pretty positive experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"One interview by a faculty member. One by a faculty member and an M-II. Later interviewers will only have the M-II in the second interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, I had a great experience! I like that it didn't start until noon, because that gave me time to travel there that morning. The "Cookie Time" is really unique and is a neat way to meet all the ADCOM members and hopefully make a memorable impression. All the staff and students were extremely friendly. They all seemed generally happy, even though the first years had a huge test the next day. The school has a great curriculum and many resources for students. A great day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lunch and cookies make this day worth it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great experience. One interview by a physician (laid-back), one interview by a student (more question/answer style). Both interviewers were easy to talk with. The day was well organized." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a great experience. Since we were the first group to interview, they had two interviewers per session, one old members of the admissions committee, and one new member of the admissions committee. The interviews were nice and conversational as well, and the adcom meets right after cookie time to decide your fate. The food was good too. Overall, I was very impressed. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Started at noon with lunch, followed by introductory comments from the dean, and then two 30 minute interviews. After the interviews was a 10 minute meet-and-greet (cookie social) followed by a quick review of financial aid and then a short tour. The day ended about 3:45." More from this Member | Report Response

"The day began with lunch with the medical students. Then we had a short orientation. Then We were escorted to two interviews. After the interviews we had ''cookie time'' where you chat with all of the members of the admissions commitee. We had a short presention about financial aid followed by a tour with a medical student. It was a nice interview experience. Both of my interviewers were engaging and polite." More from this Member | Report Response

"Starts with lunch for an hour, then two 30 minute interviews back-to-back. The interviewers get right down to business and start asking quality questions. after the interviews, the med students take you on tour and while on tour...the committee meets! ahh, nerve-wrecking! overall, good experience and i enjoyed meeting everyone and they were very helpful and friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"First we all had lunch (yummy!) with a few med school students and then we were taken to a room and given a short presentation on what to expect. Then, I was guided to each of my 30-min interviews. After that, we met with all of the members of the admissions committee for ''cookie time.''" More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a great interview experience that lasted about 4 hours total. I was interviewed by one science faculty and one 2nd year med student also on the admissions committee, both had a calming effect and asked good questions. After the 2 interviews there is a social session with the rest of the committee which was also nice and gives you the chance to introduce yourself to many different members before they go make their decision. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview experience was really laid back. Relax and enjoy yourself!!!!! :)" More from this Member | Report Response

"My immunology prof grilled me extra hard. The other interview was pleasant and friendly. The admissions staff were helpful and cordial." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was first taken to the student lounge where I met other applicants. We then had lunch with current students. After lunch we went to listen to a professor talk about the school (actually interesting). Following this, we were taken to our interviews and then went back to the student lounge to meet all the admissions committee. Then we talked about financial aid and took a tour with a 2nd year student." More from this Member | Report Response

"You start with lunch with some students. Enjoy this time that has no effect on there decision to relax and get comfortable. Then came a 30 minute interview. NO Break. Another 30 minute interview. NO break. A 15 minute social with the whole committee. (Talk to as many as you can, the time goes quickly!) Then the committee goes to vote on you and the part that decides your acceptance is done! Before and after that period is spent with non committee students and has no pull toward your decision...." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall very good. I was asked primarily about my AMCAS application and about myself, no hard ethical questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interviewers were great, I was really lucky and got matched up with interviewers I had a lot in common with. We had tons to talk about and I really enjoyed myself. The dean was really informative as well, really excited about the improvements and technological advances they were working on." More from this Member | Report Response

"i came in more interested in MUSC and applying to USC as a backup. after interviews at both of these schools, i now feel like i would almost prefer USC. THe entire experience was great. they get you there and feed you before your interviews, and this seemed to take the stress out of most of the applicants. then they have the ass. dean talk for about thirty minutes, then you go on two thirty minute interviews. The two interviewers i had were great. a couple of the other students seemed to have a little different opinion of their interviewers afterwards, though. the 15 minute "cookie social" after your interview is a chance to meet with all of the admissions committee. BE SURE to use this time wisely. my first interviewer even told me that this time was more important than most interviewers think. introduce yourself to as many as the members as possible, but be sure to talk about something so that they will remember you. for me it was football(you're in gamecock country) and the small town that i'm from... then you get a very brief financail aid talk and a short tour of the campus and youre free to go. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I arrived very early. The interview day began at noon, but I wanted to be there before anyone to guarantee they'd remember me. They have a modified good cop/bad cop system. The first interviewer really knew my AMCAS app. and commented on just about every activity, while my second interviewer was strictly by the numbers.. MCAT, GPA trends, Organic Chem grades... They provided lunch first (at noon) and then the Associate Dean of Admissions gave a 45-min overview of the program. What I really liked about their system was that they allow you to mingle with the remaining members of the admissions committee after the interviews so that you are able to kinda sell yourself to the entire group. Following this, the entire committee meets immediately to discuss your acceptance/hold/rejection/etc. Following the mingle period, two second year students give a breif tour and the day ended around 4 PM" More from this Member | Report Response

"I love USC. It's a great school with a really close group of students and faculty. They all support each other & really help eachother to succeed. There's no competitive feel what-so-ever. The small class size is really appealing also. The interviews were laid back & relatively stress free, nothing to freak out about." More from this Member | Report Response

"Very nice admissions committee members. " More from this Member | Report Response

"My interview experience was GREAT! Everyone was so friendly and genuinely interested in the students. Don't be nervous about this one - it was easy and fun and I was actually disappointed when the day was over." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, it was a positive experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great day, started with lunch with students that answered all our questions, moved to a room to hear the chair of the ad. com. speak.. very nice speaker, two interviews spread out on campus, coke and cookies with the ad. com, financial aid speaker, then its over. Very enjoyable, charming campus" More from this Member | Report Response

"I enjoyed by interview experience at USC. It was not stressful for me at all and the interviews were exactly 30 minutes apart. You moved from one to the other without breaks. And then you moved to the cookie social, which wasn't bad either because the committee members want to talk to you and they are really friendly. It moved smoothly and the whole process took alot less time than I thought it would." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers were very nice, not condescending at all. One was student, other was professor. Both interviewed for about 15 min each. I was very impressed by the way the students themselves felt about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I did not expect to like this school and absolutely loved it. Everyone was extremely friendly and laid back. It was a great experience all around and I am seriously considering going here. " More from this Member | Report Response

"One clinical professor, one basic science professor: basic science interview was more Q & A session, clinical was more of a conversation on various aspects of medicine." More from this Member | Report Response

"Began around noon with lunch with current students. Then listened to the Dean speak. Then a tour. Next had two 30 minutes interviews with staff, faculty, students and doctors. Finally a tour and then a short mmingling session with the committee followed by a presentation about financila aid." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was a good experience, and my impression of the school definitely improved after visiting and interviewing. I would certainly consider going here if I got accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"1 4th year and one MD. Very relaxed. Ending with entire selection committee not that fun ... just added stress because you are supposed to suck up to everyone as a whole in the same room with the other interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"overall, great. both interviewers were laid back and super nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a casual, relaxed interview experience. It was nice to see the campus and how much student support is in place." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything goes as planned. The "mingle" period at the end is only fifteen minutes, so try to talk to everyone and make a good impression. Overall it seemed like a place I'd love to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really enjoyed the interview day at South Carolina. From the time you arrive, they do a good job of making sure you are calm. You can talk with some current students (who are not part of the committee), then they serve a laid-back lunch in the student lounge. A professor talks about the school, the curriculum, boards, etc. for 30-45 minutes, and then they take you to the first of your two interviews. Both interviewers try to learn more about you and what makes you unique. Then we heard a speech about financial aid and were taken on a tour of the school before being dismissed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent" More from this Member | Report Response

"POSITIVE OVERALL" More from this Member | Report Response

"at the small talk session with the admissions folks after your interview be sure to know your college football (esp in the fall) - great discussion topic. ask them q's about themselves. this is definitely a chance to stand out while your competition is trying to fit in one more harrowing story about volunteering in the doctors office. be engaging, outgoing, and honest." More from this Member | Report Response

"I felt very unimpressed with the school. I feel, as if I was treated much better at schools that were much more competitive and impressive. I know people who interviewed there and had a cake walk with other interviewers. It just depends on who interviews you. " More from this Member | Report Response

"I was incredibly impressed with the University of South Carolina. I have nothing bad to say about the interview at all. I was very pleased with the interview. I was a nervous and a bit apprehensive going into the day, but the staff, students, and even my interviewers really put me at ease. The interviews very relaxed and conversational. A great school and great atmosphere! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, the interview process if very relaxed. After the interviews, you meet with the whole committee with the other interviewees. It is very important to mingle and talk to as many people as possible during this time." More from this Member | Report Response

"This interview was for early decision. I didn't get in as an early decision student, and I'm glad now, because I discovered later that I liked another school better, so that is where I'm going. Overall the interview experience was good, but since it was my first set of interviews, I was really too nervous to enjoy it much. Also, at one of my interviews, there was a second interviewer present who was training to interview students in the spring." More from this Member | Report Response

"This school is nice, but the campus is small." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 62
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 1
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 36
Neutral 7
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.49 41

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 31
Out of state 10

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 20
2-3 hours 16
4-6 hours 4
7+ hours 3

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 5
Automobile 37
Train or subway 0
Other 1

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

Response # Responders
< $100 21
$101-$200 5
$201-$300 0
$301-$400 2
$401-$500 1
$501+ 0

What airport did you use?

GSP

CAE

CLT

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 0
Friends or family 11
Hotel 8
Home 4
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.54 41

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.05 43

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
5.84 43

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.23 22

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.45 22

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.53 19

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Do a better job with the Ultrasound Institute demonstration. The M2s on my tour did their best, but a demonstration from an instructor would be much better and more impressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"They put on a great presentation. No negative comments" More from this Member | Report Response

"Switch to online secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Develop an online application. This is the only school to which I applied that I had to fill out and mail a paper application." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone is really helpful and welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"They have been really kind and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Could be online secondary and payment." More from this Member | Report Response

"electronic secondary" More from this Member | Report Response

"Online Secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"Online secondary? Had to print it out and hand write responses!" More from this Member | Report Response

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