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  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At another location

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why Medicine?" Report Response

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

"Hardships overcome?" Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"-None-" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Where else have you interviewed (!)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Didn't" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty interviewer I had was a Nephrologist named Dr. Kurnik. She was fantastic, very enthusiastic about the school (she'd been recruited from UMDNJ as part of Drexel's "rebuilding" efforts) and also very blunt. I appreciated her honesty--we talked about where I'd applied and interviewed, which I felt comfortable talking to her about because she was dealing with me on the level. She expressed confidence that in 5 years, everyone is going to know Drexel's name..." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The medical school building itself is dumpy, and the library is tiny (shocking considering Drexel's the largest private medical school in the country). Also, in stark contradistinction to my faculty interviewer, my student interviewer was rather cold and unfriendly. I got the sense she volunteered to do interviews because it gave her a sense of self-importance, and not because she was particularly interested in talking to me about the school. Another compaint is that the tour took us into the gross anatomy room for a couple of minutes, where there were body parts clearly visible and the cadavers were barely covered (at other schools I have seen, the body parts are better concealed, or at least aren't placed in clear bags)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They give you a six dollar voucher for lunch, but if you go any amount over the six dollars you must pay the difference (i.e., they won't let you put something back and take it off the bill)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I wasn't crazy about East Falls (Drexel's not actually in urban Philadelphia), but my interview was at Hahnemann University Hospital, which was. I liked my faculty interviewer, and also the "pathway" program where Drexel provides close counseling for students in the residency match planning. I didn't like the med school building, and the grading system (essentially, a letter system, Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail = A, B, C, F) which seems to make it higher pressure; also I didn't like the fact that the clinical rotations will take you to Erie PA, Pittsburgh PA, and a couple of towns in Jersey (i.e., you will not be able to do all of your rotations in Philly). Also I was not enthralled with the huge class size of 237, but that's minor really..." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/13/2003

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