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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"What do you want to study as a specialty in med school?" Report Response

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

"What will be the hardest part of med school for you?" Report Response

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

"Are you too creative to be a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"N/A" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"N/A" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read over the Penn State Website, checked out this website, and asked some doctor friends of mine if they had any advice." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everybody was extremely friendly and I got the true impression that the interviewers, the secretaries, and the med students at the school wanted the best for me and were on my side." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing really. I wish Penn State had their own financial aid package. But that's the worst of it. If you don't like small towns, though, you're in big trouble!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I hadn't wasted so much time being nervous. During my interviews, my file wasn't even opened. I wasn't grilled about some of the lower grades I've gotten in science courses. So don't worry -- really! You'll be fine." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interviews were casual, friendly, and very chit-chatty, as opposed to the kind where the interviewers pose 'tough' or 'issue' questions. Both interviewers seemed eager to know me as a person. So just be yourself." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/20/2003

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