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

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Tell me about yourself." Report Response

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

"Tell me about a characteristic that you have that will help you as you pursue medicine. (also one that may hurt you)" Report Response

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

"Why Penn State/Hershey?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing really interesting, just the basic medical school school interview questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing really, maybe the toughest one was "If you could tell me something that I could write down and relay to the admissions committee, what would it be."" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN interview feedback and website. Read the online magazine that they have, its a good resource of info about the school." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities were very nice and the Hershey Medical Center was kind of impressive. I also really liked how the faculty and administration are supportive and responsive to the students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Hershey is a small town with a population of 20,000. I would not say this is really a negative, just not what I'm used to. The town is very serene and beautiful though." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the Hershey Medical Center served the majority of the state between Pittsburg and Philly. Also, I wish I knew about some of the great programs they have like Lion Care and the Patient Project." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Penn State was very relaxed. I enjoyed my visit there and I would be very happy to attend there. The interviews are very relaxed and they really seem to go out of their way to make it that way. I had an interview with a psychiatrist and a vascular surgeon. Both were very nice, in fact the psychiatrist and I were laughing through many parts of the interview. One problem I noticed was that they did not seem to have the chance to completely look over my entire file so they did not know about certain things. Also, they really believe that the interview is extremely important and they will overlook a relatively low MCAT score or GPA if the interview went well. Besides, getting an interview means they like you anyways. Also, ask questions, have at least 4 ready because its a good way to keep the conversation going during the inerviews." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/09/2002

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