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  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"Why do you want to become a doctor? Does the current malpractice situation scare you? Why Penn?" Report Response

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

"What do you do on your free time? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What interests you at the moment? How do you want to change that area?" Report Response

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

"Gave me approximately 5 hypothetical situations. Asked me to decide the outcome and defend my answer. Asked me how I felt about my decision." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

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

What was the most difficult question?

"I was given a hypothetical situation involving two patients, one with self-inflicted liver disease (alcohol) and one that had a degenerative autoimmune liver disease. "Allocate the liver to one patient, given that the alcoholic is higher one the transplant list, and defend your answer."" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read the information on the website and what was sent. Read information on SDN. Read news religiously." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students and admissions people are great...all very laid back. Research opportunities are everywhere. The one-university concept is very nice; everything is right in one location. Philly is a great city. Hospitals are top-notch." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My interview with the faculty member was somewhat ad-lib. She obviously didn't read my application, but maybe that was the plan. The interview went very well, nonetheless. The interview with the student took me by surprise. He was very nice, but began asking me some difficult questions that didn't necessarily have a right or wrong answer. It definitely kept me on my toes. Overall the interview was positive, but I don't think he could expect a thoughtful and 'right' answer without having a lot of clinical experience and medical professionalism courses (both of which Penn has lots of). " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Stemmler Hall is a little difficult to get into without a keycard. Find someone to let you in." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall the interview experience went very well. Stress level was a little higher than I originally anticipated, but I guess I should get used to it. No big problems. Great campus, opportunities, and people. I can't wait to go." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/16/2003

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