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  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

Closed file

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

"Tell my about yourself. " Report Response

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

"How would you fix the health care system in this country? What do you think of Roe vs. Wade? " Report Response

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

"What would you do if a patient dying of cancer asked you to help end her life?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you do if a patient dying of cancer asked you to help end her life?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you fix the health care system in this country?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"studentdoctor.net, read USC/Keck web site, mock interview at UC Berkeley career center, wrote down questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"LA County hospital is amazing. If you like the idea of learning from a huge, diverse and poor population in one of the biggest hospitals in the country, as I do, USC will impress. They are building a new hospital building, but even the old current facilities did not detract from the excitement and energy of the place. USC's students seem relaxed and relatively happy; several had choose the school over other options despite the high tuition. The gross anatomy lab looked great and modern; 6 per cadaver. Over all, the quality of education was higher than I expected. USC may be one of the most under-rated schools in the US News rankings." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The traffic is bad; USC is in LA. I promised myself never to move there but... we'll see. Some might dislike the east-central LA neighborhood, but I thought it was a blessing in some ways to work in such an area; others may disagree. Unfortunately, the location separated from the central campus means no gym, no real open areas or parks around and no contact with undergraduates or other grad schools." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Traffic can be even slower than expected (1:45 from Orange County for a 10 am interview; the office thought 1:30 was plenty), and the parking can be a little confusing. Check the map and give extra time to get there. You will have plenty of time to ask questions, so prepare many beforehand and think of new ones to ask your tour guides as you go along" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had a 70 minute interview with an emeritus professor, Dr. Jung, who was once the head of the resident program in the 90's. The interiview started out very relaxed. We sat down at a table in the café and he offered to buy drinks, then started a chat about football (my school, Cal, beat #3 USC) and other light topics. The questions about my life and experience were nicely directed and gave a good chance to present myself clearly. Although several of the ethical questions near the end were tough, I never felt grilled or pressured. I also got good answers to my questions about the new curriculum (board scores for second year went up 9 points; the students like it as my tour guides confirmed) and USC's ranking in research. About a half-dozen interviewees were taken on a tour by two medical students (they do not usually have two guides; there must have been a mistake) and we had plenty of time to ask questions there and during the nice lunch in the faculty club. However, there were no organized sessions and any information on financial aid, the curriculum and other subjects was had thru asking. My second interview at 1 pm was with a second-year medical student. It was also relaxed, though a few questions were more pointed. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/28/2003

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