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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?

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?

Closed 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)?

"What's your biggest weakness/character flaw? (both interviewers)" Report Response

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

"What would your best friend say about you? (both interviewers)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think leads to medical cynicism (when you enter med school it's about helping people, but by the time you graduate, most people are disillusioned to some extent, hard to see each patient as a unique human being, etc.) and how would you prevent this from happening to yourself?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"see above" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, browsed some ethical/healthcare websites" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How friendly the people were, how great the clinical education is there, and that they do offer full scholarships (now it's just a matter of being accepted and then getting one... :P)" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Since the med school is 10 miles away from the main campus, it's a bit isolated and there isn't much interaction with USC's other graduate schools. The first semester (core) doesn't seem very exciting, especially after sitting in on one of their classes." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"My student interviewer admitted to me that she gets a lot of her ethical questions from the TV show ER. I wouldn't have thought of ER as good interview prep :)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Both interviews were really friendly and conversational. I got a great vibe from the place, mostly because of the students I met there. Admissions staff was helpful, and I'd love to do clerkships at a place like LAC." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/25/2003

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