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  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Columbia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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 be a doctor?" Report Response

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

"What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school this application cycle?" Report Response

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

"What volunteer experience was the most meaningful to you?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What qualities make for a good physician?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing too difficult. Just prepare well and you have no reason not to be confident." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Researched the school's website, and also consulted the Student Doctor Network forums and interview feedback." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school seems very close-knit, and I got the feeling that the administration, faculty, and staff are very supportive of the medical students. The campus, although old, seems somewhat charming once you're there." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not knowing that the infamous "mingle" would only last 10 minutes. I had heard that the mingle on other interview days lasted an hour, so I was surprised when they called time after about 10 minutes. Rather than a bunch of "hi" and "bye" encounters, I recommend having some good conversations with several people on the committee. Quality over quantity, if you ask me." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Basically, that the interview is not worth stressing over. This was my first interview, and I was nervous on my two hour drive to the campus. Prepare well, be confident that you can do a good job of selling yourself, and look forward to learning more about whether or not you might want to spend four years there." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really enjoyed the interview day at South Carolina. From the time you arrive, they do a good job of making sure you are calm. You can talk with some current students (who are not part of the committee), then they serve a laid-back lunch in the student lounge. A professor talks about the school, the curriculum, boards, etc. for 30-45 minutes, and then they take you to the first of your two interviews. Both interviewers try to learn more about you and what makes you unique. Then we heard a speech about financial aid and were taken on a tour of the school before being dismissed." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/17/2003

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