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  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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)?

"I see you're from Erie. How do you like it? How do you like Philadelphia?" Report Response

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

"How do you like your undergraduate institution?" Report Response

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

"Which field of medicine are you thinking about entering?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Not really a question, but at one point, my interviewer told me "Your research ends up being more important than your grades. No one will look at your grades when you are 30, but your publications will follow you forever....kind of like Herpes". It was hilarious and put me at ease. Like I said, VERY LOW STRESS!!!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What did you think of last night's election results? Not knowing his views, I tried to avoid givig a direct answer, but eventaully admitted I was Pro-Kerry. He was Pro-Bush. Go figure. But it was ok, because it ended up leading to an interesting convo about Tort Reform. I think he just wanted to see if I follow current events and can articulate my views." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, reviewed AMCAS application, read Jefferson's admissions Bulletin." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"EVERYTHING! Faculty, students, admissions officers, even the other interviewees were all incredibly nice and friendly. The students are so NORMAL (not huge dorks, not stuck up, not ultra competitive). The location near center city is safe, clean, and beautiful. Overall I just had a very strong impression I would be happy there. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Hmm....ummm....nothing? The gym was kind of small and located in a dark dingy basement.....but I doubt I will be picking a medical school based on their gym, so it really doesn't even matter." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Apparently Jefferson does its biggest round of cuts before the interviews. If you are interview, you have almost a 50% chance of getting accepted. Basically, as long as you don't really screw up and say something completely unintelligent or offensive, you have a good shot at getting in." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Great day, great people, great school. Morning starts with the very excited happy students telling you a little about the school, and then two admissions committee members telling you why Jefferson is unique and great. There's a 20 min student interview where you just bacially get to ask questions about Jefferson. The faculty interview is a little more formal but still low stress -- much more of a conversation. I got a phone call one week after the interview telling me I got accepted. Of course I didn't have my phone on so I heard the call on my voice mail two hours later. I think I listened to it three times I was so excited. I am thrilled to be into Jefferson!!!!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/03/2004

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