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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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)?

"Tell me about your family." Report Response

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

"What was most important to you as an undergraduate?" Report Response

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

"Where do you see yourself in 10 to 15 years?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was most important to you as an undergraduate? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked to discuss a couple of bad grades on my transcript. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I reviewed the Jefferson website, read over my applications (AMCAS and secondary), and reviewed SDN." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone (faculty, staff, and students) is genuinely friendly. They seem to love their school, and it shows. The school is in a good area of Philadelphia, and there is no shortage of distractions around. Also, I was impressed by how well the faculty interviewer seemed to know my file. That really helped put me at ease, and allowed for a very smooth conversation. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The number of interview day attendees can be daunting... especially when it's your first interview (as it was mine). Kindly ignore those who say, "This is my 6th interview." Also, the tour was not particularly helpful. You basically get a quick glimpse of the outside of buildings. Any improvement in the tour would greatly enhance the interview day. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That I shouldn't have worried so much about the interview. It was an informative and enjoyable experience. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day starts with all 20 - 30 applicants sitting in a boardroom, where you listen to several presentations on various topics. The day is student-led, which also helped put me at ease. They give you lunch, a student interview, and then a tour. The student interview is very low-stress. It is probably best used as a time for applicants to ask questions that you wouldn't ask a faculty interviewer. Don't expect a formal, guided interview from the students. As noted above, the tour was lacking. My next stop, the faculty interview, was a great experience. Again, as I noted above, my interviewer was very well prepared. The interview itself was mostly conversational in nature, and was very low stress. After the faculty interview, there is a post-interview wrap up session with soda and cookies. This is a good time to introduce yourself to Dr. Callahan. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/29/2004

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