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  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

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)?

"Most questions were about my work experiences: Why did you pursue service work abroad?" Report Response

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

"Which extracurricular activity was especially important to you?" Report Response

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

"How do you feel you are suited to medicine? How did you decide on medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Routine q's." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None of them were difficult. But as I mentioned below, I think the fact that I interviewed with an administrator made it more of a bulleted list of q's rather than a conversation." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"drexel website, sdn, read through my materials, net research on medical insurance crisis." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Thr students seemed very open and Wanda, the Admissions assistant is so nice and helpful. The classrooms looked very modern, labs have great technology. I liked the choice of two curricula. There is a shuttle to center city every 30 min and Queen lane station on the R8 is a block away. All the facilities look brand new. Busy cafeteria which is good for studying at night. The first two years, professors are totally dedicated only to teaching i.e. no research is required of them during the academic year at least. So they are totally devoted to students which is rare. There are two anatomy labs, a big one and a little one. Both are really nice except I tend to prefer those which are built above ground with the windows and light. Im not sure why most schools have them in the basement. All lectures are videotaped and put online. (at least for IFM) For those interested in international health rotations they have quite a few - Brazil, Ethiopia, India and students have gone everywhere from the Fiji Islands to Dublin on other prgms. My student interviewer was in his late 30s and I got the impression from him that the environment is very friendly towards older students." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I was disappointed not to be interviewed by an MD/PhD. The administrator was very nice and Im a good conversationalist usually, however I felt that it prevented me from learning more about the profession and talking about a common interest indepth. Also Im someone who likes to build personal rapport with professors so it would have been nice to meet someone who might actually teach me if I go there. My undergrad school was in a suburb so Im pretty determined to end up in a busier area, if not a city. There isnt anything really to do in East falls. And while that area itself is not so bad if you are heading home at night, just a couple of streets away is Germantown, which I heard is so dangerous you shouldnt even walk around there. I think you would definitely need a car if you want to get around the town more..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"So I was coming in from NJ. Not far, shouldn't be a problem if you leave early right? Think again!It was a freezing cold morning when I found out that N. Phili station ( where you can catch the R8) has no where inside to wait that early. So I was waiting outside in a skirt suit for 30 min until I couldnt feel my legs anymore. It took 3 hours for my feet to come back to life. Then when I got off someone directed me the wrong way- just remember when you get off dont cross to the other side-go straight down queen lane. To add to it, it started snowing for a couple of hours and I had to take the shuttle, cab, train, another train and another cab to get home 4 hours later. Ladies- if you are planning to wear a skirt and heels, change there!! Of course this has no bearing on the school itself, except perhaps that its not too easy to get to the city via regional rail in the winter." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day was quite organized. I liked the downtime between the interviews to chat with the other applicants, who might be potential classmates. The student interview over lunch was good but its hard to talk seriously and eat at the same time. It seems like a good school with much opportunity to mold your own education. Faciities are great so as long as you're someone who doesnt need to go to the city or much social activity during the weekdays at least, it seems like a good fit. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2004

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