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  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Philadelphia
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What sets PCOM apart from the other schools you applied to? This seemed like a question I should ask them, but it was one they asked me." Report Response

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

"Why do you want to go into medicine at this stage of your life?" Report Response

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

"Tell us about your understanding of osteopathic medicine." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Where did you stay last night?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There were no difficult questions asked." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I'd visited the school, talked with many graduates, and visited the college's website." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"PCOM is a nice school with a good reputation, excellent rotations, and solid residencies. They produce good doctors." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I have visited PCOM on three different occasions and always left with the same impression: it just isn't the school for me. To begin, their admissions department is obviously in transition because most of the staff lack basic information about the school and possess little understanding of what sets PCOM apart from other institutions. Overall, they are unfriendly and seem to have a chip on their shoulders. I was not impressed by their director of admissions. She stated that she really wanted to cancel our interviews that day because she had so much going on in her life, but decided not to for some reason. Very unprofessional. In addition, our tourguides seemed more interested in conveying how cool they were instead of providing a quality and comprehensive tour of their school. They didn't take us to the library, anatomy lab, or many of the other buildings on campus. They were first year students and didn't know how to get to half of the places on campus and seemed to think that their ability to get lost was somehow funny. They seemed more interested in telling us how often their class goes out to bars together and how the 76ers practice in their school's gym. Finally, PCOM makes interviewers pay $5 for parking in their lot on interview day. If they really wanted to make a positive impression on prospects, they should consider providing a voucher for parking. I traveled from across the country to come to PCOM for the interview. The least they could do was provide a lousy parking pass." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had listened to my instincts about the school on other visits. It's not a friendly place, particularly for non-traditional students. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day began with breakfast in the school's cafeteria. I was lead to the cafeteria by an obviously angry admissions staffer. The interview group had lunch with an obnoxious student (who ripped on every other medical school I applied to) and a professor from the school who was more interested in chatting with the obnoxious student about how cool the first year class was when compared to other classes at PCOM. Following breakfast, we returned to the admissions office for the interview. We were ignored by the admissions staff, but a few students did drop by to say hello. Following the interview, we were lead on a tour by a group of first year students who apparently lifted their personalities from drunken "Real World" characters. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$501+

Where did you stay?

Hotel

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/15/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

6 out of 10

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