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  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Los Angeles
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

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?

Closed file

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

"All the general stuff: Tell me about yourself. Why medicine? Why USC?" Report Response

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

"What is one big problem in medicine today? What will be a big problem in medicine in the future?" Report Response

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

"What do you think will be a challenge for you as a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How will you handle cultural barriers as a physician? (I had mentioned that cultural sensitivity in health care is a major issue)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had built a relationship with a patient who had AIDS, and he came to his office with his partner who you know he hadn't told, what would you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read lots of interview feedback on this website, re-read my applications, read health pages of news websites for several weeks, web-searched for important topics--nationalized health care, abortion, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The encouragement and personability of my student interviewer, the diversity of clinical experiences available, the gross anatomy lab (it was really nice, and didn't smell at all!), the atmosphere--students really enjoy they're school, say they get along well with their classmates, and rave about the support they get from faculty." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"My faculty interviewer seemed a little bit disinterested, or maybe just distracted. He was very nice, but I couldn't tell if I should keep talking about myself or stop. He didn't ask very many questions. It really wasn't that bad, though--nothing was really negative." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is a lot of construction going on near the campus, plus the street signs are hard to see, so it can be a little bit difficult to find your way around. Also, I was more nervous than I needed to be--my faculty interviewer told me to relax, he just wanted to see how I presented myself." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I think I did all right. I don't think I did a great job at first, when my faculty interviewer said, "Tell me about yourself." I think I recovered, though, and my student interview was more comfortable even though she asked me tougher questions. I learned a lot about the school and how much the students there like it. USC did a great job of presenting itself through the student interviewer and the tour guides." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/06/2005

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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