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  • University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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 was the most interesting question?

"If I forced you to go abroad as a medical student, where would you go and what would you do? (Better have a good answer to this as Penn's big push these days is global health)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had three free months to do something completely non-medical, what would you do?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed AMCAS and read online about Penn's unique curriculum." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students! For such a smart and highly motivated crowd, they were incredibly personable and grounded. They all were enthusiastic about the school, their classmates, and their city. Nowhere else have I enjoyed hanging out with medical students so much." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school's faculty has a major inferiority complex with Harvard/Hopkins/Yale, and Philly has a huge inferiority complex with New York City. My faculty interviewer was also pretty pompous. After belittling my career aspirations, he told me that as I was interviewing at Penn, he'd like to hear ''Be in charge of the CDC, NIH, or UN AIDs Council'' as an answer to his query of ''Where do you see yourself in 20 years?''" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How inbred the program seems. If you're not from an Ivy League school, you're going to feel out of place on the interview day." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Stayed with students in Center City the night before, went to class with them at 8 AM, then the official day of info session, anatomy lab, tour, lunch (phenomenal view), and two interviews. One interview was incredibly relaxed with a student, while the other was much more formal and with a faculty member. The student will have pored over your AMCAS application, but the faculty will likely have just skimmed it." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

PHL

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/07/2007

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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