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  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

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)?

"Could you clarify this on your AMCAS application?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses in light of your candidacy as a medical student." Report Response

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

"Why PSU?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you have changed about your research?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What would you have changed about your research?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"NOT memorizing/ rehearsing my answers which allowed me to respond genuinely, Consultation with a few doctors I worked with for advice, MSAR, SDN, Read generic SOM sample questions, I reviewed my AMCAS application/ personal statement, PSU web site, prayer." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Atmosphere, student-faculty relations, facility expansion, only Level I peds and adult trauma center in the area." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Location is a bit "out of the way" but, I'm going to be locked in my room studying, so who has time to lay on the beach?" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Materials provided from the school about PSU SOM at the interview were more detailed than the web site- I wish I had these to better prepare." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'm really glad I rented a car to get around, get dinner, visit the local Walmart, see Hershey, and not stress about a shuttle/cab getting me to my interview on time. P.S. DON’T EAT the pizza at Chicago OHARE Airport food court! I got food poisoning from it the day before my interview!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

Harrisburg (MDT)

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Best Western Harrisburg

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/29/2008

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

8 out of 10

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