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  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

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?

10 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)?

"What are you looking for in a medical school?" Report Response

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

"What do you do in your free time?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your research." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What volunteer activities have you been involved in?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None. The above four questions were the only ones I was asked. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I've been on a few others, so I don't feel it necessary to prep any more outside of glancing over interview feedback here." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"A lot of stuff. The school has a lot of trust in the students - the interview day is entirely student led..... The big class size seems like it works, contrary to what everyone at smaller schools wants you to believe. Like they said, how many close friends are you really going to have anyways? You're not going to be friends with the other 254 students at Jefferson. You're also not going to be friends with the other 59 students at Mayo. Learning is lecture and small group based, so you're not missing out on anything..... I liked the block schedule. Focusing on one topic with exams every other week or so would benefit me..... Hmm, what else? Some of the buildings are older, but there are new facilities also. The Hamilton building holds the 2nd year lecture room, and is also where many students spend their time studying..... The school holds community service in high regard. If you want to work with underserved patients, you probably won't find a better school. The school is affiliated with 21 hospitals in the Tri-State area. That gives you the opportunity to work with many different patient populations..... Finally, the admissions office is great, and encourages you to take advantage of their open door policy post-interview. I've found that most schools are very against additional information being added, or you showing your interest post-interview. Jefferson is the exact opposite." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The gym is pretty small like someone else mentioned. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The parking prices listed on their website are OLD. I picked out an $11 lot and it ended up being $20. There is an early bird special lot for $10 on Walnut St. near the Scott building." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Jefferson only interviews 800 out of about 10,000 applicants. With a class size of 255, you stand a pretty good chance of getting in if you get an interview..... Dr. Brooks is amazing when it comes to knowing her interviewees. If you interview here, you'll see what I'm saying..... There are two interviews, one student and one faculty. Both should be very laid back. There is 30 minutes allotted for the student and 60 for the faculty. My faculty interview actually lasted only about 10 minutes. But she seemed excessively busy, so I definitely understood..... Oh, and I was surprised not to see this here before I went, but they have one of the best lunches you will get. By far the best I've had. Salad, rolls, pasta, chicken, vegetables, and more. Great balance and not just a cold sandwich, chips and a cookie. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 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?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/14/2009

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?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

9 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?

10 out of 10

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