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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"Since it was closed file, both interviewers asked me my mcat, gpa, major, etc. Then the classic, "tell me about yourself" question." Report Response

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

"Faculty interviewer asked me to name the first 5 elements on the periodic table." Report Response

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

"Both asked me what type of medicine and why. They also asked about the healthcare crisis. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me your beliefs about paranormal physics in relation to medicine? Do you think Obama will accomplish all he has promised?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The classic strength/weakness question. I haven't had this question yet, so it was a little tough. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, friends at Keck, read up on lac+usc" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"lac+usc is definitely reason enough to go here. It sucks that the school isn't ranked higher, but that's probably because they are incredibly clinically focused. Research funding isn't up to par with the top 20 schools. Everyone is really laid back, so it wouldn't be hard to be top of your class but have a good time too. County is awesome. What more could you want from a teaching hospital? Lunch was good too. Spicy ketchup rocks!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The cost is terrible. 40% of people get merit scholarships, so hopefully that works out. 42k in tuition people. That's probably what you'll make as a resident. Scary. The tour guide stressed p=md. Sure that is true, but AOA=top residency. Do you know what I'm saying?" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing at all! " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"They pride themselves about lac, so I recommend you do the same. It's a great place to learn medicine, so you should be excited about it anyway. Hands on medical education=USC. I only wish it were cheaper and ranked higher!!!!!!!!!" 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 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?

01/28/2009

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?

9 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

6 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

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"It would have been nice to have a presentation from Dean Quinn." Report Response

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