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"Your research is great, tell us about clinical experience"
"Why be a doctor?"
"why medicine, why DO, why do you want to come to the desert? (he asked all 3 together as he leaned back in his chair with his hands over his head. It was a distraction to try and intimidate. He cut me off when I was trying to answer all three questions. They just use it as an opener. Stay calm and stay yourself, they are really nice people at heart.)"
"List five characteristics that set you apart from the other applicants here today"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years."
"Why doctor? Why D.O.? Why Midwestern?"
"Why doctor? Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"Why DO and AZCOM?"
"What specifically makes you want to be a doctor?"
"Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?"
"Why medicine, why DO, and why Arizona?"
"Who is your role model?"
"Why Medicine/Why DO/Why Midwestern"
"Why medicine, why DO and why AZCOM? If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be and why? And what would you cook them? What is your exposure to OMM and how do you feel about it?"
"What do you think the life of a medical students is on a daily basis?"
"Why should we choose you?"
"Why should we not accept you into this year's class?"
"specific follow-up questions about my secondary essay"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"Why medicine? Why DO?"
"How I would respond to certain ethical situations such as if a young girl came into my office for birth control to help her with her acne and her mom was concerned about putting her on birth control at such a young age."
"What would your best friend say about you? What would your worst enemy say about you?"
"Why DO, why medicine?"
"What changed your interests from veterinary to medical?"
"What was the most critical patient you saw while volunteering in the ED? What was the best volunteer experience? HAve you ever shadowed a DO? Did he practice OMT?"
"What book did you read recently?"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"Why Medicine? Why Osteopathic medicine? both together"
"What would your best friend say is your best quality? Your worst?"
"Why medicine, and why osteopathic medicine?"
"What is empathy, and can it be taught?"
"How does your background working in a cabinet shop correlate with your current position in an orthopedic clinic?"
"Name an ethical issue in medicine (but didn't ask to elaborate)"
"Three people, neither friend nor family, that you would invite over to dinner and cook for: who would you invite, what would you cook?"
"why doctor? why do? why midwestern?"
"What do you like to do?"
"Health care: a right or a privlidge?"
"Thirty years from now when I am retired, how do I want people to remember me, what is my legacy?"
"If you saw a classmate blatently cheating would you report them. . . what if they said they had family problems and didn't have time to study?"
"If I had a patient who had terminal cancer and wanted me to help him die, what would I do?"
"What's the last book you read?"
"Why not be a nurse or PA?"
"This is always the first multi part question at any DO school: Why doctor, Why DO and Why AZCOM?"
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be?"
"What is something interesting about you to help me remember you out of all the other applicants?"
"If you could go anywhere after this interview with just the items you packed in your suitcase, where would you go?"
"What three people would you invite to dinner? one must be a scientist, one must be a political figure, and one must be an artist"
"When was the last time your cried? And they followed up with the question about it being ok to cry infront of a patient or not."
"Let's say for whatever reason you are against abortion. Now, let's say the hospital you're employed at tells you that you have to put your profession above your morals and perform an abortion. What would you do?"
"Have you ever failed in life?"
"I had questions about my skydiving past and what that was all about from personal statement I wrote in my supplemental. "
"Many questions specifically about me and my resume and my background. The most interesting was due to the fact that I had worked at Toys R Us during the holidays for three years: Tell me how working at Toys R Us relates to being a doctor? I pulled off an answer that the interviewer told me stunned him in a good way!"
"Research versus patient care. Which would you choose and why?"
"why medicine and why azcom?"
"Why medicine? Why D.O.? What would you do if you didn't get into med school this year? (I said I already did) What will be the deciding factor in choosing btwn AZCOM or the other school? "
"The interviews were semi-open (They had PS, supplementary answers, CVs, and I think Letter of Rec. NO Grades or MCAT scores were seen by interviewers) Why DO? Why AZCOM? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?"
"Why DO? Why MWU? "
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why Midwestern?"
"What is your position on stem cell research?"
"Why AZ? Why DO?"
"What is an ethical dillema that you have faced and how did you deal with it?"
"All in one: Why medicine, Why DO, Why AZCOM?"
"why osteopathic medicine why azcom? criteria to choose a school? some questions specific to me( EMT stuff)? positive attributes you have....?"
"Why medicine? Why doctor? Why osteopathic medicine?"
"Tell me about an ethical situation you have been involved in and what did you do?"
"Why Arizona? Why DO?"
"4 part q: Why medicine? What positive attributes will make you a good doc? Weakness that could affect your career? How you have improved on this area? "extra points if you answer all 4""
"Why DO? Why medicine?"
"Questions regarding my personal statement. What was your worst grade in? Tell me how you chose your major. "
"Give me a biographical summary of yourself."
"Would you go back to (country I volunteered)? After I said probably yes, they told me how I most likely wouldn't. Sad, yes. But I've been told that they do this to see how well you take criticism and negativity...so the best thing is to take is with a smile, like i did."
"Was there a specific incidence that made you want to become a physician?"
"If you had a 14 yo boy in your office with his parents requesting you give him growth hormones to make him bigger, what would you do?"
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"Who is/are your role model(s)?"
"Why AZCOM? Why not the other 3 medical schools in AZ? (I wrote that I am from AZ in my secondary essays)"
"Tell me about yourself and why you choice medicine and why D.O."
"Tell me about yourself, and tell me about your desire to become a physician. Include any exposure to osteopathic medicine and OMM."
"Tell us how you came to be here. Asked about my research. "
"Specific questions about my CV, why medicine?"
"why medicine, why do, why azcom?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor, why osteopathy, and why AZCOM?"
"Why DO, Why Doctor, Why AZCOM?"
"something about my research"
"When was the last time you cried?"
"What king of yoga do you do (specific to my file)? What would you do if you caught someone cheating?"
"Why DO, AZCOM? Tell us about yourself."
"Why medicine, why D.O., why AZCOM?"
"What is the biggest problem in healthcare today and what would you do to fix it."
"If you could invite anyone from the past to dinner, excluding family, who would it be and why?"
"Why D.O. and why did you chose to come all the way to Phoenix?"
"What is a selfish part of medicine that draws you to it?"
"Tell me about a specific problem in health care today and how you would attempt to fix it as a physician."
"They could see essays and CV. No grades or MCAT. So when I wanted to talk about something in those two realms, I felt like I was biting my tongue so I didn't tell them my stats. 1st question: Tell me a lil bout yourself."
"It was semi blind going off of personal statement, resume, and secondary. General "Why DO/Medicine?" question"
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"Based on Arizona state law, do you think doctors should be penalized or supported if they treat patients based on their beliefs? (this pertained to if I thought doctors should be penalized or supported if they chose not to perform an abortion)"
"Why Midwestern? Questions specific to my application."
"If you were to pick from all of your activities, which is your favorite and why? Tell us about your undergraduate research."
"Why medicine, DO, and AZCOM? -Did you apply to MD schools? Did you apply to only allopathic schools last year?"
"It was semi-open file, they had my CV in front of them but no grades/MCAT scores. They asked why DO, why medicine, why AZCOM"
"partially closed file, they have your secondary application and your essay on aacomas application. Right of the bat they ask you 3 questions: 1) why medicine 2) why do 3) why azcom"
"Why AZCOM and why Arizona?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"Who is a role model that you have within the medical field (I said I didn't have one!)"
"What were you thinking on the way to the interview? (That was easy cause the Red Sox had just won the ALCS... so I said ''My team just won the ALCS.''"
"why did you choose AZCOM and why did you choose D.O.?"
"Why do you want to change careers?"
"If you had a super power, what would it be?"
"Ethical question about the 18 yr old girl."
"Why osteopathic medicine and why AZCOM?"
"Biggest issue in health care."
"What moral/ethical situation have you faced and how did you respond to it?"
"If you could have dinner with one dead and one alive person, who? and what would you cook?"
"What are the major issues in healthcare today? What would you do to fix the problem nation wide?"
"What brings you here today?"
"Tell me one thing you want us to know that is not on your application"
"If you absolutely could not go into any medical field, what would you do instead?"
"Explain your hospital volunteering experience."
"specific questions about my patient care experience and public health internship? "
"What came first for you, the research or medicine?"
"What is the biggest problem facing medicine in america?"
"Do you understand difference between DO and MD"
"Why is your best friend your best friend?"
"Tell us about yourself... How did you come to this decision to pursue medicine?"
"Are you passive?"
"Why D.O. and why AZCOM?"
"What challenges do you see medicine facing 10 years from now?"
"How did you learn about D.O's, why D.O?"
"With your extensive background in research, why medicine?"
"Strengths and weaknesses"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What do you think about abortion? and then being challenged with a lot of follow up questions.."
"Why do you want to attend AZCOM?"
"What is the most pressing issue in health care"
"With all of your other experiences, how do you know that medicine is for you?"
"Why DO? Did you apply to MD schools as well?"
"Tell me about your research. "
"how do you deal with personal and academic challenges?"
"The ethical question i mentioned above"
"Why a doctor?"
"What would be your ideal patient?"
"Tells us what you know about Osteopathic Medicine."
"Do you know what OMM is?"
"you seem to have only volunteered with children. why havent you volunteered with any adults? "
"Tell me about yourself?"
"If you recieve a bad grade on your first exam in medical school, what would be the first thing you'd do?"
"There are always three questions I am asked at every interview, but I'm going to include it as one: Why do you want to come to this school, Why do you want to become an osteopathic physician?, Tell me about yourself."
"Tell me about osteopathy and why you want to become a DO."
"Tell us about yourself..."
"Tell me about yourself and patient experiences. "
"Tell us about yourself/what can you contribute to the next class?"
"If you could have dinner with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and why?"
"Why do you want to be a DO?"
"What have you been doing since you graduated in May?"
"Describe your clinical experience"
"Tell us about your research? (Details and specifics) How did you get a 45 on the MCAT and graduate with only a 2.1 GPA? (just kidding) ;) (it was really a 43) ha ha!"
"Tell us how you got here to this point. (Why medicine, why DO, why AZCOM, etc)"
"Tell us about yourself. Then asked more specific questions about my experiences."
"13 year old girl wants abortion (see above)"
"Tell us about yourself"
"1) Tell me about yourself. 2) What do you think is the biggest problem in health care today and why?"
"What is wrong with healthcare in the US?"
"why DO? why doctor? what specialty and why?"
"Tell me more about your research?"
"What do you like about AZ?"
"Changes in health care?"
"Tell us about yourself?"
"Tell us about yourself (start anywhere!)"
"How do you deal with set backs? "
"What was the last book you read?"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Why Midwestern? Who is your role model and why? Have you ever hired a tutor?"
"What 1 thing would you change about the health care system?"
"Why medicine? osteopathic medicine? Midwestern?"
"see above; expect the basic questions, why DO and not MD, why apply MD; why azcom, strengths, weaknesses, ethical questions, healthcare in the US; undergraduate experiences, future plans etc"
"Why do you like the T.v show the Simpsons?"
"Why DO? Why AZCOM?"
"why osteopathic medicine, why Midwestern?"
"Why do I want to be a doctor and why Midwestern."
"Why medicine? Why osteopathic?"
"Why medicine? Why AZCOM?"
"Both of your parents are M.D.'s...how do they feel about you being a DO?"
"What kind of music play with your violin?"
"Have you always been a leader? How do you lead?"
"Tell us about yourself? (The interview jokingly admitted that the question was rather open so the question wasn't that bad)"
"What was your semester and travel abroad experience like?"
"If you could invite one person to dinner who would it be and why? What dinner would you present them with?"
"Patient has late stage emphysema and... (near death). What factors do you base your decision on whether to put him/her on a respirator?"
"Why are certain grades so low, but MCAT so high?"
"What are certain grades so low, but MCAT so high?"
"Tell me about yourself, what would you do if you had a break between studies, why would you make a great D.O., if not accepted what would you do to improve your resume."
"Who do you think is the most influential American in the last 50 years? "
"Why D.O.? Know what makes osteopathic medicine unique and why you want to become a D.O."
"Would you like a glass of water? (I refused since I didn't want them to reject me based on my lack of coordination, plus, I drank the water in the waiting room right before I walked into the conference room). Why do you want to be a DO?"
"What experience have you had with osteopathic medicine? "
"Specific questions from my secondary application - re: my college thesis, current medical job, etc."
"About my research experience "
"Why D.O.? Why AZCOM?"
"have u ever shadowed a do? how deal with stress? any questions for the panel? how do you think you will deal with med school?"
"Why a physician?"
"What is your greatest accomplishment? What was the last book you have read? Why AZCOM and why osteopathic medicine?"
"what is osteopathic medicine? Why medicine?"
"Why do you want to be an Osteopathic Physician?"
"Why DO and Why Midwestern?"
"What would you do if you failed a test or class?"
"Tell us about yourself and what led to this point. What will I do if I do not get in. If I could do something differently, what would it be? How do I think working full time through school affected my performance and life during college."
"The questions were basically all from my app."
"Tell me about your website."
"Why osteo. med?"
"How did you get to this point and end up here?"
"Why are you here?"
"Tell me about yourself. Did you apply to other schools? Would you choose prestigious schools over this one? (I said that prestige doesn't necessarily translate into a good experience as a student, so I would go with my instincts). What do you want out of a school?"
"Why medicine, why D.O., and why AZCOM?"
"Tell us about yourself. Why Medicine? Why AZCOM? What undergraduate classes did you take that had nothing to do with medicine, and what did you learn from taking those courses?"
"Why medicine? Why osteopathic medicine."
"How would you transiton from a position of military leadership to one of being a student?"
"Tell us about yourself, what has led you to this point in your life?"
"IF you could have any car, what would it be? What was the last book you read? Why D.O. and why AZCOM?"
"tell me about yourself"
"What was your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and why a DO?"
"Any car in the world could be yours...what would it be?"
"If you saved someone and recieved any car as a reward, what would it be? Make sure you know what kind of engine it has, because I forgot a Viper has a V-10."
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine?"
"Why AZCOM, WHY DO? have you ever worked with a DO, explain experience"
"If you could be any animal what would you be?"
"Tell me something about yourself? What is the difference between Allopathic and Osteopathic medicine? What was the last book you read and what did you gain from it?"
"What kind of animal would you want to be"
"Tell us about yourself (this is not an easy question to answer by any means, I felt as though I was simply re-stating my personal statement and they could not have learned anything new from this question, but it had to be answered anyway). "
"If you were a doctor who knew how to do abortions but was an anti-abortionist, and you were the only physician in the state who knew how to do an abortion, and a girl came to you who was raped and requested an abortion, what would you do?"
"What experiences have you had that will help you in your future as a DO?"
"Tell us about your Law Enforcement career."
"Tell us about yourself."
"The same old questions--mostly about my file."
"How did I arrive at the decision to become a doctor?"
"Has your integrity ever been challenged?"
"Why DO vs MD"
"Why do you want to be a physician? Why AZCOM? "
"How were my two majors related?"
"What are your strengths?"
"Why do you want to be an osteopathic versus an allopathic doctor? "
"Ethical: You're an ER physician and what would you do if you find illegal drugs on your patient?"
"What makes a good Dr or a bad Dr? "
"Describe yourself, and why D.O and why AZCOM?"
"You realize that doctors don't make that much money any more don't you? And the strong hold that managed care has on the industry?"
"If you could cure any disease, which one would it be and why?"
"Why do I want to be an osteopathic vs allopathic physician."
"Why osteopathic medicine over allopathic? Why AZCOM?"
"What was your worst experience in a college course?"
"Why do you want to be a physician and qualities do you possess that will make you a good one?"
"Have you ever had to bend the rules? Describe the situation."
"Tell us about your research?"
"If you could dure any disease what would it be and why? Infamous dinner question. What was the last book you read?"
"What qualities do you have that would make you a good physician?"
"We know you want to be a doctor, why did you decide to become a DO? Describe present, past experiences that led you to this decision"
"If you were taking a test and the person next to you was cheating, how would you handle the situation?"
"Have you ever been tutored?"
"Would you change anything in your educational past?"
""What to do if a fellow classmate was cheating?"-->(my answer)..."What if he/she had a family crisis and it was just on a little quiz?""
"1)tell me about your city ? "
"Describe the osteopathic philosophy in your own words and how it relates to you."
"What was the last movie you've seen?"
"why physician and DO (in 1 question)"
"tell us the last book you read that was not assigned"
"What are three things you would change in US healthcare right now if you had all the money in the world (i gave them two, asked for a moment to think of the third, and they stopped me, admitting the question was hard and moved on. They try to intimidate you but they are good men at heart, just be yourself)"
"Talk about a current public health crises in U.S. and steps we should take to solve it"
"What is your greatest strength? Weakness?"
"Important quality of a physician? Example where you exemplified said quality?"
"Argue in favor of universal healthcare"
"3 people you'd invite to dinner and why?"
"Talk about your experience with Osteopathic Medicine"
"How one of my specific experiences (not medical) would relate to my career/prepare me for medicine"
"If you could bring one person back from the past, who would it be and why?"
"Why moving to Arizona?"
"If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?"
"Tell us about your research experience."
"What is your single most significant act of kindness?"
"Would you be willing to relocate so far from your family (from Florida to Arizona)?"
"What would you do if a patient asked you for an abortion but the pharmacist will not give you the medicine for it?"
"What did you learn from ____ (extracurricular experience)?"
"Give an example of a time you had academic difficulty and what you did in the situation."
"How many units are you taking this semester? How you deal with stress> How would you react if you fail your first exams?"
"Would you rather feel no pain, be on a train, or dance in the rain?"
"Why Phoenix, AZ?"
"Tell me about a clinical experience. (Make sure to elaborate on how it affected you, not just tell)"
"What makes you happy?"
"If you could choose between a vaccine for cancer, obesity or HIV for America which would you choose? What about for the world?"
"Why did you choose to volunteer with hospice?"
"If you could invite 3 people who were well respected in their fields to dinner, who would you invite, and what would you make?"
"Suppose you have a 9 month old pt. whose mother refuses to get them vaccinated regardless the information you present to try to convince/persuade her otherwise, what do you do? Have her sign a waiver of medical advice, refuse to see her anymore, etc.?"
"Who are ur role models"
"Why Osteopathic, why medicine, why AZCOM?"
"what experiences have you had with a do?"
"Why go to Medical School?"
"Do you think we should have a genetic profile for every citizen?"
"1. What is morality, and 2. Is it dependent on a higher power?"
"Why medicine? Why osteopathic medicine?"
"If you caught a classmate cheating, what would you do?"
"what is your favorite scene from a movie and why?"
"What would a day in my life be like in 2020?"
"Name an ethical dilemma you've faced and how you handled it."
"What would you do if a mom was refusing to immunize her two year old?"
"Who is your mentor and what is one thing that they said that shaped your life?"
"My parents are both in medicine, so I was asked something along the lines of, "Are you doing this because your parents are in medicine or because you made the choice yourself?""
"What do you think the first year of medical school will be like?"
"You mentioned the value of patient care, so why not become a nurse?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"why do? why midwestern? why physician"
"What is the difference between empathy and sympathy? And can it be taught?"
"A patient researches a treatment that is not yet an established norm and is adamant about receiving the treatment and the other physicians within your practice advise you not to use the treatment since they could be liable legally. How would you handle this situation?"
"are you self gratifying or self deprecating?"
"What is the single greatest act of kindness in my life?"
"If you caught a fellow student cheating, what would you? Follow-up: You mention you have a duty to the college, the instructor, and your fellow students. What about a duty to the classmate cheating?"
"If you could invite 3 people for dinner who would they be, why, what would you serve them and why?"
"If you got into your top DO and top MD school, how do you choose?"
"how will you, as a married student, adjust to life at azcom?"
"Tell us an ethical situation you have faced and what you learned from it"
"What is your favorite book? How do you think you will do in first year at med school? What will you do if you fail your first exam? "
"last two books you read"
"What do you feel should changed about healthcare today and why? What are your hobbies?"
"What makes a successful person?"
"Is there a specific experience that stands out to you during your time working as an EMT?"
"What is your position on the current health care debate?"
"How do you see yourself interacting with the class?"
"why are you taking an HPSP scholarship?"
"What is your opinion on the current health care debate happening in congress?"
"what would you do if saw cheating classmates? what would you do if cheating classmate asked you to lie for them? "
"If Obama called you up and asked your advice for healthcare reform, what would you say?"
"What is the difference between MD and DO? (Follow-up) What do you mean by holistic? "
"Why MD, why DO, why DCOM?"
"If you have one re-do in your life, what would you redo and why? Also: Why DO. (If you are applying DO, be prepared for this one at EVERY interview... Kind of common sense :/)"
"tell me about your research."
"What did you do for your Eagle scout project?"
"Do you have a memorable story from volunteering in the Children's hospital? (been there for 3 years)"
"How should healthcare in the United States be changed?"
"Difficult experience? "
"If you could invite three people (alive or dead) to dinner, who would they be and why?"
"What types of books do you like to read?"
"Why did you choose osteopathic medicine?"
"The President has just elected you to identify a major problem in healthcare and come up with a solution. What do you propose?"
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"What is your favorite book and what is the most recent book you've finished? What do you do to relieve stress? What is your greatest weakness?"
"Why AZCOM as opposed to (a different school they knew I interviewed at). Why do you want to come here?"
"How have you been a leader? What complications did you have while being a leader?"
"personal information from hobbies section of CV"
"Tell us about your research experience. "
"Did you apply to DO and MD? If so, how will you choose between allo and osteo?"
"something about my family"
"How would you solve heatlhcare? what is the best act of kindness (totally bombed that one)? Why this school?"
"What would you do if you were having some trouble in a class?"
"If healthcare as a profession was off of the table, what profession would you choose?"
"who is your best friend? what trait do they have that you admire?"
"Why medicine and why AZCOM. At the end of the interview they asked why they should accept me."
"Is leadership the most important quality for an individual?"
"They asked really personal questions about my extracurriculars, my family, and my interests - everything that I had mentioned either in my statements or on my C.V. "
"What are your pet peeves? "
"If a classmate was cheating during an exam, would you turn them in?"
"What was your undergrad major and how will it help you as a physician? How have you dealt with a difficult class?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing healthcare?"
"Tell me about your research "
"Tell us about a time when you were in an ethical situation."
"What is empathy and can it be learned?"
"How would you run a campaign to change healthcare? What would you change? How would you fund it?"
"Health care experience"
""You seem like a high-achieving motivated person. What are you going to do when you make a mistake? (and you will).""
"How would you specifically provide affordable healthcare to the underserved and disadvantaged? Do you have any questions for us? What is one ethical problem facing medicine today and how would you deal with it?"
"Why medicine and have I ever thought about any other medical career?"
"selfish reason/DO v. MD"
"How do you handle emaciated patients or those who are obese with difficult veins? (I've been a phlebotomist for over five yrs.)"
"Are you born with empathy, or can it be taught?"
"What is a major issue facing medicine today?"
"So is your job like CSI? (This was right after I told them not to ask that question. Humor... I love it.)"
"What was something you learned from your shadowing experiences?"
"How would you change our healthcare system?"
"How would you deal with a difficult person?"
"How do you think your research will help you as a physician?"
"Ethical question about Stem cell research."
"Tell me about your research project?"
"Tell us about research and experience. How will it help you as a professional? "
"What do you do for fun? Why DO?"
"If a teenage pregnant girl came into your office wanting an abortion, what would you do?"
"If you could cure one disease, what would it be and why?"
"Will your husband come with you?"
"What was the last book you read that was not required?"
"What did you learn from [something listed on my AACOMAS]."
"what is one quality that you want us to know about you that is not reflected in your application? "
"Why Medicine? Why DO?"
"What is the biggest problem facing OSTEOPATHIC medicine?"
"Tell me about your research experiences."
"Do you know the difference between DO and MD?"
"Who are you role models"
"If you had one million dollars, which charity would you donate to?"
"How did you pick your major? And how will it help you in your future practice?"
"Questions about my secondary application. They only have access to the secondaries. "
"According to the doctors you shadowed, what is the difference between MDs and DOs? (I thought this was worded strangely - do they want to know what I think, or what the Drs thought?)"
"What is one thing you want to change about yourself? (aka your weakness)"
"Why Osteopathic Medicine? Why Midwestern?"
"What was your least favorite course and why? "
"What do you think 1st and 4th year will be like?"
"Why did you choose AZCOM and do you think you can adapt? (i'm from the northeast)"
"What was your favorite/least favorite science class"
"What do you think about stem cell research? and then being challenged again.."
"Specific to my essay"
"How do you feel about stem cell research?"
"What is the largest medical problem in the United States"
"What do you see the role of a physician to be to the larger community?"
"Tell us about your research."
"What do you think of using animal models in research?"
"what do you do in your spare time?"
"Describe the most difficult pt you came across during your volunteer experiences for hospice. "
"What kind of patient would frustrate you?"
"Why do you want to be a physician, especially a DO?"
"What allopathic and osteopathic schools are you applying to? If you got into both allopathic and osteopathic schools, what will you base your decision on?"
"What is your view on stem cell research?"
"Do you consider osteopathic medicine an alternative medicine?"
"Ethical abortion question stated above. (I later discovered that there really is no right answer to this question. The adcom wants to see how you handle yourself given this type of question. The really want to see that you are a compassionate individual and are able to give credance to both sides of the questions. "
"your dad's a MD, how does he feel about you applying to DO schools and where does he work, etc."
"What would you write on your tombstone?"
"What is the least favorite thing you liked about your research experience?"
"What would your friends say they like best about you?"
"Osteopathic medicine relies alot on it's alumni for support. Why would you be proud to support this profession after graduation?"
"What is your position on medical marijuana and physician assisted suicide?"
"Why DO and Midwestern?"
"If I were your patient in 10 years what would i expect from you?"
"if there was one thing that you wouldn't like about being a physician, what would it be?"
"What will be the biggest problem in healthcare in the next 10 years?"
"If you were required to lethally inject an inmate on death row, what would you do?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"If you could pick any disease to research and cure, which would you choose and why?"
"What intimidates you the most about being a doctor?"
"Do you intend to stay in the military after you finish med school?"
"What other schools have you applied to?"
"Where do you yourself in 10 years?"
"Ethical questions up the ying-yang. Death penalty, abortion, mixing personal views with medicine, illegal immigrants, greatest problem w/ health care and so on and so on and so on... (he's still there asking me questions). "
"What is the most difficult thing you have ever done and how did you accomplish it?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Who are some of your role-models and why?"
"What is the biggest problem in the medical field today? Then because of my answer they asked the question about insurance company testing."
"What did you like most/least about your volunteer work in Louisiana w/ the America n Red Cross?"
"If one of your classmates was struggling in a class you were doing well in, what would you do?"
"10 people on a bus that crashes (see above)"
"If you had enough money, that you and your were financially set for the rest of your life, what would you do with the rest of the money that you have?"
"3) What would you do if you were having a problem in a class and didn't understand the material? 4) What would you do if you saw a classmate struggling in a class?"
"Would I treat an illegal alein "
"name and discuss a medical ethical issue"
"Do you think more money should be spent on AIDS research or education?"
"Tell us about your reseach and how it relates to medicine."
"Why DO? Why Midwestern?"
"What one feature would you like to change about yourself?"
"When in your life did you decide you wanted to go into medicine?"
"What would you see different at a DO or MD office? How would the doctors be different?"
"How do you feel about OMM?"
"End stage emphasima, what do you do, and why?"
"What has been your experience/exposure to osteopathic med? Have you ever failed something?"
"Okay, but why AZCOM?"
"Why would you make a good doctor?"
"What types of community service projects have you led and participated in?"
"why azcom, why D.O., and why apply to M.D. programs?"
"How do you feel about Stem Cell Research? "
"What do you do to releave stress?"
"What is one time I have failed at something and how did I deal with it?"
"Ethical stuff about illegal immigrants and healthcare."
"Tell us about "your hobby." The above "interesting" question."
"Are you interested in family practice (both my parents do that)...answered no, said psych...asked (sarcastically though not in a mean way) how OMM can be used in psychiatry."
"Did you mind redshirting your first year in football?"
"If a 14 year old girl came into your office wanting an abortion....? A year later dad comes back and says his daughter committed suicide because of her baby...what do you do?"
"What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?"
"What do you expect MSI to be like and do you realize how much different it will be than graduate school was?"
"What aspects of your volunteer experience led you to your decision to pursue medicine?"
"How do evaluate an applicant's level of compassion?"
"What books have you read lately? "
"If a resident punched you because you refused to do a procedure that you had never done what would you do, what if you and your girlfriend broke up in the middle of school."
"What is your view on affirmative action?"
"Do you regret anything?"
"Most questions are specific to your application. However, an MS-III was one of the interviewers on my panel, and he asked a few difficult ethical questions. Here's one example: You're a medical student and an attending is doing a surgical procedure with a resident (it's your first time observing this procedure). The attending finishes the procedure, takes off his gown, tells the resident to close up, and leaves the room. The resident, in turn, looks to you and tells you to close up and starts to walk out the door. You've never closed before, so you tell the resident that. The resident punches you in the chest and says, "Useless med student. Get out of here." How do you respond?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why did you apply to AZCOM? What does osetopathic medicine mean to you?"
"Specific questions from my application."
"When and how did you decide to pursue medicine as a career?"
"What do I think is the definition of osteopathic medicine?"
"If you failed anatomy, what would you do?"
"how my academic and other experiences have prepared me for osteopathic med school."
"What is the difference b/t D.O.s and M.D.s? "
"Should osteopathy be promoted on a national scale? Why?"
"The cloning/stem cell/life support (ethical/moral) question. What was my most significant experience in my major? "
"Why AZCOM? if you get into more than 1 school, still AZCOM?"
"What questions do you have for us? Make sure you ask some, they almost expect you to."
"Asked to describe two separate ecologically animal related research projects I worked on previously."
"In a few sentences what would you say is the difference between DO and MD?"
"Do you think your answer (to previous question) would offend an MD?"
"A question basically asked what the difference was between a DO and MD."
"What was your research?"
"Tell me about your reseach."
"Who is your role model?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? How do you deal with stress? Why humanities major- do you think this is a disadvantage? "
"Did you apply to any other schools? (I personally think this quesiton is irrelevant to an interview. So I answered vaguely. Of course everyone applies to more than one school, unless you know you only want to go to a particular school and nowhere else.)"
"You took 3 years off to work for "this company" you were a paramedic why didn't you work as that for those 3 years? (answer is money and benefits...which is sad to say)"
"What do you expect from your first year of medical school? What was the last book you read? What did you learn from it? What was the best and worst part of two of my previous jobs?"
"What do you dislike most about the farm? What classes do you like and dislike and why?"
"What was your favorite duty station and why?"
"Mostly the questions were specifics from my resume and personal statement."
"How did you decide to play ice hockey? How will you maintain your health during school?"
"what do you think about abortion and relegion and opinions about it."
"If you had a few extra hours, how would you spend it?"
"What disease would you cure and why?"
"In another life, what kind of kitchen appliance would you be? "
"Dicuss how you became interested in Osteopathic Medicine?"
"have you ever disagreed with a superior?"
"explain reseach, clinical experiences, volunteer expereinces, tell abotu a specific patient you interacted with during a clinical experience"
"Scenario: You are in surgery with a doctor, a resident and yourself. The surgery is finished except for closing procedure. Doctor tells resident to close, resident tells you to close, but you don't know what you are doing. You tell the resident and he reacts by punching you in the chest and calling you a good for nothing med student. What would you do?"
"If you could invite 3 famous people for dinner, who would you invite and what would you serve for dinner. Have you ever disagreed with a superior, what did you do about it? Why AZCOM? "
" what was the last book you read?"
"Ethical question about a person wanting to be removed from a ventilator but the family wanting him to stay on. I've found that there is no right or wrong answer to an ethical question, just a consistant one. Make sure you do not contradict yourself."
"If you spotted one of your students in class cheating on a test, what would you do?"
"Tell us about yourself. (This is harder than you think because it is difficult to know where to begin and when to stop talking.)"
"How did the Dr. you know influence you decision to become a D.O."
"How did you become interested in Osteopathic Medicine"
"How will I handle it if I fail a class or a test?"
"Do you believe in osteopathic manipulations?"
"Why do you want to pursue osteopathic medicine?"
"What specifically did you learn from your clinical experiences that reinforced your desire to become a DO?"
"What disease would you eliminate and why? "
"Who do I see as the person that I will turn to for support? How will you handle being married and in school?"
"Tell us about your particular experiences/responsibilities during your volunteer work."
"Why Osteopathic medicine?"
"What was your most difficult class and how did you deal with it? "
"Personality: Describe your bestfriend? What kind of boooks do you read? What is the most exotic place that you've traveled?"
"What do you think causes road rage?"
"Do your favorite impersonation?"
"You have lived in MO your whole life, why would you want to move to Arizona?"
"How does your father feel about you wanting to become a DO? (My father is an MD.)"
"They asked me a lot of questions about my personal statement, such as my cancer research and marathon running experiences."
"I see here that you were involved in athletics. How do you think some of the things you learned in this arena will carry over to a medical career?"
"If you had established a practice and then your state mandated that physicians would have to give lethal injections (in a lottery based system), what would you do?"
"If you could cure any disease, what would it be and why?"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"What do you think Medical School will be like?"
"If you could pick, what would you want your patients to be like? Name a time whan you disagreed with a boss/ teacher, and how you handled it. "
"If you had an extra hour each day what would you do?"
"Would you want to continue research while you are in med school? Why?"
"If you were working in a group or was in a class with someone who made it very difficult for the group or class, what would you do?"
"How have you and your wife prepared for medical school?"
"How would you make a person with Type II DM, smokes, drinks, HTN, change their lifestyle for a more healthy life?"
""I see that you did a lot of reasearch...tell me about it.""
"2)why do you want to be a DO? 3)how would you handle a situation where DOs are looked down on "
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What would you do if you caught a fellow student cheating?"
"X looks really cool... (not a question but a statement)"
"ethical question about vaccines"
"What utensil would you be (answer fast, they are trying to see how adaptable you are). ALSO they asked "we all know smoking is bad. If you owned a hospital would you make all your employees stop smoking outside of the workplace for their safety?" (the answer is no, because you cannot infringe on someone's lifestyle, even if it would benefit them, it comes down to autonomy, The interviewer will question you, again and again, to try and make you crack but just stick with your answer). ALSO "if you had until the end of the day to give me the specialty of your choice, could you? (i said no because i may go through medical school and like something completely different, then they kept asking me "are you sure")"
"What would you do if you saw one of your classmates cheating on an exam?"
"Explain a time you failed. Last book I read. Why DO, why Midwestern."
"A couple basic ethical questions, but mostly questions straight from my resume."
"Two characteristics by which your friends would describe you?"
"Talk about a stressful situation"
"What qualities would you look for in a competitive applicant?"
"What are some things your friends would say about you (strengths and weaknesses) Talk about a stressful situation."
"If I could completely change healthcare in the US however I wanted, what would I do?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Any academic challenges during college? How did you handle?"
"Tell us of a significant moment during your shadowing experience."
"What are the biomarkers that can indicate a traumatic brain injury? (specific to my experiences)"
"How do you think you will handle the stress of medical school? How do you relieve stress?"
"What are some doubts about the medical profession? About the osteopathic profession?"
"Do you think your family will be able to handle you being in medial school?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Would you give a new lung to a 20 year old male chronic smoke who shows no signs of stopping, or an 80 year old healthy man?"
"If you saw a person cheating on the test what would you do? What if he was your friend and was going through a tough time and asked that you keep it quite and it would be just this one time?"
"A question about my hobbies. Majority of the questions were application specific"
"What type of medicine do you think you want to go into? Why?"
"Do you not think that researchers have an impact on others (I changed from a research track to medicine)?"
"Why doctor, DO, AZCOM?"
"Why a doctor, why DO, why AZCOM?"
"tell us about your research- nothing specific, no grilling..just gave a brief overview"
"On your CV you said you were a novice baker - how's that working out for you?"
"when was a time that you used critical thinking to solve a problem?"
"What is your greatest weakness?"
"Why medicine, why AZCOM, why DO?"
"What movie actor do I want to play me?"
"How will you handle stress and failure in medical school?"
"Tell me about your research"
"What is my biggest concern for my first year at school and how will I deal with the problem"
"What's something you wish we'd asked?"
"I see that you have had extensive research experience, where do you plan to take this in your medical career and how will you balance everything?"
"Is there any question that you wish we had asked you today? What is that question and how would you answer it?"
"How will you deal with the enormous amount of debt that you are about to undertake?"
"How will you balance your life during medical school?"
"Tell me about your choice to enter medicine, DO, AZCOM."
"What is the biggest mistake you have ever made in your life?"
"What was the most recent book you've read for pleasure and why did you read it?"
"besides friends and family, what makes you happy?"
"Have I ever broken a rule in my life? "
"What is the greatest thing you can do for another human being as a doctor?"
"If you find yourself struggling first quarter of your medical career, what would you do?"
"Cheating, patient refusals, ethics topics"
"other application specifics"
"What challenges will you face as a DO?"
"Specific questions regarding activities listed on CV. They just wanted to know more about my responsbilities and involvement."
"do you think eveyone should have healthcare"
"What really shaped your life and lead you to want to become a DO?"
"How do you think you will fare in your first year?"
"Your father is an allopathic physician, so what made you decide to go into osteopathy? What do you think the difference between allopaths and osteopaths are REALLY?"
"Why medicine? Why not Ph.D.? (I've done a fair amount of research)"
"Questions about EC's."
"Tell me the difference between DO and MD without using the term "holistic""
"what makes you sad? happy? angry? what is one thing that you regret? three ppl you want to invite to dinner? who and why and what u make for them?"
"Why AZCOM? What criteria will you use to pick your top 3 schools?"
"Problems with medicine in the United States"
"what is your family life like (i mentioned family was very important on my statement), and who are your role models?"
"There is an old man and a baby drowning in a river. You HAPPEN to be in a boat next to them and able to save only one...Which one? (Baby, duh) Follow up: Baby has cystic fibrosis, old man is researcher who won nobel prize for research on CF and is close to cure, then who?"
"tell me about shadowing."
"What was your least favorite class? (I added favorite class to the answer, too)"
"How would you adjust to Arizona? Could you handle the move? (I'm from MI)"
"What was your favorite science class? Least favorite class?"
"Why med, DO, MWU? Basically they want to know that you really really really REALLY want to go there. they asked me if i would go there if i was accepted like 5 times, i was sick of saying YES! "
"What was one thing that really worked to your advantage in your undergrad, and how could it work here? And what is one thing that was a disadvantage in your undergrad and apply that here as well."
"If you do bad on your first test, what would you plan to do to improve?"
"What is the difference between an MD and a DO?"
"How will you manage to balance school life with family life?"
"Other questions specific to my app about my music, research, learning habits/styles, teaching history"
"What is the hardest question you've received in an interview? A couple more questions specific to my hobbies, interests, work experience, etc."
"Top 3 movies of all time and why? only question that really caught me off guard. "
"would i be comfortable dissecting a cadaver"
"What do you like to do for fun? What is the biggest ethical dilemma you've ever had?"
"Specific question about my profile"
"Why did you double major in Psychology?"
"As a 2nd career do you feel that should be held against you? define empathy compare to sympathy? is compassion learned or inate? stuff about my file"
"What would you do if your preceptor was mishandling one of your patients?"
"What is the biggest problem in the U.S. healthcare system today?"
"have you ever said something you didn't mean to say and if so what did you do to correct the situation."
"What was your biggest failure or mistake, and how did you come to deal with it?"
"Why Medicine, why DO? What would you tell a group of students who are interested in learning the differences among Dos and MDs ?"
"How would you deal with an ethical situation? (yes, that is EXACTLY how it was asked...I had to come up with my own scenario to make an example)"
"Personal things and then "What was the last book you read?""
"Do you have any questions for us?"
"What do you think medical school will be like?"
"Who is you best friend and what are their qualities?"
"How many schools did you apply to?"
"A hero of yours who isn't living"
"Describe a challenge you've had to overcome during your research. "
"What did you learn from the difficult time you encountered during your life (taken from my essay)? Are you willing to live in Phoeniz/Arizona area after graduating?"
"What was my favorite (clinical or non-clinical) volunteer experience?"
"If a patient couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pay a bill what would you do?"
"What are you entitled to?"
"How do you think you will manage the course load in medical school?"
"What is an issue specific to the osteopathic profession?"
"What is your opinion on stem cell research?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"What is your view on euthenasia? And follow up questions."
"Why did you choose to apply to AZCOM?"
"Describe your familiarity with osteopathic medicine and OMT."
"Who is the historical figure that I look up to the most."
"What was your toughest decision while on Student Senate during your undergrad?"
"What were you thinking about on your way in today? "
"Is there anything else you would like us to know that is not on your application? "
"What was the last book you read?"
"Is there anything on your application that you want us to know that isn't already stated?"
"How has (random experience from my resume) helped prepare you to become a physician? BTW - the interview is sort of halfway open file. The interviewers do not have any of your scores in front of them but they do have information from your secondaries as well as your personal statement."
"What is your pet peeve?"
"Why D.O. and why AZCOM?"
"Why are you interested in DO as opposed to MD?"
"how would you handle being belittled by a patient and MD for being a DO? "
"What is the biggest problem facing health care today?"
"Why are you switching from teaching to medicine?"
"(something specific from resume) mine was about dancing and research"
"If you were working in a hospital and you disagreed with a superior's behavior, how would you handle it?"
"How does teaching empower individuals? Have you ever had to use your CPR skills?"
"What makes you unique?"
"Childhood obesity and diabetes."
"If I(interviewer) was an anxious person and you had to call me in to do some medical tests because there was a possibility that I might have a serious disease, how would you approach me?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What did you take away from your volunteer/work experience?"
"What do you think is a healthcare issue in the U.S?"
"What is one thing that you enjoy about your research? - I could have told them more things that I didn't like about it!!"
"How would your friends describe you"
"What do you do to relax, what was your favorite non-major course"
"Why DO? Where else did you apply?"
"Tell us about your ...(student organization)."
"What patient experiences have you had? (I told them about dealing with my mother's illness. I suppose they weren't satisfied with that answer because then they asked me to elaborate on a particular patient that influenced me besides my mother). "
"How does you background help you in your future practice"
"What would your friends say about you?"
"What would you do if you were not accepted to medical school this year? (I already have been and told them so; they laughed and moved on)"
"Tell me about your journey to this decision. "
"Your dad is MD- why did you choose DO?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? They wanted specifics such as location/what type of place I'd like to live. At first I addressed the question professionally, then personally (like family stuff)"
"Describe a time that you failed and then made up for the failure or overcame it."
"If you got an F on your first test in your first year, how would you handle it?"
"How, as a physician, can you give DO's a positive image"
"If a patient with chronic pain came to you requesting euthanization, what would you do?"
"What makes you happy?"
"What would you do if a teenaged girl came to you requesting an abortion and she didn't want her parents to know?"
"Tell us about yourself. I later poked fun at myself on how much I had practiced for the interview and responses that other people would tell me to say. The director of admissions later remembered me on how personable I was at the interview. Just remember that you are being interviewed because they feel that your stats are good enough. They also want to make sure that your personality is on par as well."
"significant other question. which i was really taken aback by."
"What do you think physicians will have to face in 10-15 years?"
"How do you feel about the Schiavo case?"
"How do you handle stress? "
"What is the most shocking thing you have ever done in your life?"
"What do you think of the new Medicare Bill being introduced at the beginning of the new year?"
"If you knew that you would struggle to get by financially as a physician, would you still go to medical school?"
"Discuss your research project and paper"
"Tell us something you read recently in the news that was interesting to you? (mentioned that 10x concentrated synthetic cabbinoid variant used to grow new neurons in rats) which lead to the most interesting question.."
"is there anything you would like to tell us that hasn't been covered in this interview?"
"You have a 16 year old patient who comes in and turns out to be pregnant. What do you do?"
"What is your most memorable clinical experience?"
"He picked out parts of my resume and asked about different activities."
"How do you feel about stem cell research?"
"Have you been keeping up with the news about Vioxx?"
"tell us what you know about osteopathic medicine."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What do you think of OMM/OMT?"
"Greatest weakness? blah, blah, blah..."
"What causes poverty?"
"Name a selfish reason you have for becoming a doctor."
"What seperates you from all the other candidates here today?"
"Dinner with 3 people."
"What is the difference between MD and DO? Why DO?"
"The rest were just about my specific file."
"Give a pro and a con of osteopathic medicine. "
"If your left thumb was somehow cut off, and you could not become a physician, what would would do for a career?"
"5) Questions pertaining to my background--jobs, research, etc. "
"Is healthcare a right or privilege?"
"talk about my psychology and biology honors thesis and research projects"
"What made you decide DO rather than other fields, i.e. naturopathy?"
"What is one of the greatest problems you've ran into and what did you do to overcome it?"
"Tell us about yourself? Support system? How would you handle living in AZ?"
"What do you want to tell us about you that isn't already stated in your application materials?"
"Tell us about your research, How do you have time to be proficient playing the guitar and trumpet, what can you bring to AZCOM, Why DO?"
"What is something you have read recently about the medical system that you believe needs changed?"
"Where else did you apply to?"
"What are you planning on doing during your time off? (out of school)"
"Explain your research?"
"What do you do in your freetime to relieve stress?"
"Tell me about yourself and why we shoudl take you?"
"If one patient asked me if I could even write prescriptions since I was a DO, what would you say?"
"tell me about your clinical experiences?"
"If I could cure one disease what would it be and why?"
"Why should we accept you?"
"Have you studied abroad and if so, tell us about that? What interesting book have you read recently? "
"What was a difficult situation in your life and how did you overcome it?"
"Why medicine? Why Midwestern?"
"Why did you wear what you wore today?"
"What is your opinion of OMM and the osteopathic philosophy in general?"
"Why AZCOM? Why Phoenix?"
"JUST READ STUDENT DOCTOR QUESTIONS. You will be asked a total of 10-15 questions total"
"Are you aware of the sacrifice med school will require from your family (avg. 6 months away during MS III and IV)?"
"Have you personally experienced OMM/OMT?"
"Tell me about your family. Tell me about your shadowing experiences. Why did you pick the physicians that you shadowed."
"A 14 year old girl came to you confessing she is pregnant, do you tell the parents?"
"Did you ever wish that you had put your foot in your mouth? "
"Also, make sure to read up on current healthcare issues and national news. They want to make sure you are aware of major global issues, both in healthcare and in general."
"What can you contribute to our school? "
"What kinds of challenges do you perceive primary care physicians currently face?"
"Top three D.O. schools I am applying to, and why I chose those as my top three."
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"what was your most memorable patient. describe what you did at a particular job. have you ever been misjudged? What would you do if you dont' get accepted to med school? name 3 words to describe yourself"
"The one about the suicidal patient"
"When have you put your foot in your mouth?"
"The dinner question. Do you have any questions for us? What accomplishment are you most proud of? If you could cure one disease, what would it be?"
"Should US have socialized medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself. "
"There were a lot of questions about what I put on my resume (especially from the med student). Be prepared to go into detail on some of your activities, and be able to expalin what each is throughly-I accidentally forgot to omit a project on my resume (it's not important and I don't like discussing it), but sure enough I was asked about it and could have answered the question much better than I did."
"Hypothetical about performing abortion on someone, very general."
"They asked me about the most important finding in my research. Would I consider a MD/PhD dual degree?"
"Questions about things I said in my essay."
"Why do you want to go to AZCOM?"
"Have I ever shadowed a DO?"
"What if you don't get in?"
"What attributes do you have that would make you a good doctor?"
"Describe your motivation to be a DO. Asked if I had experienced manipulation under the DO I shadowed. "
"Mainly about my extracurricular activities and hobbies."
"What are you intrested in studying as a speciality?"
"What was the most significant experience you had in Mexico City while serving your L.D.S. mission?"
"What are you doing to prepare yourself for medical school? What did you learn most on your (church) mission?"
"Tell us about your native language and it's culture."
"When did you get here? What did you do last night? Scenario about 2 out of 8 people can't be saved--how do you tell them."
"what can u bring to AZCOM"
"What drives you in life?"
"How would you respond to an MD's argument that the best way to practice medicine is to diagnose then, fix them and then send them on their way? Efficient medicine is the best route to take? Pretty much, why DO over MD?"
"What did you do yesterday when you got into town? I made the mistake of mentioning I read the DO's Osteopathic Medicine in America in the hotel, and so I was asked to briefly discuss the history of osteopathic medicine."
"would you like a glass of water?"
"tell us about yourself, what is a successful physician, "
"What would you do if you caught someone cheating on a test? What if they gave a sob story about their wife and kids being sick?"
"What was the best and worst thing about being a counselor at summer camp? What do you want out of medical school? What would your ideal patient be like? There was a question about my research. Have you ever put your foot in your mouth? "
" how do you unwind?"
"Will I continue to train and race triathlon while in medical school."
"If you saw friends trying illegal substances, what would you do?"
"What would yuou do if you failed a test?"
"What I would change about my past if I could and why."
"What I would chnage about my past if I could and why."
"What did you gain from your clinical experiences."
"What do I tell people when they ask the difference between osteopathic medicine and "regular" medicine?"
"What clinical experience do you have?"
"Who do you turn to for support?"
"If you had studied for an exam all weekend and it was now 7pm on sunday night and you could cram all night to get a 97% or you could stop studying and get a 92% what would you do?"
"What do you believe is the most important ethical situation facing medicine today? "
"Tell me about any specific patients that have stood out in your memory?"
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school?"
"Describe your clinical experiences "
"What is the difference between allopathic and osteopathic medical school?"
"What field of medicine are you interested in?"
"Describe your most meaningful patient experience?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences and shadowing."
"What would you do (career) if you didn't get into medical school at all? "
"I have a patient who is diagnosed with a chronic illness and asked me to do physician assisted suicide.. what do I do?"
"What do you think that medical school is going to be like?"
"Why do you want to be a physician versus a nurse/PA?"
"If you could cure any disease, what would it be and why?"
"What do you think medical school will be like? How do you relieve stress? Why Physician, specifically DO? Name a time when you were misjudged and how did it make you feel?"
"If you could be something other than a physician, what would you be?"
"You have a family, why do you think you can handle med school?"
"What do you think your typical day will be like in ten years?"
"If you could cure one disease what would it be?"
"What does Haleakala in the name Haleakala Crater mean? - I'm from Hawaii. "
""Do you find that you study better in groups or on yuor own?""
"4)what clinical experience do you have? "
"What do you consider your greatest strength? Weakness?"
"Why osteopathic medicine? Where else did you interview?"
"which shadowing experience was the best?"
"if you were a utensil, what utensil would you be."
"Do you think physical touch is still relevant to the doctor-patient relationship with more and more people glued to their phones and telemedicine on the rise?"
"If you could choose to have one superpower, what would it be and why?"
"What non-medical related books have you read in the past three years?"
"All pretty basic."
"If you could invite three people to dinner, who and why? What would you cook them?"
"If you can cure any disease, what would it be?"
"Ethical question about how to handle a mother that doesn't want her child (your pt) vaccinated."
"If you could cure any disease, what would it be?"
"If inviting three people, living or dead, who would you invite?"
"Ethical Question Regarding lethal injection"
"The euthanasia scenario (specific to my experiences)."
"What is the most important skill for a practising physician?"
"What will wars in the future be about?"
"How would you deal with ___ difficult patient (scenario described)"
"If I have one year off and all the money that I need, what would I write a book about?"
"Who was your favorite patient?"
"Would I be able to handle and balance a rigorous and difficult lifestyle as a medical student?"
"Tell me about how OMM has influenced your desire to become a DO."
"An application specific question they asked as a follow up question to an earlier answer of mine."
"If you could choose between a vaccine for cancer, obesity or HIV for America which would you choose? What about for the world?"
"If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be?"
"If you could ask us any interview question, what would it be, and what would your answer be? (I read about AZCOM asking which kitchen appliance you would be and why, so i asked this one)"
"The question about how to deal with a mother refusing vaccinations for her child."
"How are you different from your sister :)"
"Baking question - didn't expect it."
"what you change about your mom? your dad? have you every disappointed them?"
"If you could invite any celebrity to dinner, who would it be?"
"Gave me a situation about higher medical error rates for certain types of new residents, asked me to analyze and provide a solution (based on my past experience with medical safety)"
"If you could take any three people to dinner, who would they be?"
"How do you base your decision to go to medschool with respect to your spouse?"
"Stuff related to my app."
"If I had a super power, what would it be and why?"
"What is a social health issue you would choose to fix?"
"What are you going to do when you are a physician and people are unable to pay for your services, or when insurance companies try to pay you less than you ask for your services? They wanted a solution out of me, and all I could say was I would not refuse a patient due to their insurance, its just not who I am. I also said that I know that will happen going into this profession, and it doesnt bother me because it comes with the territory."
"With the current state of health care today, costs are sky high for people. What is the best way to reduce costs and what would you personally do to help reduce costs?"
"What is the most intense emotion you have ever felt? Do you know any jokes? Can you teach me how to sing? (they noticed on my ap I was in choir)"
"What influence did/does your parents' careers have on your life?"
"If I am a parent and have a child and I am opposed to you giving them a flu vaccine because of all the horror stories I have heard, how would you convince me to let you vaccinate my child? (They wanted me to act as if I was really the doctor... role playing!)"
"All of the questions were interesting in their own ways."
"what would your ideal patient be like?"
"What would I do if I was not doing well in my first semester of medical school?"
"The Toys R Us question"
"What are some problems with healthcare today? Followed by: How would YOU fix them? "
"Various questions from my resume - they were pretty specific!"
"If Pres. Obama were to call you and ask you about your opinions on the current healthcare debate, what would you say? "
"biggest mistake in life"
"They were all pretty straightforward questions though I did feel like i was repeating a lot of things. There was one question that the interviewer across from me seemed like she was looking for an answer so she asked the question a couple different ways."
"Ethical question about religion"
"If you weren't about to go into medicine right now, what would you be doing with your life?"
"Is fear a motivator for you? 3 people to dinner, who would you bring and what would you make? If you had to put on a talent show right now, what talent would you showcase?"
"are you self gratifing or self deprecating?"
"If you had one plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go. The catch: You only have the provisions you brought with you on this interview trip"
"If you could have dinner with any 3 people dead or alive who would it be and what would you cook for dinner?"
"What do you do when a patient refuses to follow your advice?"
"Why did I choose to come back to school after a hiatus"
"Does your parents success make you feel like you have to live up to them?"
"How often do you run? (Hobby on my CV). The rest is a blur...too many interviews at this point...!"
"Do you know how Jimmy Hendrix died? (led to a discussion about attempted suicide and a physician's role in respecting the wishes of the patient) What would you do if someone came to you with wounds that looked intentional?"
"Name three musicians you would like to invite to dinner, why you would invite them, and what you would serve them."
"One of the interviewers basically insinuated I was stupid for wanting to volunteer my life to serving people. Thankfully, I didn't catch the sarcasm at the time. haha"
"Who has been your mentor, and what is the one phrase that they said to you that really shaped your life?"
"What are the 3 most important characteristics of choosing a medical school?"
"Why did Jimi Hendrix die?"
"Ethical question as a future doc on approving use of growth hormone on 14 yr old patient wanting to play football"
"I don't remember!"
"(specific to hobby) Who is your favorite artist and why, and what kind of art do you enjoy doing most?"
"top 3 movies."
"What makes you happy and what makes you sad?"
"three best qualities and three worst qualities"
"If you could invite three people for dinner, who would they be, why and what would you serve them?"
"If you could invite 3 people to dinner alive or dead, who would they be? What would you make them??"
"What qualities does your best friend have that you admire?"
"Do you like to read and what books are they?"
"If the laws were changed to require every physician to participate in death-row executions, how would you feel?"
"what would you send into space to represent humankind to any other intelligent life out there?"
"What similarities have you found between rock climbing and medicine"
"What would you do if you saw your classmate blatently cheating on an exam?"
"Who is your best friend and what qualities do they have? Do you have those qualities?"
"What goals have you set that you have failed>?"
"What is your favorite character to be when playing MarioKart? (I mentioned it in my PS)."
"When was the last time you cried?"
"One that was specific to one of the responses I made in a previous answer. "
"The book question"
"Do you think stem cells should be used in research? "
"Tell us about a time when you were in an ethical situation."
"Who is you best friend and what are their qualities?"
"What is one time that you are been treated unfairly or discriminated against?"
"What problem do you see future physicians facing which isn't present today or wasn't in the past?"
"How would you specifically provide affordable healthcare to the underserved and disadvantaged?"
"If a patient were unable to pay for services, what would you do?"
"What does your wife think of all of this?"
"Are you instinctive?"
"If you had to write a book about yourself, would be you title it?"
"What is your opinion on stem cell research? (Now the guy who asked it didn't feel the need to reveal that he is a stem cell research PhD until after my response. He proceeded to badger me over my response both before and after that revelation.) "
"what qualitites about yourself would make you a good physician?"
"Do you consider yourself a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond."
"What would you do if you had an extra 4 hours in a day?"
"If you could have a meal with a character from a book, who would it be?"
"An ethical question: an 18 yr old girl came into your clinic and you had prescribed birth control pills to her. Her mom later comes in and asks what you did to her. What do you do?"
"Read any good books lately?"
"What makes you a better candidate than the others applying? "
"Do you think religion has a place in medicine and would you discuss your religion to your patients?"
"If you had all the money in the world for one weekend, what would you do with it and why?"
"One of the interviewers asked me a question that took him five minutes just to explain it. I wont type the whole thing out, I will just say that he was trying as hard as he possibly could to generate questions designed to put someone on the defensive."
"Tell me a failure you had. If reading a medical journal for evidence-based medicine, what should I look for to save time? What is a recent non-fiction book you have read?"
"If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?"
"Why did you choose your major and how will that help you in medical school and as an osteopathic physician?"
"i am fluent in 3 lx and learning a 4th and they asked why i was interested in languages. "
"How would you describe empathy, and can empathy be taught?"
"What is the biggest issue facing osteopathic medicine today?"
"If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What would you serve?"
"Tell us about a significant patient interaction you've had."
"Tell us about your upbringing"
"Tell us about your journey to want to be a DO."
"It was all about me, nothing strange, not even about AZCOM... not even an ethical question."
"If you were a tree what type of tree would you be and why?"
"A question about childhood obesity and diabetes -- what would I do as a physician?"
"If you were president of the United States, how would you fix healthcare?"
"The most interesting question that I was asked was who was a key person in my life that has influenced me."
"What's the best advice anyone has ever given you?"
"What is your favorite car? "
"What kind of tree woud you be and why? Why didn't you apply to the PA program?"
"How would your friends describe you"
"Where are there good camping spots in the state"
"Nothing out of the ordinary but was told from other people interviewing the same day as me that they were asked what would you write on your gravestone?"
"Compare TCOM with AZCOM."
"What was your most difficult question you were asked by your other interviews?"
"I you had to stack dollar bills against the empire state building how many do you think it would take? Please reason your way through it out loud."
"What do you think of empathy? Can someone learn empathy and how important is it that a patient feel their doctor is empathetic?"
"What is the most pressing issue in healthcare today?"
"If you could chose 3 people (living or dead) to invite to dinner, who would it be and why?"
"They were pretty run-of-the-mill...why DO, tell us about the osteopathic philosophy, etc."
"What do you think of using animal models in research? "
"what would you do if you knew someone in class was cheating"
"An ethical/moral question: A mother brings her child to you, and after examining the child, it is obvious that the child has a viral infection. The mother demands antibiotics anyway. What do you do? This question came up after I said I was interested in pediatrics."
"How would you deal with a pt who treats everyone in the reception office poorly but was nice and cordial with you (as a physician)?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"I was not really asked any questions I would consider difficult and/or interesting/suprising."
"What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment in life so far?"
"If you were a kitchen appliance, which one would you be, and why?"
"what makes you happy?"
"What would be your ideal patient?"
"Tell us about yourself. We want to get to know you. ( this question seems simple but it can really be challenging if you answer too promptly. the adcom really just wants to see your human side such as hobbies and such)."
"do you have a significant other?"
"How would you deal with a difficult patient? What if they would not follow your advice?"
"What would you write in you tombstone?"
"What is your philosophy on death? (In regards to my being a Hospice volunteer)"
"What would you do if a patient refused the treatment that you advised for her? For example, if you told her to take her medication but she refused, what would you do? Would you stop being her doctor if she did not listen to you?"
"What causes low-back pain? (this question came from discussing my background as a trainer)"
"How would you tell a patient's family that their loved one has died?"
"They asked me about what issues I thought physicians need to deal with in the future and how we deal with those issues. I said malpractice insurance as one issue needing to be address. Based on my answer of possible ways to alleviate the problem , they asked me to argue the opposite point of view."
"What is my opinion on medicinal marijuana? (i was only asked this because of my answer to another question)"
"What three people from history would you like to meet? What would you serve as a meal?"
"Nothing terribly interesting, just a good mix of straight forward, and open-ended questions."
"What international news event from the past 6 months have you found to be the most interesting?"
"If you don't get in, how would you improve your application."
"If you could have dinner with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and why?"
"If I were the president of the FDA, what would I do?"
"How do I think my psychology degree will help me as a physician."
"Where else have you applied? (Hard to answer - do you really want to tell them that?) I think they were trying to figure out if I'd applied to any MD schoos (no)."
"if you had 2 extra hours each day what would you do with them?"
"You are selected by lottery to inject a prisoner on death row and kill them for their crimes. What would you do??? (kill the bas)"
"What causes poverty?"
"What are your thoughts on managed health care?"
"Tell us about an experience where you failed at something and then tell us what you did to fix it. or what seperates you from all the other candidates here today?"
"If you were the president, would you support insurance companies doing genetic testing for specific diseases to exclude applicants?"
"You are a physician, and you were chosen randomly by a lottery and required by law to administer a lethal injection to a death row innmate. How do you feel about this? Would you do it?"
"Fairly standard fare...lots of questions about why DO, why AZCOM, and lots on my background. Very few ethical questions. "
"one below, what kind of car would you buy if money wasnt an object, 10 people are on a bus it crashes, you have to tell 5 they wont be helped and will die, what do you say?, tell me why you wore what you wore today (i had on a navy blue pantsuit, very traditional)"
""If you had enough money, that you and your were financially set for the rest of your life, what would you do with the rest of the money that you have?""
"What kinds of rockets did you build (referring to my old job)?"
"Nothing. All ethics questions."
"what unique quality do you feel you can contribute to your class? "
"Questions concerning consciousness and the movie "What the Bleep?""
"all standard interview questions"
"What was your hardest class as an undergrad and how did you deal with this class?"
"What would you want on your tombstone for people to remember you by?"
"How do you deal with setbacks?"
"If you could have dinner with any four people, living or dead, who would they be?"
"What scares you about medical school?"
"What non-science class have you taken that impacted your life the most?"
"What was the most recent good book you read?"
"If we were to meet your best friend, what would s/he say is your greatest strength? your biggest weakness?"
"what do you believe that you could bring to the osteopathic profession - and more pointedly, what activities would you participate in, and what organizations would you join/create if you were a student here?"
"If you were doing a life saving operating on a little girl and a phone call came into the O.R. saying your father just had a heart attck, would you leave?"
"How did your greek chapter mold you as a doctor?"
"What do you think in wrong with Medicine?"
"Do you think it is possible for McDonald's to become a healthy restaurant?"
"You have a patient that needs heart surgery. Because they are switching insurance companies, their current company refuses to pay for the surgery, and the new company won't pay for it until the new year. Meanwhile, there is a good chance your patient will die. What do you do?"
"As a caring individual, what will you do to care for the underserved in your practice?"
"Not too many interesting ones. Mainly all about me, no ethical questions. I guess it would be "how will your experiences with sports help you in medical school?""
"Describe a situation in your medical experience? Now describe in that experience how medicine needs to change?"
"If you were on a bus in a snow storm and the bus ran off the road and 5 people were going to die but 5 would survive, how would you tell the 1st 5 they weren't going to make it?"
"Did you also apply to allopathic schools?"
"How did you decide on a career in medicine?"
"Nothing really. All the questions came straight out of student doctor. I was very well prepared thanks to Studentdoctor.net"
"What would you do to determine if a candidate is compassionate?"
"So, why are you here? This was the first question that I was asked when I sat down. Very open ended with no direction. I felt it a little inappropriate considering I am taking off of work and traveling half way across the country and spending seven hundred dollars. They do not realize that some of us are working full time and are busting butt just to get a foot in the door."
"So, why are you here? This was the first question that I was asked when I sat down. Very open ended with no direction. I felt it a little inappropriate considering I am taking off of work and traveling half way across the country and spending five hundred dollars. They do not realize that some of us are working full time and are busting butt just to get a foot in the door."
"If you could do whatever you wanted for one entire day, what would you do?"
"Do you think selling human organs via the internet should be legalized?"
"If you could have anyone over for dinner, from any era, living or dead, who would it be and why?"
"I was asked a couple of hypothetical situational questions that were interesting."
"If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?"
"If you had a patient who you had been friends with for a long amount of time, and he passed out in front of you because of an amphetamine overdose, would you report him to authorities?"
"What I would do if a young girl came to me for an abortion, saying she would commit suicide if I told her parents"
"Name 3 adjectives describing yourself."
"Nothing too interesting, essentially all the questions from my resume."
"If you was put in a room with world leaders, what would you tell them is the most pressing health issue for them to focus on?"
"What three (living or dead) people would you invite to dinner and why?"
"Ethics Question: Your patient, 100% cognitive, tells you he wants to commit suicide because the cancer meds make him a zombie and completely out of it. Aside from any legal obligations, how would you handle the situtation?"
"If you were able to invite three people from any time period to dinner, who would they be and what would you serve them?"
"What did you do last nite? did you like the mall ?"
"With all the things you do in your life, what do you do with the little spare time you have?"
"Tell me about your research project on animal X?"
"A patient is in late end stage emphazema. He comes to you and says that "he's had a good life, and wouldn't mind dying." Would you put him on a respirator? Why or why not?"
"nothing that interestingm quite a few about handling stress, time management etc. kind of repititive."
"They received a letter from a professor whose class I did well in and asked why I thought that I did well."
"Who had the most influence on your life"
"Tell me about your surf report website. (I do an online surf report in Hawaii)"
"The questions were relatively standard."
"It's really a laid back interview and they just want to get to know you. Did ask a hypothetical medical question relating to my CV."
"Nothing very interesting, though some other applicants had ethical questions."
"If you could be an animal, which one would you be?"
"Nothing really. Just the typical interview questions that everyone gets asked."
"If you could be a movie personality who would you be and why?"
"Being a basketball fan and from Utah, do you hate Michael Jordan? (That's still a sore subject!) Is there any circumstance under which you would not play basketball? (I'm a b-ball freak!)"
"What do you dislike the most about working on a farm?"
"How would do I see myself transitioning from a leadership position in the military to one of a 1st year med student. I told them I would welcome the change, from one of being responsible for multiple people to being only responsible for me."
"They asked me mostly just questions about my resume and personal statement."
"If you could be any kitchen appliance, what would you be?"
"If I was the PI to my lab, what would I do differently."
"How would you help your patient quit smoking?"
"If you had to choose between going to a Diamondback/Yankee (I'm a yankee fan) and performing poorly on a test, what would you do. Kind of a fun question that they asked to break the ice, but tougher than you might think;)"
"What kind of kitchen appliance would you be?"
"What type of munitions do assassins most commonly use? I am a forensic science student, and the guy was a ballistics injuy expert."
"What ethical issues do you think will doctors face in the future?"
"If you saw someone doing something unethical what would you do?"
"What is you opinion of the medical school application? What would you do to fix it?"
"What was the best and worst thing about being a counselor at summer camp?"
"What animal would you be?"
"About being home schooled and the effect it had, specifically the transition to a public school."
"What is your opinion on music sharing and mp3s?"
"If your admission depended on a meal that you had to make us, what would you make?"
"About my Law Enforcement background"
"Nothing particulary interesting...They asked what areas I like to mountain bike (perhaps because I race)."
"Tell us something you said recently and had to put your foot in your mouth."
"Nothing really out of the ordinary or interesting."
"Are DO's better than MDs?"
"I was asked about my minor in Anthro. They don't have grades or MCATs but they do read the rest of your app. very thoroughly so be prepared."
"Explain detassling to me?"
"If you had to tell a patient that they had cancer and they began to cry, would you cry with that patient?"
"Why did Wendy's remove their salad bar? (I worked at Wendy's in high school)"
"What specific role(s) to you play when assigned to a team?"
"How would you handle treating an illegal alien?"
"Do you believe in population control?"
"If I had to split money between Aids Research and Education, how would I do it and why?"
"When you're old, what would you think you'd consider to be your greatest accomplishment?"
"Would my significant other be insecure or jealous? I'm not sure my male counterparts got this one!!"
"You say you have a great sense of humor, do your best impersonation for us?"
"Do you think you will run into some resistance being a women in medicine? If so, how will you handle it?"
"How is marathon-running like medical school?"
"I invite 3 people over to my house for dinner, what do I serve?"
"A couple comes in for genetic screening. They are both carriers for cystic fibrosis and you discover that the fetus has the full blown disease. You also happen to find out that the father is not the true biological father of the child. Who do you tell (mother, father, both, none) and why?"
"Tell us about your most memorable patient."
"Since boxing and martial arts are your hobbies, how do you relate them to medicine?"
"Have you ever disagreed with a superior? If so, how did you handle the situation?"
"If you could cure any disease, what would it be and why?"
"Who is your best friend, and what qualities do they have that make them your best friend?"
"When was a time I was misjudged?"
"Have you ever had OMM?"
"Lots of resume questions. Know what you write about."
"After applicants leave, they usually think of something they wished they would have been able to tell the interviewer. What do you want to make sure we know about you? "
"What 3 people would you invite to dinner and why?"
"If you could cure one disease, what would it be?"
"You are the doc in charge of 15 bus crash victims. 5 have to go to immediate surgery, another 5 are triaged as 'will die soon.' What do you tell the 5 who will die?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years? And when your career is done what do you want to say about it?"
""What would you like on your tombstone?" There were some interesting questions regarding my past music career."
"they knew I liked watching foreign films so that asked me about what countries films I like the best"
"If I could invite 3 famous persons to dinner, who would they be and what would I serve them?"
"What makes you happy? What disease would you eradicate and why?"
"ethical question about vaccines. should it be mandated?"
"we all know smoking is bad. If you owned a hospital would you make all your employees stop smoking outside of the workplace for their safety?"
"My opinions about Obamacare and it's future"
"Choose a novel that you have read in the past year and tell us how you relate to one of the characters."
"Name an upcoming issue in medicine."
"All pretty basic."
"Why a doctor, and not a nurse or teacher?"
"If I tell you that we have two other very well applicants who are very smart and etc., competing for one spot. What makes you stand out? why should we select you?"
"Tell us about a time when someone questioned your validity (not sure if that was the exact word they used, but that general idea)"
"If you could be a democrat, leader, or innovator, what would you choose and why?"
"If inviting three people, living or dead, who would you invite?"
"Ethical Question regarding lethal injection"
"The euthanasia scenario (specific to my experiences)."
"What is your single most significant act of kindness?"
"What kitchen appliance would you be and why?"
"What is a question you had expected us to ask you that we haven't?"
"Are you in favor of giving electricity (NOT ELECTROSHOCK) to cure depression? I said I am interested in psychiatry so they asked me tons of questions about that.You have a patient with cirrhosis that is not listening to your advice to stop drinking, what would you do?"
"The ethics question above, and another ethics question on should performance-enhancing drugs be banned in sports?"
"What do you do for fun? (Honestly, I should have been way more prepared for this question lol)"
"What doubts do you have about becoming a DO?"
"If you could choose between a vaccine for cancer, obesity or HIV for America which would you choose? What about for the world?"
"Do you know what the first year of medical school will be like?"
"How would you fix healthcare?"
"The question about how to deal with a mother refusing vaccinations for her infant."
"3 people I'm inviting to dinner: I consider almost everyone that I know well enough to invite for dinner a friend, so I had a hard time coming up with something that didn't sound super cliche'd."
"tell me about a time you put your foot in your mouth."
"1. Explain humanity to an alien. (I explained it in terms of compassion, benevolence and cooperation, all at the same time realizing the big hole in my argument and praying not to get a follow up question) 2. If we are so kind, why do we have war? And is war the result of wanting to help our kind? (they pulled WWII in for me to use as an example)"
"If you were stranded on a desert island, what two lifetime supply of medications would you bring with you?"
"what is your most selfish reason for wanting to practice medicine"
"How would you handle it if your 15 year old patient came in with her mother and her pregnancy test was positive?"
"What is a selfish reason you have for doing medicine?"
"What is a selfish part of medicine that draws you to it? What was I supposed to say to this... Haha. I ended up saying that as a physician I would be making decisions for people, and I enjoy doing things like that. Then the interviewer asked me if I was controlling! Wow. Not what I was trying to say. Think I smoothed it out in the end though."
"The other day a 15-year-old and her mother came into my office to have me look at the daughters symptoms. A pregnancy test came back positive. How would you handle the situation?"
"Why be a physician over any other job in health care - nursing, PA, NP, etc."
"what is the difference between empathy and sympathy and can it be taught?"
"At what point does determination become stubbornness?"
"What was the biggest mistake you have ever made in your life?"
"I didn't really find any single question more difficult than any of the others."
"what doubts do you think you'll have about practicing osteopathic medicine?"
"Is it ever okay to cry in front of or with a patient?"
"None really too difficult. I was expecting something about ethics besides cheating or a health policy question, but having worked as a lobbyist before and having a degree in ethics I guess they decided to forego those."
"If you were chosen to administer the death penalty to a prisoner, what would you do? (Pick a stance and stick with it is my advice. I did not stick with mine out of nervousness and I wanted to kick myself!)"
"Not difficult - more just thought provoking - What have you learned from your non-medical volunteering experiences that has contributed to you wanting to become a DO?"
"What made you decide to take classes at the graduate program you are in? Are you a reapplicant? Why not work or research? (for some reason, I fumbled around this answer and he furrowed his eyebrows at my answer)"
"do you think we should increase taxes to cover everyone healthcare wise? what makes you different than the rest of our applicants?"
"again straightforward questions, nothing out of the ordinary"
"What makes a successful person?"
"What is a difficulty you have faced in the past and how did you overcome it?"
"Stem cell research question. The last time I studied stem cells I was a junior in college so it wasn't fresh in my mind."
"what is going to make me remember you after interviewing 60 people?"
"Question about health care, follow up questions about what I feel should be added or removed from Obama's plan."
"what is one thing that you regret? uhhhhhh.......blanked for a second"
"Choose 1 ethics topic you would like to discuss."
"Weakness/redo. OR: "You will probably get accepted to many schools, what would it take to get you to come here?" Do NOT fall into the trap this Q sets. Do not get cocky and start demanding things. What they really want, I think, is for you to have a sincere desire to attend this school, and answer by telling them about this desire...."
"Tell me advantages and disadvantages of the US healthcare system"
"Just about all of the questions that were on SDN, but fortunately I wasn't asked them...! I was ready for the WORST based on SDN feedback, but it seemed fine. SDN question: How would you run a campaign to change healthcare in the US? How would you fund it? "
"none- a LOT more laid back than I expected. "
"Talk about a time when you showed leadership."
"none really...i was just overly nervous."
"If you were accepted at three schools (One MD and Two DO) where would you choose to go, and for what reasons?"
"2 people outside of your family members that you consider role models or motivational?"
"Actually, I didn't get any real tough questions. I thought they were all very fair and, for the most part, specific to me."
"What is the hardest question you've received in an interview? (ironic...?) "
"You've interviewed at other schools...what has been your hardest question that you have been asked?"
"What makes you sad?"
"who are three historical figures i would invite to dinner and what would i cook for them"
"If you had to choose between antibiotic development and implementation of public sanitary conditions as to which one has a bigger effect on health, which one and why?"
"Describe an ethical issue that faces physicians today. How would you handle this situation?"
"A couple specific questions about my personal statement. Did college meet my expectations?"
"What is the biggest single act of kindness you have ever done? (I had to clear my head. All I could think about were kittens on tree limbs)"
"a pregnant 15 yr old comes to you and wants an abortion. what would you do and/or say to her?"
"what disease would you cure if you could and describe problems you might encounter if you were a doctor guiding a group of climbers on a climb."
"What goals have you set for yourself that you have not achieved, and what did you do after?"
"Define empathy? Is someone born with it or is it learned?"
"what is a selfish part of medicine that draws you to it?"
"Tell us about a time when you were stereotyped or negatively categorized and how it affected you."
"Tell me about a difficult decision you have had to make."
"Do you have any questions for us? "
"The problems with healthcare. It is just so open and I can rant forever."
"Based on Arizona state law, do you think doctors should be penalized or supported if they treat patients based on their beliefs? (this pertained to if I thought doctors should be penalized or supported if they chose not to perform an abortion)"
"What is one time that you are been treated unfairly or discriminated against?"
""Why AZCOM?"...besides the location (not to far from Southern CA) and they seem to do well on the boards, I really didn't like the school. So when they asked this I had some trouble answering...don't let it discourage you though since "liking" a school is very much personal preference and doesn't have too much to do with the school itself!"
"How would you specifically provide affordable healthcare to the underserved and disadvantaged?"
"What's the biggest problem in healthcare?"
"What was your biggest mistake? Why?"
"If a family of a 9 year old asked you not to give blood to their child for religious reasons and during an appendectomy on the child there was massive blood loss, what would you do?"
"What would you say is the single most important invention/discovery in medicine thus far?"
"What is your opinion on stem cell research? (The question itself is not hard. The indigination that I received after indicating that as people of science it is our duty to educate the public about the ''possibilities'' of science instead of making wild claims was a bit annoying to deal with. But I stand by my assertion.)"
"What do you imagine your first year of medical school to be like?"
"Views on euthenasia, then challenging follow-up questions"
"Tell us what you think about ethical issues facing the medical field?"
"What would you do if a patient failed to heed your advice about their health condition?"
"About Stem cell research. My stand on that."
"Ethical type question about a sexually active 14 year old girl seeking contraceptives...what do you do?"
"Describe an ethical/moral dilemma you were in and how you responded to it."
"I was asked about a project from my resume that I did on Marfan syndrome, which was years ago so I stumbled around for a reasonable answer. "
"How have you prepared yourself to handle to monotonous days spent as a physician? (Random...)"
"Same as above."
"If you could cure one disease, what would it be?"
"Where do you see the future of healthcare?"
"What makes you unique?"
"what is one quality/characteristic that you would like us to know about you that is not reflected in your resume/personal statement? "
"What is one thing you would change about yourself?"
"Name one selfish reason that you are aplying to medical school."
"What is the extent of your clinical exposure and what particular interaction with a patient affected you most and why?"
"What do you foresee as a major problem for you during medical school?"
"Who are your role models and what is the diff btw MD and DO"
"Why is your best friend your best friend?"
"Nothing difficult, I just had to explain myself and motivations. "
"The Tree Question. I even tried to prepare for this one and came up with nothing."
"None were difficult -- it was a lot of questions out of my file."
"The president question. I just picked a stance that I heard on C-span the night before and went with it. I don't think they want someone who will be wishy washy on the issue."
"None, they were all really easy to answer."
"They were all relatively fair."
"None were really difficult, probably most thought provoking was to explain what I thought the issue with healthcare was in the U.S and compare it to the issue in my home country (since I am an international student)."
"What was an ethical or moral situation that you have been in and what did you do to handle it? - I had to think a while b/c I wasn't prepared for that."
"Why a doctor?"
"Give an example of when you were a follower other than the one that is listed in your personal statement."
"There are a lot of ethnical questions, and prepare to be challenged once you gave them your answer"
"Describe a time when you showed initiative?"
"If you were working on an Indian reservation and 80% were obese and had diabetes and had no health insurance, what would be your plan to treat them?"
"If you were studying late in the school and one of your classmates found a copy of tomorrow's exam, what would you do?"
"If you had to choose a moment when you decided medicine was the path you'd choose, what would it be? (There were many such moments for me!)"
"Tell me about your journey to this decision. "
"is there anything about your personality you would change"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"The interesting question above."
"What is an obstacle (academic) you had to overcome?"
"What do you think about critical thinking/problem solving and can you give an example of this in your life? I wasn't quite sure how to answer that"
"Tell me about a time when you had to put your foot in your mouth."
"If you can invite a world leader to dinner who would it be and what would you serve him?"
"What is a recent negative experience you have had and what did you do to turn it into a positive one?"
"Ethical question-2 parts; If a pregnant minor came to you and wanted an obortion w/o partents consent would you do it? If you did it and she later committed suicide due to regret what would you tell the parents?"
"how do you feel about the aging?"
"None were difficult."
"So what do you think about the Terri Schiavo case?"
"If you could go back and change something you've done over your past years in college, what would it be?"
"What is the dumbest thing you have ever done? (Although this question isn't all that difficult, it's hard to think of something on the spot..I couldn't think of anything so I just changed the question a little and described something that I regretted doing but wasn't necessarily "dumb" and my answer seemed fine with the interviewers)"
"During President Bush's presidency, what is his biggest success and biggest failure? (this was completely out of the blue)"
"Tell us about yourself... (this is a good question but I hate it. "I was born at a very young age...") ;-)"
"How do you deliever bad news to patients? How do you give a patient hope when their situation is hopeless?"
"What are some goals that physicians need to achieve in the next 10-20 years?"
"Compare the Canadian and American health systems outlining advantages and disadvantages of each."
"What will be the biggest problem in healthcare in 10 years?"
"Tell us about yourself? (I didn't know where to start and how much detail they wanted, so that made it difficult)"
"You're in clinicals and a senior doctor tells you to do something you don't know how to do - how do you handle it? Also the same doctor asks you to do something that conflicts with what another doctor told you to do, how do you handle it?"
"If you could pick any disease to research and cure, which would you choose and why?"
"If I were the president of the FDA, what would I do?"
"Tell us some of the things you do now that you think you'd like to continue in medical school. Upon my answer, I was asked to tell them if those were things I'd do if free time happened to come by, or if they were enough of a priority to make time for them."
"I didn't really have any. A lot of other kids had nothing but ethical questions in their interviews, but I didn't have a single one."
"Did you apply to any allopathic schools?(I answered Yes) How are you going to decide between MD/DO?"
"The large majority of questions were fairly difficult. Not an easy interview. They wanted to make me squirm. "
"The FDA approved an over-the-counter morning-after-pill (a form of contraception) but the government rejected it. What role do you feel, if any, should the government play in the regulation of medicine?"
"They asked all the basic interview questions that you should expect."
"If you could have dinner with any three people, who would they be and why?"
"How will your English major affect your practice of medicine?"
"None really. I was asked what I would do if a classmate of mine was struggling in a class I was doing well in...but that's not too bad of a quesiton."
"13 year old wants an abortion and doesnt want to tell her parents...what do you do?...6 months later her dad comes back and says his daughter committed suicide, hadnt told them anything and your name was in her suicide note...what do you tell him?"
"The most difficult question was the first question I was asked, which was "Tell us about yourself". Its difficult to start of the interview which such an open ended question."
"What do you think is the biggest problem in health care today and why?"
""Why should we accept you?" This question is actually difficult to answer without sounding arrogant."
"name and discuss a recent healthcare current event in the news"
"Do you think more money should be spent on AIDS research or education?"
"some people came out with ethical questions and questions on healthcare....but I didn't get any."
"What do you want to tell us about you that isn't already stated in your application materials?"
"If you were to be accepted to both and MD and DO school where would you go? I said DO school because I wanted to learn about OMM but wanted to be honest too. I said if a state school accepted me I would probably go there because I was funding Medschool myself. (I dunno if I shot myself in the foot for saying this but I did reassure them that I really wanted to go there)"
"There are so many health care professions, why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Who are the three most influential people in your life? (non-religious) I drew a total blank here!!"
"same as above"
"How do you deal with someone with addictions?"
"Why would you make a good physician?"
"since you believe a lack of access to healthcare to be the biggest problem facing the medical community today - are you willing to work for free?"
"Why AZCOM as opposed to Western which is closer to your house and closer to your family?"
"What feature about yourself would you change?"
"Your patient has in stage emphysema, you can either intibate, or let the patient be, what do you do?"
"What was a time you failed and how did you deal with it?"
""What is a problem in healthcare in the news today that you are concerned about?""
"Why did you choose AZCOM? (after the tour and speaking with some of the students i honestly wondered why i had bothered to go to the interview)"
"Is healthcare a right or privilege?"
"Your alma mater has an M.D. program. Did you apply there? (wasn't quite sure how to answer this one without making it sound as though AZCOM was not one of my top choices)"
"2 of them. What is the difference between arrogance and confidence? What difficult do you perceive you will have in medical school?"
"Describe a situation where you weren't as compassionate as you should have been? (my response to the above got turned back on me!)"
"What are your personal views on mal-practice and what wouuld you do to fix it? "
"Explain aspects of osteopathic medicine, such as self healing and preventative medicine."
"What do you feel the United States' role is on an international level, and how do feel about their relationship with the United Nations?"
"One of the situational questions was quite difficult for me although I thought that I had answered it thoroughly."
"How would you deal with the medical crisis in our nation?"
"If you had to choose between your top two choices, how would you decide (essentially what criteria would you use to decide on a school)?"
"What are your weaknesses"
"Have you seen osteopathic manipulative treatment? (Only difficult because I hadn't, so I felt compelled to mention that I had read about it and heard about it.)"
"What were my top three D.O. schools I applied to, and why were they my top three choices?"
"What do you see as the biggest problem facing physicians today and what would you do to solve it?"
"If a patient came to you JUST TO LET YOU KNOW that he/she has talked it over with his family and he/she is going to commit suicide, what would you do? (aside from all the legal stuff)"
"See most interesting question. The key to this question isn't what you would do, per se, but what questions would you ask and what resources would you use?"
"What are your views on stem cell and cloning research? Also~what are your views on taking someone off life support?"
"What do you know about Osteopathic Medicine and how has that affected you interest in AZCOM?"
"None, all were very easly with no ethical questions at all."
"See above. This question isn't a difficult hypothetical/ethical questions, however I wasn't expecting to be badgered with my answer. I stated what I would do, and why. Then the interviewer reworded the question slightly, and I repeated my answer. Then the interviewer reworded the question again, and I stuck to my original answer. However, it was a little unerving since I wasn't expecting it (plus the interview went a little downhill from there too). Just be confident with your answer, stick with your original answer and prepare to be a little peppered."
"What did I think of the Cuban Embargo? My personal view on abortion. I didn't think some of the questions were appropriate for a medical school interview."
"Are osteopathic adjustments different from chiropractor adjustments."
"How does your undergrad major relate to your desire to become a physician"
"Do you feel like swimming in college enhanced or lowered your grades?"
"Because of preparation, I did not found any of the questions to be difficult."
"No difficult questions."
"There was nothing very difficult. I was mainly asked questions about my resume and essays. Make sure you review your material though; I was asked questions about my research which I hadn't thought about in a while!"
"Name a significant development in the past 10 years in medicine that has inspired you (I said stem cell research), why? (I said b/c of new therapies), Can you name a disease it might cure? (uhhhhh.... blank)"
"See above....that really stumped me. (but I recovered nicely :) )"
"I wasn't asked any real tough questions. I felt like I was literally having a conversation (with 3 people), so the questions I was asked didn't surprise me at all!"
"What are you doing to prepare for med school? (everything that it says on my application!)"
"If you were accepted by another school as well as AZCOM which would you take? I told them that the only school that would be a priority for me over AZCOM would be Kirksville due to its geographical location closest to my family whom I've been away from for 10 years."
"Have you experienced any roadblocks in attempting to get into medical school?"
"What is the difference between morals and ethics?"
"What can you bring to AZCOM?"
"Why do you want to be a D.O.? "
"How would you respond to a 14 yr. old's wish to have an abortion?"
"Tell us why you've decided to switch careers and go into medicine."
"If a 14-year old girl wanted an abortion what would you do? I refused to do it, and so she committed suicide, and she wrote about me in the note. The interviewer pretended to be the dad and I had to explain it all to him and why his daughter had to die. That question and one about a school bus accident with 5 people salvagable, and 2 that couldn't be helped. I had to tell him what I was say to the ones that would die."
"You're pretty good at time management aren't you? "
"everything was pretty typical interview questions- asked about a time when I had a conflict with someone with power (professor, boss) and what i did about it. talked about a bad grade in a class and kind of dug myself in a hole, but i think i got out all right"
"What is your opinion on selling organs on e-bay?"
"What do you want out of medical school? Have you ever put your foot in your mouth? "
"Scenario involving knowing the future grade on a test. It would be higher if you studied for several hours longer. Would you study longer or not and why?"
"What do you see your role being as a first year medical student (tough question because you do not want to sound as though you are going to become the first year dicatator, but at the same time they want to know that you can be a leader and are confident in yourself)?"
"What is your opinion on malpractice lawsuits against doctors and the idea of capping?"
"End of life ethical question: patient with end stage emphysema, respiratory failure after weaning off ventilator for third time. Patient in her eighties wants to die, family doesn't."
"Where I want my pratice to be in 10 years"
"What would you do you if did not get into medical school this year? I wasn't quite sure whether to say I'd already been accepted elsewhere. I said it anyways, and they respected it."
"What my greatest accomplishment has been thus far?"
"Explain in detail osteopathic manipulation."
"Pick two words to describe yourself."
"If I was a psychiatrist and had a patient who was responding very well to a specific drug but their insurance would no longer allow them to recieve the drug, what would I do?"
"What disease would you eliminate and why? I said paralysis and they seemed to be disappointed that I didn't say AIDS. "
"How specifically would you change the laws of medicare to allow the elderly to afford their perscription medications?"
"What has been the most difficult time/experience in your life?"
"None. Very standard questions about your background."
"Nothing, mine was straight forward ,however another group got several ethical questions (5 or more) that they described as tough "
"Lots of hypothetical questions, not hard ones, but you do have to think quick."
"Describe a situation wherein you bent or broke a rule in order to receive a positive outcome."
"My questions seemed to be very personal in nature, I didn't expect that. I didn't get any situations or dinner questions."
"You are the head of the CDC and there has just been a Bioterrorism attack , and you only have a limited amount of vaccines to distribute...how do you handle this situation?"
"Why do yo want to go to medical school after being out of school for 5 yrs and having a good job? Why rock the boat?"
"If you were in a state that had death penalty and lethal injection is to be given by a physician picked by lottery... one day you get a call, and you're picked- what do you do?"
"A patient with a known drug addiciton history loses consciousness in my office and I find drugs on their person, do I report them?"
"A fellow student has repeatedly tried to cheat off you during tests even after you've asked him to stop. What do you do?"
"What do you think your life will be like as a med student. (I could tell they were trying to get a feel for my perception of a MS1 course load, so I tried to answer accordingly.)"
"Discuss a controversial/ethical issue facing society today."
"What will be the most difficult thing about your first in year in med school, and how will you remedy the situation? What kind of physician will you be?"
"Tell us about a time when you were misperceived by others and what you did to change that."
"Do you have any doubts about medicine, specifically osteopathic education?"
"If you could cure one disease what would it be and why?"
"What will the biggest problem in medicine be in 10 years, why, and how would you solve it."
"Has there ever been a time that it was just impossible for you to do something?"
"Who was the most influential president in the past 40 years?"
"Ironically, I had difficulty with answering the question, "What was the most difficult class you've ever taken?""
"A 13 y/o F comes in to get an abortion, where there is no legal restriction, or parental notification or permission required. Do you perform the abortion. Second part: it doesn't matter wether you perform the abortion or not, as she commits suicide and leave a note telling her father that you either performed an abortion or refused to, in either case causing her to commit suicide. He comes to see you with the letter. What do you tell him?"
"Has there been a time when you have had to break/bend the rules in order to receive a positive outcome?"
"NOTHING.I wasn't even asked about "why osteopathic medicine.""
"nothing difficult at all, but I was nervous because it was my first interview, but overall the interviewers are very friendly."
"SDN, a book i bought off amazon"
"sdn, arizona com website, search demographics of the area"
"SDN, school website, conversations with current students."
"SDN Interview Feedback Practice with family"
"SDN Interview Feedback, Reviewing my CV"
"Mock interviews, SDN questions"
"SDN, practicing questions"
"SDN, Review my Personal Statement / Primary application."
"Reviewed school's website, SDN forums, and my primary and secondary applications."
"SDN, and practice with friends"
"Read primary, secondary, resume, interview feedback, practiced questions and answers"
"Read SDN questions, practiced in front of mirror"
"SDN, read over ethical cases"
"SDN, reviewing my application, jotting down bullets so my answers wouldn't be rehearsed"
"Wrote out possible interview questions and answered them, Reviewed SDN posts, Read a book about Osteopathic Medicine"
"Read about AZCOM, knew about the program and Phoenix, knew some osteopathic history"
"SDN advice; past questions & writing some answers to them, practice in front of a mirror occasionally, had done some mock interviews many months ago when I was applying to Aussie med schools"
"Looking at sdn interview feedback, sdn threads, practicing questions before interview."
"SDN! and talking and rehearsing with a friend."
"SDN interview survey, website, SLEEP"
"Re-read my personal statement, reviewed my transcripts, and read up on some osteopathic topics."
"SDN!!! most of the questions were in these forum."
"This interview website, researched school, wikipedia, researched phoenix."
"I went over material, books, and spoke to current medical students about their interviews."
"SDN feedback mostly."
"SDN , read up on ethical issue, read about health care"
"Interview feedback, looked at the most commonly asked med school interview questions online and what SDNers who interviewed before me said."
"Made outlines for answers and practiced with friends and family."
"Read over my app, SDN interview Feed Back"
"Studied about the school. Practiced with a friend. Reviewed every question I could find."
"SDN for sure! read over my app, printed off a whole bunch of possible questions that I found on the internet and thought about each for a few minutes just in case I'd get asked the question, at least I'd thought about it once! Looked over healthcare related articles, also any news related to medicine in the last couple of days. Read about the school.."
"I didn't. I don't believe in interview prep; I think it's more honest if you don't."
"researched the school, looked up interview questions online, talked to someone who interviewed their in a previous year."
"Researched facts about the school."
"Purchased a DVD and a book on medical school interviews, practiced with a counselor, read SDN and extensive research on the school's website."
"Wrote down all possible questions and answered them. Went on SDN."
"Read AZCOM's description, stats, and matchlists. Practise."
"Read SDN. Went over med-ethics questions with a friend who works in the medical field"
"Honestly, I really didn't.. I just worked on being calm and just tried hard to be myself."
"SDN, interview feedback"
"Sdn, mock interview"
"Looked at SDN and went over my secondary essays again."
"Read SDN interviews, practiced, re-read personal statement, CV and secondary essays"
"SDN interview feedback baby!"
"I came up with answers to every question available on SDN! lol, they recognized that i was well prepared so they tried to ask me questions that I hadn't prepared for!"
"I re-read my applications and resumes, reviewed the SDN interview feedback questions."
"SDN, mock interview, reviewed application and personal statement and essays. Researched the school."
"Reviewed my resume, primary, secondary, school catalog, and SDN."
"sdn, practice with parents"
"Mock interviews, read AZCOM website, read up on current events in healthcare, SDN forums. "
"SDN, reading books on medical school interviews, practicing with friends"
"SDN, previous interviews, primary application, supplemental application"
"Interview guides, practice questions, got up to snuff on most recent healthcare/ethics topics. Reviewed their website thoroughly. "
"sdn & reviewed cv"
"SDN, mock interview, practiced with family and friends, read over my application materials"
"SDN. Had 2 other interviews before this one. "
"AZCOM site, SDN, read personal statement"
"SDN and reading over my AACOMAS app and Supplemental app"
"SDN, studied handbook, review of personal statement."
"SDN interview feedback, talked to my family about possible questions, read up on health-related current events."
"SDN, mock interviews, lots of practice, re-read applications and papers"
"SDN, internet, read up on healthcare issues"
"i asked currently attending students what their interviews were like."
"Lots of SDN, mock interview, reviewed AACOMAS and supplemental apps, ate my wheeties"
"Schools website, SDN."
"sdn, videotape interview with feedback from friends"
"read SDN, looked at ethics textbook, mock interview"
"Some SDN, but didn't really help much as the questions were all either related directly to my app, or new questions. That said, my interviewers were super chill and made me want to go to this school even more."
"Other people's advice"
"SDN fback 1.5 years, CIB profile, followed AZCOM threads, reviewed primary/secondary/CV/wiki of PHX, spent the entire day before the interview checking out the area and driving past the school, found admin door, 5 prior interviews"
"SDN, read over application/secondary, previous interviews, mock interviews"
"No preparation (although I did read SDN reviews for my previous interviews)."
"SDN, reviewed my secondary."
"SDN (thank God or I would have never been prepared for the questions that are meant to be a total mind f***), reviewed my primary and secondary apps and my CV"
"SND, my secondary essays, my application, practiced with friends and family, etc"
"Read SDN and my file."
"I reviewed my resume and application, and went to a mock interview."
"looked over my research, read my secondary essays, primary app, SDN"
"SDN, mock interviews and such."
"I read interview reviews on SDN, printed out and read myfuturedoctor.com's review, read a review on the DO forum of SDN, and that's it... I probably should have reviewed my resume and secondaries more (but it didn't hurt me)."
"sdn interview feedback, school website."
"sdn, looked at azcom's stats, practiced "
"SDN, reviewed my PS, and supplemental applications, mock interview w/ pre-med advisor, and reading up on the school's website"
"SDN Interview feedback, read possible interview questions from my schools career center website, and went over my profile"
"looked over my application"
"sd.net, read personal statement, read up on the school."
"this site, the school website"
"SDN...Read all of the feedbacks. I was prepared for the book quesiton because of it."
"Read over my essays and CV, SDN, practiced answering questions out loud in the shower, researched about Glendale and AZCOM online"
"read sdn, read azcom website."
"Read classic cases in medical ethics, leadership books, the new physician and researched health care systems around the world. "
"SDN, website, reviewed secondary and application materials"
"SDN interview feedback, reviewed my application"
"SDN interview feedback and aacomas app review and resume review"
"SDN, read through application materials."
"Mock Interviews w/family members and friends, SDN Interview feedback"
"At this point, going on interviews is like riding a bike. They're not that hard once you know what you're doing."
"I didn't do too much for it. I checked out the website and that was about it. "
"SDN, mock interviews, and researched the school. "
"SDN, AZCOM website, read up on my CV and essays"
"SDN. Researched school."
"Their site/catalog, SDN"
"SDN interview feedback, looking over my materials"
"SDN, read over PS and secondary, UW medical ethics website"
"SDN, talk to friends and med students, read some books on healthcare/medical ethics"
"sdn, read my 2ndary application and aacomas essay."
"SDN interview feedback and AZCOM website"
"SDN, read over secondary and PS"
"SDN's Interview Feedback. Also, the book ''Essays That Will Get You Into Medical School'' has a chapter on interviewing. The authors break interview questions down to Only 6 categories. Sure enough every question fell into one of these categories. The books $10, money well spent. "
"SDN, Read my applications."
"Talked to an admissions counselor, set up a mock interview with a mentor, sdn feedback, reviewed my application"
"SDN, school website, read through my application again"
"I didn't. I treated it like court testimony (which is a part of my current job). "
"Kaplan's ''Getting into Medical School'', SDN, Went over Primary and personal Essay"
"practiced SDN questions, website"
"Read though SDN feedback, that's it!"
"SDN, primary and secondary apps, school website"
"Looked through SDN, the schools website, my personal statement and other interviews."
"Reviewed my apps, resume, and looked over school website and SDN."
"sdn, read about the school"
"Read over SDN questions. I would say all, or almost all, of the questions they asked me could be taken verbatim off of SDN over the past several months."
"I looked over my primary and secondary apps, sdnet, the schools website, osteopathic info, and wrote notecards"
"Reviewd the AZCOM website, reviewed my secondary and resume submitted (this is only what they will have access to) "
"I didn't put much preparation into the interview. I read through a few posts on SDN but that was about it. I just wanted to be myself and not through out some memorized answers that I got from reading previous interview questions."
"secondary application, resume, school website, SDN"
"Read AZCOM brochure, looked at AZCOM website, and browsed interview questions on SDN!"
"SDN, AACOMAS, secondary"
"my application and talking to other DO students "
"SDN, school's website, reviewed AACOMAS essay and secondary essay and resume (this is all they have)"
"Read SDN "
"SDN interview feedback, read my application."
"Reviewed my primary, secondary, Interview feedback, school website, Kaplan material"
"YES! Almost too much. I prepared about two dozen questions but didn't get one! That didn't matter though because the interview was very relaxed and I felt calm enough to think on my feet."
"SDN, my profile, and I used an ethics manual geared specifically for pre-med interviewees."
"SDN, application materials, and MWU website."
"I thought about what I wanted the interviewees to know about me. I didn't look over my file, because I am familiar with what activities I have been involved in."
"Read my resume that I sent to the school, practiced interview questions with my dad."
"I just browsed SDN (although I didn't get any of the questions that I saw on here...though some girl in our interviewing group DID get the ''what tree would you be question'' which is weird)"
"studentdoctor.net, read over my application."
"Glanced through the interview feedback questions, went over my personal statement, read a few issues of The New Physician for possible ethical discussion."
"SDN website, information from Vassar College and a current student."
"previous interviews and this website and school website"
"SDN, read my app, read my 2ndary app, read my CV."
"SDN, read over my app and secondary"
"SDN, primary application, secondary applications, mock interviews with friends"
"SDN, school web site, mock interview"
"SDN, Schools website, my application and essays. The interview is semi-closed. The interviewers do not see your transcripts, GPA, or MCAT scores so they asked questions basically directly off my essay. I could see the highlighted areas each of the interviews had in my essay."
"mock interview, SDN, browsed the school's website, looked over my application to AZCOM. "
"SDN, read school website and my application"
"SDN posts and feedback, compiled common questions and formulated answers, school website "
"Read SDN, school's website"
"Primary/Secondary applications, website and premed evaluations"
"SDN, school website"
"SDN, looked at school website"
"Went over my resume and application. Practice answering mock questions with my mom and myself. Used this website."
"SDN, practiced in the mirror"
"SDN, previous interview experiences, reviewed application"
"sdn, AZCOM website, read AACOMAS"
"AACOMAS app, website, supplemental, sdn."
"SDN, Review application"
"Studentdoctor, Midwestern's DVD and pamplet, interview guides"
"SDN and mock interviews with friends and family."
"read this website, the school's website, and my application."
"Read over interview feedback on SDN."
"Primary, Secondary, and SDN "
"SDN, mock interviews, read up on current news, read over sample interview questions online"
"I read stuff on studentdoctor.net, the news, ethical issues, healthcare issues, and read over my application"
"SDN, read over application and research, read school website"
"I spent a good deal of time thinking about: why I want to become a physician, the qualities my interviewers are likely looking for, and how to highlight those in my interview. "
"SDN, other interviews"
"read SDN, read research articles on OMM efficacy"
"sdn. that's it i guess. i read over my resume."
"SDN, school website, reviewed application, practiced answers."
"I prepared with a mock interview, reading SDN, reviewing my AACOMAS/Supplemental Application and studying AZCOM's website."
"Read Student Doctor, read about the school, read about ethical issues."
"SDN, read my PS and school's website"
"read sdn, talked to my roommate who is a pharm student there"
"read SDN, reviewed application, read about school"
"SDN, AZCOM website, my ever-so-helpful mother peppering me with possible interview questions at random times."
"SDN, read over my app.s, previous interview, read over some ethical articles"
"SDN, visited the campus before, web site. "
"SDN website, reviewed application, school website"
"Read through my application materials, plus I have already interviewed so the experience wasn't a new one."
"I read a bit about them on the internet and talked to current students well in advance before I even applied."
"SDN, read over my applications and school's website"
"SDN, sample interview questions, read up about the school"
"Re-read my personal statement, SDN, researched the school's pros and cons."
"sdn interview feedback, read up on a little bit of health policy and ethics, read over my file"
"School's Website, SDN Interview Feedback"
"SDN, read school website"
"read over my personal statement"
"sdn, school website, primary and secondary applications, read up on medical issues/current events"
"SDN, read over my application, school web site"
"Looked at SDN, looked over secondary and AACOMAS applications, kept up on current events"
"SDN, read over the essays I submitted, look over CV, wrote out responses to common questions found on SDN, mock interviews with people and in my head"
"Read feedback on SDN, re read my applications, re read my resume, re read my personal statement and essay, looked at the website"
"Went over schools website, written parts of my application"
"SDN, read apps., Spoke to my friend who already attends here."
"read the SDN, read my application, practiced answering questions in front of my cat."
"Talked to current student, read entire website, read SDN forums."
"read SDN background on rotations and clerkships"
"I read the feedback posted on SDN and looked over AZCOM's website"
"the DO's (sociological account), SDN, azcom website"
"website, mock interview, student doctor, pamphlets, brochures"
"SDN, Guide Book from my undergrad, AZCOM site"
"interview class, study what D.O. means, read AZCOM web site"
"SDN website and AZCOM's website"
"SDN, AZCOM website"
"SDN, read application, read their website, came up with questions, read bioethics site"
"sdn, had friends attending there so new really everything"
"SDN, previous interviews with other schools"
"I went to sleep at a decent hour the night before. I had been to several interviews prior to this, so I was not in the preparing mood."
"I printed out all 120 questions from SDN and typed out answers with the help of a friend. I did 2 mock interviews with these questions."
"SDN, reviewing application/statement, researching osteopathy"
"Read over personal statement and secondary. Mock interviewed with local DO and friends. "
"did not go out drinking the night before"
"Reviewed info. on the school, info. on osteopathic medicine, looked on this site."
"SDN, spoke with current students, and mock interviews."
"AZCOM website, SDN interview feedback"
"Reviewed SDN postings, school website, and my primary and secondary applications. I also read books on osteopathic medicine and got a good night's sleep."
"I am obssessive compulsive and printed out ALL of the interview questions from this website. I also spoke to a recent AZCOM graduate in order to find out more specific information about the school. I forgot to review my personal statement and application. I also skimmed an ethics book that had summaries of recent bioethical issues."
"School's website, mock interviews, "
"Looked at school's online website catalog."
"SDN, reviewed my resume, secondary app"
"Read over my app. and AZCOM website."
"Didn't know about SDN at that time, so just mainly read everything on their website."
"SDN, Gevitz's "DO's", School's Career Center, Mock interviews, AZCOM website"
"I reviewed with SDN and my resume/personal statement."
"my application, this site"
"Read this site and reviewed my application, especially the CV/Resume that AZCOM asks you to send in."
"Read questions on SDN."
"Read SDN, looked over my AACOMAS application and secondary essay. I know a student currently attending AZCOM so she gave me tons of hints alogn with her three roommates."
"read over apps. SDN"
"Looked at the questions posted on this site and read a book that gave interview tips. Also re-read my application and made sure that I could answer any question regarding my research expereince."
"Reviewed possible questions."
"SDN, reviewed my app, read up on their web-site"
"SDN, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice"
"Read SDN, website and my CV/application."
"Read feedback from this website and AZCOM's website."
"I read SDN, my application, mock interviews on my campus, went over typical interview questions"
"Re-read AACOMAS application, secondary app, SDN, spoke with other students, AZCOM website."
"SDN, interview feedback, and the brother of my DO letter was a graduate of AZCOM"
"SDN website, read over essays and application."
"reviewed my application, browsed through this website, read up on the school"
"SDN, AMEDNEWS.COM, read my secondary and my primary application."
"Talked with an MS-I, rehashed my resume and personal statement, read other posts on SDN."
"SDN, read school catalog, looked over my application (they see your resume/essays), read feedback forms at my school"
"This web-site was very helpful."
"SDN feedback helped a ton. I was asked several questions that I wouldn't have been ready for had I not read up beforhand. "
"Website, SDN, The DO's by Gevitz"
"SDN site, "DO's Osteopathic Medicine in America," AZCOM site, current AZCOM student "
"read SDN, History of DOs in America"
"read my application, read SDN, tested myself with practice interview questions, read website and info packets"
"Read interview feedback and reviewed my application. Researched D.O. history."
"Read over my AACOMAS application, secondary application, SDN interview posts, my school's list of potential interview questions."
" read over their website"
"SDN, school's website, my application, mock interview (try to do this if possible, the interview setting is a little strange given that it is not a conversation but a question/answer session)."
"I read interview feedback and reviewed my application."
"SDN, AZCOOM website, AACOMAS website, reviewed everything I had submitted to the school"
"School website and my file"
"Website, ask myself questions based off of this site, researched the school as much as possible."
"This site, looked at the school's site, and reviewed all my application material"
"Read sites, talked to people."
"School's website and reviewed my secondary."
"Reread personal statement"
"This website and mock interviews with DO's that I know"
"Researched some current topics, read this site and tried to relax. "
"This web site and reading over my essays"
"SDN interview feedback pages, AZCOM website, several osteopathic articles/books"
"Read up on the school and its program"
"looked over my admissions documents and about the school itself"
"Research about AZCOM, talking to AZCOM's MSII and MSIV students, read my file."
"sdn. Mock interviews with friends. A lot of thinking."
"Know yourself, Know the school"
"SDN feedback and posts, school website"
"studentdoctor.com, knowing my resume, practicing with friends"
"Looked up questions on line, went to the SDN, had my roomate do a practice interview, and did a practice interview at my school, read about AZCOM"
"Researched the school, reviewed questions prepared by my premedical committee, and lots of talking to myself. "
"Looked at a list of AZCOM questions posted from interviewfeedback.com (in a 9/02? thread)"
"studentdoctor.net, reading the website, practicing w/ friends"
"SDN, reviewed aacomas and secondary apps"
"Reviewed essay and secondary, school website."
"Read interview feedback, and continually practiced with friends."
"Studentdoctor, looked at their webpage and read my application"
"Books, websites, talking to med students"
"Read feedback on this internet site, browsed AZCOM website"
"Student Doctor, Talked with friends who had interviewed, knew my file well, and used the internet to find possible interview questions."
"Read the posts of other SDN people! Thanks!"
"School's website, reread my application"
"Read questions from IF.com (downloaded before it went down). read their catalog, new my secondary material really well."
"read interviewfeedback stuff someone saved and posted on sdn"
"Asked current med school students what they had been asked"
"Read through interviewfeedback.com"
"the faculty, the campus, how quickly u get to know if u got in or not. 2 day turn around"
"the interviewers are really nice men, they try to act intimidating but at the end you know they are there for you. one of the best DO campuses and faculty, no complaints. very special curriculum. This school beats out some MD schools easily, it is soo professional and nice campus. also, the people that i interviewed with are of the highest quality students. they are smart and witty. you dont get that kind of crowd with all DO schools, trust me, this school is a keeper. ALSO they know that you have other options in DO and MD schools and they DONT PENALIZE YOU!!! its only 250$ to hold you place, unlike other schools that is 2-3 thousand $. They are soo nice and transparent. what a fair institution."
"Very laid back admissions staff. The only interview I had where my interviewers smiled at me"
"Very dedicated to making sure their students get good board scores. Many different healthcare professional programs on campus. Anatomy lab is fantastic. Lots of opportunities for research."
"The campus is beautiful. Unlike most school's Midwestern has an actual campus not just one or two buildings."
"Campus was extremely nice."
"The board pass rates and match lists."
"Completely a health graduate school - really great to be around like-minded people. Faculty is also paid to teach not to do research. Campus is great."
"I liked how many different professional schools were on campus meaning a greater number of diverse students. I was impressed by the ACGME residency matches, high board scores, and opportunities to perform research."
"New facilities, students seemed friendly/happy there, gated campus"
"Campus, facilities, faculty, exam scores."
"Nice campus, seems very safe, good area/location, easy parking in the morning."
"Beautiful campus, faculties and students were very courteous and enthusiastic and loved being there. Even the lady working at the gate was very happy to direct people and was really nice. It speaks volume about the quality of the school."
"Friendliness and openness of staff/faculty - they want to help you do well and be available"
"Campus facilities and the fact that there are many health professions on campus"
"School emphasis of teaching"
"Interview was really laid back, interviewers were easy to talk to"
"faculty commitment to student success, facilities"
"Great academics, modern school, inter-professional mingling"
"Very beautiful campus, nice climate/location, friendly faculty/students, great board performance"
"The campus is beautiful and the facilities are very nice. Phoenix/Glendale is a nice area with lots of things to do outdoors."
"The admissions office is very quick in making decisions. Everything ran smoothly."
"beautiful campus, faculty seems to be very invested in students"
"The laid back nature of the interview (less intense) and the fact that a student was a member of the interview group."
"It was VERY relaxed. And I'm a non-native speaker. THey really put me at ease"
"Beautiful, modern facilities!"
"The school, atmosphere, environment, and "a real campus" feeling."
"The campus, students"
"The conversational nature of the interview. The interviewers were very nice. They made me feel a lot less nervous."
"Campus and student body"
"The interviewers were all very nice."
"The amount of money the school must have."
"Very nice campus, students from other professions studying with us. Glendale is very nice! More prep for COMLEX than any other school I researched..good lunch...students were friendly...free parking..campus apts pretty affordable.. So glad I came out for an extra day- mini vaca :) The zoo was great and the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium was every better!"
"the campus, the location, the board scores, the facilities."
"Very nice campus, nice weather"
"The school was a lot nicer than I expected."
"The nice clean, safe campus and simulation lab."
"The school, the staff, the students"
"The campus was very nice."
"The Campus is very nice and modern"
"Everyone was so nice and their welcome presentation was amazing... They have great credentials and it seems that their is a great open door policy with teachers."
"Sim lab, standardized patient lab"
"The campus was amazing, its a full on health science center... The students are nice, I could tell that the school does what the students want."
"A lot: weather is amazing, the campus is really nice, the OMM/anatomy labs are very high-tech, their new simulation center is very impressive, I like how they set up their classes (lectures with case-based learning in smaller sections), the students are very friendly and willing to help people, off-campus housing nearby sounds amazing"
"Everything. I absolutely loved it here. The students were all very happy and helpful. They've put a lot into making the school the best it can be, and it really shows. They actively try to fix problems and concerns and are doing a great job. They have awesome board pass rates. The professors are accessible and they integrate both lecture and PBL into the curriculum."
"campus, interviewers were very friendly"
"The COMLEX and USMLE exam pass rates, the beautiful campus, Phoenix weather, rotation sites, residency match lists."
"the campus, the board scores"
"They were organized in the presentation of information. And the campus and facilities were top notch."
"The school presents itself very well, the curriculum is in-line with much of what I want, and they have integrated COMLEX preparation into the curriculum. Also, the Glendale/Phoenix area was quite nice, and the MWU campus was very pleasant. Additionally, one of the interviewees had a question which our tour guide didn't know the answer to, so while we ate lunch, she tracked down the proper administrator and came back with an answer after we finished eating."
"the faculty emphasized that despite the large class size they were there to help (open door policy). seemed pretty dedicated to helping the students succeed."
"The facilities were amazing, a cafeteria on campus, nice OMM lab. Good board scores and residency placement. "
"The interviewers asked me some tough questions about my past, but were respectful. They also told me up front where the questions were leading."
"Faculty!! Environment, curriculum, interdisciplinary atmosphere, tour"
"Very friendly and obviously want to set everyone at ease. The campus is amazing, and the community is incredible. They are so invested in the success of their students. "
"comlex scores; students were very open and friendly; beautiful campus"
"Beautiful campus and buildings. The students there were very friendly too - they took the time to ask you if you had any questions, etc. Great location (in my opinion!!) - the weather was wonderful."
"Campus, facilities, the students! The students had just finished their 7am exam but they seemed happy and relaxed. They are building a SIM lab, will be complete early 2010, ready to go by Fall 2010. Got to talk with 3 different students while waiting for others to finish interviews and during lunch. They're working to expand the cafeteria. Saw anatomy lab, OMM lab, lecture hall, gym. I liked Glendale area and Phoenix a lot. Can definitely see myself living here. Residency match list and COMLEX pass rate are impressive. On-campus housing. A lot of land to expand in the future."
"weather, campus, girl interviewing for perfusion"
"The campus was beautiful, all the faculty that were there for the entire day were very helpful, the students that were giving us a tour actually showed us things in the labs (I don't think they were supposed to) like cadavers and they also showed us some OMM techniques. Board pass rates were in the top 5 each year. Overall a great experience. Also the interview was very laid back, nothing too crazy question-wise. Tour guide was hot fyi."
"The open door policy of the staff and the tech savvy buildings."
"AMAZING facilities! Everyone is super friendly and they all seem to love being there."
"EVERYTHING! This school is my number 1 choice. Great residency placements, COMLEX scores, faculty, research opportunities, and the campus is gorgeous!"
"AZ, weather, students seemed happy, interviewers made the experience enjoyable"
"facilities, friendliness, organization"
"friendliness of staff, techiness of campus, lots of expansion, new facilities, lots of shopping near by, quality faculty, relaxed looking students"
"Great atmosphere, beautiful city and campus, very open and honest students, newer facilities, impressive board scores and match lists."
"curriculum, facilities, "
"Weather was so nice! Everyone was really friendly and the school is committed to continually making the school better. Board scores are very high."
"The facilities are ridiculously amazing. Definitely one of the most technologically advanced med schools. They repair your computers for you if anything happens to them. Every student I met and everyone in the faculty were incredibly easy to talk to and open to questions."
"The professors, faculty, admissions and students i met were incredibly nice and helpful. I feel like this school would be a great fit for me. The board scores of the school are impeccable also."
"Veeeeerrrry relaxed interview. Interviewers were very conversational, and I felt that they held a lot of insight into the pre-med mind... Also, the students were chill. One of the 9? biochem profs came and told us about why we should attend the school, both he and the DEAN were cool/convincing. Good board scores, VERY flexible 4th year, with the school seeming very supportive of those who want to go do audition rotations ANYWHERE, also felt very friendly to those who want to specialize. "
"Such a nice school and campus"
"Administration seems to really care about its students...especially their board performance, board scores, I heard that ~80-85% take usmle's, facilities are excellent, everyone was very friendly, PHX is excellent!, 150 phoenix rotation slots, 40 OH rotation slots, remainder in Tuscan/(Kingsman?), 3 million ppl in Phoenix (#4-6 in the nation?) but LOW density...you can study without having so many neighbors, AZ is beautiful, on-campus housing (and off-campus _very_ close by) is very nice and very affordable. 10 week quarter system. No courses seem to stagger like DMU block curriculum. They use a diagnostic (shelf) exam before their class takes the comlex - just another chance to make sure that you can pass/do well!, they are managing the 250 class size well - stream of anatomy and OMM."
"Facilities were beautiful, students all seemed to love it, impressive rotations/matches, strong board scores, WEATHER. "
"They were obviously trying to put me at ease by using open ended and unusual questions. (It had the opposite effect however.) The school is beautiful, the curriculum is obviously well organized, cost of living seems reasonable."
"the campus is so nice!"
"the campus is amazing and is only going to become more so when they get the construction done"
"Location, students, other people interviewing, faculty"
"The campus itself. It is really a nice campus, like a real college."
"board scores, brand new high quality facilities, cheap cost of living, friendliness of students and staff, superior research opportunities to most other DO programs out there, $9 lunch ticket"
"Beautiful campus, great environment and scenery. Everyone was sooo friendly and helpful and the students seemed to really enjoy being there. Cafeteria was pretty decent."
"Facilities are beautiful. Great campus. Nice anatomy and OMM labs; nice lecture halls. New facilities being constructed. Nice on campus housing (good deal and good location, not dorm-style). The staff are friendly."
"I liked the school a lot. Nice location that is constantly being added to...new buildings sprouting like weeds. Staff was all very nice. The day went very smoothly, much smoother than a previous interview I had. "
"campus, facilities, board scores of course, location, weather"
"the new facilities, the climates, the friendliness of staff"
"Facilities, board pass rates, overall vibe from the faculty, staff, and students"
"The friendliness of the admissions people and attentiveness of the interviewers. Also, the opening presentation about the school."
"The campus is very nice. The student apartments seemed quiet (middle of the day, maybe that's why) and well kept. We were not shown the inside. AZCOM provides access to its fridge (water, OJ, things like that) + bagels and muffins so you could easily eat your breakfast at the admissions office (as promised in the interview confirmation email). The facilities are very nice (better than I expected). Nice people."
"Everyone was very friendly, the campus is very new, and the students love it there."
"Technology. Program tries very hard to improve itself."
"nice sunny weather, nice (expanding) campus, university seemed to be responsive to the students needs, good test scores, "
"strong board scores, excellent curriculum, great and well-explained clinical opportunities in 3rd/4th year. great area in az, lots of other students."
"The comlex pass rates, the quality of the education and the research opportunites. The emphasis and quality of osteopathic manipulative medicine."
"Facilities, a lot of new buildings"
"great scores, structure of classes/tests, facilities and campus area, on campus housing"
"the location, the school , the girls of AZ"
"The strength of board scores."
"Positive attitudes of interviewers and students."
"The quality of the teachers, high board scores, friendly students, nice facilities, great climate."
"Very nice campus. Interaction with other health professionals. (Fairly) Open clinical years. "
"The school had newer facilities and seems to change their curriculum depending on students' needs. The school's dean presented us with impressive board score numbers well above national averages. "
"The location and campus - lots of construction going on but all will be done before classes begin Fall 2009 "
"Weather. Interviewers. Campus and facilities."
"Rotations, board scores"
"The campus, the facilities, the students excitement about their classes."
"Facilities were new, the day was fairly organized, the presentation on financial aid was helpful"
"The school is truly growing, so much construction. The school really cares about educating their students and this shows by their board results, ex: test once weekly and before taking board exams you must first pass their shelf exam. Administration will act rapidly to change curriculum to make sure the school does well on board results."
"The campus was absolutely beautiful."
"Campus is sprawled out with new facilities in a nice suburban location. The student housing appeared to be very nice also. The administration is on the ball and constantly making changes to improve the school. Their statistics alone put them at the top. Student body seemed to be happy even though they were in the middle of exams."
"The campus is new, with room to grow. The student housing is nice and there are privately apartments across the street. Most impressive was the friendly demeanor of the staff, faculty, and students. I was very impressed by the high COMLEX pass rate, non-competitive atmosphere, and approachability and open door policy of faculty."
"They are proud of their academic success and I know that I would be receivine a top-notch education. The cafeteria food was amazing. They gave us 9 bucks to blow on food. The turkey was appetizing and the stuffing was delicious. Great lunch."
"I interviewed there last year and felt accosted by the preceptor, however this time around the DO preceptor in the interview was amazing! It made me really want to be a DO even more!"
"new facilities, enthusiastic students, great climate"
"The board scores. "
"The interview was relaxed, and they were done during the first half of the day while your still fresh. The facilities are new and more buildings are being erected."
"well-organized, students seemed generally happy, the faculty that we interacted with were very nice and welcoming"
"Facilities were very nice. The school seemed like it was in a nice area. The COMLEX pass rate. New gym being built, new dental building, remodeling library all will be nice when finished."
"friendly admissions staff, campus is growing at a significant rate, quality of academics is very high (board pass rates are quite strong)"
"The expansion of the school. How highly ranked the school is and the quality of students that come out of Midwestern. "
"They are expanding their facilities including a new auditorium, gym, dental clinic and other buildings "
"facilities are nice, lots of growth, faculty seem to be really interested in helping their students succeed."
"Nice weather. Seems like a school that will prepare you to be a competent physician. Good pass rates. More of a younger crowd on interview day than I had at another interview. The interviewers were very nice!"
"The facilities are awesome; everything nice and new and they're planning on building six more structures before the 2008 entering class. The student housing also seemed decent. The faculty and staff seem like a tight-nit family and the students were very layed back and friendly. Also the school's performance on tests is one of the highest nation wide."
"The board pass rates (wow!), on-campus housing, open-door policy, weekly exams (will better prepare you for the boards I'm sure), PBL mixed with clinical studies cirrculum"
"The campus is very nice. Plasma screen monitors, impressive anatomy lab, expanding facilities, nice area."
"The open-friendly environment of students and admin persons. The state-of-art facility."
"Everyone was really nice and extremely helpful. The facilities are very new. They have either the first or second highest COMLEX pass rate among schools."
"the students seem geuninely laidback and happy. open door policy. "
"The area was awesome; great sense of community"
"Loved the facilities!"
"The campus expansion. Their were a lot of new buildings and programs being built and implemented. The open door policy with the faculty. Clinical exposure in your first two years. The opportunities to do research. The weekly exams and outstanding board scores."
"The facilities! The faculty! The students! The high level of academic achievement!"
"Students were super-postive, facilities and atmostphere were amazing"
"The interviewers, the staff, the students...everyone I met went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. They also made sure that all my questions were answered. Also, their facilities and test scores are top notch!"
"The campus, the enthusiasm from staff/students, and thier board scores."
"The staff were all really nice and the campus is very nice."
"The interview itself was very comfortable and I thought they really wanted to know more about me."
"The campus is very modern and friendly. The students' high pass rates on all exams was impressive, as was their residency placement."
"Well I got in a car accident (I wasn't driving) on the way to the school so I made it a few minutes late but I called the admissions office and they were VERY understanding and they actually kept checking up on me and gave me advil and the MS III that interviewed me even offered to give me treatment although time did not allow for it. Also, the interviewees were VERY nice and it was really laid back. I was just so stressed because I got severe whiplash from the car accident and had a bad headache throughout the day."
"The facilities and how nice everyone was throughout my visit."
"The school's sense of community, professor open door policy,COMLEX scores and focus on preparing the student before rotations to name a few. Also, for the interview I was really impressed that instead of using our AACOMAS printout and transcripts, all of the questions were based off of the resume's that we sent in. That made for much more diverse topics for conversation."
"The weather!! Everything is new and very clean. The opportunity for students to conduct and publish their own research in conjunction with faculty."
"Enthusiasm of the students"
"The great score and pass rates that the school has"
"Interviewers were really nice and the interview was laid back. No need to stress. "
"All the students there seemed really happy. Also, the high scores on the COMPLEX"
"high comlex rate"
"The campus in amazing. The school is brand new, the buildings are beautiful with a lot of room to expand (which made me feel good that they want to grow). The labs are great, state of the art technology (plasma tv's in anatomy labs, OMM labs etc...), 3 story library, nice class rooms, mix of programs on campus, the student center is great...lots of students acutally using it. Ping-pong table, huge tv with theatre seating, lots of tables. I like that there is no dress code. The tour guide was hilarious, knew tons about the school, really enjoyed attending classes at AZCOM. Also feel like they will prepare me best for COMLEX I and II. Get you into clinic in second quarter."
"How happy people seemed there and responsive to questions. "
"The school has amazing stats. They have a 98% passing rate on the COMPLEX I. They are also super friendly and have a beautiful campus. In addition they are truly committed to educating you in the way you will benefit."
"I was put much more at ease about the school's curriculum and rotation policy that I expected before I went. The students seem to be happy with it, even though they have a test (anywhere from 1-4hrs!!!) every Monday. And the problems with their rotations seem to be working out at least a little better. Also, the school is in a very accessible area of the city--away from the direct hustle and bustle, but close enough for the perks."
"The campus is pretty nice; on-campus housing looked good, and there are many nearby off-campus housing options too. They really seem to want you to excel and students respond to that."
"The students here rock! A third year stopped by and gave us the low down on everything. "
"research opportunities, good COMLEX pass rates"
"The school is beautiful- modern and new. The weather was amazing. Everyone was ridiculously friendly."
"Meeting and talking with a very nice, personable and enthusiastic 2nd year DO student before I even got to the admissions office. "
"The board exam pass rate"
"The interview panel was very calm and polite. This school seems to have the best pass-rates for the COMLEX period. That was inmpressive."
"The facilities are very nice, I like how the med students work and interact with the podiatry and pharm students. The apartments were pretty nice also"
"The facilities seem really new, curriculum is rigorous, excellent match list, students seemed happy. Also got to see an OMM demonstration on a fellow interviewee."
"The brand new facilities. The really good stats in COMLEX. On campus living facilities"
"The emphasis on a student centered campus, not a research centered campus"
"the campus is nice."
"The enthusiasm of the staff, administration, faculty, and students. The weather!"
"Faculty is extremely helpful and comfortable to be around. Students are very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have. I felt at home."
"Everybody at the school was very friendly. The weather was perfect! 80 degrees in February! The board scores for the school has a 98% passing rate which I thought was impressive. Two of the three interviewers were very pleasant and easy to talk to. The campus was very nice and the facilities were impressive. You are tested every Monday at this school which doesn't give you a weekend but at least it keeps you up on studying."
"The facilities were nice, campus is well maintained, campus apartments were nice and seemed affordable, great board passing rate"
"Nice facilities, nice people, teaching emphasis, local clinical rotations (if you want them), solid academics and great board scores, good residency match results."
"The preceptorship program placing students with a preceptor in the first and second years every other week. "
"The student body, very laid back..non-competitive ALWAYS offering to answer questions about schools..even if they werent a part of our interview group..just random students would offer their services..everyone seemed very friendly..The weather was really nice when i went around 80 degrees...sunny..clear skies"
"the interviewers acted as though they liked me before we even started. that really relaxed me."
"They are very excited about their program and believe in it. Their faculty is very impressive, with outstanding credentials and a personal touch. They were also very laid back--the lead interviewer actually quizzed the 4th year in my interview about SVT, joking with her about the pharmacolgy...pretty funny, actually."
"The training provided by the curriculum is thorough. They have a three week review period and exam before you start clinicals to make sure you retained knowledge from the first two years."
"Beautiful campus, amazing board pass rates, nice weather. On-campus apartments are outstanding as well."
"Everyone is so nice! Facilites are great, students looked happy, nice weather!"
"Everyone who worked there was very nice, and the campus was so pretty"
"Students were very friendly, enthusiastic about attending there. Faculty seemed motivated and friendly too. Good facilities, outstanding board scores, suggesting strong academic program."
"BEAUTIFUL landscaping, clean buildings, very close student housing, students were very friendly and approached us at lunch, other interviewees were very nice (I keep running into them at other interviews - kinda nice to know someone), lunch was decent (lots of choices), school is very proud of their board scores, relaxed atmosphere. They also gave us a nice little speech at the beginning about how we were all qualified numbers-wise, so to focus on letting others see the "real" us. "
"the excellent location. It is a high quality of living location. Also, the professors really care about your learning. They have open office hours if you have any questions. Everyone was friendly."
"The school is great. Nice facilities and the professors/students were great. They are involved with various forms of research and are continuously trying to improve their school and rotation opportunities. The dean is really excited about their program and their board passing rates (around 100%) which is fantastic. You can't go wrong with this school. The student housing is great and affordable, and Phoenix is a great city (just poorly laid out). "
"Friendly students and staff. Enthusiasm of the students for their school."
"The facilities are amazing. The anatomy lab was incredible, it had a lot of plasma screens placed and hung everywhere and there are only about 4 people per cadaver. The campus was a lot smaller than I thought it would be which is really nice for getting around. All of the admissions people seemed very interested in convincing us to attend their program. They have very high confidence in their program."
"You can't argue with the board passing rates! It is warmer than the midwest and east coast during the winter. the facilities are nice. their is nice on-campus housing. they don't push for primary care! they encourage taking both sets of boards and don't care if you do an MD residency."
"Everything! Positive students, facilities, surrounding area, on-campus housing, etc. etc."
"The high student quality of life. The newness of the facility. The exceptionally high pass rate for board exams."
"The campus is beautiful, the students and faculty were really just genuinely friendly, the school is really the best of any DO school as far as board scores. The area seems nice. The people I was interviewing with were an amazing, diverse, awesome group of people. I would love to call them classmates some day."
"facilities, PEOPLE and FACULTY!, their match, their COMLEX scores consistantly top notch, really a top notch osteopathic school"
"Nice location and awesome board scores"
"The school is really knew (built in 95) so the building and facilities are new and up to date. 97%-100% of their students pass the COMPLEX exams, which is tops among osteopathic schools. The students were from all areas of the country."
"The campus is a lot bigger than other DO schools that I visited because there are several other graduate programs at Midwestern. Since the school is relatively new (5 yrs), the facilities are very nice and new."
"COMLEX scores, campus is new"
"really new and nice facilities and buildings; breakfast selection was impressive compared to other schools i interviewed at; azcom is not cheap in terms of providing food, beverages, etc. to its interviewers; COMLEX board rates were the highest compared to all the other DO schools"
"The campus is beautiful, board scores/pass rates are among the highest of all DO schools, students were very laid back and noncompetetive"
"Beautiful campus with great student housing."
"Very nice campus with the new buildings. Nice anatomy lab and OMM lab. Great COMLEX scores. All notes are printed and available for students before lectures. Clinical mentors are assigned in the first year and this can give you the chance to do some cool stuff (or not al lot of stuff) depending on who your mentor is. 80% of the class does an MD residency. Tutors are available."
"The facilities are incredible, everything is brand new. The curriculum was also very nice, a good mix of various learning methodologies. The students seemed friendly and the location is great. Also, AZCOM has the highest pass rate of the boards."
"Everything! Yes, the facilities are really nice. But the people are super nice! Students would walk up to you and go out of their way to talk to you or answer questions. Even the security guard by the library (His name is "Spears") talked to me and told me how nice the environment was. Also, the people around Glendale, like people at WALMART, were really friendly. Nice place to be!"
"The facilities are amazing. The students and faculty were nice. It was absolutely beautiful there. I loved it. The living accomodations were wonderful. They have amazing COMLEX scores, the highest out of all DO schools. Their curriculum is really hard, but they work hard to make you a good doctor, and it shows."
"Complex scores, how much current students liked Midwestern, how friendly the staff was"
"The school itself is very nice, and every one can't stop speaking about how good the faculty is."
"pretty much everything...their campus, preceptorship program, remarkable pass rates on their boards, faculty and student willingness to help"
"The campus is amazing, the students (the ones they pushed in front of us and the ones I met incidentally) were friendly and outgoing, campus housing is popular and nice, and the atmosphere was totally laid back."
"Nice facilities, very friendly faculty and students, relatively cheap cost of living. The students spoke very highly of the school and of their experience there. "
"facilities are new and thorough; students are very happy; area is okay; rent is very, very cheap; school is on a quarter system (10 weeks on, 2 weeks off)x3 (therefore, they squeeze 45 weeks of work into 30) = more time for studying for the boards/doing research; gym/pool on campus were pretty cool"
"Everyone is nice. I mean everyone at this school i just nice!!"
"great campus and climate, friendly people. The students talked to us during lunch and were excited to have us there. The applicants were all excited about the school which helped me as well to really like the school."
"The whole day was really very impressive. I would have to say they really make you feel relaxed, and it is a very nice campus. The other applicants were great to talk to, this makes me think they really pick good people for this school."
"I loved the hot weather, several students came by to visit with us throughout the day, very nice facilities"
"Great campus, great location. The most important thing for me was that students really enjoy the school. Low stress environment. Phenomenal board pass rates."
"The preceptor based clinicals (could be a negative for some people depending on personality). "
"Everyone was super nice. The interview was conversational and very friendly. All of the students I met were wonderful and loved the school. Not a bad area either. Great school."
"very relaxed enviornment"
"The new facilities. Oh yeah, the fajitas were good too."
"The school is new and the facilities are quite nice. The students at the school seemed friendly and cooperative. The housing is plentifull whether you are talking about on-campus apartments or apartments directly accross from the school. "
"The facilities are outstanding. All very new and easily accesible. Beautiful area, certain classes are integrated with PA students, nice class size."
"The laid back and friendly nature of the interview, staff and fellow applicants in the waiting room. Good information was given regarding the rotations. The lunch was suprisingly good. It wasn't a cheap Mexican burrito like I read on here. It was roast beef, mashed potatoes, salad, cookies, brownies etc. "
"campus, faculty involvement in student success, anatomy dept., board scores"
"The campus and the city itself is awesome."
"Everything. I was allowed to ask as many questions that I was asked. The facilities were super-nice."
"The setting is amazing. The campus and weather is beautifull. Students seemed very friendly"
"The campus looks very clean and new, facilities are nice, students seemed laid back and helpful."
"The campus is beautiful, board pass rates, enthusiasm of the faculty and students."
"The board pass rate is fantastic! WOW! Also, I liked the curriculum. The facilities are really impressive and the campus is beautiful and serene. The library looks very spacious. The students and faculty were very nice and eager to answer questions. Also, the interview is a partially closed file interview. So, the interviewers only have your employment/volunteer/extracurricular activities information and your essays. It really gives them a chance to get to know you. I thought that lunch was pretty good!"
"Great library, anatomy lab, OMM lab (plus free OMM for students at the on-campus clinic), and new facilities. There is also an excellent lecture note service (professors have their notes delivered to students' mailboxes in advance of their lectures). I was further impressed with their ambulatory rotations and residency match sites. And best of all, your clinical experience begins during the first week of school. Another positive is that their response time is fairly quick. I was notified of my acceptance 2.5 weeks after my interview, and they had told us we would get our letters within 3 weeks. Lastly, I found the students to be very friendly and the school has a laid back, relaxed atmosphere that is more cooperative than competetive (i.e., pass/fail grading system)."
"The student ambassadors were extremely friendly and approachable. The campus and facilities were nice. I especially loved the anatomy lab. They had all of these flat screen tv's along with a moveable camera that could zoom in on parts of the cadavers. High tech! Wow! The admissions staff and interviewers put me at ease instantly."
"The friendliness of everyone there. The admissions staff was very helpful, and the interview was non stressful. The students all really like the school."
"Board pass rate, all classes have handouts, campus facilities and housing brand new and very nice."
"GREAT GREAT facilities. Essentially all brand new, campus housing was relatively cheap, and the students were sooo nice. The campus itself is really pretty and seems as if the students truly enjoyed this school."
"Everyone was very friendly and they asked interesting questions. The school is beautiful."
"The facilities were GREAT!"
"The weather. Yes, it is hot. It was 98 degrees when I was there...yet, it felt like a typical 80 degree day in the south."
"The on campus facilities were great. The on campus housing was very impressive and affordable. Everyone was very friendly."
"all those plasma displays ahhhhhhhh"
"Just about everything. From the students to the facilities, all were really top notch."
"The campus was designed beautifully and the facilities are new, although not that grandiose. Housing was fairly cheap in the outlying area. Most of the students were friendly. "
"The campus is beautiful. I love the weather and the Arizona climate. It was my first choice Osteo school, so I may be a little biased."
"Nice school, nice facilities. Great people in the admissions office, dean was also very nice. Score well on COMLEX. can get good hands-on experience if with the right preceptor."
"Brand new facilities."
"Everything is new, low cost of living, nearly 100% board pass rate "
"The campus is new and the students seemed very happy and friendly."
"How friendly everyone was from the 1st year students to the Dean of Admissions."
"The facilities are state-of-the-art. When you see the buildings and go inside them, it seems futuristic. I felt I was in the year 3000. The students are extremely happy to be there and are extremely friendly. The faculty there is very friendly as well. There is on-campus housing, which is extremely nice. The student lounges are awesome. There is 24-hour security for on-campus housing. The admissions office staff are so friendly and accomodating. The people in Glendale, AZ are friendly as well. There's a lot of stores in the area. Lecture notes are given to students beforehand, so you don't have to take notes. The curriculum is preceptor-based, which means every 2 weeks, you have patient encounters under a preceptor (physician) supervision. You will receive an excellent medical education and training here. It all depends if this school is for you. The school is so large, in terms of area...AZCOM can expand more if it wants to. Other specialties are taught here like PA. I like an environment that teaches other areas besides DO. It makes the environment fun, like undergrad. STudents help each other. So the learning environ is cooperative, not competitive. Each year, first year students are paired up with a second year (like a Big Brother, Big Sister program). I heard only good things resulting from this. During my interview experience, all AZCOM students said hi and wished us the best of luck. During lunch time, they were playing frisbee and had bean bag contests. Although the cost is expensive (almost $200,000 in 4 years), I can see that they use this money to take care of the student."
"Everyone was very friendly, the campus was nice."
"The facilities were really new and seemed well-equiped. I sat in on an anatomy lab; they had screens surrounding the room where the students could watch what the professor was teaching. The students actually rotate through lab days so you don't have the same group each time and can teach the new members as they come along. Students and staff seemed friendly."
"The campus is really nice. I also am very excited about their rotations- more ambulatory than hospital based, basically because you follow a physician specializing in your rotation's emphasis (he/she is your preceptor). I think it would give a med student the opportunity to see private practice in more depth, since you would spend some of your time (though not all) out of the hospitals and in the office. I also like the idea of a one-on-one relationship with the preceptor, which I think would be more personal and allow for me to explore my interests in medicine more thoroughly. "
"The campus is beautiful. Facilities are brand new and in perfect condition. Housing is affordable and cheap. The students were very welcoming and up beat."
"The weather and the fact that the very close bell street had every resturant I ever wanted. It also had good shopping. The facilities were brand new and the students seemed happy though the day we were there they had a couple of exams so there was stress abound. The cost of living was not as bad as I thought it would be. They did not have a cafeteria yet (being built) but they had a lot of food for the interviewers. Both breakfast and lunch! Also, lots of candy in the admissions room. :)THe entire campus is brand new and there is a lot of nice places to go study."
"EVERYTHING! I was extremely impressed with the whole visit and would absolutely love attending AZCOM! (We were informed that we would find out the Committee's decision in a week and a half! Now that's pretty fast!!!!) Also, I really enjoyed meeting the other applicants. It appears that AZCOM invites really high quality people for interviews. (With the exception of myself!!!!)"
"The virtually brand new facilities, very friendly staff, professors, and students, nice location, positive atmosphere. I loved it."
"Excellent student board pass rate. I walked around the campus the day before the interview and talked to students at random, and every one I talked to LOVED the school. The campus set up is nice, small and convenient, it really gives a famly atmosphere since it has no other schools on campus except for hte Health Care school ie.. DO, PharmD, PA, BioMed Sci. So all the students talk the same language."
"The school is top notch. The students have a wonderful sense of fellowship there, everyone seemed to be friends and very happy to be there. Everything was new."
"How beautiful the campus is and how friendly the students are. The housing seems quite liveable (although small). The facilities are great."
"Campus is state of the art and beautiful."
"Friendly people, new facilites."
"The campus, facilities and location were awesome. The administration are very receptive to the students..case in point..adding on to the library and the construction of a cafeteria at the request of the students. I was also impressed with the ambition of the students, faculty and administrators. They strive for the best in test scores, clinical experience and residency matching. Very good stuff."
"Good relationship between faculty, administration and students. Also, the students have an very high COMLEX pass rate, and have on average scored better than any other school in 2 of the past 4 years. "
"Brand new campus & great atmosphere. Everything's great!"
"very nice campus, the students were really nice"
"the people were amazing. they were so friendly. all the first years had a test the day i interviewed and they still spent tiem with me and answered all my questions the day before when i was on campus. they also invited me to some medical school get togehters they were having during the tiem i was in the area, the school is beautiful and new, housing is nice and on campus, faculty are also veyr friendly, dean sat with us and tlaked abotu curriculum and asked us if we had any questions about anything, the school, the area, medicine, applying to medical school, after the interview we were given lunch and the interviewers came aroudn to see if we had any more questions now htat we were not in an interview situation"
"Everyone is so helpful and there is no sense of competition between students."
"How friendly and laid-back the staff, professors, doctors, a staff were...yet still maintaining a top notch academic environment. The school, as a campus, is brand new and impressive also."
" I liked the student interaction on the campus. I interviewed on the first day of interviews and all the students were out in the pavillion for lunch and it was great."
"The campus was amazing! Brand new with state of the art facilities and technology. The students seemed to be extremely happy to be there and were more than willing to help with any questions we had throughout the day. "
"The facilities are really nice."
"All facilites are less than 6 years old. State of the art technology. Beautiful lecture halls. At least 20 first year students dropped by just to answer questions and chat. I had a great time there."
"School facilities, attitude of the students, laid back atmosphere of the interview"
"The facilities are one of a kind. All the newest technology. Surrounding area is nice as well. Great location."
"The facilities are all new. The rotations are set up differently that other schools -- sounds good."
"Weather was "nice""
"The school is very nice. Its fairly new and has great facilities. The student who did our tour was very helpful."
"Facilities are awesome. Location is awesome. They have an innovative preseptorship program for rotations."
"every student that I met on campus was happy with the school they all said that if they had to choose all over again they would go to AZCOM again"
"The friendly students, the student housing, and the unique MSIII and MSIV curriculum. "
"The cadaver lab!!!! It was wonderful!"
"The facilities are awesome, especially the OMM and Anatomy labs. Also, the students were all very friendly and genuinely seemed to enjoy the school. The student housing is pretty nice and all apts have T1 internet access provided at no additional charge."
"People and facilities"
"The campus is bright and warm. Staff is very nice and informative.On campus apartments are close, new, and affordable. Very modern facilities and high 100% pass rate on boards "
"Everything! The staff, the faculty, the students are very friendly and welcoming. The facilities are new and state-of-the art and the campus is beautiful. The currriculum is also impressive."
"The quality of the other applicants. They were all very nice, and open about thier experiences. "
"The scenery and the new facilities...as well as the students and faculty!"
"Nice campus, great third and fourth year rotation program, nice facilities, excellent pass rates on the boards"
"It's a beautiful campus with new buildings, state-of-the-art equipment (plasma TVs in the gross anatomy lab), and peaceful study areas. It was 84F when I was there, so just imagine the summertime. "
"The friendly atmosphere that surrounded everyone."
"The brand new high-tech facilities are awesome. The gross lab in particular - 6 plasma TVs where the instructor is projected and also has a mic so you know exactly what is going on. "
"Nice architecture of campus buildings, very clean campus."
"the facilities and faculty"
"The state-of-the-art facilities and the open and friendly students"
"Housing, and the technology employed in the classrooms."
"The campus was beautiful, and everything was really laid back. Students were going to class in hawaiian shirts and shorts!! Awesome!!!"
"Student housing and how friendly everyone was?"
"The facilities are all brand new, very impressive anatomy and OMM labs."
"On campus clinic and 3rd year omt program for those who are interested, also family friendly institution"
"Everyone I met was very friendly and the interviews seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say."
"Beautiful campus and facilities. Student housing."
"The school was great, the people were nice, and the cost of living in AZ is muy bueno."
"Nice facility. Nice people. Decent on-campus housing/prices - coming from a guy living in New England."
"The campus facilities, the curriculum"
"EVERYTHING!!! Fro the housing to the lecture halls, this school is great. "
"all the lecture notes are given before class and all the classes are on powerpoint. Very standardized, very cool. they tell you exactly what you need to know."
"the openness of the faculty, new facilities"
"The state-of-the-art facilities, impressive board scores, impressive residency placements, etc."
"COA is 101k a year."
"A student we spoke to said they could really improve on securing better physicians for their preceptor-based clinical rotations. Depending on the physician, they could be really hit or miss."
"The curriculum is not integrated at all and the admissions team makes sure you know. As more schools are switching to more innovative and integrated curriculum Midwestern is not. The students also stressed that the curriculum is set up so that they are tested weekly so if testing is not a strong suit this probably isn't the school for you."
"Wait time between interview sessions was very long."
"It was a long day and I was exhausted by the end, but that's not an issue with the school haha"
"AZCOM has tests every Monday"
"It didn't seem like the students were super enthusiastic about their school, learning, and medical school in general."
"Minimal opportunities for clinical research (mostly basic science only), below average scores on USMLE"
"School lack of emphasis on research"
"It seemed like the administration valued aesthetics too much. The school did not feel as though it fits the demographics that it's suppose to serve."
"Very short amount of time for the actual interview"
"cost of attendance, how clerkship sites are determined, exam schedule"
"High tuition (not overall cost)"
"Very high tuition (one of the highest for DO), curriculum mostly didactic, lecture-based"
"The admissions counselor giving the campus tour was not the most positive person. She kept telling us how much our lives are going to be difficult. I would have rather had someone who was more positive about the med school experience and possibly a student so we could find out more information while on the campus tour."
"I wish that there was more explanation of how the interviews were structured."
"Phoenix weather :("
"An admissions staff member took the place of the D.O. that was supposed to be there."
"There were not follow up questions. It was not conversational at all. They would kust ask a question after the other not connected. Still it was really relaxed, but I don't know how they understand your personality just throwing at you tons of unrelated questions"
"It felt like a gated community, it is literally fenced in. There is grass everywhere, when outside the university everything is sand (because Phoenix is in a desert)."
"Non-systems based format, no recorded lectures."
"The crazy hot Arizona heat."
"How they would beat around the bush when I asked about the state or rotation sites"
"The high tuition; didn't get to see many other DO students other than the ones the admissions office wanted us to see."
"Tour was incredible short"
"That you don't get to see real patients that soon and that you have to be in the practice clinic to view your practice patient contact scenarios."
"Touring in hot weather in a black suit..but hey what can you do its AZ :) and tuition- ouch lol"
"i ate lunch with three students and they didn't seem like they were too happy there. they may have just been having kind of a bad day."
"The interview literally took all morning until 3pm"
"The arrogance of the interviewers."
"The breakfast. Thankfully I ate at the hotel."
"the tour was rather lack-luster. We didn't get to see much of the in side of any of the buildings. We only got to in to the entry way of the gigantic clinic. It didn't seem too busy."
"The heat :)"
"No recorded lectures, anatomy lab wasn't as state of the art as some other schools"
"The tuition was crazy expensive."
"They are changing the way rotations are decided. This year, when you receive your acceptance letter you also receive the site that you are assigned to for 3rd year rotations, which I think is odd because 1) it's 1st year and 2) I'm not sure how much of a say we get in our rotation site decision."
"The only thing I can think of is that starting with the class of 2015, you have to pick where you want to do your 3rd and 4th year rotations at the time that you are accepted. This doesn't bother me, but I feel like I'm not equipped to make a decision at this time because I don't know anything about any of the programs/hospitals, etc. I'm hoping they'll provide more information if I'm accepted before I have to decide. But other than that, I have no complaints about the school."
"student ambassador didn't know very much about clinical rotations"
"The gym was tiny, the tour was given by an admissions person and not a student, the students did not show up to lunch."
"dead time between events during the day."
"Nothing impressed me negatively."
"unfortunately, a lot. i went in with high expectations about this school and was quite disappointed. the interview day itself is unorganized and you have WAY too much downtime to just sit around and stare the other applicants in the face. For 45k a year, i expected to be wow-ed. the library is small and only open 7a-11p. to me, the school as a whole felt more like an undergrad campus than a medical school."
"The student body seemed stressed to the max, more so than other schools I have interviewed at. The cost. Arizona weather could be tough to deal with. Rotations might cause you to be relocated. "
"The student body... "
"Long wait for your interview slot. One of the three interviewers was very unreadable. Didn't expect to feel intimidated at this interview, based on the previous posts, but surprisingly I did feel that a little. "
"tuition rates; too much waiting around during interview day"
"The weight room was a bit small"
"Small library. Small gym. Non-systems based curriculum. TUITION! If it were 10k cheaper, I would go here in a heartbeat. "
"middle of glendale which is kind of lame, but phoenix is awesome"
"I'm not too religious and they are building a multi-religion chapel right in the heart of the campus. "
"We never really had a chance to meet with students; it seemed a little rushed. The tour was given by someone other than a current student or faculty."
"Teeny tiny gym! Glendale didn't seem all that exciting."
"Exams every monday and sometimes friday. I'd prefer to have a week of exams every 6 weeks, it gives you a chance to breath for one weekend every two months."
"little things. no patient contact during MS I or II. anatomy lab in two different buildings with one instructor who is broadcast to one of the labs so that he can be in two places at once. huge class size. SUPER hot climate."
"The gym was very small. The weight room was a joke. The students call it the "weight closet." Most have memberships elsewhere."
"Current students weren't super enthusiastic about the school. School wasn't open with sharing its faults, made me feel like I was being deceived."
"I thought the tour was a little short, but i understand someone had to get to the airport. Krista gave the tour and she was extremely outgoing and friendly so that made up for the briefness."
"It was in the middle of nowhere"
"Just the tuition cost... But that is with every private/DO school... They give some groups who interview late the finAID presentation first, and this can be depressing! "
"possibility of moving to Ohio"
"Not systems-based learning, cost is higher than another school that I'm looking at, (I don't care much about it, but cafe doesn't have many choices), I expected that I would see more candidates accepted to other programs during my late February interview, a little nervous about trying to find a residency in the area but the school seems to recognize that and tries to excel in comlex/usmle scores (but I'm just uninformed, so take with a huge grain of salt), Not very many osteo programs in Mtn region so it seems like you'll have to do allo programs?, "
"The average age of incoming first years seems to be a little higher than other schools. I was the only person in my interview group still in undergrad. "
"-I don't like broad, non specific questions because I don't know where to start and where to end. I'm very direct, and prefer to be allowed to answer in a direct way. -There was a young admissions counselor in the interview room who had no experience in basic sciences or a clinical setting. I have nothing negative to say about her as she was very friendly, but it was honestly very distracting to have some young, attractive woman in the room who knew nothing about what I am getting myself into. Please note that I am NOT a sexist in any way shape or form, nor do I have any qualms about being interviewed by a a female. (Mind you, every interview I've had involved a QUALIFIED female from either the basic sciences or clinical department.) I simply a) did not think that a third interviewer was even necessary b) could not relate to someone who doesn't understand what we as future medical students will be going through. It did not help me open up. -Outside of the interview, I was upset that I did not get more exposure to current students, as I would have grilled them about what it is really like to go to this school."
"cost of attendance, the fact that some of the questions seemed designed to make you sound ridiculous"
"The weather was great when I was there, but can't say I'll love it in July."
"The heat. "
"high tuition, lack of independence in choosing 3rd/4th year rotations, how the interview schedule got set back a bit for some people"
"For being practically November, it was in the 90's the whole time I was there (I stayed for about a week). "
"The rotation sites could be a little more diverse, but I honestly left with a pretty great impression."
"Not much...no matter how much the interviewers like you, you can still get rejected once the adcom sees your numbers."
"high tuition, rotations, larger class size, not many DO residencies in west, lower pass rates for USMLE (especially since we were told most students have to go into MD residency due to lack of AOA residencies)"
"Cost of attendance, Glendale/Pheniox area"
"The waiting in the admissions office (not that bad, cuz you can visit with the other interviewees). Also, not being able to meet with actual med school students"
"A lot of sitting around. The campus tour meant getting on a bus to be driven around. Why? It was such a nice (75F) day and the place is not that big. Just to be clear, we saw the inside of buildings, too. It would be nice if the school offered transportation to the airport since they have the bus and the traffic isn't so bad. The cafeteria food was pretty good, and I think you are allowed $9 which means you can get a lot of things. Many students have children so expect to see some babies in the dining area and be careful not to step on one! "
"The cafeteria was very small, and the increase in the class size. The classes are large and you have to share a cadaver with multiple groups of students."
"class size increase"
"You might have to do CORE rotations in OHIO. "
"the cafeteria was full of junk food, i wish they had solar panels on all of their buildings, i guess there currently is no wireless in the classrooms because prof. don't want students to be distracted during class..., student and community population was not the most diverse, COST of attendance"
"cost of attendance is $68k/year and rising!! school often has drastically changed clinical schedules with no warning to students (20-40 will go to OH). there is no universal wi-fi. there is no built-in step/comlex study period in 2nd year."
"The tuition 40,000/year. The facilites were a bit sparse for the increase in class size."
"It gets hot in the summer."
"cost of tuition, surrounding area - I'd have to get a car, seems like a lack of student services/involvement on campus"
"the interview; I felt it was agressive compared to other interviews, the panel seemed to have been upset prior to my interview"
"Increase to 250 students."
"lack of an ocean! 250 student class size is really big. I got the impression that they might just accept me based on my stats alone cuz they seemed to care a lot (too much?) about board scores."
"The cost and there are a LOT of people. I don't think the amount of people is horrendous, but if you like small and intimate classes this isn't it. "
"The school is really in the middle of a desert- very dry and brown. The cafeteria was small and not as many healthy options as I would have liked. During the interview day, we had no interaction with current students to hear their perspectives..."
"The lack of current students. It seemed like we were really far away from campus/student life (Probably due to the temporary relocation of the admissions office). Only one student met with us for 20-30 minutes during lunch. There was a lot of waiting during the interview process. We didn't get to see any simulators or the anatomy lab. "
"Too much downtime. ZERO interaction with students."
"250 students in upcoming class"
"That we weren't able to see the apartments."
"A lot of construction going on"
"When I asked how they were planning to accommodate the class increase of 100 more students, they seemed like they weren't exactly sure... Also the campus didn't SEEM to be too involved in the community but I could be absolutely incorrect on this."
"The weather, too hot. The tour and bus ride on the tour was grueling b/c it was too hot."
"Did not get to see the gross anatomy lab, but I suppose that's ok as they are building a new one for the upcoming year. "
"They took out all clinical experience for the first year class and I think even some for the second year class. The cost as well. They're increasing their class size to 250 students."
"Cost, and when speaking to MS4 student gov reps, they said that the school cannot account for the high tuition costs."
"some facilities are VERY small, high tuition"
"We didn't learn anything about the school till the last 30 minutes of the day (which is when we spoke with a dean). Most of the us commented during the lunch that we really weren't presented with any information about the school. The tour guided didn't seem to know much. My favorite line was ''This is the clinic. It's where people come to be examined by the doctors.'' Oh really? So you go through 80% of the day not knowing anything. One can only hope the dean's presentation is truly spectacular. Luckily, the presentation was great. Afterwards I felt that I was properly informed on the potential of the school. This is why I can rate the opportunities present as some of the best I've seen. "
"The construction was a little inconvenient. The tour of the school could have beeen a little more informative."
"lack of information regarding location of clinical rotations, the amount of construction being done, the tininess of the gym (there are like 2 treadmills and some dumbells there), small cafeteria, weather (very hot!)"
"Lack of hospital affiliation. I got different answers as to how many students they would be adding to the class and what the time frame for adding students would be. Some people said they were adding 100 to the next class if approved, others said it would be a gradual increase from 150 to 250 over a few years."
"Phoenix is hot if you're not accustomed to Arizona weather, did not have a chance to visit anatomy labs, the cafeteria is small and the selection of food there is limited (though they give you a voucher for lunch)"
"The COST! Also, the fact that first yrs have tests every Monday which takes your weekend away from you."
"The tour guide was not overly impressive...he took us through some construction areas and did not seem excited about showing off the school to prospective students. Also, lots of construction, but that should be wrapped up be the start of next school year"
"students have exams every week during first 2 years"
"The fact that there will be a 100 student increase for next year (probably causing problems in anatomy lab). The fact that we didn't get to interact with students (probably because it was a Monday, exam day, but they still should have been there for lunch at least). Only 1 student came by to talk with us. The fact that the tour was given by an admissions person. The library was very small. Most of the campus is still undergoing construction."
"Lecture halls remind me of my cramped undergrad lecture halls (i.e. small wooden piece that folds over chair), itty bitty teeny tiny library, high tuition for the cramped lecture halls and tiny library, your 4 person group shares a cadaver with another group and you alternate days you work with it, the campus isn't completely wireless"
"The faculty was not as friendly as some of the other interviews I have been on. The interviewers seemed to be trying to throw you off rather than getting to know your personality. Another concern I had was the 100 student increase that is going to be taking place next year. It sounded like they were taking steps to compensate for a larger class but from talking to other students, it seemed that 3rd and 4th year students are already struggling for good rotation spots."
"Location, too hot, not much to do."
"The buildings are kind of far apart and the actual school is set back a little bit from the Phoenix/Glendale city life."
"Lack of space in rotations"
"the admissions office was underprepared and the campus tour would have been a lot better if it was given by a student rather than an admin staff. new facilities, but few options...i.e. library is tiny and only open till 11:00 pm.."
"TUITION TUITION TUITION! (they conveniently placed the finaid presentation as the only thing before the interview b/c they knew we'd be all nervous and unattentive haha)"
"It is HOT in Glendale."
"The heat, extremely high tuition, and too many people to each cadaver."
"The suburban sprawl of Phoenix"
"They kinda make themselves seem much better than other DO schools and almost like they are an MD school"
"Glendale is a pretty suburban community, quiet with not a bunch to do. However, the school has proximity to Phoenix and Scottsdale which offer much more!"
"That the temps are rediculous during the summers. "
"The tour. It was very discouraging. The tour guide, an admissions staff, was walking forward and talking so only the people in front could hear. He thought we were pharmacy applicants, and didn't explain the campus very well. Just very unprepared and unprofessional. Also, there was a LOT of sitting around."
"The short interview. I felt like they didn't really want to spend a lot of time on me individually."
"The initial tour that we had was from an administrative guy and he really didn't know a single thing. He gave our group the WRONG information and we didn't even get to go into any classrooms which really sucked. But then when we went back to the office after lunch there was a MS III or IV and he took us on ANOTHER tour and he was AWESOME! Straightened everything out and took us inside rooms, etc..."
"Nothing really, I just wished that we had the opportunity to speak with more students over the course of the day."
"The fact that you need a car."
"smaller campus than I expected"
"The students were happy to be there but they did not seem excited to be there like in other places that I have interviewed at"
"Didnt get a chance to meet many students during the tour because i was in the early tour and the tour guide told us most of the students don't get in till later. Also the caefteria was really small - there were lots of tables but where you buy your food is pretty small like snack bar size"
"Not a systems based curriculum"
"there are a lot of things i didn't like about this school. We didn't have a chance to talk to any student, there are a lot time we were just sitting in there and wait, etc"
"I had to wait about an hour and half for my interview so I got a little nervous, which was strange because this was my fourth interview and had not been nervous for any of them. I had my tour before my interview so I think I decided that I really wanted to be accepted to AZCOM so I proceded to get nervous for my interview :)."
"Through no fault of the school's, I just did not feel a homely vibe from the school. "
"I think the amount of presentations were excessive. We were so exhausted by the end of the day, and having to listen to a curriculum presentation after lunch was brutal. But, the school itself did not negatively impress me."
"The halls are filled with lockers like high school. I'm still unsure of the quality of their hospital rotations and the cafeteria only stays open til 2:30pm."
"I hear the rotation situation is being worked out, and that there are many options in the Phoenix area, but they were a little vague about this."
"The absence of on site medical clinics. "
"That so many people work on 1 cadaver in anatomy lab."
"The cafeteria food and our inability to view the anatomy labs or a large lecture room since there were classes going on at the time. The cost too."
"The tour guide seemed unenthusiastic"
"Nothing really. "
"It is really really hot in AZ, high of about 102 in the end of september"
"Small cafeteria, Glendale heat."
"Middle of no where. Far from airport"
"Some of the other interviewee's, some had sticks up there rear. My advice is to relax, you made it this far, be nice for a change."
"cost of tuition"
"there seem to be quite a few married students with small children living at the apartments on campus."
"I'm not a fan of the desert, so everything seemed so dried out."
"Interviewers... was asked very ethical questions and was not appreciative of it..."
"We didn't get to see inside any of the anatomy/OMM labs. Lunch was kind of boring. "
"One of the three interviewers I had seemed like he was trying to intimidate everybody he interviewed. He was the one that asked me what was the dumbest thing I've ever done and just put me on the spot for a few questions. Towards the end though he lighetened up more. The cafeteria at this school is very small and its only open from 7 to 2:30 everyday. There is wireless only in the library. One of the students said that the anatomy lab is not that great at all and it is pretty small so groups actually have to rotate on the cadavers. "
"Classroom had no windows, no wireless connectivity in classroom, uncertainty of 3rd + 4th year rotations."
"In class 8-5. I prefer a bit more independent learning. The students I spoke with said they skip class regularly b/c there is just too much of it. They are forced to prioritize. "
"For the price of tuition and the fact their school is almost brand new, I have been to some schools where the technology is much better and facilities are nicer and the tuition is less. The wireless internet is restricted to only a few areas of campus, they don't record lectures, the class rooms and lecture hall don't look all that comfortable for the amount of time needed to be spent in them. If you are looking for a gym, you might miss it and the student center if you blink."
"classes are held in the same room alll day..."
"it was hot, even though it's nearly november."
"Nothing I didn't already expect, the ungodly heat. Also, the campus is listed as 135 acres, but most of the buildings are crammed into one corner, with huge patches of dirt in between--not too attractive. They are consistently expanding, with several buildings in different stages of planning and construction."
"Students said the terms are short and about 37 weeks of coursework are condensed into 30 weeks. I guess its working out since the board exam pass rate is higher than any other DO program."
"Library not open 24/7, little technology, and students openly skip lots of classes. Exams are on Mondays - making the relaxation nights Monday and Tuesday instead of a normal weekend."
"tuition! yikes! they don't encourage use of laptops, pdas (plus for some, minus for others) library not open 24/7 "
"I had an MD interview me in my group and he was a complete ass. He pretty much ignored me and kept looking at his pager, I hope they never ask him back to interview ever again. But I guess it didn't matter because I was accepted 5 days later."
"competition for third and fourth year rotation spots with Univ of AZ, high price to attend, fewer overseas/out-of-country outreach opportunities."
"Interview day could have been thought out better...lots of sitting around. Also, my interview group only had 3 other girls in it and about 12 guys. I'm a little concerned with the small amount of technology the school has - no laptops in class, etc. However, their board scores are reallllly good, so I suppose it doesn't matter. Tuition is a bit high, and they expect it to go up 4-6% per year."
"You sit around a lot during the day but the other applicants were nice."
"The interview was horrible. From hello is was one ethical question after another. The DO was doing everything in his power to get me to break, but I didn't (yea baby). If you are going to discuss ethical questions such as abortion, death penalty etc, then lets talk about it, don't give me some huge controversial topic and only give me a minute to respond (WTF). Give me a break. The whole thing was rushed and they seemed more interested with the clock than they were with me. I left feeling that they knew nothing about me as a person, and that was lame. The questions were difficult but I just answered them as honestly as possible and think I did just fine. The anatomy lab was not as nice as it could be and the OMM lab is huge (TVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s don't cover the whole area, if you were in the corner things could be interesting), besides our student tour guide didn't have a key to let us in to check it out, so maybe it was better than what I could see through a 4"x20" slit!! The cafeteria wasn't very good at all, horrible food. The work out facility is small. Our student guide was a first-year student (there for only a few weeks) and knew almost nothing about the school. The campus is NOT wireless and didn't seem as technologically advanced as other schools I have visited prior. The dean bragged about how the school did vs. MD schools even though his own 2 sons attended MD schools (why not DO?? Why not AZCOM???). It makes the decision even more difficult for those who are deciding between an MD or DO. It was only 105 when I was there and was told it was a "cooler day". WOW!! "
"I am very interested in the DO philosophy and was dissappointed that they don't really consider themselves much different than MD schools except for maybe the OMM work. I expected that a DO school would believe in their own philosophy more so than what was demonstrated to me during the interview day. If you don't really care about DO or MD but really want to go to medical school, then this school would be great for you. I also heard a lot of swearing amoung the students and if you're a conservative, religiously-minded person like myself, then this might not be the greatest atmosphere for you since immodesty seems to be the norm and not the exception. I also wanted to bring my wife to the interview day (everything except for the actual interview), which some schools really encourage candidates to do (like Kirksville), but they discouraged me. If I decide to go there, it will take a lot of convincing for my wife since they gave her the shaft. "
"No gym. No computers needed, which I like because I'm not a computer geek, but it was wierd because every other school makes you get a laptop. I didn't really like the curriculum setup but hey who am I to say anything their numbers speak for themselves. the cadaver lab smelled bad. It was not very nice at all. It was the worse one and the most crowded out of any school I went to. The heat would suck in the summer."
"The tour guides attitude."
"The limited hospital rotations available in the area."
"The prohibitive cost of attendance. The fact that tuition is jacked up 3-7% every year. The lack of major scholarships (like half-tuition or something like DMU does) to high achieving applicants (MCAT/GPA)."
"really almost nothing. well, the cost. it's extremely high. but you get to live in the valley which to me is like being at a resort every day."
"I was asked some offensive and hostile questions during my interview. At one point, the med student asked if I was appling to Do school becasue I thougt it was easy. The DO who was on the interview panel asked if she thought people would listen to me as a doctor becasue I'm overweight. When I told her that I'm currently on a swimming schollarship, she said she didn't beleive me. Nothing like being called a lier in an interview. "
"The school is not associated with any hospitals in Phoenix. That was a concern for me. Although the schools offers some rotations, for the most part students find their own clinical rotations in years III and IV."
"The lack of diversity of the students I saw around campus and in my interviewing group."
"rotations, cost overall additude of students that I met. One student warned me about the rotations and advised that I would be smart to look into other programs like KCOM, LECOM, and others."
"heat; it was so hot even though the student tour guide told us that it was already cooling off in arizona; we were "supposedly" really lucky since a week or two ago, it was scorching hot"
"Rotations are set up by individuals"
"Expect it to be hot."
"Very small fitness center...most students go off campus to work out. 3rd and 4th year are "very self motivated." AZCOM is not really affiliated with a base hospital. The campus is not as technologically advanced as some...no smart boards, PDA, or laptops in class. As a MSIII you must return to campus every few weeks...this would be hard if you were living in another state!"
"That you pretty much have to set up your own rotations. AZCOM hasn't been able to gain access to the University of Arizona's medical system yet for the 3rd year."
"I'm sure the heat is going to bring a tear to my eye. "
"Absolutly nothing : )"
"The heat! It is a little on the expensive end, but then again what med. school isn't?"
"hot whether, mean ladies working in the lunch room"
"Students complained a lot about the large number of exams they have, the lecture hall had tiny desks."
"The campus was like a high school. Admissions had pre-selected students standing around giving really canned responces to questions."
"Steep tuition and lack of structured clinical rotations for the 3rd and 4th years. They stress the benefits of having an ambulatory-style training as opposed to ward-based training, but that just means that I'll have to put in the time to schedule my own rotations."
"not very impressed by the match list or the affiliated hospitals; not impressed by rotation sites (i.e. i would basically set up all of my own rotations if i came here - which you can do to some extent); not impressed by cafeteria either"
"that the campus is not as developed as it seems-a huge part of it is still sand"
"No rec center"
"nothing, and I mean it, you hear about the 3rd and 4th year a lot but if you are ok with putting some work into what rotation you want to do, then you will be just fine."
"There was a lot of waiting around doing nothing, once I got done answering a question the interviewers just sat there like they expected me to say more...I didn't know what to make of that. Many students said they chose AZCOM because of the friendly atmosphere, but I just didn't feel that when I was there."
"The student tour was severly lacking. The HEAT! It was hot. Our tour guide would stop in the middle of nowhere and just talk. Let's do our talking in an air conditioned lobby (we're in black suits). "
"Nothing very negative, if I had to pick something it would be the fourth year curriculum."
"One of the teachers shook his head after every other question I answered. I knew it was crap when I answered a question perfect and he did it again, so after a while I kind of thought it was funny."
"1.Price. 2.When I asked the 4th year student what the highlight of his education at AZCOM were he said it was the first two years because the rotations aren't very good. To me that sucks, the last 2 years should be the highlight. 3. The doc in the interview seemed to know that this was everyone's second choice school. 4. Location. First of all, it's in Phoenix, to top it off it's in Glendale. "
"The weather was really hot. I will echo others sentiments on the third and fourth year rotations; shady is the appropriate word. The school was trying hard to sell us on the benefits of its preceptorship. The lady in charge of setting up the rotations sounded as if she was compensating for lacking "normal" rotations like most other schools have. It sounded very unstructured and disorganized. "
"The cost to attend this school much like any private school is astronomical. I am not sure how I feel about the openess of the clinical years, I think I would prefer something more structured. Also, we were told that the interview would be closed file and that the nterviewers would not have our grades or anything. Hence, I was a little suprised when one of them looked at a sheet w my scores on them and asked me about an MCAT score. "
"Not much! The financial aid presentation is a waste of an hour. The tour was less than spectacular as well. I can walk around the entire campus on my own time. I can figure out what a class room looks like. The tour guide didn't provide inside information about the school unless propped. The interview process was long. The actual interview was only 30 minutes but you wait around a lot and waste 2 hours with the financial aid presentation and the tour. The clinical years are clearly a disadvantage of the school despite the rhetoric they provide about the preceptorship. And the clinical director did get defensive when explaining the rotations. If you want to do hospital based rotations, you won't be able to do them in AZ during your third year. You are required to do 5 of your 11 rotations in of the assigned preceptor rotations spots in AZ. You can do up to 6 hospital based (traditional/non-preceptor based) rotations during your third year, but these are located out of state for the most part. Fourth year is awesome. You can hospital and preceptor based rotations locally without a problem. "
"Interview process didn't seem very effective in getting to know candidates. It felt like a 35 minute game. Students who had lunch with us and guided our tour probably know us better than the interview panel."
"Disorganization of third and fourth year rotations. Seems a little shady."
"A student yelled at our tour guide for letting us see the anatomy lab. I though that was kind of strange. "
"My interview had less to do with getting to know me and everything to do with a medical ethics class. It was a very hostile and intimidating interview. I felt like I just ran for 20 minutes on a treadmill after I left the room."
"The interviewers (one in particular) were not very friendly."
"The interview panel was supposed be composed of a clinician, a student, and a faculty member. The Faculty memeber had to leave so my panel consisted of two clinicians and a student. In short it concerned me because who was going to represent me on the admissions committee? All that they had to go on was their short written statements from the interview. "
"Although I had a really good interview, I felt a little badgered during the process. There were a few uncomfortable moments although most of it went pretty smoothly. I'm also a little wary about their 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations system. "
"E-mail seems to be the only thing computers are really used for there; I didn't see any laptop hookups anywhere. Also, they don't have a cafeteria or any other food available on campus. I believe they are currently building a cafeteria, however, and it will be opening in the Spring of 2004."
"The fact that the rotations are preceptor based and not done in teaching hospitals. I am assuming this is because they are a new school and are working on establishing their reputation and rapport with local hospitals."
"campus landscaping wasn't that great, no hospital on campus"
"Student body seems heavily represented by conservative military types. You have to do more legwork than at other schools to get into a residency."
"How small the on-campus gym facilities were. Although many of the students sa a membership at a fitness center nearby for cheap."
"At first, 15 applicants sitting in a room waiting together can be, well, something less than relaxing, but an hour in we all got used to it."
"The dry heat."
"There were no students around. We made a game to see who could find a student."
"The tuition/living expenses at ~$52,000/yr. The landscape (dirt and prickly bushes) was not too exciting either. (although, I think it was just because Im used to the landscape of the midwest.)"
"I got 3 interviewers... One of them sat there and stared at me the whole time. He did not speak one word til the end. Other 2 interviewers asked him if he wants to ask anything, he replied "NO, i will just listen".....that made me EXTREMELY uncomfortable -_-"
"The school started the interview day with a Financial Aid presentation! It is not cheap to go here, averaging ~$50,000/year. If cost is an issue for you, be prepared for the a little bit of a shock."
"The scheduling of the day was terrible. After a brief presentation about financial aid, half the group sat for interviews and the other half went on a tour of the facilities. Needless to say, upon completion of the tour I sat for 2.5 hours waiting for my interview slot to come up. They should have had a presentation by the faculty on how the curriculum and rotations are set up. In addition, I really wasn't that impressed with the facilities. The library is about medium size compared to some of the other schools I visited. The anatomy lab was also a bit cramped considering at each table there will be three or more people. "
"the downtime waiting for interviews, but that's to be expected at any interview. Also I was given a week's notice for my interview, so it made for an expensive plane ticket (Thank goodness for travel vouchers)"
"Types of questions asked, no affiliated hospitals. not a big fan of Glendale. too many students at the interview. Too hot and too dry, I like living somewhere near a body of water."
"There is no affiliated hospital, so the school really lacks a medical center energy."
"cost of tuition, the people weren't half as nice as other schools, the tour guide was clueless, exercise facilities were horrible"
"There is a lot of sitting around with few students to talk to while waiting for your interview to start."
"The Cost of Tuition"
"The gym is small. There is not cafeteria, so you have to drive somewhere to eat. There is a very little diversity at AZCOM, although in my opinion, they try very hard to have a diverse class. The weather is hot, but what do you expect? During 3rd & 4th year, might not be able to be near AZCOM. You might have to go to other cities in AZ or other states. Many students are married and have kids. I notice that Glendale's population is growing, so there's traffic in various streets."
"No cafeteria, although they're supposedly getting one by February. Small bookstore, small gym, small library. "
"Compared to some of my other interviews, the students didn't seem as unified/feel undying love for their school. They were definitely positive, but not as much as other schools, but it was most likely due to the fact that they had just taken a test that morning. I also felt like the barren/desert surroundings, though nice, were kind-of boring. (just my opinion)"
"The heat, but its not unbearable."
"The on campus housing had no dishwashers in them. There are only two terms of Gross but they cram it in. You are in class for it more every week than other schools in the first year. Again it is a private school so the 32K is a hefty price mark, but this was expected."
"The exercise facilities and the lack of food on campus. (But hey, do you really think we will have time for food or exercise in med school????) Maybe that's the hidden message?? Ha!"
"Not much at all. I guess there is an area on the campus that is a big dirt area that could use a little landscaping or something."
"There students recreational facilities are very poor, no place to eat on campus or no student gymnasium. There are outdoor v-ball court, and a basket ball court, as well as a small universal gymn area but very unerinvested area of student morale."
"Arizona's heat, but I guess you can get climatized to that. It was a bit intimidating sitting there and listening to the financial aid presentation."
"The heat, but at least it's dry heat. The library is a little small."
"Dry heat, fitness facility is small, cafeteria with no food, fire ants, and surrounding city. "
"no places to eat on campus. They have some places to eat across the street, but the walk over under intense heat may be less than desireable."
"The price is enormous. They predict around $50,000 per year for all expenses. The gross anatomy lab was cool in that it had about 8 plasma screen tv's, but it was located in what I considered just another classroom. Didn't seem to be well ventilated or cooled. The on student housing for singles was also a little small and not every room had washers/dryers or dish washers. Don't get me wrong though, there were very few negatives about this school."
"No place to eat...but they are supposed to be changing that."
"Tuition. The interviewers asked difficult questions, but added in some humor to help me relax."
"alot of waiting around, attending AZCOM is very expensive"
"lots of the students are married, no hospital on site, many affiliated hospitals are far away"
"The price and lack of available food on campus."
"If anything it would be the relative higher cost of tuition amongst the other osteopathic schools."
" I didn't care for the anatomy lab. It was poorly ventilated and the cadavers were only covered minimally with tarps, not flip top covers. Also there is no wirless connection on the campus, A feature which was present in WVCOM,VCOM, and UNECOM."
"Everyone says the heat, but it did not bother me that much. Honestly, I was very impressed with the entire process."
"The relentless heat. "
"Cost, but that was something I was aware of before the interview. Campus housing is a bit costly when you compare it to the community apartments. "
"Not much about the ciruculum"
"I did not feel like I was given enough opportunities to talk with current students throughout the day. The staff did not seem to be connected with the students. You have to go off campus to use an exercise facility which seems strange when the osteopathic philosophy is supposed to promote wellness."
"I realized that this school is really expensive and that nobody is here by choice. Meaning, it seems that EVERYONE here is here because this is the ONLY place they got in. I got in other schools, and I think I was the only one (especially the only one who got in an MD program). This place is really expensive for what it is."
"The staff seemed out of touch with students. Its is VERY hot. They didn't do any sort of presentation about the curriculum or how the school is set-up."
"The library is kind of small, but not a problem. However, it was the lack of A/V equipment that I wish they had."
"not a big fan of Arizona, other than that nothing"
"The interview seemed a little high pressure, but I left with an overally positive impression. "
"The weather, its too hot, and the cost of attending"
"There is no dining facility at all on campus; just vending machines. While there are strip malls galore just minutes from campus, it would still be annoying on a hectic day. Also, the gym was pretty sparse."
"the problems associated with having to go way out of state to do clerkships"
"I wasn't very impressed with the facilities."
"Not much...except for the fact that I'd have to move from sunny California if I get accepted. But even that is not bad at all because Phoenix and nearby cities are pretty cool and the Grand Canyon is not too far away."
"Waiting around all day, and the lunch was not impressive. Mexican food, duh. "
"The location seems to be not have any social spots to hang out."
"There wasn't a lot of information given about the school itself. That may be because it is so new. The student who gave us a tour did not eat lunch with us and chat."
"There isn't any food on campus outside of vending machines. You definitely need a car to get around. Around the area, it's all strip malls, strip malls, strip malls...nothing else really. "
"the continental breakfast"
"No gym on campus, no local affiliated hospitals, many many nontraditional students (I want classmates who I can also be friends with outside of class). "
"No cafeteria or eatery on campus! Three vending machines, or a five minute drive if you need to buy food."
"The school tour was directed by a MS1 that could not answer questions from his limited experience."
"There was no on campus food services so you eiter have to bring your lunch, or go off campus to eat. This might not b convenient sometimes."
"It is very hot in the summer there."
"Financial aid presentation"
"The tour guide didn't really seem to know all that much about the school since she had only been there for four weeks. Also, there is nowhere on campus to get food."
"The exam schedule - exams are every Monday. The tuition."
"The price "
"The cost. The heat - coming from a guy living in New England."
"The finacial aid session"
"Price of tution"
"although the school is fabulous, you definitely would need a car to get everything you need. "
"Cost, that's it...."
"how low key it was. YOU CAN GET AS MUCH FOOD AS U WANT DURING LUNCH,"
"dont get the hibachi grill food, it takes too long"
"If you're driving from Phoenix area, there will be traffic in the morning! Plan accordingly. Lots of walking. Wear comfortable shoes, or bring some moleskin for blisters ladies"
"That the interview was 1:1. The emails and sheet on the day of made it seem as though it were a group so I was thrown the day of."
"Not to stress about the interview because it is very conversational."
"- Prepare an answer for "Why medicine, why DO, why AZCOM?" - I also would have taken my MCAT off my resume since it was closed file."
"Nothing. Very basic interview."
"The interview day ended around 1pm, which was much earlier than what was scheduled."
"That I needed to prepare even more."
"1) They don't take their time with Qs. They want to get to know you quickly. Prep being concise 2) Answers to ethical Qs are important. Don't forget to think about it. More importantly, your reasoning matters."
"Be more familiar with the nitty gritty of your AACOMAS applications, got asked three questions particular to my profile"
"We got out pretty early from the interview so I wish I had booked an earlier flight by knowing that."
"I wish I had come up with more questions to ask."
"Relax! The school will do their best to make you feel comfortable, just go with the flow. Also, prepare for extreme heat if your interview is outside of November-February"
"That the complementary breakfast from Midwestern is just a tiny, thumb sized muffin, or a cheese cake, and coffee/tee! I was starving during the interview."
"What time the interview day ended"
"The interview day ends early (ours ended around 1:30, but was scheduled to end at 2)."
"Nothing, felt very prepared"
"Paid the $7 to upgrade to a Nissan Altima. The care the gave me was SO LAME!!!"
"Small interview group ~15-20 ppl (previous interview I went to had 50)...and much more laid back than I expected."
"That is was going to be a LOT of walking on the tour, and that heels and a fully lined suit were not going to be appropriate for the 103 degree weather."
"that they would get back to me quick. i heard back less than a week later."
"That there are some very chill AZCOM interviews, and then very hard ones (like mine and a few other people's). Most people I talked to the day of (and on SDN) felt really good after their interview and I was expecting typical questions (my medical ethics were all prepared). But I left feeling much more nervous than before my interview. (Don't fret, they're trying to throw you off. Luckily things turned out for the best.)"
"That I would be one of the last to interview."
"To buy a skirt suit"
"I think I knew where I was going and what AZCOM had to offer before I went."
"I wish I would have known how much I'd love this school. I feel like I could have somehow improved my application to better my chances. I hope I get in!"
"nothing, i was very well prepared"
"That I would need to more actively find current students to talk to. I maybe talked to two and they were the admissions selected people."
"nothing, im glad i read SDN interview feedback"
"nothing, I was very well prepared."
"just how much downtime you will have during the interview day. be prepared to be bored out of your mind."
"That it would be so dry. I know but it was dryer than I thought. "
"How short of time the interviews really was and how fast it flew by."
"I really wish this wasn't my first med school interview, since it is my top choice school. I know I'm a good fit, but I'm worried that my nervousness blew it. I also wish I had practiced with a friend, and been more prepared to *thoroughly* describe my appreciation of Osteopathy and OMM. "
"How great the school is. I almost canceled this interview. I'm SO glad I went. The school is amazing. "
"What makes me unique"
"That we would only have a few minutes with student ambassadors to ask questions."
"The continental breakfast..it's not exactly continental. Since we had to meet so early I figured I'd eat there.. bad choice. Eat breakfast first!"
"To bring sunscreen. "
"Not that it could be helped, but just how hot it is in September in Glendale!"
"Lots of downtime."
"How laid back it was... i guess i did know that but it was super laid back."
"Nothing too unexpected"
"1) If you rent a car, go with their discount....Enterprise didn't appear to be open so I went with National when I got to the airport. $257 for a 3 day rental of smallest class!! Still worth the cost...best way to get a feel for the area is driving out and checking out the locals. 2) They had more student interaction than other reviewers had said. 2 students gave the tour and a 3rd stopped in during our wait. A 4th sat with us at lunch. Mostly OMSI and 1 OMSII I think. That was better than PCOM, NSUCOM, LECOM-Erie, and LECOM-Brad. Less than DMU."
"Lots of down time. I interviewed first, and sat around for about 2.5 hours. There was a small financial aid presentation during the wait. However, the tour after was way worth the wait- I loved the school!"
"That there would be 3 interviewers, and that none of them would be from the clinical departments (which made my questions for them seem worthless). "
"that i didnt have to be so nervous. considering it was my first interview, i dont think that would have changed much."
"that there would be so many people interviewing that day, and that half the seats in the class were still open"
"The fact that 40 students will have to go to Ohio for their clinical rotations and you don't get a choice if not enough people volunteer"
"How long we had to wait for lunch and for other people to finish their interviews."
"how much waiting there would be in the admissions room"
"That I shouldn't have been as nervous as I was! "
"How horrible of a wait was ahead of me."
"the amount of time we would be sitting around in the admissions office"
"was a lot of waiting around, didn't seem to be much interaction with students"
"All the specific questions they would ask me...hehe"
"That there would be so much sitting around in the admissions office."
"A lot of DO students take the COMLEX as well as the USMLE to apply for both residencies....preparing for two tests that test differently doesn't sound ideal."
"I wish Midwestern would improve their website so information is easier to find. I wish I new how great the university is so I could have prepared more/better for the interview."
"the total cost of attendance!"
"that we would be finished by 1pm and not 2:30 like I had planned."
"How much down time there would be. I would have brought a book."
"The interviewer would have a cold and not shake my hand prior to the interview "
"That during lunch they didn't have students set up in advance for us to ask questions."
"where the office of admissions was."
"How far my hotel was..."
"The interview day had little structure and was very boring... lots of sitting around waiting to be interviewed. "
"The lack of student interaction - I would have asked more questions during lunch. "
"The amount of downtime that there would be. Some students had to wait 1-2 hours to interview. I was lucky that I was one of the first to be interviewed."
"About the panel interview. It was kind of like an inquisition. "
"nothing, really. We interviewed in a huge group on 9/19, almost 20 students if I'm not mistaken. Out of this, there were only 3 women! I found this ratio a bit odd."
"the 3 interviewees does not always have to be a student, a D.O., and a professor; they use what they have & I got 2 professors and a D.O. Very relaxed and non-confrontational atmosphere."
"How big the interview group was. Not a big deal but 16 seemed like a lot when I was used to 7 or 8."
"The extent of the faculty open-door policy. Many schools claim this policy, but AZCOM seams very sincere about it, i.e. it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t appear to be hype."
"I really wish I would have had a greater appreciation of the preparation AZCOM gives its students. Fantastic board scores. "
"I wish I had known that the tuition will be increasing by nearly 6% for the next year, and that if you don't have a scholarship you will have to take out a private loan as well as loans from the federal gov't."
"on campus housing goes quickly"
"that the interview process would be generally friendly and engaging, would have helped calm my nerves"
"The fact that they are building a dental school there. "
"Eliminated the preceptor program for first year med students, still have it in place for third year students."
"The 61,000 tuition. Dang! For this price, I expect a gym (which is still to be built), a bigger library and a clearer explanation from the admissions office about how they will coordinate the 100 student increase, which I didn't get."
"AZCOM is going to increase the class size by roughly 100 people next year (yikes!). Also, that you get driven around in a golf cart during the tour (so don't worry too much about your feet hurting)"
"It would have been nice to know the type of interview I was about to receive but I believe that your interview experience is something difficult to predict since a lot of it really just depends on who you happen to interview with that day and the kind of personality and attitude they have. "
"How pleasant the interview day was!"
"I'm terrified of bees and there are Africanized honeybees there...lol. Also, I didn't realize that it was not a completely problem-based learning approach--it's both PBL and didactic."
"That the cab company I took to my hotel would WAY overcharge me."
"tution cost is extremely high and it is extremely HOT. "
"There are like 16 interviewees per day; it was kind of intimidating at first, but later it was fun."
"The traffic on the way back to the airport would not be that bad!"
"That the 101 gets very congested!"
"I knew tuition was high but didn't realize exactly what kind of financial aid I would need. "
"That there wouldn't be any questions outside of my file :)"
"Cost of living and taxes are HIGH!"
"How brief the interview was. I think I would have been more assertive in expressing my personality and desires. I also would have prepared some more important questions for them."
"That Highway 101 has a LOT of traffic even when leaving at 6:00 a.m. I stayed with family friends in Chandler and give yourself AMPLE time to reach the campus."
"That I would like Arizona, especially the area where the school is located, it is quiet and very scenic!!"
"That I would not be asked most of the questions that I had prepared for. I was thinking on the spot a number of times and may not have said things that I did."
"The the interview day was pretty much just the interview the rest felt like they were just doing things because they had to fill time"
"Taxi fare is expensive!! I suggest you get a hotel that will shuttle you to and from the airport and AZCOM."
"the level of stress and difficulty of the interview"
"I was surprised how much I really liked this school. If I get accepted I'll be even more excited than I thought."
"That I'd have two hours of down time until my interview...yee gads."
"The three-on-one interview. "
"so, so hot in phoenix."
"I didn't realize that such a large percentage of their student body is non traditional or has a family/is married."
"How comfortable they try and make the interviewing for you."
"That Glendale is a pretty empty town."
"The cost of taking a taxi from the airpor to the hotel"
"How rigorous the interview would be- I was aked ~15 questions during the 25 minute interview. LOTS of ethical/healthcare questions."
"How expensive the cab ride would be. "
"That the interviewers didn't have access to my academic record. So, unless asked, there wasn't any need to bring up my academics."
"ease of setting up rotations (most schools limit you in this regards however AZCOM will allow you to rotate just about anyware so long as your able to arrange it."
"How much I would like the school."
"The cost it will be... over 50 grand a year to attend.."
"Tuition is craziness. "
"The campus doesn't have a lot of cultural diversity. Of course being in Arizona, a majority of the medical school class consists of Mormons so many are married and have kids already. "
"How far the school is from the airport. Glad I rented a car and didn't take an expensive cab."
"Nothing. There were no surprises."
"The ratio of matriculating students for the last two graduating classes of women to men 47W:79M for 2004 and 45W:85M for 2005."
"based on a quarter system..so they compress alot of material in a 9-month academic calendar..probably due to the intense heat in phx."
"that "field" is defined as a large patch of gravel. i guess there's no ultimate frisbee or flag football."
"Pay attention to the feel of the school, it was very different from what I expected, but very positive. Class isn't mandatory!"
"Oncampus apartment-style housing available and good rent rates."
"I learned aobut Arizona and got a feel for a new region. That's what I wanted to learn though, there was nothing I wish I had known beforehand."
"Hot weather + slightly loose stilletos = shoes that kept slipping during the tour. It's HOT there. I know everyone says that and it's one of those "duh" things...but it's a little different than, say, Florida hot."
"They say it is closed file, but they have everything from your application except for your MCAT scores and your GPA. For the guys, if you have a light colored suit, wear it. The sun made me bake because of the dark suit color, but for the most part you are inside in their 65 degree air conditioning."
"I wa expecting AZCOM to be the holy grail of DO schools but it really is just like all the others except it is in Arizona and has high board scores."
"Nothing. I had a great idea of what the school was like going in, and it was really shown to be true. I loved the school."
"not to use AAA cabs; they are consistantly very late! not what you need the morning of the interview. "
"From earlier feedback i was made to think that the school was out in the desert away from civilization...but it's essentially in phoenix (the suburb of glendale) about 15-20 miles from downtown."
"On the school website, they mention problem based learning in their curriculum. When I asked about it during my interview, they didn't know what I was talking about. They don't really use PBL in their curriculum--they really meant discussion groups in some of their classes."
"That the school leaves alot to be desired. (clinical rotations and preceptorships). The school was really trying to sell us on the benefits of their preceptorships. Someone in charge of setting up the rotations/preceptorships sounded as if they knew the school was weak in this area. The reps persuasion was very counterproductive as I and others saw through it."
"i knew it was going to be really hot, but i didn't think it would be THAT hot"
"It was a group interiew. Usually a panel of MD, PhD and student."
"Semi open file interview. The people interviewing you will have your personal statement, paragraph about AZCOM and resume, but will NOT have grades or MCAT scores."
"How expensive the school is."
"My shoes were uncomfortable. "
"It was going to rain : ) Actually I wish I had had another interview first. It was my first one so I wasn't 100% what to expect. "
"How hot it really is in AZ!"
"How suburban Glendale really is."
"That they have NO local hospital afilliation for rotations!"
"I spent an hour just sitting and waiting for my turn to interview. "
"stay at the country inn - it's beautiful, and they'll drive you to the interview"
"That I could interview and go home, rather than stay the whole day for the tour. I was the first person interviewed and I didn't know that, but know you do!"
"bring a pen, and maybe a pad of paper, this was my first interview and I didn't realize all that you learn. "
"About the preceptorships and how they work."
"I wish I had read up on current news in the medical field. Wish I knew that being in the first group to be interviewed this year means most of us will get in."
"How poor the rotations are. I wouldn't have wasted my time or money."
"The school is really far from the city of Phoenix. It is in Glendale which is homely suburb in the Northwest corner of the city. The location isn't bad but when I think of Phoenix, I'm thinking of a large city. And the location reminded me of a nice suburb in a small town or city in a state like Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma or Nebraska."
"How drawn to the school I would be. I am fro mthe east coast and did not think the west coast would appeal to me. After visiting the school it is one of my top choices."
"That you are broken down into one of three interviewing panels. The earliest interview time is 9AM and the latest time is 12:30 PM. A DO physician, a professor of the school and a MIV interview you."
"Nothing stands out."
"That the interview really doesn't matter that much. It is all about your grades and MCAT scores."
"The cost of living in Arizona is waaaaaay to high for my wife and I to live in a house instead of an apartment complex."
"I should have reviewed current events in the medical field more. I was asked a few questions regarding this."
"Cab rides are expensive... Even if you are staying only a few blocks away from the school, it costs a minimum of $7 to catch a cab. I actually wish that I had rented a car so that I could have explored Phoenix and the valley. "
"Plan on being at the school until at least 2pm on your interview day. I had planned on about 1pm, so I ended up having to rush back to the airport."
"The types of rotations available."
"Approx. 75% of interviewees get accepted."
"SDN from other interviewees"
"If the interview day schedule looks very unimpressive to you, then chances are you won't like the school."
"nothing, the school rocks, but interview was scary"
"The clinical training is very unique here at AZCOM. In addition to traditional training at hospitals, you deal at least 50% of your rotations with a clinical preceptor in a more outpatient based setting. This is a chance to get a lot of one-on-one training. You also have a test every Monday, which can be a bit tedious."
"The tuition increases 3-6% every year while enrolled. In mid-October the temperature was still in the mid-nineties. "
"In mid October it can still reach 100. I also wish I had know my flight would take six hours. In addition I wish I would have known I'd miss my connecting flight to Phoenix in the first place so I wouldn't have to sprint all the way accross Newark's airport only to be told I'll be put on the next flight 2 hours later (but I did get a free meal out of it)."
"that I didn't like the area =) could have saved me some money!"
"The area the school is in is full of strip malls and new housing developments. It felt a little weird to me but thta may because I have lived in a major city for so many years."
"the weather is awesome (sunny and hot everyday)"
"Almost every week, there is something happening during lunch time, such as osteopathic week where food is served at a very cheap price, students are so close to each other, students are not restricted to a dress code (shorts!). so much candy (m & m) on tables in the waiting room in the admissions office, OMM & anatomy labs had i think so much 42 inch flat screen tvs (unbelievable!) students are given id cards to enter rooms"
"I'm concerned about the ambulatory based preceptorship model of clinical rotations... would I get much of a hospital rotation? They said you can get one but it was very vague. There is also a large focus on family medicine when you look at the 3rd year of rotations and that is not my focus. So I'm worried this would affect the type of residency I match into."
"That Pheonix has two sets of numbered streets (avenues and streets). So there is a 51rst AVE and a 51rst ST. I learned this the hard way when my shuttle (at midnight due to flight delays) took me to the wrong (and way more expensive) Best Western on 51rst St, which was an hour and a half from the school. Yikes!"
"the airport was 30-40 minutes away but it was quite easy to get around phoenix. There is no grass and no trees but the scenery is awesome. Lots of mountains around and its a great town for culture and sports. It was mid october and the temp on our interview day was 96 degrees. WOW. Also, they interviewed 18 people on my day which seemed like a lot compared to the other schools but it was neat to meet so many people in the same boat. OH!!! The biggest thing I can add is that the interviews were really short. 30 minutes and they keep to this quite closely. I had a very quick interview and I wished it was longer. I think they got a good idea of me but I still had a little doubt in it. I was the last of 6 interviews for them that day so they seemed a little tired."
"Financial Aid packages only cover yourself, and not your spouse or children. Armed Forces, here I come!!!"
"No scary surprises, I was very impressed."
"That it is competing for th