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  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western University
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Cleveland
Individual Feedback 2 46 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 37
Negatively 2
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.61 44

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.04 45

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.56 43

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 1
25 minutes 0
30 minutes 7
35 minutes 0
40 minutes 1
45 minutes 8
50 minutes 7
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 21

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 45
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 45
In a group 0

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 43
Closed file 1

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
2.22 45

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What do you like to do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research to me." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when, no matter what, things did not seem to workout?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a colleague began to develop a drug addiction, but it hadn't impacted his work performance in an obvious way." More from this Member | Report Response

"how do you deal with criticism" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have I ever been in a situation where one team member was slacking." More from this Member | Report Response

"Favorite Author?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Regarding research and future directions with limited funding." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why geriatrics?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a difficult experience (lots of follow-up questions)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your childhood. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever knowingly put yourself in an uncomfortable situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What other schools did you apply to? What wre your criteria in determing which medical schools you wanted to go to (i.e. Why Case?)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Team conflict -- how do you address it (someone not participating, someone hogging the conversations, etc)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of doctor do you want to be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Cleveland Clinic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research. Know it in and out." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why leave behind a comfortable profession for one that will be painstaking work with somewhat less reward for a while? " More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you balance your time between clinical and research work?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Research... much less in depth than I had expected" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"TEll me bout yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever been in a small group situation in which one or more persons did not pull their weight?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with fellow students who lie?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why CCLCM? Why Cleveland? Tell me about yourself. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to deal with the limitations and conformities placed on your interractions with patients by the current US healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research (which was asked by both of my interviewers)" More from this Member | Report Response

"research: explain it. what do the results show? how might this be useful? how was the experience meaningful? etc." More from this Member | Report Response

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

"Tell me something you do for fun." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you had to break the rules to get what you want" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one time someone gave you negative feedback, and how did you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is healthcare a right?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where did you grow up and how did that environment affect you? (I had grown up in an ultra-competitive environment and the interviewer was very interested in it, probing a lot, as CCLCM is as least competitive as it can get)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do if a group member doesn't do their part?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What if a friend asked you to sign them in because they were running late." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you react if someone in a small group werent pulling their weight?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my work specifically. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is one of your role models and why." More from this Member | Report Response

"Talk about what kind of group learning situations have you been in." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research (long discussion)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you pick your major?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your ideal mentor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Problems in healthcare you will encounter." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you like Cleveland so far?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you balance work and school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been an emotional demanding situation in my life & how did you deal with it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the current state of healthcare in the US? How should we change it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Question about approach company is taking to deal with a particular type of imaging technology. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Whats your favorite way to relax" More from this Member | Report Response

"Future" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research. [One interviewer will ask about your research in depth.]" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ur interest in medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is it that interests you about research?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you think you can deal with death?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a physician investigator?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain your research (a good half of each interview dealt with my research) --> At what stage in a research project would you envision yourself participating as a physician-researcher?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how you grew up (a nice way of asking to explain my disadvantaged status)" More from this Member | Report Response

"explain your ideal learning style. why do you think that works best for you? in what situations have you experience that benefit?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"How do you respond to criticism?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What impressed you most about the school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Cleveland clinic?" More from this Member | Report Response

"describe your research. An MD asked me this, so I asked if he/she wanted me to describe it briefly. So I described it in 2 sentences using very basic terminology." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you like Cleveland?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle being with students who are much younger than you" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about what I do outside of school/work" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your life from birth to now? Tell me about ....... (specific personalexperience). What was your favorite non-science undergrad course?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What small group learning situations have you been in" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why CCLCM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a major moral dilemma in medicine today (again, lots of follow-up questions. Be able to back up what you say!)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of research do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Research Questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you learn? Do you like lectures? Would you do well in a group-learning environment? What do you think would be the hardest for you to adjust to in a no-lecture teaching style?" More from this Member | Report Response

"15 year goals. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about you. Tell me about your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you end up at X undergrad? What was your experience there like?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was my favorite course" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relax?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Talked about football for a while" More from this Member | Report Response

"What I do to relax" More from this Member | Report Response

"What weaknesses and strengths would you want me to mention to the admissions committee?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ur researc...and what u want to do in the future" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you visualize your practice after residency?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you react to 2 fighting colleagues?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why are you applying here since you are applying for M.D. Ph.D. as well?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research and its importance. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions on recent articles about the infamous McDonals in the Cleveland Clinic and also about a recent NYTimes article about academia & business... SO GLAD that I read them!" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did the classes at (top tier school X)compare to (No-name state school Y)? I had went to a no-name undergrad and a top-tier school for grad school" More from this Member | Report Response

"random questions about how i work with groups, how i deal with authority, etc etc. although i was asked many questions (back -to-back hour long interviews), it was mainly standard stuff. not really intense or challenging at any point." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why CCLCM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you like to do with your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most challenging experience in your life? What time was most stressful in your life? (two separate questions)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Revealing the most interesting question would give my identity away." More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots of interesting personal questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Favorite jazz musician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Discussion about my travels outside of the US to work with indigent populations" More from this Member | Report Response

"About my experiences living in a different country." More from this Member | Report Response

"What 3 things about you would you like to change?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing notable." More from this Member | Report Response

"Since cardiovascular disease leads to more deaths in this country than the next several causes combined, why is so little research funding devoted to it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"not sure. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What religion are you/What is your background? (But he only asked me this b/c he thought I looked Egyptian Coptic and they have a big following in Cleveland, which is unique to the city). The interviews in general were very conversational and laid back - totally low stress." More from this Member | Report Response

"Define emotional maturity." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would a molecule of dna be like if you designed it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where else did you apply?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I can't remember exactly how it was worded but something about how I thought I would fit in at such a small school." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about how my profession currently allows me to travel the world and why I would want to leave that behind." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel you can help re-establish academic medicine as it should be practiced?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing out of the ordinary" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the most important issue in medicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about X experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"none really... mostly just questions about why I want to go into medicine, why I like research, my learning style, what my future goals and interests are, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked specific questions about a research paper I recently wrote for one of my classes." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you deal with fellow students who lie and cheat?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself 20 years from now?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most fun you've had in a lab?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were a CEO of this hospital, how would you go about deciding which is better for the institution, electronic medical histories or traditional audio-recorded histories?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell be about your childhood" More from this Member | Report Response

"i can't remember exactly, but it had to do with music (i'm a cellist). it wasn't some fuddy questions about "why do you like playing?" it led to an interesting conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you be able to handle the midwest weather? Could you give up surfing to move the the midwest?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you work in groups?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Name five things that you want others to know about you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Suppose a classmate was supposed to scrub into surgery, but was hung-over and couldn't make it and asked you to sign him in - what is your response?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if someone wasn't pulling weight on your team or was doing drugs (but you weren't sure)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very relaxed interview (I've had many before this one). Be VERY comfortable and prepared to talk about what research you have done for one faculty interview. AND be prepared to talk about your interest in CCLCM in particular. Also, critically review any teamwork situations you have experienced (good and bad)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your life in 10 yrs, post residency." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not really difficult- but essentially how would I handle classmates who did not pulltheir weight since this is a PBL school." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you take criticism?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing was difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"Same." More from this Member | Report Response

"How to fix the healthcare system? In great detail (like to how administer, etc.)- I kept getting grilled about it and really didn't know how to answer well... " More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if a member of your group does not contribute? Seems easy enough but I think my interviewer wanted a specific answer so he kept grilling me till he got it" More from this Member | Report Response

"You said you want a family, so how do you plan on managing your personal life as a physician? and How would you deal with an alpha-male group member who thought he was always right and wouldnt stop talking? (the learning there is mostly in small groups)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you change about the health system? nationally, internationally, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"How I could tell that certain cells were phenotyically cancerous in my research project." More from this Member | Report Response

"Specific question about my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too difficult" More from this Member | Report Response

"Question regarding research in the company i work at and ethics" More from this Member | Report Response

"None... laid back" More from this Member | Report Response

"Weakest point, not really hard" More from this Member | Report Response

"[Tricky hypothetical decisions involving my future goals.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about passive euthenasia" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"How I would handle a small group setting in which another student dominated the conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my research that I did a while back and why are you applying here even though you are interested in MD/PhD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the most fun you've had in a lab? I was confused bc I thought he meant interesting...but he really did say fun. " More from this Member | Report Response

"same as most interesting" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewer asked if I was familiar with some post-translational modification on a protein I studied...to which I replied with I don't know..." More from this Member | Report Response

"something to the effect of "what qualities of the U.S. and Canadian healthcare systems would you combine to design a more effective system than the ones currently in place?" (yikes!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None, the interview was just a candid conversation - very low stress. My interviewers were super friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Researched the school and familiarized myself with the curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reread application materials" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my application and" More from this Member | Report Response

"Look over application, research, and learn about the school in detail. Don't wing this interview, be prepared." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read everything on the website, SDN, emailing current students, studying/rereading parts related to my research..." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN! Got to e-mail a couple of CCLCM students. Asked direct and relevant questions to some students with similar backgrounds off line from SDN." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read up on school reviewed my work. SDN. " More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, personal statement, secondary essays, school's catalouge." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN forum, Mock Interviews, pre-health advisor" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN interview feedback, forums, reflection on past interviews, school info from website/brochures" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview, previous interviews, read up on school, talked with student host, reviewed secondary." More from this Member | Report Response

"read SDN, read current events, reviewed app. normal stuff" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, my earlier interviews helped too" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read the interview q's on this feedback forum, wrote them all down, and had someone ask me them. Also, I read all of the info on CCLCM I could get off of their website. Re-read my AMCAS application, my secondary essays, and my research paper. BTW, they asked all of the same questions that other ppl already listed on this forum." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, Review of application materials, Review of research" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, CCLCM website, my prior interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"Watched the big lebowski and had some budweisers." More from this Member | Report Response

"I didn't do anything as it was one of my last interviews, but in retrospect I really should have reviewed my research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"Sleep" More from this Member | Report Response

"Re-read my application materials, familiarized myself with current issues in medicine (ethics, etc)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Made sure I could describe every nuance of the current project I am working on, made a conscious effort to make good eye contact and not stare off." More from this Member | Report Response

"AMCAS, school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, went over my application/research papers, other interviews" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, talked to the med student that hosted me, researched CCLCM's publications" More from this Member | Report Response

"Read current events, spoke to other health professionals" More from this Member | Report Response

"AMCAS and secondary and research review" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, papers on current research, school's website, should've read up on old research" More from this Member | Report Response

"read research papers, AMCAS app, secondary app, CV, read the website, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"just relaxed, read over my research paper once or twice" More from this Member | Report Response

"Practiced reciting my answers out-loud, especially explaining my research in a clear manner, practiced in front of the mirror (to work on getting rid of my nervous mannerisms), also worked out responses to a lot of commonly asked questions. Basically it's a process of knowing yourself well and being able to articulate that clearly." More from this Member | Report Response

"went over my research VERY thoroughly, read cclcm's brochure and website, went over application, contacted admissions a few times beforehand to ask questions (hey, there weren't any existing students to ask at that point!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn" More from this Member | Report Response

"School website (http://www.clevelandclinic.org/cclcm/default.asp) Student Doc.net My app" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Facilities were amazing, PBL, No grades" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school's facilities, PBL group model, unique curriculum, research emphasis" More from this Member | Report Response

"All PBLs" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities, people, curriculum, opportunities, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"They obviously care a lot about who they are selecting, and put in more effort into evaluating you than other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities, impressiveness of the clinic staff as well as the CCLCM faculty/staff, longitudinal curriculum, friendliness of students, full tuition + laptop, anatomy set-up" More from this Member | Report Response

"Faculty" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty interview made up for the strange students on my day! They were nice, took interest, were open to questions. Just made me feel much better in general. As for another interviewer's comment: I, for one,do not care if the deans come and go, as long as when they are there they are a advocate for the school. (Which they are at CC!) And the faculty and staff were so hospitable and kind that I don't know what happened with the medical student!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Lots, besides being the most beautiful hospital complex I have ever laid eyes on." More from this Member | Report Response

"AMAZING program...i love how group-oriented, yet individually paced it is." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are very nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are really nice, the student support and thier financial aid program." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities, student enthusiasm, collegiality of the environment" More from this Member | Report Response

"Incredible facilities at Cleveland Clinic. Students seem very happy. Staff and other interviewees were nice. Free access to all local medical conferences." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are outstanding and program seemed to be genuinely focused on doing everything possible to create excellent physicians." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything! The people, the program, the facilities, the financial aid - I loved it!" More from this Member | Report Response

"the facilities are amazing. people are very enthusiastic and excited to be there. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities, Dedication of faculty and how proud they were of their program. The other premeds were really cool too." More from this Member | Report Response

"The Cleveland Clinic has a ton of money. Their buildings are new and swanky, each student gets a tablet laptop, free printing/photocopying at the school, wifi everywhere, etc. The hospital is HUGE and very impressive. The students were all obviously really smart and very happy - I only heard good things from them. Everyone in Cleveland is really nice, and the cost of living is cheap. You can get a 1 bedroom apartment for less than $600. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are top of the line. The students have endless opportunities and all faculty (which are volunteers) really want the students to succeed. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are amazing, both research and clinical. Everyone there seems to love it immeasurably and is very intelligent." More from this Member | Report Response

"The place is amazing. I was literally shocked at how modern and beautiful the entire hospital and medical school is. The labs are fantastic as well. Very cush place with tons of money. Curriculum requires very self-motivated, physician-scientist type of students. Research focused. Very unorthodox style of learning, very unorthodox style of evaluating students. Very sweet. This hospital is something to see." More from this Member | Report Response

"Small class size, beautiful facilities, enthusiastic and highly qualified professors- how excited everyone seemed to be about the new program, the awesome research opportunities and the incredible financial aid." More from this Member | Report Response

"No grading system. Great facilities. Supportive staff and student body. They give you computers too." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are terrific" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are wonderful" More from this Member | Report Response

"The system: portfolio evaluations, problem-based learning, etc. The resources, especially the very new facilities and technology." More from this Member | Report Response

"How likable and enthusiastic the students were and how the facilities were fantastic and brand spanking new." More from this Member | Report Response

"The size, caliber, resources, money, hospitals, staff, support, class size of the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are extremely nice. They work (perhaps a little too) hard to try to wow you with the technology the students get to use. The faculty seem to love having the students around and are really welcoming." More from this Member | Report Response

"Every person I met was enthusiastic, kind, and very giving of their time. This school stands out dramatically in the fact that they value interviewees highly and are respectful of how much effort we have put to get to this point. The interactions that should have caused stress were conducted in an intentional effort to put interviewees at ease." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities, the people" More from this Member | Report Response

"The school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are unbelievable! Cleveland clinic is such a strong hospital. Go through ~300 surguries/day they said! The cirriculum is very unique and seemed very responsive to the inangural class" More from this Member | Report Response

"Facilities are unbelievable! Cleveland clinic is such a strong hospital. Go through ~300 surguries/day they said! The cirriculum is very unique and seemed very responsive to the inaugural class" More from this Member | Report Response

"Curriculum, facilities, faculty and students." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities, peoples' attitudes and general helpfulness, breadth of opportunities - both research and clinical" More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilites...the LRI is amazing, as well as the libraries and classrooms. Tee Cleveland Clinic is well funded and it shows..." More from this Member | Report Response

"facilities, the more-professional-than-academic feel of the place, the caliber and magnitude of research and ground-breaking patient care that goes on there!, the really unique teaching methods and curricular aspects, etc" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nearly everything. The curriculum, the students, my fellow interviewees, the faculty-student relationships. They had the cleanest, most amazing research facilities I have seen after 8 years of doing research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Curriculum, faculty, students, facilities...everything!" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Class size was really small, lectures mandatory" More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a dream school, but it is a 5-year program." More from this Member | Report Response

"the city leaves much to be desired, weather, small class size, "vagueness" of evaluations (not getting a grade, even P/NP, is pretty scary and weird if you think about it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Cleveland...there is no 'student housing' area" More from this Member | Report Response

"The student interviewer kept pushing me to say bad things about fellow interviewers (or perhaps myself?). She kept remarking that they don't want "boring people", or people who "just get good grades", and do not know how to have fun -- in a almost pointed manner. Additionally, I know we are young and we all curse from time to time but I can not believe she cursed in front of me after pointing out "professionalism is lacking" several time during our time together. As another interviewer on my day also mentioned, the ego was so thick you could slice it and make a sandwich out of it." More from this Member | Report Response

"EDIT 11/01/09: I have some distance between my interview and now to post. OK, so although I wasn't so bothered by it, I think several of my co-interviewees were put-off by the tours of the laboratories. Since this was before the interviews, I know many people couldn't relax and were a little fidgety. On the other hand, I am sure it is a logistical nightmare to get tours of a couple labs for every group that comes through. In addition, the tours are not necessarily in areas of interest to the interviewees, so I think they try and keep the lab tours basic. So I both appreciate what the adcom is doing, but at the same time understand why some were put-off by it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cleveland is so not a city..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The student population appeared to think that they were the uberstudents of the medical world. Kept talking about "professionalism." " More from this Member | Report Response

"Thier system has not been thoroughly been tested ie-no graduating class yet, no on has taken the boards yet." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cleveland isn't great, but it isn't a deal-breaker." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not in the greatest part of town, but I didn't see anyone stealing hubcaps or anything." More from this Member | Report Response

"The city of Cleveland was pretty bland" More from this Member | Report Response

"Cleveland didn't seem like the nicest city to live in, though to be fair I spent very little time there. It's definitely not a big enough problem to keep me from going if I get accepted." More from this Member | Report Response

"everyone said that the interviews would be really laid back, but i found one of mine to be quite the opposite. it wasn't a conversation at all - my interviewer was asking me typical questions that had little relation to each other (what's your greatest strength, greatest weakness, best accomplishment, greatest failure, etc. etc.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Literally, the ONLY drawback is that Cleveland kind of sucks. Its kind of cold and snows a lot, but all of the buildings are connected with walkways so thats not too bad. You never even have to go outside. Basically, Cleveland as a city is pretty run down, but they do have cool places to hang out, its just not like DC or NY. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"It is still a young school, and they're still working the kinks out. But the students say the administrators are very open to suggestions because of it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Cleveland" More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that they'd never graduated a class or had anyone take the boards makes me very nervous. They tried to reassure us, but really what can they say? Also, I'm not sure that having the entire currciulum be P/F will be good when it comes time for residency matching. It might be better if they did like Mayo, making the pre-clinical years P/F and the clinical ones H/P/F" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing...except the walking (alot of it...LOL)" More from this Member | Report Response

"No track record. Students are expected to attend every single class. I felt like students were telling me what I wanted to hear more than at other schools." More from this Member | Report Response

"The program's only two years old; students haven't yet taken the boards or transitioned to clinical rotations." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that i couldnt find too many negatives...except it is 5 years." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would say the weather or the area but I'm from Cleveland so I'm biased not to mind either" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was difficult to get a clear sense of the PBL curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"The location of the school. It's not in a nice neighborhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"Possibly how new the program was because it seemed to be still trying to figure out kinks in the system. But the administration seems very responsive and reasonable! Also associated with Case and the Clinic so should be no problem with residency." More from this Member | Report Response

"Area of Cleveland was ok." More from this Member | Report Response

"cleveland, as a whole, is not a nice city and the section that cclcm is in is not a very good one" More from this Member | Report Response

"The 2 hours of walking. The first is a tour of the research facility (which I didn't mind). The second tour was of the clinical facilites...interesting, but I don't feel that I gained much from the experience. " More from this Member | Report Response

"cleveland is no crown jewel... but, that small negative was dwarfed by the overwhelming positives this school had to offer. (i went to school in chicago for 4 years, so the weather would not be enough to deter me)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wow, Cleveland is definitely not cool. The Clinic appears to be on a security lockdown. THEY NEVER GO OUTSIDE, which was sort of horrifying." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that it's a brand new program...how do the grads do in residency matching?" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"A good amount of students are from Ohio" More from this Member | Report Response

"To be ready to answer questions regarding controversial issues concerning research" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is like a ten-hour tour of the school. Cleveland Clinic is huge (but very nice)." More from this Member | Report Response

"very long interview day. 7:30-4ish. However, you are pretty well-fed. The tour was also right before lunch and the interviews, so I was both anxious and hungry and tired. They took us to see biomedical imaging stuff which I had no interest in so I had to feign interest (as an interviewee, you KNOW you're worried about every little thing you do being conveyed to the adcom)" More from this Member | Report Response

"STAY AT THE EITHER INTERCONTINENTAL, THEY BOTH ARE AWESOME (not the guesthouse, I can't recommend that, don't know anything about it). But remember, they nickel and dime you for parking and you should get into the habit of tipping the valet, etc. (for the younger folks out there), so even though it is a nice rate, plan your expenses accordingly." More from this Member | Report Response

"1. That the weather would suck so much that Id need to take a cab 2. That one of the tours would be an hr long...my feet hurt :(" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really" More from this Member | Report Response

"The airport is pretty far from the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"How exhausted I would be by the end of the day - they kept us there a long time." More from this Member | Report Response

"the day is VERY long. the interviews aren't necessarily going to be conversations..." More from this Member | Report Response

"They have a dress code-no jeans, no open toed shoes" More from this Member | Report Response

"You have to have a car. Public transportation isnt that great, plus the neighborhoods around the school aren't safe so you can't walk. Also, while Cleveland is kind of run down and very brown, grey, and flat, about 30 minutes east there are a ton of state parks and its very green/hilly. Apparently, the city itself is the start of the midwest plains. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This program is very separate from the CWRU program. " More from this Member | Report Response

"It's not just pass/fail, they do written evaluations instead of grades. They said I'd probably need a car." More from this Member | Report Response

"Long day 7:45 to 4:45 with NO BREAKS." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't think of anything, but the tour was pretty long so comfortable shoes might be a good idea." More from this Member | Report Response

"Had the chance to speak with some of the students. They noted that the program really did not emphasize medical school level biochemistry as much as it should. " More from this Member | Report Response

"How nebulous the portolio system is." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is in the ghetto. Made a wrong turn, whoops." More from this Member | Report Response

"There's a LOT of walking (about 2 hours of walking tours)." More from this Member | Report Response

"only 5 interviews...how awesome..." More from this Member | Report Response

"I spent a lot of time preparing to explain my research--and my interviewer asked nothing about it! (although they usually do)" More from this Member | Report Response

"The tours were very long and I wish I had worn more comfortable shoes." More from this Member | Report Response

"Come with tons of questions because the day is jam-packed with information on the school and at the end of day the interviewers ask if you have any questions for them. Also you meet a lot of people on admissions board, so they to be on top of things during the whole interview!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Come with tons of questions because the day is jam-packed with information on the school and at the end of day the interviewers ask if you have any questions for them. Also you meet a lot of people on admissions board, so you should try impress most of the time!" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I should have spent a little more and stayed at the Intercontinental hotel. It was stunning." More from this Member | Report Response

"most will have to wait until april 15 for any sort of decision" More from this Member | Report Response

"I should have finished my bagel before the talks started because I was hungry by 10:30." More from this Member | Report Response

"i think i just had a lot of things clarified, such as in curricular aspects and how the evaluations and advising systems would work. since it was a brand new school, not all of the details were clear on the website." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would have brought food along. And more comfortable shoes." More from this Member | Report Response

"No grades, self-asessment. Almost all learning is in PBL format. Also, you can get your master's degree along with your MD just by taking a couple extra classes." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"School is very fit for a particular type of student." More from this Member | Report Response

"Long Day" More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent program." More from this Member | Report Response

"This school's interviews are way beyond anything at any other school. There are two faculty and one student interview, and a group discussion where your interactions are evaluated. There were a large number of ethical questions, personality questions, and more interest in scientific research than other schools. Be prepared." More from this Member | Report Response

"It felt very hurtful to have a student basically spend 30 minutes telling me "we don't like boring people ..so if you are boring - you will NOT fit in". She just met us and already had a very superior attitude. In perspective, dear medical student -- you are only 4 years ahead of us, any human with empathy can grasp that we are scared, nervous, just spent money and time off from college to travel, and we came to interview with hopes that we can be a good fit for your school. If nothing more, be kind to your guests, no matter who they may be, we were after all invited." More from this Member | Report Response

"To write about CCF and CCLCM is just a practice in writing superlatives. I feel like I'd fit in, the research is exciting and the culture is second-to-none for the phyician investigator in training. 2 faculty and 1 student interview. Student is the first and only 30 mins. It is closed file for the student interviewer. He knows only your name, your school, and maybe where you grew up. That's it. One faculty interviewer will focus on your research." More from this Member | Report Response

"Has potential as a school, but the fact that their Dean is leaving and that they have hemorrhaged deans in the past is an indicator of instability. " More from this Member | Report Response

"2 interviews- both really laid back and conversational, one talked to me alot about reaserch and Clevelnad, other talked primarily about my experiencesgrowing up and why medicine/research ets. Overall I think that both went well, hopefully will find out good news soon! " More from this Member | Report Response

"Great! Unbelievable and will be going here if accepted. Top choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Comfortable interviews, good in-depth tours of facilities. Very receptive admissions staff, faculty and students. Definitely very professionally organized and executed." More from this Member | Report Response

"Both my interviewers started out very formally, but it quickly transitioned into easy conversation. I can see where a person who was very nervous might have found it intimidating. My advice is just to be confident and be yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Didn't think I would fit into the program much before the interview, but was very impressed by everything I saw. CCLCM is now definitely one of my top choices." More from this Member | Report Response

"My host brought me to admissions at 7:30. Breakfast and coffee were served. Dean Fishleder gave us an overview of the program, including details of the curriculum, and gave us a tour of the school. Then we had a financial aid talk with Elizabeth Myers. Next was a one-hour tour of the research building, with two twenty-minute visits with two lab PIs, and then an hour-long tour of the hospital, given by a student. Wear comfy shoes!!! I wore clogs the whole time and just put on dress shoes for the interviews, and I am SO glad I did. After the tours we had lunch with students, then two faculty interviews. Next was a 40-minute demonstration of the web portal, and finally a wrap-up session. Whole day, 7:45-4:30. The interview group was 6 people, which was apparently a large group for them." More from this Member | Report Response

"it's a great place, and i really hope to be able to go there..." More from this Member | Report Response

"The experience was educational and some of my fears about the program were quelled seeing how confident both the faculty & students were in the curriculum. The tours were a bit too long though. The interviews were also after the tours so that gave you enough time to learn about the program and ask good questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was my first interview, and I felt like the whole thing went very well. It was very laid back, everyone was really nice. The students there were all really smart. Some were more ''gunners'' than others, but there were definately some very cool, laid-back students (I'm a beer and wings kinda gal). Oh, and b/c the classes are in a clinical building, you have to dress professionally, even just to go to class or the library (slacks, collared shirt, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"You really learn a lot about the program. The tours are very thorough and give you a good idea what it would be like to go to school there. The faculty are very interested and supportive of the students. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole day was packed, with three tours (hospital, medical school, and research areas), financial aid info, curricular info, a lunch, and an internet session. The interviews themselves were comfortable, more like conversations than the others I've been to. I was tired by the end of the day." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was extremely impressed with the school, although it seems like you either love it or hate it. If you want a more traditional style of learning, check out Case Western instead." More from this Member | Report Response

"I came into the interview not really expecting to like the school that much, but by the end of the interview day it was one of my top two or three choices. I was so impressed by the hospital's great reputation, the enthusiastic faculty, and the advisor system. I interviewed with two PhDs b/c my MD interviewer had to take care of an emergency. The first interview was really easygoing, just trying to get to know me with some general questions about my research. The second interview was more intense, but it really gave me an opportunity to sell myself and talk about why I would be a good fit." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really enjoyed the institution. The faculty and staff are very supportive of the students. The facilities are state of the art and it is a very research intensive school. So don't apply unless you like research and I do!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Two interviews. One friendly, the other more critical." More from this Member | Report Response

"Not as technical as I thought it would be. Mainly was conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Its got excellent potential... but the student body there really needs some mental help. They were so condescending toward Case Western students and kept claiming they knew things more in depth... I wanted to ask them for proof.. but Uh oh no BOARD SCORES YET. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Interviewers were friendly and nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"I would recommend being thoroughly fluent in any research experience that appears in your application, because they'll ask you about it. Even it was a while ago, read up on it because they'll really grill you. When I responded to a question by saying, "I don't know if that has been studied yet," my interviewer said, "So propose a possible mechanism and how you could test it?" If you can answer those kinds of questions, then you'll shine. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Long day, the school is great, the facilities are great, and u will really enjoy ur time at CCLCM" More from this Member | Report Response

"LONG interview day including several tours and two full-hour interviews. An MD typically interviews you to evaluate your goals and motivations and how well you would "fit" into the school; a PhD typically asks to you explain your research and evaluates your understanding of it. " More from this Member | Report Response

"This was the most excellent interview experience I've had yet. I would reccommend you get plenty of rest the night before because it will be a long and intensely stimulating day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Extremely conversional!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I had a great experience. I previously reviewed this when there was no CCLCM category. In any case, there were a total of 3 tours: student, researcher and resident. There were also a couple of talks, etc. Dr. Hutzler and Mrs. Myers are so personable and great. The most interesting part of the day was the curriculum. It definitely is the star of the program." More from this Member | Report Response

"This one felt a lot different than any other medical school interview I've been to. I think that comes with good reason - this place is a lot different than any other medical school. It's interesting that the students largely learn from one another and on an independent basis. The students said that, because it's a new program, there are still kinks being worked out. However, it sounds like everything should be running smoothly by next year. The only lingering questions I have about the place are: how are the students going to fair in residency placement and what paths are students going to choose in their 3-5 years? " More from this Member | Report Response

"It was great. The interview day was well organized and you were immediately made to feel welcome. AS someone said before, the dean sits down with all of us at the begining and brings up things he found interesting on our application. Sort of nerve-racking but fun. I'm glad the interviews were after lunch because by that time, I worked out all of my nervous energy with all that walking. My first interview was very research oriented, but very conversational, while the other mostly focused on personal stuff. THese interviews were not confrontational at all. Overall it was a very pleasant experience and I can only hope that my future interviews go just as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"This is definitely one of the most amazing places out there to gain a medical eduation. At the same time, it's not for everyone. CCLCM is an ideal school for someone who wants to incorporate research into his/her medical career without going through the rigor of obtaining a PhD. I really like the idea that the school is aiming to produce a unique breed of physician researchers. Although there were not yet any current students, I did not question that this place will be greatly successful. I liked the fact that it is a new school - that creates lots of initiatives for students to start things up and to have a hand in the direction that the school will ultimately steer it's graduates. In any case, I did not end up getting in last year (made it as far as the hold list). I am, however, interviewing again this year, so I'm still holding out for an acceptance. I have no doubt that this school is a perfect fit for my interests. This is definitely one worth checking out." More from this Member | Report Response

"5 interviewees. Assistant Dean greeted us. He went around the table and introduced each student, their research, etc. I was impressed with his knowledge of each of our files. Tours, curriculum presentations, lunch with students, financial aid presentations...standard interview. The school is absolutely amazing. It takes hands-on to an entirely new level and their first class is positively gushing with enthusiasm. I like the philosophy of students as "collegues" who wear long coats and see patients the first week. I got the impression from my host that they have one-on-one acess to even the most famous faculty members at the drop of a hat. " More from this Member | Report Response

"The CCLCM is amazing. The facilities are all great, the student:faculty ratio is opposite that of all other med schools, and the curriculum fits my learning style. If you're not sure if you want to spend 4 extra years earning a PhD but you're interested in research as part of your career, this is the perfect place." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 18
Faculty member 12
Admissions staff 4
Other 8

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 32
Neutral 6
Discouraging 1

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
9.51 41

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 7
Out of state 31

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 7
2-3 hours 12
4-6 hours 14
7+ hours 8

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 27
Automobile 10
Train or subway 0
Other 2

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

Response # Responders
< $100 3
$101-$200 10
$201-$300 10
$301-$400 8
$401-$500 1
$501+ 1

What airport did you use?

cleveland

CHI

CLE

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 17
Friends or family 4
Hotel 11
Home 2
Other 0

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
8.56 43

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
5.58 43

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 40

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 12

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.25 12

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.17 12

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"The cafeteria is awful, please feed us good food." More from this Member | Report Response

"Screen medical students who are interviewing/interacting with the interviewees." More from this Member | Report Response

"EDIT: OK...I have been forced to admit that I didn't like the coffee that was provided" More from this Member | Report Response

"Wake up and realize you aren't Mayo Medical!" More from this Member | Report Response

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