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"If you had $5 million dollars for any kind of research, where/how would you spend it?"
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"Describe your research to me."
"Describe a time when, no matter what, things did not seem to workout?"
"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."
"how do you deal with criticism"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Have I ever been in a situation where one team member was slacking."
"Regarding research and future directions with limited funding."
"Tell me about your research."
"Tell me about a difficult experience (lots of follow-up questions)."
"Tell me about your childhood. "
"Have you ever knowingly put yourself in an uncomfortable situation?"
"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?)"
"Team conflict -- how do you address it (someone not participating, someone hogging the conversations, etc)"
"What kind of doctor do you want to be?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Why Cleveland Clinic?"
"Describe your research. Know it in and out."
"Describe your research?"
"Why leave behind a comfortable profession for one that will be painstaking work with somewhat less reward for a while? "
"How would you balance your time between clinical and research work?"
"Research... much less in depth than I had expected"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Do you have any questions for me?"
"TEll me bout yourself"
"Have you ever been in a small group situation in which one or more persons did not pull their weight?"
"How would you deal with fellow students who lie?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Why CCLCM? Why Cleveland? Tell me about yourself. "
"How are you going to deal with the limitations and conformities placed on your interractions with patients by the current US healthcare system?"
"Tell me about your research (which was asked by both of my interviewers)"
"research: explain it. what do the results show? how might this be useful? how was the experience meaningful? etc."
"Describe a time someone disappointed you. What happened and how did you respond?"
"Tell me something you do for fun."
"Tell me about a time you had to break the rules to get what you want"
"What is one time someone gave you negative feedback, and how did you respond?"
"Tell me more about your research."
"Is healthcare a right?"
"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)"
"What do you do if a group member doesn't do their part?"
"What if a friend asked you to sign them in because they were running late."
"How would you react if someone in a small group werent pulling their weight?"
"About my work specifically. "
"Tell me about your research? "
"Who is one of your role models and why."
"Talk about what kind of group learning situations have you been in."
"Tell me about your research (long discussion)."
"Why did you pick your major?"
"Describe your ideal mentor?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Problems in healthcare you will encounter."
"How do you like Cleveland so far?"
"How did you balance work and school?"
"What has been an emotional demanding situation in my life & how did you deal with it?"
"What do you think about the current state of healthcare in the US? How should we change it?"
"Question about approach company is taking to deal with a particular type of imaging technology. "
"Whats your favorite way to relax"
"Tell me about your research. [One interviewer will ask about your research in depth.]"
"Ur interest in medicine"
"What is it that interests you about research?"
"How do you think you can deal with death?"
"Where do you see yourself in 20 years?"
"Why do you want to become a physician investigator?"
"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?"
"Tell me about how you grew up (a nice way of asking to explain my disadvantaged status)"
"explain your ideal learning style. why do you think that works best for you? in what situations have you experience that benefit?"
"Describe an instance when you had to ask for an extension on a project or assignment for whatever reason. What happened and how did you ask your professors for the extension?"
"How do you respond to criticism?"
"What impressed you most about the school?"
"Why Cleveland clinic?"
"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."
"How do you like Cleveland?"
"How will you handle being with students who are much younger than you"
"Tell me about your research"
"Questions about what I do outside of school/work"
"Tell me about your life from birth to now? Tell me about ....... (specific personalexperience). What was your favorite non-science undergrad course?"
"What small group learning situations have you been in"
"What is a major moral dilemma in medicine today (again, lots of follow-up questions. Be able to back up what you say!)."
"What kind of research do you do?"
"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?"
"15 year goals. "
"Tell me about you. Tell me about your research."
"Questions about my research."
"How did you end up at X undergrad? What was your experience there like?"
"What was my favorite course"
"Describe your research."
"What do you do to relax?"
"Talked about football for a while"
"What I do to relax"
"What weaknesses and strengths would you want me to mention to the admissions committee?"
"Ur researc...and what u want to do in the future"
"How do you visualize your practice after residency?"
"How would you react to 2 fighting colleagues?"
"Why are you applying here since you are applying for M.D. Ph.D. as well?"
"Tell me about your research and its importance. "
"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!"
"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"
"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."
"If a student isn't working well with you and you give them feedback but they still do not change, what would you do? (with the background that CCLCM is huge on giving and receiving feedback in lieu of tests and grades)"
"What do you like to do with your spare time?"
"What was the most challenging experience in your life? What time was most stressful in your life? (two separate questions)."
"Revealing the most interesting question would give my identity away."
"Lots of interesting personal questions."
"Favorite jazz musician?"
"Discussion about my travels outside of the US to work with indigent populations"
"About my experiences living in a different country."
"What 3 things about you would you like to change?"
"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?"
"not sure. "
"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."
"Define emotional maturity."
"What would a molecule of dna be like if you designed it?"
"Where else did you apply?"
"I can't remember exactly how it was worded but something about how I thought I would fit in at such a small school."
"I was asked about how my profession currently allows me to travel the world and why I would want to leave that behind."
"Do you feel you can help re-establish academic medicine as it should be practiced?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"What do you think is the most important issue in medicine today?"
"Tell me about X experience"
"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"
"I was asked specific questions about a research paper I recently wrote for one of my classes."
"How would you deal with fellow students who lie and cheat?"
"Where do you see yourself 20 years from now?"
"What was the most fun you've had in a lab?"
"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?"
"Tell be about your childhood"
"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."
"Would you be able to handle the midwest weather? Could you give up surfing to move the the midwest?"
"Describe a time when you had to look at things from another cultural or socioeconomic perspective (he clarified "any time you had to see things from a different lens" since he thought this was a curve-ball question)."
"How do you work in groups?"
"Name five things that you want others to know about you."
"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?"
"What would you do if someone wasn't pulling weight on your team or was doing drugs (but you weren't sure)"
"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)."
"Tell me about your life in 10 yrs, post residency."
"Not really difficult- but essentially how would I handle classmates who did not pulltheir weight since this is a PBL school."
"How do you take criticism?"
"Nothing was difficult."
"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... "
"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"
"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)"
"Questions about my research. "
"What would you change about the health system? nationally, internationally, etc."
"How I could tell that certain cells were phenotyically cancerous in my research project."
"Specific question about my research."
"Nothing too difficult"
"Question regarding research in the company i work at and ethics"
"None... laid back"
"Weakest point, not really hard"
"[Tricky hypothetical decisions involving my future goals.)"
"Tell me about passive euthenasia"
"How I would handle a small group setting in which another student dominated the conversation."
"Questions about my research that I did a while back and why are you applying here even though you are interested in MD/PhD?"
"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. "
"same as most interesting"
"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..."
"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!)"
"None, the interview was just a candid conversation - very low stress. My interviewers were super friendly."
"I read over my application and made sure I understood my research."
"Researched the school and familiarized myself with the curriculum."
"Reread application materials"
"Reviewed my application and"
"Look over application, research, and learn about the school in detail. Don't wing this interview, be prepared."
"Read everything on the website, SDN, emailing current students, studying/rereading parts related to my research..."
"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."
"Read the website"
"Read up on school reviewed my work. SDN. "
"SDN, personal statement, secondary essays, school's catalouge."
"SDN forum, Mock Interviews, pre-health advisor"
"Read about the school."
"SDN interview feedback, forums, reflection on past interviews, school info from website/brochures"
"Mock interview, previous interviews, read up on school, talked with student host, reviewed secondary."
"read SDN, read current events, reviewed app. normal stuff"
"SDN, my earlier interviews helped too"
"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."
"SDN, Review of application materials, Review of research"
"SDN, CCLCM website, my prior interviews"
"Watched the big lebowski and had some budweisers."
"I didn't do anything as it was one of my last interviews, but in retrospect I really should have reviewed my research."
"Reviewed my research"
"Re-read my application materials, familiarized myself with current issues in medicine (ethics, etc)."
"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."
"AMCAS, school website"
"SDN, went over my application/research papers, other interviews"
"SDN, talked to the med student that hosted me, researched CCLCM's publications"
"Read current events, spoke to other health professionals"
"AMCAS and secondary and research review"
"SDN, papers on current research, school's website, should've read up on old research"
"read research papers, AMCAS app, secondary app, CV, read the website, etc."
"just relaxed, read over my research paper once or twice"
"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."
"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!)"
"School website (http://www.clevelandclinic.org/cclcm/default.asp) Student Doc.net My app"
"How laid back the day was, and I absolutely loved touring Cleveland Clinic. Ups the game. I also actually really enjoyed my interviews, especially the ones with the faculty. Interviews are nerve-wracking but the interview room is small (so it felt cozy despite the white walls and modern furniture). The group activity was also fun (mock PBL session)."
"Facilities were amazing, PBL, No grades"
"The school's facilities, PBL group model, unique curriculum, research emphasis"
"Facilities, people, curriculum, opportunities, etc."
"They obviously care a lot about who they are selecting, and put in more effort into evaluating you than other schools."
"facilities, impressiveness of the clinic staff as well as the CCLCM faculty/staff, longitudinal curriculum, friendliness of students, full tuition + laptop, anatomy set-up"
"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!"
"Lots, besides being the most beautiful hospital complex I have ever laid eyes on."
"AMAZING program...i love how group-oriented, yet individually paced it is."
"Facilities are very nice"
"The facilities are really nice, the student support and thier financial aid program."
"Facilities, student enthusiasm, collegiality of the environment"
"Incredible facilities at Cleveland Clinic. Students seem very happy. Staff and other interviewees were nice. Free access to all local medical conferences."
"Facilities are outstanding and program seemed to be genuinely focused on doing everything possible to create excellent physicians."
"Everything! The people, the program, the facilities, the financial aid - I loved it!"
"the facilities are amazing. people are very enthusiastic and excited to be there. "
"Facilities, Dedication of faculty and how proud they were of their program. The other premeds were really cool too."
"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. "
"The facilities are top of the line. The students have endless opportunities and all faculty (which are volunteers) really want the students to succeed. "
"The facilities are amazing, both research and clinical. Everyone there seems to love it immeasurably and is very intelligent."
"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."
"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."
"No grading system. Great facilities. Supportive staff and student body. They give you computers too."
"Facilities are terrific"
"Facilities are wonderful"
"The system: portfolio evaluations, problem-based learning, etc. The resources, especially the very new facilities and technology."
"How likable and enthusiastic the students were and how the facilities were fantastic and brand spanking new."
"The size, caliber, resources, money, hospitals, staff, support, class size of the school"
"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."
"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."
"The facilities, the people"
"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"
"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"
"Curriculum, facilities, faculty and students."
"facilities, peoples' attitudes and general helpfulness, breadth of opportunities - both research and clinical"
"The facilites...the LRI is amazing, as well as the libraries and classrooms. Tee Cleveland Clinic is well funded and it shows..."
"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"
"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."
"Curriculum, faculty, students, facilities...everything!"
"There isn't much that was negative. I guess I thought the program provides a full ride but they provide full tuition, and you take care of living expenses. However, I did learn that 5 out of 32 matriculates gets the Dean's scholarship which is an additional scholarship that covers living expenses, so those 5 students do get a full ride."
"Class size was really small, lectures mandatory"
"This is a dream school, but it is a 5-year program."
"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)"
"Cleveland...there is no 'student housing' area"
"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."
"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."
"Cleveland is so not a city..."
"The student population appeared to think that they were the uberstudents of the medical world. Kept talking about "professionalism." "
"Thier system has not been thoroughly been tested ie-no graduating class yet, no on has taken the boards yet."
"Cleveland isn't great, but it isn't a deal-breaker."
"Not in the greatest part of town, but I didn't see anyone stealing hubcaps or anything."
"The city of Cleveland was pretty bland"
"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."
"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.)"
"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. "
"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."
"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"
"Nothing...except the walking (alot of it...LOL)"
"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."
"The program's only two years old; students haven't yet taken the boards or transitioned to clinical rotations."
"The fact that i couldnt find too many negatives...except it is 5 years."
"I would say the weather or the area but I'm from Cleveland so I'm biased not to mind either"
"It was difficult to get a clear sense of the PBL curriculum."
"The location of the school. It's not in a nice neighborhood."
"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."
"Area of Cleveland was ok."
"cleveland, as a whole, is not a nice city and the section that cclcm is in is not a very good one"
"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. "
"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)"
"Wow, Cleveland is definitely not cool. The Clinic appears to be on a security lockdown. THEY NEVER GO OUTSIDE, which was sort of horrifying."
"The fact that it's a brand new program...how do the grads do in residency matching?"
"My experience may be different from others since we get different faculty. But I wasn't asked about my research in depth as I expected. The faculty were MD and did not seem to understand or care for the nitty gritty details. They asked about it but it didn't feel like they cared for asking follow-up questions that really focused on the science."
"A good amount of students are from Ohio"
"To be ready to answer questions regarding controversial issues concerning research"
"There is like a ten-hour tour of the school. Cleveland Clinic is huge (but very nice)."
"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)"
"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."
"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 :("
"The airport is pretty far from the school."
"How exhausted I would be by the end of the day - they kept us there a long time."
"the day is VERY long. the interviews aren't necessarily going to be conversations..."
"They have a dress code-no jeans, no open toed shoes"
"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. "
"This program is very separate from the CWRU program. "
"It's not just pass/fail, they do written evaluations instead of grades. They said I'd probably need a car."
"Long day 7:45 to 4:45 with NO BREAKS."
"Can't think of anything, but the tour was pretty long so comfortable shoes might be a good idea."
"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. "
"How nebulous the portolio system is."
"The school is in the ghetto. Made a wrong turn, whoops."
"There's a LOT of walking (about 2 hours of walking tours)."
"only 5 interviews...how awesome..."
"I spent a lot of time preparing to explain my research--and my interviewer asked nothing about it! (although they usually do)"
"The tours were very long and I wish I had worn more comfortable shoes."
"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!"
"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!"
"That I should have spent a little more and stayed at the Intercontinental hotel. It was stunning."
"most will have to wait until april 15 for any sort of decision"
"I should have finished my bagel before the talks started because I was hungry by 10:30."
"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."
"I would have brought food along. And more comfortable shoes."
"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."
"Absolutely wonderful interview day. Really relaxed. I'm lucky that I had this as my first interview in the cycle. Relax and tell them how amazing you are!"
"School is very fit for a particular type of student."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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. "
"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! "
"Great! Unbelievable and will be going here if accepted. Top choice."
"Comfortable interviews, good in-depth tours of facilities. Very receptive admissions staff, faculty and students. Definitely very professionally organized and executed."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"it's a great place, and i really hope to be able to go there..."
"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"
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"Two interviews. One friendly, the other more critical."
"Not as technical as I thought it would be. Mainly was conversation."
"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. "
"Interviewers were friendly and nice"
"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. "
"Long day, the school is great, the facilities are great, and u will really enjoy ur time at CCLCM"
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"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? "
"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."
"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."
"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. "
"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."
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"Absolutely keep the tour of Cleveland Clinic in the interview schedule regardless of the weather, since most of the tour is inside the hospital anyways. On my interview day we toured the clinic but there was talk beforehand of possibly skipping it because of rain. Seeing the clinic definitely added dimension to my impression of the program."
"The cafeteria is awful, please feed us good food."
"Screen medical students who are interviewing/interacting with the interviewees."
"EDIT: OK...I have been forced to admit that I didn't like the coffee that was provided"
"Wake up and realize you aren't Mayo Medical!"