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"In group interview w/ 2 interviewers and 5 peers, about 45 minutes: why LECOM. Amongst the group, talk about a solution if your hospital was low on money and couldnt afford to give free medical care anymore. Amongst the group, talk about how to handle a peer found cheating on a test. What would you all change about your undergraduate careers. One-on-one interview, about 10 minutes: read this scenario outloud, then talk to me about it (drug that was approved for weight lose but had not been screened for long term affects). Would you give this to your patient? (no, you are concernd about their longevity, also osteopathic medicine believes in minimal intervention so you would have pt change diet and exercise first). What was the hardest thing you had to deal with in life?"
"If there is only 1 seat left to our incoming class, why should we choose you?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"3. What unique skill set can you bring to PBL/groupwork?"
"What was the hardest class you've taken?"
"Who is your number one mentor and why?"
"Asked about how we worked in groups"
"Group interview questions: - Tell us about yourselves. - What's one challenge you faced in your education (whether it was grades, exams, etc)? - What would you do if someone posted a patient's medical history on social media?"
"If a member of your PBL group was not pulling his/her weight, what would you do? What if you'd already consulted the group leader, and his input had not changed the student's behavior"
"What is active reading?"
"What do you think of organ donation?"
"Tell us more about yourself"
"What are the last three books that you've read?"
"What do you know about Problem Based Learning (PBL)?"
"What has prepared you or enlightened you about PBL?"
"What brings you here? (Why Bradenton?)"
"When do you study best (what time of day)?"
"What is one unique thing about you that you would bring to a team?"
"What are the pros and cons of PBL?"
"What is an important characteristic to have when in a PBL setting?"
"How so you think PBL will work for you?"
"1. What is one question that you do not want to be asked? 2. What's your greatest weakness? 3. What do you feel about electronic medical records? 4. What do you think medicine will be like 10 years from now? 5. What you do if a patient does not listen to you and is stubborn?"
"If you had an on-line test, would you be able to resist the urge to cheat by using the books?"
"Why LECOM? Why DO?"
"What is one thing you would like that would improve your life?"
"How was your time in your recent graduate program?"
"Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? Why not another health profession like a PA?"
"What does your study time look like?"
"Tell me about your current job and how you got there."
"Why osteopathic medicine? Why LECOM?"
"Why DO/Why medicine? Why LECOM? How would you do with PBL? How do you study?"
"Please explain your MCAT?"
"I see you struggled in class " " explain. (they ask this whether you struggled in a class or not)"
"Only 3 questions, Why DO, Why LECOM, what is the honor code"
"Why medical school?/ Why Osteopathic Medicine?"
"Tell me what you know about PBL."
"Why physician, Why DO, and why Bradenton? Why PBL, do you think you will do well with PBL?"
"Why did you choose to apply here?"
"What makes you think you can handle PBL?"
"Why Do? Why LECOM? Why Bradenton?"
"Tell us how you became interested in Osteopathic medicine and how you came to be where you are now"
"Why osteopathic medicine? What are the principles of osteopathic medicine?"
"How do you like to study?"
"Tell me about yourself. "
"Why LECOM-B?/Why DO?"
"Tell me about yourself and where you went to undergrad."
"1.) Tell us about yourself?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"1) We haven't seen your file so we know nothing about you. Tell us about yourself. 2) What do you like better, photography or poetry (Based on previous answer) 3) What do you like to take pictures of? 4) How does photography help translate into the practice of medicine? 5) What about osteopathy appeals to you? "
"What do you do to relieve stress / what is something interesting about yourself?"
"How do you deal with stress and conflict?"
"Why do you want to do medicine, why DO?"
"Same as previous interviews "
"Tell us about yourself? Why not occupational therapy? Why DO?"
"1. Describe yourself. 2. Have you applied/interviewed to MD programs as well? 3. Why DO over MD? "
"Why medicine? Why DO?"
"Tell us something that is not in your application."
"Our files are closed, so we haven't seen your MCAT scores, grades, or personal statement. What can you tell us about yourself? Tell us something about yourself not in your file."
"Tell us something that may or may not be in your file."
"Why PBL and not traditional lecture? "
"Why not MD? "
"Why osteopathic medicine? What makes you think Problem Based Learning would be a good method for you?"
"Why LECOM Brandenton, why PBL?"
"Tell us something interesting about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself, Why medicine, Why DO, Why PBL"
"Tell us something that may or may not be in your file (they hadn't read it). Describe yourself. How did you learn about osteopathic medicine? Why DO? What is a holistic approach?"
"Why do you want to be a physician? Why a DO? "
"Tell us something that isn't in your file."
"Anything in your academics you want to explain?"
"Anything you want to tell us/explain about your academics?"
"Describe yourself/Why medicine. Why DO/How did you learn about DO? Why LECOM? How would your friends describe you? Where else have you applied? What do you do for fun?"
"Why LECOM-B? Why medicine?"
"Examples of being a leader and what makes a good leader."
"How do you handle conflict? Have you ever functioned as a leader?"
"Tell me about a time when you were a leader"
"What was your introduction to Osteopathic medicine? Tell us something that is not in your file."
"the people interviewing can choose to be closed or open so be prepared. Why DO? Tell me about Osteopathy. What type of leader are you? Are you a leader or follower?"
"What don't you know about medicine?"
"What kind of leader are you?"
"Tell me something about yourself. Why DO? Why PBL?"
"Do you think you could learn from PBL?"
"1)Tell us something about yourself. 2)What would your family say about you (strengths and weaknesses) 3)How do you deal with conflict + example 4)Why DO"
"If you had any academic difficulty, how did you correct the problem and how were you able to turn things around?"
"Give me an example where you had to resolve a conflict."
"Why do you want to learn by PBL?"
"Tell us something about yourself that we did not read in your file."
"1. Tell us about yourself (since it's closed file. 2. How do you communicate? 3. How are you a leader and do you have leadership experience? 4. How do you deal with conflict?"
"Why do you want to be a DO as opposed to a MD? What is the difference?"
"How do you lead? Give an example of where you held a leadership position."
"Tell us about youself?"
"Why do you want to be a DO doctor?"
"What would your friends say about you?"
"Tell me about yourself... What is your communication style?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"The same general questions listed on other feedbacks: -Describe your leadership style. -How do you handle conflict? How would you handle a conflict in a PBL group? -Why DO? -Summarize the article. (At beginning of the morning you're given an article to read for ~15min on which you'll be asked to summarize it or questions on it during the interview). "
"There were a lot of questions about communication. What is your communication style? How do you communicate with others? Aside from asking others questions, how do you get them to communicate with you? By the end I wasn't sure if there were any other ways they could ask me how I communicate."
"What are your communication skills? (follow up: how do you handle conflict?)"
"What do you do to relieve stress?"
"How would you handle a student in PBL group who is always talking or answering questions, and how would you you encourage a shy student to speak up?"
"Tell us about your military experience"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"How do you plan on handling a course load of 30-40 credit hours per semester?"
"How do you communicate?"
"Leadership style, example"
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"How did you feel when you were giving the physicals to the soldiers? Has anything in your application changed since you sent it in?"
"Tell me things about yourself that are not in your file. Tell me of a time when you had a conflict and how you resolved it"
"All the questions I got were just like the ones that people have previously posted. There were really no surprises."
"Why Medicine? Why Osteopathic? Why Bradenton?"
"Why do you think PBL would be a good fit for you?"
"1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Tell me about [research subject in my application]. 3. Tell me about [person in my application]. 4. Tell me about [hobby/interest in my application]. 5. Why medicine? Why DO? "
"How would you resolve a conflict in your PBL group?"
"your MCAT score was great, what happened to your GPA? "
"What can you tell us about yourself that we do not see in your application?"
"Why DO? and basic things from application."
"How do you handle stress?"
"What is your greatest strength in relation to what you could bring to PBL? Weakness? "
"Share with us something that is not in your application."
"All of these are listed in a different posting...try one of the postings from December of 2005. "
"Describe your communication style."
"Have you ever been in a leadership role? Give us some examples."
"What do you do for fun?"
"What is your leadership style?"
"Tell us about yourself"
"(1) Tell us something not in your file; (2) What do you like to do for fun? (3) Do you play a musical instrument? (4) What is your favorite Greek myth? [I studied classics; nevertheless, I didn't anticipate this one! Talk about having to pause to change gears!]"
"leadership style (all the questions are outlined on SDN, they ask the same 10-15 questions to everyone)"
"How would you handle conflict in a PBL session?"
"What brings you here?"
"they read from a sheet, standard questions"
"Would you follow the dress code?"
"Are you greek?"
"Weakness/Strength, Conflict resolution, What is not in your application, Leadership experience, Hobbies, experience with Osteopathy as a student and patient, and article summary (it is very easy)"
"how do u relieve stress"
"can't remember them so much right now - very similar to the ones posted by others.... tell us something about yourself we don't know... strengths/weaknesses and how you're trying to overcome your weakness... tell us about a time you were stressed and how you dealt with it... why osteopathic medicine... the interviewers would read down their sheet and ask questions, even though i had already answered them before. they also did not make much eye contact. i thought i wouldn't get in because of the interview. "
"Tell me something about yourself not in your file. A couple of questions about specifics in my file were asked. (Nothing too taxing - just details)."
"Summarize the article you just read (on HDL). In responding this question, they just want to see how well you can summarize to see if you would fit in well with their PBL setting."
"Tell me what the article you read today was about."
"Is there anything you'd like us to know that is not in your application file? When did you decide to become a DO? Tell us about your greatest strength. Do you think you are a good communicator and why? Have you have taken a leadership role? How would you resolve a conflict with someone in your PBL group? "
"The first question was the tell me something not on your file question. The rest, in no particular order are: 1. Why osteopathy? 2. Medical school is stressful, how do you relieve yourself of stress. 3. Tell me about your leadership roles, describe. 4. How do you resolve conflict. 5. Tell me about your communication, are you better written or verbal. 6. Strengths (it was worded differently, but I can remember how) 7. After my strengths he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and what do you need to work on?Ã¢â‚¬Â 8. I was asked something about PBL 9. Give an example of when a group approach worked better than an individual. 10. What would be some reasons to choose a D.O over an MD. 11. Have you been treated by a DO. 12. Summarize the article on HDL (it was an easy and interesting read, so donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sweat it). "
"how do you relieve stress?"
"How would you resolve a conflict between two people?"
"How did you learn about DO?"
"Is there anything you would like us to know that is not on your application? What would your friends say is your greatest strength?"
"1) Why Earlham College 2) Tell us about your Peace Corps Experience 3) Why Florida 4) What is PBL 5) Summarize the artical on HDL 5) tell us about something not in your file"
"How do you handle stress"
"Why DO? Why LECOM? How do you handle stress? resolve conflict? "
"What's something not on your secondary you want to tell us?"
"Tell us aomething about you that is not in your file"
"how do you handle conflict"
"1)Tell me about yourself? 2)How do you handle stress? 3)Tell me about your leadership role. 4)Do you like reading? What is the last book you read? 5)What are your strength and weaknesses? 6)If there's a conflict between two groups, how do you settle it? 7)Why DO? 8)Summarize the article you've read."
"What is the difference between a DO and an MD?"
"All the questions asked are the same as posted here and in the LECOM-Erie section."
"What was a major conflict in your life and how did you resolve it?"
"Tell us something about yourself that is not in your file."
"I see alot of time has passed since we received your application (about 3 weeks), is there anything we should know that may be relevant to my application."
"Why didn't you do as well on organic chemistry and physics?"
"Tell me something about yourself, not on your application"
"describe how you handle stress"
"tell me about yourself"
"1.Tell us something about yourself that we couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find in your file. 2.Give a conflict that you were involved and how you resolved it. "
"Explain a leardership role you have had to fulfill."
"Why DO? Why medicine? "
"How do you study?"
"1) How do you handle stressful situations? 2) We see you are interested in public health, what would you do if we made you the surgeon general of the United States."
"Give an example of a conflict in which you were involved and explain how you handled it."
"Some case style questions"
"How would you contribute to LECOM-Bradenton's diversity?"
"1. Describe a major challenge you’ve overcame."
"How do you deal with conflict (in small group/class situation)?"
"One MMI question- which was kind of just weird"
"MMI: What is the biggest challenge in healthcare today?"
"What do you think the value of PBL is?"
"What is the biggest challenge in healthcare today?"
"What motivates you to be where you are currently?"
"How do you handle stress? What would help you stay calm in med school?"
"How will you manage your time during medical school? What will your average day look like?"
"What about PBL makes you nervous?"
"What books have you read (for fun) in the past year?"
"What are one or two words you'd like used to describe your future practice?"
"How will you fit all the reading in? (How many hours will you need to read a day/night? How will you change your schedule to be efficient and not get behind on the reading?)"
"Ethics question regarding cheating"
"What have you read lately?"
"What can you bring to LECOM-Bradenton?"
"What are the three greatest advancements in medicine over the past 100 or so years?"
"Do you think it is possible for people to be honest when taking an un-proctored exam?"
"Design a community program that is healthcare related (this was done during the group interview)."
"I noticed you've taken the MCAT 3 times, explain what happened those first 2 times when your score was much lower."
"How long to you expect to be reading every night in the PBL curriculum?"
"Are you organized?"
"What was your weakest subject in Undergrad? Why?"
"How would you approach studying in the context of the PBL curriculum?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Why a doctor?"
"Who is someone that you look up to?"
"Do you think you have the discipline to be successful at PBL?"
"What makes you think you know what it takes to be a doctor."
"We see that you applied more than once before and you retook your MCAT several times, why were you unsuccessful, and what has changed?"
"What do you think an honor code is?"
"What have you been doing since graduation?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"Follow up on what I did at my undergraduate and graduate programs."
"What is your weakness?"
"Why do you believe that you have what it takes to thrive in PBL ( Problem Based Learning)?"
"Why DO? How do you like to study?"
"Patient exposure experience? Teamwork questions "
"Why is PBL right for you? Examples?"
"Relate your experiences to why you would do well at LECOM and as a DO."
"2.) Why are you interested in DO? "
"6) I see you have done research, why not go for an MD/PhD? (Hard to answer that since the one who asked it was a PhD...ughhh) 7) We can see that your strengths are X, X and X. Tell us what you think a weakness is 8) How would that weakness change or be affected by going to medical school? 9) In you lab, we assume you worked with several other people around you. Were there any conflicts? How did you resolve these? 10) What do you know about PBL? "
"What do you like about LECOM-Bradenton? / Why osteopathy?"
"Why PBL is a good fit"
"Have you done any research?"
"I don't think you are prepared to learn in a PBL setting. What past experiences can you point to in order to change my mind?"
"Can allopaths offer things osteopaths cannot? Are allopaths not able to address primary care/underserved needs?"
"What is your communication style"
"How do you deal with conflict? How do you handle stress? When did you work as a leader?"
"4. Why not stay in your current career? 5. What would your friends say about you? 6. What to you do to relieve stress? "
"What was the article we gave you to read about? Why did they choose to study that particular group of people?"
"Describe your learning style."
"Did you apply to any allopathic schools? Have you even been in a situation involving conflict? How did you resolve it?"
"If we were to interview your friends, what would they say your strengths are? Your weaknesses?"
"Why not do research (I have an extensive research background). Do you think allopaths or osteopaths have made greater contributions to the advancement of medicine?"
"What would you change about yourself or in your life? "
"Tell me about the article you read (we had to read an article before the interview, not a big deal at all)."
"How will you handle the workload of medical school?"
"Prove you can handle the science Curriculm"
"Tell me about what makes a great leader, what kind of a leader are you, give me an exmaple of when you were a leader, etc..."
"How would your coworkers describe you? How do you relieve stress? Besides medicine, what is one example of when a group is better than a single leader?"
"What are your strengths? If you received a higher score on the MCATs, would you still apply to osteopathic schools? What factors did you think of when you chose your schools?"
"What do you know/like about problem based learning? Why would it be good for you?"
"What makes you think Problem Based Learning would be good for you?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"What is one weakness or area you could work on? Besides medicine or school, what is one example of when a group is better than a single leader? Why would PBL be a good fit for you?"
"When have you worked in a group and been a leader?"
"What makes you a good leader? What is your leadership style?"
"What qualities do you possess that will allow you do excel with PBL."
"Explaination of any past poor grade performance"
"how do you think you'll deal with someone in a group disagreeing with you?"
"Tell me about a time you were in a group, and not the leader"
"How do you handle stress? Do you feel your academic record is a true reflection of the type of student you are? What is your GPA and MCAT? "
"How do you handle conflict & what is your communication style?"
"Why did you apply?"
"What do you do to handle stress?"
"Why would you be a good fit for PBL?"
"How do you deal with conflict? How do you deal with stress?"
"How would you handle conflict?"
"5)How do you relieve stress 6)Why PBL 7)How did your communication skills help somebody + example 8)Did you have any academic problems? Describe."
"What are your weaknesses?"
"How did you learn about osteopathic medicine?"
"What is your personality type? Are you a leader or a follower?"
"How do you work with other in a group"
"5. How do you deal with stress? 6. Why should we accept you versus other applicants? 7. How do you deal with stress?"
"How do you handle a conflict?"
"How do you communicate?"
"How do you handle conflict"
"We don't know anything about you...tell me about yourself."
"Why DO? How many schools did you apply to? Do you like to read? How do you study for tests? Why do you think PBL would be good for you? Are you a good test taker?"
"What are your strengths and areas that you need to work on?"
"Is there anything you want to change in you records (talkin bout bad grades or bad mcat)? What do you do to relieve stress?"
"Summarize the article."
"How do you handle conflict? Give an example of a time when you had to deal with conflict. "
"Why DO? Why medicine?"
"What is your communication style?"
"Tell us what it is about you that would make us what to admit you to this school, in other word, what is it about you that will make you a good doctor?"
"Why medicine? Why DO? "
"The rest were quite standard: stengths/weaknesses, question about my research (genomics), why medicine/DO, etc."
"Sum up an article I had to read."
"What is your leadership style"
"Tell us something about you that is not on your application."
"How do you handle conflict?"
"What leadership experience have you had?"
"Have you ever had the opportunity to observe OMM? (This came from my answer to why DO? as I want the OMM edge)"
"How do you alleviate stress? Give an example. "
"Name a time when it was necessary to communicate well (example)"
"How do you communicate? and give an example. What is your leadership style? Give an example."
"What is your leadership style. What are your communication skills. "
"What are your strengths?"
"Tell me something about yourself thats not in your application. Any updates?"
"6. Your coursework and application are fine, but your MCAT is below the standard for our students. Would you mind working with people who had a better MCAT score than you? 7. How would you solve a conflict between two people or between yourself and someone else, say in [club I was in] or in a PBL format? 8. Describing strengths is easy, but what would other people say your weaknesses are?"
"Why LECOM? Why DO? How do you feel DO is different from MD"
"You talk a lot about children do you want to go into pediatrics and why pediatrics?"
"Explain your leadership style"
"What are your leadership skills(or style)?"
"Can you handle spending time away from your family well?"
"What do you know about PBL? Why do you think you will do well in PBL?"
"What is your leadership style and give an example? Give a time when you had to communicate well with someone?(something along those lines, it was more specific to my experiences that I had in my application) "
"When did you decide to chose a career in osteopathic medicine? Why? Could you please summarize the article Have you ever worked in a group before? How would you handle interpersonal conflict in a problem based learning (PBL) environment? "
"If we lined 9 friends up on a wall, what would they say are your greatest strengths? Your biggest weakness?"
"How do you deal with conflict?"
"Give an example of how OMM could lower healthcare costs of patients."
"Describe your third grade teacher"
"(5) What are your strengths?/what are your weaknesses? (6) What happened in Physiology? Followed by, Can you be more specific? Followed by, would you do the same thing again? (7) How many hours a day to you expect to study? [When I said, "a lot!" they pressed me to be more specific!] (8) On whom do you rely for support? In relation to this, where does your family live? (9) How will you handle the stress of medical school?"
"why do you want to become an DO , does learning come easy to you"
"Have you ever participated in "small group" activities in work or school before?"
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"Are you reading a non-educational novel?"
"look at other questions from bradenton"
"what do you do for fun? "
"Interviewers were a little cold at first but I found a connection with them and got them to laugh and they put down the wall."
"how do u handle conflict"
"summarize article (it was easy, but i was nervous)"
"Strenghts/Weaknesses. Stress management techniques. Why Osteopathy? "
"Do you think you're a leader? Tell me about an experience where you demonstrated your leadership skills."
"Tell me about a leadership experience you had. "
"What is your greatest weakness? How do you relieve stress? What do you need to work on? Did you take a prep-class for the MCAT? Where and what type?"
"I was not asked any questions about my grades, MCAT or vol exp."
"Describe an experience in which you had a leadership role, and tell us how both you and the other members benefited from you being the leader."
"What is your leadership style?"
"How would you handle moving to Florida? Really out of the blue- I never thought they would go this far back, but they asked about my sports in high school."
"What are your strenths/weaknesses,.. what would your friends tell us the answer to this is?"
"6) Why D.0 7) What are your strengths and weaknesses."
"Basically, summarize the article on drug-eluting stents that we gave you 20 minutes ago."
"How do you study?"
"How do you deal with stress"
"how do you handle stress"
"What was a conflict that confronted you and how did you resolve it?"
"Tell me About Yourself."
"What type of leader am I? How would I resolve conflict within a group?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"In a conflict between two group members, what would you do? What if you were one of the people in the conflict?"
"How do you think you'll fit into the PBL curriculum?"
"describe your leadership style"
"3.Do you feel you are a good communicator and why? 4.Give an example when a group approach worked better than an individual. "
"Why central Florida and why LECOM Bradenton?"
"What are you ideals on Problem-Based learning?"
"Why do you want to be a DO?"
"3) How do you think we're all going to die in this world? Do you think a virus will kill us? 4) If you had to work as a physician in a rural area where people didn't have medical insurance and couldn't pay for care, would you be ok with that? (getting at whether or not I was doing this field for money)"
"Give an example of when you demonstratd leadership."
"How do you feel about insurance companies?"
"What would you do if you found what looked like a previous year's exam in a classmate's study materials? (Do you consider it cheating? What would you do?)"
"In undergrad, if you were to fail your first anatomy exam, how would you handle it?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"MMI: What do you think we can do about preventative care in the US?"
"Solve a problem in a group learning situation"
"How will you balance being a self-directed learner during medical school"
"Research shows that there is a leadership "gene". What would you say your leadership "gene" is?"
"What would you do if someone in your group wasn't pulling their weight?"
"What do you think of the current health care issue? What do you think health care will look like in the next five years?"
"How do you relieve stress?"
"How would you handle conflict management in a group?"
"Two books you've read recently?"
"What are the keys to working in a group?"
"Current events question regarding healthcare, accessibility"
"Name someone who inspires you."
"What one unique quality will you bring to the PBL group?"
"What does PBL mean to you, explain PBL"
"How do you study?"
"How long can you read during one sitting?"
"(After responding about my undergraduate major in Animal Science) Why not veterinary school?"
"What was your strongest subject? why?"
"What kind of medicine would you like to practice?"
"How do you feel about our PBL curriculum?"
"What does an honor code mean to you?"
"What is osteopathic medicine?"
"What is an honor code? Do you like to read? Do you work well in groups?"
"How much time are you anticipating to spend studying?"
"What are your weaknesses? Strengths?"
"Question about a specific hospital that I shadowed at"
"Have you had a PBL class before? Why do you think you'd do well in PBL?"
"Why are you a good fit for PBL? Do you like to read? "
"3 words for positive qualities 1 word negative quality Why DO? Why LECOM?"
"What sort of leadership experiences have you had? How do you respond to stressful situations?... and some more really generic questions"
"What exposure have you had to PBL and are you able to learn in this environment?"
"3.) Why LECOM-B? 4.) What do you do for fun? 5.) How would your friends describe you? 6.) What is the most difficult medically related situation you have been in and how did you deal with it? 7.) Are computers good for education and teaching students? Why?"
"11) We haven't seen your file yet- is there anything that you would like to explain? A bad grade (s), MCAT score...etc? 12) Would you ever retake the MCAT again? 13) I had mentioned knowing a former student and how we often discussed the school..." So are you interested in LECOM because of your discussions with that person? "
"What do you think some of your weaknesses are? ALSO: We have not yet reviewed your file. Is there anything you want to tell us about your academic history before we do so?"
"How did you do on your MCAT?"
"Tell us what you know about osteopathic medicine."
"What do you do for fun?"
"How did you learn about osteopathic medicine"
"What does integrity mean? Where have you traveled? What did you learn from this? What is your leadership style?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"7.Describe a conflict situation at work, and how you handled it. 8. How do you think you would do in PBL? 9. Have you applied to LECOM-Erie, and if so, where would you rank PBL in your preferences and why? 10. Describe the article you read. 11. Do you have any questions for us?"
"What do you think about healthcare reform?"
"What about osteopathy is appealing to you? Why are you interested in LECOM? What do you do to relieve stress? Why did you get _ on your Vr MCAT? What would you have done differently to improve that score? (Probably Why PBL...I don't recall anymore...I mentioned it b/c I liked it). 3 Strengths?"
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"How do you handle stress? Name a time you used your communication skills to help you? How do you study? How did you prepare for the MCAT? Name any strengths or weaknesses. "
"If you had a time capsule and could meet any person in history who would it be? and Why? "
"What do you feel about the current state of health care in the US?"
""Why Science?" [I have no idea what the interviewer meant and asked for clarification. He then said, "Well, why the suddent interest?" They obviously hadn't read my file....]"
"Tell me about the C- you got in Chemistry. Do you think it will be difficult for you to handle biochemistry in medical school?"
"What is your leadership style? How would you handle someone in a group disagreeing with you? Tell us something about the article you read."
"Tell us about your research. Give us a summary of the article you read. "
"How would you deal with a person that did not agree with you in a small group?"
"Give an example of a time when teamwork really worked."
"Give an example of a time you were in a team?"
"What is your leadership style? "
"What is your leadership style? Have you ever been in a leadership role? How do you work in a group? How would you handle someone in a group disagreeing with you?"
"What have you been doing since you graduated?"
"How do you know PBL is right for you? Have you ever been exposed to PBL?"
"Tell us about yourself"
"why do? why lecom bradenton?"
"Have you ever learned in a situation like our PBL format?"
"How do you handle conflict?"
"Give an example of when a group was better than a single leader."
"Tell me strength and weakness. Does it apply towards PBL?"
"What can LECOM Bradenton teach you that you don't already know?"
"Explain a situation where working in a group was better than working alone"
"PBL? they ask you what you think of it why you would fit etc."
"How do you resolve conflict? What do you do to relieve stress? What is your biggest weakness? - I recommend not saying 'being a smartass'!"
"Have you had any academic problems you would like to address?"
"Why medicine? Why D.O.? "
"9)Have you been treated by a DO 10) Have you ever seen OMM performed 11) When was working in a group setting better than individual (do not use academics, sports, or medicine - very hard for me since these are the bulk of my experiences) "
"How do you handle conflict? How would you handle conflict in your PBL group?"
"Describe the contents of the assigned reading. "
"If given your choice, would you be chief or indian?"
"8. Is there anything in your academic file you would like to explain? 9. Have you applied to MD as well as DO schools and how did you learn about osteopathic medicine?"
"How do you lead? "
"Honestly.. you'll feel like you give the same response a lot... their questions are all geared towards whether or not you'll fit with PBL. Look around at other people's comments .. write down a few of the questions.. and you'll be able to nail the interview questions. The interviewers basically go through a sheet one question at a time.. very generic. Also.. interviewers can choose to do closed or open file.. mine was closed but yours could be either."
"Do you think you would be successful in a PBL program and why"
"Summarize the article. (you are given a short article to read for 5-10 minutes before interviews)"
"What did you get on the MCAT? What makes you unique? Do you have any questions? I asked if there were research opportunites, what types of residencies the students got into, but they havent had a graduating class yet so they couldnt answer this, and i asked how the students did on the board, they had the highest in the country (of DO schools) last year!"
"How would you deal with stress?"
"A load of questions that basically centered on why i think i could do well in PBL? hard to answer bc i had no interest in doing PBL at that point."
"How do you handle stress? Same as other feedbacks...no surprises. Very low stress."
"How do you handle stress?"
"How would you handle conflict within a PBL group if two strong personalities were clashing?"
"How do you deal with conflict?"
"Have you ever seen OMM performed?"
"What leadership postions have you held?"
"What is your leadership style? How do you solve conflict? When is working in a group better than working alone? How do you communicate?"
"How independent are you?"
"How do you handle conflict"
"How do you resolve conflict?"
"something not on file"
"What do you think of PBL?"
"What is your leadership syle? give example.... All the questions were pretty standard from those posted earlier :)"
"Tell us something not in your application."
"How do you deal with stress?"
"How will u handle stress of med school"
"How do you alleviate stress? What do you know about PBL? How do you resolve conflicts? Give an example."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses. How did you learn about D.O.? Do you think the team approach is a good approach?"
"What do you think about PBL?"
"Whats your leadership style? How have you used it?"
"We had to read an article before the interview, and they asked me for my thoughts about it. The whole thing was more like a three-way conversation than an interview."
"9. I see you had lots of leadership roles, being asked to [lead school class] and with [my research]. Describe other leadership roles you have had and what your leadership style is. 10. Do you feel like you have worked as hard as possible during college, or could you have worked harder? 11. Describe your educational experience."
"Would you tip a server if you received bad service in a restaurant?"
"Why is your writing score so much lower than your other scores (I got 10,11,12 and a M)"
"What do you think of the MCAT's?"
"Describe a stressful situation and how you handled it."
"What type of group activities do you participate in?"
"Is it okay to lie to someone to avoid hurting their feelings?"
"Why DO? What exposure to osteopathic medicine have you had? Where do you see yourself in ten years? Other standard questions."
"How would you handle a disagreement in the PBL format? Tell us what you know about PBL? What is your strength? What is your weakness? How do you handle stress? Tell us something about you that is not in your file? Summarize the article for us? How do you study?"
"Do you feel that you are a good communicator. How strong are your written communication skills? At the end of the interview I followed up with two questions for my interviewers."
"Why do you want to become a D.O.?"
"Have you seen osteopathic physicians in practice? What was different from them vs. MD's?"
"Tell us something that isn't in your file."
"What was your biggest fear of teaching third grade? Why osteopathy? Why psychiatry?"
"(10) Article questions: [note: they give you the article 10 min before the 1st set of interviews begin; another copy of the article was in the interview room when I arrived] Can you summarize this article for us? Some questions about percentages of patients...then, the kickers: where did the study take place? who was the doctor that performed the study? (11) Do you have any questions for us?"
"how do you relieve stress"
"We know a lot about you from reading your file, but what can you tell us about you that's not in your file?"
"How do you resolved conflict?"
"Experience/Resolving Conflict/Osteopathic Medical Exposure/Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy Exposure/Why DO and not MD, DC?"
"summarize the article"
"How do you deal with conflicts in groups?"
"Students are very happy and relaxed. Ask ALOT of questions. They are very happy to help you feel good about the school. Good lunch too."
"why should we accept you"
"any questions for us?"
"Describe how you would manage a conflict during a PBL session. Summarize the article. An opportunity to ask them questions."
"Do you have any questions for us? This was a bit hard because I think I had already taken 30 minutes and one of the interviewers seemed to be having indigestion (he ran out of the room after 5 minutes). If they had been more receptive I think my feeling of it all would have been more warm. I ended up getting in so their untalkative personalities didn't have much to do with the school's decision anyway."
"How do you deal with conflicts while working in a group?"
"Summarize the article. They asked a handful of questions about the article. I was not expecting that, but I answered them all correctly, so it was ok. Do you think you could be a good team member without being in the leadership position? Tell us about a stressful situation in your life and how you dealt with it. I was asked about a grade I received in a particular course. They also went down a list of different types of courses and asked which ones I have taken."
"Make sure you give yourself time in the morning, esp if you are not from FL, nobody know how to drive and traffic stinks."
"How do you deal with stress? Tell us something about yourself that's not in your application? Do you like to read? Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? "
"What the hell IS the osteopathic philosophy, anyway? (literally) Tell us about your shadowing experiences. "
"Discuss the article you were given to read."
"Familiarity w/ DO practice"
"How do you resolve conflicts?"
"Summerize the article (you are given an article to read before the interview- don't sweat it- it's really an easy read)"
"What is something that has happened in your life since you submitted your application that might interest us?"
"What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?"
"Who/what influenced my decision to apply to an Osteopathic program?"
"How do you communicate? "
"What is good communication?"
"Why Florida? How will your parents deal with your move? (I have been a Jersey girl my whole life, so this would be considered a "big" move for me)"
"why bradenton versus erie campus and which would you choose."
"5.Tell us about a stressful situation and how you dealt with the stress. 6.What would a friend tell us your strengths and weaknesses are? 7. Summarize the article that you read. "
"What are some of your good qualities and some of your bad?"
"Explain your leadership experiences? How do you lead, what is your approach, and its place in medicine?"
"Medical school is stressful, how do you relieve yourself of stress. (you will also be asked to summarize and article. Not very hard they just want to see how you think)"
"5) Do you think marketing of drugs affects the way that doctors treat their patients? "
"What do you do when you are stressed?"
"How did you find out about osteopathic medicine?"
"A question about burnout/apathy of practicing physicians."
"If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?"
"MMI question but I can't discuss that one."
"None were interesting"
"What do you think of the recent measles outbreak in California. Should parents be forced to vaccinate their children? What do you think a good solution is? (Asked during the 10 minute one-on-one interview)"
"What do you think about payment for organ donations?"
"What do you think of the current health care issue? What do you think health care will look like in the next five years?"
"How do you handle a classmate who continuously shows up to PBL small group unprepared?"
"If you were to design a curriculum for undergraduates, how would you go about it?"
"Why do you think PBL is for you?"
"When do you study best (what time of day)?"
"Do you think NYC Mayor Bloomberg is correct for banning 32oz sodas?"
"What can you bring to a group?"
"They were all about their PBL (problem-based learning) curriculum, and really wanted to make sure that you were fine with it, too."
"Group interview: How do we feel about electronic medical records"
"If you could go back and do anything differently what would it be?"
"Are you prepared to read textbooks 8 hours a day?"
"Tell us about where you work and what you have learned (I work in an inner city clinic)"
"What is the honor code?"
"Would you say that there are any similarities between dance and medicine? (I was a dance minor)"
"What can you bring to our school?"
"Nothing was interesting."
"None really... They had a list of questions, and they just asked those right off the list. Since it was open file, they didn't ask much about me because they already saw it in my file. It was interesting that they didn't ask me a thing about my extensive research experiences!"
"What was your favorite organism (The guy was a micro prof)"
"How was your shadowing experience? What did that D.O. have to say about our school?"
"What is your learning style?"
"Why is it that some people cannot agree to disagree?"
"So how did you choose between a career in music and medicine? (Based on previous things I talked about)"
"The interviewers gave me a lot of useful information on the area, preschools and the teaching philosophies. very helpful."
"Explain any academic blemishes on your record."
"If you had a discovered a solution that could make people live forever would you publish your results, why?"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"12) Would you ever retake the MCAT again? - He asked this since I said I was not overly happy with my performance on it and had taken it more than once. My score is very competitive for their school, but I went on to explain that I have very high standards for myself so thats why I mentioned it. Probably should've not mentioned the MCAT at all haha "
"Did you see the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin game? (I am from WI, one of my interviewers did his Ph.D at WI but undergrad at Ohio)"
"What PBL experience have you had? Why do you think you're a good fit for your PBL program?"
"If you could have dinner with any two people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?"
"Absolutely NOTHING was interesting about this interview."
"Tell me about yourself? "
"I guess the "where would you rank PBL and why?", but they were all pretty standard. "
"What do you think about healthcare reform?"
"Has/will your family be supportive of your decision to apply to a medical school out-of-state? "
"If we were to look at your facebook or myspace page right now, would there be anything you wouldn't want us to see? (Very interesting/good question. Not many students think to review this before interviewing.)"
"Do you think allopaths or osteopaths have made a greater contribution to the advancement of research? "
"If you had a time capsule and could meet any person in history who would it be? and Why? I had seen this question on SDN before and always forgot to think of an answer so I was very unprepared for it. In the end I said the inventor of plastic ( yes the material we use on a daily basis) . WE ALL laughed and I got in so that very "left-field" answer didn't hurt me. "
"With your previous experience in PBL-like settings, did everyone always cooperate or did you ever encounter conflict? How did you and others deal with any conflict?"
"What is your leadership style?"
"There really wasn't a very interesting question..."
"What would your friends say your greatest strength is?"
"None were particularly interesting, very standard"
"Besides medicine or school, what is one example of when a group is better than a single leader?"
"Nothing, everything was pretty standard."
"none. They were very standard questions. It appeared everyone got the same ones."
"what kind of leadership method do you have?"
"Why do you believe PBL is a fit for you?"
"Do you like to read?"
"Nothing too interesting...the general questions as in previous years."
"What don't you know about medicine?"
"What is something interesting you can tell us about your academic background?"
"Why are you a leader?"
"Everything was pretty standard check the feedback."
"Why does the human body work the way it does?"
"I have a Masters degree in Health Service Administration and they asked me why I didn't just get a job as a hospital administrator."
"Working in the ER how would I tell a someone that their family member was not going to make it."
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"Why do you want to learn by the PBL method? (I was hoping to ask them this first... because it would have helped to see PBL in practice to have an accurate understanding of what PBL is)."
"Tell us something about you that we didn't read in your file."
"Given so many applicants why should we accept you?"
"Give me an example where you had to resolve a conflict."
"Nothing particularly interesting or unusual"
"What would you do if someone had a problem with you and got in your face during a basketball game?"
"Tell me something that is not in your file."
"How well do you take Tests?"
"Is there anything in my educational or experiential background that would help us better understand you that is not in your file? "
"Why do you think you would do well in PBL?"
"Not much new here...Why DO? How do you handle stress?"
"Nothing really interesting -- very standard questions."
"Does your humanitarian side trump your scientist side? (I have a strong humanities background, and recently decided on medicine)"
"Why DO? (Was asked the same general questions that's listed on other feedback profiles here."
"What dish do you cook best?"
"Is there anything you have done since you applied that you would like to add to your application?"
"Simply to summarize the article we were given to read prior to the interview."
"Sum up an article that I had to read."
"How do you handle stressful situations given your military background."
"If you read through a few of these reviews there really is nothing that will surprise you. For the most part the interviewers have a worksheet that they read their questions from so everyone gets the same questions more or less. Their main focus is to see if you will do well with the PBL program."
"Nothing much. Pretty standard."
"None...all were expected and mundane"
"''How come your grades are so low but you're such an articulate person?'' This upset me because I don't think they realized who they were interviewing. My undergrad GPA, though not awesome, is a 3.6. I felt embarrassed answering that question because I have not gotten anything lower than an A in 3 years. They did not even take the time to put a name with a file and then translate that into CONSTRUCTIVE questions. Considering their average acceptance GPA is a 3.2, I'm sure my 3.6 is not THAT low. It made me feel like crap."
"Do you consider yourself more of a humanitarian than a scientist? (he asked this b/c my non-science GPA was higher than my science GPA)"
"Give an example were you were just part of a group and not the leader and how you managed that."
"Everything was pretty standard, no surprises"
"Nothing unexpected-- Communication, leadership style, why medicine, why DO, strengths/weaknesses, etc. No wierd questions at all."
"Tell me something not in your file."
"How did you feel when you where giving the physicals to the soldiers? (I'm in the National Guard)"
"What are your communication skills"
"Do you see the merit in arguing? (follow-up question to a question on interpersonal conflict)"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"All questions were read off a prescribed list of Qs, and they tried to make stretches to make it seem more conversational... but the most interesting was ''What is your leadership style, and how have you used it in the past?''"
"no real surprises"
"1. Tell me about [research subject from my application]. 2. Tell me about [person mentioned in my application]. 3. Tell me about [hobby on application]."
"If you were eating at a restaurant and the server was not very attentive to your needs, would you still give him or her a tip?"
"What do you think of the mcats? Do you think they are an accurate predicition of a person's ability to become a doctor?"
"How does your uncle feel about you going to a DO school? (He's an MD)"
"I can't remember a specific one"
"Tell me something about yourself that is not in your file."
"Give an example of an interpersonal conflict and how you resolved it."
"typical interview questions- why DO and not MD? Why not be a nurse practitioner? Why our school?"
"They surprised me with a question from a letter of rec. that I recieved from a D.O. I thought that was interesting but I was glad to know that they looked at my whole file even the LORs!"
"How would you handle interpersonal conflict in a problem based learning (PBL) environment? "
"If you could invite three people (real or fictional from any point in history) to dinner, which three would you choose?"
"Tell me something about you that we could not know from your application."
"They ask you questions off a standardized list."
"Give an example of how OMM could lower healthcare costs of patients."
"describe your third grade teacher. How would you respond to conflict?"
"(A follow-up question to the most difficult question I was asked) If you had it to do over again, would you still make the same decision?"
"If we had 9 of your friends lined up on the wall, what would they tell us was your weakest attribute. and then the same with best"
"It was the same standard set of questions already posted on SDN."
"what do you do to relieve stress?"
"Are you currently reading a non-educational novel?"
"how do you plan to adjust from having a salary to being a student?"
"Name an issue in health care today and don't say health insurance."
"Are you greek? I got this before i even sat down for the interview."
"No surprises. The questions are all on SDN. They did ask about where I learned Spanish, but everything else was standard."
"If you could ressurect 2 ppl and invite them to dinner, who would they be and why?"
"None. They were all standard from the sheet and are asked to everyone."
"None were really interesting."
"Summarize the article (previously given with plenty of time to read and understand). "
"Tell me something about you that we don't already know."
"Please begin by telling me about yourself."
"We have read your file and gone over your information; tell us something about yourself not in your file to better get to know you."
"what influenced my desire to be a DO"
"All the questions have been posted by previous interviewees. Nothing surprising."
"No real surprising questions, just the same ones that everyone here mentioned."
"What is good communication? However, after I gave my answer, the interviewer told me another good answer would be to "come prepared". Huh? The whole interview was like that. It's like they didn't know what they were asking me."
"What is your best quality?"
"If you had a supervisor that you absolutely hated, how would you deal with him/her? "
"About my time in the National Guard,...16 years ago"
"Why did you join the Peace Corps?"
"Describe yourself in two words."
"Describe a situation where you had to take on a leadership role."
"something not in your file "
"How do you think you will contribute to PBL?"
"current state of health care in america"
"What would my friends tell me to work on in regards to my personality?"
"Nothing very interesting. Just basic questions."
"In lieu of a previous discussion, I was asked why I thought that manual manipulative medicine was important."
"You were asked to summarize an article that you were given to read- and questions on that were really interesting."
"What do your parents think about you moving to Florida? "
"what is your favorite american literature author?"
"how would you resolve an altercation?"
"Do you feel you are a good communicator and why?"
"The questions were general: Tell us about yourself? Why D.O.? How did you learn of D.O.? What are your strengths? Weaknesses? How do you deal with stress? What was your favorite non-science class? Why? Why I chose Nutrition as a major? Etc."
"Very standard questions."
"What did you do during your summers while not attending College? "
"How do you think we're all going to die in this world? Do you think that a virus will kill us all?"
"How did you end up in Florida?"
"They asked me a lot of scenario questions, they got pretty creative"
"MMI scenario about drugs being tested"
"Without perseverance as a motivator, describe a time you had to overcome a tough obstacle in the past."
"What do you think of Nova Southeastern University? What do you think about LECOM? Why would you chose LECOM over Nova? (Asked during the 10 minute one-on-one interview)"
"About organ donations"
"What do you think of the current health care issue? What do you think health care will look like in the next five years?"
"What is the one question that you didn't want me to ask you today? Then, answer it."
"We only had about 4-5 questions because it was a group interview"
"Words to describe future practice."
"How will you make your priorities? (What will you do to balance family and med school? What will you do if a family member gets sick but you have a med school test the next day?)"
"Define success as it pertains to med school/PBL."
"Do you think we have the best healthcare system in the world? (not that this is "hard," it's just that you have a very short amount of time to answer it)"
"How do you think you'll do in a PBL setting?"
"Explain PBL/What does it mean to you"
"How are you prepared for PBL?"
"none were difficult"
"Please explain your low grade in x class, and what you would do differently if you could go back."
"First question asked- So I see you got a few C's... What happened there? What happened with your MCAT?"
"Do you like PBL?"
"All of the questions were pretty straight forward. I had a bit of trouble explaining discrepancies on my transcript."
"None were really difficult."
"No questions were difficult, but at one point they started grilling me to see how I'd react."
"Why did you get better grades in your non science classes than you did in your science classes (im a double major in psychology and biology)."
"What do you think empathy is and how have you shown it?"
"Will you be able to handle the pressures of medical school?"
"What is your weakness?"
"Out of the many qualities that a doctor must have, what is the most important one and why?"
"None were difficult."
"Tell me about yourself."
"No specific question was really difficult in itself, but the way they kept pushing for more examples got tough. I think they were just doing it to see how I reacted to pressure or them seeming displeased with a response."
"How have you prepared to learn in PBL?"
"All were very straightforward, no tricks."
"If you could invite any 2 people to dinner, dead or alive, to discuss their life or outlook on life (something of that nature), who would it be and why?"
"What do you think some of your weaknesses are?"
"Tell us about yourself. "
"I don't think you are prepared to learn in a PBL setting. What past experiences can you point to in order to change my mind?"
"same level of difficulty"
"What did you get on your BS section of the mcat?"
"How do you handle conflict?"
"If you were to sit down with one person and discuss the future of medicine, who would it be?"
"Tell us something about yourself that may or may not be in your file."
"Is there anything you would change in your academic record? (I hate this question so much...so difficult to answer)"
"Do you have any questions for us? I couldn't think of any because the school did a wonderful job of answering them all! "
"Prove you can handle the science curriculm"
"None really. It was very easy to get through. I was a little nervous but once you get talking my interviewers were great."
"The DO in my interview really hammered me about why I want to be an osteopathic physician. Be sure you have a complete answer."
"If you received a higher score on the MCATs, would you still apply to osteopathic schools? (I have a hard time lying, so I told them the truth.)"
"What would your best friend say are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"How about math? (in discussing difficult coursework...I sucked at calculus)"
"What about math? (in the context of difficult coursework... I did poorly in calculus, especially)"
"None, all were right from SDN"
"Explain your weaknesses. I know this isn't that hard, but it's difficult to come up with a weakness and spin it so that it makes you look stronger for understanding it."
"tell us something about you not in your file? tell us something in your academics not in your file"
"Again, nothing too hard...sometimes the "tell us about yourself" can be tricky as you don't want to overload them with useless details about your life."
"Why do you want to go to medical school if you already know it all?"
"Would you expect the competition here to be similar to that at your undergrad school?"
"I think being asked to describe yourself is always kinda hard."
"How do you go about diagnosing an illness in the problem based learning format? "
"One interviewer asked several follow up questions to the ''why DO?'' question. My answer was along the lines of I subscribe to the osteopathic philosophy (of course elaborating)I finally said ''Why not?'' and he moved to the next question"
"Give a specific situation in which working in a group is better than individually. Do not use medicine, academics, or sports."
"What is one of my weaknesses and how had my stated weakness affected my success in graduate school?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"See above. "
"Nothing. Prepped will by reading feedback on SDN."
"How do you lead?"
"How do you communicate?"
"Describe yourself! It is a simple question but its so hard to answer"
"Give me a specific situation in which you disagreed with someone and how you handled the argument. I hate this mundane interview question...everyone asks it; not interesting at all, plus I had to think of a SPECIFIC situation."
"nothing really difficult"
"What are my strengths and areas that needed some improvements?"
"4th time asking the question above, they seemed to never be satisfied with my answer. This was so frustrating."
"Give example of how you handled a conflict in the past?"
"None of the questions were difficult as they were all posted on the SDN interview feedback previously."
"Do you think doctors are paid too much?"
"To explain a little about my first 2 years of college. (Struggled a bit academically then)"
"Please summarize the article. (I blanked)"
"A question pertaining to an article I read. Basically, the interviewer asked, if given two alternate treatments a patient chose the worse of the two (in your opinion) what would you do? Neither one of the options is life threatning."
"The article question simply because I couldn't prepare ahead of time for it by studying other posts on this website."
"What do people consider your weaknesses?"
"How would you handle a conflict if you knew the other party was wrong but they outranked you."
"The most interesting quetion I was asked was ''How come you have not taken more science coursework? Such as Human Anatomy & Physiology'' It was awful because not only was my undergrad major Biology, I have taken A&P I and II, and took Medical Gross Anatomy at South Alabama as MEDICAL SCHOOL CREDIT. I basically had to remind them to re-review my file and tell them they were wrong. That made it so weird. They don't have the file in front of them, and they don't really know or care who you are. They just read off a pre-set list of questions on a form and fill them in, never looking up at you."
"Nothing.. all standard"
"Explain your low MCAT scores but high GPA."
"How do you communicate? Kind of awkward question. "
"The interviewers asked me in several ways how I would handle stresses and time constraints of med school with a family."
"What is your leadership style?"
"How do I communicate and give an example... I didn't understand what he wanted"
"None of them were really that difficult"
"What is something that you need to improve about yourself?"
"How do you handle interpersonal conflict?"
"Would you rather work in a rural area or an urban setting? I don't know yet"
"Do you feel like you have worked as hard as possible during college, or could you have worked harder?"
"your MCAT score was great, what happened to your GPA? "
"The people who wrote your letters of recommendation would describe you as a B student what do you think of that when most medical school students are A students."
"Pertaining to my leadership skills- If you have another person in your PBL group that likes to be a leader and is always challenging your responses, how would you deal with this situation/person?"
"How do I handle conflict resolution when it involves me and my leadership style?"
"Is it okay to lie to someone to avoid hurting their feelings?"
"What is your leadership style and give an example."
"What was my weakness? I don't know if they liked my answer on this one."
"Will you be taking a military scholarship? (I am active duty military looking to transition back into the public realm and the interviewer was a strong advocate of mil scholarships - D.O. in the reserves)"
"Discuss how you deal with conflict and name a specific example of a time when you had to use these skills."
"How do you think you will feel studying with another person who has better MCAT scores than you do? "
"Tell me what you would do (as an osteopath) with a patient with a herniated disk at L5-S1."
"did all the people in the study who presented with heart disease also present with obesity? me: yes interviewer: um, no. Actually, all of those who had obesity presented with heart disease. me: oh, yes, of course! (talk about getting tongue tied)"
"What happened in Physiology? (A difficult question because they pressed me to give a specific answer; how does one explain a professor who tells students to f-off in class and then took retribution when I asked her to stop?!?!? There is no interview situation quite like one in which you have to say the f-word! Fortunately, however, one of the interviews commented as we wrapped up that this was a "great interview!" <whew!> )"
"How would you react to someone screaming and arguing in your face"
"None of them were really difficult. They were just looking for honest answers and a sense of who you really are."
"How do you resolve conflict? weaknesses?"
"Nothing difficult, they just want to get to know you. Leadership? Resolving conflict? Why DO? Why LECOM? Do you know about the PBL program/exposure? Be able to summarize article (easy)"
"in the past medical people in the pbl program had trouble with conflict with students. how would you deal with that?"
"Nothing to difficult."
"none, all were from sdn"
"Give me an example of a conflict between 2 people where you acted as a mediator."
"None were too difficult."
"Nothing too difficult. I was well-prepared."
"I think since the interviewers were following a formatted question-form, they tended to repeat questions that had already been answered. Similar to what someone already posted, they asked me to explain a situation where I helped moderate a situation with conflicting leaders. I had answered this and two other questions with my first answer so I simply referred to my previous answer and emphasized how it answered the pertinent question."
"Please begin by telling me about yourself."
"They asked what I need to work on the most. This threw me off a bit, because I already discussed an example earlier."
"Same as Most interesting."
"was I happy with my mcat's"
"No difficult questions"
"They were not difficult."
"How would you handle going from the structure and different ranks of the military to here, where our instructors try hard to be equal to you?"
"I felt like I was grilled on my time in the service,....wasn't really prepared to talk much about that given that I have been out for more than a decade"
"Nothing really. All very straigth forward"
"Do you work well in groups? Explain."
"Name an example of a time when you resolved a conflict between two people."
"How do you resolve conflicts? Important question since PBL style means you need to get along with others well."
"How do you deal with conflict?"
"something not in your file"
"Discuss a conflict that you have had with someone and how did you resolve it."
"Summarize the Article that we had you read."
"I was not asked difficult questions."
"Maybe what is "holistic medicine"?"
"Explain your o-chem grade."
"What have I done that may have changed my application over the past three weeks (since I applied)."
"Why didn't you do as well in organic and physics as you hoped?"
"Have you been treated by an Osteopathic Physician? "
"tell us a weakness"
"how would you manage to grasp all the information presented in medical school?"
"What would a friend tell us your strengths and weaknesses are?"
"They were not difficult, pretty standard."
"What will be the hardest part about being an Osteopathic Physician?"
"The questions were very conversational."
"If you were in a PBL session and there was a disagreement between members how would you resolve it?"
"I see you're interested in public health, what would you do if we made you the surgeon general of the United States?"
"Explain good communication."
"None were really difficult, I could answer every question pretty easily."
"SDN posts, read over the PBL sheet they sent out"
"Review of AACOMAS application."
"Review of this forum"
"Didn't really prepare because I always do better without preparing. Worked out in my favor!"
"Didn't. Was myself."
"SDN, reading the website, watching videos on youtube, reading about PBL."
"I did not prepare."
"SDN, looked up stuff on their site"
"SDN, their website, reviewing questions, reading over my application"
"Researched the school, read the hand-outs they gave us, and looked at interview questions posted here (on SDN)."
"SDN (these interview feedback questions) Friend attending LECOM-B School Website"
"Study the usual questions and those on here."
"SDN interview feedback page, read over my primary, read over my healthcare class' lecture notes, came up with answers to common questions."
"Read these IV questions. Prepared thorough answers to universally common interview questions the night before so my thoughts were straight."
"SDN, LECOM website"
"Went over PBL and mission statement"
"I relaxed the day before, went to the beach. I met up with 3 other interviewees at the hotel and went to dinner with them. They ended up being in my interview group."
"SDN, reading over my personal statement and secondary app, drafting ideas to common questions I thought they would ask."
"It was my third one, so I had responses ready to go for many questions. I had also done two mock interviews at my undergrad institution."
"Student doctor.net, researched the school's website"
"SDN, review of application material."
"Looked over my application"
"Using this website's archive of interview questions, reading up on the school's mission and stats."
"prepared an outline of answers to prossible questions and reviewed my CV. Mock interview"
"Read the materials, pay close attention to PBL and principles of osteopathic medicine"
"Student doctor, med school forums, LECOM website, and reading up on PBL"
"Spent 5 minutes with my wife interviewing me."
"SDN :) Read through info on school website, became very familar with PBL, had mock interviews"
"Read through interview feedback on SDN, reviewed my application, practiced answering questions in front of the mirror or with friends/family members"
"I prepared by reading the feedback questions and doing a run through by writing down the main point that I wanted to make in my answers. They asked exactly what I found on the feedback... I was surprised by this actually. Felt good that I didn't fall flat on answering what they asked!"
"read everything on their website"
"SDN, PBL Handout"
"SDN, read over my application materials. School website"
"SDN forums, reading about the school online, practicing what I have said in previous interviews."
"Read my application, SDN interview feedback, mock interviews with friends"
"Read SDN interview feedback, studied the PBL handout that the school will send you"
"Read sdn, looked at the school's website, thought about why I wanted to go to DO school/med school/this school particularly"
"SDN, thought about my reasons for attending the school, why DO"
"SDN, Read articles on Health Care pretty extensively but didn't get asked any questions on it. Read Dr. Jeremiah Fleenor's "The Medical School Interview", mock interview, and spoke with professors and friends"
"SDN feedback, read my application, read the LECOM catalog and PBL information packet."
"SDN and review my AACOMAS file"
"Watched college football on thursday night."
"Read SDN...handouts given my school on PBL...spoke with former students I knew"
"Looking at these, reviewed my application. It's pretty low-stress, I was over analyzing everything because I like the school so much."
"SDN, reviews applications, research material, mock interview"
"SDN, Looked over my application. Same as I prepared for other interviews"
"SDN, reviewed school's website info, looked over my app and essays."
"SDN interview feedback, read articles about interview on SDN and web., school website, PBL, osteopathic.org, practice interview with friend"
"I read SDN feedback"
"SDN! Looked over my research and apps"
"Read feedback, reviewed my essays and my self-inventory, read up on LECOM-B and PBL. Reviewed transcripts and work experience for detailed examples related to PBL. "
"Read my application. Read interview feedback on SDN."
"FAQs, reviewing app"
"2nd interview, 1st osteopathic interview. Printed out CIB, SDN Pro/Cons, SDN interview feedback and schools notes, AAMCOS and secondaries. Flew into SRQ 2 days before interview. Reviewed all materials and feedback the day before interview, drove past school and built my mental map in case construction was bad. Paid attention to news (esp medical), researched medicine in FL to build possible questions. "
"SDN interview feedback, LECOM website, re-read AACOMAS and secondary essays"
"Read AACOMAS app, secondary, SDN, UWashington ethics site"
"SDN, read over my ps and related items, relaxed"
"Read interview feedback. Otherwise nothing. The school only interviews people who meet their academic criteria, so just be yourself. That's why you're there. "
"SDN, Re-read personal statement and secondary"
"wrote out lots of answers of FAQs, read up on health care policy...."
"SDN site, wrote down key points I wanted to hit during the interview, that's all."
"Read SDN interview feedback, SDN threads. "
"SDN, LECOM website, review my file, friends did a mock interview"
"Practiced interview questions, read what they sent on PBL, read the school's website"
"SDN interview feedback, LECOM website."
"School website, SDN"
"SDN, LECOM website + their handouts on PBL they E-mail you beforehand."
"read sdn, read lecom handbook, thats about it."
"prayer, sdn, school's website"
"SDN interview feedback, school website"
"Read SDN interview feedback, got some good sleep and arrived early!"
"sdn, read over my application"
"Read LECOM Bradenton website. Bought $1,500.00 ticket."
"read SDN Interview Feedback, specifically found 7 ''favorite'' LECOM questions, LECOM school info."
"Read SDN, school's website, AACOMAS application"
"SDN feedback, and LECOM website"
"Read up on sdn interview feedback, looked over application briefly. Was already accepted elsewhere so had a somewhat 'cavalier' attitude toward the day."
"SDN, read the PBL literature the school sent me and that's it."
"Read up on Osteopathic medicine, sdn, and lecom website"
"Reading SDN, LECOM website, doing questions beforehand"
"SDN, read AACOMAS, read LECOM secondary application"
"Website, SDN, and AACOMAS application"
"I didn't. I treated it like court testimony (which is a part of my job). "
"SDN, mock interviews, researched school"
"SDN, mock interview, read over AACOMAS and secondary, prepared answers from previous interview questions posted on SDN"
"Yes, by reading standard interview preparation webpages and, of course, SDN. They asked exactly the same questions!!!"
"Website, SDN, Mock Interview (w/ both career services and premed committee)"
"SDN, Website, Friends, Information sent by Admissions"
"STUDOC, Bradenton Website, other DO websites"
"SDN, read about the school"
"I live in a part of the country where there are no DO doctors, therefore I had to do a lot of reading as to what osteopathic medicine is all about."
"Read SDN feedback. Read it again. Practice. Repeat. "
"SDN forums/interview feedback; reviewing school's website and my CV/application."
"SDN, website, studied PBL"
"Read SDN feedback, SDN forums, looked over AACOMAS app and secondary essays, researched the school."
"I read my applications and the school's website briefly."
"SDN, reviewed my applications, reviewed research I did during my undergraduate years, I had a mock interview and practised interview questions with my mom."
"Typing out my answers to questions posted on this website and reviewing the personal statement I submitted in my application. I made sure I could anticipate as many follow-up questions as I could think up."
"mock interview, sdn, read over application"
"AACOMAS app, secondary app, school website, SDN"
"Read over file and this website."
"Reviewed application and school materials."
"-Talked to medical students, doctors, and nurses -Read over the feedback info here -Read over potential questions and wrote down my answers"
"Went to LECOM-erie, they asked the same questions"
"SDN, preparing answers, studying"
"Reviewed primary, secondary, SDN, and mock interview."
"SDN, read pamphlet on Problem Based Learning"
"SDN, friends, online sites, career center from undergraduate college"
"read this forum, spoke to students I knew there."
"SDN (typed up questions previously asked), reviewed questions with spouse and sister, reviewed AACOMAS and my primary and secondary apps."
"SDN website, LECOM website, read my application"
"SDN, re-read my applications, various website, and practiced in my car"
"Read about PBL, SDN, Schools website"
"SDN, reread primary app"
"SDN, feedback from friends who interviewed there before, and coffee "
"SDN, any questions I was asked, you can find on this website. Other than that, mock-interviews and re-read primary and secondary apps."
"sdn, mock interview with my friend, school website"
"SDN, Interview Feedback...read all the questions people had been asked and wrote answers for all of them, asked my family to help me come up with answers, printed out school website (the whole thing) to read and study on the plane"
"Read school's website, SDN"
"SDN, school website, interview packet sent to my house beforehand."
"SDN, reviewing interview-like questions"
"Read SDN, read my application file over again."
"SDN, LECOM-B website"
"SDN, mock interviews, previous interviews at other schools"
"Looked up practice questions on SDN, went to school website, reviewed my application, and did mock interviews."
"SDN, wrote answers to anticipated questions, mock interview with my girlfriend."
"Used this website (SDN), reviewed my application, looked at the school's web page pretty extensively."
"Practiced with questions from SDN"
"SDN, mock interviews with professors, student workshops on interviews, friends, school websites, and "Iserson's Getting Into A Residency" -- it's still applicable for pre-meds!"
"sdn, read applications, relevant articles, mock interviews"
"SDN, reviewed osteopathic websites, read articles by osteopaths, reviewed application."
"sdn interview review"
"I read SDN thoroughly; I emailed my friends and asked them to give me feedback in advance on the strengths and weaknesses question; I read a book on the history of osteopathy (I was curious!); & I consulted an interview book."
"sdn, practice interviews"
"I made a copy of all the questions that had been previously asked and worked on answers."
"SDN, read over applications, and just to be myself. nothing else to it."
"SDN, school website, mock interview"
"SDN, just relax, tell them why you want to be there"
"read SDN and the school's website"
"SDN, current students, LECOM website"
"SDN, reviewed applications, mock interivews, and finally realizing that I can't do much more to prepare but relax. They already want you on paper so they just want to see you and get to know you are who you are."
"SDN, mock interview"
"Read up on SDN and their website. went walking around the shopping area by the hotel the night before to relax. "
"SDN, LECOM website, reviewed my application materials."
"SDN, school website"
"Read SDN, mock interview, looked over application"
"Read through SDN and practiced with another person."
"Read SDN, Mock interview over phone, basically just thought of how I would answer the questions listed on SDN so I would not be too surprised and end up dumbfounded."
"trying to get a lot of sleep"
"SDN, Wafflehouse breakfast:)"
"Read the questions posted here. "
"Read interview feedback, talked with family about strengths and weaknesses and learning style."
"SDN, reviewing all my apps, and knowing myself!"
"SD, mock interviews, practiced questions, made asset statements, prepared a portfolio (I highly recommend this if you have outstanding photos of your work)."
"SDN, read LECOM's website"
"Read over SDN a little...wasn't very worried since this was interview 3 out of 7. Plus I alrady had an acceptance."
"Read SDN, the questions posted previously are exactally what they ask you."
"student doctor, mock interview, reviewed app"
"SDN, mock interviews"
"Reviewed my activities, things I have done, questions I might have for them"
"Read SDN, Read over my AACOMAS, and Took a LOT of Notes during the Tour."
"SDN, went over application"
"Going over my pre-med packet of possible interview questions, sdn, and med school students."
"SDN, reviewed my applications"
"SDN, reviewed school website, practiced interview questions, reviewed application and secondary essay"
"SDN, reviewed my research,"
"SDN, nothing really just thought positively"
"SDN, Osteopathic Physician, read over application and mock interviews"
"SDN website, my essays and schools website."
"Read through my application, essays... "
"This website, other experience with medical school interviews and job interviews. "
"SDN website, mock interviews, LECOM website, preparation..preparation..preparation"
"Read up on the school and what PBL is all about, this website, friends that were in the school"
"SDN website, mock interviews, school website"
"SDN, read over my essays, looked over school web site, tried not to stress."
"read SDN, read file, mock interview at undergrad school"
"The faculty and students at the school are incredibly supportive and friendly"
"COA, Location, Friendliness/candor of students, COMLEX scores"
"Stellar board scores; 100% pass rates multiple years."
"High scores on the comlex"
"I like PBL so I the PBL focus impressed me."
"High COMLEX scores (572 this year) and impressive match lists in specialities I'm interested in (Emergency Med and Surgery)"
"facilities and campus"
"The town- small but lot of activities to do and it's close to Sarasota and Tampa"
"Campus is beautiful, pass rates for COMLEX are really high"
"PBL and the COMLEX stats"
"Openness of students to honestly answer questions about the school."
"The admissions staff and students were amiable and polite."
"The facilities are GORGEOUS and there are a lot of great places for studying, learning, etc. The admissions staff is really kind and my interviewers were awesome (although I wish they had asked questions personally to each of us in the group). The faculty here really seem to care about the students and want everyone to succeed (seriously)."
"Facilities were nice. PBL session was very interesting to watch."
"PBL. It really does take sitting in on a session for an hour for you to appreciate how different and innovative this type of learning truly is. Also, the facilities are pristine."
"High COMLEX pass rates and mean scores, facilities were very new and well kept, students were all very positive."
"PBL curriculum at LECOM-B really teaches the students well since LECOM-B has High COMLEX board scores (#1 or #2 out of all DO schools for passing rate and average score for the past several years)"
"I like the idea of PBL. Learning in the form of a story helps keep ideas together, and makes them easier to recall later."
"How comfortable current students were with the material they were learning. With PBL the students were definitely expected to know their stuff to be able to contribute to their learning group."
"The admissions office was very nice, and prompt with responding to individual needs. The area is really close to desirable beaches."
"The extremely new and nice campus and the very friendly staff, as well as the security and professionalism of the campus."
"Students and faculty were all very nice. Facilities were immaculate."
"100% COMLEX pass rates... say whaaat"
"VERY high COMLEX avg. and first time pass rate."
"The interviewers seemed glad to meet me and talk with me. They didn't act "put out" that they had to interview students that I've felt at other schools."
"Students were very positive and lots of good things to say about LECOM."
"The PBL curriculum obviously prepares you very well for the boards"
"Since there is really strict security and cameras everywhere... at least you can leave your stuff sitting around and no one will steal it!"
"I liked their approach to anatomy."
"PBL is great, Florida is great, Tuition is great."
"PBL, OMM lab was really nice with big TVs. The clinical training rooms are really nice."
"Every single person that I met at the school, including those who interviewed me were unbelievably nice. It was a great experience, and you can tell they really care about their students."
"The PBL, I didn't realize how much I would like it."
"Everyone was so nice! The students really liked the school, they had a lot of pride in the unique program. Also, they have 100% pass on their board exams... They work fast in giving acceptances. They told us we would know in 5 days of the interview!"
"how friendly all of the staff was"
"Board pass rates"
"The students and curriculum. Plus the area is beautiful"
"The school was all new and quite impressive."
"Friendly staff, faculty and students. Admissions is quick in responding after submitting the secondary. The school is well kept and feels safe. Great PBL session and OMM demo, both were very impressive."
"very high board scores, PBL demonstration, prosected cadavers, very inexpensive, PBL = learn how to learn"
"Students seemed to think they were getting the best medical education available and seemed genuinely happy, the facilities are awesome and everything around the school is beautiful."
"Low tuition, teaching philosophy, interest in student's success, friendliness, facilities, learning pathways"
"The facilities are pristine. The fact that the school really emphasizes clinical preparedness. Tuition is nice by comparison. Location seems pretty nice."
"PBL, the attitude of the students and staff, and board scores. "
"PBL and most of the students were really friendly"
"Very nice, laid back and encouraging people. Everyone was genuinely concerned for the well-being of their students."
"everything, loved the area/weather/students/facilities/ features unique to school/comlex pass rates (Class of 2011 100%, #1 in nation)"
"The atmosphere, everyone knew each other and was very friendly. Great admissions staff. PBL was AWESOME, perfect fit for me. Also: Most recent class had 100% pass rate for COMLEX step 1. Previous 2 classes had 97% and 98%. Impressive match list. What is not to like?"
"board scores "
"the PBL approach- it really seems to work"
"Beautiful campus. Sitting in on the PBL session was very helpful to see how it is done."
"Dr. Fotopoulos- great OMM presentation with hands-on learning experience on interview day!!! Great faculty, interviewers, administration. Great program that prepares students for clinical rotations and beyong. LECOM-B student ambassadors were very helpful. "
"Everyone was friendly, made us feel welcome. Heather is awesome (very sweet and helpful, every admissions dept. should have someone like her), got to see PBL session. The prof showed us some applications of OMM. Lunch sandwiches were tasty."
"PBL!!!! I felt like I was in an episode of house...it looks like a lot of work. The students all contributed though and seemed to know what they were doing. Also I was told that planning rotations, contrary to what has been said, is not difficult and students have gotten into some very good rotation spots. "
"The group that I interviewed with were all from such a wide variety of backgrounds. The admissions committee seems truly interested in the whole person, not just a score or a grade. They are looking for people that can handle the independence and format of the learning style while enhancing the group interaction. The students are happy, the faculty are very supportive, and the facilities are fantastic. The frequent negative reviews on this site point out the crucial difference at LECOM-B. This is not a hand-holding, traditional medical curriculum. If you need that, apply to a school that offers it. If you cannot handle the reading and the independent study, you should not even apply here, much less accept an interview just to bash the program. "
"The school is not "in the middle of nowhere"."
"Enthusiasm of students, professors; performance on COMLEX"
"PBL...lecture isn't very appealing since most students tend to focus on ppt anyway. PBL focuses your reading that you have to do anyway. Very clean...no "chompers" snacking away when you are trying to pay attention to a lecture. Matches, board performance (rate, and guessing an outstanding avg). PBL experience. Feedback from alumn of former school, currently OMSI. Supportive/happy/pleasant student body. Soundproof PBL rooms. Region is very nice...developing, safe, close enough to Tampa for rotations. Warm climate good for forming study sessions with peers (unlike Erie)"
"The school was beautiful, area was amazing, and staff was very friendly. Very good security."
"As far as the interview...nothing The building is nice, new and clean. Admissions staff was very friendly and made sure the day was low-key. Students were awesome and very honest. "
"The PBL structure. I was a little worried at first that it was going to be hard to commit to, but then I realized most medical schools ( INCLUDING University of Florida medical school are moving towards PBL) I realized it must be great! PLUS, the test scores were high and the school was brand new and everyone seemed nice. BEWARE however, if you are the type of person who doesn't motivate easily, this program may not work for you. "
"Nice location. Just far enough from the beach that it's not tempting to blow off studying. PBL is a great method of learning if you learn concepts better than memorizing details. "
"Facilities, Friendliness of students, trusting and cohesive relationships formed by students participating in PBL sessions"
"Awesome board scores and passing rates. New facility. How intelligent the second year students were. How happy students were."
"PBL is great for some people. Building is new and surrounding area is nice. Great beaches nearby. OMM lab is great. Admissions folks are very nice."
"Friendliness, cleanliness, new building, how confident students feel going into their rotations and how hospitals are very impressed with how well prepared LECOM students are, very supportive staff, great financial aid advice."
"Sitting in the PBL session was nice because it allows you to see how it really works. The facility is new and pretty. Most of the staff seems really nice."
"I like PBL a lot. The school is shiny, new and immaculate. Faculty, staff and students were all really friendly. Beaches nearby are beautiful. Weather was lovely."
"Problem based learning is very cool. School is shiny and immaculate. Faculty, staff and students were all very nice. Beaches in area are beautiful."
"The facilities were really new, PBL seemed like a great way to learn (although sitting through a 2 hour session was a bit much)"
"The friendliness of the admissions staff/faculty, how new and nice the building was, and how close the students seemed to be. How quickly they let you know if you get in or not"
"Friendliness of staff and students, the facilities are new and very CLEAN! "
"Staff very nice."
"area, campus, people"
"Building is beautiful. Students are very honest. Seeing manipulative medicine demonstrated."
"The location - Sarasota is beautiful"
"School Location, PBL--I personally think it is AWESOME! Yes, you do have to read a ton of pages everyday, but it does give you a lot more flexibility in your schedule. Also, the students rock the face off of years 3 and 4....which is where you get to "rub shoulders" and impress future residency directors."
"They have high pass rate (always #1 or #2) and their average in boards is always #1 or #2 in nation. The PBL group I sat in seemed very happy and close with each other."
"The grass was well-groomed."
"Enthusiasm and closeness of the staff."
"Brand new school, very clean, very friendly and enthusiastic staff, ESPECIALLY about PBL"
"The faculty and students were are friendly and seemed pretty happy. Also the PBL session was awesome."
"The facilities are aesthetically pleasing, problem based learning seemed like a 'fun' way to learn medicine. The staff and students were very friendly during the interview day. "
"The facilities are immaculate! I felt like the faculty in general was very approachable. The PBL session really impressed me! "
"How nice the students and faculty were, the facilities were amazing, and PBL."
"I love the cow pasture around the school.. but I am VERY disappointed that it will be turned into a housing development. PBL class was awesome."
"The PBL session. I was absolutely, positively impressed. Any doubts I had about PBL are dissolved."
"Problem-based learning curriculum, nice facilities, happy students, the last class had the highest average COMLEX score of all DO schools in the US and 100% pass rate, great weather"
"The PBL structure was interesting. The amount of freedom the student has to learn is amazing/scary. "
"Facilities, well-organized interview day, PBL"
"Facilities, weather, kindness of staff and students"
"The new facility, the attitude of faculty, staff, and students. The enthusiasm and the unique PBL session."
"Brand new facility, Problem-Based Learning Curriculum, they also supposedly had the highest scores on the board exams"
"How knowledgeable the PBL students were. We sat in on a PBL session of students who were in the 1st semester of their second year. They all sounded like doctors. They knew mechanisms and they were ready for the clinic. I was amazingly impressed."
"Entire facility is new, thus everything is state of the art and nice."
"The drive in from the hotel was beautiful, there was mist on the fields and the sunrise was beautiful, the building is really nice, there is security so you can leave your stuff in the building and not worry about it being stolen, everyone acknowledged me and tried to keep us relaxed by telling jokes."
"Not knowing hardly anything about osteopathic medicine other than what I read on the web site and the net, I really enjoyed listening to one of the speakers (dr. b) give his perspective of osteopathic medicine. He has two kids who are DO doctors and both were accepted in MD schools. He told all of us that if he could answer any questions to contact him. This is my third interview and have been accepted at another med school but I think that if accepted, I will come here because of PBL and the personal touch by many of the people. "
"PBL. Awesome. We sat in on an entire 2 hr PBL session and I can see that it definitely works. I think I would learn VERY well in that enviornment."
"The facilities were very new and clean. Also, the students seemed to love their PBL curriculum."
"Very professional feel around school; small, intimate, and independent style."
"Staff/Faculty that talked with us were enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy the school. Brand new (and clean) building. Ate lunch with a couple current students and was able to get honest answers. "
"Everything looks very, very clean."
"The curriculum is all Problem Based Learning which, while it is a lot of work, statistically prepares students better for the boards AND clinical rotations. The entire campus is state of the art and the only way into the building is through a security guard. The faculty and staff are very approachable and friendly. One of my interviewers was both a D.O. and a J.D. with several years experience, but was still very down to earth. They provide a realtor, free of charge, to find you an apartment or house to live in."
"The seemingly great relationship between students and their professors. Also, the students were very enthusiastic about the PBL program as well as OMM. Oh the weather was amazing as were the WHITE-SAND BEACHES."
"I loved the friendliness of the staff, the campus, the programs offered to students (i.e. travel abroad during the summer to do community service in other countries), and the school's location."
"Modern facilities, open-door policy with faculty, students may study anywhere in building during open hours, location."
"The facility and location near sarasota."
"The staff was very out-going and friendly and had a great deal of pride in the school"
"Everyone is SO enthusiastic about the school and PBL. What also impressed me was that we were told that this year the most prostegious neuro residency in the US went to a LECOM PBL student this year, the first time in history it went to a DO! As a 2nd year student you are able to dissect cadavers (see answer to negative impressions)"
"The sunshine and the beaches."
"facilites, weather, faculty"
"The facilities are nice."
"Everything is state-of-the-art and in excellent condition."
"How much the students liked PBL"
"Nice facilities, friendly staff and students"
"Everything! The building is new, good security, the staff was friendly. The librarian seemed like an interesting guy! "
"The staff is very friendly and seem to be very personal with the students. Overall a fabulous school and PBL sounds like a great way to learn medicine. Their motto: less lecture time, more study time-- I think that's great!"
"Everyone was LECOM was very enthusiastic and seemed to really enjoy the school. The atmosphere was positive and all students and faculty seem to love PBL."
"The PBL, the facilities, the surrounding area"
"The PBL program. Having more time to do independent study that sitting in a lecture for six hours a day"
"Everything! Facilities are GORGEOUS and PBL system sounds really great, even though I'm a little worried about making myself study that much on my own."
"The facilities are new and high-tech. The location seems to be really peaceful."
"The enthusiasm of the students for PBL and manipulation. Students at lunch made it seem like there was a pretty active social life."
"The faculty we met were super friendly and personable. Everyone was so happy there, even though finals were coming up! They have a realtor who helps you find an apartment or house, at no charge."
"I loved the location...so pretty. The school is really new and the facilities are beautiful. The people there were all friendly, and the interviewer had patience with my bout of nerves and walked me through it. Good lunch."
"Everyone was really enthusiastic about the school, and seemed really supportive. I also was impressed with the curriculum (PBL)"
"facilities are great! How well established they are even though they are pretty new; they really know what they're doing. COMLEX and USMLE scores are coming back and they are above nation average."
"I really like the PBL format, it seems like an interesting way to study medicine. The facility is brand new and very impressive."
"How much the students were into the PBL, facilities"
"The facility was great, and of all the schools I interviewed at so far, this was the first school where a large portion of the population of students made a point to say hi and ask how the interviews went."
"The technology that the school has. I also thought that the campus was gorgeous! The students and staff were really nice and informative."
"The students were very enthusiastic about PBL and eloquently articulated the benefits of this new approach. Facilities were simply outstanding. PBL seems like a much more interactive way of learning medicine and retaining knowledge. Second year students related that they felt much better prepared for clinical rotations after having to learn to answer their own questions. Non-traditional students reported that PBL helped ease their transition back in to school. The real estate market is booming and there is tremendous potential for investment. Although I didn't see the stats for myself, I was told that COMLEX scores were among the highest in the nation. "
"Everyone (students, faculty, staff) was upbeat and encouraging. They were all very nice, and Dr.Wise who does the orientation is fantastic. The facilities are extremely new and very attractive. The area has much more vibrance than I gave it credit for. I was very pleasantly surprised with the experience overall."
"The laid-back, welcoming atmosphere; the friendliness of the faculty"
"How friendly the staff was and their willingness to get to know you. Also, Dr. K explained that the PBL style of learning makes us more competitive as clinicians and board scores are higher. In Erie, PBL is highly competitive to get into. "
"The campus is state of the art and brand new. It is a $25 million campus and is really great. The faculty are really helpful and friendly."
"The comradery amongst the students and faculty. Also, the fact that PBL offers a very flexible schedule."
"the brand spanking new facilities, and the fact that the anatomy lab is already prosectioned for you."
"The fact that, when I asked questions, the admissions officers/faculty/students responded based on their own experience(s). They didn't try to put up the "we" front. Because of this, I felt that the feedback I got was more genuine than the feedback I've gotten at other schools. Also, they were honest in pointing out that PBL isn't for everyone."
"beeeautiful facilities, very nice students, everything was squeeky clean and shiny, nice apartments around in the area"
"The current students were really great. "
"friendliness of the staff and students. all the sweet technology. great florida weather. 75 degrees in january. awesome facilities and resources."
"New school, friendly staff, beautiful Florida weather, quick acceptance notification"
"beautiful campus, strict security, very clean classrooms, weather, prosection, technology everywhere!!"
"How nice and enthusiastic admissions, faculty, and students were. Also, everything is state-of-the-art and new."
"The area is beautiful and the school is brand new. All the big shots seem to have come down from Erie to retiere here and teach."
"Visiting with the students about the PBL program. The growth in the area will be a big advantage."
"PBL, good food at their cafeteria, friendliness, awesome weather, beaches."
"I love the facility!!! It is new, nice, and open. Staff seemed friendly, except my interviewers. They seemed like they were not impressed by my responses, but I think maybe they were testing me because I ended up being accepted! PBL is awesome. You only have to be in class like 15 hours a week!"
"beautiful facilities (almost spartan, with anorexic lockers), friendliness of admissions officers and other people we happened upon at the school, nice area - seemed quiet. the other interviewees seemed really friendly as well. the library is spacious and has lots of computers."
"The enthusiasm of the faculty, staff and students. Great facilities."
"The school is only 2 yrs old so the facilities are brand new. In addition, students have a lot more say in terms of making suggestions or changes to the curriculum."
"The facilities are brand new and the area is up and coming. "
"Everyone was friendly and inviting. Also, the building is well cared for and it shows."
"The friendliness of the staff students and faculty. The building is brand new and designed with PBL in mind. And how they put you at ease the minute you walk in the door, starting with the security guard."
"I am in love with the school, location, the faculty was great, students were very happy and extremely great during the Q&A"
"The building is gorgeous inside and out"
"The friendly atmosphere. The staff knew all the students by name. As we walked around during the tour, everyone was saying hello to each other (the staff, students, even the cafeteria lady!)"
"Everyone we spoke with was very nice and enthusiastic. The library guy was a hoot."
"The school itself is impressive."
"Everyone was VERY welcoming and friendly, and the campus is beautiful."
"everything is new"
"Friendliness of staff and students, low key, no emphasis on stressing you out in the interview. They really just want to get to know you. The problem based learning sounds like the best way to go."
"The school really wanted me to go there so it was pretty stress-free. The faculty is superb."
"the building was amazing and their technology was state-of-the-art"
"The school is BEAUTIFUL! Also, did you know that Sarasota/Bradenton is listed as one of the top 10 safest places to live to avoid natural disasters? I read that in a Pharmacy Today magazine at work... Both of my interviewers were so nice. I spent a lot of time in the interview laughing & so did they."
"PBL- the concept is awesome and very exciting, I think I love PBL now and before the interview I didnt think it was a great fit for me."
"School is so beautiful!! All the staff there love the school and they are very enthusiastic and very nice. Librarian is really funny."
"Friendliness of interviewers. They seemed to truly want to get to know me."
"The efficiency of the building and curriculum. It looks just like my High School, and makes you feel less intimidated. Also, the fact that we can rotate at a bunch of places was really cool. Finally, the students' meeting with us was really awesome. The students were so enthusiastic, so relaxed, and quite knowledgable, that I was extremely impressed and knew that LECOM-Bradenton was doing something right. Most students at other med schools complain or look really tired or look like they don't have any friends; this school was very different, and the PBL seems to be the reason why. The PBL makes you have a social life at school, during class, and out of class at night. The Library was very spacious and has a nice view of the lake right in front of the school, appropriately named lake erie! "
"Students are very happy and seem to love PBL. The Librarian is so cool!"
"Their problem-based learning pathway, facilities (beautiful and clean) and the staff was exceptionally nice."
"The new building and Bradenton. "
"The school is absolutely beautiful. The staff is super friendly (just wait till you meet Dexter!). PBL curriculum seems to save time and energy. Also like that the A&P Lab is based around prosection."
"The faculty is absolutely awesome. They are very professional, but also very caring and nice. They put you at ease very quickly. "
"I loved the facilities and the area. The students seemed very happy and unstressed."
"Everyone was extremely nice, the facilities are brand new... Nice weather"
"the school is very nice, in a new area"
"the new facility that was technologically advanced"
"The technology and new facilities"
"Overall, I was positively impressed."
"The students and faculties enthusiasm and excitement about their school."
"The staff, the prospects and possibilities of the school. A new hospital being built right down the street. Also the school is completely wireless."
"Interview was incredibly laid back. they already saw everything on paper they just wanted to see who you were. So not much pressure. The campus is brand new and spotless, students all seemed really enthused about LECOM, staff was awesome."
"Everyone was so friendly and very enthusiastic about the school. Students had only positive things to say about the Problem Based Learning Curriculum. The interview process was very organized and a lot of information was provided to the interviewees. The resources were very new."
"Awesome facilities, very enthusiastic people (students, staff, and faculty), PBL sounds great!"
"The building & surroundings were so clean & beautiful & pretty much all the people that came to talk to us were enthusiastic & helpful."
"PBL, seems great in the outcome, difficult in implementation to an already difficult medical degree. You have to learn yourself, guide yourself, create your own exams...."
"The Director of Student Affairs and his rant about not holding an acceptance there if you don't intend to matriculate. Also, you have to set up your own clinical rotations out of a database of contacts they have. No affiliated hospital."
"Didn't seem as friendly as other schools."
"Students seemed to hate being there. There were a lot of rules to be followed and a strict dress code, I realized that most students only came to school for lab or their group discussion because the building was EMPTY when I visited. I was OOS and I knew that meant I would have a really hard time getting to know my classmates since they wouldn't ever be at the school outside of the one hour group discussion. I was also discouraged when I asked the interviewer if he felt that the students liked being their/general comments on the campus community and they said the scores and professionalism mattered more than the happiness of the student community. Hard Pass."
"The whole school runs like an office building. All food and drinks (including water) are banned on campus except in the cafeteria. They also monitor your internet, and said "Don't spend time looking at anything you wouldn't like to explain to the Dean." There is a very strict dress code of slacks, shirt, tie, recently shaven, and combed hair. They also require you to pay a very large, non-refundable deposit to reserve a seat within a month of your acceptance."
"faculty seemed unavailable to students"
"The fact that the PBL director seemed really arrogant and boasted about PBL and why LECOM is "the best" due to their "extremely high" COMLEX scores, which he emphasized a million times. Their board scores are high but the way they scale their graphs makes it seem like their averages are a lot higher than national averages when in fact it's not that much higher. During lunch when medical students were present to answer questions, my group was neglected for the entire time when we all had questions to ask. Also, all their students literally wheel around a suitcase full of textbooks."
"No research opportunities"
"The faculty were nice, but not overly friendly. One student referred to the school as a jail.... and I can see that because there are cameras everywhere and there are strict campus rules. The school just doesn't seem like a warm place where I would want to study. Also, the school does not pay hospitals/preceptors for rotations, which can make good rotations more difficult to obtain."
"Dress code, policy on food/drinks, no dissection of cadavers, shared campus with pharmacy"
"The lunch was small."
"Dress code, disinterest/coldness of interviewers, somewhat unaccommodating to out of state students."
"The PBL curriculum. Not for me, I think--no thank you to reading 8-10 hours/day on your own and having 12+ chapters of material on each exam, as well as having little direction from faculty on what to study. Also, no thank you to working in a group of EIGHT--four or five's fine, but working with seven others has got to get old after awhile... Oh and I'm not a big fan of the rules they have (no water/drink anywhere on campus except in the cafeteria; business causal whenever you're on campus)--I went into the interview knowing these rules, but when I saw them enforced I realized exactly how much I disliked them and how much I know they would negatively affect me and my ability to study/learn on campus."
"Very strict dress code. I can't imagine studying in the library in business attire, and I thought the students looked so uncomfortable in the library because of this. I feel like the dress code makes it a place where students simply go for class and then go home as soon as the PBL is done. No food or drinks allowed anywhere on the campus (not even in PBL rooms) except in the run-down and very loud cafeteria. What if you want to study with a cup of coffee or a bottle of water or a snack? You can't!"
"The PBL session I observed"
"The security guard when you first walk in is a complete D-Bag. He does not help the initially nervous interview day. Just know this is going to happen and let it roll off your back."
"Skeptical about how students are the ones who figure out rotation sites for themselves."
"The fact that there really isn't a true cadaver dissection course"
"Might have to travel a lot for clinical rotations"
"the group interview. Six people, sixty minutes. They were only giving me about 10 minutes of their time to let me sell myself. I flew across the country and I only got 10 minutes?"
"That there didn't seem to be a great sense of camaraderie between the students outside of class. I felt like students who were solely academically focused rather than socially focused would do well at LECOM."
"The "campus." The med school building is literally all there is to it. There's no student rec center or dining facility."
"I expected it to be slightly larger with more facilities on campus, ie: a gym, coffee shop"
"There was quite a lot of wasted time during the interview portion when others were interviewing."
"all PBL curriculum. BOO."
"Only 30 days to make a decision if you are offered a spot at their school."
"The rotations are not guaranteed, even my interviewers couldnt give me a straight answer about whether you were expected to find your own or not, or if it was possible to stay in the area for all of them. The students also seemed less than enthusiastic."
"Small building... felt like I was in an airport, security is super strict, no dissecting cadavers, students brought rolling suitcases of books to class, no food/drink allowed in the library, library had no books...hmmmm"
"Dress code, no food outside of cafeteria, no gym, PBL strikes me as a way to maximize profits rather than educate, students complained about clinical years, didn't feel like a medical school, something seemed off with the faculty."
"Their clincal years and their unwillingness to even talk about them during the interview."
"The only thing I disliked was that there are no dissections in lab."
"One-building school. Dress code. No food or drinks anywhere but the cafeteria."
"Prosected cadavers... The students told us that this was actually a good thing because dissecting takes up your study time. Also, no food or even bottled water on campus! You have to dress up everyday... There are cameras everywhere! Also, the library was only open until 11pm, and it was just one giant room, on one level, and no group rooms..."
"there were security cameras everywhere which made me feel safe but also weirded me out a little."
"Dress code, the building, don't get to dissect cadaver on your own"
"The building seems pretty stark, but in areas with students there it isn't so bad."
"There aren't really too many places to study, but I don't know if this really matters or not. Also, the school is in a suburban - rural area."
"Having to travel for clinical rotations and set up your own rotations, dress code, food/drinks rule, but the latter two are very minor"
"slightly prison like--very small, boxed in, heavy security, cameras everywhere, creepy clown exhibit"
"Dress code is kind of a bummer and you're not allowed to bring any food/drinks into the building."
"large class size"
"Relatively small operation means small library and no on-site athletic facilities. Also, the food and drink policy. "
"There was no PBL sessions during the week of my interview due to testing. I would have liked to sit in on the session. However, the staff put together a presentation on the curriculum which was in depth and informative. "
"The adjustment period to PBL may be difficult for some students."
"Honestly, I don't really like Florida. That is my biggest complaint. Also, the clowns are creepy."
"nothing much, maybe the low number of comfortable chairs"
"None of the 3 students that were supposed to meet us for our lunch Q & A session and tour showed up. Fortunately, the Admissions Office went out and got some other students to do this."
"I felt very unwelcomed. Interviewers questioned my motives for entering medicine, when I made it clear what they were in my essays. "
"The humid weather."
"Lack of research and resources that some other more established schools have. Still very impressed with what they have put together in only 4 years."
"Not too much, really. I was concerned about the rotations/having to travel all over, but it's not uncommon to stay in the Tampa/St. Pete area for the full time of studies. At least that's what the current students said. "
"The facilities are depressing. The school might as well be an in-patient psychiatric facility. All of the hallways look the same. There are cameras everywhere. Security does not let applicants in the building to locate the interview location early. I heard that security actually chased down a student because she forgot to swipe her ID card. The dress code is strictly enforced. They say they want to promote professionalism, but professionalism is about attitude, not dress. Some of the best doctors I know work in jeans. The dress code is also sexist. Men are required to dress up and wear ties. Women wear whatever they want. PBL is unimpressive. There are a lot of issues they simply do not discuss, or perhaps that are taboo to discuss. Like, it's okay to mention how nurses spread disease by not washing their hands, but it's not okay to mention that doctor's ties can also spread disease. The interviewers asked pointless questions and did not let me finish answering. One of the student-body presidents wasted our time bragging about how he's better than his classmates. He called some of his classmates "idiots"."
"suburban location, lack of early clinical experience, accelerated gross anatomy class"
"Concern of PBL testing and what happens when you don't understand your reading. Occasionally I would like an explanation of a difficult concept...PBL doesn't seem to offer that unless you seek a professor out. Campus consists of 1 building. Cafe closing at 3pm?"
"The security is very tight (good and bad). You can only enter through the rear entrance. It's such a pretty building I would think they would want to show it off by having students coming and going through all entrances. Makes sense though since security is at the rear door."
"The building reminds me of a high school. My interviewers...I had a hard time with the accent of one and the other interviewer couldn't have been less happy to be there (or so it seemed). The fact that one interviewer really wanted to know why I didn't want to go to Tulane (where I work)...turns out he is a Tulane alum. Not much in terms of academic support. One student ambassador couldn't stop talking about how the students learn much more than M.D. students and that he'll be a better clinical student than M.D. students because he's seen the results of a patient blood workup in PBL."
"Not much...maybe the immediate area, it is nice but very small town suburb. But you are really close to Sarasota and Tampa so good location"
"Clowns every where! The building is decorated exclusively with clown art (sort of creepy). "
"Need to secure own rotations"
"The school and the interviewers: They handn't read my file, spoke down to us as if we had no idea what osteopathy was, and lectured us as if we were undergraduates talking to a dean at a community college. I swear someone said "Just wait until you...." at some point. Also I didn't see or meet a single faculty member that wasn't an old white male protestant type. They acted as if they are the only PBL Curriculm on the planet. A shamefully insecure bunch of clowns...."
"While it is NOT in the middle of nowhere... it is a less than I'm used to. Still plenty to do though."
"My PBL group wasn't very focused. Library is sparse; online access and copies of required texts are there, not much else. Nagging thought that PBL was chosen to keep costs down rather than because of the quality of education. 9-5 dress code of shirt/tie for men, business attire for women is enforced."
"Very few lecture style classes (only anatomy, clinical courses, and OMM). Only 4 (6 next yr) cadavers for a class of 150+, although students report that it is not a problem because they have access to the cadavers 24/7. Students have a difficult time with scheduling their rotations. No food or drinks (including water) anywhere except in the cafeteria (mainly for cleanliness and to protect their electrical equipment). "
"I was told that what I liked about my PBL session was wrong and isn't how it's supposed to work. That threw me off."
"Medical students complained of lack of help getting clinical rotations for 3rd year, being left to do it independently with little advice."
"Students complained that it was a little difficult to arrange clinical rotations, receiving little help from the school."
"There are only 4 cadavers and no dissection in anatomy, you learn from 2D slides. The school was really in the middle of nowhere and there didn't seem to be much to do in the area."
"The school is one building in the middle of nowhere, and lakewood ranch is sort of dead. The dress code and no food/drink anywhere except the cafeteria. I'm not sure why the faculty gets paid to sit and watch PBL. The day was too long, we did not need to hear about all the debt we will be in, etc. "
"how PBL doesn't work for everyone and the transition can be really tough"
"There are only 4 cadavers!!!"
"There wasn't anything negative to me. BUT those who are looking for a traditional college campus are not going to like Bradenton."
"4 prosected cadavers for 160+ students! are you kidding me? $50k/year. I think pbl is cool but what the hell am i paying for? it shoukld be a combo of pbl & lecture. Or, the cost should e less than usual b/c they have no lecturers."
"The fact that there are only 4 cadavers in the anatomy room and all of the tests are done based off of pictures/slides."
"The PBL format is great but alot of money is being paid to teachers who don't teach. Lots of reading."
"Security was overwrought and self-important. There is a 7 foot alligator named Lee out in the back pond. There is a very, very strange and scary clown picture gallery that freaked everyone out but the staff thought it was so wonderful. Weird vibe from the man interviewing me who had never even looked at my file. He was belligerent and confrontational."
"Constant emphasis on PBL."
"The stress given to PBL, the fact that the day lasted from 8-3, dress code enforced and no food or drink in the building besides the cafeteria"
"Mandatory attendance and dress code aren't that great."
"The faculty seemed to lack something. I got the impression that they taught there because they didn't have to spend much time giving lectures, and would have more time to pursue other activities. As stated above, problem based learning seems like a 'fun' way to learn medicine, but the idea of going to med school without basically any lectures seems odd. Especially considering it is a new school and the average MCAT of entering students is 23! I think a new school with no graduates yet should have a more standardized form of teaching to ensure it's students' success. "
"The day was entirely too long - From 7:45 to about 3:00. Further, there was alot of ''fluff'' in the day. Ex - 30 to 45 minutes going through a rental guide with an admissions person telling us what apartments are good and a 30 to 45 minute meeting with financial aide telling us how much debt we'll be in when I graduate from school. No doubt this is valuable info (except I don't want to think about $200K in student loans or the $3K a month over 10 years i'll have to cough up to pay it), but I'll corss that bridge when I get there and would have rather been done 1 or 2 hours sooner!"
"Only having 14 days for acceptance response and 1,500 deposite"
"The fact that the area is building up and becoming less rural. I don't like prosected anatomy. "
"Location of school (middle of nowhere), dress code, no drink or food in the building except for the cafeteria, attendance policy, newer school (lack of reputation), lack of quality clinical rotations"
"Again, the PBL structure. The session I sat in on highlighted the fact that it really is all on the student. I don't want someone to hold my hand, but I would like professors to teach."
"How small the school is (I come from a huge undergraduate university)"
"One immature male student."
"Problem-Based Learning seems like a great way to go ... but I think students and staff must get paid each time they bring it up. By the end of the day you'll be pretty sick of hearing about it. They need to focus more on the other aspects of the curriculum instead of just focusing on PBL."
"The anatomy lab only has a few cadavers so you are probably working in large groups. "
"Location is in the middle of nowhere, between Sarasota and Tampa, and the clown collection on the upper floor was somewhat weird. Plus, NO BOOKS at all in the library."
"There are not research opportunites at this school,you have to drive everywhere,you can't have food and drink in the library..not even coffee when you are studying....cafeteria is only open till 2, library closes at 11....it was really small"
"THe day went so fast that I wish I had more time to ask questions. "
"The tiny one builing school, the cows across the street, the complete obsession with PBL, dress code, no drink or food in the building, attendence policy, poor complex scores, lack of experience"
"People who weren't scheduled to speak with us kinda stayed away...quiet group of interviewees too, but they were all nice. I don't mind the dress code thing, but some people do."
"Campus was sort of isolated. There seemed very little to do in Bradenton."
"No food or drink anywhere on campus except for the cafeteria... "
"Nothing really. I already knew about the school's location (off of I-75 with not a whole lot right around it), so not for someone expecting to go to school in a big city. "
"The building (the school) was empty. I like bustling places. Also, the dress code is going to be challenging for someone who lives in jeans. "
"The visit was very long--I was super tired by the end. However, all the information given was very helpful."
"Coming from a larger city, Bradenton itself seemed a little po-dunk, but the people definitely were not. Oh and old people can't drive. On a serious note, the campus although very new and modern, is still very small comparatively and rather isolated from the city. Again, maybe because I am used to a metropolis setting. Lunch was half a wrap, bag of chips, and warm can of coke. "
"Nothing truly negative...just unsure of the prosection-style gross anatomy."
"Some of the faculty, students, PBL, security, and the lack of information given about the 3rd and 4th years."
"I was not a fan of the thought of 90 degrees with 90% humidity while wearing a tie."
"As you may have already read, as a 1st year you do not dissect a cadaver. The cadavers are already dissected for you so all you do is poke around at them and/or use a computer module (the module complements the cadaver). HOWEVER, as a 2nd year you can volunteer to be one of the people that dissects the cadavers for the 1st year students. As someone that is interested in surgery I find this exciting because the feel of cutting through tissue can only be learned through direct firsthand experience."
"The school has only one building. They do not allow food or drink anywhere except in the cafeteria. I was interviewed on Friday so there were PBLs. The students seem stressed out and uptight in their formal clothings. A lot of the students were carrying books in NOT BACKPACKs but rolling carrying-on luggages. Seriously, they scared me. "
"all pbl, all prosection"
"There are no lectures!!!! They expect you to pour over all the endless resources from books to the internet to receive your education. If this is the case, then why is tuition $40k a year? Who are we paying????"
"You do not dissect bodies."
"dress code, no-food policy"
"Building is in middle of farm country, no campus life, dress code, no food or drinks allowed in any of the rooms other than the cafeteria"
"Schedules will constantly be changing during all 4 years, so plan on being flexible."
"The interview was very standardized, I was only asked questions that the interviewers read from a sheet of paper."
"nothing really- just the construction around the school, but that's typical of Florida"
"The are is kind of rural but Sarasota and Tampa are 20 minutes away"
"Dress code effective during business hours (yuck). I was there on an exam day, and guys still had to have on shirt/ties and girls had to be business casual-like No food in any room but the cafeteria"
"The rules the college has regarding food and drinks inside the building. You are not allowed to have any kind of food or beverage inside the building in a place other than the cafeteria. Not even a water bottle!!!"
"The clown pictures on the third floor. Seriously creepy. And don't tell us that you can hear them running around at night. "
"No food or drink allowed anywhere in the school except for the cafeteria."
"No one in the community new about the school. It gave off this vibe like it was too new or too young. Bradenton traffic is terrible."
"The only thing that was negative was the interview itself. My interviewers did not seem like they were paying attention to me at all. One of them hadn't even read the article that we were supposed to be talking about, and started reading it while I was trying to explain it. Whenever one person was talking the other was writing and not looking up. Also, whenever I answered a question, one of the interviewers would ask me ''Why?'' at least three times to the same question. There are only so many times you can answer ''Why''"
"Nothing!!! Again, even though they haven't graduated their first class, they have already worked out all the kinks and it is perfect as it is."
"the lack of campus"
"Nothing really. I would like to dissect specimens myself but you can be part of that team if you do well in anatomy."
"You will travel a lot for 3rd and 4th year, cost of living is high, you only go to OMM lab once a week, prosection based anatomy, anatomy is only 10 weeks"
"Nothing, not even the dress code (I guess some poeple find it a negative but it doesn't bother me at all). "
"I'm not a big fan of the male to female ratio. There were an awful lot of women...which is great as I am one. But the imbalance was really noticable. I'd like to see stats on men vs. women."
"Although the facilities are brand new and high tech, it looks transplanted. The building is stand alone and along a road with an elementary and high school that will have traffic in the morning."
"It is such a new school. They have not had a class graduate or take the boards. The students at lunch were condescending and talked over us. They basically had a conversation about advanced medicine which none of the interviewees understood."
"Coming from a big, multicultural city, I didn't really like the small, quiet town of Bradenton. It doesn't seem like there is much diversity around. "
"The fact that the school didn't divorce itself from its parent campus and the sense that, because of this, it might not geta fair chance to establish its own reputation."
"can't drink or eat outside the cafeteria!! dress code a little strict. school closes from 11p-7a. "
"anatomy lab was all prosected. "
"alot of old people"
"Professional dress code. Lots of old folks in the town. LOTS!!!"
"we didn't get to see students interact, as they were on break. the interviewers also negatively impressed me - really impersonal. more on that below."
"Nothing, really. It was during a break, so unfortunately there were only a few students available to speak with us. However, they were very personable and willing to answer our questions."
"The library seemed pretty empty (though I hear most students study at home or in the cafeteria). The two faculty members who interviewed me also seemed very impersonable (see "Question2")"
"The school is located in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of cow pastures around it. The surrounding area is full of retirees. You have to drive about a half an hour to reach any semblance of civilization. Also, there is tons of construction going on EVERYWHERE. As you can tell, I wasnt in love with the location. The security was unbelievably tight, they almost didnt let my girlfriend into the school as a guest! The librarian was definitely a strange dude, I dont know if i would get along with him. The school was totally empty and i got an eerie feeling walking around it. I dont like the lack of social contact the students at this school have. My impression is that with PBL, you basically live like a hermit and read all day long. Not exactly what I want my med school experience to be like."
"The interviewers didn't seem to be acquainted with my application packet, which provided a lot of information about my background."
"The worst part is the cost of living in the area, and how they are building the area up which has everything around torn up."
"I haven't been able to think of one bad thing yet"
"No one in the building. It is a ghost town. Not only that, but the vegas-style cameras throughout the hallways/rooms was a huge turnoff. As the tour was going on, I could hear one of the cameras moving. This combined with the fact that the building was empty made for a very uninviting experience."
"The building is still new, so it feels very sterile, the walls need some paintings or something! The school is also in the outskirts of bradenton, so it is surrounded by fields with cows, you can even see them out the window! But don't let that deter you, Bradenton is actually a really nice city and is very close to Tampa, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg so there's loads of places to see and things to do."
"It was hard to get a feel of how I did during my interview. I really have no idea what they were asking, because like I posted earlier, it seems like they forgot what they had asked me."
"The Director of student affairs was awfully rude, she couldn't answer our questions and scowled when others students tried to contribute to the presentation."
"the building wasn't completely furnished yet"
"The appearance of the school reminded me of a cheesy strip mall. "
"The area is very conservative and typical americana with strip malls and Mc Donalds ect. Could be very boring without a car. No info on residency matches."
"It's a newer school; library archives are blank, they're working bugs out."
"the cost of living near the school is mega-expensive"
"Not much...I guess maybe the financial aid presentation during lunch. He wasn't very helpful."
"The campus seemed so lonley becuase PBL students study a lot off campus, so it seemed desolate. Also the library was sort of empty- granted the school has only been open about 2 years."
"Nothing at all. This school was Awesome!"
"Nothing, school is great!"
"The lack of engagement between the interviewers and myself. They should have asked me more in-depth questions to get to know me better."
"The prosected cadavers. I would prefer the hands on dissecting. "
"The area is full of retiree's that drive really sllloooowww. Many of the service people in the area are unfriendly. Also negatively impressed by the dress code. Most negatively impressed by the part of the day where we met students. The two girls were chattering and giggling when the guy was trying to speak. It was distracting and as representations of the school, made the student body look immature."
"The surrounding area is very upscale and high end. Finding an affordable place to stay will require a commute"
"It's a little new so it hasn't been totally broken in yet. But it will..."
"Prosections instead of dissections... the anatomy lab smelled of fresh flowers... I would rather get down and dirty and dissect the cadavers myself, "
"the fact that the school is not near any food areas and that the lunch room is not working yet"
"cafeteria is not complete"
"The fact that food and drinks are not allowed outside the lounge."
"The cost. The lack of food availability on campus. The library."
"Having to wear a shirt and tie to class everyday in central Florida."
"Prosections vs. Dissections. "
"Dress code! And no food or drinks allowed in any class or study room. "
"The school was a nice building in the middle of no where. The resources were nice and new, but very sparse. They definitely need some artwork and a little more culture in the building. Unfortunately, it was also thunderstorming and raining the weekend I was there. "
"$1,500 deposit to hold spot if accepted, that's a ton of money..."
"I liked seeing PBL in action, but observing an entire session was kind of a drag."
"There is a 10 minute one-on-one interview after the group interview."
"That there wouldn't be coffee (painful after 4 hrs of sleep)"
"There was an MMI session after the group interview. The group interview was low stress, the MMI was a little higher stress."
"There's nothing really around the school except for a high school which has a lot of traffic at the time you want to get their for their interview, so go early."
"Not to freak out about not having a portfolio...you leave the initial room with nothing but yourself (ie. you leave your bags and folders in that room) and then go into the interview rooms on the second floor. Also, I wish I had brought little bottle of water I had in the initial room with me into the interview because other people did that and I totally needed a sip of water! There are water fountains though that you pass by so you can grab a sip of water there."
"There would be a 10 min one on one "MMI""
"That there would be an MMI"
"more about the osteopathic medicine process (this was one of the only DO schools I applied to, the rest were allopathic)"
"Nothing. It was important for me to see the school and meet the faculty and students for myself."
"How low the stress level is for the interview."
"PBL is NOT like a study group. Do not say you think it's great because you've studied in a group before. It is INDEPENDENT study. An online course with a direction but no guidance on how to get to the exam would be a closer comparison than a study group."
"That the group interview would contain five other interviewees + me, that the M/F ratio at the interview would be approximately 70/30 (which, actually, turned out to NOT be a great thing for all of us women there)."
"Group interview was not as bad as I thought it would be. Very conversational."
"The security guard is the polar opposite of friendly. Also, after the interview day is complete, you can privately talk to the dean of admissions if you would like to. It's a nice courtesy to students who would like to go the extra mile and get the chance to explain things that may be found on their application. (You can't do this during the interview because it is closed file)"
"Nothing really, I felt like I was well prepared."
"That i wouldnt be able to take my folder/padfolio with me"
"You have the option to choose if you want to find out your decision for acceptance in one week or by December. If you choose the December option, it won't change the committee's mind on whether to accept you or not"
"Who all the members of my group would be so that we could talk before the interview and would not be so nervous when it came time to talk in the group situation."
"How serious they were about their PBL curriculum."
"How to take deeper breaths for the 1x1 interview"
"Individual interview was first thing in the morning. Then the group interview, with 4 other candidates, happened later on in the day with two faculty members."
"rental cars are too expensive.. especially for"
"That there would be no signs pointing me to the correct door. I had to circle the school."
"That though the board scores are nice, that the clinical experience they provide is questionable at best"
"The interview is the first thing you do, and you sit through a 2-hour PBL session... which you do not participate in... you just sit in a chair in the back of the classroom with another applicant and listen to the PBL discussion"
"To save this interview for last. If this was my only option for medical school, I would have to really think if I wanted to go through with it. Student advisors let it slip that 12 students from the previous year quit."
"That clinicals here can be sketchy."
"Interviews are first thing so be prepared"
"I didn't realize that PBL was the only form of "classes" you would get at LECOM. I thought PBL was in addition to some classes. Although I could see the benefits of PBL, I still thought that it was a little too randomly done. There was really no method to the chapters you would study, you just pick a chapter in all of your different subject books and start reading. Then next week it would be a different thing you would read about. It just wasn't my cup of tea..."
"Length of the interview day"
"The exact time of my interview"
"That the interview was really laid back. I don't know if it was just my interviewers, but once the interview started, I was not stressed out at all. The interviewers were very laid back and exceptionally nice."
"How much money it would cost to go on the interview"
"interview is first - then tour. I loved the school but Bradenton-Sarasota was kinda lame (Im from San Diego)"
"That I couldn't sit in a PBL session due to finals week, but they gave us an informative presentation anyway."
"I wish I would have stayed closer to the campus and rented a car so I could check out the area."
"That I was going to be asked all generic questions and not touch health care or ethical issues. That isn't to say that you won't though, so don't skip over that stuff while preparing."
"That there was no PBL that week due to testing. "
"The interview wasnt stressful at all. I was nervous for no reason."
"I toured the school before I interviewed, so I was fairly well prepared. Make sure you know what PBL is and whether or not you think it might be a good fit for you."
"knew what I needed to know!"
"The set-up of the interviews can be a mixed bag of all the interviewers having read the file, not having read the file, or some of each."
"That the interviewers would roll their eyes at my responses."
"Nothing really. (I already knew about the dress code and no food/drinks in classrooms policies)."
"That my rental company was gonna try to stick me with a PT cruiser :("
"lack of structure that seems to characterize the pbl program"
"I got the impression that students were upset about planning 3rd and 4th year rotations on their own which made me a little concerned. Researching it more, it seems like there are only a few difficulties...nothing major to be concerned about. About 10 states to rotate through. How challenging my question was to them: "I was reading about the shortage of rotations within FL and read about LECOM's president discussing residencies in FL and the negotiations with Manatee Memorial Hospital. What is LECOM doing to address this? (handing over article)" Reply: "Hmm...I didn't know about this. They are working on it, its getting much better. Wow - that's the first time I ever got something from the interviewee...". Hampton Inn's construction...hammer-drilling for business hours. Too stressed to get much sleep and a sip or two of Mtn Dew in the morning didn't help at all...Relax!!!! "
"That you can only enter through the rear entrance. It was raining the day of the interview and many students tried going in the front door and had to run to the back of the building in the rain. Would have been nice to be a little drier during the course of the day. "
"That I couldn't get in to the building before 7:30 am. "
"How long the day was going to be. Whewww I was exhausted when I got out. 7:45-2:45 ish..."
"Be early! I was 5 minutes early and everyone was already there. "
"Just know that they will have you read an article (a page or two) in five minutes and then ask you a question about it during the interview. Dont get nervous about it...just know the basics."
"To use the phone by the door rather than to follow a student into the controlled-access door. Security doesn't like it if you do the latter."
"If you are accepted you have 30 days to decide and give a $1500 nonrefundable deposit."
"You enter through the back of the building to get a little security thing."
"Be aware that you'll need to read an article before your interview and they'll ask you to summarize it. Also you'll be the only interviewee in your PBL session, which I didn't realize going into it."
"I wish I knew there would be an article to read and comment on during the interview. It ended up being really basic, but it got my nerves all jacked. I wasn't expecting it."
"the total cost of attendance. how awkward and hands off the pbl sessions were. pretty much show, up, get the official answers, go home and study."
"How much (if at all) they want you to participate during the 2 hr PBL session you sit in on."
"I didn't find any surprises."
"How much reading they do per day, students told us about 100 pages per day."
"I did not realize the interview was closed file. This puts the candidate at a distinct disadvantage and is a very lazy way for a medical school to approach interviews. "
"There is really not much around the area where the school was built"
"The interview WILL go until about 3 so get your return flight accordingly if you fly."
"You have to wear a suit and tie to school every day (in Florida humidity, no less). No food or drink allowed outside of the cafeteria. "
"Only have 30 days to decide if you will attend LECOM after acceptance letter mailed out. Since this is my first interview I really don't have anything to compare the school to as of yet."
"Dress code for men is shirt and tie and no gym facilities"
"I wish I had a better understanding of PBL. But you can't understand it until you've seen it. "
"Read on here that interviews were closed file but at interview admissions staff member said it was the choice of the interviewer whether to read the applicant's file or not. Fortunately, both my interviewers read my file, but one was bad cop and the other was good cop. "
"They don't have set sites for 3rd and 4th year rotations, anatomy is prosection not dissection"
"Interview is CLOSED-FILE"
"I learned about PBL, osteopathic medicine, and that I need to be a bit more introspective."
"How incredibly horrible PBL is, and how in the middle of nowhere bradenton is"
"How awesome the area is. It seems like there's nothing to do, but you just have to find it. There are some very nice shopping malls, a nice movie theater that serves beer and wine, great beaches...on and on...it's not as BFE as people think/say."
"The reddish tide at Siesta Key during my off-day. I wanted to swim...fortunately, Lido Beach was cleaner. :)"
"The cab driver ripped me off from my hotel to the school! $20 for under 6 miles!"
"Florida is humid, even during late winter/early spring."
"After reading this website I was very well prepared."
"I could have taken a bus to the beach (on anna maria), because there is virtually no parking on the island. "
"I wish I had not read so many of the negative comments about the school but I was very pleasently surprised that they turned out to be the opinions of less educated individuals. Much of what was said was not completely accurate."
"The campus is rather small. However this is understandable given that because of the style of learning (PBL)you spend most of your time at home or with your group members brainstorming over your cases."
"bradenton is kinda eh"
"PBL, awful. There is no cadaver dissection, completely eliminating the essence of what its like to discover the human body for yourself. "
"The entire program is PBL."
"not as stressful as I thought it would be"
"It's a nicer area than I thought. There are some really nice beaches and social sites not far at all."
"Some of the rotations may be out of state and travel may be required. It's good to plan to do rotations where u hope to apply for your residency to get to know staff, especially if you are going into a competitive field."
"That the interview would be very relaxed."
"It wasn't so bad..."
"That one of my LOR was missing"
"Anatomy was an intensive 10 week course. Memorize or die... then maybe you can move onto PBL"
"No lectures in biochem, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroanatomy, pathology, physiology, or pharmacology. You are responsible for all these subjects on your own, and I took only three of those as an undergrad so it might be tough"
"No one in the community new about the school. It gave off this vibe like it was too new or too young. Bradenton traffic is terrible."
"The stats on PBL and the boards. Apparently most of the students who have taken a PBL curriculum in medical school (this is all, not just LECOM) do above average on their boards"
"Lots of married people"
"apartments in the area are kind of expensive"
"that PBL is the best way to prepare yourself to be a physician!"
"lots of married folks"
"Nothing...I was very prepared because I had attended an admissions conference and read a lot about the school and its program."
"You pay $26,000 a year to go to class for 2 hours a day, 3 days a week, with a faculty member who doesn't teach, rather facilitates the group's learning discussion"
"I really loved the school"
"Double check your application before you leave. Mine was missing two essential documents (which I was able to provide before the end of the day). There IS a lecture-based component to this program. Anatomy, embryology and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) are all lecture/labs. Out of state tuition is now $26,000. In state tuition is $25,000. Here's a big one...we were told that there are still ~30 seats that remain open for this year's class."
"Everything was incredibly low-stress. Everyone on this site says so, but I guess I wasn't going to believe it until I saw it for myself. It is the truth, and they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. "
"The only style of learning they offer is Problem-Based learning...look it up before you go!"
"PBL allows for a flexible schedule with teachers more willing to assist the students because there is very little lecture time (only a few classes are lecture based). Also, because the anatomy lab is run by prosection (no dissection during lab), students who do well can be on the prosection team and get paid for it. "
"I assumed the campus was much bigger. It's not. Everything is in one building."
"That they hadn't planned to provide any vegetarian options for lunch! :-("
"that the 3rd and 4th year are done off campus out of bradenton- you can go wherever there is a teaching hospital to do your clinical rotations"
"I wish I had known that I would absolutely fall in love with this place; I wouldn't have made other plans already."
"strict food and drink policy, but this only helps strengthen the school and keep it nice. kinda sucks but as the students said, you get over it."
"Stay a recommended hotels provided by school DO NOT STAY NEAR AIRPORT (Sarasota/Bradenton)"
"lots of construction around the school, housing is hard to find. no gym/activities. students seem to have their own clicks"
"How much I really want to go there. The program really fits my learning style better than I had thought."
"how hot it'd be in florida"
"How much I would love the weather, school, area, everything!"
"that the school is only two years old and so does not qualify for the national health service corps scholarship. "
"I'd visited the school twice before, so I had no surprises. "
"How tight the security was. I wouldnt have brought my girlfriend along because I dont think they treated her right."
"A lot of the streets have two names so it's easy to get lost!"
"I felt prepared. I don't think there's anything that was a surprise. Maybe that the school doesn't qualify for NHSC scholarships, which the financial aid guy sort of dismissed like "what would you want that for anyway?" Hello! This school emphasizes primary care! I think he was trying to discount it because students can't get it."
"That the admissions staff "director" was so rude and the faculty I interviewed with were going to be so quiet and non interactive."
"How laid back everyone is!"
"DO NOT DISCUSS MD SCHOOLS! I was rejected with a 30+ MCAT, 3.8 Science GPA. I am pretty sure it was because I discussed my interview at a MD school within earshot of the admissions staff. Touchy touchy!"
"I wish I knew about the study abroad program a head of time."
"students don't get to dissect cadavers!"
"Well, it rained kind of a lot. The Comfort Suites Hotel was very nice. There's a lot of construction and the "season" (when all the old people go south) is starting, so give yourself a little extra time to get there. I was also surprised that I knew some of the people in the interview group - I keep running into the same people at different schools."
"Bodies are prosected so you don't get to do any cutting, first ten weeks are killer anatomy class then PBL starts."
"Prepare very well for the questions listed here. "
"I got a huge headache that day; I wish I had taken some aspirin before the day began so that I was not in such pain :)"
"That the number of acceptances sent out had already exceeded the number of seats in the class, so basically we all had to wait like 3 weeks to hear back. I, fortunately, am ACCEPTED!!!"
"How hard it is to book a hotel in that area. They fill up fast! Big vacation area, I guess."
"That it will be hard to find an affordable place to stay and that Bradenton is primarily filled with retiree's. I also wish I knew how laid back the interview was going to be. I would say stop studying/worrying and just be yourself--but I know nobody will listen. hehe"
"ABSOLUTELY NO COFFEE ANYWHERE BUT THE LOUNGE... ok... I can't understand how you can survive med school without an expresso in one hand and a book in another... "
"There is a required dress code."
"PBL is a great way to learn medicine."
"That there is a extremely large high school right next door."
"Nothing i was pretty well prepared "
"I wish I had known that not many students are on campus on Fridays."
"Overall a very relaxed, laid back interview. They aren't there to grill you about your application, their questions are geared to see if you can work well in a group setting. Just be sure to listen to other people's responses and build off of each other to make it as conversational as you can."
"Overall, a nice school and can't beat the price. But be sure that the fit is right for you, because exclusively PBL isn't for everybody."
"There is a dress code, there is a no food/drink policy (the school is incredibly clean), the PBL pathway definitely isn't for everyone and they seem to look for students who would truly fit PBL successfully, the Bradenton area is beautiful and near lots of beaches, the students we met seemed relatively happy, and you don't dissect in anatomy but you have the option to dissect during your first summer."
"I could not see myself being happy at this school. It was very isolating and you're expected to teach yourself everything. I sat in on one of the PBL classes and the teacher was highly unprepared. She ended up spending 15 min of their hour long class looking for IT people and the students kept joking about how terrible the faculty and administration are. Why would you say that to APPLICANTS????"
"It seems that LECOM-B produces some stelar graduates, but at the cost of being very controlling of the students. The whole administration gave a strong vibe of "My way or the highway," albeit that their way seems to produce competitive grads. I would consider attending, but am by no means completely sold."
"Not a fan of PBL but the campus is ok."
"Loved the PBL curriculum, but couldn't see myself wanting to spend time at the campus."
"Prepare yourself for common questions. Other than that, learn to be honest and think quickly. Be yourself and if they like you, good. If they don't, then choose a school that fits. Remember you are competitive enough, so have confidence in your abilities during your interview. Smile."
"Be prepared to be underwhelmed by some aspects of the school. No caffeine in the library. Security cameras everywhere (NOT for security! They're watching students!). Favoring male applicants strongly. Otherwise I really liked the PBL session I sat in on and think it's one of the best COMs out there. I thought it was striking that though this was a new school, they do NOT respond to the suggestions of students. Our tour guides had many complaints and wry smiles when talking about trying to get things changed at the school. It seems the administration values its own opinions over those of the students."
"The group interview, honestly, really sucks if you're not good at group discussions (i.e., talking in a large group, getting your say in without interrupting others, saying something substantial that no one else said)--especially group discussions about trivial and/or broad things. I felt like I never really got a chance to say much, much less to say anything substantial. People in my group were talking over each other (and even the interviewers at a couple points!) to get their say in and a lot of them said what I was thinking, we were asked such general and such easy questions about PBL. This school really made me hate group interviews--I dearly hope I do not have to do another one. The sad thing is, the interview itself was really relaxed--no hard questions asked, the interviewers were very friendly, etc. I just don't think I got a chance to make a good impression upon the interviewers, as they didn't ask anything personal (the q's were ENTIRELY about PBL)."
"Make sure your voice is heard in the group interview but don't dominate the conversation!"
"Very impressed. Initially LECOM-B was towards the bottom of my list, but after touring, interviewing, and watching a PBL session, it has moved to #1 or 2. PBL really is the future and this school knows how to do it (based off of their board scores)."
"Great school, great students, very helpful and caring faculty."
"Great campus and area school was a backup before i went to the interview, now it is in my top 5"
"The group interview idea would be good if it were in addition to something like MMI, or a one-on-one interview. As a stand alone solution, it is not a good way to judge the character of a person."
"Overall it was a great experience. Yes you need to do your research and show your interest, but overall it was fairly laid back and very informative."
"This school likes its rules."
"Campus is hardly a campus. More like a huge building next to some grass and a nice fountain."
"Great school, but you REALLY have to be a self starter. In defense of this school, they don't try to "sell" problem based learning. The whole day is about are you a good fit for their school and do you think you will do well with problem based learning. Also, the Econolodge East was a great place to stay. Clean with a microwave and refrigerator."
"All in all, interview day went very well. I was impressed with the professionalism and warmth of the school."
"The academic focus of the program is awesome, and PBL seems like an innovative and effective method of learning material, but clinical experience and rotations seem to be on the back burner, and thats a huge turn off"
"They are all about PBL... so just know if it is right for you."
"This interview day was unnecessarily long. Sitting through a 2 hour PBL session was an overkill. The worst part of the day was when we had to sit around a table and tell why we liked PBL. Its unclear why tuition is 30K per year when students learn from each other and thru independent study."
"This would be my ideal school if they can get their clinical issues together. As it stands it is my back-up school because the location and PBL curriculum are very tailored to my liking."
"I never applied to LECOM in the past because I knew that they had some quirky rules. I think after going to the interview, I just didn't come out feeling that this place was a good fit for me..."
"very nice school with friendly students and faculty"
"The admissions process seems to need some organization..."
"For me, one of the interviewers had read my file and the other one did not. Also, the school revolves around Problem based learning which means most of your learning is done on your own. Not a problem for me, I think, as I find lectures very boring. But be aware that the interview day at the school is really about whether or not problem based learning is for you."
"Find out if PBL is for you, it's really important to know whether you can handle studying/learning on your own. The students seemed happy, and I liked that some of the faculty ate lunch with the students. Seemed like they knew their professors/drs really well, had a good relationship with them."
"This is an outstanding school - IF you are comfortable learning EVERYTHING without classes."
"This is a great school. Beautiful location, happy students and awesome board scores. If you like PBL you can't pass this school up!"
"The school seems great if you are comfortable with PBL and its challenges. It's not for everyone so make sure you're prepared to defend why you think it's a good fit for you. "
"Great school but just like the dean of the school says, PBL is not for everyone. You really need to find out if the school is a good fit for you."
"Fantastic school and program."
"This was my first interview..at my top choice school. I was extremely nervous about halfway through because I was afraid I was rambling and that some of my answers weren't the greatest answers. Oh well...we interviewed friday and we can call wednesday to get our decisions. Fingers crossed!"
"I LOVE this school and was recently accepted! "
"Chill interview, they might grill you at first but after the first few minutes it's cool."
"Terrible interview. Interviewers are supposed to be your advocates to the admission's committee. My interviewers were not friendly or welcoming from the get-go. "
"Two words: great school. "
"Really liked the school! It is probably my second choice overall. "
"I interviewed at both LECOM-Brad (1st) and LECOM-Erie (2nd) about 2 months apart. I was tremendously impressed with PBL (see +/-'s). The rules, etc, didn't bother me...I'll know what to wear and I don't have to worry about someone slipping coffee all of my highlighted books. I really liked LECOM-Brad and I could see myself doing very well. LECOM-Erie on the other hand was on a different level. Brad was clearly designed for PBL...at Erie, they just had 2 tables pushed together with sliding dividers between rooms! LECOM-Brad was warm, efficient, and focused, nurturing admin. LECOM-Erie had a totally different feel - cold, efficient, scattered, overbearing admin. LECOM-Brad != LECOM-Erie LECOM-Brad has a great program, but I didn't send deposit in time because I was leaning towards a different osteo school. I would be very happy going there though!"
"Absolutely amazing school. The interview is very well ran and laid back. The staff makes it very clear that PBL is for a specific type of student and it's very helpful to be able to sit in on a PBL session to gain first hand experience with the pathway."
"The students, faculty and staff are obviously very proud of LECOM-Bradenton. However, there is a very fine line between pride and arrogance. That line was crossed on more than one occasion. "
"I loved it. After I left it was my top choice. I have been accepted and I am happy! "
"Contrary to what others have said, you DO NOT have to setup your own rotations. Bradenton has a match system for these spots. You give the school your preference for order or timing of (3 and 4th year) rotations and they assign you. However, if you would rather leave the Florida area (and say return to your home state) you can, and those rotations are up to you. It's a best of both worlds scenario. Also, this isn't a school you can go to just to be going to med school. You have to be willing to do PBL for 2 years. Unlike other schools where you can hide in the library and study, at Bradenton you have to be good at group interaction. If this isn't your thing you will be miserable. "
"Admissions staff and faculty are incredibly dedicated and friendly! I felt very comfortable with this process and had a great visit! I received a response within 2 weeks and got in!!"
"This was my 1st interview. Am now accepted at 2 other schools....If I would have known then what I know now, I would have walked out after 10 mintues of their schlocky presentation about how professional they are and how great it is that their students all wear buisness atire, their highschool wikipedia demonstration of OM and a hokey lecture about the amount of reading one does in medical school. Earth to Bradenton! We're applying to grad school, not college. We get it already. They wasted my time and money and didn't even read my file carefully. "
"Great school doing some really good things. Understand that this school is not one to get by in. The students put a lot of time and effort into their studying and that's WHY they have such great scores. Most students I talked to study between 6-10 hrs/day out of class."
"Dr. Krueger gave a bizarre wrap-up of PBL in the afternoon... but overall, it's a good place. You should be able to figure out if PBL is a good match for you by the end of the interview day. Also, renting a car is ~$50 vs. $70-$140 for airport shuttles."
"Personally, I think that 30 days does not give prospective students enough time to make fully informed decisions when they have not interviewed at other institutions yet. The med school application process should be similar to the match system instead."
"I just have to say, take the whole "OH NO PBL and OH NO only four cadavers" comments with grains of salt. I went in there prepared for the worst, and LECOM actually impressed me. I keep hearing that not doing your own cadaver is actually nice and quite appropriate. So I'd say, don't prejudge, you might like it a lot. I also appreciated that almost all of my time there, people were honest about how PBL doesn't work for everyone, and didn't force it on me. For me there was really only one person that was a little pushy about it."
"I expected to like LECOM-B more than I did. There wasn't anything wrong with the school, I just can't see myself there. I prefer schools in an urban environment and with a nearby hospital. A big turnoff for me was the area it's located in - turns out that other than Disney World, I'm really not a fan of Florida."
"One of my interviewers read my file and the other did not, which was sort of hard because I did not know how much detail to go into. "
"Make sure you a little about PBL before the interview...they talk about it a lot."
"The whole day is about PBL! You need to have a good understanding of PBL and they will grill you on whether that style of learning fits you."
"They want you to be a fit for PBL. If you don't think PBL is right for you, do not bother with this school."
"pbl is interesting but not worth $50k/year. "
"Be prepared to read an article and be asked a question about it in the interview."
"GREAT SCHOOL!! Definitely NOT for everyone though! If you like to read, study as a team, and take initiative in your medical education, then PBL is for you! If you like lectures...don't come here! You won't get them! =)"
"Great school for those who like PBL. Make sure it is for you because it requires alot of hard work."
"I felt that I had been done a disservice. No one had even the remotest idea of who I was. It was very strange."
"Everybody was very nice, very low stress level. Interviews were almost the 1st thing in the day (after a short PBL info session, followed by housing info, PBL session, lunch with students, tour, and financial info."
"Very friendly people at LECOM, but if you aren't sure you want PBL, then it's a major risk doing this curriculum"
"There is a small introduction to the school with a video and faculty in the morning followed shortly after by the interviews. Then we sit in on a PBL session for 2 hours that flew by for me. Lunch with students to ask questions, tour, then some financial aid and wrap up sessions."
"Two faculty members interviewed me. One, Dr. Baden, was friendly but strange.. (I didn't come up with that, another member of their staff said that after my interview!). He kept asking me 'why?' after most questions: i.e. after being asked "Why medicine?" and giving an answer, he said "No, WHY medicine?"...at first it was intriguing, but after five questions went by with him asking "But WHY?" after each one, it got old...The other member of the interview committee just read questions from a sheet, took notes, and didn't say much. My interview took over 50 minutes because I had a long talk with Dr. Baden, which seemed positive...they acted like I was accepted, but I later found out I was waitlisted (Therefore please take my 'negative impressions' of the school with a grain of salt). "
"Good interview overall. read the questions on SDN - they read the same questions off of a standard sheet for every interview. A long day!"
"No big deal interviewers were very personable and not stressful. Interview is first thing in the morning which is great!"
"Met at 7:45 and went from there. Interviews were from 8:45-9:45 so they were done early, which was nice. It was a very long day though, by the end I was dragging and just wanted to go home. Got done at about 2:45pm."
"I felt very welomed and at ease the entire day. LECOM holds the interviews early in the day so you can get the hard part over with. Everyone was extremely positive and supportive. The best part of the day was watching the PBL session. I can't believe how much the second years were able to synthesize. I even got to add my 2 cents (with permission, of course!). I'm really excited about this curriculum."
"They talk to you about PBL and then give you an article that you must read in 10 minutes. Then you have your interview. In the interview you are asked to summarize the article. After the interview they talk about housing options and then you get to sit in on a 2 hour PBL session. After that you eat lunch with a few 1st and 2nd years. Then, they talk about financial aid and about the PBL program some more. The day ends at 2:30pm."
"Overall the day was fine. The PBL session really was fun. The interview, itself, was no problem. However, I did get a sterile feeling from the school. There was a coldness present in the students I interacted with. "
"Great experience. Love the school."
"The whole interview day was pretty laid back. They first talk to you about PBL. Then they go straight into the interviews. After the interview they talk about housing options and then you get to sit in on a 2 hour PBL session which is really cool. After that you eat lunch with a few 2nd years, they tell you about financial aid, and they talk about the PBL program some more. It's all over by 2:30pm."
"Since I prepared and knew what they were going to ask me, it went perfectly. The weather was so nice, a big bonus seeing that I come from North. Lunch was light, wraps and pastries. The facility is brand new so it looks so beautiful."
"The day went by pretty quickly... started at 8 ended about 2:30. Enthusiastic staff and students."
"The school impressed me a great deal. I read another person saying the students were googling things and had no clue what they were doing. Reading that I was skeptical but sitting in on the PBL session, I felt the complete opposite. There were things the students did not know off the top of their head but each time, they knew where in the book to turn (and they had like 5 books in front of each of them). They would talk about a case discuss what was happening, why what was happening, and a possible next step and why they would do that next step. Then they would ''order'' a test and discuss the results is so much detail. Aside from that, all the students were very professional and respectful. They were also very disciplined and took their learning seriouslly. I was skeptical of PBL prior to this, but this session made me see how well trained the students become. I was also able to particiapte because I am knowedgeable about diabetes which they were talking about. With that said though, if you do decide on this school, you have to enjoy PBL. It is a different way of learning and it is not for everyone. So when you attend your interviews, I am sure you will get annoyed with how much they are talking about PBL learning, but the reason for that is because thats their style of teaching and they want you to make sure you can be successful in PBL. I did not feel they were trying to sell it to me. Rather they were trying to get me to understand what strengths you need to be successfull in a PBL program."
"Interview was nice, probably would have been nicer if I hadn't gotten lost on my way there. Even though the sign points to Bradenton being WEST of 75, trust your directions...it's actually EAST. I was 5 minutes late for the intro... But, I received my first acceptance from here and couldn't be more elated that I know med school is in the cards for me. CLASS OF 2012!"
"arrived at 7:45, signed in with security and got a visitors badge, was taken to a conference room with 5 other people who were being interviewed, they had coffee and food and a folder with info about the PBL, appartments, clubs at the school, financial aid info, Dean came in and told us about himself and then briefly about the school, assistant dean talked about PBL, and why they started a campus in florida, talked about himself, then we got an article to read for 10 min, interviews started, closed file, they knew nothing about me so it was hard to pick and choose what i wanted them to know, then went back to conference room where they told us about where we could live if we went to the school, and the clubs at the school, then we say in on a 2 hour PBL session, i thought it was going to be long and boring, but i really enjoyed it, its a good way to see if the school is a fit for you, i was able to understand what they were talking about to some extent. Then lunch with two students, they served chips and wraps. One of the students said she NEVER went out, pretty much only studied, the other studnent had a more well rounded life, went out, studied, said that the tests werent hard if you put the time in, he also had a gf. One thing he said was that the anatomy is the first ten weeks of the first year and its intense, dont have time to do much but study the first 10 weeks. Next we got a short financial aid talk, and then met with the assistant dean again, he asked us each to say what we thought of PBL, AND asked us to write down on a piece of paper how much learning took place in PBL, just to warn you HE thinks that only 1% of learning takes place in the PBL sessions, and that most of the learning occurs on your own. Then we had a tour...out by 2:30"
"Being already accepted in a medical school, I really had second and even third thoughts about coming for the interview. I knew very little about osteopathic medicine before and therefore I was not sure if this was going to be a waste of time and money. However my premed advisor told me that I should keep in the interview because she knows the recruiting people there and they really impressed her about the school and the program. After meeting many of the people, (dr. b, dr. k, and some students), I am now hoping to get accepted there. I like being responsible for my learning, having support from faculty should I need their help, being treated like a professional from day one, and having someone to email or talk to during the application process."
"This was the worst interview ive been on yet. The school totally sux, the tour was 3 seconds long (i didnt care cuz i wanted to leave). They didnt show us anything. Theres no gym, you can get a ''discout'' to the YMCA next door. I got grilled in the interview about why i think i could handle PBL which annoying bc they had no reason to assume i couldnt. They didnt ask anything outside of PBL related questions. Didnt even ask why i wanna be a doc? I thought that was standard. Anyways, the interview was just plain annoying. What really turned me off was the 2 hour PBL session. The students seeemed so lost, i got the feeling they ahd no idea what they were studying or anything. The ''facilitator'' was not helpful in the least. When the students asked questions, he wouldnt answer them. It was unreal. Like goin to medschool and given absolutley nothing but the books. They actually sit there googling things!!! They also spend like 10 minutes looking up a word they never seen before. The whole experience was mind-boggling. Personally PBL looked cool at first but i dont think it prepares you for the boards at all. One of the students actually told me that their first year, there class had the lowest pass rate in the nation. They claim they got the highest in the country last year, but im just not impressed with that. Im not willing to take that risk. I wish i knew what i was gettin myself into, i coulda saved a lot of money, i wouldnt go to this school if it were my only option. "
"Arrive at 7:45am. Go through security. They're hard core about it. Better safe than sorry, I guess. Intro speech. There were 10 interviewees total and we interviewed 2 on 1, closed file, in two groups. We had to read an article and summarize it. Piece of cake. Don't sweat it. When I finished my interview we waited for the second group to finish and compared notes. Then went to a full 2 hour PBL session. Each interviewee went to a different session. Very good program they have here. This is really the cornerstone of the school. After PBL, we had lunch with 2 second years who answered questions...very nice. Next we had a very short fin aid talk and a quick tour. Didn't see the cadaver lab because a class was in there, and didn't see the library just 'cause...but it's probably all electronic anyways. Nice new facility, everyone was friendly. Staff/faculty were lighthearted and joking. Great town. Went to the beach the day before. Warm water, kinda like a lightly heated pool. Stayed at Hampton Inn. Very nice also. Overall very good experience. I like this place alot and I'll be very disappointed if they turn me down."
"I flew into Tampa the morning before my interview, drove down to Sarasota (where my hotel was) and went to the beach to relax. I wouldn't recommend the Quality Inn and Suites in Sarasota off of 41 -- my room smelled heavily of mold. I arrived at the interview on time/early. They had a group of eight students interviewing at a time (they provided a light breakfast and lunch) and gave us an overview of PBL and Bradenton residential life. Very friendly staff/faculty. Also, they allowed us to sit-in on a 2 hour long PBL session. This experience really confirmed my desire to do PBL. "
"It was a very laid back interview! It was fun with only a small group of 8 interviewees, because we got to interact. It was helpful attending a PBL session, you really get to see how it works; it's amazing how advanced the students seem in their clinical knowledge even at the beginning of year II! The completely blind interview style was a little harder than you would think, because they know NOTHING about you, so you sort of have to keep explaining yourself, in addition to trying to answer questions and make a good impression. With that said, it was conversational, and the faculty was SO nice, so it wasn't too bad at all."
"Stayed with family about an hour away, so I arrived about 30 min early. We got started around 8:30am when Dr. George and Dr. Krueger talked about the school and the PBL curriculum. Interviews began around 9:30 with each of use assigned a specific time slot when we'd be called out for the 30-40min interview with 2 faculty members (2-on-1). After the interviews we went on a tour of the campus. It's a brand new building and kept extremely clean (no food/drink except for in the cafeteria). Then we had lunch (sandwich rolls with chips, drinks, and a pudding like dessert) with just us and couple current med students where we were able to ask questions ''off the record'' and get honest feedback from the students. They were very honest and seemed to genuinely enjoy the school and the PBL style. After lunch a local realtor came into to give us some brief info on the area, she offers her services free of charge to students and after a few emails back and forth seems very helpful and willing to answer any question. We ended with some financial aid information and were done around 1:30pm. Overall it was fairly pain-free. The interviews are pretty structured in that they use a form with ''pre-formed'' questions that they don't deviate too much from and jot down notes while you answer so don't expect a conversational interview."
"The interview day started at 8:30am. I was checked in at security and given a guest ID name tag. Dean welcomed us. Faculty member gave a lecture on PBL. Then I think we got pulled out 4 at a time for our interviews. When everyone was done we went on a tour. Afterwards, we had lunch with students who answered questions. In my opinion, one student was a little too talkative. Then the real estate agent came to talk to us, then the financial aid and we're finally done at around 1:45pm? I can't remember the exact order of things. Oddly, i do remember lunch! half a turkey wrap, a bag of potato chips, what looked like home-made chocolate pudding with cookie bits in it (I thought it was strange but tried it anyway), mini candy bars, and a bottle of water."
"Overall, I very much enjoyed my experience at the school. Everyone there is very laid back and committed to helping the students in any way they can. I got the feeling that if I attended the school, they would do everything in their power to make sure I would be successful."
"Overall the interview experience was really nice, and pretty much just as the other posts described. Unlike the negative impression posts, I didn't feel that they were trying to ''sell'' the school. The students and faculty were sincere and seemed honestly proud of their school."
"Had overview of PBL(problem based learning), interview, tour of campus/library, lunch, and financial aid information session."
"Stayed at the Days Inn which was okay except that they do not have late check out. Arrived at 8, listened to faculty, dean and admissions staff speak. They had snacks, muffins, breakfast items which was very kind. Toured the building. Interviewed with 2 faculty (ie. 2-on-one) who were very personable and made the interview a low-stress experience (very conversational). Then had lunch and listened to financial aid speech and a third year student, as well as a talk by a local realtor who helps students find housing free of charge. Concluded after admissions staff told us what came next. Overall, it was a very pleasant, smooth, and interesting experience. PBL is a great fit for my study style, but definitely is not for everyone."
"The overall experience at LECOM-bradenton was a very mixed one. The admissions staff are excellent and very friendly, yet some of the faculty and the dean that came and spoke to us seemed a bit arrogant. They made it sound like PBL is only for the strong, smart, and superior students. I completely disagree. PBL is an excellent curriculum if it incorporates the values of teamwork and working together. It seemed they wanted the complete opposite. They wanted you to read on your own 10 hours a day by yourself and you were basically teaching yourself. The faculty never expressed an open door policy and gave very little info. on the 3rd and 4th year rotations. All they talked about was PBL for the first two years. Aditionally, the students that came and talked to us were nice but they didn't seem too happy and all they talked about was PBL. There are other factors that need to be addressed besides just the first two years of the curriculum I think. It seemed everyone was just out to sell the PBL curriculum and not the school. Overall i got an EErie feeling there! "
"The interview was with two staff members. They were very familiar with my full application and they asked interesting questions which showed me that they wanted to get to know me better. While waiting for others to interview, students came in to speak with us and reduce our stress level which made the time go by faster."
"First they go over their PBL program pretty extensively. Then they hold interviews. Then you get a tour of the campus and then have lunch with medical students. Next there is a discussion about financial aid. The day concludes with a realtor explaining the area and how to contact her (there is no on-campus housing for students)"
"If you like pbl, its a great school, but make sure you research pbl on the lecom website, not a google search. I like pbl, but not as the primary learning engine"
"The interviewers were completely impersonal, the admissions staff and students seem like they have a rehearsed, choreographed song and dance to try to CONVINCE you to go to their school, complete with a realtor to come visit to talk about buying property. The day lasted ENTIRELY too long, we arrived at 9:30 and they finally let us go at 3:30. Please, please, please know what you're getting into before you apply here. I was open-minded and optimistic, I left feeling like a prisoner."
"I had one MD and one DO, pretty straightforward with their questions, but still a relaxed atmosphere and they would laugh when I made jokes"
"Very casual and relaxed. All the questions they asked have appeared on this website given by others."
"I really enjoyed the day, they gave us lunch and breakfast! Everyone was friendly and I had a good interview group. "
"Great experience! And good luck to u :)"
"Overall, I thought the interview went well. Although it was not long, I thought I was able to say everything I wanted. I really liked the school and have been accepted. The turn around time between the interview and acceptance is less than a week so there is immediate response, which is nice."
"I got there really early. Talked to the other interviewee's. We started the interview early (but if you interview on Friday, you will have your interview later on in the day). From there, we took a tour, ate lunch with some students, and went over financial aid stuff. The students we talked to were great! They really made me want to go to the school."
"This is probably the least stressful interview you will ever go to for medical school. The interviewers really make you feel relaxed and they are just trying to find out who you are and if you are a good candidate for the PBL curriculum."
"This was my first interview and the impression that I had from the faculty was very positive. Everyone is very friendly(except the security guy). I had a great time during the interview day."
"The interview was fairly cordial. I was led into one of the PBL rooms to interview with a DO and a Microbio/Immunology PhD. They had a list of prescribed questions, which they scribbled upon furiously while you responded. The only major questions that were asked you can find in these reviews. Why Medicine/DO/Bradenton? Leadership style, strengths/weaknesses, conflict management, article summarization (really easy article, no specifics asked, just quick summation)"
"I'm glad that this was my first interview. They make the stress level as low as possible. The two current students who ate lunch with us were informative and honest. The admissions staff is fun and helps make the experience easier. "
"The interview was nice, one interviewer was late which worked for me because I was really nervous in the beginning. By the time I calmed down the other interviewer came, and I think the first one was nice and didn't tell him how nervous I was. From their comments and questions about my application, they were VERY familiar with it and my LORs. Cool!"
"Everyone seemed really nice. They seemed like they really wanted everyone to get in. Everything was good except for my interviewers"
"It was not bad, not too stressful."
"The interview was great. The people were all very friendly and they all want you to go to their school. The other great thing is letters are mailed within a week of your interview."
"Arrived at 8:30 to interview with a group of 8. The had your standard breakfast, were introduced to staff and physicians, watched a video on the school, and heard about the curriculum, financial aid, housing, etc. They really covered everything you needed to know and were very attentive. Interviewed at 9:30 with one MD and a DO. It went great and I received an acceptance letter yesterday! It was really relaxed and they were very amicable, in fact everyone seemded extremely happy! Had lunch afterwards and spoke with their very own realtor who looks for your housing needs so you need not worry about that. the day finished at 1:30, with a tour of facilities which are state of the art and brand new! Even the cafeteria was great!"
"I am glad I went, the pbl was very interesting, and through that I learned it wasn't for me--but I did get accepted. Its a great area and wonderful facilties."
"Very low stress. The interview was like extremely conversational with questions raised as I was talking. I felt like I brought up topics before they did. One thing that I would like to see is more students on campus but other than that the interview was great. I was accepted and cannot wait to go there in the fall!!!!"
"The interview day is typical: presentations, tour, interviews, wrap-up. I didn't get a good sense that you get exposure to clinical skills, aside from physicals and histories. The curriculum is very innovative, but I felt there was something lacking. If I were to pay $26,000 a year for med school, I would want a little more than a ten week anatomy survey, 2 hours of PBL M/W/F, OMM lab once a week (Thursday) and clinical exam class (Tuesday). Don't get me wrong, I thought the PBL was a great way to learn, but I just didn't feel as comfortable with the curriculum as at other schools. If you are comfortable with independent study as your primary means of learning, then LECOM-Bradenton is right for you. "
"They talk to the interviewees briefly, giving you an overview of the curriculum and a bit of history of the school. Then you are given an article to read that isn't very difficult. Interviews begin right after that. The interviews were conversational and pleasant and the interviewers were very nice. After the interviews you are given a tour by a student. You then have lunch with some students and get to ask all the questions you ever wanted to. After that you get a brief talk on finacial aid and the wrap up talk. It was very enjoyable!"
"On balance, my interview was a very positive experience. At the conclusion of the curriculum overview, we (8 candidates) were given an article that appeared in a popular, non-science periodical (topic - stem cells). The group was given 10 minutes to review and take notes. Next, I interviewed with Dr. Quinn (DO) and Dr Leo (PhD). There were no suprises in the questions that they asked. The process seems to be very standardized (in the favor of the prepared applicant). There were no follow-up questions. After the interview, the group was given a tour by two first-year students. We had lunch at 12 followed by a brief financial aid overview. This school seems to be a good fit for those students who are self-motivated, work well in groups and can excel outside the confines of a traditional classroom. "
"I interviewed with two D.O.'s on the faculty who were both very attentive and worked well together. Neither of them was harsh or detached, and we did an awful lot of laughing! The questions come straight off of a scoring sheet, and they have all of your numbers in front of them. It is really just a "get to know you" session, more so than a "do you really belong here" kind of thing. Relax, and have fun! That's all the two guys who interviewed me wanted from me."
"The whole interview day is very laid-back and informal. It feels as if everyone there is rooting for your success, no matter where you end up."
"I felt very positive and laid back during my interview. Because I'd prepared and it wasn't my first medical school interview, I felt less stressed and was myself. The school is great and I hope to be accepted from there."
"It was a great interview and a lovely campus, but I did not feel comfortable with it being so new."
"It was a bit higher stress than expected but I think one of the interviewers was testing me about my commitment to osteopathy since I live in an allopathic-saturated area of the US. "
"The interview went well, I think. They were nice and polite. They made a point to be very discreet about their opinion of how i did. "
"I was interviewed by two professors simultaneously. They both had read my file, but they had a standardized questionnaire in front of them from which they asked me questions and marked down comments while I spoke. Since others had reported "cold" interviews here, I anticipated needing to draw them into conversation. This approach proved successful and I recommend it. I was asked some difficult questions (see below), but, in a strange manner, I think they pressed me further on purpose to see if I could remain calm. When I did, remain calm (even when I couldn't answer something), I could tell they were impressed, and that felt great."
"i felt very nervous and sick before the interview, but was so relaxed afterwards- they don't try to stress you out at all and gave a great presentation on financial aid and living arrangments"
"Yes, it was the standard questions...but the two interviewers that I had were incredibly nice. They smiled, laughed, and we genuinely had a good time."
"very positive. will probably go here if accepted."
"Very relaxed atmosphere, interviewers were non-intrusive and laid back. Make sure you have questions to ask."
"overall a great experience except they lost one of my letters and didn't tell me! I waited 2 weeks then called and found out they placed my app on "hold" until they found it. got waitlisted next week. would definitely consider going here if accepted."
"I very much enjoyed my visit to LECOM. I believe this school provides students with a great education. As we waited for the other interviewees, we all talked, and LECOM provided many snacks and beverages for us. We then sat thru a brief discussion about the PBL curriculum by Dr. Leo. AFter this, we were given 10 minutes to read an article. Following, we were interviews, then a tour was given. Next we got lunch with 1rst year students. "
"relaxing and conversational. nothing hard. must have been good because i interviewed on a fri and i was accepted the following mon with a personal call from the associate dean. "
"Positive. I really enjoyed the experience. Great area (beaches, potential $$ in real estate, lots of things to do and perfect weather, dont miss Siesta Key), great staff. Very welcoming and calming and happy students. "
"enjoyable, my interviewers were extremely friendly, i enjoyed the experience. they did ask me alot of questions about pbl and if i'd fit into a small group setting."
"It was my first, so I was so nervous! I was also very sick and loopy from all my meds. I felt like I did so bad, but I guess I just felt like my life was up in the air. My advice, stay calm, be yourself and talk to them like you are talking with a friend. They want to know that you are a real person."
"we all got in on time through security (yes, it's very strict, but the guy was friendly), then we introduced ourselves twice, once to a (the?) dean, another time to the admissions people. half went on a tour, the other half went on interviews: 4 30-min sessions with 2 interviewers to one person. then some living spaces talks and a financial aid talk some time in there. ultimately, i was accepted, but declined the offer because while i think it'll be a GREAT school in 10 years, i don't want to be part of a 'guinea pig' class. the stats for the board pass rate are as yet unknown. also, the $1500 deposit was just too much for a school i was only lukewarm about."
"Very laid back and conversational. The staff (starting with the security guard all the way to the interviewers) did a great job of making it a friendly, encouraging atmosphere. Ask lots of questions. Undeniably, the most important thing is to get a sense of whether or not you belong there, so come relaxed (easier said than done) and ready to let them get to know you. "
"As expected, the interview lasted from 8:30AM through 1:30 PM. The staff was extremely willing to help and overly friendly. Although school was out and there were no students to talk to, they brought in two local first year students to meet with us for lunch."
"I was brought into a room with two interviewers who would ask me a question, then busily look down and write on a pad while I answered it. They didnt smile much and I almost felt like I was getting grilled. The questions were easy enough and general since it was a close-file. Basically they ask the same questions to everybody."
"The interviewers that my group was assigned to asked a greater amount of questions as well as more in depth questions than the other interviewers for the other groups. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. But the other applicants that were in the other groups felt happier about the simplicity of their interview, whereas my group felt quite tense afterward."
"I arrived around 8:15 and checked in with security. He made a call to admissions, and then I was escorted by someone from admissions to a room where the other students were. You will spend much of your day in this room. We all chatted for a bit after which one of the facility came in and spoke to us about the PBL curriculum for a while. Interviews began at 9:30 and lasted until 11:30. There were 3 panels of interviewers, 9 interviewees showed up, 2 were absent. Great bunch of people, hopefully some of them matriculate. While the first group interviewed, the last group was went on a library tour, and then the 2nd and last groups went after that. We had lunch with 2 OMSII students where we could ask questions and they told us what they thought about the school and the area. After lunch we went on a tour of the school with a lady from admissions. After the tour, someone from financial aid came and spoke to us. Then we were free to go, it was about 2 pm. "
"There were a lot of other people that day, about 12, I dont know if thats normal, I was too early, talked to a lot of people, everyone was great and thoughtful. After five minutes of being there, this school became my first choice over my hometown school, which I attend currently undergrad."
"Pretty standard interview day. I really like the PBL approach. However, the building seemed unlived in. The fact that everyone studies at Starbucks rather than the school bothers me a bit. Also, the security there is like Ft. Knox. I always felt like I was being watched. Good facilities though, and they even managed to convince me that prosections can be good things. I must've done well because I have been accepted."
"Very laid back. They even tell you up front that they're going to try and make it as stress-free as possible. I was interviewed by two of the professors, they were extremely nice and I felt that they were sincerely trying to get to know me as a person. Another main thing they stress is that you have to be the kind of student that will be successful with PBL. The students also seemed genuinely happy to be there and answered all the questions honestly. "
"Overall, positive experience. Students were friendly, faculty and staff were friendly. PBL sounds good. The school is beautiful and sort of secluded (minus the high school next door!). There is also a YMCA next door which would be good for stress relief."
"This was my first medical school interview ever, and i'm so glad that it was at LECOM Bradenton. Everyone was very laid back, and the admissions staff and faculty are all very friendly and student-centered. Their emphasis is of course on PBL, so definitely read up on that before going to interview so that you can field questions if they ask. Also, they give an article to read and they only give you 10 minutes to read it, then they ask you to summarize it in the interview. In the interview when they asked the questions, I had trouble remembering one of the big long terms, and they said "don't worry about terms" so my hint would be, just focus on the main idea-- they just want to see if you learned something. Oh- and dress code- at the school they actually enforce a dress code for the students- shirt and tie and at least khakis for guys, and a blouse and nice slacks/skirt for the girls, so definitely for the interview- don't show up in anything less. Also, BE EARLY. Find the school the night before because there is construction going on- one of the students was about 10 minutes late, and that is a horrible first impression."
"I thought the interview went well but I was surprised that so much of it was dedicated to the military, which was half my life ago, and not what I had done in the last 3-5 years"
"Great, laid back, and I was just accepted today. A great school for people who like learning on their own and prefer this to lectures."
"They asked me a couple questions, Then asked if i had any. It was fast because my app was quite self-explanatory. It was very relaxed and informal."
"Fine..nothing unexpected because they have a set of questions that they ask every applicant."
"Well, I was accepted, so I did something right. Basically, you go and check in with security, sit in a room with other students and listen to some basic presentations, interview, go on a tour with the librarian (he's somewhat entertaining), then another real tour with one of the ladies from admissions....then lunch (where you meet with some students), then the financial aid talk (in the lunchroom towards the end)."
"Nice. The lunch was awful but it was an informative interview day, PBL is very impressive."
"overall it was not bad but i thought the 10 interview questions were a little bland. Make sure you have questions prepared because you will have time. also, the registrar had no qualms about swearing during our sessions."
"Very relaxing. You start out with a tour, then interview while another group of ppl meet with the librarian. Then a couple of 1st yr students come and talk about the school and about PBL. This school is all about PBL, so you should know what it is and talk about it in the interview."
"Great! I had a good time talking with the interviewers about my experiences, etc. and talking with them about their life, practice, and reasons they loved LECOM."
"LECOM-Bradenton was really awesome! The interview was really fun and we all got along quite well as a group. I got everyone's emails and am keeping in touch with everyone, and I suggest that y'all do the same thing. The teachers at LECOM are really awesome. I learned that they use Prosections and pre-prepared slides so that you don't waste time in Anatomy lab. This is very efficient. I was considering either going to LECOM-Bradenton or Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, but LECOM-Bradenton is way better! LECOM-Bradenton's PBL curriculum has already proven itself in Erie, and will soon prove itself again in Florida. Western's best professor has even left Western to join LECOM-Bradenton. Think about it. Do you like to learn in lecture from 8-5 every day or would you rather meet in PBL groups 2 hours a day, 3 times a week, and then only 2 times a week your second year? Also, I have heard that the girls at LECOM-Bradenton are very hot! Can't wait for OMM Lab...HOLLA!"
"Interviewers were unresponsive and reluctant to give opinions. Highly scripted and emotionless. Be ready to impress"
"It was a relatively stress-free day and I enjoyed the tour of the building and their explanation of their curriculum."
"Good overall. The interviewers did however play a little good cop bad cop. "
"Looks like a great school. Very professional for the most part. Both the staff and students seem very happy with the program. "
"2 on 1 panel. The Ph.C was really nice and directed all of his questions towards me. The DO just sat at the edge of the desk and joted his notes, he never really smiled. They also gave us 10 minutes to read an article before our interview and asked us to summarize it during the interview. It's a really easy read with a few numbers to remember. I want to point out that I don't think that I did poorly of my interview, but the questions seemed awkward and didn't let me give a spectacular answer."
"I loved it there. It became my first choice and it made me very happy to be accepted. "
"I hated the interview itself... I was fortunate to have a really cold interview... The two gave no facial expressions while they just ran down a list of questions...."
"start at 745, tour, discuss about school, read article, interview, talk to two students, leave"
"the day was very relaxed and consisted of tours of the facility and an interview in the morning. After the interview, everyone ate some snacks and chatted until the financial aid administrator arrived. Finally one the students at the school spoke to us and answered any questions we had."
"The morning began with a quick group tour of the building. Then a talk from the dean and then the interviews began. The whole day was pretty laid back and relaxed. The two people that interviewed me were very nice. However, one was "cut and dry" just wanted to talk business when the other joked and he would've been content just chatting about the weather or anything other than interview questions. The student that spoke with us at the end of the day provided a lot of info about the student life and the local area, which was nice to hear it from someone who didn't really care if we came there or not. All the students seemed very happy at Bradenton."
"Arrived at school at 7:15 am. Interviewed at 11:00 am. Took a brief tour. Talked with current students. Left at about 1:30 pm."
"Fairly laid back. The interview questions were straight forward and designed to see how motivated you are to becoming a DO and how motivated you are to doing that at LECOM Bradenton."
"The interview was very relaxed. The interviewers showed sincere interest, so just be yourself and be excited. Just have fun and stay focused on the school and the possibilities."
"Awesome! The two people interviewing me seemed genuine and they were interested in my personality. It was laid back and it was quick and easy. 30 min bada bing bada boom, then a tour of the facility and then on the way home"
"The admissions staff was very helpful and helped make the whole interview process less stressful. When you first arrive, they go over the schedule for the day and you sit in the order in which you'll interview. There are two sets of interviewers. You are given an article before the interview to read and summarize during the interview. The faculty asked me some difficult questions, but I think it was more to see how I would handle being in a stressful situation. Most of my questions were specific to my file and my career interests. They were very friendly and seemed to be happy at the school. The tour of the school was good, but since no classes were going on and many students aren't on campus on Fridays, so it was hard to tell what student life is really like. The students that came to talk to us had only good things to say about the PBL curriculum. Even though the school is in kind of a remote area, there is a lot to do in the area. The beach is only 10 min away and Tampa is 1 hour away. Overall, it seems like a great place to go to school. Coming from California, the only draw back for me is the lack of diversity in the surrounding Bradenton area. I got accepted though and may go there! "
"Being a Florida State Seminole has its advantages, especially if one of your interviewers is one too... very laid back, more conversational than anything, an enjoyable experience. "
"Seems like a great school, admissions was nice and the professor of OMM was very personable."
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"Having out a schedule of the interview day before hand would have been nice. Coffee available would have been fantastic. Otherwise, it was a good experience."
"None to note. Great experience."
"Maybe have your students pretend to be happy when you have candidates coming through."
"Drop the 10 minute MMI. It was a very long day, you could easily make the 10 min MMI a real 20-30 minute open file interview."
"If there aren't many women in the interview group, don't crack a joke about "What happened, don't women want to go to medicine anymore!?"...it was really awkward..."
"To give a folder to all interviewees to put their papers in."
"The campus tour was a bit unorganized."
"None; the admissions staff was really great!"
"Nothing. Everything seemed organized and fluid."
"DO NOT DO group interviews. It is difficult to make a competition for a spot into a collaborative effort. Once a person is accepted, they will be able to work with others. There were people in my interview group that were a negative impact on the group performance."
"The office does a great job."
"There were way too many candidates there on my interview day. I believe there was 20, making it very impersonal."
"No suggestions. Everyone was awesome."
"Return phone calls and email promptly."
"Use cool little thumb drives like Erie."
"Keep doing what you are doing! :) Unbelievably friendly and supportive!"
"None, they are great!"
"They are all very nice but need to be more responsive to phone calls and emails."
"None... super quick in response time. I knew I was in within 2 days of my interview."
"Name tags would be helpful"
"Sitting in on a PBL session for 2 hours is entirely too long. 20 minutes would have sufficed."
"The process was very straightforward and I felt like I had something to do or learn the whole time t"
"Never had a problem with the admissions staff here. They always respond in a timely manner and are m"
"It seemed like there was a little too much coverage of the pharmacy school, but maybe they are just"
"Reading the passage didn't seem necessary. Interviewers didn't care too much about it."
"Letting students know they need to enter in the rear of the building would have been nice."
"Let interviewees know they cannot be let in to the building until 7:30 am. Myself and another interv"
"Very nice people. Well organized throughout the day."
"Very good. Heather was super helpful with any questions"
"less talking about clubs,more time about 3rd/4th year rotations. ditch the tour, LECOM is 1 building"
"Change the interview to open file so you act as if you care about the interviewee, or at least know"
"The interview day was on the long side and did not need to be. The last sessions of the day were a"
"Shorten the inteview day!"
"Longer response period"
"Make interview day shorter!!"
"More time to decide about acceptance!"
"Not the best admissions office that I have dealt with in terms of friendliness and enthusiasm for th"
"You're doing a great job. Thanks for scheduling the PBL sessions."