"How would you describe what osteopathic medicine is to someone else?"
"What was a time you had to take in multiple sources of information and make a decision for yourself?"
"How well did you do in school?"
"Have you ever witnessed a physician having to break bad news to a patient?"
"Tell me about a time where you didn't reach a goal you wanted to achieve."
"Do you think a democracy can coexist with a theocracy?"
"Name an instance where you had to analyze and interpret data"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What is a situation that makes you stressed or angry, and how do you handle it?"
"How would you explain what a DO is to a layperson"
"Tell me about yourself and why you want to be a physician?"
"if you could describe yourself as a color, what would it be and why?"
"How would you explain what a DO does to a layperson?"
"What is osteopathic medicine?"
"What is one of your fears?"
"What is your greatest Strength/weakness?"
"why is my mcat low?"
"Why did you apply to NYCOM?"
"Why do you pursue osteopathic medicine?"
"Describe the first job I listed on my application"
"Tell me about yourself and how you ended up here."
"Why Medicine (instead of medical administration)? "
"Give me a scenario of where you see yourself after medical training, what kind of medicine would you practice? What kind of a doctor would you be (he asked in terms of principles/personality)"
"Tell me what you do to get away from school and clear your head."
"Oh, so how did you get into this volunteer activity?"
"General conversation about the interests I'd listed in my secondary application. The interview was very relaxed - it was actually a great conversation and an enjoyable experience. "
"What kind of doctor would you like to be?"
"Very conversational. Asked about my GPA, MCAT score"
"This interview was incredibly conversational. She didn't ask direct questions, just brought up a bunch of things in my file and we talked about them. She also told me a lot about her experience as a family practice DO and graduate of NYCOM, which was great!"
"why osteopathic medicine?"
"If you couldn't be a doctor what would you be?"
"What was your personal statement about?"
"What do you think of the conflict between Russia and the US right now?"
"How do you like the school?"
"Why osteopathy? Did you apply to allopathic medical school?"
"What causes psoriasis and what is its treatment?
What do you know about osteopathy?
Did you apply to any allopathic schools?"
"Why didn't you go to University of Chicago undergrad(a little wierd since I went to Duke grad, so he was asking about something 7 years ago)?"
"Why medicine? (besides your parents)"
"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine/why nycom?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Tell me about xxxx experience..."
"How long have you been in the military and have you been deployed? "
"Why don't we spea some Spanish if you studied it for 3 semesters?"
"What position did you play on the team? (from my secondary app)"
"It was pretty much a straight on conversation."
"What do you know about Osteopathic Medicine?
Name one of your strengths? Weaknesses?"
"On a scale of 1-15, what is your interest in primary care?"
"Why medicine (basically)?"
"Who recommended you?
Was one of them a DO?"
"Why do you speak Spanish?"
"asked about secondary application and personal statement"
"What was your MCAT score?"
"What do you plan on doing after your residencies?"
"Modesty aside, why will you make a good doctor?"
"How will your expereinces help you as a physician? ( i used soccer coaching to be good with kids and working on radio to talking to people)"
"Why do you want to be a DO."
"You said a lot of good things about yourself in your application, and I would expect that you would, but you did leave something out. I want you to give me two weaknesses of yours. I'm asking because a lot of times, it's not your strengths that define who you are, but rather, it's how a person overcomes his weaknesses that defines him. "
"why do you want to be a doctor"
"Describe my research."
"Why osteopathic medicine"
"Why osteoplathic medicine? Where did you first hear about it?"
"Tell me about yourself, why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What are the problems you see in healthcare?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"tell me about myself?"
"Why medicine? Why DO?"
"What was your overall impression of your undergraduate experience (NYIT in my sitution)?"
"Tell me about your work experience?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem in the US healthcare system and how would you deal with it as a physician"
"Why DO over MD?"
"Why physician? Why DO?"
"What would your best friends say your worst quality is?"
"Stem cell research--what is it, what are the positions on it and why would I ask you about it?"
"When was the last time you were angry?"
"Why are you specifically interested in osteopathic medicine? Why do you think you would make a good D.O.?
"biggest fears about medical school"
"Why criminal justice?"
"Tell me about your school experiences thus far."
"If you have a teengaer that wants a pregnancy test... are you legally bound to tell her mother?"
"What does osteopathic medicine mean to you?...I was interviewed by a PhD so I wondered how he was able to evaluate the answer since he was not a DO."
"Why osteopathy? Why do u wanna be a doctor? etc.."
"Tell me what you know about osteopathic medicine."
""We have many interviews and it's hard to remember all the applicants. Tell me one thing you would like me to remember you by""
"How do you think your ethnic background affects your view of family values?"
"What's going on? How's everything going so far?"
"What made you want to persue medicine?"
"So do you like Turkish soup? Do you have a good recipie?(I'm not kidding)
Who was the South African leader you worked with on your campaign for generic medicines?
"Where else have you applied?"
"The Gene question from above."
"Very few specifics, with the exception of "do you have any questions for us?' ------(Have some)"
"Where have you traveled?"
"Why DO? Why NYCOM? Any questions about NYCOM?"
"See most interesting"
"So why are you here?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What was your favorite class and why?"
"What do you do now/how did you land your job?"
"How did you get here/Where are you staying?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? What field do you want to go in to?"
"Tell me about yourself, and why you want to be a DO."
"How many interviews have you been on?"
"Tell me a little about yourself"
"What book are you currently reading?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Strengths and weaknesses? "
"How did you hear about NYCOM?"
"Do you know about DO philosophy?"
"What is your worst characteristic for entering medical school? "
"What do you want to be a DO?"
"What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?"
""What made you decide to go D.O. midway in your college experience?""
"Why did I want to go to DO school?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"What area of medicine do you want to go into? Why?"
"SO tell me about yourself."
""Your grades are great"- Why did you apply to NYCOM? Did you get into any medical schools yet? MD or DO?"
"Why do you want to become a DO?"
"Tell me about your exposure to osteopathic medicine."
"Do your parents think you would be a good doctor? How do your parents feel about you wanting to become a Doctor? Are they pushing you?"
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine? Why osteopathic med?"
"Why do you want to go into osteopathic medicine?"
"Name three men and three women who have been heros to you."
"What's the difference between osteopathic and allopathic medicine?"
"What are you doing now? ( I am finishing my B.S)"
"What would you do if someone came in this room and passed out?"
"How are you doing?"
"How did you get your research position?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"what are your strengths/weakness"
"How did you hear of osteopathic medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why do you want to become a physician
Tell me what you know about Osteopathy
Hard Economics question (its my major)"
"what do u know about do?"
"He gave me a specific ED scenario and asked me whether an allopath vs. an osteopath treat this patient differently."
"Tell me what you know about DO? Who was the founder of osteopathy?"
"What did you do as a critical care technician?"
"describe the history of osteopathy."
"What do you know about DO?
"Y NYCOM? Y DO?"
"How is the florida weather? good to go to the pool?
"Why NYCOM? "
"What do you know about Osteopathic medicine?"
"Why NYCOM? Why DO?"
"What were your SAT scores?"
"What is osteopathy?"
"explain research (parkinson's disease). how would you use your research to actually help patients with parkinson's disease? "
"Tell me about yourself"
""what's your motivation for wanting to be a dr""
"Why should we accept you?"
"What made you apply to NYCOM?"
"Tell me about yourself..."
"Tell us about yourself."
"WHY DO? WHY NYCOM?"
"why doctor/why DO/why NYCOM"
"Why DO, why pediatrics"
"Why do you wanna be a DO?"
"Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician?"
"You recieved X grade in X class. Why?"
"Why DO, Why NYCOM?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Tell us what you know about osteopathy."
"How did you end up in Philadelphia? (I am from CT and go to school in PA)"
"What is your biggest accomplishment and biggest failure?"
"What is your greatest accomplishment?"
"What is your greatest achievement?"
"What characteristic to you believe a doctor must have?"
"How would you explain what a DO is to a layperson?"
"Would you be interested in practicing rural medicine here, or want to go back home?"
"Name an instance where you failed to reach a goal"
"Which do you prefer (LBT or DPC) and why"
"the color question."
"What is the one most important trait for a physician to have?"
"What makes you most angry, emotional, stressed?"
"Are doctors always able to help their patients?"
"what are my strength and weakness"
"What do you think about manipulation?"
"Nothing he asked me was too interesting. Only asked the 3 questions listed above."
"Interviewer wanted me to ask him one profound question that I wanted to know about his life."
"Tell me something about you that isn't on your application"
"Do you think the reason why health care is not accessible to some people is because some physicians are setting boundaries that makes it difficult for patients to reach out to them? "
"None, very generic questions.None, very simple and boring questions."
"The interviewer asked me whether I know one of his college buddies who teaches at my high school?"
"None were that interesting. They were based totally on the secondary and the rest were very predictable. "
"I'm looking to go visit the Bronx (her hometown) again, what are some good Italian restaurants that you recommend?"
"What about you drives your parents nuts?"
"None, the interviewer was very friendly and seemed a little rushed."
"thoughts on healthcare"
"The majority of the questions were developed as responses to my secondary and answers that I gave him.
What do you like to do?
(I said other things but one of them was skiing)
Where do you like to ski?
(I said where I like to go and we had a conversation about how he had gone there before)"
"What do you think of the conflict between Russia and the US right now?"
"Tell us about your research. (Both interviewers Ph.D's!!! wonderful!)"
"How did all your scientific research affect your decision to become an osteopathic physician?"
"What would be the most difficult transition for you in coming to medical school?"
"None of them were particularly interesting. I was asked why medicine/why NYCOM/ whether I applied to any MD schools/what my research was about. The interviewer actually admitted that she had not read any of my applications. Which I was thrilled by, because the whole interview was me giving mostly just a summery of the secondary application. Pretty straightforward and easy. "
"If you were to get a tattoo, what would you get and where?"
"Is there anything else you want me to know about you?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years with respect to specialty and location?"
"Tell me about your travel experiences."
"Nothing in particular, he asked about my file in general and about my military service."
"OK, now let's speak some Spanish."
"What impact do you think you will make in the medical field?"
"Are you happy with your job or do you want more?"
"If/how I would help to change the health care system, and its problems."
"None - they asked all the basic questions."
"So you like to travel?"
"Who do I think will win best picture for the OSCARS?"
"If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be?"
"I was asked a question specific to my major, which was outside the scope of the typical medical school interview questions."
"Why do you think a lot of MD's, look down on DO's?"
"where do you see yourself in 4 years? (not 10 years)"
"The interview did not really ask me any questions. The person basically went through and verified what I had put down on my secondary. I tried as much as possible to sell myself when I could but I felt like the decision was already made before I walked into the room."
"When was your first experience traveling out of the country?"
"How would your best friend describe you"
"He asked me a question about a soccer player because I had written that I liked soccer on my application."
"If i could change one thing about myself what would it be and how?"
"I wasn't asked any particularly interesting questions, just questions about my life"
"Did you watch the golden globes?"
"I see you play the Didjeridoo, tell me about it."
"Nothing out of the ordinary, very straightforward"
"Compare the medical systems of the former Soviet Union and the US and which you feel is better? (I'm russian so I suppose it makes sense)"
"Do you know spanish? How did u get into ska music? ( we talked abut random stuff like me working at a radio station and being a soccer coach after graduation instead of just working in a lab or clinic like most people do. THEY REALLY WANT INTERESTING PEOPLE WHO CAN SHOW THEY CAN NOT HANDLE THE WORKLOAD BUT BE GOOD PHYSICIANS."
"Why do you want to be a DO"
"What is stem cell research, and what are the two sides of the controversy? Why do you think I'm asking you this? "
"I was enjoyed it when interviewer asked me specific questions about my health related experiences. All questions were related to my personal statement and activites"
"Nothing. It was open-file and my interviewer told me she hadn't had a chance to read over the files yet. She randomly selected something off my secondary app and asked me about it."
"nothing particular, all questions seemed fit for the interview."
"How do you deal with disappointment"
"''What was Nepal like?'' (I briefly mentioned that I taught English there between highschool and college)"
"None all too interesting. Where have you travelled? Kind of random."
"Is your father a veterinarian?"
"If you were a dean of admissions, what would you look for in a candidate"
"It came up from a brief discussion about managed health care: what would you do if you were working at the front desk of a medical office and the doctor told you not to schedule any more appointments for a certain patient who got fired and lost his insurance - but the patient clearly needs more treatment?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Tell me your life story.
(I gave my interviewer a concise version because I didn't want to bore him with all the details but ultimately tied my answer back to why I wanted to become a DO.)"
"What methods have you used to study during your undergraduate and why? (I basically interpreted this as group study vs. individual study)"
"What would you do with a billion dollars?"
"Tell me about your science, math, engineering background."
"If you were a dean of admissions, what would you look for in a candidate?"
"What mind blowing experience have you been through, that you would like to tell me about?"
"Why didn't you applying to any MD programs?"
"Can a pathologist (does not see patients) practice osteopathy?"
"What's happening with urban health?"
"Tell me about your study habits? Group or self study?"
"Why do you think you would make a good D.O.?"
"Would you rather provide excellent hc to large grp or moderate to small grp?"
"If one didn't go to school in Binghamton, why would someone go visit there?"
"What is the one research project you are most proud of?"
"If I asked your girlfriend what your weaknesses were, what would she say?"
"nothing really, just "tell me about your school experience thus far""
"Tell me something unique about yourself/something to remember you by."
"Where are your MCAT scores? My interviewer did not have them written down in the file, but luckily I had my copy on hand. The office did have a copy of my MCAT score so it would probably have been no big deal in the end. It helped to keep the flow of the interview so I did not have to wait while my interviewer checked for them in another office or worse: could not find it. Someone at my UNCEOM interview laughed at me for carrying my MCAT score."
"So, you'll graduate with a DO degree and your father is an MD.... how will you feel about that? "
"ethics case-based questions"
"No suprises in the interview questions...very conversational...was asked to explain what osteopathic medicine means to me."
"What have you learned from your culture?"
"What made you interested in Osteopathic Medicine?"
"After I told my interviewer that I was an only child, he asked me (facetiously) how spoiled I am."
""Whats going on?"
(Very informal, relaxed interview)"
"How exactly do nutrients affect cancer cells and how do they interact with medicine?"
"You've been to Angor Wat; what do you think about their plans to cut down the trees and refill the Serei (ancient manmade lakes)?
"What were the challenges that I encountered that made me want to go into medicine?"
"Tell me about your abroad experiences."
"The Human Genome Project has recently discovered the amount of genesin the human being, how many genes do you think we have?"
"So you are an artist, tell me about your art.."
"What was your least favorite class in college?"
"If you could redo any part of your life, what would you do differently and why?"
"What are your views on assisted suicide having a place in our future society?"
"Where is the building with the robotic patient? He asked this like it was some sort of trick but I guess he honestly didn't know"
"Where is the building with the robotic question? He asked this like it was some sort of trick but I guess he honestly didn't know"
"I was asked a series of questions regarding stem cell research. The questions started with the controversy of stem cell research, and progressed all the way to where stem cells are found, and why stem cells from a fetus/embryo would be better then stem cells from an adult."
"Why did I ask you about Stem Cell Research?"
"Describe a typical day at each of the places you work."
""What was your favorite class, why?" Followed by, "did you just say that because it's science related?" :)"
"How do you think this interview is going?"
"Who was A.T. Still?"
"The human genome was sequenced in 2000/2001. Tell me, within 1,000 genes, how many genes humans were found to have."
"What did you want me to ask that I didn't ask you?"
"Which patient was your favorite, most memorable?"
""Tell me about where you grew up.""
"what types of books do you like to read?"
"stem cell research"
"Nothing very interesting, just personal questions regarding my secondary"
"Why are you doing your research as a volunteer and not as a paying job? "
"What is the controversy with stem cell research?"
"Knowing what you do about DO philosophy, how would you treat an individual with Type I diabetes?"
"I was asked, "What question would you want me to ask you knowing that if I asked you this you're in?""
"What do you think about giving Ritalin to children?"
"Why DO and not MD?"
"What course in undergrad did you like the most?"
""What is the greatest contribution/disaster to medicine that has occured in your lifetime?""
"When was the last time you were angry and why?
"If I knew where Santa Ana, CA was."
"Who was the pioneer of osteopathic medicine? (I answered Stiller at first and my interviewer started laughing! I corrected it to Dr. Still)"
"Questions about my hobbies. The interviewer had a background in the things i listed on my secondary."
"No interesting questions. The interviewer was a Bio professor, and I hadn't done any research. He had absolutly nothing to say to me."
"This was the only question asked of me: So, tell me about yourself."
"How many genes are in the human genome?"
"How would you compare osteopathic medicine to allopathic medicine? (interesting because the interviewer was an MD)"
"Why are you vegetarian?"
"Nothing really, just standard stuff. We talked about Sex and the City a little bit, which was a nice alternative to being grilled."
"Do your parents think you would be a good doctor?"
"what do you like to do for fun? it led to a conversation of the wildlife on campus."
"How do you relieve stress?"
"Are you a giver or a receiver? Why? and Name 6 people, 3 men and 3 women, who are your heroes. Say one quality for each that makes him or her your hero. "
"Name three male heros and three female heros..."
"A question about my research."
"Name three men and three women who have been heros to you."
"What type of learner are you?"
"Why didn't you think you got into medical school the first time you applied?"
"the interviewer was neiroscience professor and he was mostly interested in reasearch projects."
"What would you do if someone came in the room and passed out? The interviewer was a dr., so I answered that I would look to them."
"If you were to look at yourself in the mirror, what would be the positive and negative things about that you would notice?"
"I mentioned a NYCOM alumnus whom I spoke to in my secondary, yet had a letter of rec written by another DO. "Why didn't Dr. X write you a recommendation?""
"I was asked if i knew what a cranio structure (don't remember the name) was when my interviewer was describing his research"
"What will you be your greatest asset to this school?"
"Why do you think the MCAT is given?"
"How did you like the city of Providence? I think I was more shocked because that was the very first question I was asked and I can go on about Providence for hours, so it made the rest of the 1st interview go really smoothly."
"How does your degree (academic background) relate to osteopathic medicine"
"Basic standard questions: Why do you want to become a doctor & What is osteopathic medicine?"
"What will be the most difficult part of medical school for you/ challenges you might face?"
"What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?"
"what was your favorite non science class"
"What is a cytokine?"
"What is your daily schedule as a physician? My first interviewer wanted a run-down of what I thought my day would be like as a physician in the specialty of my choice."
"Basic stuff. Strengths and weaknesses, Why doctor, What field do I want to practice in. He also asked me some stuff specific to my application."
"What is the difference between Biology and Biotechnology?"
"What would you do as president of the United States about the issue of unaccessible healtchare in innercities?"
"You have great MCAT scores. Tell me why I should NOT consider them."
"Can you explain to me the mechanics of how manipulative medicine works?"
"When you were coming for the interview, was there a question that you were hoping I wouldn't ask you?"
"You don't have a Texas accent. Did you grow up in New York?"
"Why did you quit med school in your country and moved to the US?"
"What were my SAT scores?"
"didn't have any"
"How I will handle the emotional burdens of working in oncology (that is what I explained I was interested in)"
"my opinions on stem cell research"
"They asked me about the few previous jobs I had taken in the last few summers. They were all blue collar jobs, so they asked why I chose the nature of those jobs as opposed to more subtle ones."
"Why did you choose to finish college at another university?"
"What non science course did I take that was the most interesting"
"With your high grades and MCATs, why did you apply here and not MD?"
"Since you are interested in peds....how would you handle late-night calls, etc..?"
"QUESTIONS ABOUT MY RECOMMENDATION LETTERS"
"How would a DO treat type I diabetes?"
"1. How much experience do you have with New York, and how difficult would it be for you to relocate from California?
2. What can you tell me about the Osteopathic programs in California, and what are some differences that you expect at NYCOM?"
"Where have you traveled to (I travel quite a bit internationally)."
"outline what you think your typical day will be like as a med student and as a physician, starting with your alarm going off. (none were particularly interesting)"
"How has working as a nurse prepared me for medical school?"
"There were really no interesting questions asked"
"What's your 1st impression of the school?"
"Which do you like better, buffalo wings or rochester wings?"
"Name a principle of Osteopathic Medicine? (I was asked this after I told them everything I know about it, which included stuff I read from the AOA and AACOMAS websites and the Gevitz book. I guess none of that stuff is exactly an "osteopathic principle.""
"How would you, as an osteopathic physician, treat someone with pancreatitis?"
"Why do you want to go into osteopathic medicine?"
"Please assess your maturity level."
"How would you treat pancreatitis? (I mentioned that I attended a lecture that morning with a second-year friend of mine...the topic was pancreatitis.)"