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"Provide resources for accepted students to get in contact with other accepted students in their acceptance packet!"
"Online supplemental application versus the paper one we had to mail in"
"electronic secondary and payment!"
"None...It was a great experience over all! Thanks!"
"An online secondary would be wonderful and there is alot of downtime during the interview day, but m"
"Too many opportunities for questions, i ran out early and people kept asking for them (joking)."
"Nothing. Doing great work"
"application submitted online would be nice. also a status page for each applicant allowing both them"
"online submissions for secondary would be nice"
"Keep doing just what you are doing now!"
"nothing- they were much more organized than any other school to which I have applied."
"have the interviewers be familiar with personal statements, school essays, resumés, etc before you i"
"What is one accomplishment from the past four years you are the most proud of?"
"Sell yourself in 30 secs"
"-Name 5 drugs and their function"
"How do you manage stress?"
"Name five drugs"
"You're a small town physician and you write a script for "the morning after pill" but the only pharmacist in town refuses to fill it. What do you do?"
"What is the difference between an allopathic and an osteopathic physician?"
"Tell us about an interesting experience you had during your shadowing. Tell us about a fond childhood memory you have."
"Tell me about yourself and how you got here"
"tell us about current trends in rural medicine"
"The interviewer said OSU prides themselves in being a teaching school and as an aspiring doctor I will be expected to contribute to the learning environment. He then went on to ask me to teach him something non-medically related."
"Why medicine, why OSU?"
"One of the doctors asked me to teach him something, non-medical, that he didn't already know"
"What 3 characteristics must a physician possess? Name one characteristic that you don't like to see in a physician."
"What did you learn in your travels to Europe?"
"What role do you see yourself playing in the community?"
"How did you improve your application from last year?"
"What has been your most influential leadership role and what did it teach you?"
"biggest problem in health care and how would you fix it?"
"How would you handle a nonresponsive/noncompliant patient? How would this impact your impression of yourself as a physician?"
"How would you deal with a patient that does not take your advice? Specifically a diabetic that is now in renal distress from not following treatment plan."
"Do you feel that your previous professional experience (10+ years) is a weakness or a strength for you in terms of medical school? Why?"
"What do you find beneficial about bridge program over regular?"
"what did you do to improve your application from the previous cycle"
"Why medicine/why DO/Why OSU?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why Osteopathic medicine?"
"Why medicine? Why D.O.?"
"What is the biggest health problem in America?"
"I have had a lot of community service and volunteer work, and they asked me to pick one thing that stood out from all my experiences in this area."
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine? What draws you to osteopathy?"
"If you have a patient who's noncompliant, how would you handle it?"
"Name 5 prescription drugs and what they do.
"Tell us everything you know about Osteopathic medicine."
"The interviewers talked more than I did and it was really just a get to know you kind of conversation. Nothing about grades, mcat's, etc..."
"What was your Favorite undergraduate level class? Why? Hardest? Why was it hardest? I see you had Dr Tyrl for Plant Taxonomy. How was that class? What was good about it? What was bad about it? How is good ol Dr Tyrl doing these days? "
"Would I consider practicing medicine in a rural setting?"
"About my previous research and if I would be interested in research during medical school. "
"Comment on the trends in healthcare you see in your place of work."
"The one stated earlier about a noncomplient patient."
"So, I see you grandfather is an MD...?"
"Why become a doctor? Why DO? Why OSU?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Who would be my Times Person of the Year?"
"Tell us about yourself.
(I actually included in this a description of my hobbies, and I preemptively described why I wanted to practice medicine. I think this actually helped, because I wasn't asked ''why medicine'' or ''why osteopathic'', I think because I brought it up on my own terms instead of theirs.)"
"What is the difference between an Osteopath and Allopath?"
"What do I think about the state of healthcare in the USA, especially when compared to the systems in England and Nigeria (I spent time in both)?"
"What will you do if you don't get into medical school this year?"
"What aspect of medical school do you have the most anxiety about?"
"What are some social issues today?"
"Why DO? Why OSU?"
"How do you feel that your volunteer experiences such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Muscular Dystrophy Camp have affected your view of things?"
"What is the last movie you watched?"
"How do you deal with Stress?"
"Tell us what you think osteopathic medicine is?"
"Tell us about yourself"
"How would you handle a situation in which a morbidly obese patient came in to see you and he was having knee pain?"
"Why would you not be able to go on living if you didn't get accepted to OSU? (word for word, kind of freaked me out)"
"What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment?"
"Why do you want to be a physician/DO?"
"How are you going to go to medical school without any support?
"Have you read "THe Difference a DO Makes"."
"time magazine's person of the year"
"Describe yourself in one word"
"Tell us about yourself (the dreaded open-ended question!)"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"didn't really ask specific questions. Just small talk mostly."
"Why medicine, OSU, "
"Why Medicine? Osteopathy? OSU?"
"Why do you want to go into osteopathic medicine. Compare/contrast osteopathic and allopathic medicine."
"Why do you want to be a doctor? Why OSU-COM?"
"What do you do in your spare time and how do you manage stress?( It was one question)"
"How did you become interested in Osteopathic medicine?"
"What is it you want to do when you get out of medical school?"
"What do you think needs to be improved within the current health system?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Is this your first interview? Why OSU-COM? Why osteopathic medicine?"
"Tell me a little about yourself."
"Why medicine? Why Osteopathic Medicine? Why OSU?"
"What is the biggest problem with the health care system?"
"Give us examples from your work that made you interested in medicine."
"Why did you choose DO program and OSU?"
"What in you background has lead you to want to become a physician, and what has lead you to become osteopathic physician?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? "
"What are some of your hobbies?"
"Whay do you want to be a doctor?"
"What worries you the most about medical school?"
"What are some traits of a good leaders?"
"Tell me about your prior career/degree. What was the turning point that made you want to become a physician."
"Explain why you said _____ in your personal statement."
"In your opinion, what is the difference between an MD and a DO?"
"Who would you choose as Time's person of the year?"
"Tell us a little about yourself."
"What type of role do you take during team situation?"
"What is an achievement you were proud of?"
"How would you work with a patient who would not listen to you?"
"You have applied to many schools, both osteopathic and allopathic, how will you decide which to attend if you are accepted to all?"
"Do you see yourself practicing in a rural area?"
"Why this school?"
"See above, lots of questions from my application (that is sort of what prompted the insurance question)"
"Have you ever had to work in a group and what role did you play in the group? Have you ever had to work in a group with someone who didn't agree with you? How do you handle stress? Do you have a good support system?"
"When and how did you know that you wanted to be a physician?"
"What was the most meaningful class I have ever taken."
"how do you plan to combine research and clinical medicine in your practice?"
"Why do you want to be a DO?"
"How would you tell someone that they are going to die in 6 months? (oh and of course why do you wanna be a doctor)What was a difficult time in your life and how did you deal with it? What did it teach you?"
"Theoretically, if you couldn't do anything with medicine what would you do?"
"What do you know about OMT?"
"What would you do to improve health care in America, and in particular, health care provided by Indian hospitals."
"Why did I transfer colleges?"
"Tells about yourself starting from whenever you would like?"
"You're in a canoe with your husband and child and the canoe tips over and you can only save one person. Who do you save? Followed up with "So what about your husband?""
"What can someone with your background bring to the school?"
"Tell me a little about yourself..."
"What interested you in a D.O. program as opposed to an M.D. program?"
"Tell us about your health care experience."
"Tell us about your experiences"
"what was my greatest accomplishment?"
"What would I do if I had a patient who could not pay for my services?"
"Tell me about your research in ecotoxicology."
"Tell us about yourself. This is almost a definite. Be able to tell your story in a condensed format that focuses on your strengths toward med school. Stay away from negatives, let them bring up your weaknesses, only show your strengths. For example, turn your negative experiences into poisitve outlooks and then deal with your negative as they bring them up, do not give up your weaknesses, but deal with them if they are addresed. Basically, be able to sell your strengths and acknowledge, yet defend, you weaknesses."
"Why medicine? Why in Oklahoma?"
"What made you decide on medicine?"
"Why med school? Why osteopathy? "
"Who are your mentors?"
"What do you view the role of the physician should be to society?"
"Most of my questions had to do with specific experiences I had, such as research, travel, school etc. "
"Tell us about yourself. Tell us about your greatest quality and greatest flaw. "
"Give us the lowdown on yourself."
"Describe yourself in one word."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and why did you choose DO over MD?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why did you decide to change careers?"
"so you dance? what is your support system like? why osteopathic medicine? have you ever thought about any other career than medicine? if so what?"
"Tell us about yourself - your motivation for medicine, specifically osteopathic medicine, how you found out about it, etc."
"How will the practice of medicine change in the future?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Have you ever thought about going into anything other than medicine?"
"Why do you want to be a D.O.?"
"How do you relieve stress?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"Why Osteopathic Medicine?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Name an quality you saw in one of the physicians you shadowed that you DO NOT want to embody as a physician."
"Other applicants were asked the " teach me something" question"
"What do you do to deal you're dealing with disastrous news?"
"How do you plan on giving back to the community after you become a physician?"
"Do you have any friends or family who are discouraging you from becoming a physician?"
"Say a word. Any word. Then tell me why you said it."
"What do I think is the most important thing to remember throughout my medical career?"
"current trends in rural medicine"
"What do you think are some issues in healthcare that will affect you in the future?"
"How do you think a rural physician can keep up with the ever changing world of medicine? This was hard because it was one of the questions they asked me"
"Who's your hero?"
"What if a patient wanted the plan B pill, would you prescribe the pill? At what point would you not prescribe the pill?"
"As a physician in the future, what role do you see yourself playing in the community? "
"What would you want written on your tombstone?"
"What was your favorite extracurricular activity? (referring to the EC section of my application)
"If you made a mistake that negatively impacted a patient, how would you reconcile your actions?"
"Is Osteopathic medicine your first choice?"
"1.) If I were working with you on a team to solve a problem, why would I be glad to have you on my team? 2.) If you were working with someone senior to you and saw them do something that you knew was wrong, how would you handle it? 3.) How would you handle it if you were confronted by someone telling you that you did something wrong or made the wrong decision that negatively impacted a patient?"
"It was a tangent we got off on when discussing OU vs OSU and I made the comment I chose brains over brawn by choosing OSU and both interviewers cracked up."
"If you had a patient who refused to pay, how would you handle that?"
"how would you incorporate faith into your practice? "
"In one word how would you describe a doctor"
"If you could put anyone on the cover of Time's Person of the Year magazine, who would it be and why?"
"Why do you think that Oklahoma has a big problem with diabetes and obesity and what would you do to change that?"
"What would you do with $100,000 to deal with the biggest healthcare problem in America?"
"How do you think your age and experience will affect you as a physician?"
"Where is the spilogale putorius gracillis found natively? (It was because the interviewer knew my undergrad mammalogy professor)"
"Who would you nominate for Time's person of the year?"
"Who would be your pick for Time's Man of the Year?"
"What does your mother teach (my app said she was a university prof) - how has that impacted your life?"
"How would your moral standing influence how you practice medicine?"
"What class was your biggest challenge in undergrad? Why? What did you do about it? Would you do the same thing again?"
"If you had a non-compliant patient, how would you approach the problem?"
"The D.O. asked why I would want to give up the great job I have and go to Medical school."
"I work as a nurse aide, and they asked from my experience with the doctors I work with, what do I plan to do differently when I am in practice."
"What would you do if a patient you had seen for a long period of time was living an unhealthy lifestyle and they would not take your advice?"
"What characteristics does a person need to work with the elderly?"
"What have you learned from patients?"
"If you could name the Time person of year who would it be?"
"Are you a dog or cat person"
"If you were given a grant with unlimited funding what would you do?"
"Nothing stuck out as an interesting question. "
"How did you gain life experience through your summer research internship?"
"Tell us about yourself, the floor is yours."
"What is the origin of your name?"
"No question sticks above the rest, as they were all pretty general. The interviewers did have preset questions, but their questions really flowed with what information you provided to them (it was closed file)."
"If a patient became angry and wouldn't listen to your diagnosis, how would you handle that patient?"
"What do I think about dialysis treatments being paid for by the government when they could give kids medical insurance at a much more cost-effective rate?"
"Where do you see yourself ten years down the road?"
"If you were to choose one person to be TIMES Magazine person of the year who would it be?"
"What is the single most important quality of a good physician?"
"Ethical question, well 2 actually. One dealt with a current event regarding prescriptions and the other asked about tolerance of people (would you have a problem treating any type of person?)"
"If you were on a board to determine the Time magazine's person of the year, what prerequisites would you make for eligibility"
"All the questions were pretty striahgt forward, nothing off the wall eye catching. "
"What do you do for you?"
"Put these physician qualities in order: affability, availability, ability."
"How would you motivate a patient who disobeys a doctors orders to follow them?"
"Who would you make Time's person of the year, It can be anyone from anytime?"
"Name 5 drugs and what they are used for"
"What was your favorite class?"
"How would a friend describe you? and what about you that no one knows?"
"If you had an unlimited budget what would you do to fix healthcare?"
"Do you feel there is a shortage in health care, and where do you feel it is and what can be done to fix it?"
"If you had a large amount of money to improve Oklahoma's health care system, what would you do?"
"Do you believe in evolution and if so, how would you explain evolution to a extreme creationist?"
"How would you Deal with a patient that did not listen to your instructions? He or she refused to take their medication."
"How did you get here?"
"what is your opinion of pharmaceutical companies giving away pens,etc. as a marketing tool for the medicines they want to promote? do you think it affects the way doctors decide which medications to precribe to their patients?"
"How would you respond to a pharmacists that refuses to fill a prescription based on their beliefs?"
"Who would you put on the cover of Time magazine?"
"why do you think your 2 years of medical service and 6 years of military will assist you as a doctor."
"Would you always follow the law when it came to making decisions about your patients' care? (This followed my answer to the lethal injection of a death-row inmate question.)"
"Put these three words in order....They were qualities a doctor needs."
"If I would take $$$$ to lose a baseball game. "
"How do you feel about pharmaceutical companies supplying physcicians with free merchandize as a form of marketing?"
"Describe yourself in one word."
"How has your experience in art affected your life?"
"How would you deal with a patient that was non-compliant?"
"Who would you name as Time's person of the year?"
"What do you believe in?"
"What was a negative aspect of volunteering at the Special Olympics?"
"Tell us about a stressful moment in your life and how you dealt with it."
"What first made you interested in health care?"
"If a patient came in who smoked and drank heavily and ate McDonalds for lunch everyday what would you do to try and persuade him to change his lifestyle? "
"What are two major trends that you see medicine taking in the future?"
"How do you deal with a non-compliant patient?"
"A question pertaining to my personal statement - "Explain how this experience influenced you decision to pursue medicine.""
"If you were the leader of an organization and one of your fellow colleagues had a task that needed to be done but wanted to say, go out drinking the night before, what would you do?"
"What healthcare experiences have stimulated your interests in pursuing this career?"
"What do you believe?"
"Nothing really stands out -- it was more of a fill us in based on stuff in your file type of interview. No ethical questions or anything like that."
"How have you made an impact on the university you are currently attending?"
"What type of leadership role do you think a doctor should play in a rural setting?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"What would you do differently to decrease the number of teen smokers since current approaches don't seem to be very effective?"
"Who would you pick as Time Magazines Person of the Year for 2005?"
"What are some characteristics of a good leader?"
"Rank in the order of importance...
Availability, Affability, and Ability."
"No interesting questions, they were all about me."
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"Who would you choose as Time's person of the year?"
"If you are applying for the the last position in the last medical school in the country with no opportunity to reapply, and were able to give the admissions director one reason you should get in, what would you say?"
"Whay do I think are some of the most pressing ethical questions facing medicine?"
"How would you respond to a patient that continually refuses to follow medical advice?"
"Who would you nominate for person of the year (this year or in the last few)?"
"I was asked to compare and contrast the zoology department (my major) and the microbiology department (my minor)."
"How do you react to a patient who won't stop smoking and eats krispy kreme donuts all the time?.... or something to that effect."
"A question about a class I'd taken years ago in third world psychology."
"If an uninsured person needed an expensive prescription and asked for it to be written in the spouses name to use that insurance, what would you do?"
"Who would you pick for Time's Person of the Year and why?"
"How would I teach a medical student about dealing with disabled patients? (this was a personal one for me because my brother is disabled)"
"If you had 90 days to change the health care system, what would you do?"
"if i were given 10 million dollars, how would i solve oklahoma's healhcare problem"
"Describe a native american painting on the wall and tell what it means to me."
"Who would you pick for the TIME man of the year? Why? I said Christopher Reeve b/c of his involvement with stem cell research. Kinda brought the stem cell questions upon myself, but I know my position on it , so it wasn't a problem :)"
"list the words affiability, availability, and ability in order of importance pertaining to a physician and why?"
""Your family seems to be very important to you. How would you describe their impact on you?""
"Considering how important patient relationship was with me, why did I feel that becoming a doctor would be better than becoming a nurse, whose job is highly hands-on patient care?"
"If you had the ability to change the medical field in the US and money wasn't a problem, what would be your six month plan?"
"A specific question relating to my file."
"What can someone with your background bring to the school?"
"Who do you think Time Magazine's man and woman of the year should be?"
"How do I define success?"
"When I first realized I wanted to be a DO."
"i was asked to tell about my eagle scout project"
"Who would I choose as Time's man of the year?"
"How do you define success?"
"Should nurse practitioners be allowed to function without physician supervision?"
"Explain your research for your Master's thesis. This caught me off guard, pleasently, finding out that they were interested in my research and outcome."
"if you were given 100 million dollars, what would you do for Oklahoma medicine? Tell us about yourself. "
"If you had a million dollars handed to you, what would you do for healthcare in the US?"
"If you were editor of TIME magazine, who would you pick to be man or woman of the year?"
"What are the three most urgent problems in health care today? "
"What is your most proud moment? Non-medical is fine."
"What has been your favorite class as an undergrad.?"
"Questions from my file -- really made me feel the interviewers had prepared well and were interested in me."
"A question about the " 3 A's ", which are qualities that make a good physicain, had to rank the A's in order of importance and tell why."
"Have you ever failed a course or test? How did you deal with that?"
"About my experiences as a paramedic working during the May 3rd, 1999 tornado in Oklahoma City."
"Was there any indication that the Doctor I'd been shadowing for 8 months had cardiac issues? (He died suddenly and unexpectedly)"
"What do you think of the state of health care today?"
"One interviewer (looking at my ap, no grades available) pointed out some things but stated them incorrectly, it may have been a tactic to see how I would respond, but it made me aware that I needed to bring forward key points to make sure they were aware of them"
"When your lying in bed at night, what do you worry most about when thinking about medical school?"
"i noticed you applied to OU Med School and I assume you have been accepted, so why have you come here to interview?"
"It was mostly a conversation - only one real question: What's your biggest strength? Weakness?"
"How will Government regulations affect your practice?"
"What is one problem with Medicine and what would I do to solve it?"
"How have you prepared for med school?"
"Should doctors be forced to be leaders? and What are your opinions on healthcare reform?"
"What role do physicians play in the community?"
"How do you think the recent terrorism will affect the current and future education of physicians?"
"What do you think about prescription drug ads on television?"
"What are some of the problems with Health care at the present time?"
"Really wasn't asked any questions. It was more like a discussion. They just wanted to get to know me."
"What will you do if you are not accepted by any medical schools?"
"Are you comfortable taking the leadership role?"
"How can a doctor be a leader? "
"What do you think about acupuncture?"
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