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"Please issue decisions by email, not by snail mail. Also to include a chance to talk with financial aid staff."
"Maybe upgrade the post interview decision to an email instead of a physical letter sent through the mail"
"Keep up the good work!"
"They are great!"
"All decisions are delivered via mail only. Apparently past classes said that they preferred a more formal method of notification? However, I think they should email and send out the letters, or at least give accepted students a phone call ahead of the letter."
"The lady that sits and welcomes is the best ever. She attempts to set the tone for the school, I wish the doctors were like her."
"The entire day was very pleasant! However, I would have much preferred to have the interviews first, and then lunch and the tour. Most interviewers agreed that it was hard to pay attention to all of the information given on the tour when we are thinking about our interviews."
"No real suggestions; it would have been nice to meet more students during lunch maybe, but I understand that exams made that a bit difficult."
"None! I thought it was efficient, easy and thorough."
"Everyone is friendly and really dedicated to choosing a class with the right fit for PCOM. No suggestions!"
"They are so nice!"
"None - very good process."
"They should work on really selling the school better. I was expecting to be blown away because of a"
"There is a lot of down time waiting for your interview or after your interview before the tour. Mayb"
"Notification of being complete would have been appreciated, but I understand they are going to cpus"
"How about actually presenting information about the school rather than opening it up to questions."
"Ideally more of the process would be web or email-based. Especially secondaries and deposits. Great"
"There's nothing to suggest, they are all AMAZING people!"
"Give tours while we are waiting to interview (block us into 2 groups)"
"Give the interviewees a handout outlining their interview day!"
"More organized. There was a nice breakfast but lots of sitting/interviewing then the tour."
"Create an online portal."
"Get it together!"
"I know they get more applications than any other school but I wish there was a little more communica"
"the interviewer told us ''good luck'' before she interviewed us. i felt like i was going into an mm"
"No changes. Great school. Really enjoyed my day. Y'all treated me right. Thank you."
"My application was lost twice, which delayed my interview offer. Although PCOM receives more applica"
"Keep up the good work. Could be a little faster though."
"If you were driving to work and you noticed a car accident on the side of the road, would you get out an help knowing that you could possibly get sued for any malpractice?"
"What makes a good osteopathic physician?"
"Tell me how you got here"
""If you caught a fellow student cheating on an exam, what would you do?""
"Out of all the items listed on your application, which would you say is your greatest accomplishment?"
"If I was accepted to all the schools that I applied to, how would I choose? What would I do if I was rejected to all?"
"If you become a physician, what kind of impression do you want to leave your patients with?"
"Most questions were about things I had written in my application. They wanted me to elaborate on certain details. Though they did ask me about my study habits and what works for me, what I do to de-stress, if I had applied to MD schools, why I want to be a DO, what I think of OMM, my exposure to diversity, my most meaningful patient encounter while shadowing/volunteering, my hobbies, why didn't I consider doing research instead of medicine, and they ended the interview by asking me if I wanted to tell them anything not mentioned in the interview itself. Basically know your application well, they don't try to trip you up, they just ask for more details on the things you have already written about."
"If you were a doctor and your patient just tested HIV+ and had not told their spouse would you tell the spouse? (legally the answer is no in all circumstances, you can't touch HIV with a ten foot pole)"
"What kind of learner are you?"
"If you do not get into medical school this year, what will you do next year?"
"Name one class you struggled with in college."
"Why osteopathic medicine"
"Why do you specifically want to be a physician, instead of another clinical application of medicine like nurse practitioner or physicians assistant?"
"Why osteopathic medicine, why now?"
"Tell me about your MCAT scores"
"Specific questions relating to my admissions essay from the AACOMAS application"
"Why do you want to be a doctor, and why PCOM?"
"Tell us about So Long, Pluto (my band)."
"why my undergraduate university"
"What other schools are you applying to? Where else have you been accepted? Are you holding your spots at those places? I thought this was crap that they asked me this."
"Talk about how you, since High School?"
"Why PCOM? Why DO?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem facing health care today?"
"Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician?"
"Why Medicine? They also asked why I had not taken BioChem and how I would prepare for it for Medical School."
"Have you had a family member's health influence your decision to pursue medicine?"
"90% of questions were drawn off of my application"
"So tell us about how music and medicine are similar. (I studied music in college)."
"What would you bring to the student body at PCOM? I am a non-trad with a prior career so I focused on my maturity and experience working in teams with colleagues."
"Why PCOM, What do you know about Osteopathic Medicine? "
"I took MCAT twice with two month in-between, and increased my score by about 6 points (30+). They asked me how I managed to go from an average MCAT score to 80th percentile score in just a matter of two months. I believe the answer to this question made them think, "This is the type of student we want." and ultimately the acceptance."
"These are the ones they seem to ask everyone (except I did not get the expected "What is osteopathy" question): Where do you see yourself in 15 years? When did you know you wanted to be a doctor? Why DO? How do you relieve stress? What factors do you weigh in choosing a medical school?"
"All the normal ones"
"Tell me about yourself? This includes the answer to the sub-questions "Why medicine/osteopathy/Why P.C.O.M.?" (The other questions are kind of a blur after 7 interviews at this point...) "
"specific to my internship, great ice-breaker!"
"Why do you want to be a Doctor and what led you here?"
"why do you want to attend PCOM?"
"Are you happy with the choice of your undergraduate institution?"
"Why PCOM? Why D.O.? Have you heard back from other schools?"
"What made you motivated to pursue medicine?"
"Why Osteopathic Medicine? Why double major? "
"Why do you want to be an osteopath?"
"Why DO? Why PCOM? Why Doctor?"
"What do you think is the biggest problem with health care?"
"What can you tell me about osteopathic medicine?"
"Explain to us why you transferred after your freshman year in undergrad"
"Exposure to osteopathic medicine."
"What interests you about Osteopathic medicine?"
"Explain this grade?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Why were you a nursing major for a year?"
"What type of doctor do you want to be?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?
What was something challenging you faced and how did you overcome it?"
"How would you explain OMM to an MD?"
"I was only asked one question...why PCOM?"
"Question about why i chose my undergrad program and if i would go there again"
"WHen is the last time you laughed?
Why Georgia? (i'm from michigan)"
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine (naturally)?"
"Why do you want to go to PCOM?"
"How does osteopathic medicine differ from allopathic medicine and why is that a good fit for you?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"Tell me about your research?"
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"specific to my file"
"You never shaddowed an osteopath, why?"
"Tell us about your musical experience."
"Why Do you want to be in medicine?"
"How did your undergraduate education prepared you to become a good doctor"
"if all illness were crured, what would ou do"
"With admissions so competitive, why should we pick you?"
"Tell me about your involvement with the Boy Scouts"
"How do you like Cell Biology? "
"Why do you want to attend this school as opposed to other schools in the surrounding area?"
"Why medicine? Why osteopathic medicine?"
"What is the difference between MD and DO?"
"What was the hardest thing you ever had to do?"
"You had a drop in your grades sophomore year, what happened?"
"What other schools did you apply to?"
"You have any questions?"
"What do you do in your spare time?"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"How did you decide you wanted to be a physician?"
"What motivates you? "
"Tell me about your time spent in Eastern Europe."
"why did you take time off between undergrad and current application process?"
"What is Osteopathic Medicine?"
"What do you for fun?"
"describe a time where you were in a position of conflict and how did you handle it."
"Describe a conflict and how you dealt with it?"
"''Tell us about your mission trip to Mississippi''"
"Where will your family stay while your in school?"
"What would you say is your biggest weakness and your greatest strength?"
"Do you feel your mcat score is a true reflection of your intellectual ability?"
"Why medicine? Why DO?"
"You did well on the MCAT, how did you study?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Why DO? Why medicine?"
"Why these low grades in subject X?"
"Why did you pick the undergraduate institution that you did?"
"Where else have you applied? "
"What do I like to do for fun?"
"What do you understand of osteopathic medicine and what is your understanding of osteopathic manipulative medicine? (know this stuff pretty well for the one Dr)"
"How do you think your work at Kmart will contribute to your being a doctor?"
"Let's talk about the gap between your GPA and MCAT score. [Undergrad GPA was low, MCAT score was good]"
"What makes you a good doctor? What volunteer work have you done in an underserved community?"
"Tell me about yourself. 1st ?"
"What is the difference between an MD and a DO in your mind?"
"If faced were with difficulties in medical school, as far as coursework is concerned how would I deal with that?"
"Explain your path to medicine. Start with undergrad years."
"Explain what led you to the osteopathic profession.
Would you come to Georgia if accepted?
What makes you special? "
"Describe your problem solving skills"
"Tell me about your life since you graduated."
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Have you always been 100% sure about going to medical school since you come from a medical family?"
"What is your understanding of Osteopathy and how would you apply it to the care of your patients?"
"Do you see any problems in the healthcare/medical field?"
"Tell me about yourself and how you reached this osteopathic interview"
"What kind of research do you do?"
"When did you realize you wanted to be a DO? "
"Why the low MCAT scores?"
"What is your experience with OMM and osteopathy?
"What is one of the greatest challenges you face working with inner-city youth? (stemming from working with AmeriCorps in Baltimore)"
"Tell me about your family."
"What was the most interesting non-science class that you took"
"Why did you get a C in bcmb?"
"Why DO? Describe your research. "
"How was your undergraduate experience?"
"I see you shadowed Dr.X . How was it?"
"Explain your undergraduate experience."
"When did you discover you wanted to be a doctor?"
"Tell me about your current job."
"What specialty of medicine do you think you would most like to practice?"
"What prompted you to want to change careers?"
"What sets PCOM apart from the other schools you applied to? This seemed like a question I should ask them, but it was one they asked me."
"What do you know about the osteopathic profession/philosophy?
What other schools have you applied to? Any other interviews/acceptances yet? Any allopathic schools?"
"What is one challange you have faced and how did you overcome it?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Why DO? How did you find out about osteopathy and why did you choose it?"
"Why medicine? Why D.O.? How many times did you take the MCAT and how do you prepare? Have you been to PCOM before?"
"What do your father and grandfather think of you going to DO school?"
"What is your opinion of your undergraduate education and school?"
"Tell me about your undergraduate experiences "
"What do you like about Philadelphia?"
"How did you enjoy your undegraduate experience?
Do you think graduate school prepared you for the rigors of medical school?
Where else have you applied?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? With emphasis on DO."
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"Tell us about your MPH and research at school."
"Talked extensively about my research,
OMM, If I knew of any tequniques that could benifit patient outcomes."
"How did you like your undergrad experience?"
"What specialty are you considering? (This was actually asked after I indirectly brought up the topic)"
"So what are you doing now that you've been out of school for a year?"
"Why do you think the mentality of younger students at your undergraduate institution has changed in regards to getting things done for themselves?"
"What happened with your undergrad grades?"
"what made you choose to come to PCOM (for the biomedical science program)and why did you only apply here for medical school?"
""tell me your story""
"What field of medicine would you like to specialize in?"
"How did you balance all of your extracurricular activities with your academics?"
"What was your favorite class?"
"What did you find academically challenging"
"What did you like/dislike about my undergraduate institution?"
"1.) Have you been to PCOM before? 2.)Why do you want to be a doctor? 3.)Why a DO and not an MD? 4.) How did you study for the MCATs? 5.) How many times did you take the MCAT? 6.)How has your undergraduate institution prepared you for medical school? 7.) How many schools did you apply to? 8.) Why only PCOM and why do you want to come here? 9.) What quality do you think is the most important for a physician to have? 10.) Is there another quality that you also think is important? 11.) Who is your role model? "
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"why do you want to become a doctor/DO."
"Knwo about your past. I have lived in foreign country and they have lot of questions about that. They really read your AACOMAS application and make sure they know everything about you before you interview.
"How do you like your undergrad institution? Do you have a favorite class you've taken?"
"Tell us about yourself."
"why medicine and why DO?"
"Why medicine? Why osteopathic? where else have you applied? what's your status with them?"
"Why do you want to be a doc? Why DO?"
"What qualities can you add that wil will make this !st class a success?"
"How did you like Duke?"
"What activities were you involved in during your undergrad years?"
"Talk about yourself.
They asked about my grades and my college.
Questions about studying abroad."
"Tell me about New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Undergrad experience?"
"Why a physician instead of a physician assistant? "
"1) Tell about your experiences at your undergrad, and How they prepared you for Medical School
2) Why Osteopathy? <<Dont Say: Hollistic or 'Cracking' Backs"
"Explain your low orgo grades"
"Just specifics about my grades"
"If you could not be a physician, what would you do?"
"What do I like to do for fun? what classes do I have now? why I chose undergraduate education (pitt)? Where else did I apply/interview?"
"It was really more conversational than it was a list of questions, some questions included flat out why do you want to be a doctor, who is your role model, where do you see yourself in 15 years, what do you do for fun, what would make you choose PCOM over other schools...."
"What made you decide on your undergraduate institution?
(fortunately, one of the interviewers graduated from my university)"
"I can see from your transcripts that your grades are above avergage....excellent even. But you know you're going to have to explain these MCAT scores. "
"Explain to us what you know about OMM."
"difference in how allopathic and osteopathic medicine is conducted?"
"How did your undergrad and grad experience prepare you for medical school?"
"How did you manage to graduate so early (in 2.5 years I graduated)?"
"how do you handle anger"
"why DO? not MD?
"What do you know about ostepathic medicine/ why do you want to be a DO?"
"What makes you angry? What makes you laugh?"
"Why did you choose your undergraduate institution? Most interesting class in undergrad (science or not) and how did it prepare you for being a doctor? What other profession would you choose if not medical? "
"1)How has you undergraduate institution prepared you to become a good physician.
2)You said you've done research, tell us about it."
"why osteo? what know about osteo? applied to other schools? MD or DO schools? outcomes?"
"Who is your role model?"
"Tell us what happened in your sophmore year to bring down your GPA?"
"Why are you interested in Osteopathic Medicine."
"How did your undergraduate institution prepare you?"
"How did you chose your undergrad? Did you like it?"
"How has your undergraduate education prepared you for a career in medicine?"
"What have you been doing since graduating from college?"
"how did I prepare for the mcat?
"What is your interest in osteopathic medicine?"
"Tell us about Omaha, Nebraksa and why you moved there from New Jersey?"
"Your father is an MD so why do you want to become a DO?"
"Why osteopathic medicine? "
"what do you do for fun?"
"How did you study for the MCATs?"
"Why I chose the college I chose? Why I chose the major I chose? What do I do in my free time? Leadership experiences?"
"Why did I move to (state)? How did I prepare for the MCAT? "
"asked about my undergrad institution"
"how did you like your undegrad and grad schools?"
"Why the delay between college and medical school?"
"Why D.O. school?"
"What got you interested in DO?"
"Did you enjoy your undergraduate experience?"
"Why did you choose the college you went to? What do you like to do for fun? What kind of books do you like to read? Explain your MCAT score. "
"What type of medicine do I think I would want to practice?"
"What do you like to do for fun? What was the last book that you read?"
"What did you choose your undergraduate institution. What brought you out east."
"If I could change one thing about myself what would it be?"
"Questions about ungergraduates education?"
"Why DO over an MD school?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What other schools did I apply to?"
"Tell us about your basketball experiences. Describe William and Mary (undergrad) to us and how it impacted you."
"How did you bring your grades up?"
"What kind of Medicine do I want to practice?"
"Why DO, Why PCOM"
"Have you been to Philly before? been to PCOM before? Why PCOM? What will be deciding factors as to which school you attend?"
"Describe your current position. What do you do. (I am a chemist in industry)"
"What's your biggest accomplishment?"
"What other schools have your applied to?"
"what do you think is your biggest accomplishment?"
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"How has your undergraduate institution prepared you to become a physician?"
"how has your experience at ...(your school) prepared you for med school?"
"What is Osteopathy and why do you want to go into it?"
"Describe your college experience"
"What colleges did you apply to and why did you pick(insert your school here)?"
"Why are you making the career change?"
"What are my hobbies?"
"Would you tell a patient they only had six months to live?"
"If a car crashed and went into the river, would you jump in the river and help?"
""Talk about some of the characteristics you'd hope to see in a successful osteopathic physician? and talk about some of the negative characteristics of a bad osteopathic physician""
"Who do you believe is responsible for a patient's healthcare?"
"How do you define success? Do you think you are successful?"
"Are you comfortable with the dress code required for OMM lab?"
"If you had a magical pen, how would you use it toward healthcare?"
"I was asked what the strongest argument against going into medicine was, and why it wasn't convincing enough for me."
"What makes you angry/ what frustrates you?"
"How do you recognize when you are overwhelmed and in over your head? And what do you do to handle it?"
"Please tell me more about the osteopathic doctors you shadowed."
"A question relating to my personal statement"
"About my hobbies"
"What do you think are the advantages of an osteopathic medical education?"
"What are you reading now?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"What are some difficulties that you think you will face as a medical student?"
"What exactly is a "Health Science" major? I just thought it was interesting that they were not familiar with it."
"Tell me what you know about OMM and would you practice it?"
"How would you tell a patient they had terminal cancer, without making them lose hope?? (Probably because I work with Hospice and study oncology)."
"They asked me how I felt from an ethical standpoint about the "octo-mom" in California (whether fertility practices should be reigned in and should we even do fertility treatments on women with six children who are on public assistance)."
"Tell us about the undergrad you went to. I don't know why they wanted to know this because my undergrad was oriented towards programs like education, business, accounting, etc. I told them that I got the short end of the stick at my undergrad as a pre-med student and it was interesting to see their response to my answer."
"When I answered the stress question, one of the things I said was that I like to cook and they asked if I see any parallels between cooking and practicing medicine."
"PCOM often seems to include current-events questions in the interview or at least one very analytical question of your application if your a foreign/non-trad. For example, the economics major or the foreign candidates."
"What does it feel like to deliver a baby?"
"For some reason, when they asked me if I spoke Spanish, it threw me for a loop!"
"What do you think you will get out of the medical degree other than the training?"
"How did you decide which medical schools to apply to?"
"Why didn't you apply to medical schools in China if you see yourself practicing there 10 years from now?"
"Your numbers are pretty good. Will you withdraw if you get an MD acceptance? (Didnt even ask if I was applying MD, which I am of course, but just assumed that I was)"
"Questions about Healthcare reform, the economy and bailout."
"What do you like to do in your spare time?"
"Tell us about you family and how they influenced your choice to want to go to medical school."
"Why would you work at a job where the object is to shoot someone with a projectile (paintball)? -- I think this was along the lines of promoting gun violence but it was a legit and unloaded question."
"What did you get on your SAT's?"
"when was the last time you laughed so hard you almost peeed in your pants"
"What interests you the most about Osteopathic medicine?"
"Who are your role models besides your parents?"
"Have you ever been involved in Music?"
"Being that your father is an allopathic physician, how does you feel about you going into the field of osteopathy?"
"What is a physician's role in society?"
"what fascinates you about osteopathic medicine?"
"What is a doctor? We were talking about my current job as a teacher, and he said that doctor means teacher and that he thought my background would be helpful in the future. "
"My two interviewers didn't know each other. So it was like them interviewing each other. I interjected a few jokes here and there, but the questions that they asked me were the standards. "
"Tell us about a time you faced a challenge and how you overcame it."
"How will you be able to help your fellow classmates during the first two years?"
"What makes you angry"
"when is the last time I had laughed"
"How did you get such a good MCAT score? (I got a 33, and at the time, I didn't think it was that great, but at the same time, I knew it wasn't going to hold me back anywhere)"
"Well, one of my interviewers was rather HYPER. He started asking me crazy questions such as, ''If you saw an endangered animal eating an endangered plant, which would you save?'' and ''define the universe and give 3 examples.'' After a nervous laugh, he was like no i'm just kidding."
"What in your past has prepared you for the tactile nature of osteopathy?"
"Something about who is playing in the football game nexy Monday?"
"How do you explain your academic performance in the community college? (I spent many years exploring many majors with many withdraws. I been focused on how I been doing since I came back to school(Mostly 'A's and '+B's), I totally though that was not a big issue. But it was."
"How would you explain DNA to a third grader?"
"specific to my files"
"What was the biggest challenge you faced during your military service?"
"How do you see yourself in 10-15 years?"
"''I see you're interested in forensics. How do you see that merging with a career in the Army?''"
"Do you think organic chemistry is important in med school?"
"What were some things you do to take care of your health?"
"All basic questions."
"what is your back up plan, if there was no illness? huh? like that would hppen"
"What was your least favorite course in college?"
"Tell me about your experience in the Boy Scouts."
"So tell me about yourself."
"If by some miracle there were no more illness (no need for a physician) what would you do?"
"Nothing too interesting. They did ask me why I chose my major."
"Nothing really, just the regular osteopathic questions: why DO? why PCOM?"
"What was the hardest thing you ever had to do?"
"What was the worst thing that happened to you in college?"
"Everything was pretty standard"
"Why do you want to attend PCOM more than any other osteopathic medical school? (this was my third year applying)"
"Give an example of how I was open-minded?"
"They really delved into my interest in osteopathic medicince."
"Why did you want to be a truck driver?"
"Tell us something about your time abroad. "
"Who are your mentors?"
"I was asked to relate osteopathy to an experience I had coaching youth hockey. "
"What was my time like in Eastern Europe? (I was stationed there for two years)"
"why are you so passionate about working with the non-English speaking/illegal immigrant community?"
"Many about my ethnic background. The interviewers really seemed to embrace all cultures."
"Tell me about your research."
"describe a situation where you felt strongly about something but it didn't come to fruition"
"What MD schools did you apply to? (WTF!!)"
"The interviewers focus A LOT on your file. So, this was related to my history."
"What was the hardest time of my life?"
"All of the questions were very standard."
"''Tell us about your missions trip to Mississippi'', or ''You are involved in so many activities and are devoted to your schoolwork; what do you do for fun?''"
"If your not accepted anywhere, what will you do."
"If you were accepted here, would you come?"
"We see your grades from college are quite good, how did you prepare yourself in high school for achievement in college?"
"I was not really asked anything. They talked, I listened and periodically interjected some interesting facts about myself."
"What is the biggest experience of you life?"
"None, all questions were very casual"
"What is one challenge that has had a great impact on you or changed you in some way?"
"What is a gene's relationship to a chromosome?"
"Pertaining to a Biochem question: Why do you think so much energy is released from the breaking of bonds in ATP?"
"Why is your graduate degree taking so long? (I didn't think 3 yrs was that bad)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"What do you think about the MCATS? Is it necessary? "
"In your primary applicatoin, why do you say it was a privilege to work with Hospice patients?"
"Do you think osteopathic manipulative medicine could be used to treat such things as diabetes, a heart condition, [example3]?"
"Do you think the U.S. should be taking precautions for Bird Flu?"
"[In asking about my job, which involves drug and alcohol addictions research] Do you think the cause of substance abuse is genetic or environmental?"
"It was a question about my undergraduate thesis in physiology. The interviewer that asked the question was a professor of physiology"
"Do you ever find yourself asking for help because you seem rather independent?"
"What other schools have you applied to and been accepted to?"
"How will you deal with the negativity you may receive because you chose to become an osteopathic physicine instead of the traditional allopathic physician?physician. "
"correlate your MCAT scores with your undergraduate GPA."
" nothing really.... "
"Describe your problem solving skills"
"If you were a third grade teacher, how would you teach the kids about DNA?"
"Who was your mentor and how did he/she play a role in your decision to become a physician?"
"What happened to your southern accent?"
"Things about my nursing career. "
"Why did you decide not to go into music?"
"Pretty standard stuff actually...See questions below."
"Did you ever practice in this career, or just obtain training in it? (This tipped me off that they had not read my app at all, since it talks extensively about the five years I have spent practicing this career.) "
"How would you explain diabetes to a small child, say three or four that has just been diagnosed with the disease?"
"What challenges do you see in future for military medicine? (I plan to go into the military as a doctor)"
"What are the top three things that would distinguish a medical school if you were accepted at ten?"
"Osteopathy requires signficant manual dexterity. How can you demonstrate that?"
"I felt it interesting they spent a lot of time asking me about the individuals who wrote letters on my behalf. My experiences with them and how long we have known each other"
"What is one thing that needs to change in healthcare today?"
"What was your most difficult experience and how did you overcome?"
"What other schools have you applied to, interviewed at, accepted at, paid deposit for"
"Do you believe that the methods of osteopathic medicine were derived from the philosophy of o.m. or was the philosophy derived from the methods."
"I was asked about my past experiences in what the interviewer referred to as "caring" positions and what I learned from them and how it applied to medicine. I didn't get anything out of the ordinary. I was asked if I applied last year though..I guess b/c I'm 2 years out of school."
"How will acting in the theatre and in a play help you in the medical field? (a stem off of my undergraduate experience question)"
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"nothing really, everything was pretty basic and straighfoward"
"What do you think of the state of healthcare today?"
"If you got accepted into a MD school and DO schoo, which one would you choose?"
"Are you an optimist or a pessimist"
"Most D.O. schools require a reference letter from an osteopathic physician. I did not have one. I was asked to share my first experience with a D.O. Luckily I had talked to one in my hometown."
"What do your MD in-laws think about you applying to DO school?"
"Where did you stay last night?"
"Have you had any experience with cadavers?"
"What can you personally bring to the osteopathic medical profession?"
"How does your dad handle your mom being scared of flying? (He is a Delta Airline Pilot)"
""Tell me about your family""
"I want to go into psychiatry, so I was asked how getting a DO would help me in that field (as opposed to an MD)"
"Do you think marathons are meant to be run by humans? This question spurred further discussion on marathons"
"What did my father and grandfather think of me going to a DO school? (both are MD's)"
"What was the most recent book you have read outside of school?"
"What do you regret most about your life so far?"
""Why did you choose to go to Penn?" (For undergrad)"
"My GPA from undergrad is pretty high, so they asked me how I managed to keep such a high GPA and still make time for shadowing and the other activities I was involved in on campus. "
"With all your research experience, (how) do you plan to integrate research into your practice?"
"Some of the more specific questions about my application essays and about my interests."
"If you didn't have 2 minors, could your GPA have improved?"
"I see you rowed....tell me about your medals, team, etc. "
"What for you has been the most challenging part of being a teacher? I taught special ed."
"Tell me about your summer experience at Yale SMEP."
"Where do you see yourself in fifteen years?"
"If accepted, would you be willing to move out to Atlanta?"
"The interviewer asked: "I am a third grade student, and you are a third grade teacher. Explain to me the function of DNA.""
"They asked about my high school becuase I went to this really small all guys school that's located on a farm."
"am i planning on taking the mcat again? (interesting b/c i got a 28 the first time i took it)"
"Interviewer asks, "I'm going to the dominican republic in two weeks. What should I do about the threat of malaria (medications to take)?" I used to do research on malaria, so I guess the question wasn't that wierd, but I still wasn't expecting technical questions. "
"What makes you think you can make it through medical school."
"Do you feel that the MCAT is an accurate tool for use by med-school admissions?"
"What book are you currently reading?"
"What are some characteristics that can negatively impact a physician?"
"Tell us about yourself"
"how will your degree (economics) serve you in medical school"
"What class did I enjoy the most?"
"why do you want to become a DO."
"I was asked what other schools I applied to and they were actually writing them down as I listed them."
"The most difficult situtation of your life where you think you may have not made the right decision"
"With your beliefs, what would you do if you had a Muslum patient?"
"How would you rate yourself (1-10) as an applicant?"
"Boxing? How did you get into that?"
"They asked about a community college I had attended while still in high school."
"You have a C in one of my favorite classes(Physics) but you have A's in classes that I made C's in. How can you explain that?"
"Since you are from a country where there are much more serious diseases,would you empathise with people suffering from "trivial" ailments?"
"What did you think of the faculty breakfast this morning?"
"What was the most difficult situation you had to deal with as a resident assistant and how did you handle that situation?"
"How would I handle a bigger school after a small school undergrad experience? "
"What course in undergrad do you feel is the most representative of a course that you will have ot to ake in Medical school?"
"Why did I choose my undergraduate institution(not very interesting)"
"How did I meet find the doctor that I shadowed. [I had an amusing story which I presume the doctor had mentioned in his Letter of Rec.]"
"What my favorite piece of music to sing is? (I sing in the choir at school)"
"What sets me apart from the other interviewees since they had similar mcat and qpas?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"If you had the same scores as the other students interviewing, why should PCOM accept you?"
"Explain where you got your email address name from. ( I wasn't asked this question but alot of other people that interviewed with me that day said they were asked this question)"
"Since you are a fisherman, did you apply to LECOM because of the walleye in Lake Erie? "
"Did you apply to NYCOM since you are from NYC?"
"where do i see myself in 10 years?"
"What was my least favorite class? I responded with comparitive anatomy of verts."
"What do you do to relieve stress? "
"Would you mind being touched in the OMM lab?"
"How did you achieve such good grades?"
"How do you handle anger?"
"What do you do for fun (besides riding, which I do all the time I'm not working)?"
"No interesting questions at all. It was like being in an inquisition."
"They asked me a few general current event questions. I think they just wanted to see my response, because I got no feedback."
"How did you choose your e-mail address? "
"They did not ask too many unique questions. All questions just trying to get to know me and see that I am an interesting person."
"How would you feel about touching someone & having someone touch you in OMM class? play sports or musical instrument (muscle memory)?"
"What do your hobbies day about your personality?"
"How has your undergraduate experience prepared you for your medical education at PCOM?"
"I wasnt asked anything out of the ordinary"
"What should we tell the adcom committee bout you?"
"What was one conflict you had in your life and how did you resolve it?"
"Do you speak any languages? "
"what did I learn from medical ethics?"
"Your Father is an MD... what does he think about you becoming an osteopathic physician?"
"Is New Jersey corn better than Nebraska's corn? (I moved from Jersey to Nebraska for one year and had to come back)"
"How has your experience been working as a critical care technician?"
"There's no really eye-opening questions. Everything is either specific to your application or is an standard interviewing question. Actually, wait, I was asked about the importance of the MCAT in the admissions process which was a little out of the ordinary. "
"what does this 'J' grade mean?"
"How did you study for the MCATs?"
"If I was unable to do anything related to healthcare or medicine, what would I want to do?"
"If you are accepted into more than one program, what is the most important factor in your decision to choose one to attend over the rest?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"Tell me about your move to a new state?"
"Who is your role model?"
"Do you think you will have a problem being touched by your classmates in OMM class?"
"How did my undergraduate and professional career prepare me to want to
become a physician?"
"Have I ever dealt with someone near death or dying."
"One of the interviewers knew some information about the medicine in the country where i came from so he asked me about it."
"If I could change one thing about myself what would it be?"
"What are my favorite movie of all time?"
"Tell me about your internship experience and why it led you to choose an osteopathic school."
"Did I like my undergrad college?"
"Tell us about your basketball experiences."
"nothing that interesting here, just a regular conversation"
"How has your undergraduate institution prepared you for medical School?"
"How will your studying habits change during medical school?"
"How has my undergrad school prepared me for the Medical profession?"
"Tell me about your family."
"1)Why did you choose to attend your undergraduate school? and what has it done for you? 2) What do you think is the most common injury in gymnastics (I was a gymnast)?"
"Tell us where you see yourself in 12 years"
"What's the link between medicine and literature? (I was an English major as an undergrad.)"
"What will you have to change in order to be successful in medical school?"
"what has been your biggest accomplishment up to this point in your life?"
"What do you think about vaccinations? i.e. Anthrax vaccinations?"
"Who in my life do I admire the most?"
"A hypothetical situation about a mechanical heart used to touch on a few ethical issues... Should a patient recieve the heart considering price, expected life span of patient, and quality of life, etc?"
"what is your understanding of osteopathic medicine?"
"What makes you angry?"
"Which High School did I go to? SAT Scores? "
"What was a challenge you had to overcome?"
"What was the hardest course taken during my undergraduate years"
"What do you do for fun?"
"How did you end up in Philadelphia from (insert state here)?"
"Tell us your hobbies. Oh, you took Japanese. Why?"
"Tell us about your hobbies."
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