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"Very eco-friendly. They request that interviewees help recycle plastic badge covers at the end of the day and with over 700 applicants, they certainly make a difference!"
"I love that they re-used the plastic name tags. TCOM admissions have done a great job selling the school and making interviewees feel welcomed."
"Don't make some the interviewees wait until the end of the day to interview. The interview day is already draining enough without having to wait until 4:00 pm to interview."
"There was about 1.5 hours of downtime between the end of the MMIs and lunch where the applicants just sit at a table and talk to each other - while starving. Filling that time or starting lunch earlier would be nice."
"My check in time was an entire hour before I was scheduled to start orientation. Maybe recommend only a half an hour before because an hour was a long time to sit and do nothing. Also, warn us in the email about parking passes because I was worried I did not print mine from the email or something."
"Admissions office was EXTREMELY kind and helpful."
"None, they are so nice!"
"The nicest people I have ever met. Really friendly and made the experience really personable."
"I loved the interview! Great school!!"
"None. The admissions office was very approachable and very welcoming. It made the whole process ten"
"None. The day was great."
"None. They even spare you the boring financial aid presentation by giving you a CD with all the info"
"Pass on the advice about the library."
"To admit me!!!"
"MMI format - you sign an NDA before the interview"
"MMI Questions (interviewees sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding interview questions)"
"How did you deal with conflict in your organization?"
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine and tie it to your experiences."
"Tell me something about yourself I can't get from your written application."
"What makes osteopathic medicine special?"
"We aren't gonna talk about academics, tell me something else."
"What was the most difficult class you took and why? (both interviewers actually asked this question)"
"So what's your story?"
"What was one difficulty you faced in a team? What did you do?"
"I have not read your file yet because I don't want to have a predetermined opinion of you. So, can you tell be a little about yourself?"
"they ask: why medicine, tell me about osteopathic medicine, what community service/ clinical experience you have had, and if you work as a team"
"What two things can you contribute to this school?"
"Why did you choose to come to TX?"
"what do i anticipate being the greatest challenge in medical school?"
"What do you think about OMT and why is it important?"
"What's your opinion on the current state of healthcare in the U.S.?"
"What roles does a physician play? (healthcare provider, leader, judge)"
"Both interviewers asked me Why medicine, why DO, why TCOM?"
"Health care reform"
"Why did you do nursing before medicine?"
"What do you like about osteopathic medicine?"
"Very conversational; no direct questions asked."
"What do you know about healthcare in Canada?"
"none really, just chatted about my application and experiences, very laid back"
"Interviewer A- Why Doctor?
Interviewer B- What got you interested in Medicine?"
"What goals do you have for your future?"
"what would you bring to the student body if you were accepted"
"What's the last movie you saw?"
"I just had a lot of standard questions with the first interviewer. We mostly talked about school, work, girlfriends, medicine, music, Lowe's, and almost anything you could think of!"
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine?"
"A child needs an amputation, what do you tell the child and his or her parents?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"what is the future of health care?"
"Tell me about yourself. Why medicine. (my first interviewer was a faculty member who just started 3 months before.....he was sort of lost)"
"If a child or an adult came in and needed an amputation, what would you do?"
"How to fix current health system."
"What did you do in high school?"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Nothing very specific, mostly just conversation..."
"What do you know about osteopathic medicine and how did you get interested in it?"
"What do I know about Osteopathic Medicine."
"tell me about yourself? What do you know about A.T. Still"
"Why medicine? Why DO? Tell me about yourself."
"The typical questions: Why DO, why TCOM, why medicine"
"You are the doc in a small country town and 3 patients come in at once. All of the patients are the same except for their jobs: a small rural doc, an employer that employs 1/10th of the town, and a delivery guy. Who do you save and why?
Also, how do you feel about killing the others.
"Tell me about yourself..."
"There are many areas in medicine, why a doctor?"
"Motivation for medicine"
"How do you feel about Stem Cell Research?"
"''So I read here that you think Osteopathic Medicine is the path for you. Why?''"
"In a hospital, what is the most important group: the doctors, Nurses, Board of Directors, Phamacists or the Janitors?
-The Answer is they all are...there is no I in team"
"You happen upon a car accident and no one else is around. There is a 70+ year old man and a 7 year old girl. Both are bleeding profusely and will die. You can only save one. Who?(This question was asked by a 65+ interviewer)."
"Why DO? Why not MD? "
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"why DO, why TCOM, when did you realize you wanted to be a doctor, (both asked these questions)"
"Tell me about yourself (both asked this)"
"Tell me about your research."
"Are you sure you want to do this? (I'm 35 years old)"
"- tell me about yourself
- what defining moment in your life made you realize you want to be a physician
"What qualities make up a good physician?"
"What experiences in your life make you want to help people in your future career?"
"How would you deal with difficulties as a doctor? "
"If you had to tell a 10 year-old girl that she had to have her leg amputated, how would you do it?"
"What would you do if a guy needed a very expensive back surgery and had no insurance and no money?"
"how do you deal with stress?"
"What was your favorite class in college?"
"So now tell me about you."
"In a hospital setting, there are doctors, board of directors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, and custodial staff. Who are the most important? Why?"
1. If you had one liver and three patients with identical backgrounds and health conditions except for their job (milk delivery, factory owner that employed most of the town, and physician), who would you give the liver to? He followed the question with "
"What do you know about DO schools and OMM?"
"Tell me about your self and your work as a therapist."
"What are the problems facing healthcare in the future?"
"Ethical questions...no right or wrong answer involving different scenarios.."
"What do you know about manipulative medicine"
"Wow, that's quite a career change. Why did you decided to become a doctor?"
"Just the usual interview questions."
"Has there been a time when you were unprepared for something? If so how did you feel about it and yourself."
"Totally random ethical question that seemed like a situation that a doctor would not be put in. I kept my poise and answered as best I could without getting on a political soapbox."
"Why do you want to be a DO rather than an MD?"
"Explain a problem you have encountered where you were required to think of an innovative solution."
"Why not research?"
"What's your favorite subject in school? He told me not to say organic chemistry, even though organic chemistry is my favorite subject. "
"since when have you wanted to go into medicine and what happened to make you want to go into medicine"
"Describe how you decided to enter medicine."
"What were your most/least favorite subjects in college and why?"
"What are your specific interests in medicine?"
"What do you know about osteopathy/manipulative medicine?"
"What is a D.O.?"
"If three people arrive in ER at same time and you're the only doctor, how do you handle it?"
"How would to handle the situation where you have to perform an amputation to save a teenager's life?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"how you would fix the nation's healthcare problems?"
"What are my views of stem cell research."
"Why not be an MD instead of an DO?"
"What attributes do you think it takes to work in a team? What attributes should leaders have? Why are you choosing medicine over an engineering job? Why do you want to be a doctor? Why osteopathic medicine? You have no research experience; why should we let you into our PhD program? Why are you changing careers? Your application says you were a Roughneck in an oil rig welding fabrication yard; what was that like?"
"Tell me about yourself/ motivation for medicine"
"While working in a team, have you had any confrontation with a individual who was not do his part of the job and how did you handle it? Did it work?"
"Why osteopathy, why OMM?"
"You majored in [blank]. How has this prepared you for medical school?"
"Do you only want to be a physician because your father and grandfather were?"
"Why here, why now?"
"Explain to me what a DO means to you?"
"So...you want to be a doctor?"
"Why DO and not MD?"
"Tell me what you know about osteopathic medicine."
"Tell me how you have solved a problem."
"Tell me about yourself. Why TCOM?"
"If you were practicing in a small town and the wife of the principal of the elementary school your children go to came to you for an abortion because she had an affair, what would you do?"
"How would you fix the current healthcare situation (regarding doctors' loss of autonomy)"
"Why a physician? What's a D.O.? Tell me about yourself. Are you a team player? Heart disease thing."
"A man comes into your office with really bad back pains (she went on about this for a while) then says that your order an MRI. Later that day your nurse comes up to you and says that the man's HMO declined the MRI, what do you do?"
"Why Medicine and why now? (I'm older)"
"What is your view on the past and future of medicine?"
"What do you think of Stem cell research?"
"What are the top three priorities in your life?"
"Why spend the next 10years of my life studying medicine?"
"What do you know about osteopathy?"
"i had a couple of the questions that were posted earlier on here (suppose you saw someone signing in for another student, what would you do...)"
"How do you deal with stress? How will you deal with the large volumes of info? How will you deal with patient death? What traits will make you a good doctor?"
"Scenario: If you were in a first year class where attendance was mandatory and you saw one student signing in for another, how would you handle the situation?"
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me what you know about osteopathic medicine"
"what problems, if any, do you see in health care today?"
"Tell me about youself."
"Why do you want to come to our school? Why osteopathic medicine."
"Why the change in career from engineering"
"What do you think about the state of medicine currently?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"What is your view on HMO's/PPO's?"
"Who do you use for your support group?"
"Describe what the future of medicine will look like."
"If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?"
"Won't disclose the full question, but it involved making a medical decision affecting multiple individuals."
"what would you best friend say about you in a string of adjectives?"
"You turn a corner and hear two patients talking about you. What would you most like to hear: "I love my doctor." (Referring to your compassion), "I trust my doctor." (Referring to your integrity), "I admire my doctor." (Referring to your medical technique, such as surgical abilities), or "I respect my doctor" (Referring to your medical knowledge). Why would you like to hear them say ____? (The blank is whatever you would like to hear most)"
"current topics in healthcare: be prepared to discuss afforadable care act aka obamacare"
"What are you opinions on Obamacare?"
"What personality trait is your best? and which one would you want to improve?"
"nothing, just some critical thinking questions."
"Where do you see healthcare in ten years?"
"What is your favorite cartoon character?"
"You have unlimited funds, what are two things you would fix in healthcare..."
"You have a patient that needs a blood transfusion, but refuses due to religious beliefs. What do you do?"
"All the questions were pretty general"
"Why are there so few physicians entering the primary care field?"
"Interviewer A- What does a doctor do? (Um provide medical treatment to patients?--YESSSS) "
"Has there ever been a single event in your life that has completely changed your opinion about something? Would you say you're more of an 'evolving' person or one who is quick to change?"
"If you had to choose between security, achievement, compassion, and power, what would you choose?"
"Tell me about your thesis/research. "
"You have unlimited funds to change the medical system, what are 3 things that you would accomplish?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"Nothing is coming to mind as being particularly out of the ordinary"
"what would yuou say to a patient's mother in a case where the patient so sick that no matter what you do there is no way the patient will get better."
"I was not interviewed by two MD's and a PhD. Make a two by two matrix in your head. Column one is now and column two is in 10 to 15 yrs. row A is a strength and row B is a weakness. What would they be and how would they affect your career?"
"Tell me about a barrier you've overcome, how? "
"Tell me about your volunteering in Bali and Istanbul. (I, having never left the CONUS, was confused. He was looking at the next guys app. Big laughs.)"
"How do I feel about illegal immigration and what to do about it."
"Do you think you would be bored with primary care?"
"Something specific to my research (it was about medical ethics, so it was kind of an ethics question as well)"
"Where do you see the medical field going in the next few years? What can we do on the policy side to increase health care access?"
"How would you hope your future patients describe you?"
"Are you open to non-mainstream treatments? Why or why not?"
"What is the biggest crisis in healthcare today?"
"When I speak to the admissions board, what do you want me to say about you that will set you apart from the other applicants?"
"The daughter of a family friend whom you have seen grow up comes to you as an 18 year old. She tells you that she is pregnant. What do you do?"
"How are you going to change the world?"
"what do your brothers do?"
"Out of all the problems in the US Health system, describe one and tell me what you would do to fix it once you become a physician."
"Mostly just conversational. Nothing too terribly ''interesting''. Just very friendly conversation."
"3 people need a heart. all males, same age, same blood type, same chance of survival, happily married w/kids, were all put on the waiting list at the same time, the only difference is their profession. One is the only doctor of a small town (next closest doctor-60miles away), the second guy was a small town business owner (employed 500 people of the town), and the third was the town baker. Which one would you give the heart to and why? Follow up question:how do you feel about the other two guys that died because of your decision?"
"Mostly a conversation, so nothing really"
"What can you tell me about the Talmud?"
"What would you tell a friend that is wanting to quit medical school after a bad day?"
"Imagine you're a doctor and a female patient comes in with her dad. If the dad steps out for a bit, the female patient lets on that she's been promiscuous (keep in mine she's only 13). What do you do?"
"Ethical question regarding whether or not I would perform an emergency blood transfusion on a Jehovah's Witness."
"what are some issues in society today, and how do you see yourself, as just one doctor, making a difference?"
"If you found out one of your classmates was cheating, what would you do?"
"I was asked about how I would set up a private practice in order to best serve and educate my patients. "
"A young patient needs her 3rd brain surgery for cancer but doesn't want treatment. She would rather die but parents want the surgery. What do you do?"
"If a colleague came up to you after residency and said he didn't enjoy the profession--it was not what he expected--and he's $100,000 in debt, what advice would you give him?"
"Tell me about a medical issue you have been following in the news and what do you think about it. "
"Because the face of medicine is constantly changing, by the time you graduate you will face different problems. Choose a problem and describe a solution."
"they were all pretty standard"
"What was your favorite class in college?"
"What if you keep referring all your patients to other physicians because of different ethical views, what do you do."
"From your health care experiences in other countries what have you learned that will help you when you become a physician?"
"You are the ONLY ER doctor in a rural town, TX, and nothing ever happens there. One day, as you are playing cards with the nurses, three patients come in: one with cardiac arrest, one with respiratory arrest, and one is a woman delivering a child. Who do you take care of first?"
"Do you think Americans' diets are what causes so much cancer? Why?"
"What are problems osteopathic physicians face today?"
"All questions were of a personal nature, about my life and clinical work."
"How would I reform health care for those patients that didn't have insurance."
"If President Bush were to suddenly call you and say that he had too much to deal with in the Middle East and needed you to recognize and resolve the problems of healthcare in the U.S. what would you say those issues were and how would you resolve them?"
"What do you think the challenges of being an osteopathic physician are?"
""Tell me about your research." The interviews were very positive and interactive. It was an opportunity for them to get to know me and vice versa."
"How would you fix the most important problems facing physicians? (I said the two main problems were effectively treating patients who had no insurance, since the cost of care goes up each year, & the litigous attitude of society for malpractice.)"
"My second interview gave a scenario based question about a pregnant women who was coming to term but was bleeding profusely. Surgery is required and she needs blood but refuses because her cousin contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. Do you give her blood. Then second part of the question was the same scenario except the woman is a Jehovah's Witness and refuses the blood because of religious bleifs. What do you do?"
"There were a lot of ethical questions, so those were all pretty interesting."
"Most questions were the usual ones... No ethics questions but many others on my interview day had ethical scenarios as part of their interviews. "
"Do you play World of Warcraft?"
"What would I do with an non-compliant patient?"
"Are you single? "
"Why do you want to go to this school?"
"What do you think about the stem cell bill being vetoed by President Bush?"
"You're a doctor in the emergency department. A couple comes in: a man and his pregnant wife, who is bleeding profusely due to a trauma. She desperately needs a blood transfusion but they decline because it is against their religion. What do you do?"
"How does the do philosophy align with your personal interest in medicine?"
"What do you do to alleviate stress?"
"A twelve-year old girl had to have her leg amputated, how would you tell her parents?"
"Why didn't you marry your baby's mother? (I simply wagged my ring finger in front of my face for that one)"
"If three men are waiting for heart transplant (each with a different job) and only one heart's available, who do you give it to and why?"
"About physician assisted suicides."
"Is letting our children eat junk food, soda, and candy bars "child abuse"? "
"You didn't get a lot of campaigning [during the election], did you?"
"How you would fix the nation's healthcare problems?"
"What types of people do I think are the most difficult to get along with."
"How have you had to solve a problem using critical thinking?"
"Why no be a DO instead of an MD?"
"What do you think of physician assisted suicide and stem cell research?"
"You're the only doc in an ER when 3 emergency cases come in, which one do you choose? "
"In your view, do different cultures feel hesitant to visit physicians when needed."
"What do you do to relax?"
"How did my last interview go? My reply- it went well. The interviewers reply- they aren't always as they seem.
Pretty interesting response- wouldn't you say!"
"If you were the only physician on duty in the ER and someone two people came in wih the same trauma symptoms, but one is a doctor and the other is a business owner who would you choose to work on first?"
"What did you do in ________? From my personal statement, showed he actually read it!"
"If a child was in a horrible accident and the only option is to amputate one leg due to injuries, how would you tell the parents? How would you tell the child?"
"How do you think the past, present, and future of medicine compare to each other?"
"What was your favorite class? Why?"
"If I made you czar of medicine and were given "the powers that be" what would you do...is there anything you would fix about our current healthcare system?"
"Pretty typical questions, but the second interviewer was a little stressful. Why do you want to be a DO, etc. "
"If you could be a fruit, what kind of fruit would you be?"
"Do you think clinical psychologists should be given prescription privileges? (posed by a clinical psychologists)"
"How would you work with children to help correct America's obesity crisis?"
"Nothing particularly interesting. One interviewer asked what I thought of stem cell research and animal research."
"What would you do if you saw a friend of yours cheating on a test in med school?"
"If a patient that has had multiple heart attacks, smokes and has eaten poorly all his life asks you if he should start to drink alcohol in order to decrease his risk of future heart attacks what do you say?"
"Hypothetical one regarding future residency plans and my wife's job."
"Just alot of ethical and situational questions from the second interviewer."
"Name a problem that you have been able to overcome and specify how you overcame it."
"How would I use OMM for open heart surgery? (My interviewer was a cardiac surgeon)."
"What do I think about Stem cell research? How do I deal with disappointment?"
"If you were President of Baylor, would you step down?"
"State the difference between osteopathic and allopathic medicine without using the word holistic."
"how would you effect the health care system with your background? (i'm a political science major)"
"What do you think was the most significant medical contribution this century?"
"Why are you here?"
"How do your life experiences (stated in the personal statement) influence the type of physician you want to be?"
"Since D.O's are in a minority status, what do you forsee as being a major challenge as a D.O?"
"Tell me about something going on in the medical field today that you find interesting."
"What kind of teamwork experience have you had?- both interviewers asked this"
"How would you handle treating an abused child? (interviewers were OB/gyn and pediatrician)"
"How I would go about designing a building that would have an electron microscope inside. (I have an engineering background)"
"Why medicine now in your life? (my second career, non-trad student)."
"Since allopathic medicine has begun to move more towards preventive care and holistic medicine, why are you still interested in osteopathy?"
"An ethical question concerning abortion and confidentiality with family issues. "
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