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"They should keep doing what they do best and make applicants feel welcome!"
"Absolutely none, the admissions office is perfect because their staff are SO NICE!"
"Keep it up!"
"Please ask questions not asked in the supplemental application. I had many experiences and opinions I wanted to discuss but could not because of the very general nature of the interview questions."
"The wait to interview is difficult if you are one of the last to go for the day. Perhaps have people come in at different times."
"None. They were excellent and so welcoming."
"Keep doing what you are doing :)"
"Everything was perfect.."
"None- Keep doing what you are doing."
"Please be more understanding and lower your deposits. You have to realize that students are probably waiting on other schools and to demand $3000 is just unreasonable and contradicts your "focus on the student" attitudes you shared on interview day."
"While admissions was extrememly laid back and friendly, the interview itself was stuffy and formal - please warn students to snap back into serious mode! It's easy to feel like the whole day is going to be a breeze with the helpfulness of the staff but we need to put our business hats back on!"
"No suggestions, they answered all of my questions and were kind and considerate."
"Email invites faster, my status changed 4 days before I got an email"
"None. Nicest people ever! Very supportive, and incredibly friendly."
"Angie and Annette are the nicest people ever!"
"none. they were so friendly and willing to help with anything that i needed."
"None. They do an awesome job at making the experience a stress free one."
"Schedule interviews for when students are not having tests."
"keep doing what you're doing"
"None, they were very friendly."
"Take a bottle of water into the interview in case your throat gets dry."
"Admissions staff are by far the friendliest admissions people you will ever meet."
"Nothing, admissions staff is ridiculously friendly, you will understand when you get there."
"Absolutely nothing. This was the fifth interview I'd been to, and this admissions staff was the mos"
"Very friendly and eager to assist with any questions or concerns."
"No suggestions. They were hands down the friendliest, most welcoming admissions office of them all!!"
"Absolutely nothing. They could not have been more friendly! What an amazing staff!"
"Have more water available throughout the day. I was parched by lunch time."
"The only thing I would suggest is to offer rescheduling for interviews if need be. It did not affec"
"Nothing, phenomenal staff. They do an amazing job."
"Nothing, Annette and Angie are both great!"
"Nothing! Keep doing what you're doing, it's great!"
"None. They are too awesome for words."
"I felt very welcomed and relaxed. They even provided bottles of water, fruit juice, and snacks for"
"Nothing. Annette is amazing!"
"nothing. annette is super."
"Keep up the great work!"
"Why do you want to be a physician?"
"Why this path (medicine)?"
"Why osteopathic medicine in a rural setting?"
"What would I do if I knew someone was cheating"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Why WVSOM/West Virginia?"
"They specifically asked me about a class I didn't do well in."
"Tell us about your journey to medicine?"
"Why is your MCAT low?"
"The path that lead me to want to be a DO?"
"If you were to get into all of your schools, what factor(s) would make you choose WVSOM out of all of them?"
"What is a weakeness"
"Would you like to continue with research?"
"Why Osteopathic Medicine"
"Tell me about the path that lead you to choosing osteopathic medicine."
"What made you change your mind and choose medicine."
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years"
"Have you shadowed other medical staff other than the osteopathic physician who wrote your recommendation?"
"Why WVSOM? Most stressful aspect of going back to school (I am non-traditional student)? With all my healthcare experience, what's the biggest problem with healthcare? Explain why I have a gap in my application? What aspect of my previous professional education will help me with school and what aspects will hurt me?"
"What are you going to find most stressful about medical school?"
"What brings you to Lewisberg?"
"How do you spend your time outside of school/ what do you like to do for fun"
"What is osteopathic medicine"
"How did you hear about WVSOM and why do you want to go here?"
"Tell us about yourself and how you got involved with medicine and specifically osteopathic medicine."
"Are you interested in primary care? Where do you want to practice?"
"Can you handle the cold weather of West Virginia? "
"Why Osteopathic Medicine? Why WVSOM?"
"Why DO? Why WVSOM?"
"Why do you want to be a DO/ what do you want to specialize in?"
"Why did you choose WVSOM?"
"Why do you want to be a DO? When did you learn about WVSOM and why did you choose to apply?"
"What do you like most about medicine?What do you like least about medicine?"
"Why physician, Why Osteo, "
"Specific to my file."
"Why WVSOM/ Why DO/ etc?"
"What do I look for when choosing a school?"
"What size area do you want to practice in?"
"Tell me about your military experience and what you did."
"What do you think you'll find the most difficult about med school?"
"What do you think is the difference between Osteopathic and Allopathic medicine?"
"Why WVSOM? Why osteopathy?"
"tell us about yourself, etc."
"Why medicine, why DO?"
"I noticed there are some Ws on your transcript... can you please explain what happened that semester?"
"Why DO and why WVSOM?"
"What attracts you to osteopathic medicine?"
"What specialty are you considering?"
"What is your biggest concern about Med School?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Before we get started, tell us about yourself and how you got to where you are today."
"tell us about your teaching experiences"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"Main difference between allopathy and osteopathy?"
"what do you like to do for fun ?"
"How will you deal with the heavy work load of medical school? "
"Tell me about the physician you shadowed."
"First thing they ask you to do is to tell about your self, so come up with something good"
"Why did you apply to WVSOM and how did you learn about the school?"
"How do you handle stress?"
"Why do you want to be a primary care physician?"
"How did you first find out about WVSOM? Why did you decide to apply here? (Paraphrased)"
"What do you think about osteopathy? -very open ended"
"Tell us about yourselve and why you are applying to medical school?"
"Tell us little bit more about yourself."
"What do you do in your free time?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Are you familiar with OMT?"
"What do you do for fun when you're not studying?"
"What do you do for fun?"
"Tell me about your undergrad school.
Were your classes challenging?
Tell me about your piano & guitar classes."
"Why do you want to do osteopathy?"
"Why medical school over research?"
"standard stuff they asked before on here. "
"Why Osteopathic Medicine? Have you applied to MD programs?"
"Which track I was interested in SBL or PBL."
"Why did you apply to WVSOM?"
"Problems in rural medicine."
"Why DO? Why WVSOM? "
"Tell us about yourself"
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"Basically most of the questions were specific to my application and my activities."
"How did you learn about osteopathic medicine?"
"Why do want to get into medicine?"
"Why do you want to go into medicine? Osteopathy?"
"Tell us about yourself, how did you get here (applying to DO school?)"
"Why do you want to be a DO?"
"Where else did you apply and why?
What type of medicine do you want to practice?"
"Tell me about yourself and why osteopathic medicine?"
"What is your biggest weakness?"
Why do you want to be a doctor?
What led you into becoming a doctor?"
"Tell me about your MCAT."
"What field of medicine?"
"Why ostoepathic medicine?"
"What is one of your weaknesses?"
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about yourslef. Why osteopathy? What do you like todo for fun? Your average MCAT score does not reflect your high GPA, why is that? What was your most difficult undergrad semester, what would you do differently if you could go back to it? "
"What kind of medicine do you see yourself practicing? and PBL VS SBL, what do I think (the DO hated the idea of PBL)"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What made you start looking into DO medicine?"
"Have you had any encounters with death in your family or friends?"
"Tell us when you decided you wanted to pursue osteopathic medicine instead of allopathic?"
"Tell me the differences between osteopathic and allopathic medicine."
"Tell me about yourself?
What do you do for fun?"
"Why do you want to be a D.O.?"
"What do you do in your spare time? How are you going to deal with medical school?"
"what did you do the second time when you took your mcat?"
"Tell me about an interesting encounter you had with a patient."
"What is my favorite show? last book I read"
"I see on your application that you've volunteered at the hospital. Tell me about ... (a medically related volunteer experience you've had)."
"How do you reconcile your GPA with your MCAT score?"
"Did you take an MCAT prep course?? Do you think it helped improve your MCAT score?"
"Did I take a MCAT prep course?"
"Why ostepathic medicine"
"Why DO? Why WVSOM? What other schools have you applied to? Why not them? Have you observed OMM?"
"Standard interview questions. Nothing suprising."
"How would you handle a stressful situation?"
"How did you become interested in medicine?"
"Where do you see yourself in ten years?"
"Tell me about your clinical experience."
"how did you decide to become an osteopath"
"Basic stuff about my background, why medicine, what do you want to practice."
"Why Osteopathic Medicine?"
"What do you think about scientific research?"
"How did you learn about osteopathy"
"What kind of animal would you be and why?"
"How did you learn of osteopathy/WVSOM?"
"All typical - what are your strength....."
"How do you study? PBL or Systems based preference?"
"If we gathered ten of your friends, what would they say your strength is?"
"Do you like to read?"
"How do you have fun; What was your hardest semester, therefore how do you plan to handle the medical school information; Why did you choose the schools you did"
"Why osteopathic medicine? Why WVSOM?"
"Why DO, which DO?"
"What is the difference between DO and MD"
"Why do you want to be a DO? What schools did you apply to other than WVSOM? How would you decide where to go?"
"Hobbies/Last book I read."
"Why did you pick WVSOM?"
"What strengths would you bring to the field of medicine? Weakness?"
"Personal questions: They asked about why I made several long distance moves around the country, about my musical experiences, and to give more details about one of my volunteer experiences."
"Why do you want to be an Osteopathic physician?"
"How do you feel about general practitioners delivering babies?"
"If we called up three of your friends, what would they say your strengths and weaknesses are?"
"Why osteopathy? Have you ever experienced OMM?"
"What was the last book you read?"
"What type of medicine do you want to practice?"
"Tell us about yourself? "
"What does osteopathy mean to you?"
"how will you decide which medical school to choose"
"How did you hear about our program and what made you decide to apply here?"
"Why a DO program over an MD program?"
"Why are you applying to osteopathic schools?"
"What geographic area would you practice in? of course they want to say WV, rural areas."
"Situational: a friend is going to miss a class with in-class participation - What would you do?"
"Do you think you could live in this area for medical school?"
"Could you see yourself living in a small town?"
"How do you feel about not being close to a mall? lol"
"Is your GPA an accurate representation of your knowledge base? It is very high. Did you actually retain all of that information?"
"Specific to me about a volunteer experience."
"What do you like most about WVSOM?"
"Tell me about the most difficult situation you have encountered at your current position (I work in research)"
"Why pick a school way out in West Virginia?"
"See previous post"
"What science classes did you like most/least?"
"What kind of speciality are you interested in?"
"Have you seen an OMT demonstration? What do you know about Osteopathic medicine?"
"Everything was pretty predictable."
"mostly questions based on my particular application"
"How did you study for your MCATS specifically"
"Questions relative to my application."
"How would you react if Aunt X said Osteopathic medicine was not a real medical profession."
"How was your trip over here? (I'm from Seattle and I told them about how it was an adventure, taking 3 planes, eating alligator, and driving an SUV for the first time ever :P)"
"They were all fairly standard, get-to-know-you questions."
"How did you manage to get along in the Czech Republic the first couple of weeks where their simplest word is "ahoj"? (This was based off my application)"
"Something particular to my application."
"Have you ever been to a small town like this before?"
"None really stand out."
"Based on one of my medicine related jobs."
"specific for me....sorry...but one I expected...dealing with something in my past"
"What do you like to do for fun or in your free time?"
"What do you like most about medicine?What do you like least about medicine?"
"What were your best and worst shadowing experiences?"
"Explain an instance during your shadowing when you knew you wanted to go into medicine and one where you thought you weren't so sure. "
"Are you interested in missionary work?"
"If you're in a grocery store and a patient comes up to you with a problem in their leg, what do you do?"
"Besides WVSOM, what brings you to the Lewisburg area?"
"All the usual questions. Nothing extraordinary."
"What do you think is the most important biomedical advancement of the last decade?"
"Nothing out of the ordinary...All standard questions."
"What type of specialty do you want to go into?"
"How many hours a week do you study?"
"There wasn't anything too out of the ordinary. Be prepared to answer questions about your file and motivation. "
"What are the big challenges and issues facing physicians today?"
"all the basics,nothing interesting."
"Medical school is difficult. How have you prepared to handle the challenges and need for lots of studying?"
"Nothing especially interesting..."
"They asked a lot about my hobbies and jobs."
"Two patients are brought into your ER in respiratory arrest. They have the exact same vital signs. Your nurses are busy with another critical patient and you have one ventilator. What do you do?
(I feel that I may have been asked this question as I am an EMT and had mentioned my interest in emergency medicine.)"
"How do you explain Osteopathic medicine to your friends who are unfamiliar with it?"
"All pretty basic, nothing really interesting."
"What do you know about OMM?
"You're a doctor in a small rural town, in a hospital of about 100 beds. You're in the ED, all other nurses are busy. You have one respirator. Two patients are being brought by an ambulance, both in critical condition with respiratory distress. Both are unstable with the exact same vitals. The ambulance driver has no medical training. What do you do?"
"How does your dad feel about not wanting to take over the agribusiness?"
"what has changed from this application cycle from the last"
"Describe the most touching experience in the ER?"
"Tell about the you being deployed overseas? Were in the war?"
"How do you plan to pay for medical school ?"
"Pretty much all the questions were quite generic."
"None really, the questions were pretty standard. Why DO? Why West Virginia? etc."
"A question related to my knee injury that I thought was a little awkward."
"nothing really interesting. what do you do for fun?"
"Everything seems pretty basic. They asked my why i was taking botany and ecology my senior year and it was because i had to fulfill my biology reqs and they asked me abou tmy undergrad school because they never heard of it, and when i told them it was a womens college and they geared the education toward the way women learn, they asked me how women learn"
"What's the correct way to say flute player...flutist or flautist? "
"When did you decide to go into medicine? "
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"How do you learn?"
"What do you do when a bad situation seems impossible to resolve?"
"Nothing interesting, the usual. "
"As you can see we don't have a swimming pool and you're a swimmer. What activities will you do for fun/to relieve stress if you are accepted here?"
"Is your fiance smarter than you?
(It was a joke, but I was baffled as to what to say. I later lamented, ''Aren't they always?'')"
"perhaps how I was going to afford med school since im out of state and i want to work in more impoverished areas not making big bucks"
"A question about the winemaking class that I am taking."
"What is the most hours you have taken in a semester?"
"Recent survey indicated that sixty percent of the doctor would have choosen different profession, if they were given another chance. Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"If I brought in 6 of your friends into this conference room without you here, what would they say is your biggest weakeness?"
"How the transition from an urban setting to a rural setting will affect you."
"eh. All the questions were pretty much your basic interview questions. Nothing Too Spectacular or exciting."
"What experience have you have with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?"
""What has been the most important molecular genetics breakthrough in the past 5 years""
"what would your mother say is the criteria for being sucessful.
Difference between osteopathic and allopathic medicine"
"What are some of the problems that I would expect in practicing medicine?"
"They asked personal questoins about my application which showed that they had read it and remembered unique aspects. "
"They asked me about my views on the inhalable insulin"
"Number of times you have taken the MCAT? Nothing else out of the ordinary."
"No interesting questions. just basic stuff."
"What makes me happy...what do I enjoy most about life?"
"if you had a pile of acceptance letters in the mailbox. how would you choose?"
"why didn't you go into research? "
"Why did you choose to major in Biochemistry?"
"You have a good job now working in the medical field. Why on earth would you want to become a DO?"
"They asked me what other schools I am applying to, not sure why."
"Nothing off the wall, just get to know you questions."
"None interesting, all basic"
"Tell me about yourself. "
" Problems in medicine in the rural areas."
"What area of medicine do you think you will go into?"
"Why do you want to come here?"
"Describe something that makes me angry?"
"Nothing really. How will you be able to drive in the snow? I'm from the South But it wasn't really a unique question."
"Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician?"
""since you are a very hardworking individual, how will you not overwork yourself?""
"How would you respond to me saying, "you will not make a good physician"?"
"Nothing terribly interesting, just standard get-to-know-you stuff and goals for the future."
"Coming from a large school (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign) how do you think you will be able to handle the transition?"
"Have you had any OMM experiences?"
"Do you have a shirt with a Salamander on it? (I am researching salamanders)"
"Why do you want to be a doctor and not a veterinarian? (Due to my essay relating horse judging to osteopathy)"
"What would you do if you consistently told patients to live healthier lives and they didn't listen to you?"
"Did you ever make any beer? (referring to my food microbiology class)
*They asked pretty general questions, nothing too wacky."
"Interview was both one-on-one AND group.
No particularly interesting questions:
Why did you apply to a West Virginia school?"
"Interesting? All of the questions asked of me where direct and to the point. Probably the most "interesting" was a discussion concerning my family and my ability to handle Med School. "
"i was asked why I want to come to WVSOM. Why come to a small town to study from a big city?"
"Since my undergrad school was only 15 minutes from my parents' place, "why on Earth would I want to go all the way to West Virginia?""
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"Gaps in my transcripts"
"What do you think about PBL track."
"What do you think about PBL? - it was only interesting because one of the faculty members hated it"
"Did you have the physician you shadowed perform OMT on you? Why not?"
"none were too interesting, pretty basic, but pertinent questions."
"Do you like snow and cold weather?"
"What is the last movie I went to see?"
"Have you had any encounters with death in your family or friends?"
"Why did you apply to West Virginia?"
"How did Osteopathic medicine start?"
"What is first name of the DO you shadowed?"
"If you were accepted at both ______ and here, which school would you choose and why?"
"What would you do if you had an ill patient who you did everything you possibly could for and they passed away."
"What are you reading?"
"How do you study? Which class did you like the most in your undergrad and why?"
"What did you learn from your medical volunteer experiences in Guatamala."
"Nothing really...I practiced what was on the this website. It was a very relaxing interview so when he asked me why do you wanna be a doctor and why osteopathy? I was caught by surprise, but it was good overall. Very relaxing and friendly people."
"What do you like to do for fun?"
"How do reconcile a relatively low science GPA with a relatively high MCAT score? "
"The questions were all pretty much general....no ethical questions or anything like that.
What do you like to do for fun?"
"Your MCAT score is pretty good, did you use a prep course?"
"Are there any questions that we did not ask, that you wished we would have asked?"
"How many lives have you saved?"
"Well they didn't get to ask me alot of questions because I basically asked them so many questions about osteopathic medicine and how it would positively affect the way I practice medicine. "
"What is the most interesting patient you have met while working or shadowing?"
"Why I had a pilot's license."
"If I could be any animal what would it be?"
"What qualities do I think that I possess that would make me a top candidate for WVSOM."
"This is quite a distance from your home (Boston). Why are you interested in WVSOM?"
"You mentioned that your MCAT testing site had a noisy environment with loud music. How will you deal with distracting circumstances in the future?"
"Would you consider the PBL track???"
"a question about a faculty member at the university of pennsylvania. one of my interviewers had ties to philadelphia."
"Best movie I have seen lately."
"All were pretty basic, nothing extrordinarily interesting."
"none- routine questions pertaining to my interests"
"What was the last book that you read?"
"Why did you start your EC's and volunteering so early?"
"If I put 10 of your friends in the back room, what would they say were your strengths? your weaknesses? What are you doing to improve them?"
"What is the latest book you've read?"
"When was the first you heard about osteopathic / WVSOM"
"Describe the happiest moment in your life and the saddest. "
"Why osteopathic medicine?"
"You are in pharmaceutical research... isn't it ironic that you are applying to osteopathic medicine"
"Do you have any pets?"
"What was your hardest semester in undergraduate? "answered" followup... How do you plan to make it all the way through medical if it's said that med school is a lot harder than anything you've overcome in undergraduate school."
"Are you interested in PBL or SBL? Why? (One of the interviewers was definitely for PBL the other was more traditional lecture-based learning.)"
"What I would say to a 75 yo man who just had a heart attack came in from the EMT and I was the attending physician!?"
"Why did you do so much volunteer work?"
"A question about why one of my MCAT sections was so much lower than the others (biological sci...and I'm a bio major)"
"What does photography and practicing medicine have in common."
" I was asked why a person gets nauseous during a MI"
"Nothing too bad. Just told me to tell them about myself. There was the ubiquitous "What is your greatest weakness?" question."
"I lived in Vail, CO for several seasons, and they asked me about the town and how I felt about moving away from there."
"Which instruments do you play?"
"What is one of your weaknesses"
"What is the most intersting movie you've seen lately?"
"relatively basic ques. "
"Tell me about working for UPS."
"why didn't you apply to the new school in blacksburg, va?"
"did i play golf and what was my handicap?"
"What do you look for in a school?"
"I see you were selected as sophomore of the year and junior of the year at your undergraduate college, what happened your senior year?"
""if we brought in 3 of your closest friends, what negative things would they tell us about you""
"Do you know where PahPah, WV is? (My husband is a WV native)"
"So I hear you are in a band!?!"
"If all MD and DO programs that I applied to accepted, which one would I choose and why? What would be the selection criteria for picking the one program?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"What stresses you the most? How do you deal with conflict or stress?"
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