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  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Old Westbury
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"With your high grades and MCATs, why did you apply here and not MD?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing was particularly difficult." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This site, Gevitz book, lots of friends @ both NYCOM and in NYIT's 7-year BS/DO program." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The new building is very nice, the use of computer technology in the education process is very impressive, the student body is very diverse, and some of the rotation sites are well-respected. Many students go on to do specialty residencies, but other DO schools have higher percentages of students doing so (e.g., PCOM's 52%). Also, Barbara Ross-Lee is wonderful. A true visionary!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school has only 3 buildings, 2 of which are hardly impressive. There are a WHOPPING 320 students per class, which constitutes the second-largest medical school class size in the United States. NYCOM is very deceptive in that they perpetually brag about how the school is the "second-largest medical school in the country," but all that means is that they have the second-largest class size in the country in what has to be one of the smallest medical school campuses around. And despite the massive volume of incoming students, the tuition is prohibitive and keeps going up. The cost of living on Long Island is very high. The library is tiny. The curriculum is less integrated than at other DO schools I've visited. While some of the rotation sites are well-known, others are mediocre, while others are, well, just bad (I searched for HHS assessments of each of their rotation sites). There were few smiles to be seen on students' faces (no, it was not exam time). The anatomy lab smells and is by far the worst I've seen yet on the interview trail." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"(See above)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"During my interview, I was repeatedly asked why, since my grades / MCATs are high, I was only applying DO and not MD. This is not an effective way to sell me on your school. Then at the end of the interview I asked, "What can NYCOM offer me that the other osteopathic schools I've applied to [UMDNJ, PCOM, CCOM, MSUCOM] can't?" Their answer: NYCOM is the "premiere" osteopathic medical school due in no small part to its hospital affiliations. She mentioned North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset as an example. Give me a break. North Shore has a fine reputation, yes, but they have NEVER admitted a DO into their general surgery residency program. So what good are they? In this respect, the interview was insulting. The tour was nice--I love the pond!--but the tour guide (MS-II) didn't know that much and responded to difficult questions with, "...I'll find that out for you." My advice: If you're serious about going to NYCOM, do A LOT of independent research. I was really disappointed. Pay that much money to be one of 320 (320!!!!!) members of the class of 2007? No thanks. Caveat emptor..." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2002

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