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  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Erie
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Erie
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What was the most difficult class you took at your undergraduate university? Why was it difficult?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What are some of your personal strengths? Weaknesses? How do you resolve conflicts? How do you combat stress? What does your wife think of Erie? " Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What life experiences have led you to consider a career in osteopathic medicine? What can you tell us about yourself that isn't found in your application?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Questions are straightforward and directed toward getting to know the applicant's personality and capability for academic success." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A response to the question regarding personal strengths and weaknesses requires tact in order to avoid portraying yourself as overly egotistical on one extreme or too weak on the other." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, LECOM website, mock interview with my Health Advisory Committee, read over secondary and primary applications, and got a good night's sleep." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities, the faculty, and the 'no nonesense' approach that the school takes towards education. The school was founded to produce well-trained physicians and that is what it does. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Although I understand the reasoning behind the rule (new facilities with high tech equipment), I believe that the school should ease up on the no beverage in lecture hall policy." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"This was my first medical school interview and it quickly became obvious to me that the interviewers were not there to intimidate me, but it was their intention to get to know me better to ensure that I wasn't just applying to medical school on a whim. If your motivation for becoming an osteopathic physician is sincere, and if you understand the foundational differences between osteopathic and allopathic medicine, the interview is not a big deal at all." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I really enjoyed my interview at LECOM. I felt that LECOM truly strives to select mature individuals who are confident in the path they have chosen, and who are ready to devote themselves wholeheartedly to study. This school has an excellent curriculum and provides its students with all of the tools necessary to become competent physicians, especially in the area of primary care. My wife and I both found the area to be nice with plenty of shopping and restaurants (Old Navy, Olive Garden, Applebees, etc.), and the cost of living is inexpensive. Erie is middle class suburb USA. We had read some of the postings here that portray a 'dreary Erie' so we didn't have very high expectations. But when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised with what we found, especially with the 70-degree October weather (which we think was a fluke)! There is actually quite a bit of new development in the area, especially right around the school." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/09/2003

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