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  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Philadelphia
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Philadelphia
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?

2

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)?

"why osteo? what know about osteo? applied to other schools? MD or DO schools? outcomes?" Report Response

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

"why career switch? how spend time (hobbies, interests)?" Report Response

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

"what did undergrad and grad school experiences provide for use in med school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How would you feel about touching someone & having someone touch you in OMM class? play sports or musical instrument (muscle memory)?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Many allopathic schools have a holistic approach, and most MDs provide "hands on" care to their patients, so what's special about osteopathy?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN, reviewed PCOM site & CD-ROM, read AACOM book" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities, staff and students. Many students stopped by to ask our group if we had any questions. Two other students decided to come w/our student guide on the tour." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The tuition of $31K plus. Also, some of the students were aggressively touting the school and dissing other schools." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I knew this from this site and the CD-ROM but everyone does refer to the school as P C O M, and not P-COM. Also, the cab ride from the Amtrak 30th St Sta costs about $11 only if there's NO traffic; really, it's more like $15-20." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a large group of 15-16 prospective students so we were put into 3 interview groups: all 3 groups included a staffer from Admissions and a faculty DO, and one group also had a student rep. Although the interviews had scheduled times, they ran late. As a result, the later interviewees felt rushed and 1 applicant, who was the last, wasn't done until 12:30, which meant that the tour started a 1/2 hour later than scheduled. The morning breakfast was a nice chance to meet the others and chat w/the younger Dr. Nicholas about the school, curriculum, etc. The clinical rotation system seems complicated with selection of slots and negotiating w/fellow students for time frames. A short Fin Aid presentation would have been useful (esp. given the tuition) but it seems the staffer just dropped off pamphlets in the waiting area (I missed her bc I was in my interview at the time). There is a 5-week SummerStart program for nontraditional students/students w/a limited sci background that covers med biochem & etc - it's free but you have to be in Philly in June. There's several housing complexes near the school so a car isn't really needed until 3rd year for traveling to the rural and more farflung rotations. There are a significant number of nontrad/older students." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/10/2003

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