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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?

15 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)?

"Strengths/weaknesses, same basic ones as everyone else, how do you deal with stress, etc. " Report Response

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

"Low science GPA, can you explain? I was working during my post-bacc but once I quit my grades went up to A's (I had brought my tests, but they didn't need to see them. " Report Response

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

"Why LECOM? I explained that while Erie is freezing and the breeding grounds for seasonal affective disorder patients, I was only interested in sunny Florida. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why would you come to Pennsylvania if you live in California? (The interviewer indicated that he had "lost three brothers" to CA and was curious as to why I would want to come to PA). " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"With your low (2.72) science GPA, what makes you think you can handle the rigors of medical school" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read DO's in America, looked at the school website, re-read my secondary, got into town early, read the questions that they ask everyone" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school is brand new. The faculty interviewers were unbelieveably knowledgeable. The new school is in Florida, where I've lived before and like. The one interviewer told me that my application was "a pleasure to read" because it was so different. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Erie. Eww. Thankfully the new school is not there. The giant cross hanging on a chain around the interviewer's neck (I'm talking three by four inches here) Considering I wrote about having an abortion when I was 18 in my personal statement, I was pretty sad to see that, but stoked when I heard he hadn't read my personal statement! :' ) " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The age of the average student. I'm older and prefer studying in groups of older students. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Get there at 8 am. Go on a tour, which is nice as everything is brand new (8 yrs). Sit in a conference room, talk to the admissions girl from S. Dakota who is really sweet. Sit through this long-ass presentation about stuff you should have thought about long before applying (like ... cost, how to fill out a FAFSA, living with roommates, studying a lot). Finally get called into a room with two interviewers who ask you the same ten questions they ask everyone else. Get to ask them questions at the end. Talk about science for a bit. They definitely try to good-cop/bad-cop you. Don't get flustered or your " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/15/2004

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