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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?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 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?

Closed file

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

"1. Tell us something about yourself that is not in your file? 2. What is your biggest strenght? What is your biggest weakness? 3. What experiences have you had with communications? 4. What is your leadership style and give us an example of when you feel you acted like a good leader. 5. Tell us a time when group work worked more favorably than working as an individual? 6. Tell us a time when you had to handle a conflict? 7. How do you handle stress and give us an example of a time when you effectively handled stress? 8. When did you first learn about osteopathy? 9. When in your life do you feel that an osteopathic approach would have been better than an allopathic approach?-In my case we had already gotten into a conversation about how my allopathic migraine treatment differed from that of my osteopathic neurologist so he just had me go into detail about what was different about their approach/treatment. " Report Response

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

"10. Please summarize the article that you were given." Report Response

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

"11. To get some logistics out of the way, we do instill a professional dress code, we place an emphasis on primary care, and you may need to do rotations out of state. Is this okay with you?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What type of communications experience have you had?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell us something about yourself that is not in your file? and Can you give us a time when you had to handle a conflict?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, The D.O.'s, Secondary App, Mock Interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The bottom line is that LECOM-Bradenton will make good physicians. From day one you are in lecture for 4 hours and then have 4 hours to work on case studies in small groups with a faculty member. As they mentioned at the interview, by the time you hit your third and fourth year rotations the thought process when diagnosing and treating patients will be second nature and LECOM students have traditionally had to teach 3rd and 4th year students from different DO/MD programs what to do! In addition, by examing case studies constantly, you are always reviewing biochem, anatomy, physio, genetics etc. which eventually leads to beautiful board scores! :) You are videotaped using REAL patients! Not actors! :) The school is small so you won't feel like a number. The students were insanely happy and the faculty was wonderful. I really got the sense that everyone who was there (faculty/admissions) really wanted to be there and were truely happy. All the equipment is brand new and the area is absolutely gorgeous! Florida has a huge cancer research facility that LECOM-Bradenton may be able to work with in the future and they just built a gorgeous new hospital right off of Lakewood." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"First off, they do not provide lunch (a few snacks) so eat big before you come!!! You end up having alot of downtime while the others are interviewing despite the library tour and Colleens super great stories. Unless they hide dead bodies in other parts of the school, there were only 2 full cadavers in the anatomy lab, which was the nicest smelling anatomy lab I have ever been in by the way. They don't have anywhere close by campus to eat but they are working on their food selection on campus. It would make me feel better if they were a bit more established, but after visiting the campus I have a lot more faith that LECOM-Bradenton has a well defined track and will produce stellar physicians. Alligators live in ponds all over the area, including behind the school. There are no signs and no fences/gates around the lakes so they are free to roam around and eat whatever they want! Scary! Also, after exams, Apple Bee's seems to be the place of choice to go party. :/ The area from the little that I saw, does not seem to be very racially diverse but everyone was super nice." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I was stressing out about the article, but when I got there, the article was more like something you would see in a magazine, a super baby version of a real journal article. They are huge on working as a team so try to tailor your experiences to demonstrate how great of a team player you are. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I interviewed at the Bradenton campus. If I get in, I will def attend this school! I know I will flourish here based on my learning style and finally learning in a smaller setting. Interviews: Like I mentioned before, they are huge on working as a team. I was interviewed by Dr. Krueger(PhD) and Dr. Glinski(D.O.)and they were extremely friendly and nice, and even laughed a few times during my interview! In particular, they will make comments on your answers such as "great!, that's really good!, excellent!" but did not get off topic despite all the juicy lead ins I tried to throw in. They did not mention anything off my file, no questions at all on MCAT/GPA. I know others who had different interviewers really got off topic and talked about random cravings and how if you rub the stem of a mint leave, it feels like a box and not circular, which I have yet to try. The article: You will all have the same article (10 min's to read it, it won't hurt to jot down a few numbers) but what is key is to not just summarize, but think about how this problem has affected you or will as a future physician. Start off by talking about the main issue, the mechanism they are proposing and then make it persona. For example, if your article mentions that 25% of women with a median age of 20 in a cohort developed early signs of CHF, talk about how scary it is that 1/4 of your friends can suffer from this! How aggressively you will need to treat obesity, why has obesity became such a big problem with a limited amount of healthy choices and working parents, etc. or how the fact that the data disproportionately affects a particular race will impact your patient population and the type of outreach that is necessary. They didn't ask me any further questions about the article. You will be asked about the article last so be prepared, they asked everyone. Transportation: Most interviewees rented cars but if you are under 25, goodluck trying to find a company that will rent to you. There are only two taxi companies in the area and no one knows where LECOM is but they do know where Lakewood High School is, which is just a few block before LECOM. If you are driving there, there is no sign for Route 70 but it is the only light you will hit after making a left onto Lakewood Ranch. I highly recommend staying at the Comfort Suites (this is the place listed on your interview invitation). For $75 you get a huge room, gym, walking distance restaurants, pool, and breakfast. If you fly on Delta Song, they don't give you meals, but they are nice enough to allow you to purchase over priced mediocore meals so pick something up at the airport ;)" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/18/2004

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