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  • University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Fort Worth
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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 attributes do you think it takes to work in a team? What attributes should leaders have? Why are you choosing medicine over an engineering job? Why do you want to be a doctor? Why osteopathic medicine? You have no research experience; why should we let you into our PhD program? Why are you changing careers? Your application says you were a Roughneck in an oil rig welding fabrication yard; what was that like?" Report Response

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

"What changes should be made in the health care system? I talked about shifting to preventive medicine and economics. I told him we should tax the hell out of elective aesthetic procedures (like plastic surgery) and use the proceeds to pay for free preventive care of certain types, like vaccines, etc. He thought that was pretty funny." Report Response

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

"What have been the most important advances in medicine over the last century? He was looking for 3 things: 1, the shift to focusing on diet and preventive medicine, 2, the development of diagnostic imaging like MRI, CT, and ultrasound, and 3, communications technology." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think of physician assisted suicide and stem cell research?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"1. "How does cell signaling work?" I was interviewing for the DO/PhD program (DO/PhD was not an option in the descriptions at the top of this page, so I put MD/PhD.) I made up some crap and made myself look stupid, and quickly moved on. 2. What has allowed the DO philosophy to survive scientific scrutiny for over 100 years? The answer was medicine based on the correlation between structure and function (the interviewer was Ph.D. who taught physiology)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, TCOM website, medical ethics websites and book, outlined answers to questions on this site, read my own applications again, talked with other applicants." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"1. The pervasive sense of community. Everyone is just so damn friendly. 2. The gross anatomy lab has a computer at each cadaver with software that lets you look at X-rays, CT scans, pictures of sections, pictures of an expert dissection, and pictures from a textbook of the part you are working on, and it is all linked together and is very easy to use. Apparently this is unique to the school, and it really helps your learning, and the school is really proud of it, as it was locally produced. They are even selling it to other schools. 3. They are very flexible with the curriculum. They tweak it every year and listen to student feedback. One of my interviewers said that this is one of the advantages of a smaller institution; it is more mobile in that positive change can happen faster and easier than at a larger, academic university type school. 4. The admissions office staff is awesome, much nicer than at other schools. They sit down one-on-one with every applicant and make sure that everything in your application is correct. The admissions director happened to interested in my current job and I sat in his office for half an hour just talking about it. 5. Professionalism is stressed a lot. The first year students write their own code of conduct to follow during the four years. 6. The school just built a new research building. 7. Stayed with a student and they were great." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Tour didn't take us to the new research building, not a big deal, I had walked around it myself." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That Texas will pay for 2.5 years (150 hours) of medical school for veterans going to a state school under the Hazelwood act. Wow!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Super-duper. This school moved up to number 1. The two interviews for the DO program were with a DO who does clinical teaching and a PhD who teaches some of the basic sciences. The PhD interview was with a PhD who is the graduate advisor for the area I was applying for. The school provided lunch at a local cafe with two MS2's who answered all of our questions. The interviewers were all very professional." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/23/2004

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