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  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Fort Lauderdale
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Ha! you chose XXX school to go to undergrad because of the academics?!?!?!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"So you got weak grades at a weak college, how did you end up at XXX for graduate school?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, mocks, read up on history and ideals of osteo medicine, school's mission ans history, my application, etc..." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The weather, the Dean's mustache" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Everything else. The seeming immaturity of the interviewers. The short interview accompanied by 7 hours of listening to students and faculty members speak about basic medical school information that any pre-med knows." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That my experience would be such a waste of time. I would have saved 400$ on a plane ticket." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I have interviewed at a few medical schools and for quite a few jobs. They have all gone extremely well, and I pride myself on being a good interviewee. I have even conducted and led mock interviews for many of the students in the graduate program I attended. I am fully aware of interview tactics and techniques. That being said, Nova's interview was, by far, the worst one I have ever experienced. The inetrviewers poorly staged a good cop/bad cop act- which manifested as more of a bad cop/ immature cop routine. My interviewers were EXTREMELY amatuerish, and clearly had pre-determined repsonses to my answers that were out of context and irrelevant. The wannabe "bad cop" attempted on numerous occasions to insult me or put me on the spot, by degrading my undergraduate insitution and rudely inquiring how I managed to go to graduate school at a presitigious school. His obviously intentional condescending attitude with that line of questioning and all others was awkward, embarrassing, and arrogant. The "immature/ naive/ idiotic cop" flipped out because apparantly I had filled out a supplementary application that, for whatever reason, did not ask me to list the other schools I had applied to, he also MADE UP a seemingly arbitrary number of allopathic and osteopathic schools that he somehow thought I had applied to, and asked me to explain why I applied to so many- This was just absurd. As so many schools are moving away from pressure and good cop/ bad cop interviews, Nova is far behind the times. They appear both arrogant and naive in attempting this method of interviewing, and it certainly turns me off from the school. The rest of the interview day consisted of talking the students for hours, going on a bus tour of the entire undergraduate campus, and listening to the dean ramble on about his own experiences for 1.5 hours (He makes sure to subtly include his mutliple degrees and every one of his personal accomplishments). He also gives some ridiculous analogies as to why there is an attendance policy that are far-fetched at best. (He said that you wouldnt by a car that didnt have a windshield wiper or a heater, so why would you buy an education that didnt require attendance in all of its classes. This is stupid: you buy a car with all its parts, but dont HAVE to use them. You buy them so they are there for when you need or want to use them- just as if someone is buying a class, they should be able to attend when they want). The interview itself lasted only 20 minutes, and the rest of the day was filled with listening to people who think they are geniuses and like to hear themselves speak. This leads me to believe that they have very little to offer or show the interviewees. Most medical schools do not include a tour of the undergraduate library or a bus tour pointing out the business school because there are other, more important things to do with the interviewees' time. I can only assume that the reason Nova includes these aspects and allows the interviewees to have so much down-time throughout the day is that they do not have wonderful facilities, clinics, or people that they want to show off. My overall rating of the school is horrible. The students do seem very smart, and I am sure one receives an excellent education in osteopathic medicine. However, I hope that many students do not choose to matriculate there because they were seduced by the weather and the amateur, naive, condescending, arrogant faculty members' weak attempt to sell the school to them." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$401-$500

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/01/2007

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

1 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

6 out of 10

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