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  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Old Westbury
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 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?

1

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)?

"You said a lot of good things about yourself in your application, and I would expect that you would, but you did leave something out. I want you to give me two weaknesses of yours. I'm asking because a lot of times, it's not your strengths that define who you are, but rather, it's how a person overcomes his weaknesses that defines him. " Report Response

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

"Why osteopathic medicine?" Report Response

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

"How did you do on your MCATs? What's your undergraduate major? What's your GPA? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is stem cell research, and what are the two sides of the controversy? Why do you think I'm asking you this? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"none were difficult. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN only." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"You get to pick your education (Problem Based Learning vs. Traditional lecture-based). Nice people. In your fourth year, you can do rotations all over the country (I met a student who had just come back from Hawaii). Diversity: lots of non-traditional applicants. It made the interview day fun. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Lecture rooms look kind of run down/neglected/not maintained. A student who was doing the tour said that about 60% of students DON'T GO TO CLASS (because you can get streaming lectures online later in the day). The medical school campus is three buildings. Tuition is FORTY THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR 07-08, WITH AN AUTOMATIC 7% INCREASE EVERY SINGLE YEAR!!!!!! Mandatory student health insurance is ~$3,000, with an AUTOMATIC 10% INCREASE EVERY YEAR! The woman from financial aid was very very VERY blunt. She said that if our parents aren't helping us pay for med school, we should reconsider NYCOM. She also said: ''If you're parents aren't going to be helping you, and you have bad credit, NYCOM is not the place for you. You don't want to come here.'' The school offers NO financial aid.. no loans, no grants...nada. Cafeteria is SOOO TINY. I don't think it can hold even half of their entering class (~320). The Problem Based Learning program. In it, you don't even take Biochemistry as a foundation to build off of. The only class you take outside of the PBL seminars and things is OMM and Anatomy. My interviewer apparently teaches in several different courses.... made me question the size of their faculty... No on campus housing. The students there didn't look like doctors-to-be. They looked like freshman and sophomore undergraduates..." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Got there at 8:30 (for a 9:00 interview slot), and was NOT the first one there. I was maybe the 6th of about 10 or so that came for a morning interview. I just so happened to run into an old friend of mine who I've seen ONCE since high school (last summer)...who woulda thought? Anyway, there were two interviewers for all 10 of us: one a male pathologist, DO, and the other a female MD with a tough accent to understand. Another interviewee said that the male pathologist is also head of academic probation or something like that...the bottom line is he deals with people who are failing. After like 2 hours, we got lunch, got presentations by two people who's names I have written somewhere else (I don't feel like getting up), including the aforementioned woman from financial aid. Four student ambassadors held a Q&A with us, then took us and the afternoon group (also ~10 people) on the tour. I was back in my car by 1:00PM. I was not asked why I want to be a doctor, only why I want to be a DO. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/07/2006

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?

4 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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