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

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"Why NOVA? (when i gave a general answer, they asked what specifically about the DO program attracted me..like what certain things about the program specifically that attracted me). Why applied to like 20+ MD programs, and only 7 DO programs? What is the status of your applications at all those other schools that you applied to? Why DO, and not MD? (hard cuz one member on the panel was MD/JD)" Report Response

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

"How does [specific volunteer experience] relate to you becoming a physician? What kind of social contexts have you worked in to help you understand what medicine is all about? Tell us about your childhood in the foreign country you used to live in (they got that from my aacomas essay). How has that contributed to your desire in medicine?" Report Response

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

"You wanna go into medicine, but you got C's in Orgo and another bio class...what do you say about that? You play all these instruments...which one are you most talented at? Why did you stop playing the other instrument? What did you do differently between the first and second MCATs? How do you deal with stress? How will you handle stresses of medical school? What research are you interested in? Where do you see yourself in ten years? What do you want us to tell the admissions commmittee about you, in one sentence?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Imagine you have an argument with someone about a task that he/she was supposed to do in your organization, but they didnt do it. At the end of the argument, what would that person say was your one strength and one weakness?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"No difficult questions...just that they drilled me and it felt like they dint believe anything I said. Anytime I would respond to a question, another one of the interviewers would cut me off and drill me on a small aspect of my response...and while responding to that, i'd be attacked again." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN Interview Feedback, reading other SDN posts, Read about a lot of bioethics, reviewed my resume, AACOMAS" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are topnotch. They also have a simulator patient called Harvey that responds to different treatments that students practice - very cool. The students who gave the tour were very enthusiastic and supportive" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The nasty humid and rainy and hot weather - and its supposed to get worse during the summer. The surrounding area is kinda lame...just a few chain stores, and lots of granma and granpa joints. Very spreadout area, and I'm from a big city, so it almost felt rural to me. The damn fire alarm, and the disorganization at the interview...we went ALL over the place. We sat in the same room as pre-PT students, pre-pharm, and pre-dent students as we waited for interviews..it got hot and crowded in there." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How humid it would be....muggy. How much downtime there was inbetween interviews. How expensive it is to live in the ft. lauderdale/davie area" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Arrived at 8:45am, signed in, sat around and talked to people. at 9am, we were taken in a conference room and there was a Q/A with an admissions person, then we saw a tacky movie about teh university. It got really hot in that room. Then we went downstairs into the admissions office and crowded around during interviews. There were three groups of interviewrrs in three different rooms, so they pre-divide the students into who is interviewing with who (they dont tell you...they just come out and call your name). I was one of the first ones to interview. I had an MD/JD Chief of Surgery, a PhD, and a Pharm D interview me. It was a stress interview. They ripped apart my volunteer experiences, and asked how it related to medicine, and how it related to DO. Then they asked me why DO as opposed to MD....for more questions, see specific questions. I was not expecting that hard of an interview. Then I sat aroudn for about an hour after my interview...and the entire group's schedule was delayed because my interview was like 50 mins, whereas everyone else's was like 20mins-ish. We got a tour of the building, but my group was not given a tour of the rest of the medical facilities because my interview ran extremely late. But we got to see the library and the gym, both are just awesome!!! Then we had some gross sandwiches, water and chips, and had a presentation and Q/A with some OMM fellows. Then more med students came in and talked to us about the program. Finally we were getting ready for the Dean to come in, when the fire alarm went off..and all the interviewees were scattered about outside, so it took a while for them to gather everyone. Then the Deam spoke to us, and he's one amazing man...seriously, such an awesome character. Finally, the admissions office gave us printouts with names of our interviewers and they recommended that we email them rather than snailmail them thank-yous, if we were going to do so. Thats it...but lonnng day...8:45 to about 4:30" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

$501+

What airport did you use?

FLL

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

6 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Ramada Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/25/2007

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

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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