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  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Fort Smith
Individual Feedback 1 22 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 20
Negatively 1
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.23 22

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.86 22

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
7.23 22

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 0
20 minutes 1
25 minutes 1
30 minutes 15
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 0
45 minutes 1
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 1

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 19
At a regional location 0
At another location 2

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 14
In a group 6

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 1
Closed file 19

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.91 22

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

"ethical question about cheating" More from this Member | Report Response

"have you had any experience in the medical field" More from this Member | Report Response

"During my education, have I encountered a situation where someone cheated? What did I do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has brought you to this point in your journey through life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you report a student for cheating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO/MD and not PA or Nurse Practitioner?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO over MD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"How have your past experiences shaped you to become an Osteopathic Physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What things do you participate in to reduce burnout?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What questions do you have about the college or the area?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor and what are your future career plans?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"the time I had failed something" More from this Member | Report Response

"how can you convince me that you can hold up against the academic rigors of medical school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why osteopathic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is something you regret or wish you could take back in your past?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO and not MD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ARCOM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why osteopathic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How can you help the local rural community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of impact would you have on the community?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change one aspect of yourself, what would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself. (They only know your name and hometown)" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"why ARCOM" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will I do if I don't get into medical school this cycle?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of community you wish to work with?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ARCOM? Ft.Smith?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me more about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain how you contribute to a team." More from this Member | Report Response

"What were your favorite and least favorite classes and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you saw your close friend cheating on something in medical school, how would you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think your biggest challenge will be as a physician" More from this Member | Report Response

"what is something else you do for fun?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What have you been reading lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your top 3 favorite movies of all time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you stay in Arkansas after your medical school education?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you knew another student was cheating?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to de-stress?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked me about research techniques I used in the labs I've worked in over the years." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Will you stay and practice in Arkansas when you finish residency?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest regret?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What challenges will you face as a medical student?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Say you are accepted to ARCOM and two other schools, why would you choose here over other schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the last book you read? (I had difficulty with this because I don't really read for pleasure, so they let me answer with a documentary instead)." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think government funded healthcare is a right for all Americans? If a program like this was put in place, how would it effect the medical community?" More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN thread" More from this Member | Report Response

"reading SDN, going over my application, and understanding the answer to; why ARCOM, why DO, and why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my spiel for "tell me about yourself," why DO, why medicine, and my top 3 most important things I wanted to get across during the interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed my primary and secondary apps" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, talked to current students, and ARCOM website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview Feedback and Researched ARCOM and Ft. Smith" More from this Member | Report Response

"I researched the most commonly asked questions, visited every part of their website, looked into the school's history, formulated questions to ask the interviewer, spoke to a student that attends the school, and wrote down points that I wanted to make sure I discussed during the interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"Learned about the school and Fort Smith." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mock interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Researched the school and surrounding area." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read SDN, Reread my application and secondary. Talked to a friend who had already interviewed there." More from this Member | Report Response

"Read over general medical school interview questions and talked to people who had interviewed at an earlier date." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone is SO nice!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I thought the interviewers were really nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"One of the interviewers was a community member that was there on a volunteer basis" More from this Member | Report Response

"They really wanted to get to know me and understand where I was coming from." More from this Member | Report Response

"The facilities are brand new and the campus is rapidly expanding. The location is very appealing for people for enjoy the outdoors." More from this Member | Report Response

"The amount of support offered to the students and the resources offered" More from this Member | Report Response

"The incredibly welcoming and friendly staff. The southern hospitality vibe rings through out the school. I was also impressed by the cutting edge building and sheer attention to detail to help create the most refined learning environment possible for the students. They are developing the entire 220-acre property to cater to the students that will be attending the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"How everything is in one building and specifically the anatomy lab." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everyone was so welcoming and kind!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Beautiful school. Faculty was very down to earth." More from this Member | Report Response

"Amazingly friendly and enthusiastic staff. More so than any of the other 4 schools I interviewed at. Staff greeted you at the door, knew your name, seemed incredibly genuine and relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

"They make you feel so welcome here from the second you get there. You can tell they do everything they can to help their students succeed. The building is also beautiful!" More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I didn't like the blind interview. I wish they would have had my file with them." More from this Member | Report Response

"the technical difficulties with a virtual interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"Requiring that interviewees travel to Fort Smith (COVID-19 risk on plane, potentially exposing their small community)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mandatory business casual dress code for all classes/while on campus (except for days in which you are in Anatomy lab)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have not graduated a full class yet. Opened in 2017" More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing, I was blown away by it all, I truly enjoyed my time there." More from this Member | Report Response

"How overly friendly the staff were. It was as if they were trying to hide something about the school." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing at all." More from this Member | Report Response

"The surrounding city is not the safest. They seemed disorganized during the interview day. The school is very new." More from this Member | Report Response

"The fact that the school is new and has yet to graduate a class. While I understand they quite can't help that, it was just a bit nerve-wracking." More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How relaxed it really was going to be." More from this Member | Report Response

"that I was unable to connect to the Microsoft team and that because that wasn't working I had to do a phone interview and the interviewers couldn't even see me" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a very low-key interview day" More from this Member | Report Response

"What student life in Arkansas with its own people culture , level of infrastructure and economical issues look like." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I could have submitted a letter on intent as well as a list of updated activities before the admissions committee had gathered for their meeting to accept or deny applicants." More from this Member | Report Response

"More about the financial aid." More from this Member | Report Response

"That a community member would be sitting in on my interview alongside the faculty member." More from this Member | Report Response

"They make you answer a writing prompt in about 5 minutes and it comes up out of nowhere." More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I hope I get accepted because I love this school!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't think ARCOM had a good backup for technical difficulties. They mentioned multiple people had issues with Microsoft team and instead of being able to use Zoom or Skype my interview time was cut short and I couldn't even see my interviewers face to face. They were very nice but that aspect was extremely frustrating when I was forced to stay home because of COVID." More from this Member | Report Response

"I highly recommend accepting an interview here! Stay at the Home2Suites because they will shuttle you everywhere for free (Uber/Lyft are not really a thing and very expensive if a driver is available). I also recommend eating a big breakfast, as no breakfast was served and lunch was gross." More from this Member | Report Response

"This was THE MOST laid back interview ever. They just wanted to get to know me and why I wanted to go to ARCOM. I actually ENJOYED my time talking to the interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"Be careful !" More from this Member | Report Response

"Looks like a good school. I would not be disappointed if this was my only acceptance." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall, it was a positive experience!" More from this Member | Report Response

"This is a wonderful school with a great staff. The small hometown feel will help students who look for a more "one on one" setting with their professors. The staff are always available and will go out of their way to help you succeed. The levels of kindness and respect are unparalleled and will ensure a learning environment where anyone can excel and reach their goals." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a beautiful school with a very kind staff. Since the school was so new I was concerned and this was made worse by the fact that the interview felt disorganized." More from this Member | Report Response

"Enthusiastic staff, great people and great area. I can't wait to see what this school becomes." More from this Member | Report Response

"This school may be new, but I think they're going to produce great doctors!" More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 3
Faculty member 3
Admissions staff 12
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 13
Neutral 5
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
8.48 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 3
Out of state 17

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 3
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 6
7+ hours 3

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 9
Automobile 7
Train or subway 0
Other 1

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

Response # Responders
< $100 5
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 3
$301-$400 2
$401-$500 1
$501+ 2

What airport did you use?

Dallas to Fort Smith

XNA

Ft.Smith Regional

Fort Smith Regional Airport

Fort Smith

Fort Smith regional

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 1
Hotel 11
Home 1
Other 1

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.24 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
5.76 21

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.29 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.52 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.86 21

0 = low, 10 = high

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

Response Avg # Responders
7.10 21

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I wish they had a suitable back up in case of technical difficulties. I feel like I didn't get the chance that others got because they risked going in person." More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide a light breakfast (coffee, juice, bagels, yogurt, etc.) and a more simple lunch option. Temperature was uncomfortably cold. Conducting interviews in a room large enough to be further than 6 feet from interviewers would allow masks to come off (it was hard to hear/ talk with masks on and so close to each other in a tiny office). Presentations and tour were helpful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The websites need updating to be more user-friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Sometimes be real, without a professional smiley mask." More from this Member | Report Response

"n/a" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything was organized. I would suggest more student interaction, if feasible that day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Have more breaks during the morning session." More from this Member | Report Response

"During the interview day we were constantly asked after every presentation how the presentation could be improved. Though feedback is useful it made it seem like they did not know what they were doing." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the amazing work, friendliness, and enthusiasm." More from this Member | Report Response

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