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"What’s something you did that you later wished you could change?"
"My faculty interviewer asked me if I had been to other interviews (which I had), and then he asked me which question I most often asked. He then asked me to answer that question."
"Tell me about the hardest decision you've ever had to make."
""Describe a time where you had to make a quick decision without any outside input""
"What I would contribute to the school."
"Tell me about yourself. (Both of my interviewers opened with this)"
"Tell me an example of when you learned from an experience."
"Tell me what you learned while performing your research."
"What are some challenges that you might face going into the field of medicine?"
"About my leadership experiences"
"Tell me about your path to medicine (I am a non-traditional student)"
"What do you want me to tell the Admissions Committee about you?"
"What is the cause of Lichen Sclerosus (from my research)?"
"My faculty interviewer specific questions about use model I use in my research."
"A lot of questions from my application trying to clarify and understand what I had done."
"Explain your research to (insert person with little education). The point is to see how well you can simplify complex information so that an uneducated person can understand it."
"Faculty: Why medicine? Student asked the typical questions you would expect but not 'why medicine'."
"Describe a conflict in the past and how you dealt with it."
"What is your greatest achievement"
"Talk about an ethical dilemma you have faced personally."
"1. Why Medicine? "
"Why Ohio State? Why Medicine? Tell me about your research. Student Questions were very standard and pre-prepared, though nothing unusual. "
"What is your strength/weakness?"
"Tell me about X research. "
"Details about research/coursework that I took...I graduated back in 2006 so if you've been out of school for a while, brush up on your coursework and research from back in the day."
"Student: How would your friends describe you?"
"Of the people who know you best, how would they describe your positive and negative attributes?"
"Tell me about this clinical experience."
"A general medical ethics question. Not a particular scenario, so I ran with it."
"If your school made you sign an honor code and you caught someone cheating would you turn them in?"
"Describe an ethical dilemma in the medical field and give your take on it."
"Describe motivation, why medicine?"
"What ethical issues do you plan on encountering as a physician?"
"You are from the east coast, so why Ohio? Are any of your family members in the medical profession? How did your interest in medicine come about? What is your greatest weakness? Strength? "
"What kind of support system do you have?"
"Tell me about yourself?"
"How would you handle ethical procedures?"
"Lots of questions going over file and ECs."
"Why I did poorly in an unimportant undergrad course"
"Could you describe an example where you displayed leadership?"
"tell me about your volunteering (student interviewer)"
"Why medicine? Why OSU?"
"What role do you normally take in a group setting? How do you respond if another member conflicts with your position?"
"What would you do if an 18 year old girl came to you for an abortion? (She's old enough to not need parental consent)"
"Why MD rather than PhD (I have done alot of research)?"
"What is an ethical issue in medicine that you have thought about (followed by a question about the issue)?"
"What nice things would friends say about you?"
"What is your definition of altruism?"
"Are you good at group work? (This was actually an attack by my student interviewer, he kept insisting that my extensive leadership experience would make me difficult to work with.)"
"What is an ethical question you have thought about and how would you answer it?"
"What do your parents do."
"You did not go straight into medicine. Tell me about the path that you took to get here."
"A series of ethical questions, including patient asking for treatment I personally disapprove of, patient refusing treatment, parent refusing treatment for minor child. "
"Overhearing a man tell his wife the wrong diagnosis in another language. What do you do?"
"Super power question (above)"
"Tell me about an ethical problem you experienced. (I discussed a dilemma I had regarding confidentiality with a female friend who had psychiatric problems and was at risk of harming herself. Fortunately for me, I found out later in the interview that my woman faculty interviewer was a psychiatrist.)"
"Questions about AMCAS application"
"Discuss stem cell research"
"tell me about yourself"
"If your best friend was sitting next to you what good things would he say about you."
"Talk about an ethical problem in medicine...why medicine...tell me about clinical experiences"
"Student #1: Tell me something about yourself that isn't already in your application."
"What did you learn about yourself through your leadership experience?"
"The drug ethical dilemma described above"
"Why do you want to become a doctor? What specialties are you interested in?"
"Why Ohio State?"
"Tell me about your twin/family (I come from a different cultural background)."
"Explain how you prepared yourself differently after doing poorly on the first MCAT?"
"how would you go about telling a terminally ill, unisured patient about treatments that may save his/her life but are extremely expensive and and have an extremely small success rate."
"what is a current ethical issue"
"Explain the discrepency between your grades and MCAT."
"Describe and Ethical issue in Medicine."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses?"
"Ethics question from above."
"What made you decide to enter medicine?"
"Pretty much stuff that comes right out of the AMCAS application."
"Was there any specific thing that tipped you over the edge in wanting to become a doctor?"
"You go to Vanderbilt... how did they not make it to a bowl game this year?"
"How does your family feel about you entering medicine? "
"What would your friends say about you/describe you?"
"Talk about ethical issues."
"Pick any ethical dilemma and discuss how you might handle it (have a good dilemma in mind; I didn't)"
"strengths/weaknesses, what makes you unique/what will you bring to OSU's next class?"
"What leadership roles have you held?"
"What qualities would make you a good doctor? What qualities make a doctor a "good doctor"? Something like that."
"Question about alcohol and surgeon (above)."
"What is your biggest strength?"
"Tell me about your research. Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"Tell me about your family"
"Just stuff on application"
"Discuss an ethical issue facing medicine."
"Why did you wait >10 years before applying to med school?"
"Discuss some future problems of medicine that you forsee."
"OSU seems to like the ethics questions more than the other schools"
"What would others say about you?"
"It's 15 years from now and you an attending. You have a resident under you that you've had for 2 years. Everybody likes him a lot, he's very knowledgeable, hardworking, good with patients etc. One day you come in and a nurse pulls you aside and tells you that you should know that the night before the resident came in to preform an emergency surgery. Everything went fine but she could smell alcohol on the resident's breath. What do you do?"
"Pick an ethical situation and describe it. (no guidelines were given which made it a little awkward.)"
"He asked about my Spanish skills and my international experience."
"What problems do you foresee emerging in field of medicine?"
"Tell me about your research."
"Who is your basis of support? "
"What do you think about the Da Vinci Code?"
"Tell me about myself?"
"Describe an ethical situation a physician might face. (Not the exact wording but it was clear they wanted a good description of the views of both sides...not a specific answer. He keept leading me on for a long time during this...turns out the only other thing he was looking for is that we shouldnt force our views on others...ie abortion stick to your morals, but refer the person to another doc..."
"Favorite/Least favorite undergrad classes"
"what are your strengths/weaknesses"
"Tell me about your service experiences, clinical exposure, etc."
"What brings you to Ohio State and why are you interested in our school?"
"Strengths & weaknesses"
"You have a patient who is terminally ill and in a great deal of pain. He wants you to give him something to end it. What do you do? (He really grilled me on this one, continuing to ask "well what about this..." but then said he was just trying to push me.)"
"What are you doing right now. (Im not currently in school) "
"What brings you to OSU?"
"What led you to pursue medicine and science? What experiences solidified this desire?"
"A situation where the surgeon performed surgery after drinking- what would you do when you found out?"
"Share your journey with us."
"Basically something equivalent to: What are some of the downsides to medicine?"
"Strength and weakness, hobbies, choose an ethical issue facing physicians, unique quality about me, how do you study, who will be your support system in Columbus. "
"Strengths and weaknesses"
"Why did you leave graduate school?"
"Where do you see yourself in 15 years?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What sparked your interest in medicine?"
"what was the last book you read, what did you think of it..."
"Describe your clinical experiences."
"no specific questions, just normal talking about different things, but basically: why do you want to be a doctor (and they wanted a pretty thorough explanation)?"
"If you saw a friend cheating on the anatomy exam, what would you do?"
"What challenges do you think doctors face today?"
"Explain shadowing, volunteering, research, support structure, strengths and weaknesses, intramurals "
"I was asked to pick a moral issue, explain how I feel, then explore it from the opposite point of view."
"I was asked about some specifics of the PET research that I had been involved in. "
"Why do want to be a doctor?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor now?"
"If a group of my friends were in the interview, what would they say are my strengths/weaknesses."
""Tell me about yourself" "Tell me about your clinical experience" "What is it about you that will make you a good doctor""
"What is your greatest strength/weakness?"
"What would you do if a young woman came to you requesting an abortion?"
"How did you study for the MCAT"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Interview was more of a conversation, but there was that ethical dilemma question I mentioned above."
"What makes you unique? What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"What ethical issues do you anticipate encountering as a physician?"
"What is your greatest strength, your greatest weakness ?"
"A 73 year old man with pancreatic cancer comes into your office after a year of futile tests and treatments, he wants you to give him something to end it...what do you do?"
"What would your friends say are your strengths? Weaknesses?"
"Had I shadowed any physicians?"
"Why Medicine? What inspired you to choose medicine?"
"When did you decide on medicine?"
"how many hours a day do you study?"
"What made you decide to leave engineering?"
"How do you feel about abortion and physician-assisted suicide, and would you do either?"
"What are your strengths?"
"Tell me about yourself. (I hate this question, especially when your application is sitting right there in front of the interviewer on the table)"
"Why havent you done any research?"
"See above questions"
"What do you think about "Dr. Death?""
"Describe your clinical experiences. Describe your research."
"Do you read?"
"How do I handle sterss?"
"Tell me about yourself."
"how do you deal with a really bad day?"
"Tell me about your research"
"Tell me about (activity)"
"Neither my faculty nor medical student interviewer really asked me any questions. They both just spent the 30 minutes telling me why they like The Ohio State."
"Why Ohio State University College of Medicine?"
"Why OSU? (Both of my interviewers asked this)"
"Tell me an example of when you were criticized and how you handled that criticism."
"Tell me how you got from college to applying to medical school."
"What would make you a good team learner and a good addition to our school's community?"
"Anything else you want me to tell the adcom"
"Tell me about a time when you faced great difficulty, and how did you overcome it?"
"What is a weakness? What is the best thing about you?"
"What would you do if a patient denied a life-saving treatment?"
"What was your biggest challenge?"
"What do you find most interesting about our school?"
"What motivates you to want to work with the underserved?"
""Why Medicine" was asked in several forms"
"What will you do if you are not accepted into medical school?"
"Tell me about your fraternity experience"
"what have you done to make sure medicine is the right career choice for you?"
"What do you like to do when you aren't thinking about medicine?"
"Student: If not medicine then what would you pursue?"
"Tell me about so and so in your AMCAS application"
"Why come to Columbus to study?"
"What is the greatest challenge you have overcome?"
"2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? "
"Tell me about this volunteering experience."
"What was your favorite undergraduate class, why? "
"Questions about college activities."
"If you saw a classmate cheating, what would you do?"
"How long have you known you wanted to be a doctor?"
"What barriers have you/will you encounter while treating underserved or culturally diverse populations?"
"Student & Faculty: I'm out of state, so "Why OSU, and why Columbus?""
"Tell me about xxx activity."
"Have you been keeping up with healthcare reform?/Would you still be a doctor even with salary reduction?"
"Tell me more about your mentoring experience with high school students. Why did you do it?"
"If you smelled alcohol on your attendings breath what would you do?"
"Describe clinical experience."
"If a close friend was dying of a terminal illness and asked you to relieve them of all their pain in a state where physician assisted suicide was legal, what would you do? "
"Tell me about your research. What has research taught you? Do you have any questions for me? "
"What would you change about yourself after coming here? (ie. what is one of your weaknesses?)"
"Describe an ethical decision you might face as a physician?"
"Please elaborate on your volunteer experience. "
"What ethical dilemmas do you expect to face in medicine?"
"He had a form he was filling out: strengths/weaknesses, introverted/extroverted, perform abortion if against your values?"
"Why here--I was applying from somewhat far away"
"What was the most difficult life experience you have had to go through?"
"What do you think about [insert ethics topic here]? I was asked about a few things very briefly, not really a big deal."
"What did you learn from tutoring?"
"tell me about your research (student interviewer)"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"Describe both a positive and negative emotional experience...."
"What do you see as a major problem facing healthcare?"
"You don't seem to have a lot of leadership experience. If need be, do you think you could take on a leadership position? (I think some of these questions are scripted, since he filled in answers to a typed questionnaire as I spoke.)"
"Do you still [do X activity]?"
"How big of a role does money play in your decision to pursue medicine?"
"What do you like to do in your free time?"
"Tell me about your research experience."
"Are you sure you want to be a doctor?"
"If you could invite two people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be?"
"Why didn't you go straight to college after high school?"
"What do you do to stay calm, relieve stress?"
"Come up with an ethical question and how you would respond to it."
"What were some of the skills you learned at your previous job that will help you in the medical field?"
"Tell me about something in your life not related to acedemics and medical school applications."
"What good books have you read lately? She also gave me a recommendation."
"If you caught your best friend cheating off of you, what would you do?"
"Why medicine? Why not law? Why did you not practice law after becoming an attorney? Explain bad undergrad grades. Are you published (I do biomedical research now full-time), to which journal did you submit, has it been accepted, what author are you?"
"What's the hardest question you've been asked?"
"Tell me about ______ experience"
"why did you go to XXXX school?"
"Why did you apply to OSU?"
"tell me something you're very pround about"
"Faculty #1: (Series of personal questions, including one about a person I discussed in my AMCAS essay)"
"What specific methods are you using in your research (I do physiology research and my interviewer was a physiologist)"
"You considered yourself disadvantaged. How has that made you able to cope with difficult situations?"
"What one thing would you change about your application?"
"Tell me about your research."
"What would your friends say your strengths and weaknesses were?"
"What are your strengths?"
"Why didn't you get in last year?"
"what would your friends say is your best quality"
"Discuss an ethical situation and how you would handle it."
"Discuss my research Expedreince"
"Come up with a controversial decision and discuss how you would handle it as a physician."
"Tell me more about your research projects. What were you trying to do and what did you want to accomplish from those?"
"Tell me about your involvement with the Asian/American community at IU"
"What made you want to come to this school?"
"A question about my first MCAT score... the April score was a little mediocre but the August one was higher."
"What is a strength and weakness your friends might mention?"
"What other schools have you applied to? "
"In what ways have you been altruistic other than what you wrote in your essay (again, have a good idea in mind)"
"why didn't you want to continue doing xxx? (xxx = my major in college, which wasn't pre-medical)."
"What area of medicine would you like to go into and why?"
"What attributes did you gain from your mom/dad? What do your siblings do? "
"Describe my research. "
"What will make you good a doc/strength (something like that), also weakness"
"Standard greatest strength/weakness, uniqueness, ethical issue in medicine and discuss"
"Tell me about any leadership experiences."
"Choose an ethical issue and discuss it."
"Described your undergraduate research."
"What qualities would you bring to the incoming OSU class?"
"What do you want to go into within medicine? "
"Tell about your extra curriculars"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"Hardest obstacle you've ever had to overcome in life."
"Describe your greatest strengths and weaknesses."
"I forget exactly, but maybe the ethical quesitons."
"If I were to ask your friends about your strengths, what would they say?"
"While discussing anesthesia, an attempt at an ethical challenge... "would you put someone to sleep forever?" (assisted suicide)"
"How did working with those children impact you? (Basically a "describe this experience" question)"
"Questions about research, extracurricular activities."
"Biggest problem in healthcare today"
"What unique contribution will you be able to make to the class? What are your biggest faults?"
"what would your friends say about you?"
"What would my friends, mom, and dad have to say about me"
"what do you think about abortion"
"Pick a current ethical dilemma in healthcare and tell me about it."
"Why should young people have international experiences?"
"Other common ethical questions: Attending comes in drunk, what do you do? Choose an ethical issue facing medicine today & discuss. What would you do if a 13 year old girl, who had parental consent, wanted an abortion? If you saw a friend cheating on an exam, what would you do?"
"Tell me about your experiences in the clinic"
"What do you do for fun?"
"How do you deal with stress?"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses? What should I tell the Committee about you that did not necessarily come across on paper?"
"Why Ohio State?"
"What would you do if a thirteen year old girl, who had parental consent, wanted to have an abortion?"
"How do you handle pressure?"
"What would you do if a young girl came to you and wanted an abortion?"
"What do you to do relieve stress?"
"why would you like to come to osu"
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"What was your study abroad experience/research/clinical stuff like, and why did you do it?"
"What would your friends say was your strongest point?"
"Why did you get a C in ______ ?"
"When is a time that you failed in life and how did you cope with failure?"
"If your friend was cheating in school what would you do?"
"Most of the questions that were asked were pertaining to my activities mentioned in my AMCAS application and my OSU secondary application. He just asked for greater detail about the activities so it was pretty low stress."
"How did you study for MCAT?"
"I notice that you have plenty of clinical experience, but why do you not have any research experience?"
"Explored my volunteer and EMT work extensively."
""Tell me about your research." "
"How would you deal with a patient who doesn't want to do what you want him/her to do? "
"Tell me about your clinical experiences."
"How do you deal with stress"
"Strengths and weakness"
"How did I feel about certain current events (since I'm in the military)?"
"Tell me about your previous application process, what were your results(he asked for specifics)? Why did you decide to take a year off? "
"What are two goals you have outside of medicine?"
"How does your family feel about your decision to become a doctor?"
"What are my strengths/weaknesses?"
"Went down my amcas app and asked about each experience. Also had the strengths/weaknesses question."
"what issues ethical and nonethical issues are important in medicine today?"
"What is your biggest weakness?"
"Are you an introvert or an extrovert?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"Tell me about your volunteer experiences and the research you have done."
"Why did you pick your major?"
"Tell me about your family."
"Tell me about your clinical experiences"
"What would you do if a young woman, single parent, came in requesting an abortion?"
"Tell me about Brazil."
"What do I do for fun?"
"What are your hobbies?"
"tell me about your research?"
"What is your greatest quality?"
"How much involvement did you REALLT have in X?"
"Tell me about ______ activity on your AMCAS."
"What would bring to our class?"
"Where do you see your career going in the future?"
"Tell me about your volunteering"
"What would you do if you knew a classmate was cheating on exams?"
"Tell me more about your family background."
"I'm your advocate so what do you want me to tell the Admissions Committee when we meet at the end of the day?"
"have you displayed any leadership qualities?"
"Describe an ethical situation you have faced and how you responded."
"Discuss one ethical question you feel needs to be addressed in the medical community"
"What is an altruistic thing you have done in the last week, or last month?"
"Faculty: How do you handle stress?"
"Where else are you applying?"
"What do you do in your free time?"
"3. Why medicine and not public health (referring to my education background)? "
"Tell me about your research."
"What do you do to relax? Deal with stress? "
"What problems do you expect to face as a physician?"
"Explain these W's on your transcript."
"Tell me about the experience that has most effected your desire to become an MD."
"Faculty: How do you deal with a situation in which a patient wants a procedure that goes against your personal values/morals. (Presumably, the procedure is legal and medically safe)."
"Why did you take the MCAT twice(presumably because I had a good score the first time)?"
"When did you know you wanted to be a physician?"
"Tell me about [x activity on amcas]..."
"Tell me about an ethical situation/problem you encountered. What were your options and what did you do?"
"Why change careers if you are so successful at your current one?"
"How do you rate yourself as a leader"
"Explain a 'D' I had in my transcript."
"Student interviewer: how would your friends describe you? and, Do you have any questions for me?"
"How would you respond to the following ethical situation..."
"What do you do for fun?"
"Why medicine/Why Ohio State?"
"Discuss an ethical issue. Tell me what you think about health care reform and the candidates plans."
"I can't remember"
"Tell me about your research experience"
"Tell me about your leadership experiences."
"How will you decide which school you will attend?"
"what kind of a leader are you, and tell me about a leadership experience (student interviewer)"
"Ethical question related to research: if you were testing a new treatment for a disease, and you knew in your heart that the treatment would be very helpful to patients, what would you do if your results were only mediocre?"
"Explain your interest in this EC to me"
"See above...everything else pretty standard"
"Various ethics questions."
"tell me about your research"
"Who are your heroes?"
"What do you do to cope with stress? "
"Why did you apply to OSU?"
"How did you prepare for the MCAT?"
"What is going to be the largest crisis that health care faces in the next 10 years?"
"Why did you decide to apply to OSU?"
"What other schools did you apply to? Did you get interviews? Have you been accepted anywhere else?"
"Where did you apply? Were you accepted anywhere yet?"
"What do you do to relax?"
"What do you see as some of the greatest problems that you will face in the medical field in your future as a physician?"
"tell me about you skating career"
"What do you think about stem cell research? What's a ethical dilemma for current/future physicians?"
"Is there anything else you want me to know when I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"Do you have any questions for me? Have questions ready!"
"Would you really move to Ohio?"
"Do you have any questions for me? (My student interviewer left lots of time, perhaps 10-15 min, for questions. My faculty interviewer, b/c we started our interview late, seemed anxious to present her information to the committee right afterward, so she reserved more like 2-5 min for questions.)"
"What do you do when a patient wants a different procedure than you see fit? What if you're morally opposed to it?"
"how would your best friend describe you?"
"What is one of your weaknesses?"
"what have you learned about yourself as a leader from the leadership positions you've held"
"Faculty #2: (Series of ethical questions, each one following up the previous one with a different spin on the same scenario regarding a young woman seeking the "
"How would your friends describe you?"
"In your shadowing experiences, were you able to observe any of the teamwork aspects of medicine (ie. doctors, nurses, and staff working together)"
"Tell me about____. Why OSU?"
"What are your greatest strengths/ weaknesses?"
"Pick some type of ethical issue and explain how you would handle it?"
"What are your weaknesses?"
"What makes you a good candidate?"
"what would your friends say is your worst quality"
"Describe your strengths and weaknesses"
"Explain how my MCAT scores increased so dramatically"
"How did you hear about OSU/ Why OSU?"
"If I were to ask your friends about you, what would they tell me are your strengths and weaknesses? Sounds dumb, but I was a little unprepared to answer this question."
"What types of community service have you been involved in?"
"the evolition debate from above"
"What have you learned from the leadership positions you've held?"
"Explain more about a volunteer experience which I wrote about in my essay."
"Biggest problem facing American healthcare..."
"Imagine you're a doctor morally opposed to abortion; what would you say to a patient requesting one?"
"Which school have you not gotten an interview for that you are disappointed about?"
"how would your friends describe you. (I don't think I did a very good job with this question.)"
"What will you be sacrificing in going to med school"
"There are quite a few ethical issues in medicine. Have you ever thought about any of them? Which one? How do you feel about it? How would you handle it if you had to deal with it as a physician?"
"What kind of clinical experiences did you have? What did you do specifically in it? Why did you decide to major in ____? Why did you decide to apply to Ohio State? What was the last book you read? What did you learn from your shadowing experiences? "
"Pick one experience where you learned a lot about medicine--and talk about what you learned about medicine from that experience."
"My family, hobbies."
"Why do you want to go into medicine?"
"Ethical questions: Tell me both sides of the abortion issue and the other abortion question I wrote down."
"What things do I do with spare time. I had listed some in my app, I guess he was not satisfied, not sure what he was looking for"
"How do you reconcile your interest in research with your desire to work closely with patients, one-on-one?"
"Why do you still want to pursue a career in medicine now that you're making a good living as a physical therapist?"
"What are you strengths/weaknesses?"
"General questions about my application and the experiences I had listed."
"Is there anything about becoming a doctor that scares you?"
"Why OSU? Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Pick an ethical issue in medicine, discuss it, give both sides, give your opinion, what's a good solution to some aspect of it."
"What unique qualities would you bring to OSU?"
"What are your hobbies? Why do you want to attend OSU? There was a question about my letter of rec, which I tried to explain that I couldn't answer because they were confidential letters that I had not read. However, they went right down the AMCAS asking about my activities. "
"You talk about healing in your essay, what is the difference between curing and healing?"
"Questions about comments I had made in my supplemental application."
"stem cell question"
"What experiences have you had to confirm your desire to pursue medicine?"
"what is your weakness?"
"Ethical Question: Would i cease treatment on a sick patient if that's what they wanted"
"tell me about your research (they asked about ALL of my research, even the stuff I did summer after my freshman year, which I couldn't remember the details of for the life of me...so really know all about your research!)"
"What are your strengths/weaknesses?"
"What would you like to know about our school?"
"What qualities will you bring to this school?"
"What can we do to get you to come here? "
"what can you tell me to get a sense of who you are"
"Tell me about your research experience. "
"What type of research are you interested in?"
"What is one thing that you have done that you are most proud of?"
"What are your thoughts on the links between human emotions and health?"
"Tell me about this certain activity, research, etc."
"General questions about everything in my file."
"How would you handle it when a patient dies?"
"What do your parents think of your decision to become a doctor?"
"Discuss an ethical issue, why did you take the MCAT in August, what did you learn from your experiences, what is the best book you've read recently, talk about your research, how would you add to the class, describe your stengths and weaknesses, etc."
"what experiences have you had in medicine"
"Do you have any questions? (and they obviously expected you to have a few. We spoke for 15 minutes about MY questions)"
"What would your friends say was your weakest point?"
"Tell me about a time that you were compassionate?"
"I am not sure if it was a question or a complement, but we talked a little about my letters of recommendation. I am a non-traditional student, they mentioned how complimentary the letters were to me. They wondered how I got them from people who had been my teachers 3 years ago."
"What are your weakness and strengths? "
"How did you do so well on the MCAT when you have been out of school for a while?"
"Discussed my relationship with a few physicians with whom I work and what I have learned from them, etc."
""If I were to call your mother, what would she say are your strengths/weaknesses?" "Tell me about a time that you were under a lot of stress, and how did you deal with it?""
"How do you deal with stress?"
"Why haven't you applied to East Coast or West Coast schools (I only applied to Midwest schools)?"
"How do I expect to pay for medical school (loans vs. military scholarship)?"
"What do you do outside of school?"
"What is one of the greatest ethical issues facing the future of medicine?"
"You are a first year resident and your attending physician comes in at 6:30 for a 7 AM case and he has obviously been drinking, how do you handle it?"
"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"What had my undergrad experience at OSU been like?"
"ethical issue in the news that I feel would affect medicine or the delivery of."
"What is the ethical dilemma behind the striking W.V. surgeons?"
"How easily would you adjust to living in Columbus?"
"How many hours did you study per week to get the grades that you did?"
"What do your parents do?"
"Why medicine, why not research."
"If your best friend was sitting here, what would he/she say are your best/worst qualities?"
"Do you have any weaknesses?"
"Do you feel like you have a good idea about the difficulties of medicine."
"Share the though process that evolved into the decision to become a doctor."
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"who are the members of your support system?"
"Question about something you regretted"
"What is one thing not on your application that you want me to take away from this meeting and convey to the admissions committee?"
"What's the most difficult decision you have ever made?"
"Tell me about the research projects you are doing now (I work for a public health organization)"
"How will my work experiences help me as a physician?"
"What was your most meaningful experience?"
"How will you use your experience as a barista in your career as a physician?"
"What is an ethical dilemma that you've encountered and how did you handle it?"
"Have you thought about pursuing a PhD also?"
"How would your friends, family, and sister describe you?"
"Not a particularly interesting question...they also asked for my strengths and weaknesses."
"Tell me about your family. This was the first question the faculty interviewer asked me. It didn't catch me off guard because I prepared for this, but I could very easily see it being strange for someone else expecting "Why medicine?" first."
"If I were to sit down with your biggest fan, what would they tell me are your number one strength and number one weakness?"
"What other role(s) does a physician have in his/her community? (my application essay briefly discussed this)"
"If you could wake up tomorrow with one new skill, what would it be?"
"Nothing particularly interesting."
"Who do you rely on for emotional support? "
"Your verbal score jumped a bit between your two MCATs. What did you do differently?"
"One of my faculty interviewers posed an interesting question comparing two courses I took: Christian ethics vs. Biomedical ethics...do they conflict or complement each other?"
"I'm going to walk down the hall in 5 min and tell the committee about you, what should I tell them?"
"What are your thoughts about end-of-life issues?"
"What was the lowest point in your life? "
"Nothing out of the ordinary"
"If you met a group of people for the first time, how would they describe you and would it be accurate?"
"All were laid-back and engaging and non-confrontational questions"
"What is the most recent book you have read."
"A specific question about my personal statement, which my interviewer really enjoyed reading."
"Leadership roles and see myself as a leader in future?"
"Would your girlfriend move to Columbus with you?"
"If you want to do a test on your patient, but they deny it because they might lose their health insurance, what would you do? "
"What, if anything, would make you not want to pursue medicine?"
"Describe an ethical situation"
"What did you like most about your undergraduate experience?"
"What is the biggest bioethical challenge that physicians will face in the future?"
"What you do think of (my colleges football coach)?"
"Contrast personality of your sister and you."
"What is your favorite Christmas movie?"
"You find out your best friend is a drug dealer, what do you do?"
"What would you do if a patient couldn't afford a procedure that had a low probability of success when all other options had been exhausted? Would you discuss this with them or not?"
"A parent comes to you with his/her deathly-ill child. You know that if this child doesn't receive a blood transfusion, he will die. However, his parent is a devout Jehovah's Witness and refuses treatment. What do you do? What do you think of the RU-486 abortion pill? Why do you think the HPV vaccine is controversial?"
"What would you do if you caught your roommate cheating?"
"What would you do if a fellow med student was mistreating a patient? Then as I answered they kept asking for more detailed scenarios."
"If you caught your friend cheating on an exam, what would you do?"
"Do you like being an only child? (It just surprised me)"
"What would you do if a woman in her first trimester asked you to perform an abortion?"
"I actually wasn't asked that many questions by the faculty interviewer. The most interesting to me was his first: What other schools have you applied to?"
"Tell me about an ethical issue. (It's just so broad.)"
"Tell me about where you grew up, where you've lived?"
"There were no new or different questions. We talked a lot about my sister's adoption, and some other personal matters."
"What do your parents do?"
"Imagine you are a pharmacy manager and you overhear a conversation with one of you employees with a customer. The pharmacist refuses to fill a prescription for a young teenager for an emergency abortion pill. What would you do in this situation?"
"The questions were pretty standard. Why medicine, why OSU. There were some questions about my position on stem cell research and the ethical dilemmas physicians face today. The interviewer was very genial and we talked about family and sundry things. The student interviewer was good too. Actually he was more nervous than me. "
"What would you do if a cancer patient came to you and wanted you to assist her in suicide?"
"The question about overhearing a man purposely tell his wife the wrong diagnosis in another language - it happened to my interviewer's co-worker."
"If you had one super power, what would it be?"
"nothing was particularly interesting - it was pretty cut and dry, most questions identical to those posted on this website"
"What's the hardest question you've been asked at your interviews"
"If you speak a second langauge and have see a patient who doesn't speak English being told by her husband in the same foreign language you know that she's fine, even though she's dying of cancer, would you confront her about the illness, and her husband?"
"If a patient was adamant about having a specific procedure done, but you believed she should get a different procedure, what would you do?"
"At the end of the day, what is the most important ideal that you want to try to reach?"
"If you could wake up tomorrow with one ability, what would it be (student interviewer)?"
"Ethics of pharmaceutical companies (I work for one)"
"In the context of learning about my my support circles/how I handle stress: Was there a particularly stressful time in your past, describe it, etc."
"What's your support system?"
"Ethical situation concerning bridging cultural differences: a doctor overhears a man telling his wife in another langauge (one you understand) that she is fine and will be better soon, when you overheard the doctor give the woman a terminal diagnosis. Do you tell his wife the truth?"
"Explain the most difficulty situation you've faced and how you handled it"
"how would you go about telling a terminally ill, unisured patient about treatments that may save his/her life but are extremely expensive and and have an extremely small success rate."
"What is the most difficult question you have been asked in all of you interviews?"
"nothing really, very conversational"
"none. Standard set of questions they have to ask all applicants."
"None to interesting. had a standard set of questions I was asked"
"Come up with a controversial issue and how you would deal with it as a physician"
"Pretty general questions."
"None really. Very standard questions: i.e. why medicine? describe an ethical situation or current issue in medicine you're concerned about, describe strengths and weaknesses"
"What's your opinion on the evolution debate that is going on?"
"What would you change about your application, if you could?"
"A question about the Chancellor at my undergrad school, whom my interviewer was friends with."
"Question about my extracurriculars."
"(I said I read the encyclopaedia for fun): What's your favourite volume then? (I answered: "Uh...W?")"
"A fourteen year old who has already had a baby come into your office wanting to terminate pregnancy. She is with her mother who does not want her child to have an abortion. What do you do?"
"How did you hear about OHU? I was like, from the news. haha!"
"Pick an ethical dilemma and tell me how you might handle it."
"interesting in that he DIDN'T ask why I wanted to go to OSU."
"What challenges have you faced? "
"It was interesting how my interviwer did NOT ask me the famous "Why medicine" question."
"If I was chief of surgery, and a nurse told me that she smelled alcohol on a surgeon's breath, what would I do?"
"You're a gynecologist and morally opposed to abortion, but a patient comes to ask you to perform one for her, what do you do?"
"Specifics about my app, nothing from 2ndary. Consider reviewing your AMCAS."
"Interviewer brought up a recent controversial issue in medicine- "what do you think"? It was something I'd never heard of- just in the news the past few days."
"Tell me about your life journey and how it brought you to medicine."
"Questions asked by interviewer were mostly routine except for some clarifications they needed to ask(see below)"
"What would you like for me to tell the committee about you in order to plead your case?"
"Just some questions about my experiences"
"If you saw a fellow resident using intra-venous drugs, what would you do? What would you do if you couldn't tell anyone?"
"Tell me about your family"
"pretty much the standard questions...nothing too out of the ordinary."
"What unique qualitites would you bring to OSU? (most of the questions were pretty standard)"
"About my international experience."
"What problems do you foresee emerging in field of medicine?"
"Describe your greatest strength."
"So you're a religious studies minor, what do you think about The Da Vinci Code?"
"How are you different from all other applicants/what sets you apart?"
"Stem cell question - about patient refusing treatment that involves stem cells, what would you do?"
"Pretty standard seeming stuff...I guess the most complicated was when he just asked me to describe an ethical situation (both sides)...which degenerated into a long discussion on stem cell research...all the while he was fishing for a specific point...which i eventually hit on and he finally let us move on."
"traits of people i know that make them good at what they do in the different fields they're in (a convoluted question basically getting at 'what makes you think you'll be a good doc?')"
"where have you interviewed so far?"
"What were my favorite and least favorite classes"
"have you ever had your heart broken? no nevermind--don't answer that."
"What was the most difficult thing that you have had to do / had happen to you?"
"He asked a lot of questions pertaining to an African Studies class I took freshman year. It was difficult because I did not remember much and my interviewer had spent a significant amount of time in Africa. "
"What do you do for fun."
"Explain the parameters around an ethical issue in medicine - I chose stem cell research, but there are a number of issues that could be discussed."
"What would you do if a 19 year old came to you asking for an abortion"
"What was the biggest difficulty/hardship you had to overcome?"
"Tell me about your experience with traditional healers in South Africa."
"What are your thoughts on the links between human emotions and health?"
"What are some medical ethics issues doctors face/will face?"
"About my volunteer experiences."
"None they were all standard OSU questions."
"Compare healthcare in Nigeria to healthcare in the U.S."
"In what ways do you feel that your religious background might positively and negatively affect your practice of medicine?"
"Do you have a support system in place (does your family support your decision to become a doctor)?"
"Why do you want to come to Ohio State?"
"Not anything too crazy. They seemed to just want to get to know me. They did ask me what my favorite book(s) is."
"about my mcat, i took it twice and the first time there was a huge disturbance that my interviewer knew about"
"What contribution do you hope to make to medicine?"
"what I thought the challenges and "bad parts" of being a doctor would be"
"My interviewer was curious about my first attempt at medical school applications (2 years ago) and asked questions related to that."
"What kinds of ethical dilemmas do you think doctors face?"
"All were very predictable and common. When is a time that you failed in life and how did you cope with failure?"
"I am a member of the LDS church (mormon for those not familiar). We usually spend two years as a religious missionary, starting when we are 19. I was asked what I learned during my time as a missionary. Later on I was asked how this experience relates to medicine."
"I was asked about a C grade in a class and was asked to explain what happened to get that grade."
"How did you study for the MCAT?"
"Nothing truly interesting comes to mind."
"Not necessarily the most interesting but most wide open question was how I saw medicine in 5 or 10 years after doing the socioeconomic research that I have done."
"Other than the standard medical school questions, I was asked to give insight about an ethical concern facing the future of medicine. He did not ask me to speak about my stance on the issue, but to discuss all sides that were relavant."
"If you were on a desert island for 24 hours, what three things would you want to have with you? (I got the impression that he was looking for nonstandard answers in order to learn something about me...)"
"What should I tell the admissions committee about you?"
"What do you think about stem cell research?"
"As a non-traditional student, how do we know you will stay with medicine, and not move on to another career?"
"What ethical issues do you anticipate encountering as a physician?"
"The doctor asked me what my mother would say my biggest strength/ weakness was?"
"What is an ethical situation in medicine you have been following?"
"Where do you see yourself practicing in 10-15 years?"
"How does my family feel about my decision to go into medicine?"
"Nothing really. He basically went down my file and asked me about each of the experiences that I had listed on my amcas application."
"What do your parents think of you being a doctor?"
"Suppose it's 15 years from now, you're a very accomplished surgeon, you have your entire family over for Thanksgiving, you've just started carving the turkey and the phone rings. It's the resident at the hospital saying that a patient of yours needs an immediate operation. He knows you're not on call, but the patient would feel better if you performed the surgery. What do you do and why?"
"how would your friends describe you"
"What do you consider your biggest weakness?"
"questions about abortion and euthanasia"
"Explain your low MCAT scores. (No one had asked this before)"
"What was the most difficult time in your life and who did you depend on?"
"What do you think of euthanasia? Would you perform physician-assisted suicide at the request of one of your patients?"
"what do you think will be the biggest ethical issue facing you as a physician?"
"Why did you leave Belarus?"
"What makes you laugh, what makes you cry."
"What is the worst/hardest thing that's happened to you in your life?"
"So you grew up in California. Do you think you will adjust well to Ohio? Follow up: Have you traveled much?"
"Have I ever considered the bad parts about being a doctor?"
"If there were a drug that could cure arthritis, but had a 1% mortality rate, would you argue for its release?"
"name an ethical issue, and describe it."
"Nothing too interesting. Just asked clarification questions about my application."
"Tons of questions grilling me about number of hours on activities since I had projected out for the rest of the year."
"How I managed to balance all the activities on my application."
"If you biggest fan and biggest critic were here, what would they tell me?"
"Those tell me how you learned blank from blank questions were horrible."
"What would you bring to the class that is unique?"
"None were all that difficult."
"The student interviewer: I am your advocate. How do you want me to present you to the admissions committee?"
"Discuss a time when you were given constructive criticism. What was it and how did you respond?"
"I got asked detailed questions about the mouse model I work with for my research"
"Tell me about yourself."
"Interviewers were very friendly...strong advocates of the applicant."
"I'm your advocate so what do you want me to tell the Admissions Committee when we meet at the end of the day?"
"No difficult question. The ethical question about whether to put a baby on life support was asked though."
"What challenges/problems do you anticipate as a doctor?"
"Student Interviewer: I have a good amount to present to the adcom, but what's the one thing you want me to be able to express to them?"
"In a conversation you will most likely not be caught off guard by a question but obviously it is possible. My faculty interviewer was nice and didn't ask me anything difficult - preparing for questions ahead of time helped to ensure this."
"Describe a conflict in the past and how you dealt with it.(student interviewer kept probing for deeper answers)"
"What is your greatest failure"
"again nothing out of the ordinary"
"What has been your greatest failure?"
"Why Ohio State, etc, etc. Not because the Q was hard but because the student interviewer asked it very bluntly then always gave me an interesting look as I answered. "
"I got pretty generic questions. I had the most difficulty controlling my nerves because my faculty interview was with two faculty members, one of whom was the associate dean. "
"None, I wasn't really asked questions. Odd as that sounds."
"What if you find your peer cheating, what would you do?"
"If a patient requested of you a procedure that is both legal and medically safe but that conflicts with your personal code of ethics, how would you handle it?"
"Nothing really hard"
"Tell me something you're most proud of and least proud of."
"From my personal background"
"Why did you not get into medical school last year?"
"None. This was probably the most positive interview experience I've ever had."
"all were straight forward"
"Tell me about your low writing score on the MCAT."
"What are all of your best qualities?"
"What is the most difficult decision you have ever had to make? Walk me through it. Who did you go to for support? and...Health care is important for physicians to pay attention to. What is a health care issue that will affect your career, and how might that lead into an ethical dilemma? What would you do? "
"A sixteen year-old girl walks into your office asking for an abortion, what do you tell her?"
"How would you respond to the following ethical situation..."
"None. They do a pretty standard set of questions as you can see from all the feedback here."
"How did you deal with that difficult time in your life?"
"Discuss some possible ethical issues you may address in yout career."
"How do you feel about the FDA compared to the European system?"
"Why do you want to be a doctor? (This was the first question and I was still nervous at this point in the interview, even though I knew that I would get this question.)"
"Describe one of your most positive and one negative emotional experiences"
"What would your friends say is your worst quality and how could you improve this?"
"My interviewer really grilled me with a slew of ethics questions."
"What's the one thing about you you want me to tell the AdCom?"
"They asked me about a word used in my rec letter."
"The same as the most interesting question."
"What are your strengths and weaknesses"
"See most interesting question."
"The standard abortion question: Do you perform one in x situation?"
"None. Everything was so easy and relaxed."
"Will your faith ever make it difficult for you to offer all medical options to patients?"
"Being exposed to medicine through your mother (she's a physician), what do you think is the answer to the finacial problems facing medicine?"
"Come up with an ethical question and how you would respond to it."
"Tell me in a few sentences how I should portray you to the admissions committee."
"Why don't your MCAT scores match your GPA? Mind you, I have a 33 and a 3.9 GPA, and I don't think this is too shabby at all."
"If you could wake up tomorrow with any ability, what would it be?"
"What specialty are you interested in?"
"Tell me everything about yourself that you want the admissions committee to know, that isn't already on your application."
"it being my 10th interview, and having encountered every type of question reading SDN interview feedback, no question was difficult to answer"
"What do/can you do when a patient wants a different treatment than you see fit? What if you're morally opposed to it?"
"what is the most difficult challenge facing a physician today?"
"What is your greatest achievement?"
"See above. "
"Convince me that you're serious about this school (faculty interviewer)."
"Why didnt you apply to Ohio State last time you applied?"
"If you were a resident and caught one of your fellow residents taking drugs while working, how would you handle it?"
"Discuss a challenging ethical issue--I just went blank."
"Explain the discrepency between your MCAT score and your G.P.A. . "
"What can I tell the rest of the admissions committee about your ongoing committment to intellectual pursuits and education"
"What would you change about you app?"
"current ethics dilemma"
"Explain the discrepency between your grades and your MCAT score."
"Describe and Ethical issue in Medicine."
"If we were to ask your friends what your strengths and weaknesses would be, what would they say?"
"I was asked to comment on an ethical issue in medicine. No topic was provided. I just thought it strange that I was to pick any issue at all and talk about it."
"None. See above"
"Why did you take so many theology classes? (I went to a private religous school)and What did you learn from them?"
"If a patient asked you to perform a procedure that is legal, but to which you are morally opposed, what would you do?"
"Questions regarding stem-cell research; I haven't taken any ethics classes and probably should have brushed up on it more."
"If you're a pharmacist who's against abortion, do you have the right to refuse to give out the RU-486 pill if you're in a small town with no other pharmacy in miles? (I was asked previously what I would do if I were against abortion and was asked to perform one by a patient; I answered that I would explain my objections, but it really didn't matter because the patient can always go to another doctor if she is determined enough, and it's not in the doctor's place to stop her)."
"What would you change about your application if you could?"
"no real difficult questions."
"none really. "
"What would you do if a patient refused to have you be their doctor due to the fact that you are a woman? "
"Pick an ethical issue and discuss it--I threw out a few choices: abortion and end-of-life decisions--BUT then she took it back and she was like how about surrogancy. Talk about that. I wasn't prepared to talk about that, but I did my best from what I remembered..."
"The above question"
"N/A. The questions were all very straight forward and easy to respond to."
"Why do you want to be a doctor?"
"Dual degree: why MD/X and not just X? (avoid encountering this question, it's bad)"
"Explaining my volunteer experiences and how they were significant even though they occurred a very long time ago"
"Discussion of an ethical question of my own choosing. (I had several but it was hard to choose on the spot)"
"Pick an ethical issue and discuss it."
"Nothing too difficult. (See below for questions)"
"If you had a patient with a problem you were unwilling (ethically) to treat, what would you do?"
"Pick an ethical situation and describe it. (it was just asked awkardly to me...)"
"Ethical question...He asked for an example of an ethical problem doctors face, and then gave me a scenario based on my answer. "
"No difficult questions."
"What will you bring to OSU's next class. Pencils, my books."
"How do you explain the dramatic increase in MCAT scores between April and August? (I went up 5 points)"
"No really difficult questions, but interviewer had her list of questions in plain sight, and I could actually glance down, read the questions, and anticipate what was coming next. It was hard not to do that."
"Problem with healthcare system and how would you fix it?"
"What is your greatest weakness? (you know they're going to ask...yet its still hard to answer...) "
"had to pick an ethical dilemma and discuss how i'd deal with it"
"what are some future challenges of this profession?"
"What would my mom and dad tell their friends about me"
"what do you think the biggest challenges facing physicians will be in the next few years?"
"What would someone who knows you very well say are your biggest weaknesses?"
"Describe an ethical problem & how you would solve it."
"Your recommendations are very good, but one of your professors said he thought you could have performed better in his class. Why is that? "
"What would you do if the chief surgeon came in and performed a surgery with you while intoxicated."
"What would you do if your patient, who is in his late 50's, needs a colonoscopy and his insurance company won't pay for it?"
"nothing really too hard"
"What's a physician's role in the society's decision on physician assisted suicide?"
"An ethical situation where the parents refused treatment of their child, but not in an immediately life-threatening situation (it was more involved)"
"What are your thoughts on the links between human emotions and health?"
"How I became interested in a certain hobby (never really had to explain why/how before.)"
"What part of being a doctor interests you."
"Imagine you are in charge of a large healthcare organization/system, what would you do? - Personally, the question seemed too vague or more in the field of health admin."
"See the above..."
"Why the lack of clinical experience?"
"If a young girl came to you and asked you to perform an abortion, what would you do?"
"They asked me to describe an ethical situation in medicine (of my choice), and to talk about the parameters. I talked about patients who are on life-support, but I'm sure that abortion, stem cell research, genetic engineering, etc. would all be acceptable."
"most influencial book that you have read recently"
"What negative aspects of medicine have you observed?"
"Same as above."
"What kinds of challenges will doctors face in the future?"
"The ethical question: What would you do if one of your patients is an 18 year old that wants to abort her pregnancy?"
"How my time as a missionary related to medicine."
"The interviewer didn't ask any extremely challenging questions."
"What kind of ethical issue do you think you will face as a doctor?"
"You know that we typically accept traditional students? (What could I say to that being a nontraditional?)"
"How I would solve an ethical question that related to my research in health-policy."
"Believe it or not, the most difficult questions I was asked were: "If I were to call your mother, what would she say are your strengths and weaknesses?" and "Tell me about a time that you were under a lot of stress or anxiety, and how did you deal with it?""
"Tell us about an ethical situation you've read about, and what it made you think of the medical profession."
"If you discovered a friend was cheating in a class, what would you do?"
"How would your friends describe you?"
"My interviewer brought up a point I made in my personal statement and asked me to clarify myself."
"If a critically injured patient asked you to let him die, what would you do?"
"Why did you retake the MCATs? How did you improve?"
"What ethical issues do you anticipate encountering as a physician?"
"He ended by asking me to sell myself to Ohio State in five points."
"None, totally laid back."
"What ethical issues do you think that you will come across in your medical career and how will you handle them?"
"None really too difficult."
"What is an ethical issue in the news that you think you will confront in your career as a physician?"
"What was the most difficult thing you have done?"
"Why no research experience?"
"I am your advocate to the admissions committee. what unique qualities about you can i tell the committee to help sell you as a candidtate?"
"What is an ethical situation in medicine that has intrigued you?"
"nothing too difficult"
"Nothing was too difficult."
"The biggest problem facing physicians in the future?"
"What makes you unique?"
"If you didn't get into school anywhere, and you couldn't reapply, what would you do?"
"What do you think are some of the ethical issues facing doctors today?"
"What would you do if a fellow student told you that you were cheating? If a friend told you the same?"
"How do I interact with and relate to people who have a different background than mine. "
"Would you support Oregon's Right-To-Die law? Why?"
"what are the qualities about yourself that you like the most?"
"Practice interviews with current medical school friends."
"I looked over my AMCAS application one last time."
"Researched the school, did mock interviews with friends, practiced answering lots of questions out loud and in my head; have a solid answer for "tell me about yourself", "why OSU" and "why medicine"."
"Reading SDN and on the website."
"Mock interview with adviser, prepared answers to the most common med school interview questions, etc."
"Reread my secondary essays. (Including essays that I wrote for other schools.)"
"SDN Interview feedback, review primary and secondary, MSAR, their website"
"Reviewed SDN interview feedback, read my primary and secondary responses, researched the school's curriculum etc."
"reviewed the school website, read my AMCAS app/Secondary a million times, prepared for "typical" questions, talked with current students (i'm from the area, know quite a few)"
"Read my secondary and the MSAR."
"Looked over my secondary application, looked at the OSU website"
"I roomed with a host the night before, read some SDN interview forums."
"Extensive review of school's website, went through this website very carefully, knew my application very well."
"SDN interview feedback, practicing answering questions"
"SDN and talking to myself like a mad man"
"Reviewed my AMCAS application and secondary application. Also read through the interview feedback on the forum and researched the school online."
"sdn, made pages and pages of introspective interview notes (it's nice; you get to learn a lot about yourself), watched documentaries (something I would have done anyway)"
"SDN, school's website, common questions"
"Mock interview, reviewed my application, prepared for typical questions, researched the school, asked current med students their thoughts on the school."
"SDN, medschool website"
"SDN, OSU College of Medicine website"
"Read over AMCAS and secondary applications. Read interview articles on SDN."
"Read over paperwork."
"SDN, AMCAS application, secondary essays, mock interviews "
"Went on the tour, talked to students."
"Read over my file, SDN. "
"Ran through general questions, looked over application"
"Read over applications. Prepared for all the ethical questions on this thread, which I didn't end up needing. "
"read over my application and secondary. i familiarized myself with their interview style by looking on interview feedback. "
"Read SDN, primary and secondary app"
"Watch Buckeye football. Really just read over my apps and did my best to convey who I was."
"Perused all my application materials(primary, secondary, etc.) and read up some interview questions. Also combed the OSU website to find out more about the school. Staying with a student host was by far the most helpful though."
"Read AMCAS and secondary, read OSU website, SDN"
"Read about the school, that's about it"
"SDN feedback, read PS and very briefly glanced at secondary"
"SDN interview info. Books. Most importantly: read, read, and re-read PS and 2ndry essays responses!"
"Read over secondary and notes. Talked with students a lot."
"Asked my student host questions, reread my primary and secondary applications, visited school website, and read SDN feedback."
"SDN, resume, OSUCOM website, talked to current students"
"I talked to my family about potential answers, and I read OSU's website and this website. "
"Read my AMCAS and OSUCOM applications. Reviewed my resume."
"Read AMCAS application and secondary, looked at the OSU website, SDN. "
"SDN, talked with a current OSU med student"
"read materials, application"
"reread application materials, website"
"SDN and read website"
"SDN, practiced answering questions, read file, kept up on health care politics"
"Prayed, read up on the school, asked my student host questions, looked at my secondary"
"Read AMA ethical papers"
"SDN, primary, secondary, osu's website"
"sdn, school website, msar, princeton review book"
"Had people drill me with questions from Interview Feedback, read up on "current" and medically related issues, looked over my secondary essays and personal statement"
"SDN, MSAR, Interview feedback, reviewed app"
"School website, school secondary, primary app, books on medical ethics etc..."
"SDN forums, browsed OSU's website"
"OSU website, read secondaries"
"This website, read over my application, looked up a few facts about the school."
"primary amcas application, secondary application to OSU (it is open file so they have read and may ask you a question about your primary or secondary application.), and SDN"
"reread my application essays, looked at OSU website and sdn"
"Reviewed AMCAS app, reviewed OSU essays, read SDN feedback, visited OSU website"
"I looked around on OSU's website and tried to learn about it."
"Interview prep with my school, SDN, reviewed my application."
"Re-read essays, SDN, AMA website, OSU website."
"OSU website, SDN, read my application"
"SDN, read my application, relaxed."
"OSU website, SDN, AMCAS, Secondary, ethical questions posted online, researched current issues in healthcare."
"SDN, school website, interview feedback, read my application"
"SDN, Review primary application and secondary essays."
"SDN was the most helpful,read about ethics questions, reviewed my materials"
"Student doctor, friends, read about school and re-read my secondary application"
"SDN, AMCAS, OSU secondary, MSAR, Univ of Washington bioethics website, NY Times Healthcare Reform book (dated, published in 1993), talked with student host (2nd yr student in ISP curriculum)"
"Prepared for typical interview questions, knew my application and essays, read up on school"
"sdn, read over my app and essays, other interviews"
"SDN, ohio state site"
"sdn, interview workshop, school website, MSAR"
"SDN, read over AMCAS, read over the website"
"SDN, previous interview, and lots of reading: healthcare policy, medical ethics, current events, etc."
"sdn, amcas app, secondary essays"
"SDN, mock interview, OSU's web site, rereading my application"
"Secondary, school website, SDN, talking to other people, talking to myself"
"SDN, previous interviews"
"SDN website, interview tips on About.com, the OSU website and friends at the school."
"SDN website, OSU website, reviewed AMCAS application, mock interview"
"Review AMCAS and secondary. Looked over OSU site and SDN"
"SDN. Read up on ethics. OSU website. "
"absolutely nothing; had six interviews prior"
"Reread AMCAS, secondaries, SDN feedback, brochures, webiste, etc."
"Read my AMCAS and reviewed my research"
"SDN, AMCAS, looked over ohio state website"
"Read up on their website, reviewed some of their recent research."
"Read over AMCAS and secondary essays. Kept track of current issues in medicine, such as health care and ethics issues, good night's sleep and breakfast in the morning"
"Read SDN, read over AMCAS"
"Read and listened to others' interview tips, thought ahead of time about the sorts of answers I might give to open-ended questions, and other questions I thought they might ask. Got a good night's sleep!"
"Read over my application, this website, glanced at the U. of Washington's bioethics website"
"Read SDN, looked at NOW for info on women's health issues..."
"Medical ethics websites, my application, the OSU literature, speaking with an OSU MS1, etc."
"read over everything"
"SDN, read about school from their website/catalog, practiced answering expected questions"
"read my app, essays, SDN, thought about ethical issues"
"read over application, went to school's website, got a good night's sleep. "
"SDN, website, ethical issues, talk to Med1 students there..."
"looked at web site, thought about interview questions, read my application"
"Read SDN, relaxed, talked to Med 1 students at OSU"
"SDN, read website- read 'Ripley Bogle' by Robert McLiam Wilson to relax. (Great book)"
"Watched school website video, scoured website, pored over tons of interview questions, looked around here a lot"
"SDN, read website and went over my app"
"Reading interview feedback, brushed up on some medical ethics, read my secondary, prepared specifically for the why medicine question."
"Read this website. Read up on the school's website and did a mock interview with my wife (who is a doctor - so she has a good idea of the possible questions they might ask)"
"SDN, school website."
"Read up the interview feedback website. Visited the OSU website, checked out my supplemental, and my AMCAS. "
"Read interview questions from books, read curriculum and financial aid information from website"
"SDN, thier website, prayed"
"Student Doctor, re-read application essays"
"student doctor, reviewed amcas and secondary, read "controversies in medicine" by myrna and mark goldberg m.d., reviewed my research papers"
"Read SDN interview feedback, reviewed AMCAS and secondary applications, reviewed bioethics website, looked over school website"
"SDN, Wall Street Journal (contrary to popular belief, this paper has tons of health-related articles every day)."
"SDN, read newspapers, watched the news, checked out state's medical policies"
"SDN, school website, mock interview"
"This website, went over AMCAS, reviewed my research."
"SDN, read over my AMCAS, School website"
"Reread essays (didnot come up), came up with some potential general means of answering some questions, read the SDN interview feedback, OSU website"
"website, application, SDN"
"SDN feedback mostly...and experiences from other interviews."
"Everything: read studentdoctor reviews, read secondary application and amcas essays, read the website, and did a mock interview"
"read over my secondary, looked at this website and practiced answering the questions out loud to myself (really helped), read up on school online"
"Went over my 15 experiences on application, went over possible sample questions to get in the right frame of mind."
"SDN, reviewed my application, school website"
"this site, OSU website, mock interviews"
"Gathered a list of commonly-asked questions, and a list of questions from SDN for OSU from the past year. Prepared answers to all of them. Practiced answering questions. Stayed current on health news, etc. Most of the questions were very predictable. I literally could have finished his sentence a few times--they clearly have some standard questions that everyone is asked."
"Flashcards with standard interview questions, went over AMCAS app, schools website"
"SDN website, the OSU website, read up on ethical issues, talked to someone who goes to OSU and why they like it. "
"read online info etc"
"Webpage, talk to OSU students, review research."
"read their website, read up on current events (not really necessary though), talked to people, read SDN"
"Studentdoctor.net, looked over secondary, talked to friends/family"
"Read website, read this site, talked to current students."
"mock interviews, cnn - health news, SDN, read my personal statement, secondary, reviewed my research experience."
"Kaplan workbook, mock interview, studentdoctor website, experiences of friends."
"Read SDN, went through the OSU website, read a few medical ethics books, talked to a med student who had interviewed at OSU a year previously"
"SDN, website, various sources for ethical issues."
"Ate chicken at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe."
"SDN, previous interview experience"
"past interviews, osu website, sdn, cnn, nytimes"
"SDN, OSU website, read secondary essays, cnn.com health articles."
"reread my essays, OSU websites, and StudentDoctor.net"
"Read over my application, school website/catalog, SDN."
"Read OSU website."
"This web site, OSU's website, common questions"
"This web site. Besides the question specific to my religious experience, they were the same ones repeated over this year."
"Read interview experiences on SDN, read OSU's website, looked over my secondary app for OSU"
"read the osu website and SDN"
"OSU website; talked to students beforehand; books; etc..."
"looked at this website, looked through the school's website, looked over my apps"
"Read up on current medical issues in WSJ, Economist."
"Read up on current health-care-related issues in the NY Times, reviewed my application materials, this site, the OSU Website"
"Read my application, read about the school's curriculum, talked to current students."
"Read my application materials, reviewed OSU web site and brochure, read SDN interview feedback and wrote down my answers to the questions."
"Read this ewbsite and made sure I could answer all of the questions...I was prepared for every question he asked me...read OSU's website, my AMCAS, my secondaries, their viewbook."
"SDN, OSU website, reading my AMCAS and secondary, reading up about current issues facing health care."
"Read my secondary, read my AMCAS, SDN, etc."
"SDN, website, reviewed AMCAS"
"Looked over this site, read my application"
"This site, read school's website, went over common questions."
"SDN, read over my research, read their handbook, looked over my application, wrote out why I like the school and potential questions that I could ask my interviewer."
"Read AMCAS, supp, this website, common questions"
"SDN, read my AMCAS and secondary applications."
"sdn, ama website for current events, read many practice questions, self-evaluation. kept an interview journal to write down thoughts/ideas and organized these a week before the interview."
"OSU's website, my app and essays"
"read SDN, ethics and current affairs websites"
"Looked at OSU website, looked over possible questions."
"OSU website, this site, reviewed application"
"Thought about answers to standard questions, made a list relating my positive qualities to activities that I do or instances where they showed, read SDN and the school's website."
"read OSU website"
"Study the website, have a mock interview."
"This site, schools website. Mock interview at my school."
"Looked over my application, looked at this website"
"Reviewed me (AMCAS, 2ndary, Why Med?). Reviewed them (mainly through their website). Ate a good breakfast...tried to avoid eating at Wendy's."
"Reviewed applications (AMCAS and OSU). Looked into school's website."
"Read about OSU."
"Interview feedback, read through application"
"The school vibe, school spirit is something I loved. Columbus is also a really nice city with SUPER cheap rent."
"The new facilities they’re building (won’t be done until 2023)"
"The medical students all seemed very down-to-earth and genuinely happy with their experiences at the school. The faculty gave a very similar vibe. The students didn't seem to be overly stressed."
"The academic focus of the school and the new facilities."
"The curriculum, considering that since the implementation of the LSI curriculum Step 1 grades have improved with each passing year. The facilities were impressive and the people were extremely enthusiastic. They gave the sense that they were all looking out for each other."
"The friendly and outgoing current med students who had lunch with us. They were very down to earth and eager to be helpful. I also really appreciated seeing the Simulation center-- very impressive!"
"Pretty much everything. The new James Cancer Center is amazing. The facilities are pretty and new. The curriculum sounds amazing. The interview day was very well organized and really sold the school to me."
"Admissions director and dean stayed with us the whole day and made sure to greet each of us many times."
"The incredible facilities"
"Great facilities, friendly students. The LSI curriculum seems very well thought out. Almost all OOS students get in-state status after the first year."
"Everybody was so friendly and the facilities were amazing. Fairly diverse in my opinion"
"Dr. Capers, the OSU students, the facilities, and the new LSI curriculum. Also the integration of the med school with the undergrad school in Columbus - I like that collegetown feel. Also, they gave us laptop bags and flash drives."
"friendliness, facilities, the students"
"The new curriculum sounds incredible."
"The school recently changed much of the curriculum. They seem to be really focused on doing everything they can to ensure that they provide the best medical education possible."
"The the close-knit community feel of the students."
"Strong sense of unity and school spirit. The facilities were impressive!!"
"The facilities and the medical students. The student host program is great!"
"The awesome bags and the presentation"
"The AMAZING expansion projects currently going on (including expansion of the med library, simulated exam rooms, and Project One). I was also very impressed with the responsiveness of the administration to the students. The friendliness of everyone there (students, faculty, and admissions office) made a positive impression on me as well."
"climbing up the ranks, ProjectOne, emergency medicine/trauma is great, emphasis on ultrasound puts you at the top for specialties that require quick diagnostic imaging (EM/trauma)"
"campus and opportunities"
"Friendliness of admissions staff."
"Top notch facilities, how much the med students help each other out, the university's commitment to medicine (they're building two new hospitals and already have one of the top hospital systems), and most importantly how much the med school looks out for its students"
"Everything. OSU is an amazing school and anyone who has a chance to interview there will surely be impressed."
"How laid back the entire interview process was. It was a very positive experience"
"number of opportunities for research and service on and off campus"
"The curriculum, hospitals, faculty and students"
"Excellent hospital and good medical school facilities. Extremely friendly people. Emphasis on service, but it looked like many research opportunities were available as well. Happy students. Decent amount of free time outside of class. The undergrad campus is cool, and many/most med students take advantage of this. "
"Wealth of opportunities at Ohio State; they give you the tools to succeed. They also offer a separate Independent track (ISP) with no lectures!"
"The faculty members are super involved in the medical education. Was really impressed by the time and effort the admissions committee and other faculty put into interview day. CEO of the hospital stopped by to give a few words. Most inspiring/helpful interview day I have been to."
"Dr. Capers!, the student interviewer-- felt like an opportunity to talk to a peer and not be judged, the relaxed but enthusiastic students, the school's dedication to students, the support and opportunities, Jeni's ice cream, the administrative staff who very patiently helped me track down and get on the right bus after the interview day "
"Dr. Capers is really as awesome as everyone says. The school ranking. "
"People were awesome, expansive campus, city is super young and surprisingly urban/hip."
"Everything. All of the students are incredible and super laid back. They really recruit down-to-earth students to attend this school. I showed up on the day of my interview 3 hours late due to a flight cancelation the day before and my would-be student host came to pick me up from the airport to make sure I made it to the office!"
"Very friendly students, incredible staff and faculty, extremely dedicated to teaching, abundance of clinical and research opportunities, cheap living expenses, and good transportation system(if you have a car, that is)"
"The camaraderie between students and their incredibly positive view of the school and professors. "
"The dedication of the faculty to teaching. They're all about working with the students. I also like how it's connected to the OSU campus so med students have full access to all of those resources."
"The free clinics that students can work early on. Students were pretty cool."
"Random unsolicited students from 1st, 2nd, and 4th year came up and pitched the school before the formal day began. Something like a dozen or so students! "
"The students were all amazingly friendly, my host especially. I got to sit in on a Med 2 class and some of the teaching methods were very progressive. Lots of research opportunities. Ohio state also has some amazing student facilities like the ARC."
"The faculty and the students really love their school and gave the impression that they would love to have you join them. OSU is rising fast in the medical school rankings and will likely soon be a top tier school. They have spent unbelievable amounts of money on new facilities and they will tell you all about it!"
"facilities, students happiness and friendliness, grading system, amt of time in class, instate after one year....basically everything!"
"The medical students. They were unbelievably upbeat and positive about the school. The were very careful to talk about any and every relevant topic to a prospective student. They seemed like genuinely great people. "
"The school and the admissions office were very professional, well-run, and well-organized. The facilities at the school are the best I've seen so far. All of the students we met were extremely down to earth and honest."
"The school is really amazing. You have opportunities daily to practice medicine, from volunteering in free clinics to suturing workshops, from day 1 of med school. The facilities are great, and there are so many hospitals available for clerkships. Great atmosphere, students are happy, and residency match is almost 100%. "
"Both the campus and the surrounding city are great. There is a lot of space and OSU makes great use of it. In-state tuition after 1 year! The new research tower has some very nice facilities. Intracampus shuttles seem very convenient."
"The students were laid back and friendly. Ohio State has a fairly nice campus, with lots of things to do in the surrounding neighborhoods. You get in-state tuition after 1 year."
"facilities, student involvement, friendliness"
"students were very happy to be there, very friendly and open and very down-to-earth"
"enthusiasm of students and friendliness of interviewers. Promptness of expected response."
"The administrators are very responsive to student suggestions. Students seem to have time outside the classroom to enjoy themselves. There are also two learning tracks for the first two years."
"1. Opportunities to see anything and everything related to medicine in Columbus. 2. Big city that's not too big and has a good cost of living. 3. Enthusiastic students. 4. Faculty and administration that truly care about students and education. 5. Options for curriculum that best suits me. 6. Good board scores and match into any residency. 7. Great facilities (including athletic facilities) 8. In state tuition after one year."
"You hear back from the school fast."
"I love the faculty, the students, curriculum is solid, and there are many opportunities to pursue individual interests and hobbies. Also, they have two different curriculum tracks that students can choose. "
"Students, facilities, faculty, Columbus in general... "
"The School, the other students, facilities, emphasis on the students"
"The students were spectacular. They seemed very genuine. Cadaver lab with windows."
"the incredible facilities, friendliness of the interviewers, students, faculty, etc; how happy the students were; how many resources and options there are being at such a large institution"
"AWESOME facilities. I got the impression that the school is very dynamic, constantly trying to improve. My interviewer was very nice, probably the best interviewer that I've had to date."
"Excellent facilities, seems the faculty is really supportive of students, and the OSU area in general"
"Facilities (anatomy is NOT underground in a basement - quite a nice view actually)...forward vision of school - big drive to move up rankings...help to obtain residency rates by 2nd year...students love the place and actually claim to maintain social lives..."
"Nice facilities, big emphasis on technology."
"students were friendly, the choice of two paths, that you can pay in-state tuition after first year"
"Everyone's positive attitudes and how friendly and encouraging the students and faculty were. Also the focus on service and many opportunities for involvement."
"The students seem very happy. It has nice facilities. The time the interview started ( I was able to sleep and relax). Finally, the interviewers come to you, rather than you searching for them."
"the students and faculty were very welcoming and enthusiastic about the school"
"On-campus hospitals were very impressive, students were happy and welcoming, out-of-state residents are in-state for tuition after 1st semester, faculty were excited about being there."
"The students seemed happy to be there. The facilities weren't bad. Dr. Batisky and the faculty interviewer were great."
"EVERYTHING. OSU is incredible. Columbus is a nice place and the cost of living is really inexpensive. The school is amazing, campus feels like a huge glorious park. All of the hospitals are located right next to the lecture halls. The school is expanding and moving up in the ranks. Students were incredibly positive and happy. They are extremely technologically-advanced."
"The facilities and community are very nice. There are infinite options for interest groups, research, clinical rotations, community service, etc at OSU. Columbus doesn't feel like a huge city."
"The facilities are AMAZING, the campus is separate from the huge university, but still very close. The students, faculty and everyone I came in contact with was enthusiastic and genuine. "
"The campus, city and faculty/students were all very open. Campus is beautiful and well-maintained."
"Facilities are wonderful, students and staff were very friendly. Several med. students stayed with us as we waited for our interviews sharing their thoughts on the school and keeping those who seemed pretty nervous as calm as possible."
"The facilities are really, really nice. The students and faculty all seem really happy to be there"
"The facilities, over-all atmosphere seems pretty relaxed. The presentations showed that there are a lot of support for students wanting to do global health projects. The overall smooth organization of the interivew day. The school left a very positive impression. I was accepted on 10/16 via email."
"the practice clinic facilities, the friendliness of everyone, the speakers and new dean coming to speak with us, the ISP availability"
"Everything!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME school (which surprised me - never thought I would like Ohio, being from Southern CA)"
"can acquire OH residency after only one year; growing Global Health program (goes to places such as India - i'm Indian); research opportunities; clinical opps w/ satellite hospitals; Columbus a more manageable/livable city that NYC (where I am now); OSU constantly expanding infrastructure; very rapid climb in the rankings over the past 5 yrs (from 40s to 30s in research rankings)"
"Clinical Skills Building is really impressive. Great atmosphere, nice location. Students get great clinical experience. Very integrated/progressive curriculum. Also, you can get in-state tuition after your first year."
"the facilities are really nice, the whole area seems new and clean"
"enthusiasm of students, laid-back atmosphere, really enthusiastic administration/faculty"
"The enthusiasm of the students and faculty and how comfortable everyone made me feel."
"great facilities, great faculty/student interaction, very enthuisastic students"
"The students here seem to be able to balance medical school with outside interests, whatever they may be."
"Students' passion for the school, clinical training facilities, progressive curriculum"
"great technology and facilities, the students were very enthusiastic, the anatomy labs were NOT in the basement and they took us into them, inspiring speech by one of the faculty, the medical center is connected by tunnels (although we didnt get to see them)"
"People were very friendly and welcoming. The facilities seem great, and students really love the school and the city."
"How welcoming everyone was to me. The campus was really nice and the facilities are relatively new and beautiful. The sim-man is pretty cool."
"The technology integrated into the education as well as the physician development facility."
"The facilities are supurb, and only getting better. There is a current 7-10 year plan to completely overhaul the med school campus, with new buildings and a brand new biomedical research tower (opening late fall 2006). The students seem to love the school, and have a great school spirit. "
"OSU really does sell itself well. The support and facilities that are available to students is amazing. Having grown up in Columbus I can say that the area's cultural/night life is going through a boom period right now "
"Facilities Facilities Facilities . . . and future facilities"
"Facilities and students. OSU is already great but continuing to strive for more improvement in all areas. It would be great to go there."
"everything, students, facilities, rankings, curriculum, faculty, ease of interview, absolutely adored this school, it was my undergrad but i just had no idea how much the school would impress me. i think higher ranked schools you can really tell a difference in. also they give you a free messenger kind of computer type bag, very nice."
"Facilities, curriculum, students, cost"
"International Health Initiatives and the resources to help with early patient contact"
"The facilities, the students seemed happy somehow"
"They are headed in the right direction. They seem dedicated to improving the learning and practicing atmosphere at the University. Enormous financial efforts are underway to renovate the Medical School Campus and a brand new research tower is opening up soon that will provide a lot of opportunities."
"Very small interview class. It made it seem a lot more personal and focused on me and the other interviewees. The facilities were also very good"
"Everything! The students and staff were great! I even ran into some old friends from undergrad that are now students there. The facilities are amazing. If I get in at OSU I am definetly going!"
"Everyone was really friendly and enthusiastic. Of the students who conducted our tour, the only thing they could agree on that was bad was the drinking fountains! The facilities were also impressive."
"Everything: the facilities were top-notch, low housing costs, students seemed down-to-earth and friendly, and the tour guides were very willing to not only show us the required areas (labs, classrooms) but also took us through the rec center and other places... delivered a positive message that we will actually have a life--at least somewhat--during our time at OSU."
"How friendly everyone was, how happy the students seemed, but most of all the amount of flexibility.. independent study, research at the Children's Research Institute- can do so much if you want to. "
"EVERYTHING!!! OSU makes such an effort to sell itself so hard, but it really doesn't have to! The facilities are amazing, the integration of technology revolutionary (all students get a laptop, and all third years get PDAs to download patient histories), and the choice of curriculum (integrated vs. independent study) unheard of elsewhere. They even gave us a free tote-bag with the OSU Med logo! Ha ha, joke's on them, I would've attended without the free totebag!"
"The clinical skills center was really awesome!"
"The facilities, the energy of the students, the choice in curriculum, the fact that you can become a state resident quickly (tuition), diversity of students, intelligence of current students"
"The Facilities-the clinical skills center rocks. The med student guides were fun and nice, the other interviewees were easy going and fun to chat with. It was cool that they give you a parking voucher so you don't have to pay for your parking in the garage. "
"Ohio State plans to move up in the rankings by increasing research and funding. admissions offered me a ride to the airport with a med student. my student host. the organization of the day. relatively attractive student population. my interviewer and the faculty speaker. "
"People really enjoyed being students there. They weren't stressed out at all."
"The facilities, especially the heart and cancer hospitals. The interview."
"The hospitals are great, the clinical skills facility is amazing, the students are very down to earth, the faculty are really nice, and the ISP and IP curriculums."
"THE CLINICAL SKILLS SIMULATION FACILITY I'm not sure if you know, but the boards now consist of a written part AND a clinical skills, $1000 practical test. The other schools mentioned this, but OSU has this AWESOME facility with 14 exam rooms, over 200 volunteer standardized patients, a $500,000 manikin that will respond to EVERYTHING you do to it, even drug dosages and blood draws. (It's pupils even dilate!) So they've put time and $$$ into preparing their students for this new board exam."
"Hospital seemed new and nice, campus was fairly well kept, very large"
"How socially well adjusted my fellow interviewees and M1 students appeared. Everyone was very friendly and seemed to live balanced lives."
"Facilities are up to date, seems like they have a lot of funds for renovations and updates for their facilities."
"Research oppurtunities, clinical sites."
"Great clinical facilities. Fantastic opportunities to fet invovled in with free clinics during your first year. Many research opportunities. Basically, everything you could possibly want in a school. Also the dual paths for studying, either independent or a more traditional method."
"Clinical Skills Lab is advanced, conference rooms are modern"
"They were very pleasant, students came to each lunch with us and take us on the tour - very relaxed even though I was nervous since it was my first interview - they have an awesome state of the art clinical skills lab"
"Facilities are really nice."
"The new facilities and developments for the medical school are pretty cool."
"Lots of great technology in the hospital and the school, new Clinical Skills Lab, students seemed nice and happy, cheap cost of living"
"World-class clinical assessment lab and construction of a biomedical research building to be opened in 2006."
"The facilities are sooo nice! They are really trying hard to make this school better and it shows."
"The student hosts that I stayed with the night before. They picked me up at the airport. Fed me. Took me to a get together. Took me to the interview and back to the airport. No money spent except for the plane ride and a thank you gift for the hosts."
"The students were incredible. I was sick as anything and my overnight host took care of me. Even though they had a test the day I came, they were completely relaxed and happy. The curriculum is really awesome too."
"My interviewer was interesting, seemed enthusiastic during interview, construction on great new facilities everywhere, people were genuinely friendly."
"ISP Program, diversity"
"All of the new stuff, how relaxed the students seemed, Dr. Batisky, free breifcase/laptop bag thing, Jimmy Johns for lunch!"
"students were very friendly"
"The facilities (especially the new clinical skills lab, which has giant plasma screen TVs), the staff, most of the students..."
"The students were all easy going. They seemed to enjoy Ohio and had full lives outside of the classroom"
"the people were so friendly and welcoming and chill! med students were happy. the other interviewees with me were cool too--they were people I'd be happy being in a class with."
"Very nice facilities with an emphasis on utilizing technology (laptops for class discussions), all the students seemed very happy to be there, their emphasis on less lecture time and more small-group work. A fourth year student came to talk to us and answer any questions, as well as a bunch of first and second years who ate lunch with us."
"Everyone was so helpful! I stayed with a first year whose only complaint is parking. Everyone jumped in to help when we needed it, and the interviews were get to know you, not cook you on a grill."
"students seemed happy & not too stressed, lots of opportunities in clinical stuff/research"
"OSU seems on the "up and up". They have great facilities, new hospitals, a new dean, and seem to really care about medical education, not just research. "
"Very Friendly atmosphere, other schools had a good atmosphere but this was just different, more home like. OSU medical center is state of the art, very impressed. Free laptop bags!! woo hoo"
"Admissions staff were very nice and the school seems to have a LOT to offer in terms of research and new technology."
"How enthusiastic the students and faculty are. They all seemed happy."
"friendliness of students and staff, international opportunities, choice of curriculum, Columbus is a nice city, their new Clinical Skills center (standardized patients)"
"The students' attitude, the effort OSU is making to become a more advanced and prominent medical school."
"OSU seems to care about its students. When I asked my interviewer what he like about OSU, he said that it takes care of its students. He specifically said Ohio State may not have as much NIH money, etc. as a Harvard or Duke, but he believes OSU does "things the right way." Everyone that presented or I had a chance to talk to was incredibly nice. Every student was excited to be at OSU and several said they have no regrets for going there. Also, one of the speakers went out of his way to explain how important student feedback is when professors are evaluated for tenure or salary."
"The program and the facilities."
"The sense of comradeship among the students and the supportive nature of the faculty and staff."
"The facilities and the staff. They were very helpful, friendly, and succeeded in calming my nerves a lot with their tidbits of humor."
"The facilities are fantastic. There is a lot of construction going on around campus, but none of it is distracting enough to take away from the positives of the school. The staff is also very friendly and accommadating."
"Commitment to improving the med school. Cool new clinical skills building. Collegial environment, not cutthroat at all."
"The facilities were impecable."
"How much the school has to offer in terms of technology, while maintaining that students build strong clinical skills."
"the whole experience was desinged to be really laid back. great admissions staff and doctors were selected to talk to the group of interviewers, they really made us feel at ease. i got the feeling that they were really interested in making us happy and showing us how great they really think osu is."
"The early clinical opportunities, the opportunities to serve the community, how the medical center will become completely paperless within 2 years, and the happiness of the students."
"they seemed very open and relaxed (this was my first interview, but even so very little stress). It seems like the faculty really take an interest in the students and what they do. the tour was pretty weak, but the info session was good"
"The facilities and curriculum (choice of two pathways). Also, the open and friendly people!"
"It is a beautiful school, big, plenty of student resources. Lots of opportunities for students"
"Everything is becoming wireless, the facilities and clinical opportunities, the faculty seems very willing to help students succeed"
"The people, they are great. I stayed with a third year medical student and his family, they were awesome. Also there is a lot of good housing for very reasonable prices."
"OSU is an extremely large school with a ton of opportunities yet all of the students that we talked to us said that it also felt small and personal. They have and are building some pretty amazing facilities (dedicated cancer hospital, dedicated heart hospital, etc)."
"The medical center is huge and is still growing. It is the most comphrensive medical center in the nation. The students get great clinical education as osu and the students seemed very happy to be there. I really liked the intergrated pathway with combination of lectures and small group. Overall I was impressed. They also gave a free messanger bag and water bottle to all the interviewers. "
"The resources available for the medical school."
"How soon we hear results from the admissions committee (<1 mon). Also how large OSU's alumni network is (1+ million). Also anatomy lab is nice and actually has windows (uncommon)."
"The students who gave the tour were VERY friendly. And I was very impressed by the school in general. I like the feel of a big public university."
"The students. Are they really that happy?"
"The students' enthusiasm, the commitment to development, the way that the interview day was carefully constructed to be informative and relaxing. Downtown Columbus seemed nice and safe."
"They seemed really nice, and they tell you pretty quickly if you are accepted or not."
"Cool curriculum (you can choose between an integrated lecture/small group or independent study). "
"Match interviewers with your interests. Great facilities, lots of $$ being spent on expansion and improved facilities. Anatomy labs had windows!"
"The day was pretty well organized, and the staff and students were very nice. The new facilities are exciting, too. I like being on a big campus!"
"The facilities. There is a lot of construction going on. But once that is done, it appears that there will be many opportunities for research. All of the applicants at the interview appeared to be really smart and motivated."
"The students seemed to enjoy themselves and the staff was friendly, also the curriculum is really neat"
"School appears to be spending a lot of money to upgrade facilities and increase research. "
"The qulaifications and sucess the school has had"
"Interview was really relaxed. Meetings were pretty informative."
"Columbus. It's a fun place. The people are really nice, the campus is really pretty, there's a lot of construction going on. The area is lively, and the big 10 school spirit."
"Everyone was extremely nice and friendly."
"Very friendly, laid back experience. Plus they apologized for the parking problem and gave me a free voucher for the parking fee."
"osu is a good school with a strong reputation. making huge advancements in improving its hospital, a plus for future 3rd & 4th year rotations"
"General "good" feeling of all that I met about the school. Very close bond between school and city."
"Everyone was informative and helpful, and the students that I ran into were very friendly. Also, the Integrated Pathway sounds great, and there are a lot of medical opportunities in Columbus."
"The vast number of options available at OSU and the ongoing renovations and growth. It seems like a school dedicated to getting better."
"The push to become on of the nations top medical schools"
"The friendly atmosphere of the entrie school and how alid-back and friendly the other interviewees were too. We had great conversations while waiting around for people to show up or for interviews."
"friendly students, huge medical center campus"
"Their dedication to education."
"The whole attitude of the school. Very positive"
"The financial aid, curriculum, etc. presentations were very concise - they told you what you needed to know and didn't drag it out."
"Nothing in particular."
"They are a very student friendly school. All of the students loved their faculty and the ones that I met seemed very good. They are putting more money into research and I think they are impoving many things at the school."
"School's dedication to teaching and making good doctors out of their students."
"The new heart hospital under construction, the student lounge, the Ernest Johnson suite, and they finally have a coherent curriculum...."
"The students are extremely friendly. Very nice campus."
"They were super rankings obsessed. If USNews ranked them on ANYTHING it made it into their PowerPoint. My faculty interview was also the rudest I’ve ever had. The guy seemed like he didn’t want to be there at all and was more concerned about how efficiently he could covert me into a set of numbers that the admissions committee could vote on. He also talked down about my activities and spoke accusingly about the number of projected hours I had. (I had completed over half already with everything projected into July)"
"I was thrown off by the fact that the interviewers barely asked me any questions but instead used the time to explain what they liked about the school. It made me feel like they didn't really get to or want to know me."
"Parking on campus is difficult, but you really have to have a car to get around the rest of the city."
"Seemed like the students didn't like the area too much, seemed like students were pushed into primary care just to raise school rankings, my interview was with 2 people (didn't know who was my primary interviewer), weird interview questions, had an admissions chair sit next to me casually and start asking me questions while I was waiting to interview (that freaked me out and he never told me he was a chair), was deferred and never heard back essentially (even though they said they'd let us know), looked like the school was just trying to sell itself so hard it made many of us uncomfortable and the interview day was full of boring lectures."
"The one student we met who wasn't hand-picked by the admissions office was a total gunner."
"There are many students (200 per year), which leaves me worried that it may be hard to get individual attention. (The med students and admissions office said that this was not the case, but I still have my doubts.)"
"No complaints about the interview, but I am told that parking gets a bit scarce. Also, Columbus gets cold fast and stays cold for a long time - Floridians and Californians beware."
"The man, the myth, the legend, Dr. Capers, wasn't there! (not really that negative, just wish I had got to meet him!)"
"Some of the medical students I encountered come off as arrogant."
"Nothing! This is a great school!!"
"That the PhD faculty felt the need to justify why he was qualified to interview me and the M2 wouldn't stop talking about himself in my 20 minute interview."
"All the construction going on, but it will be done soon."
"Columbus isn't that great, but it's a big city, so if you are looking for the EM/trauma I'm looking for, it'll do well for you"
"lunch was rushed..."
"How cold and snowy COlumbus is =("
"It gets cold here, and Columbus is just an OK city."
"Definitely the large body. It seemed fine, but I have to question the cohesiveness and overall unity, especially wrt the ISP program (though I'm interested in such)."
"Tunnel system is confusing"
"None. Maybe the big class size, but the school seems to be aware of it and it the resources to support it. Students have also said that they don't feel like the class is too big. "
"They were in big time salesman mode. It wasn't as personable as some of my other interviews. I know that they have to sell their school so I'm not saying anything's wrong with that. I'm just saying... I noted it. "
"Facilities are a bit older and didn't get to see much of the hospitals, but still can't wait to start :)!!!"
"I'm from WA and I like mountains. Other than being flat, nothing!"
"The name tag kept falling off! Seriously though, OSU has so much in terms of facilities, but the tour was only about half an hour long so we got to see very little of it."
"It seems you really have to work outside the system to find time to do research. Also, the students here seemed slightly less enthusiastic about selling the school to applicants."
"Not very much time for tours of the hospitals and it was extremely gray and rainy."
"Not much. I think the tour was rushed, but I will cut them slack since this was the first interview day of the whole season."
"Can't think of anything. It was a little cold."
"There was a little too much talk about the Buckeyes. Their sports teams won't be an extra incentive for me to choose OSU, but they assumed it would be."
"nothing seems like a great place to be!"
"Nothing. I asked everyone this question, and no one could give me an answer. "
"My interviewer wasn't very encouraging; I left feeling like I had not done very well. "
"It was cold..."
"The tour was way too short. There wasn't enough time to evaluate the facilities, and we didn't get to see the hospital."
"I've seen nicer facilities, but this wasn't a big deal"
"Pretty much nothing."
"Nothing. I asked everyone I talked to what they dislike about the school, no one could give me an answer (several students, interviewer)"
"Columbus is not the biggest and brightest city in the world."
"Not too much."
"The tour was really short since we had to be back by 1:45 for interviews."
"Seems I had one of the toughest interviewers"
"nothing, absolutely loved the place"
"My interviewer kept badgering me with ethics questions, and he insisted that I didn't have enough clinical experience to know that I want to go into medicine."
"the first thing we did was sit in a hot room for an hour and a half just listening to people talk at us; my student interviewer didn't tell me anything about herself without me prompting; i got first-year students for my tour, so they didn't know about anything academically except for anatomy; we didn't see any of the hospitals during the tour; some med students entered during the morning talk and were whispering to each other, which was really distracting and annoying"
"OSU has a huge campus. The medical school is adjacent to the undergraduate campus. It was a bit intimidating."
"nothing in particular"
"Nothing too much."
"Not really anything. Everybody was friendly and welcoming, and the facilities are nice."
"Snow storm the night before! Nothing about the school itself."
"Even at the med school, there is no end to the OSU Buckeyes. It is a little overwhelming."
"None. This was my first interview, I was just happy to be there. "
"Nothing really.....maybe the construction?"
"Maybe the weather - 40 degrees and raining. But nothing about the school. "
"OSU football fanaticism; diversity - it's there but not there (Brigham Young Univ/Mormons overrepresented, as are Gujarati Indians - the MSIIs have 5 Patels! i am a Patel by the way); OSU grads represent 25+% of the class; not impressed by residency matches in my specialty interests, though it's true that doing well at OSU will write your ticket to any program; class size ~210-220 ppl, even though the 140 students in IP/70 in ISP breakdown is comparable to many med schools; 6 students/cadaver"
"Facilites weren't top notch, with the exception of Clinical Skills Building."
"focus on higher rankings"
"Nothing in particular."
"I wasn't a big fan of my tour guide. He struck me as a bit overconfident and slightly blase about the tour. Also, our tour was rushed in order for us to get back in time for interviews, so we really did more walking than touring."
"We didn't have time to tour the hospital or the adjacent undergrad campus"
"Nothing really, though student presentation early in the day was unnecessary."
"Not much. Some of Columbus seemed a little dreary. There was also some issue about a recent dip in board scores."
"columbus has been my home for 4 years, it isn't my dream city by any means. "
"Interview: the interviwer ran through a list of questions on a sheet and jotted down my responses. Nothing personable and I felt like he had an agenda. The interview was short (for all applicants) and gave me little oppotunity to express myself."
"I was unable to get perspectives from the diverse student body"
"The beginning presentation was excruciatingly boring"
"The interviewer seemed to have no sense of humor. He stared at me blankly a lot, and it was a little uncomfortable."
"My interviewer was behind schedule and was entirely too talkative. Lunch was so-so."
"Some of the interviewers were as much as 30 minutes late to interview people in the group."
"Hmmmm... I was awakened at 6 am to the sounds of construction so I couldn't get much sleep in Columbus... but that's kind of a reach. I loved everything about the day that OSU had planned for us."
"Public transportation in Columbus doesn't seem good enough to eliminate the use of a car (I lived in the Bay Area in California, and I suck at driving), and the weather may take some getting used to, but all in all minor things!"
"My interviewer did not introduce himself."
"The current students there were all like frat boys. All they wanted to do was talk to the prettiest girls and talk about how much they party."
"Loved it all"
"Out of state tuition rate for the first year. some of the other interviewees (maybe it was just a matter of different personalities). I expected some of the medical students to be more well-spoken, although I did only meet a small portion of its student population. "
"The weather was cold. It was gloomy the entire time I was there...left a negative impression of the city---everything seemed soo dead w/ the gloomy weather."
"Urban setting. Lecture hall wasn't too impressive, tour was very short."
"Columbus humidity - guess you have to live with it though"
"Underground corridors were somewhat dark and gloomy. Campus was dead, see below. Sports fanaticism. Some unsightly housing in the surroundings."
"Nothing. Except that I might not get in :("
"The med students who took us on a tour. Didn't really add to the experience."
"I'm not a fan of Columbus and try to avoid it as much as possible. None of the students seemed to know each other, not very friendly."
"Too much waiting"
"Seven hour drive - no time to see the city and explore much"
"The students for some reason. Maybe its just me, but some of them got on my nerves. The tour guide was too energetic and my host and his med students were kind of awkward."
"The waiting for the interview. The interview was at the end of the day, and I had to wait 1 1/2 hours for it in the conference room."
"It's a pretty big class (210 students)"
"Existing medical school building is showing its age."
"Nothing. I guess the anatomy labs are kind of small and enclosed...but they have windows if that counts."
"Two of the three scheduled presenters didn't show up. Admissions officer had to wing it for two hours. Student led tours were horrendous. "This is a lab, this is a library, lets go back it's cold." When I inquired about the new heart hospital, "yeah, there's beds in there, sick people, that kinda thing.""
"The tour was 20 minutes and we barely saw anything. More time should be dedicated to that."
"Cold, blustery weather, Columbus. Sure, cost of living is low, but the city seemed really drab."
"This was my first (and likely only) interview...I was nervous as hell for the first hour or so i was there."
"Nothing really - except that the tour was too short and did not really showcase the true gems at Ohio State (the new heart hospital, heart and lung research institute, the university medical center, the james cancer hospital and more...)"
"Nothing really. Well, I don't like Wendy's that much and that seems to be the major fast food place there."
"not too much diversity in the student/applicant body--but that could've just been a fluke for that particular interview day"
"Umm, the parking? Everything was great!"
"faculty speakers wore white coats, which was alienating, and there wasn't much focus on the school's offerings"
"The tour was rushed and nothing of interest was shown to us. "
"Nothing really, out of state tuition is very high. Easy to get residency though."
"It was raining and cold so we couldn't really go outside to see the school and had to go through the creepy tunnels."
"The current MD/PhD students didn't seem too excited about their research."
"ratio of males to females (though on second thought, as a female this would be a good thing...)"
"Nothing I can remember."
"Cost of out of state tuition."
"Coming from an institution that encompasses the entire spectrum of ethnicities, I felt that OSU is lacking in diversity. "
"Nothing I can think of."
"The weather. I'm from a tropical climate, hence any temperature below 60 degrees feels to me as if my nose is going to freeze off."
"Bad food. The student speaker said OSU was not among his top choices...but I appreciated the honesty."
"OSU seems obsessed with research, to an unhealthy degree."
"Not much. The size of the class could be problematic with 220 (how much personal attention could you really get), but otherwise nothing was really terrible about it. There is a ton of construction but that is a good thing (new hospitals/research centers being built)."
"columbus is not wonderful by any means, but it was alot better than i though it would be. campus was also not as bad considering it's size."
"nothing really, just that the interview was a little tough."
"the tour was done by students, who were good to talk to but didn't really show us anything interesting."
"No one said anything really helpful/positive about public transportation (i.e. seems like everyone takes driving/owning a car for granted!)"
"The interviewer really grilled me on difficult topics and issues. It was a very tough interview. "
"My interviewer was very hard to read and the student before me was interviewed for only 15 minutes! The interview was very relaxed but my interviewer did not really personally engage into any conversation until the first 20 minutes had passed."
"Not a single thing."
"It does have a 210 person class size, but there are two separate educational paths so that makes it more manageable."
"You have to buy a laptop before school starts. At the library you have to pay for printing and paper. Seems like there is lot more additional small costs since it is public school. "
"Being a nontraditional student was such an issue with them."
"Nothing really, Construction is a minor hassle, but is a sign of healthy growth at the university, so it is a good thing as well."
"I am a vegetarian and they failed to provide any food (besides junk food such as chips, cookies, and soda) for us vegetarians during lunch"
"The interviewer seemed to be trying to catch me saying something wrong or stupid. Also, I wasn't really impressed with the area of Columbus near the campus, and the student housing areas seemed really dumpy."
"The students seemed really relaxed about their learning"
"Lots of construction (Is it just me or is every medical center in the country undergoing major renovations?). Way too much of an obsession with the Buckeyes..."
"Student tour was short, and took us through some rather uninteresting areas."
"My interviewer. He literally took out a piece of paper, asked me typical questions, and wrote down answers. Stuff like why do I want to become a doctor, who's your support system, etc."
"Lots of construction."
"The hospitals where 3rd and 4th year medical students rotate"
"Dungeon-like tunnels between buildings underground. "
"The student giving the tour was not comfortable with the area yet, the fact that there were only 2 women out of 20 people interviewing, and the little letter on the web site does not work correctly for everyone"
"Lunch was late."
"My heart skipped a beat when they told me tuition runs 60k the first year for out of staters. In addition, I'd have to become an Ohio resident to get a reasonable financial aid package. In addition...the catacombs. There are tunnels that connect all the parts of the med center...that kind of worries me because I imagine that they have some pretty rough winters over there. I can see myself becoming depressed in that setting."
"Getting a parking place was pretty stressful, and I don't think they gave nearly enough time for the tour. Also the interview was at the end of the day, and I would have preferred it at the beginning."
"sooo much construction! should all be done by 2004 though..."
"Something about the ambiance of the setting. OSU's campus is a city. Could be the construction, but the lack of trees and general "feeling" around medical buildings and hospitals I felt was lacking. "
"Maybe I missed the good parts, but I wasn't too excited about what I saw of the city."
"My interviewer kept pausing to look at me, which made me feel uncomfortable. The lunch wasn't that good. They didn't validate my parking (costed me $7) and they didn't even give any info on where to park and how to get to the admissions office."
"Not really anything, I had a good experience"
"Fascilities were unimpressive"
"Frost on the ground. Brrrrrr"
"Overall lecture and small-group facilities are unimpressive."
"there was a LOT of waiting around time. ~2.5 hours of sitting around talking to the other interviewees"
"The interview. I flew to Columbus and all I got was 1 sub par interview."
"That my faculty interviewer would be so rude. I would’ve prepared better to handle it."
"That the interview would be pretty relaxed and conversational, so you shouldn't stress. And your interviewer will see everything on your AMCAS except for your GPA and MCAT. They are blind to your "metrics" but know everything else."
"The amount of caffeine I'd need to stay awake throughout the day. To expect the weird format of their questions so I wouldn't be like WTF in my head the whole time."
"I wish I had known to relax ahead of time -- first interview."
"That there would be a decent amount of walking around outside during the tour... Ladies might want to wear flats or bring a change of shoes. And def have a coat!"
"That Hopkins invented the medical education system that's been in place for the past century."
"ALL of the theories for the onset of Lichen Sclerosus and not just one of them..."
"I wish I had known that lunch would be so short."
"I was well prepared."
"That we were interviewing to earn a spot, not "keep" a spot like they kept promoting during the entire presentation. Also, Decision Mondays are horrible because you're stressed out for the 6 hour time frame to wait for a phone call."
"That the interviews were going to be more like a questionnaire and not a conversation"
"There are two interviews, neither of which have a rigid time restriction. Both are one-on-one. One is with a faculty member, one with a current med student. Both interviews are equally important, but the student interview is designed to be more relaxed than the faculty interview."
"Project One. Plans to build two new hospitals for OSU medical center."
"In my experience the faculty interview was truly laid back. Go with the conversation and throw in things about yourself while not boring them. They will ask questions but the questions will come out in conversation."
"that my faculty interviewer was more of a researcher and does not really see patients that often"
"That I would have liked the school this much. "
"That I would like this school so much."
"Nothing really. "
"That my heel would break because I would have brought an extra pair of shoes :( "
"That it would be cold and raining."
"How awesome OSU is."
"Columbus apparently has little to no public transportation, had to get a cab which cost like 30 dollars for 7ish miles."
"How incredible yet laid back OSU is. I would have been much more excited and much less nervous. "
"How cool Columbus is!"
"After the interview the day just ends on your own kind of awkwardly. No finale or anything."
"I think I would have scheduled more time on my own to explore the hospital and campus before or after the interview."
"That interview day would be so relaxed. Definately don't stress over this one, they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Also interviews are at the end of the day."
"that they do not plow the streets of Columbus so there was ice and slush everywhere--my heels were not the best footwear. "
"Nothing in particular."
"About the school, nothing, but I wish I had known what the most difficult decision I had ever made was!"
"A campus map would have been nice. It's a large campus and it can be hard to find your way around."
"The interviews are very laid back. The first is a 15 minute interview with a student, which helps you prepare for the following 30-45 minute interview with a faculty member."
"How big the class size is"
"Tour goes outside and it was raining. Bring an umbrella!"
"Umm, that the Columbus airport is small. I got stuck another night in town because I could not route through Chicago and nothing else was going out of Columbus that night."
"They give you a free bag. Pretty cool."
"Columbus is pretty big, and it seems like it's a great place."
"that OSU is even better than I initially thought"
"The "laws" for crossing the street in California are very different from other parts of the country. (Read: I almost got flattened.) Hahaha."
"University Hospital...I had no idea OSU had such a nice teaching hospital"
"After the first year, you get in-state tuition."
"There are two curriculums: the integrated and independent curriculum. They go in depth about the two curriculums before you interview. I wrote down questions I wanted to ask my interviewers during the introduction to OSU, which lasted 2 hours."
"Out of state students can get Ohio residency after the first year."
"OSU's emphasis on patient contact in the first two years of medical school (they have a pretty nice facility set up to train.)"
"That I have to get my FAFSA done by March 1st, with parent's info (I'm 27 years old) to be considered for need-based scholarships."
"How competetive the program is, but getting the interview is the most difficult part."
"Size and quality of facilities on campus."
"Everything for which I had a question was explained before my interviews, so I really did not have much I wish I had known ahead of time."
"The interview day is all about answering applicant questions. I would have come with more to ask about if I knew they'd want to answer questions at every point throuout the day."
"One interviewer was a student - this is new this year."
"The Clinical Skills and Assessment center. The sim-man is amazing! "
"after 1 year in OH you can claim OH state residency (and pay ~$15,000 less per year); there are 4 student-run free clinics affiliated w/ OSU; that my student interviewer was another Patel (as were my tour guide and another interviewee); Honors Surgery course during 4th yr (do procedures on animals); int'l med rotations during 4th yr are abundant and FUNDED; current IP/ISP curricular dichotomy in existence since the 1970s"
"The faculty really want you to feel relaxed. Also come with lots of questions that you want to know about the school, like the clinical skills classroom and the independant study option."
"Student interviews are great and absolutely relaxed"
"I didn't know that OSU now does student interviews in addition to faculty. It wasn't a big deal, not at all stressful, but it would have been nice to have been expecting that. "
"That it's easy to become an Ohio resident after the first 12 months."
"Nothing. Make sure you look over the school's website and viewbook."
"The anatomy labs are superb and above-ground. The clinical skills lab is state-of-the-art and really impressive"
"I didn't know anything about the school before...but everything seemed really great. On a side note, the class is huge ~ 210, and last year's class had 140 men and only 70 women. I had never heard of any school having those demographics. "
"they give you a bag, would not have brought mine."
"That I would be done by 3pm"
"Get a map of campus b/c you'll get lost if you've never been there. Leave yourself time to check it out b/c it's pretty large."
"The size of the campus."
"You interview with a member of the admissions staff and they make THE decision that smae day aftwer you leave."
"The school is big enough that I can avoid all my ex-girlfriends from high school that are undergrads at OSU if I'm lucky enough to attend."
"Can't think of anything."
"That the awesomeness of OSU would completely overwhelm me. Nothing short of getting into a UC school (not bloody likely!) is going to stop me from coming here if accepted."
"That the informational session would go so slow. "
"The town feels a lot like my home school. I felt really comfortable there."
"There was a camera in the back of the conference room where we waited for interviews. I wonder if it was on...maybe they wanted to see us outside of the interview, or maybe I'm experiencing paranoia from too many of these interviews. Anyway, take note if there's a red light. "
"nothing really. They give you a cool OSU briefcase/bag thing."
"that I would have liked to gotten into Columbus earlier and explored the city. "
"I knew it, but it didn't hit me till they started to talk about it---the high tuition for out-of-staters."
"Interview is hit or miss. I had a great interviewer, but a friend of mine had a cold/stoic interviewer."
"Nothing really. Everything that I needed to know I had found on this site already."
"That the day is so short - this was really nice but I hadn't arranged transportation yet."
"School hadn't started yet. I wish I could have seen things in full tilt."
"The Ramada Ltd sucks... OH AND REMEMBER TO BRING A PICTURE OF YOURSELF... I forgot... not a big deal but I felt pretty stupid"
"How much I'd like their integrated study pathway. What I originally liked was their independant study, but the ISP is soooooo much better."
"No surprises when I went there."
"That they make decisions on your applicaiton that very day and you find out your fate two weeks later from your interview day."
"Hotel would be noisy because of outside noise; there would be 12 other people being interviewed; the interview would only last 20 minutes; after the initial presentations, the lunch/tour would be relaxed and I would have 1.5 hours to wait before my interview; lunch would be subs "
"How really great the school is - I was very impressed and surprised"
"the spanish-speaking community hospital"
"I wish I had known how laid back the whole visit would be. The staff and students were very friendly, and the interview was a lot less stressful than I thought it would be."
"Just how big the class is. Also, though they say arrive by 9:30am, the program doesn't start till 10am so we just all sat in the lobby for 30 minutes until we were brought upstairs."
"There is an independent study track for the pre-clinical years (first 2) as well as the normal "integrated" track which consists of the usual lectures, small groups, etc."
"Tuition for out-of-state residents was decreased by $10,000."
"Out of state tuition has been reduced by 10,000 and you can get instant residence if your spouse is first a resident of OH."
"The the interview day would be done by 3, I could have gotten an earlier flight out."
"can't switch between ISP Program and IP Program"
"Not a big deal...but it might be usefull to know that a good portions of the questions he asked came from a list of standard questions given to all of the interviewers (he told me this)... the questions i describe below were from that list (which he wrote my answers on..."so he wouldnt forget")"
"you don't know who your interviewer is until she/he comes to get you from the conference room, where all the interviewees are waiting to be picked up."
"Everyone there is big into sports, esp. football, which i'm not that into"
"med school interviews are not that stressful!! it was my first one so I was pretty nervous, but really, it wasn't bad at all, they really just want to have a conversation with you and get to know you."
"Where the stores were ( I had to buy an alarm clock 'cuz my motel room didn't have one."
"You can get in-state tuition for after the first year for sure, and on occasion before your first year!"
"That they wouldn't give us breakfast, and that the 2 curriculum choices were very different that what I thought."
"Nothing too shocking. I was, however, a bit surprised at the male/female ratio. "
"Make sure you have questions to ask during the intro speech about curriculum and the area. Lots to take in, but try to ask something intelligent"
"Ohio is cold. Bring a coat or jacket if you're from California."
"It's a big campus. Wear comfortable shoes"
"how insanely high tuition is for out-of-state people, but that it is relatively easy to get Ohio residence"
"Where the bathrooms were. They were not right next to the conference room we were in, and, since we got back from the tour a little late, I had to ask my interviewer before we had our discussion."
"Where my hotel was."
"Nothing really. It really helped to talk to someone who had been through the interview process before. This individual really helped me to cover all of the details (eg. breath mints, umbrella) that I may have overlooked on my own. "
"The intense focus on research, and the fact that they recently elected a new president."
"I felt laid-back and well prepared...nothing really threw me for a loop. Some students had a hard time finding parking so I suggest you call and get better directions than those given. I also had two interviewers at the same time, something that rarely happens at OSU. "
"the dicrestions they give you on the web site are nto right, call the office and get the right directions and the right place to park or you will walk a long way or get lost."
"That the interview would be very formal (not conversational at all)."
"financial aid issues, the pace and structure of the interview, lots of other things"
"That the interview would center less on my experiences but more about my knowledge of the medical field."
"That the day would be so relaxed and that you really dont need to go all out to prepare when they just expect you to be yourself."
"That I sweat a lot more than I usually do, when I am wearing a suit in a humid climate."
"I wished I would have known about the above issue, then I would not have wasted my time."
"How easy it is for non-residents to gain Ohio residence. I though it would be much harder therefore more expensive, but it only requires a vehicle registration and living for 12 months."
"hmmm... I wish I had eaten something before because I was starving and there is a lot of sitting around time. "
"This is a GREAT school for the non-traditional student."
"Nothing sticks in my mind..."
"All the third years receive a new palm pilot"
"That there would be so many people from out of state interviewing. There were seriously more people from Utah than Ohio on my day."
"Parking is difficult to come by, but traffic on I-70 from Dayton is not as bad as I had expected."
"Thye make the decisions about applications that day, but we don't find out until they post it on the web Nov. 3rd. What a tease."
"The uniqueness and options provided by the curriculum"
"That it would be raining that day. "
"That lunch was going to be an hour later and they say to be there at 10:30, but it didnt start until 11"
"$60k out of state."
"The interviewers were two interviewers per one student, and I had thought it would be one on one."
"that it wasn't going to be a high-pressure interview"
"Had the most lax tour guides ever. As a 26 year old, was turned off by the generally blah and immaturity of these two students who could end up being my academic seniors! Would have arranged for a more upbeat tour guide."
"The tour ended around 1:30, and the last interviews start at 3:30, so you might have to sit around a while. Also, the city was doing a lot of road construction, so it took a little longer to get around."
"They don't offer a PBL only pathway anymore. It's all incorporated into their integrated pathway."
"That the lunch would be so small!"
"How expensive tuition is for out of state residents."
"That no ammount of loans will cover my first year there."
"The curriculum is pretty different, I didn't know that."
"You have to be there at 10am but nothing starts until 11am."
"The problem-based learning pathway of curriculum is going to be phased out for 2003. This was not reflected on their website at the time, but it was the #1 reason I was interested in their school. so it was a surprise."
"First year budget (tuition, housing, etc) is 56k for out of state students."
"The three-pathway curriculum is dead."
"Look into the 3 study types: PBL- problem based learning, LD- lecture discussion, IS- independent study. If you already know what interests you, than you can talk to students to determine if that is really what you want."
"The interview day left me with a much worse impression of Ohio State than I had going in. The numbers obsessed culture is extremely off-putting. They even proudly declared, “we’re working towards being in the top 20 in the next 5 years.” I mean REALLY??? Who cares that much."
"Great school that I think is very focused on the well being of its students and becoming more academically competitive."
"Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department"
"It's an awesome school, and they sounded like they are pretty generous with financial aid, which may make them an affordable option."
"One of my #1 choices."
"Didn't like OSU at all. The school seemed stressful, area boring, students seemed to be primarily from Ohio (who else would come there?), school was trying to sell itself too hard, and seemed OBSESSED with rankings."
"Fuckin awesome school."
"Love that interviewers don't know your GPA/MCAT... seems like they really want to truly ascertain whether or not you'll be a good fit"
"Enjoyed the interview and loved the school. The enthusiasm of the students and staff is palpable, and the LSI curriculum gives students a lot of flexibility in tailoring their education to their learning style."
"Seems like a medical school that I would be happy to attend. They seemed focused on continual improvement. There are many new buildings that are being built at the medical center, so it should be pretty nice in a few years."
"I would have reviewed my application some more, I was a little off topic from my PS."
"I was impressed by the facilities and the students, and the faculty seem to care a lot. I'm just not a fan of being given a 6 hour time frame to wait for a decision phone call."
"Overall I had a great time. Hopefully I got accepted"
"Very impressive expansion projects on campus, and the school is continually rising in the rankings. I had an awesome interview experience."
"Great school, great commitment to its students, and a good college town/city."
"Amazing school. Hope I get in. Students say you can rent a single in apartment for like $300-500 a month, which make the cost of living like 1/2-1/3 of other schools in other major cities."
"ACCEPTED! Very excited with this one! "
"Laid back, everyone was friendly and I very much enjoyed the faculty interview: they came to pick me up (no wandering around the campus...) and it was a great and enjoyable conversation. "
"ACCEPTED! I'M THRILLED!"
"Good school, good ranking, laid back students, huge classes. I got to sit in on an M1 class and that was awesome. The city was nice and the campus is huge! I walked miles down one street and the campus was still going and they have alot of little shops and eaterys along the way. Definitely a college town feel."
"Interviews were great, laid back...be prepared, they have your application and are analyzing it in front of you; if that makes you uncomfortable, get used to it. I had two faculty interviewers at the same time, which I liked, but others didn't; just bounce your focus between the two and make sure you interact with both of them. My student interview was uber-positive, like he was on my side trying to help me get in (I know it worked, because I am now!!!). RELAX AND BE YOURSELF."
"The interview was a discussion. So laid back I was stunned. I had to dig for the questions listed below because everything just flowed in one conversation. "
"It is impossible to overstate how impressed I was with OSUCOM. From beginning to end, the admissions staff seemed sincerely thrilled to have us there. The commitment to training excellent doctors and the enthusiasm every student and faculty member had for their school has promoted OSU to the top of my list. "
"Great school overall. I really don't have much bad to say about it."
"Very impressive and positive group of students and faculty. Very impressive."
"You cannot be more supportive and enthusiastic than the OSU staff and students without the risk of seeming overbearing. My interview day was well planned and felt more entertaining than stressful. The follow-up if you do get accepted is tremendous. They really go the extra mile to get you to attend OSU and what I like best is they seem to purposely select candidates with something in eccentric in their applications to increase the diversity."
"loved this school---check out the interview even if you are into other schools its really great!"
"Really impressive school. The campus seemed new and modern. The interiew was relaxed and felt more like a conversation. The day went really smoothly. "
"Amazing school with endless opportunities. For out of state students, Ohio is very easy to get residency after one year."
"The school pushes ''professionalism'' down your throat and a lot of people drink the Kool-Aid. I have spoken with students about this; many regret matriculating. Aside from the location, facilities or curriculum, the student experience and administration here seem questionable and I strongly caution or even advise against attending this place."
"It was wonderful. I have always deeply admired and respected Ohio State for their medical school. "
"Presentations in the morning, lunch, tour with students, had about 1.5 hours of nothing and then the faculty and student interviews. Student interview is very conversational, faculty is more difficult, but not too bad."
"I had the faculty interview and then the student interview. The faculty interviewer was kind of intimidating, but he was a nice guy. He had read my AMCAS inside and out."
"the first interview (by a student) was only 20 mins, and I just told her about myself and my experiences; this went ok, since I somehow got tripped up on an easy q (tell me about a leadership experience); the second interview (by a community physician) was over an hour. i never thought i'd say this about anything related to the med school application process, but this interview was AMAZING...we got along really well, laughed a lot, and just had a really great time talking...it was like talking to a friend, not an interviewer. BEST interview expereince ever"
"The whole day was well-organized and informative. It started out with sessions about the curriculum and financial aid. Then, a fourth year medical student spoke and fielded questions from the applicants. Lunch was with first and second year students (more time to ask questions). We were divied up into smaller groups for the tour, which was led by the same students who ate lunch with us. The interviewing started at 1:45 for me (the two potential times to be intervewied were 1:45 and 2:30). My interview went well over the scheduled 45 minutes (it lasted for an hour and 15 minutes), and it was COMPLETELY conversational. My intervier and I really hit it off: after the "typical" interview questions, we talked about random topics, like Christmas movies and Disneyland. :) My interviewer did his best to make me feel very comfortable. This was my first interview, so I was understandably kind of nervous. I ended up getting accepted, so it must have gone well!"
"Overall, it was relaxed. About 10 people where there for interviews that day. Day started with a discussion of the school and admissions process, then we had the tour and then the interviews. There's both a student interview and a faculty interview. Student pretty much tries to figure out if you'd be comfortable at OSU, and the faculty interview is the much harder one. As soon as your interview is over, they make their decision, so make a positive impression on your interview as much as possible."
"Great experience, quick turn around times on admission decisions (meet right after the interview, same day, and make decision...know within a week or two)"
"I thought I bombed my interview, but apparently I did decently enough since they emailed me an acceptance letter earlier this week. OSU is known for asking an ethics question, but I think my faculty interviewer went a little overboard."
"Good overall. People were nice, the school is pretty cool. Interview was very relaxed; my faculty interviewer was really, really nice and very positive."
"I love this school - it was my first interview, but I am would love to go there."
"Expect an ethical question (I was asked about stem-cell research). Some applicants were only questioned about the weakest parts of their application. Don't be intimidated, and make sure it does not affect your second interview (i.e., you are interviewed by a faculty and student). The student wants to know if you would make a cool classmate."
"I recommend staying with a student host if you are traveling. I received a lot of inside info about the program and Columbus."
"Well, I arrived a bit early and sat with the other candidates in the lobby. We then had a presentation on OSU and Finanical Aid. I hate sitting in the same seat for too long, so that part dragged a bit for me. We then had lunch and went on a tour of the facilities. After that, was the student interview with a 2nd year. That was good, just a basic back and forth talk. He was trying to get a feel for me, to see how I would fit in I imagine. The faculty interview went well, but he made some interesting points. One of his more remarkable comments was that he wasn't sure if he would rather be treated by some of the ''best'' students in his own graduating class, or some of the ''worst.'' You could tell he's been doing this for a while, and just had a lot of fascinating views. If I spoke 10% of the time I was in there, it was a lot."
"A very positive experience. I felt welcome from the start and both the students and staff spent a lot of time telling me about their experiences and why they thought OSU would be a good match for me."
"Meetings in the morning, lunch, then tour followed by two separate one-on-one interviews. One with a faculty member and one with a Med II student. Faculty interview was longer and more of an actual interview."
"I went to OSU with no huge expectations and left the school with it being my number one choice."
"Very impressed. Everyone was extremely honest and open. Strong academic focus and resources available. "
"Both student and faculty interviews were extremely relaxed, more conversational than most of the interviews I have had for schools, jobs etc. "
"I had a great time. My interviewer was great, and he made me feel really relaxed."
"The actual interviews were very low stress and conversational. The admissions staff made everyone feel welcome and were very organized; there were relatively little down time between interviews and tours. "
"The day was great, I happened to get to Columbus early, and a Med I student invited me to the 8:30 lecture. All the students were friendly, even those not on the admissions staff. The day started with a talk from the admissions dean, then a Med IV student, a Prof, and financial aid. There was a good lunch (lots of options) and Med I students to talk to. Then there was a tour and the interviews were at the end of the day. There was a long interview with a faculty, and a short one with a Med II student. Everything was laid-back and comfortable. I really enjoyed the day."
"Wonderful, laid-back. I felt like I was interviewing them, not the other way around."
"7-7:30 student host gave me a driving tour of downtown; 7:30-8:30 sat in on a 3rd yr family med lecture (ENT doc was presenting naso/orbital pathology and complications); 8:30-9:30 sat in on 1st yr lecture (cell block intro/biochem lecture); 9:45 check-in; 10-11:30 welcome, introductions, curriculum overview, financial aid, overview of clinical yrs, med IV speaker; 11:30-1:15 lunch & tour; 1:50 interview w/ med II (who chose the IP curriculum); 2:15 faculty interview (psychiatrist); 3:30 hitched a ride w/ MSTP student & 2 fellow interviewees to CMH airport; 6:50 flight back to JFK"
"The interview itself was great. I was really impressed with the school and their philosophy. Very down to earth."
"everything was great....the only thing that sucked was that the interviews were at the end of the whole day, after speakers, presentations, and a tour. everybody seemed friendly and nice. the interviews ended up being pretty laidback, so no need to feel very anxious."
"laid-back, nice interviewers, one was a student, the other a professor"
"Overall it was a very good experience, I had nice conversations with all of the students I met and both of my interviewers."
"I got there about 20 min. early and we received sweet messenger bags. We had lunch (i was pumped because this is the only school so far to provide vegetarian meals) after which we talked about the curriculum, opportunities, etc... Then we had a student-led tour of the campus. The facilities are great (the anatomy lab actually has a lot of windows to let in light). The tour was followed by a faculty interview and then a student interview, both of which were very relaxed. "
"It's apparent that this is an up-and-coming institution. The things that I learned and observed during my stay instilled some excitement about possibly attending OSU."
"The day went by fast and was pretty fun. The interviews were very laid back and conversational. "
"My experience was good. Friendly people, low-stress interview, great online directions to the med school and the parking garage...all in all good"
"I had a fantastic time. They make the decision right after you leave and you'll know in about two weeks, which is awesome. The students really love it there and the school really focuses on the students. I wasn't nervous most of the day really until the faculty interview. The student interview was wonderful. She really made me feel comfortable and I enjoyed talking with her. OSU has become my first choice."
"We were introduced to the school and community and told about how their admissions process works. We ate lunch and went on a tour in smaller groups where we got to see the anatomy lab and the simulation center before heading back for interviews."
"When I first arrived, it was a rainy and dreary day-but the secretarial staff was extremely accomodating, took everyone's coats and jackets, and gave out OSU messenger bags! The day consisted of a presentation by the Dean of Admissions, Director of Education, and a 4th year med school student. Lunch was served followed by a tour of the facilities. Most notable was the student skills center, with state of the art technology, including a completely responsive "dummy" patient, plasma screen T.V's, simulated patient rooms equipped with cameras that video exchanges between students and the patient that are posted online for review, and more. The interview was held after the tour. My interviewer was extremely laid back-she made me feel at ease from the beginning of the interview. She was really interested in getting to know about me more personally, and not so much on my accomplishments/ activities during undergrad. I felt confident that the interview went well after it was over!"
"This interview was extremely laid-back. Very conversational and my interviewer did a great job at making me laugh and feel relaxed. Couldn't be more pleased with the whole experience at OSU."
"Highpoints: Facilities and incorporation of technology. Interviewer was laid back and well versed with my application. He asked pretty standard questions, but we had a real conversation. Great way to let the candidate shine. Low point: When student speaker (at the beginning of the day) began to talk anout the various shopping options in Colombus."
"Arrive at ~ 9:30 soaking wet and looking pretty awful due to the rain. Ushered up to a huge board room. Listen to a couple of deans and a 4th year sell the school. Lunch with 1st and 2nd year students. Short tour. Wait around for interview. The interviewer was great. He had thoroughly looked at my app and asked great questions. Not stressfull at all and made me feel great about the experience. Then went back to hang out with student host (which I also reccomend)."
"awesome awesome. morning talks, lunch with students, tour, one 25 minute interview, 9:45-2:00 day. very chill, the students were great, everything was amazing, what a quality school that is running through the rankings like mad."
"The facilities are great, the students seem happy, and the school will provide excellent clinical training."
"The interviewer was really laid back, it was pretty much an informal conversation. They have about three or four questions given to them from admission I guess which they have to ask, but other then that they just want to get to know you as a person and it really isnt stressful at all."
"Pretty conversational. My interviewer had a cold, so he seemed a little disinterested in the process, but he was very friendly and very open about what to expect next. I got a good handshake at the end and he told me he'd like to see me in the entering class...I am hoping he doesn't tell that to everyone."
"Very relaxed. The morning was filled with presentations concerning the curriculum, research opportunities, financial aid, and student life. It was followed by lunch with current students and the tour of the campus. Immediately following, the interviews were held and then we were free to leave. Overall a very good experience. As I said, the small size of the interviewing class made it seem a lot more personal."
"The day is pretty standard as far as scheduling goes. OSU was a top choice for me, but now it is THE top choice. The money that goes into the school is extraodinary, and it makes for great facilities. The students there are nice and outgoing from what I saw. It helps that I knew a few of them form undergrad. Overall it was just plain awesome."
"The interview was very much focused on my essay and activities from my AMCAS application. Know yours well."
"They do their best to make you feel at ease."
"The interview was noticeably very relaxed. This was my second interview, and after a pretty traumatizing experience at my first one, it was good to have a positive one under my belt."
"Gave us a great presentation about the school- a little long, but really sold the school. Then we had lunch and a tour of the school."
"I had interviewed at WSU in Detroit first, then rode the Greyhound bus down to Columbus. The bus was inexpensive and comfortable, and I got the whole "rural northern Ohio" experience as we cut through the corn fields of the countryside. Defintiely a cool experience. My host was a married couple (the husband is a student, the wife a homemaker) with an adorable 14 month old daughter. They really went above and beyond the call of duty to make my trip enjoyable. OSU makes a very thorough presentation on interview day and seem determined to sell their school (which as I mentioned, they don't need to). I guess they're trying to get those students who were going to go to Harvard. Well, that's wasted on me I suppose. Interviews are in the afternoon, after the tour and lunch. Sandwiches and tuna/ham wraps were served, but I liked that they were catered on a large platter, and you could grab as many as you wanted. The anatomy labs at OSU are ABOVE-GROUND!! (for once, instead of being in the basement like every other med school). The windows letting in light make a world of difference. All the med students look very relaxed and all claimed that the curriculumn is very well-designed and manageable. The Clinical Skills Center, with 14 exam rooms with standardised patients, a $250,000 manikan, and a plasma widescreen TV for showing demonstrations, was also very impressive. "
"The day started out with a bunch of interviewees sitting around in a room, then three people came in to talk to us. All my fellow interviewees were dead. they didn't want to talk; they were probably afraid of looking like a "gunner." Pathetic! The next speaker was a student. They brought in their star Neurosurgery student, who was a complete deadbeat. He was probably tired, so that's understandable. Then the frat boys came in. Sure, they were enthusiastic, but my personality did not match theirs. The tour was also too short. The students giving the tours were very down to earth, but it also seemed like they were just doing this for the free lunch. They just didn't have the "If I didn't go to OSU, I would have killed myself" enthusiasm. Thank god for my interview! I liked my interviewer a lot. However, I don't think I did too hot in the interview, so I'm probably rejected already. Oh well."
"Very relaxed. You meet with one interviewer and there is no time limit. That's nice, because things feel more like a conversation than an interrogation. They have a list of questions they have to ask, and these are standard-issue. No "if you were a tree;" everything was relevant to medicine and my decision to go into it."
"I was bummed that the interviewer did not ask me why Ohio State. This is my top choice school, and I really would have liked to have more of a chance to show him that I was very interested in the school. I have a million reasons why I want to go there, and wanted to be able to tell him why, but it never really came up. I think I mentioned some of the reasons here and there, but it was never addressed as a question in itself. Its also interesting that they ask the questions off a sheet of paper. "
"It was overall a fun day. The students were enthusiastic and very eager to share honest opinions about the school. My host was very generous in letting me stay with her and another medical student drove me and a couple of other interviewees to the airport. The introductory talk by admissions lasted pretty long and towards the end I had a hard time keeping up my interest. The faculty speaker and admissions director/dean made up for the long talk with their welcoming presence. Some people complained about the weather. I thought it was nice, 70 degrees, just a little bit cloudy. Ohio State's med school facilities impressed me."
"The interview was really laid back--it felt more like a conservation...you just had to talk about yourself,your activities and how you felt about certain issues...It was an enjoyable experience...Everyone was really nice. The lady in the admin office was calling around to find students a ride to the airport after their interviews. I thought that was really nice."
"My interviers were fantastic. Laid back, fun. I had two interviewers because they were training a new interviewer."
"I was impressed right away because of the sheer generosity and kindness of the students. My flight into Columbus was delayed for about 4 hours, so I ended up getting into town at about 1 am. The student that had volunteered to host me didn't mind at all. He picked me up at the airport, answered every question I had, and was incredibly nice. The school was awesome, Columbus is a great city (contrary to my expectations), and the students and faculty seemed great. My interview experience raised my view of this school quite tremendously."
"I felt pretty confident leaving it. They do a nice, fairly short day so it's not so exhausting, and I got to interview right away- I was done by 2:15."
"Interview itself was such a short part of the day. Many people say interviews are discussions, I felt interrogated though. It was probably just my perception, being my first interview. Or maybe not. I was strict on the ratings above; the school wasn't bad, depends on what suits you and where it falls on your priority list, admittedly low on mine but I'd probably go. Epitome of huge public school and med center. Interviewees seemed down to Earth, perhaps a little too down to Earth. Mostly locals or from nearby."
"OSU is awesome... "
"The interview day was very pleasant. I personally prefer afternoon interviews. The talks weren't too long, although I didn't gain much from hearing the M4 student talk about her experiences. I really like the effort the M1's made during lunch to spread themselves around so that us interviewers were able to ask questions about the school and curriculum. My interviewer was very encouraging and gave me great advice. It was very conversational."
"Stayed at the Red Roof Inn on East Nationwide Blvd. Very convenient location and only took <10 minutes to get to the venue. Short program provided included a discussion of the curriculum and a clarification of the 2 learning pathways for the first 2 years of med school. Nice to know that there are options for those with families and daytime jobs. Financial aid information was given, then there was a talk by an administrator from one of their centers of excellence. A 4th year student also gave us some insights about OSU, not that helpful but it did provide a break prior to the interviews. My interviewer was a little formal but personable when personal issues came up. Interview was open file so questions were directed more towards clarifying my motivations and the non-traditional path that I took before finally deciding to pursue a career in medicine. Interviewer also clarified the discrepancy between the class size and the number of acceptances. I stayed for another night in Columbus for sightseeing. A lot of bad areas but a lot of good ones, too. Got caught in the snow storm, which was a treat for me as I'm from Florida. Would have to make a big adjustment if ever I'm accepted and decide to go to OSU (knock on wood). "
"The day was going very well until my actual interview. I took 3 years off after undergraduate because I wanted to mature more as a person, but my interviewer could not understand that. He basically chastized me for not going straight through. He had a very dry personality and it was clear from the beginning he was not interested in me as a candidate."
"Overall a very good interview in my opinion (I haven't gotten my results yet but from what I gather, I didn't make any mistakes, so who knows). It was extremely relaxed and converstaional. My interviewer made me feel so comfortable. I guess my main gripe is that I was interviewed so late in the cycle. They said that they have already given out about 200 or so straight acceptances. I believe they give out 320 or so straight acceptances. So my chances of getting in are less then if I interviewed earlier. Hopefully I don't get outright rejected so I can weasel my way into the school. But the day started at about 10 am and then the Associate Dean of Admissions gave a little talk about the school and its curriculum. Then there was a talk from the clinical education facilities coordinator. And a short financial aid talk. Finally a fourth year student gave a little talk which wasn't the most helpful. We then had lunch with some med students. My main complaint was that there weren't enough. There was about 3 or 4 and a couple of them bunched together near the front shutting out myself and a few other interviewees from talking to them all that much. Slightly annoying but not a deal breaker. We then had a tour of the school which was pretty quick and informal and came back to wait for our interviewer to pick us up. The clinical education center was pretty cool. The manager of the center seemed like a dedicated guy who was willing to make any sacrifices to help get first and second year students the simualted training they wanted. I really liked that the school has such dedicated people working to help the students. The fake/dummy patient was amazing. Best one I have seen yet. He even reacted in real time to drug dosages. Oh what a world we live in. He was a great guy and made me feel at ease. We just chatted about different stuff about my application. He asked those two questions that I listed below and some personal stuff on my application. Hopefully he shows me some love and I can get in because this school is my number one choice. If you do interview at the school, don't stress out as it is very converstaional and relaxed. One thing that was a bit annoying was my fellow interviewees. They all seemed like academic superstars and some couldn't help but mention how they had interviewed at so many great schools and had acceptances and stuff. Seemed like a decent amount of intellectual masturbation was going on. I just nodded my head kept quiet when that subject came up. It's always best to stay somewhat humble because there's always going to be someone or something that knocks you back to Earth. I felt I was out of my league since going on what these people were saying, they all had stellar MCATs/GPAs and already had 10+ inteviews. But then again, pre-meds are notorious liars when it comes to stats. On a side note I have yet to interview at a school that has grilled their interviewees in any way."
"I got there 45 minutes late. There were 4 speakers and I got there while the first was still talking (which means I didn't miss much). The first speaker talked about curriculum, the second about financial aid, and the third about family medicine (I don't know why this topic was chosen), and the fourth asked the group to suggest topics and then talked about those. Then we went to a conference room and lunch was just a few subs, some pretzels, some fruit, and coke. Eventually we broke into two groups and went on tours. The highlight of the tour was the clinical skills lab. Someone who works there gave our group a tour of the place. The other facilities were pretty ordinary. Then we went back to the conference room and half of the students had to sit around and wait for 2 hours while the other half interviewed 20 minutes later. "
"Really great - very impressed"
"It went really well. The day was kind of low stress the entire day. The tour was fine and showed us the better part of the med school. The interview was laid back and really conversational. Not too hard at all and i think i did really well."
"Very low key, the interviewer was very friendly and definately tried to make sure you felt at ease."
"The interview was guided by a list of questions that the interviewer had from the school. These questions matched many of the experiences I had read about on this website (ethical situation, strengths/weaknesses, unique qualities you bring to OSU, etc.)"
"Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the school. They spent a lot of time telling us about the curriculum and the school. One of the Deans spoke us, followed by a financial aid person, a "guest speaker" (ours was an MD on the faculty), and a 4th year med student. From what everyone said, it sounds like a very good program. We next had lunch with a bunch of 1st and 2nd years, and then a tour. Then we watched a brief movie about the school which showed some of the things we didn't see on the tour. And then we had interviws. It was initially hard to tell how I was doing in my interview--the doctor seemed to like certain things about me and then he asked a bunch of hard ethical questions and scenarios that I wasn't sure how I did on. But in the end, he did say that he hoped he'd see me there the next year, so that seemed positive."
"It was very low key. My interviewer was a full-time emergency medicine doctor, so he's very talkative and gregarious. That made the interview go faster, I felt."
"We pretty much spent most of the time talking about my research. It was a short and conversational interview. Other students said they were asked questions from a list - I didn't get any of that."
"The interviewer was from a pacific rim country. It was incredibly difficult to understand anything that they said. It was also tough to be sure that I was understood. After the interview, I am no longer interseted in this school. Questions do come off of a form, be prepared for the ones you read here. Hopefully OSU's admissions office reads these too and can improve for next year."
"It was excellent. The school was not in my top ten but now that I've been there I can't stop talking about it. They get back to you in two weeks and a good thing I've been accepted!"
"Overall, very relaxed and fun."
"Good experience overall, They notify you two weeks later...which seems pretty fast. I got in...and thus am very happy."
"good day until the interview, which was rough. i got beat up a little with the questions but i held my own."
"very enjoyable overall..."
"I had a great time. I liked the school a lot better after the interview day! They're really fast about the decision, I got my acceptance two weeks after my interview."
"This was my first interview so I was a little nervous, butit was a great chance to put a personal spin on the school and see the enthusiasm that the students and staff had for being there."
"It was a great experience. I felt like I was being recruited and was a valuable asset they want at their school, rather then a candidate that was begging to get in. They are a class act and are working actively to improve all aspects of the medical school"
"I went to OSU for undergrad, so there wasn't much new info."
"This was my first interview since interviewing for BS/MD programs in high school. The day went very well, and left me with a really good impression of the school. I got an older interviewer who was very personable yet he created more of a stressful atmosphere than I expected. He started off the interview by asking about some weaknesses in my application and then continued to interrupt me. However, I learned a lot from the interview and I was accepted on the first possible day, so it must have gone well. "
"Started of at 10:30 with an 1.5 hour talk by the dean of admissions about the school. CUrriculum, research opportunities, and columbus life. Then the financial aid talk. Then a talk by a professor. Then a 4th year talked. Lots of listening, and asking questions until 12:30 or so. Then 1st and 2nd years came and gave us a tour. THis was the most helpfull time for me because I was able to ask things that you cant ask a professor in the group. Students were very friendly and seems like a big party school even for the med students. Very laid back. Then came back at 1:45 and had interview after the tour. I was very impressed with it all. The interview was so laid back, no hard questions. A couple ethical ones, but was really fun talking to the doctor. "
"The day at Ohio State was very good except for the rain. The whole curriculum/financial aid overview was very organized and it was good to eat lunch with the students. The tour would probably be great if it was not raining. My interview was very formal, but the interviewer was nice. It was VERY much question and answer, not conversational at all. But I think it was also because he is a new interviewer so he was a bit uncomfortable as well. They tell you your admission status in ten business days (2 weeks) after your interview; they post it on the website. The students there seem very happy, not competitive, and friendly. I liked the group of people I interviewed with, they seemed like fun people. Everyone was from Utah for some reason. Good day overall! "
"Ohio State definitely gave me a good impression. I liked it more after the visit. The day was well organized. The students were laid back and fairly happy. Ohio State's reputation of being a party school is somewhat true. All the faculty members are excited about teaching and helping students. OSU has a unique ISP curriculum where you do independent study for the first two years. Although I was told several times that it does not influence one's performance on the Boards exams, I am still unsure about how it will suit me. Personally, I would prefer the option of attending lectures. Unfortunately, MD/PhD students don't have this option."
"The day started with introductions to OSU from some of the faculty and students, followed by lunch with the students and a BRIEF tour. The interviews were very short and the interviewers are EXTREMELY nice and just want to get to know you."
"This was my first interview, and it was very relaxed. I had two interviewers, and it seemed more like a conversation more than an interview. Reading past testimonials on studentdoctor.net made me anticipate questions on euthanasia/abortion or about my strengths/weaknesses, but neither of those questions were asked in my interview."
"Overall, I was very impressed with Ohio State. First up is an overview session in which a few doctors, staff, and students talk to you. This is followed by lunch during which you can talk to current students and a student-led tour. Then you report back to the conference room and wait for your interview. The information presented to you in the morning about the curriculum, financial aid, Columbus, etc. was much more thorough than that given at my first interview. As detailed below, the administration seems to really care about the students, and the students were excited to be at OSU. I really like the choice in curriculum, and the classroom pathway seems to have a good mix of traditional lecture and small group learning. The new clinical skills lab was amazing and should be a valuable resource for the physician development course. The interview was extremely laid back. My interviewer asked very broad questions about my research, EC's, etc. and I got to answer pretty much how I chose. It only lasted about 30-40 minutes and was pretty conversational. Make sure you have some questions to ask the interviewer (this was somewhat difficult given how well the school was described in the morning.)"
"OSU cares about the students it recruits. They provide academic resources (two different learning styles, technology is impressive, mentors, opportunities for research). There is a lot of growth occurring in the medical school. "
"Overall it was pretty good. I rated the stress level as a 3 mainly because this was my first interview so I was really nervous."
"I had a great time and was extremely impressed by the people and facilities at OSU. "
"The interviewers seemed very nice overall, though I think I got the most ornery one. He was cool, but didn't really go out of his way to make me feel comfortable. He also (justifiably) grilled me on my lack of clinical experience. He actually used part of my secondary essay against me. I found it strange that I wasn't asked why I want to be a doctor. "
"I heard more about research at OSU than I ever cared to know. The interview was stressful and not inviting. I was not being recruited by OSU as much as tested. I did not like it."
"They day was very informative and also laid back. I would recommend being prepared and confident, and then not sweating. Just be prepared to answer questions that you would usually encounter at an interview. I had two very nice, enthusiastic, outgoing interviewers."
"i got to osu at 1030, we met with the admissions staff, very motivational and easy going speakers, financial aid talk, lunch, tour, interview with on person that was easy going. the man was just interested in knowing about me."
"I loved Ohio State. The clinical opportunities for students seem endless and the students are happy and extremely motivated, yet still laid-back."
"got there at 10:30, info about the school, info about the depts by an interesting faculty speaker, info about financial aid, info from a fourth year med student. Then lunch with first year students from 12-1. Short tour, then the interviews started around 2 in two or three time slots. Each lasted 40 minutes with one faculty member, then you were free to go."
"Having first considered NOT going to the interview, I'm glad I changed my mind. Columbus is a fast-growing city, and OSU is like a city in itself! The facilities are remarkable (although the medical school itself is a little bit on the dated side), and it is obvious that the school is doing anything and everything to improve itself by attracting top research $$, faculty, and students."
"The OSU administration is generally nice and welcoming. You sit in a big conference room and listen to what seems like hours of just talking and talking. You have lunch and go on a tour. Then you have your one interview. Judging by most of the experiences on this website, my interview stands out as a bad experience. Most people seem to have had a good experience. I would just say be very prepared to answer questions about the medical field like HMO's, ethical stuff, etc. "
"Overall, it was very relaxed and the people there were awesome. The day flew by. If you have an interview at OSU then you shouldn't sweat it. If your interviewer seems like they are done with his or her questions and its only been like 15 or 20 minutes then ask questions and try to engage into a conversation, just make sure you try to be genuine. I do not know if he meant to, but at the end of the interview I was told that it seemed that I would get a lot of interviews (even though my MCAT wasn't anything special) and to remember to keep OSU in mind..."
"Ohio State is awesome. Both the faculty and the students went beyond the call of duty to make my stay comfortable."
"We got there at 1030 and at 11 we had an admissions staff person give us and overview of OSU. The presentation was very valuable and informative. After that we had lunch with some students and a tour of campus. The students were extremely nice and gave some great insights into the school. After the tour we had our interview. My interviewer was extremely nice and started out by saying that he was my advocate with the selection committee. Right off the bat he made me feel at ease and want to work with him so he could portray me as the best applicant as possible. Overall I was extremely impressed by OSU."
"I had a great experience of OSU. I was thinking about canceling my interview but I am really glad that I didn't. The day started at 11 with presentation about the curriculum, financial aid, and about osu. Then we had lunch and the students showed us around the medical center. Then I had my interview with two interviewer at the same time. Interview was question and answer format. They had list of questions that they asked. I enjoyed the interview day at osu. "
"If you do not have research experience and/or are nontraditional, don't even waste your time applying."
"I was incredibly impressed by the interview day. Everyone was very nice and thoroughly answered all questions. Several MS1s offered the tour so we toured in groups of 4 or less. OSU definitely is now one of my top choices."
"I was really impressed by this school overall. My interviewer was very friendly and made it a point to tell me in the beginning that this was a low stress, informal interview and he just really wanted to get to know me. I really like this school, and I like how we'll know whether we've been admitted, deferred or rejected in a couple of weeks..."
"This school is great for people who have lives outside of med school. All the students I talked to were really, really happy. Great facilities too. I was very impressed."
"I thought that the interview did nothing to help or hurt me. I think my standing afterwards was exactly the same as before. The interview conversation was mediocre but not damaging to my candidacy."
"The interview was really friendly and relaxed. They were really nice and did a good job presenting their school. The fourth year student who talked about Ohio State was really helpful."
"Showed up at 10 but nothing really happened until 11 (they didn't give us breakfast, so make sure you pick up your coffee ahead of time) There were a series of presentations that everyone struggled to pretend they were paying attention to. We had lunch with first year students(gotta love Jimmy Johns) and then went on tours. Afterwards we found out when our interviews were - anywhere from immediately after the tour to an hour and a half later. The committee meets immediately afterwards to make decisions."
"Although you have to be there at around 10:30, the day does not start until about 11:00. You start with some briefings about the school and financial aid, followed by a pep-talk from a faculty and MS IV. After the talks, we ate lunch and then took a brief tour (about an hour). Due to time constraints, the tour was rather short and skipped a lot of areas I was interested in. As for the interview, I had a fantastic experience at OSU! I was very impressed that they read my application materials and had paired me with an interviewer who the head of the corresponding department!! Immediately had a connection and a common interest, which made the interview that much less stressful. Since I was first on the interview list, my day was over before 3:00. Oh, they also make an admission decision that day and you find out 3-4 weeks later - might know by X-Mas! Wahoo!!"
"It was a nice day and a laid back interview. I really enjoyed the time I spent there. The only part that sucks is you have nothing to do while waiting for your interview, so bring a book or something else to do."
"I'm from Columbus, so it was nice to sleep in my own bed before the interview. The day started around 10:45 AM and ended around 4 PM. We began with an introduction to the school and the town, then a brief talk about financial aid and a presentation by a 4th year student. Lunch was a little late so we had a short tour of the school and hospital and then ate with our tour guides. My interview was at 2 PM and the doctor was very engaging and pleasant, but he still adhered to a list of ethical and standard interview type questions. "
"I think I interviewed with the guy that posted a couple experiences up. Everyone in the group was really cool and I had a really fun experience. I've read before that it is good to talk to people to reduce your stress level. We had plenty of laughs throughout the day and it really mellowed me out for my interview. It was all guys in my group too. Very odd. Overall a positive experience. The interviewers were really nice, and obviously enthusiastic about meeting us. "
"First we all sat outside the admissions office and then went into a room to hear from teh assistant dean, the director of the IP pathway, and a 4th year medical student. Lunch was late, so we took a tour of campus and then ate. After that, they posted a list of the tiem slots in which people were interviewing. My interviewer had a sheet of notes and set questions that she wanted to ask."
"The experience was really chill and a lot of fun. Probably because the guys I was interviewing with were really cool. There were about 16th of us. They start you off with a few talks that are ok I guess. Then you have lunch with a few M1's and then get a tour of the campus. In general, the people there are really chill and really nice. Classes are a little big 200 for the first couple of years, but I don't think that's a huge problem because of small group PBL's and the approachability of the profs there. "
"Overall it was a great day. The orientation was informative, the students were helpful, the tour was good, and the interviewers were awesome. "
"Very positive experience. OSU is growing rapidly, they have tons of money, very friendly people, and what sounds like a really good curriculum."
"overall, nice. the interview wanted to get to know me, my strengths and weaknesses. no overly hard questions, or anything i wasn't expecting. asked the signature OSU ethical question - everyone gets that one, so be ready for it! (typically euthanasia/abortion)"
"The general "blah" feel of the tour and presentations is countered by my pleasant interview and the good reputation that I know that this school has. It's still high on my list - I just expected to come away more excited than I was. They could use a few better salespeople in the adm. office."
"I was pretty neutral about OSU before the interview, but now it is one of my top choices. I would love the curriculum, and I was impressed by the school's openness to change--it sounds like they've made a lot of improvements in the last decade."
"Overall it was ok. My interviewer was not good, but everything else was pretty good."
"Great school and city. I felt at home there and would love to go to the school. The students are happy and have lots of diverse opportunities because the med school classes are so big. "
"I was a lot more impressed than I originally thought I would be. I lived in Columbus for a few years before so I was somewhat familiar with the area and more familiar with the city as a whole. There is a wealth of things to do in Columbus and the weather was beautiful that day which helped. This was my first interview so I was nervous, but everyone there was relaxed and friendly. I thought the interview didn't go too well, as the interviewer said at the end that he probably would have liked to see more medical experiences on my application (even though I have numerous instances of shadowing, volunteering and research) but I guess it went ok as I was accepted two weeks later. "
"My interviewer was filling out a standardized interview form as we spoke. It asked pretty standard questions about exposure to physician/patient relationship, an ethical issue, my background, etc."
"Generally positive. My interviewer did not seem to be all too social despite my efforts."
"It was overall positive"
"The whole day was very relaxed and low stress."
"A pretty straightforward day. We began at 10am by sitting around in a lounge while the staff quickly go over the day with interviewees one by one. At 11am, we met with Dean Notestine, a financial aid officer, and a faculty guest speaker, which was a nice touch. At noon, the cool med students came in, had lunch with us, then broke us up into groups for tours. Interviews were held between 1:30pm and I think 3:30pm. Mine was pretty much a question-answer format, less conversational than I would have liked. It was my first interview, and I thought I was a little burned coming out. But I bit it, and exactly a month later, I got a nice big envelope in the mail! "
"The day was a little long but very laid back. I loved the atmosphere and everyone was very nice. My interviewers were great. We talked about everything from secretory diahrrhea to Harry Potter. I was more impressed than I thought I would be. "
"It was a nice experience with an awful lot of waiting around. Luckily, they had enough interviewers that everyone was able to interview in the early spots and not forced to wait around ungodly long. The students and faculty seemed quite nice, and all had good perspectives on the University."
"nice conversation. my interviewer talked as much as i did. very friendly, not stressful"
"Check their website, it has a great video about the school. I was eventually accepted, but chose to attend a different school. Except for the interview, it was a good experience. "
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"Get faculty that actually want to be there giving interviewers please."
"Make the day with less lectures, not advertise yourself with how highly ranked you are as the first thing you do (most of my fellow interviewees were ivy-leaguers, telling us you're #30 in the nation is really not selling you), and stop pushing your school so hard because it seems a bit desperate."
"None that I can think of. Everything was great. Maybe provide us with some information on student orgs and dual degree programs. Also, lunch felt just a tad rushed."
"Keep up the good work!"
"Make the interview earlier in the day, so that students can relax and be able to focus while they are listening to financial aid information, tours etc. Provide bottled water and other refreshments earlier. Have a break between lunch and the tours so that the applicants can go to the restroom."
"Thanks for the free messenger bag and flash drive. But please don't tell us that we're interviewing to "keep" a spot as deferrals are very common. Interviewing to "keep" a spot it much easier than to "earn" a spot."
"Love the bags!"
"As other applicants have stated, new name tags. The stickers don't do a very good job."
"Better name tags ;)"
"I would have liked more time on the tour. It felt rushed."
"The name-tags were not sticky at all! They fell off everybody."
"They give you a cool bag!"
"I dislike the system the admissions office uses to alert its' applicants about a change in their app"
"An e-mail reminder before your interview, maybe with some tips, would be helpful."
"A courtesy email a few days prior to the interview regarding things to bring and weather conditions"
"I think as long as you have got the right people doing admissions, which right now is the case, ther"
"Let us upload a photo on the secondary rather than bring a wallet-sized one to the interview."