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

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

20 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Can you explain why your lowest score in the MCAT was where you got the strongest letter of recommendation from a professor?" Report Response

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

"You had 2 opportunities to retake the MCAT after your first attempt, but have not. Are you afraid of the test?" Report Response

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

"How can you guarantee that you will succeed in medical school with such a low MCAT section score? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Whether I had planned on going into medicine when I graduated with a degree in philosophy." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Basically, I was asked over and over again about the lowest score in my MCAT. i.e., why I got it, whether I should retake it and reapply next year. It was a stress interview." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Posted tips from SDNers who interviewed there. Read up on osteopathy. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities! Wireless access almost everywhere on campus. Gorgeous new library where you can sign out a wireless enabled laptop. Every faculty member we encountered during the tour was friendly and seemed very accessible." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview. It was pure boiler-room tactics. More on that in the comments, though." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"None." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"As I mentioned earlier, the interview could have been more stressful that it was, but I knew going in that some of the interviewers were tough. Dr. Terry, the founder, and now chancellor of the school, will grill you about any and all weaknessess in your file. BE prepared. Stay cool. Accept responsibility and don't whine. Whether or not you get in the least you can do is acknowledge and embrace your past. Dr. Terry, as tough a questioner as he is, seems like a very nice man. He only grills you to see how you perform under pressure, to see if you what true personality will emerge from the carefully scripted facades we bring to our interviews. If you go in with an honest attitude, you have truly the best shot of getting in no matter what your past is like. Honestly, there are no schools who invite you interview specifically to turn you down. The admissions staff are wonderful. Lynne Cawley, the associate director, spent most of the day with us, giving us the tour, and telling us, in so many words, that we should stick to our guns during the interview. Fern, one of the staff members, was also wonderful, and she is aware of her 'fame' via the internet. I'm still holding on to my 'lucky candy'. If you go you'll know what I mean." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/11/2002

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