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  • Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Greenville, NC
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why did you apply to an Osteopathic school? Answer: Osteopathic medicine embodies the principles that I treasure most highly in the practice of medicine. There are three aspects to every patient, Mind, Body and Soul. When any of these are out of balance in some way shape or form the patient's health suffers in some way." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"After the previous question: If you feel that way, why are you trying to get into ECU? Answer: Glad you asked. Of all the M.D. schools I have applied to, ECU's emphasis on primary care and rural medicine seems to mirror these attributes. I've spoken with urologists who have graduated from ECU med school and all say the focus on the smaller class size allows for a more personal approach to medicine. Therefore, ECU meets my needs and is in alignment with my philosophy of medicine." Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"What do you want to specialize in? Answer: Well most people feed a line that they wanna do rural medicine. I just told them that I used to want to be a pediatrician, an otolaryngologist, a urologist and a ER doc. However, I've realized over the past year that I won't know what the heck I want to do until I do my 3rd and 4th year rotations. I'm leaving my options open and keeping an open mind with regards to that." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your solution to the problems of Managed Care? Think I gave a 10 minute fired up answer on this one. :P" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"Well they were going to ask me what I was gonna do if I didn't get in but seeing all of the stuff that I've done in the past 3 years he said it was not necessary to ask that. He then turned around and said: "Why ECU? Why after 4 years do you persist in applying here and why should we accept you?" Told him I've jumped through all the MCAT hoops they've set, that I'm a North Carolina taxpayer, I've wanted to go here since I was young." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"None needed, I've been through this entire process 3 times before." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students were alot nicer than last year. :) Dr. Peden seemed to be in good spirits too." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Visit was nice, didn't have anything bad about this interview really." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Face it, it's a state school and they have to have "a class representative of the population of North Carolina." I'll leave you to fill in the blanks there. ;) Also they have sent out 72 acceptance letters already, leaving the other 3 people interviewing me with that "I've got a snowball's chance in hell of getting in" type of feeling. :P I know better though, since half of those letters will goto candidates who will inevitably goto UNC medical school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Well I came into this interview knowing that I had been accepted at some other medical schools. Basically in both interviews I laid the gauntlet down and said "Hey! Wake up! This 4th time is your final chance, either take me now or lose me forever." I don't recommend this approach in your interview of course but I felt invigorated doing so. I think my interviewers sort of appreciated the fact that I was up front with them and not afraid to speak my mind. After all, your interviews are about getting to know you as a person. Beforehand, I was told in an exit interview by Dr. Peden that my 6 in the bio section of the MCAT wasn't going to cut it ( Hey, it's a valid statement!). I retook the MCAT and got it up 3 points. They seemed to like that and take notice that I was willing to work for it. The only bad part is waiting for them to make up their minds afterwards. The committee meets about 3-4 weeks after your interview. Inevitably you will be waiting till May to receive word from them. Granted I already plunked down 3000 bucks on reserving my spots in the other schools, but since ECU is my first choice, I was hoping I would get some type of confirmation sooner. Oh yeah, I know for a fact that Dr. Peden also reads this site alot to gain feedback on the interview process. I would just like to say that my lunch was good this time around and that even though I had 7 bucks of food on my plate (the healthy food is expensive hehe), they accepted my 5 dollar interview ticket as a "Paid in Full." So if you are reading, know you get a big Richie thumbs up for that this year. ;) In summary, the odds are heavily stacked against you at ECU due to 68 slots ( 4 of those are already spoken for no matter what) and over 780 applicants. They get alot of applicants, it's a slow process overall from secondary to interview to acknowlegement of the final verdict. However, everyone at ECU is nice, friendly and approachable. The tour is good and the students seem to like it. When I asked a random girl studying in the first year classroom, she replied "Getting in is the worst part, after you get in you'll love it here." Just keep that in mind and never give up." Report Response

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