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  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Bradenton
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Bradenton
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"(1) Tell us something not in your file; (2) What do you like to do for fun? (3) Do you play a musical instrument? (4) What is your favorite Greek myth? [I studied classics; nevertheless, I didn't anticipate this one! Talk about having to pause to change gears!]" Report Response

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

"(5) What are your strengths?/what are your weaknesses? (6) What happened in Physiology? Followed by, Can you be more specific? Followed by, would you do the same thing again? (7) How many hours a day to you expect to study? [When I said, "a lot!" they pressed me to be more specific!] (8) On whom do you rely for support? In relation to this, where does your family live? (9) How will you handle the stress of medical school?" Report Response

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

"(10) Article questions: [note: they give you the article 10 min before the 1st set of interviews begin; another copy of the article was in the interview room when I arrived] Can you summarize this article for us? Some questions about percentages of patients...then, the kickers: where did the study take place? who was the doctor that performed the study? (11) Do you have any questions for us?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"(A follow-up question to the most difficult question I was asked) If you had it to do over again, would you still make the same decision?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What happened in Physiology? (A difficult question because they pressed me to give a specific answer; how does one explain a professor who tells students to f-off in class and then took retribution when I asked her to stop?!?!? There is no interview situation quite like one in which you have to say the f-word! Fortunately, however, one of the interviews commented as we wrapped up that this was a "great interview!" <whew!> )" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read SDN thoroughly; I emailed my friends and asked them to give me feedback in advance on the strengths and weaknesses question; I read a book on the history of osteopathy (I was curious!); & I consulted an interview book." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The fact that, when I asked questions, the admissions officers/faculty/students responded based on their own experience(s). They didn't try to put up the "we" front. Because of this, I felt that the feedback I got was more genuine than the feedback I've gotten at other schools. Also, they were honest in pointing out that PBL isn't for everyone." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The fact that the school didn't divorce itself from its parent campus and the sense that, because of this, it might not geta fair chance to establish its own reputation." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That they hadn't planned to provide any vegetarian options for lunch! :-(" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was interviewed by two professors simultaneously. They both had read my file, but they had a standardized questionnaire in front of them from which they asked me questions and marked down comments while I spoke. Since others had reported "cold" interviews here, I anticipated needing to draw them into conversation. This approach proved successful and I recommend it. I was asked some difficult questions (see below), but, in a strange manner, I think they pressed me further on purpose to see if I could remain calm. When I did, remain calm (even when I couldn't answer something), I could tell they were impressed, and that felt great." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


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


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Holiday Inn, Lakewood Ranch

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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