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

How did the interview impress you?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"The standard quesitons 1) Tell us something that isn't in your file. 2) Why medicine? [this is standard, but they didn't ask me] 3) Why osteopathic medicine and how do you see it as being holistic and beneficial?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"4) How do you handle stress? 5) Give us an example of when your communication skills helped you/someone else. 6) 3 Strengths and 1 weakness?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"7) Talk to us about your leadership roles. How are you a leader and a team player? 8) Tell us about a conflict you have had, and how you resolved it. 9) Summarize article you just read [they give you this almost first thing in the morning, and it's easy]. 10) Any questions you have for us?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"The interviewers are required to go down a list of 9 questions, listed below, so there's not as much flexibility as in other places. My interviewers said they liked my file and that my application pretty much answered all of those 9 questions and seemed like they'd rather talk about some of the stuff from my file, but they had to go through the question list and fill it out anyway. The only unexpected, and therefore interesting question, was how I wound up living in the city where I currently am. " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"When asked to describe an example of my leadership style, they specifically said ''and something besides summer camp'', which I've done a lot of and had planned to discuss, so I had to come up with something else on the fly. No problem, just a quick pause." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN interview feedback for the past 2 years, reviewed the LECOM website, re-read my personal statement and secondary responses, and prepared a brief outline about my responses to the nine questions so I wouldn't be caught totally off guard. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"* the three different study tracks are amazing (regular lectures 8am-5pm, problem based learning, and guided independent study). * The new Primary Care Scholars Program is reall cool - starting in fall 2007, it's a track where folks committed to primary care can graduate in 3 years instead of 4 (Saving ~$50,000 in debt) by shortening vacations and eliminating the electives/selectives of 3rd/4th yr rotations to hone in on needed primary care skills. * There are some merit scholarships everyone is considered for automatically based on GPA&MCAT. * ability to do international rotations * first time board pass rate of 94-98% * Presque Isle is a national park about 10 minutes from campus that is gorgeous - woods and sandy beaches along Lake Erie. * low cost of living. * they said that even though there is a lot of moving around 3rd/4th yr for rotations, many of their sites provide stipends to defray the cost so the travel is less of a big deal financially." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"* They have a preceptor and standardized patient (actors) program, but they only have one of the computer/mechanical patient simulators compared to, say, the 6 they have at KCUMB. We didn't even get to see it on the tour, or any rooms to practice clinical skills, though maybe they exist. * the attendance policy, which feels like junior high. their explanation is that statistically, people who come to class do better than people who don't and they are committed to making sure you do well. ok. but still sounds like middle school to me. * the dress code - this is NOT just ''no jeans or t-shirts, but scrubs or khakis are ok''. Men must be wearing a tie to step foot in the building, women must be in less-specified ''professional and not-clubby'' dress. Their explanation is that it gets you in the habit of being professional and forces you to wake up enough before class to get it together. I still hate it. * Lunch was not very substantial. * 5-6 people to a cadaver instead of 4. * the newer admissions staff person they had doing many of the presentations and tour was really horrible - boring and poorly informed and unaware of what potential students are interested in. I wish Dr. Wise had given the entire presentation. * in the cafeteria, almost all the ~30 tables had only men sitting together or only women sitting together. I saw ~ 3 tables with both. Again, is this middle school?" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The set up here is interviews first, then tour later. The day started at 8 and I was interviewed with the first round of people at 9:15, which surprised me a little, since I hadn't had coffee. I got this info from earlier SDN posts, but just remember: go in the back door of the building; they have coffee but no breakfast for you, fill up on your own beforehand; be prepared to read and summarize a 1 page associated press article on a medical topic; the interviewers have to mostly stick to their script, so don't take it personally if they don't get conversational with you; it'll take 3-4 weeks for them to tell you whether you're accepted/wait listed/rejected. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Arrived at 8am to a conference room - the day was over by 1pm. We spent about an hour listening to information about the various tracks and general intro to Erie, then starting at 9:15 talking about less-critical subjects began and we were pulled out of the group in turn for our individual interviews with two interviewers and the same standard set of 9 questions. We were all together again in the room for the financial aid presentation and final questions. Dr. Wise was entertaining and very forthright about the pluses and minuses about the school and Erie. The assistant admissions staff person who talked to us for a long time was horribly uninformative. Around noon we went to the cafeteria and had a meager lunch with two 2nd year student ambassadors, then had a tour around the building that finished at 1pm. At that point we were free to go, but they were also very very willing to set up meetings with the heads of the different learning tracks or departments, or to let us sit in on one of the lecture classes that was meeting that day, or basically give us any more information we wanted to personalize the day. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ 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?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Days Inn on Scultz Rd right off I-90

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?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

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

4 out of 10

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