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  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Athens, OH
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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)?

"So, you're from [my town], huh? (this was about the only direct question I was asked. the rest of the conversation with this interviewer i had to struggle to keep going)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"I see you have a lot of international experience. Do you expect to practice in the US or internationally, with Doctors Without Borders, etc?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Your application looks really strong. Is there anything about it that's not perfect? (i think i got honesty points here for pointing out the weaker aspects, and explaining how, from my perspective, they were specific choices behind them that made them into strengths.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Is there anything about your application that isn't perfect? (there was.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you explain courses from multiple institutions in one semester? These aren't distance education courses, are they? (they were.)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read ou-com viewbook, browsed sdn interview feedback, re-read my personal statement and secondary essays" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"i knew a lot about this school already, but new & positive info included: * super friendly students who stopped in the hallway to give tips on particular interviewers and seemed to be constantly smiling & happy to be there * brand new tech-friendly PBL conference rooms * emergency no-questions-asked 1K loans available to med students for family emergencies, etc * financial aid officer will respond to email questions generally within 4 hours * housing available that's a 2 minute walk from campus * no-b.s. institutional commitment to maintaining their impressive programs for under-represented minority students despite federal grant cuts * they've had a standardized patient actor program for nearly 30 years. * fellowship program in OMM or family medicine that involves an additional clinical year before graduation, funding for 2 of the clinical years, teaching/mentoring opportunities, and time for research/second masters program degree." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"* this school doesn't have any of the electronic/robotic ''simulated patients'', although they are considering getting some in the future. * the international program that goes to China to learn about TCM (traditional chinese medicine) is on something of a hiatus" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"* before you go in to interviewer, coffee is available in the basement if you are feeling groggy after the extensive & yummy lunch * they will take your photo on your interview day, which becomes your i.d. picture if you enroll, so smile!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"We introduced ourselves, then spent an hour or so in the conference room with the director of admissions who talked about the pluses of OU (there are a bunch.) Then we had a talk with a person from financial aid, who was helpful. An admissions rep took us on an extensive tour of the two campus buildings, then we piled into a car + van for a tour around all of OU's campus and the nearby parts of Athens. Returned to campus, had yummy lunch with current students from both curricular tracks, then had a series of 3 different 30 minute interviews with a clinical prof, basic sciences prof, and admissions person. The interviews were super super low key, to the point that with one interviewer it was a struggle to keep the conversation going, but with the other two folks it was just a fun conversation about my experiences, what the school has to offer, future plans, etc. I didn't get any standard questions like ''why do you want to be a doctor'' or the OUCOM favorite ''which 3 people would you invite to dinner?'' they just didn't come up at all - we had lots of other things to talk about. Admissions staff email accepted applicants the Monday after the interview, and occassionally they call that same 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?

8 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?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Super 8 Motel, 2091 East State St

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?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

8 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

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