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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 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?

Closed file

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

"Tell me about yourself. Why osteopathy?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"Three strengths? Three weaknesses? What tract are you interested in pursuing?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How do you handle stress? Time when you needed communication skills?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"None - Interviewers go from a list of questions. Research them on SDN before hand and don't worry about them writing." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"4th interview, 3rd osteo interview so I knew the procedure. Printed out CIB, SDN Pro/Cons, SDN interview feedback and schools notes, AAMCOS and secondaries. Drove into Erie the day before interview. Reviewed some materials and feedback the day before interview, drove past school and built my mental map, see the campus, surprised by health center and clinic!! Paid attention to news (esp medical), develop questions. Check with hotel for driver to campus. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"PBL (LOVED LECOM-Brad's PBL experience!) lecture isn't very appealing since most students tend to focus on ppt anyway. PBL focuses your reading that you have to do anyway. Very "chompers" snacking away when you are trying to pay attention to a lecture. Matches, board performance (rate, and guessing an outstanding avg). Concern of PBL testing and what happens when you don't understand your reading. You can attend lecture if you're interested/don't understand PBL topic, but it won't match your current progress - That's still a huge + in my book though). Occasionally I would like an explanation of a difficult concept...PBL doesn't seem to offer that unless you seek a professor out - LECOM-Erie has other outlets. Campus has more than one building (unlike LECOM-Brad). CLINIC!!! Health center! Dean...down to earth...awesome, straightforward guy! Great library. Very affordable. Housing nice, affordable, and quiet." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Stupid, but it bugged me: Does Erie salt its roads at all? Buffalo gets about the same amount of snow, but wow....every side street was SOLID ICE! I'm fine in any climate (family in Buffalo and went to undergrad in Rochester) but ice on their roads was a huge surprise... PBL rooms were dissappointing - 2 tables pushed together with a sliding divider btwn rooms. LECOM-Brad rooms were designed for PBL and it showed! (But how much time are you really spending on campus doing PBL anyway?) Lecture halls - snow white walls - blah. Internet disabled during lecture (or during lecture halls?) because they saw ppl not paying attention during class. I wanted to setup a VPN to my home computer in case something happens to my go at Erie. "AT Still doesn't meet the dress code". Current students didn't seem to have any better choices of programs when they were applying. Indep Study books are not available to PBL students (and PBL students didn't seem to want them anyway), but the Indep guy seemed to really like them. Interviewer x 2 degrading another school in the region for ~ .5 minutes during interview. No cadaver lab for PBL unless afterhours or applying for paid position during the summer (how competitive are the positions?). I really understand their motivation for low cost tuition, but I think that tuition could be useful to improve some aspects (esp the PBL rooms and lecture halls)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Usual LECOM backdoor entrance. Erie is NOT the same as Bradenton. Climate is one thing, but Erie and Brad was like comparing grapefruit and oranges - both fruit, both tasty, but one didn't have the pop that the other one had, imho Comfort Inn was fine (free wifi), but the ties with the indoor pool world got me a little nervous...I was just down the hall from the entrance, but it was quiet!! Comfort Inn provides a shuttle where they drop you off right at the backdoor, no charge. Left at 7:30 after booking with the desk. I think others stayed at the Marriot next door (check for free wifi)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Low-stress interview. I interviewed at both LECOM-Brad (1st) and LECOM-Erie (2nd) about 2 months apart. I was tremendously impressed with PBL (see +/-'s). The rules, etc, didn't bother me...I'll know what to wear and I don't have to worry about someone slipping coffee all of my highlighted books. I really liked LECOM-Brad and I could see myself doing very well. LECOM-Erie on the other hand was on a different level. Brad was designed for PBL and it Erie, they just had a 2 table setup with sliding dividers between rooms! LECOM-Brad was warm, efficient, and focused, nurturing admin. LECOM-Erie had a totally different feel - cold, efficient, scattered, overbearing admin. LECOM-Brad != LECOM-Erie Overall, I went in curious since I was blown away by Bradenton. I loved PBL and could see myself remembering patients and content better with PBL (I can still remember the PBL case at both Bradenton and Erie, but I struggle to remember the biochem from 3 hours ago...). I hope to practice in PA and I have ext family in Buffalo. Nevertheless, I was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, there are A LOT of positives: Campus resources don't matter very much, especially when doing PBL), rotations in 10 days for IOS and OOStaters, outstanding match rates and board scores, the clinic (better clinical skills!), health center to de-stress, great affiliation with what sounds to be top-notch programs in Ohio, admin concerned with the future and image of the school (not lazy), IDP books are probably attainable, quiet/affordable region to hunker down and study. But I didn't feel I would be a great fit for LECOM-Erie. It's a great program with disadvantages that many schools also suffer from, but just not for me....PBL is very appealing though!! The fallback to lecture is a huge plus if PBL just doesn't work out for have an "out" at LECOM-Erie" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Faculty member

How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

6 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn

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?

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

4 out of 10

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

6 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Gift bag was very nice...Slippers were a nice touch! =) Have a student give the tour instead." Report Response

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