Lake Erie (LECOM) Medicine Interview Questions

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General Interview Information

The college will consider most recent MCAT scores, and accept any taken within the last three years. Competitive MCAT scores must be in the 50th percentile or higher. Of more than 12,000 applications, expect around 530 students to be able to enrol the following year.

Interview Format

LECOM has a rolling admissions cycle, with interviews being scheduled all the way from July through to April of the application year. The interview day includes a tour of the campus as well as the chance to meet current students. The LECOM interview is rather atypical, consisting of both a group interview phase and a second individual interview that is likely to be no longer than ten minutes’ duration.

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Key Dates

The earliest application submission date is the 5th May, with the deadline for primary applications being the 4th of January.

Recent Interview Questions

​Motivation and Insight into Medicine

What 3 qualities that make a good physician?
What’s the one aspect of medicine that you find to be an issue? How would you deal with it?
What is the most pressing healthcare issue in America?
What’s one dark side of medicine that you have experienced or witnessed and how would you learn from that experience?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years if you do not ever get accepted to medical school?
What will be the most challenging part of medical school and most challenging part of being an attending physician?
Tell me about an example of unprofessional behaviour that you have seen in a medical setting.
How can physicians today treat their patients via mind, body, and spirit?
What is one of the worst sides of medicine you have seen or experienced and how has it impacted you?
Why osteopathic medicine and why LECOM – Seton Hill?
We know that there is a shortage of primary care physicians in the country. What do you propose to correct this shortage?
Why can’t we get poor people to come to free clinics?
What do you think is America’s biggest health care problem and how should physicians go about alleviating it?
Do you think the reimbursement system for physicians is upside down (i.e. should primary care physicians get more money than specialists?)
Tell us about one author who has influenced your attitude towards Medicine and your choice to practise it. 

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Ethical Dilemmas
Should medicine be a multicultural approach or is there one glove that fits all?
If you noticed your classmate was not wearing proper attire (stained, wrinkled clothing), what would you do?
Whilst doing a group project, someone made a mistake which seriously affects the project. How do you handle this situation?
How would you react if you caught someone cheating?
If you had made a promise to work as an aid in a summer camp for children in need, and your friends asked if you would attend a medical mission trip instead, which would you choose and why?
What do you think about professionalism with respect to our dress code, honor code, and attendance policy?
If you saw a colleague administer a non-life threatening dose of a medication to a patient what would you do?
Should a smoker have the same health care as a non-smoker?
What would you do if a patient was considering an abortion?
Does an unhealthy, noncompliant patient deserve the same care as a cooperative patient? How would you deal with this individual?

Case/Article Reviews

Students were given a NYT article to read prior to their interview, one question was about this article.

Teamwork Tasks

Tell me about a time where you disagreed with someone and how you resolved the conflict.

Sales Pitch Station
Why should we accept you?
Why are you a better candidate than our many other applicants?
If we had one spot left in our class, why should we give it to you?

General / Personal Statements
What was the hardest class you had and how did you overcome it?

What is your spirit animal?
What was a mistake you made and what did you learn from it?
How would you be a good fit at our school?
Describe yourself (where you’re from, academic background, research, volunteering, hobbies).
What is a recent obstacle you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?
If there are any obvious flaws in your application, now is your time to address them.
What was the last book you read for pleasure?

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