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Discussion in '2018-2019 Allopathic School Specific Discussions' started by Lucca, Jun 23, 2018.
Post Secondaries when you got 'em!
Good luck to everyone applying.
I'm an M4 at OUWB and just wanted to make myself available to answer your questions if you have any! Feel free to post here or PM me. I do want to stay as anonymous as possible so I can speak freely and not worry about classmates/administrators figuring out who I am. There are a couple other current students who drop by these threads occasionally as well. Good luck with your applications!
A couple FAQs that have come up in the application threads over the years...this is all based on my limited experience as an applicant from a few years ago (when we had a different admissions director) and a current student (not an adcom member!), so take it all with a grain of salt and definitely feel free to reach out to me if something is different from what you've heard from our admissions office.
Here is the FAQ on the OUWB website that will answer a lot of logistical questions about the application process and the school.
When will OUWB start making interview offers / when will I hear back about my decision after my interview / when does OUWB make scholarship offers?
I am personally not involved in the admissions process so I can't answer these for you. Your best bet would probably be to check the old application threads over the last few years.
What is interview day like?
Long, but informative! This is how they have traditionally gone in the past:
Breakfast / talk from admissions office
Mock TBL - not evaluated or anything and no preparation required, just helps you see what some of your class sessions will be like if you come to OUWB
Bus to Beaumont-Royal Oak hospital, where you will have:
Lunch with M3s/M4s
A tour of the hospital
Two one-on-one 30-minute interviews with OUWB faculty or Beaumont doctor (there may also be an M4 interviewing you along with the faculty/doctor)
Generally, very casual and conversational! They genuinely want to get to know you to see if you are a good fit at OUWB.
Bus back to OU campus
Optional: tour of med school facilities at OU (classrooms, student lounge, med library, anatomy lab, etc.). This is truly optional and nobody will fault you for leaving, but I recommend going if you can!
Do you have any interview tips?
General advice that is good for any school, including OUWB:
(1) be able to answer "why medicine" and "why this school" - do some research on the school website! Our culture is unique - know why and be able to explain how you can fit in with and contribute to it.
(2) Review your EC list and essays and be ready to re-emphasize the main points of your application and talk about your EC experiences knowledgeably.
(3) Have a few key bullet points of why you are a good fit for this program, and work them into your interview responses (when it makes sense with respect to the question that was asked, obviously).
Does OUWB have a student hosting program?
Yes! Here is the website. You should be contacted by the students in charge of the hosting program sometime after you get your interview invitation and can submit a request at that time. If you don't hear back shortly, I'd recommend booking a backup hotel with a refundable cancellation policy just in case - some weeks, it's tough to find a host if both the M1s and M2s have exams coming up or something like that.
I do highly recommend student hosting if it will not significantly disrupt your sleep - it's great to get to know the student body a bit, and it's free! Plus, talking to your host about their experiences at OUWB and on interview day can help ease your nerves a bit and help you come up with better questions to ask at your interview.
If you'd rather stay in a hotel, that's fine! If you'd still like to talk with a current student before your interview day, a group of M1s/M2s traditionally meet up with interviewing students for dinner at a restaurant across from campus the night before the interviews. Just ask your student host about it if you are staying with one, or contact the student hosting coordinators directly.
Which airport should I fly into? How do I get to/from OUWB and the airport?
I'd recommend flying into DTW, which is 45-60 minutes south of Rochester. Public transportation is not great in the Detroit area, so your best bet would be to take an Uber/Lyft or a cab. Split with other interviewees if you can. Also please note that there is construction on various parts of 75-south for the next god knows how long, so between that and rush hour traffic, to be safe I think you should allow yourself at least 1.5-2 hours to get to the airport at the end of interview day.
How does the post-interview decision process work?
The adcom meets every other week to review the files of interviewed applicants. They will review the applicants and you will get one of four responses: acceptance (usually phone call), rejection (email), 1st/2nd tier wait list (email, which tier you're on is finalized at the end of the application cycle), third tier wait list (email), or silence. Silence means that they have not made a final decision on your application yet. THIS IS NOT BAD NEWS. You are still in the running! OUWB is pretty fair about rejecting people they know they don't want in a timely manner, so you still have a good shot at getting in. At the next adcom meeting, they will review the subsequent interview dates and re-review applicants from previous interview dates who are on the first or second tier waitlist. At the end of April, they will do a final review of all the remaining interviewees, and you will receive a decision of accept, first tier waitlist, second tier waitlist, or reject. Historically, the school has accepted lots of people from the first tier waitlist, and I know of a few who came off the second tier waitlist in the last cycle as well.
When do scholarship offers go out?
Last year, it seems that some scholarship offers went out with admissions offers, and others went out separately on random dates via phone call.
What is the grading system? What's the attendance policy?
M1/M2: most classes are honors/pass/fail.
Honors = >90% in class/exams + >70% attendance at class sessions.
Pass = >70% in class/exams, no attendance requirement other than mandatory sessions.
This is not curved - theoretically everybody in the class could get honors if they scored well enough.
M3/M4: Honors/high pass/pass.
Honors = exceeds expectations on clinical performance in rotations and >80th percentile nationally on standardized shelf exam.
High pass = exceeds expectations on clinical performance or >80th percentile nationally on standardized shelf exam, but not both.
Pass = meets expectations on clinical performance and pass shelf exam
Ranking: We do not know where we stand in the class throughout medical school (but you get a pretty good idea based on your exam scores compared to class averages, etc.). However, every single medical school, regardless of grading scheme or whether they say it's unranked, is required to submit a dean's letter (called the MSPE) as part of your residency application, part of which discusses your performance in comparison to your classmates. To meet this requirement, the school assigns us rankings based on our grades (certain amount of points for honors, less points for high pass, less points for pass), which we do not see. What goes into the MSPE, then, is our quartile - e.g. the letter will say you are in the top quarter of bottom quarter of the class. So bottom line: every school has to rank one way or another, OUWB minimizes it as much as they are allowed to do.
Just received an emailing saying they received my application and will send me a secondary soon if I meet their minimum requirements
Is this new? I don’t remember this happening last year. I wonder if this also means that they’re planning on changing prompts too
Seems like the email is new. They screened last year.
did you receive the secondary yet?
I got the same email as the people above you on July 3rd. The email says a secondary will be sent after you pass their screening and I have yet to receive a secondary
I’m surprised it’s taking this long. There’s no way they’re doing a stringent screening
Same, I got an AMCAS submitted email on 7/3. Still waiting for secondary, which is fine with me because getting swamped by essays lol
Received secondary on 7/6
1. Optional: If applicable, please describe any connections you have to the OUWB communities.
2. How have your experiences serving others contributed to your personal growth?
3. If you have already graduated, briefly summarize your activities since graduation.
4. Optional: Is there anything you want the admissions committee to know about your qualifications for medical school that is not already represented in your application materials? Note: This space is provided for new information only, not to promote qualifications already highlighted in your other materials.
Essay number 2 is super important!
I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THAT ENOUGH.
OUWB is a very service oriented school.
Anyone else still not recieve a secondary? Says my app was recieved 4 July
Any tips for answering that? That’s a very open ended question
Personally, I did a lot of self-reflection and talked about how volunteering has impacted me and continued to build into how critical volunteering is as a physician for meeting underserved patients that you might see.
Dumb question here, but what is considered a connection? If I’m an undergrad at this school, and the hospital they teach at is 10 mins from my house, is that a connection?
If you can smell the school you go there!
Sorry I’m lost
Your connection is "you are a student there"
Fairly certain they mean if you have any family members that are a part of the school. I would not consider attending the undergrad a connection to the medical school.
I get the feeling that question was supposed to be vague because it states "OUWB Communities" not necessarily med school
I would agree if it said Oakland University Communities and not OUWB Communities. Idk. Seems like it would be weird, if I answered "I attended Harvard for undergrad" to the question "Do you have any connections to the Harvard Medical School Communities?" OP can always call admissions for clarification. They never asked for my name when I called.
I actually respectfully disagree with @Chicken Little on this one, I think if you went to OU that's a pretty reasonable connection. Same if you have worked or volunteered at Beaumont, for instance.
I actually did not think of that! I did volunteer at one beaumont’s ER and also in the research lab at another Beaumont location. I’ll give them a call thank you
Called them. The question is more centered around personal connections. It makes sense since OUWB is a private school.
They definitely could have made that more clear; understand the confusion on that one. Seemed weird they would have you report that you attended their undergrad when they have access to that information/see your activities section. Based my advice on similar connection secondary questions at other schools.
How many characters or words per prompt?
400 words for each
Is anyone going to talk about diversity for the optional question? I know they said they prefer special circumstances/non-trad stuff for that essay, but I didn't mention anything from my diversity essay anywhere else in my primary app.
Received secondary, it went to my spam box for some reason Just wanted to put that out there in case anyone else was wondering about their secondary and might need to check their spam!
They might ask in interviews but I don't think diversity essay belongs there.
is the additional info essay a good place to talk about why oakland?
Use this post to guide your response in the optional essay portion
I'm also still waiting. I checked that I meet their requirements for a secondary so I'm not sure why its taking a long time
Schools send out secondaries in batches so they don't get flagged by spam filters. Don't worry, you'll get it eventually. Took me like 2 months ot get Tulane and Wake.
Received Secondary today. Following
Hey everyone, rising M2 here. Just wanted to wish all of you nothing but success this cycle! If you have any questions regarding the application cycle or OUWB in general, feel free to post here/PM me and I'll do my best to help.
Quick bit of advice that was reiterated above: Take the OUWB secondary essay regarding service and personal growth very seriously. I honestly cannot stress this enough. There's a reason that this is the one essay they require of everyone. Please do not rush this essay, even if it means submitting the secondary a bit later than you wanted.
How would you approach it? I talked about both medical and non medical service and talked about 2 experiences in each of those (2 of them are most meaningful on my primary). I really like the prompt but I talked about growth a lot in my most meaningful essays and feel it may be a bit repetitive.
I haven’t received a seconday from them even though I was verified a long time ago. I got secondaries from many other schools . Should I be worried since I got an email saying I would eventually receive the secondary?
I have not yet either and have been verified for a long time.
Y'all need to read through previous posts. I get it if it's a 15 page thread, but we're still on page 1 here
Too late for that...
Secondary received just now!
The question about serving is getting me! Does it have to be volunteer/community service or something we got paid for but still serving others. I work for a homeless shelter and take care of autistic people! but I am getting paid for both..so not sure if I should use it or not!