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  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Des Moines
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"How did you come to the conclusion that medicine was for you?" Report Response

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

"If you could fix one thing about medicine, with the wave of a magic wand, what would it be?" Report Response

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

"Tell us a little about your time volunteering? What sorts of things did you discover about medicine in 3rd world countries?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you were to become an osteopathic physician, how would you confront/ change the general misunderstandings people have about D.O.'s?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you were to be accepted at some of the other schools you've applied to (DO and MD), what would make you choose this school over them? They really pressed me on this, as if they were trying to see how strongly I felt about their school. I was caught off gaurd by it and had trouble coming up with some good reasons." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over a few interviews from this site; researched info about des moines and the school online; said my prayers and ate my vitamins like all good Hulk-a-maniacs should." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The day was well-planned...if a bit redundant. I really didn't need to have researched the school, b/c they went over everything I could have wanted to know throughout the course of the day. I was most impressed, however, by a presentation on what OMM is, given by the chair of the OMM dept. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A number of things. The student giving my tour talked 100 mph and very softly. It was extremely annoying. Also, the school is undergoing some major renovations. Perhaps in 2 to 3 years it will be a nicer place to go, but not during the time I'd be there. Then, of course, there is the fact that you have to travel around during your 3rd and 4th years for clinicals. Maybe not too hard if you're a swinging single, but I'm not. Another thing was the cost. Estimated budget for year one was $43K! I've already been accepted at another school where the budget was just 29K. Unless you're independantly wealthy or going the military route, a 14K differance will make you blink. Finally, and most importantly, while I was relaxing before my interview a current student (a senior) approached me and vehemently advised me not to go to this school if I had other options. He said they have had big administrative problems over the years and haven't had a permanent dean for quite a while. The clinical dept. (in charge of 3rd and 4th years) was especially disorganized in his opinion. Sorry, but when a senior at the school pleafully tells you to go elsewhere, that's a big red flag!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I really did like the city of Des Moines and I'd like to live there. The students at the school were extremely nice, and the staff and faculty seemed genuinely interested in me coming to their school. However, I just got this vibe of disorganization. As if the school didn't have clear leadership and direction. Maybe down the road this school will be better, but for now I don't think it is where I'd like to go. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/08/2003

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