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  • A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Kirksville
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

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)?

"Mostly about activities, events, and experiences in my life, so look over your application and be prepared to discuss your application at length. " Report Response

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

"How did you acquire information about osteopathic medicine and KCOM?" Report Response

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

"Big shocker here: Why do you want to be a doctor?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you do to relax after a stressful test? I honestly play chess online: http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Games/Board_Games/Chess/ (the first Inside Yahoo link) I talked about reading a few books about chess strategy, and how it's such a beautiful game because the best moves always win. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Did you ever witness a drug overdose during your experiences in the ER? I hadn't, so that's all I basically said. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Looked over this website, talked with the student with whom I stayed the night before, and basically tried to slip into the "professional mode."" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"1. Really great facilities (academic and athletic). A hot spa, excellent gym, tennis courts, squash and the works. Even the study rooms are well equipped with new technological advances . 2. They were genuinely interested in getting to know ME! You have 3 separate interviews (2 of them are "important"), and all three are very engaging. The first was from a professor who showed me the form that he and the D.O. after him would fill out shortly after each interview. At the bottom, it said, "Do you recommend this candidate for admission? Yes or No"!!! 3. They are really interested in making sure that you accomplish YOUR goals, not just theirs. 4. The students are really great and pretty COOL. I didn't even ask or make plans for it, but the guy I stayed with came to pick me up at the tiny Kirksville Airport after I told him that my flight was delayed for about an hour. 5. The admissions staff honestly try to impress you, too, and they do a great job. KCOM is the #1 D.O. school (likely because it was the founding school). Average MCAT is 27 and average gpa is a little over 3.4, but they really pick students that they like - not really a superficial process at all. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Kirksville is a fairly small town with only 1 movie theatre (it has 8 screens). You have to drive 1.5 hours to Columbia if you want to visit a shopping mall. There's a JC Penny's and plenty of restaurants, hospitals and even Truman State University, but Kirksville can't be confused with a medium-sized town. The roads are nice, but it seems like they don't take you anywhere!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I knew this before, but it's still important: 1. There's an American Airlines shuttle from St. Louis that runs twice a day. If you're from out-of-state and you don't want to bother renting a car (which you really don't need), then catch that 18-seater flight. 2. Days Inn is the nicest hotel in the area, it's fairly inexpensive, and it has a free shuttle to the airport pretty much whenever you need/want it. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I interviewed at a bunch of schools, and KCOM really convinced me that it's the one I want. They genuinely care about YOU. I got the acceptance letter about 10 days after the interview, and I think I'm headed to KCOM. I sent my AACOMAS application really late (which is generally a very bad idea), but I've still gotten a lot of interviews, and I really don't think any other school is going to be able to attract me away from KCOM now. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/28/2003

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