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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)?

"Tell me about yourself?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your experiences? especially your medical experiences." Report Response

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

"How did you become interested in osteopathic medicine and why go DO?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about the art that you do (I was an art major in college)? Tell me about your pet frog?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me about managed care and the difficulties you see with that system? How does tumor necrosis factor relate to superoxide dismutase (my research)?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN, read web site for KCOM, read ethic articles on CNN, read med student diaries, talked to alumni and researched osteopathic medicine" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The people were incredibly friendly and really put me at ease. The interview was very much like a conversation and I felt really comfortable. They have impressive numbers as far as board scores and residency placements and they really make you feel welcome. Can you imagine a med school actually courting you and selling themselves- that would be KCOM. Plus they have a great history as the founding school and they are now part of A.T. Still University- I will be in first class of this new system." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"nothing - I think the only negative thing about KCOM is the fact it is in a small town but that is overcome because we can go all over for rotations." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really- I felt prepared to answer the question why DO instead of MD and that was really the only tough thing to explain and clarify. It is really important to know why you are interested in Osteopathic medicine." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"KCOM was my first interview and it was also my top choice as far as DO schools. I was really nervous when I got there but they did everything possible to make you feel comfortable. I also stayed with a student which I highly reccommend. That way I actually met the Dean of Admissions before my interview and I met a lot of the students which gave me the inside scope on the school. The interview day was long but they got our interviews out of the way as soon as we arrived so we could relax during the tours and information sessions. I interviewed with the admissions counselor first than an immunologist (my research experience was immunology) and a DO. My best interview was the DO by far. They had lunch for us and a lot of info about the school and the curriculum. It was really cold so we didn't tour all the buildings but I had visited before so I knew what they looked like. Overall the people, students, staff and faculty were incredibly nice and were truly interested in getting to know me. I had a very positive experience and have decided to attend KCOM. They send out the acceptance offers about a week after the interview so you know right away." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/24/2003

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