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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?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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)?

""To get started just tell me anything and everything you want to tell me about yourself and how you got to this point in your life."" Report Response

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

""What experiences do you have with osteopathic physicians?"" Report Response

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

""Where will you go if you get multiple acceptances?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Who was the last real emperor in the region now known as Ethiopia? (He saw that I took ONE class on African History, over ten years ago mind you.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Ethiopia question, but it was really almost given as a joke to lighten up the mood. I knew the answer and we joked about it." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school website, friend that is student " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students and staff are SUPER nice. Everyone was genuinely interested in me as a person. Many (at least 15) students came up to me and chatted about the school and told me how laid back and non-competitive it is. The facilities are great and getting better. Great anatomy lab! Awesome OMM program. Campus small and everything close by. There were no snobby academic types anywhere!!!! Cool folks" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Traveling clerkships during the third year. If you are willing and able to travel (i.e. single w/ no kids) the clinical years will be AWESOME. You can do anywhere from 6 months up to two years away in places like Texas, Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. For me (wife and kid) being seperated from my family is not an option. There are 6 months during the third year that are up in the air, meaning you MAY have to travel. You have a very good chance of not traveling if you wish, but no guarantees for those six months. The rest of your clinical time can all be done at DMU. Many of the students want to travel so the Des Moines slots are not that hard to come by really. Again, if I were singe the traveling would be a positive instead of a negative " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The whole darn town, and whole campus too, is under construction. I mean miles and miles of road being rebuilt and many detours. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"DMU is a great school. It is very laid back and not competitive at all. It seemed to me that the school is full of people who have no interest being a number at a big school and they let you know it. It was almost spooky how friendly everyone was, staff included. Seemed like every student knew every other student and staff member, and everyone said hi. This school is not a research institution and has a pretty small campus. It's not for everyone, but if you are just looking for a solid D.O. education this is the place for you." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/03/2003

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