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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?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Tell us about your family. How many brothers and sisters do you have? Fill in the portions of your life before your application here. " Report Response

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

"What is a pressing health care issue that keeps you up at night?" Report Response

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

"What specialty do you think you might not want to pursue? (This is a different spin on asking what you might want to go into. I answered a specialty that one of the interviewers was, much to my horror! However, I think that they just want to know what area you see yourself as suited for.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

""If your best friend were sitting here next to you, what would they say about you?" I didn't really get it at first, since I didn't know if they were talking in terms of my becoming a physician or just of my character, but thought a little bit about it and was able to answer it." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above, but also: "How are you on multiple choice tests?" That one was probably getting at my lower MCAT score. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"This website, which was fantastic for helping me prepare for a variety of different questions, having family and friends ask me various questions, and learning general things about the school. Also, I paid close attention to the presentations given throughout the day and asked several students questions in order to present them with my own questions at the interview." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I'm from the Midwest, so I wasn't surprised at the "niceness" of the students. I was, however, surprised that so many had time to take us on tours, eat lunch with us, answer our questions, etc. In general, I loved the comments some of the students made, such as, "I've never regretted choosing DMU." and "I make priorities to enjoy activities outside of school." I was also very impressed by the demonstrations and tours that made me feel like my day was well spent and that they weren't just inviting me solely for an interview. It seemed that they were as interested in my learning about their school as they were in learning about me. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The construction was a little bit annoying, as was the large lecture hall and limited cafeteria. However, there will be a new auditorium when the construction is done after my first year, so that's not too bad." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That all first years are issued laptops and PDAs you get to keep. I am very glad that I found that out before buying the new laptop I've been looking at." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was very conversational, but there were still a few tough questions mixed in. I felt confident and I think that was evident to my interviewers. All in all, it was a low-stress day that made me feel good about pursuing medicine. I felt that they actually wanted me to come there, instead of looking for reasons why I wasn't "the ideal candidate." Just be yourself, and if you're truly committed, they will be able to see that. That's the best preparation you could ever have." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/24/2003

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