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  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Glendale
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 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)?

"Why D.O.? Know what makes osteopathic medicine unique and why you want to become a D.O." Report Response

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

"Most questions are specific to your application. However, an MS-III was one of the interviewers on my panel, and he asked a few difficult ethical questions. Here's one example: You're a medical student and an attending is doing a surgical procedure with a resident (it's your first time observing this procedure). The attending finishes the procedure, takes off his gown, tells the resident to close up, and leaves the room. The resident, in turn, looks to you and tells you to close up and starts to walk out the door. You've never closed before, so you tell the resident that. The resident punches you in the chest and says, "Useless med student. Get out of here." How do you respond?" Report Response

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

"Also, make sure to read up on current healthcare issues and national news. They want to make sure you are aware of major global issues, both in healthcare and in general." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you deal with the medical crisis in our nation?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed SDN postings, school website, and my primary and secondary applications. I also read books on osteopathic medicine and got a good night's sleep." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Great library, anatomy lab, OMM lab (plus free OMM for students at the on-campus clinic), and new facilities. There is also an excellent lecture note service (professors have their notes delivered to students' mailboxes in advance of their lectures). I was further impressed with their ambulatory rotations and residency match sites. And best of all, your clinical experience begins during the first week of school. Another positive is that their response time is fairly quick. I was notified of my acceptance 2.5 weeks after my interview, and they had told us we would get our letters within 3 weeks. Lastly, I found the students to be very friendly and the school has a laid back, relaxed atmosphere that is more cooperative than competetive (i.e., pass/fail grading system)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"E-mail seems to be the only thing computers are really used for there; I didn't see any laptop hookups anywhere. Also, they don't have a cafeteria or any other food available on campus. I believe they are currently building a cafeteria, however, and it will be opening in the Spring of 2004." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Plan on being at the school until at least 2pm on your interview day. I had planned on about 1pm, so I ended up having to rush back to the airport." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day starts with a continental breakfast followed by a financial aid presentation. Interviews start around 9:30 or 10am, at which point half the group goes on a campus tour while the other half interviews. Then the two groups switch. After the interviews comes lunch with the students. Then the day concludes with a question-and-answer session with the school's vice president, who is a 3rd generation D.O." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/03/2003

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