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  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Downers Grove
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why D.O.? Why Midwestern University?" Report Response

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

"What previous exposure have you had to osteopathic medicine?" Report Response

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

"Most questions are specific to your application. The interviews are closed file in that they don't have your scores, but they do have your essays and letters of recommendation, etc. The interview was really laid back and became more of a conversation than an interview." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How my previous experience as a mechanic will help me to be a better doctor." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The 14-year-old daughter of a good friend comes into your office asking for birth control. What are your ethical obligations in this situation and how would you respond?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed SDN and school websites, reviewed my primary and secondary applications, read a book on osteopathic medicine, and got a good night's sleep." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school has a longstanding reputation. There are a lot of rotation sites in Chicago; a lot of opportunity. Great cafeteria, nice OMM lab, great campus. Chicago in the fall: beautiful." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Six students per cadaver, no clinical experience during the first two years, and lower than average COMLEX scores over the past few years. I had just interviewed at AZCOM the day before my interview at CCOM. It seems like CCOM is trying to catch up to the standards that have been set by AZCOM in the last 8 years. CCOM is confined by its history; change is difficult." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"CCOM felt more like an undergraduate institution than a medical school. Compared to AZCOM, CCOM has a stronger focus on research; a lot of professors are involved in research." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The day starts with coffee and an introduction from the admissions staff. Then there is an extremely short financial aid presentation. After that, the interviews start. You're separated into two groups...one group interviews while the other group goes on a campus tour. The student who led the tour wasn't very helpful. We didn't even get to see the anatomy lab (apparently they don't allow it). We did get to go into the OMM lab and chat with some students. When all of the interviews were over, the admissions staff gave a quick conclusion and we all went to lunch. Even though there were many students in the cafeteria with us, none of them came over to talk to us except the student who gave us the tour. After lunch we all left. This school would definitely prepare a person to become a good doctor, but it wasn't the right fit for me." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/04/2003

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