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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?

2 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?

2

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 your clinical experience? (I'm a medical assistant)." Report Response

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

"Why osteopathy?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What makes you different from all of the other candidates?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"see above! (it caught me off guard)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read SDN, KCOM website, practiced possible Q and A" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone there was very nice, and the curriculum places heavy emphasis on anatomy, which is important to me. They offer rotations third and fourth year in other states and countries, and have some impressive technology in some of the study areas. The students really seemed to like it there, and the staff does seem to care about the success of the students. Most of all, there are great residencies available to students and they do very well on the boards. My second interviewer (the dean, yikes!) was awesome...very easy to talk to, very comforting, and he really wants to make sure everyone feels comfortable at KCOM. Nice guy." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I'm not a big fan of rural areas in general, and Kirksville is about as rural as you can get and still have room to put a medical college. Instead of one or two students giving us a tour, we had a bunch of people take us to one spot, talk about it, and return us to admissions until the next person picked us up again. The micro/histology lab and the OMM lab are very old. The idea of a 2 week rural preceptorship at the end of year one kind of freaks me out...preceptorship yes, rural not so much. My first interviewer either wasn't prepared, didn't care to talk to me at all, or was trying to make me nervous because he hardly said 10 words during the entire hour. It was basically up to me to carry the conversation." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That there are no really decent places to get something to eat in the town (which my interviewer also pointed out to me the next morning,haha). Unless you like fast food, there weren't many choices for a sit down meal, so my family and I were out of luck. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I came back with a better image of KCOM than I had before...but it didn't blow me away like I thought it would. I can see myself going there, but only if I don't get in elsewhere and only if I get the hell out of there after second year." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/01/2004

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