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  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Des Moines
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you define compassion?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Given the fact that you were an English major, how do you explain a verbal score of only 10 on the MCAT? I felt this question was very petty, given that more than 90% of those who take the MCAT score less than 10 on the verbal section." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school materials, website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facility will be beautiful once the construction is complete in 2005. Des Moines has quite a bit to offer for a city its size. The 4th year student who performed the OMM demonstration was very impressive. Parking only costs $20 per year. Diverse student body drawn from all over the country, and everyone seemed friendly." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The current lecture hall is overcrowded and poorly lit. DMU's projected costs are even higher than their website suggests, and would necessitate private loans on top of federal aid. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That nontraditional applicants may be scrutinized more rigorously than others, and that a negative decision had apparently been reached before the interview even began. I spent the entire interview defending myself, even though I had a GPA which met their average, an MCAT which exceeded it, and good extracurriculars." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The focus of the interview was surprizingly negative. The emphasis was on why I withdrew from certain courses (scheduling conflicts with full-time job as well as academic reasons, in some instances), why I took classes at a community college (affordability - plus it should have been irrelevant, given the fact that my MCAT clearly demonstrated proficiency in the basic sciences), whether or not I felt I could survive the workload (insulting - as anyone who has worked full time and taken premed prerequisites at night would realize). DMU has had 2200 applicants this year, and will invite approximately 25% for interviews. Candidates judged worthy of an interview slot who foot the bill for an expensive trip (Des Moines is only conveniently located for those living in Iowa) should be treated with a little bit more respect." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/25/2004

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