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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Your mom is an MD, how does she feel about you pursuing DO? " Report Response

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

"What do you look for in a medical college? Why Iowa? Wouldn't it be more conveninet for you in your home state? (I explained why I applied to DMU before they asked this-but they will ask so be prepared)." Report Response

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

"What is one social problem in health care today? How do you feel about patients ordering med refills from Canada?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you feel about patients ordering prescription medications from Canada? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If you had ten thousand dollars worth of medical aid, would you use it to help a little girl who needed heart surgery, or would you spread it ou to help many patients?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read my primary app, remembered who wrote letters of rec for this school, read this site and thought about some of hte questions people were asked." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"It is true that they are VERY friendly on this campus. They really make you feel welcome and take off the competetive between applicants. They also provide you with a free lunch-the food at the cafeteria is really good. They only charge ten dollars for parking a year, and the parking is like 10 feet away from the building. Reasonable tuition for a private school. Good wireless laptops included in tuition. Lots of affordable housing. I didn't find anything that I didn't like. I asked many students if there was one thing they could fix or change about the school, what would it be. A couple said the construction had been kind of a pain-but it will be completed in May, no one else had anything to complain about. The new building is awesome, the old facilites are very nice. Apparently the school has an unparalled OMM program. The workout facilities have a locked door that you can enter by swiping your ID card, and it has many treadmills each has its own cable TV and earphones! Spouses get free membership to the gym-and everyone lets in their boyfriends/girlfriends, without it being a problem. They spend a lot of time explaining their curriculum, student clubs, life in Des Moines-you aren't left feeling like "what is this school environment like?" I left feeling like I would be very comfortable in such a supportive environment." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing. Well, the morning is pretty long. At first I thought it would be better tohave the interviews out of the way first, but they provide a lot of info that is useful to you for the interview, such as "why DMU" and "what do you look for in a medical school" and "how do you think you would like life in Des Moines." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How nice they are-and how they make the interview very unstressful, even though its three on one. They don't just stare at you, they talk to each other-when I said I didn't know the answer of understand question-they talked about it in detail and gave some options to choose from. If you do happen to have four interviewers, as I did, be aware that the fourth one is just there to observe for training purposes and makes no judgements and asks no questions. Also, you don't have to wear a black or blue suit. I wore something flowing and flowery and they said "oh we are so glad your not wearing black or blue-we're sick of black and blue- you look very nice."" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I wrote down all my interview questions as soon as I got out so I could post them-here they are: How did you end up at your undergrad school? Your mom is an MD, how does she feel about you pursuing DO? What do you look for in a medical college? Why Iowa? Wouldn't it be more conveninet for you in your home state? (I explained why I applied to DMU before they asked this-but they will ask so be prepared). Explain what you did at your volunteering job? Would you see yourself active in student organizations here at DMU...Would you be a leader? What is one social problem in health care today? How do you feel about patients ordering med refills from Canada? What would you do if you were practicing medicine in a rural area and people couldn't afford health care? How would you handle that as a community leader? Are you worried about being able to get up and hit the ground running in medical school after being out of school for two years? (no). Hope this helps!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/17/2004

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