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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?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

50 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

4

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)?

"One interviewer with a science faculty member, clinical science faculty member, a student, and an observer (learning to interview). It was meant to last from 30 minutes to an hour. Mine was closer to an hour. Not all of these questions are exact but are in the spirit of those asked. Started off with questions about: Why Medicine? Why D.O.? Why DMU?" Report Response

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

"Do you consider yourself passionate about medicine? Tell us about your travel abroad experiences? What was your favorite class in undergrad? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" Report Response

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

"If you were accepted at a number of schools, what three main factors would influence your decision on where to attend? Do you honestly believe you are prepared for the rigors of medical school? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Would you consider adding an M.P.H. to your D.O. program given that you could do it without any extra cost if you came here? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Do you honestly believe you are prepared for the rigors of medical school? (My answer was "yes, I am" but the question seemed a little abrasive.)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"DMU's website and SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Starting with Becky Grissom and Tom Mueller, our day couldn't have started on a better note. These two "sanguine" personalities where just marvelous. Their banter started off the day with an upbeat, informative, and "relaxing" touch. These two individuals are a huge asset to DMU. Besides the duo, we were impressed with the new building, the strong OMT department, and the student-centered philosophies of the school. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"It is not a school without its weaknesses (the anatomy lab was decent but not on the level of some of the newer labs in the country) and the lecture halls left a little to be desired. 200 students seems a TOO LARGE for my comfort but it might not be so bad. The students repeatedly mentioned that they thought it wasn't a big deal at all." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships are available at this school for those with 30's or above on their MCATs as well as 3.5 GPAs or above. I might have been more interested if I had known this." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My wife attended the interview day with me. We honestly visited the school with no "pre-conceptions" other than we didn't think we would be interested in moving to Des Moines. What a turn around this day turned out to be. Now, we feel that Des Moines is in our top 3 (out of 10)." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2004

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