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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?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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?

3

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)?

"The first interview was mostly conversational. The interviewer asked me about my research, teaching, major, and life experiences." Report Response

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

"Lots of conversation during this first interview. What are our strengths and weaknesses? Tell me about your research. Since you have a biomechanics background, what are your opinions on OMM?" Report Response

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

"The third interview was a little more stressful. He asked me if I had and leadership experiences. What was the last book I read? This was supposed to be an hour interview but it ended up being about a half hour since we started late." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is one thing your best friend would change about you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What is one thing your best friend would change about you?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reviewed AACOMAS and Supplemental apps, reviewed KCOM website and osteopathic information" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything about the school is positive. They really care about their students and their families. The Still-Well program is extensive and has fitness activities that would appeal to everyone while promoting interaction among students. They stress collaboration instead of competition. They rank among the top 2% in anatomy exposure and they have a low student to cadaver ratio (4:1). Notes are available before lecture. Board reviews courses are free. First time pass rate is high (98%). Residency placements are impressive." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The location could be a little better. You are in medical school where you will be studying the entire time, so I guess it is a good thing that there aren't many distractions. If you really need the big city, then you'll have to wait two years and rotate somewhere else your 3rd and 4th years. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was a very long day! The day started with an overview presentation of the school. I then had my first interview with a friendly admissions staff member. She was great and our conversation lasted for about 20-25mins. At 10am, I went to my first one-hour interview. The Prof. interviewing me was great and touched upon all of the important areas of my application. He supported me when discussing the weaker areas of my application. Our research interests overlapped and so interview became conversational and the time flew by! The second one-hour interview was a little more difficult since the interviewer was not very responsive at all. It was difficult to gauge his attitude and I struggled to keep a cheerful conversation. I was unsure how he felt about me. At the end, he stated he was in support of my application (which I guess is a good thing!?). Leaving bewildered, we then had lunch with ambassadors followed by an OMM demo. Finally, we were given a tour of the facilities. The lecture rooms and anatomy labs were good. KCOM is expanding to accommodate a larger OMM lab and library as well as an IT department. The attached hospital, on-campus fitness center and housing, and patient mannequins added to KCOM’s strength and uniqueness. They are planning on buying 6 more $180,000 mannequins and incorporating them in to their curriculum! Overall, I feel this school has the strongest program and extensive facilities of any other DO school I have interviewed at. They really care about their students and I hope I get in!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$101-$200

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/31/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

4 out of 10

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