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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?

6 out of 10

How you think you did?

5 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"See most interesting. Tell me about your research, clinical experience, why you want to be a doctor, why you want to be a DO, why DMU (not all at once of course). What would you do if you failed your first exam in med school? Fairly basic." Report Response

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

"With all of your research experience, why not grad school instead? " Report Response

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

"Since your father is a MD, what does he think about you going to a DO school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me something we don't know about you that isn't on your application. " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why should we accept you? (hard question for me, I feel like I either sound arrogant or am selling myself short)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, previous interview, talked with health professionals" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The school itself has amazing facilities. I was not expecting the campus to be so beautiful! Everyone is nice, and honest! They admitted the negatives of the school, along with discussing the positives. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The length of the day, I wasn't done until after 3pm. I was too tired by the time of my interview, and felt that I did poorly because of this. A morning interview would have been helpful. Also, would have liked to see the anatomy labs, but apparently we weren't "allowed" because we weren't students. I didn't get to meet the dean or president whom I hear so much about." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They give all 1st year students a laptop and PDA. Also, the major interstate to the school from my hotel would be closed and the route I had to take was an extra 15 min (I was about 10 min late). " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was very impressed by this school. I had heard many negative things, but felt the school was upfront and honest about its short comings. The facilities are brand new, and the campus is nice. The faculty seem very involved in the students' education, and were nice. The students seemed laid back, and not stressed out. The interview itself wasn't too hard, but I felt nervous (I really wanted to do well) and was tired by the time I had my interview. I also was uncomfortable with 3 interviewers opposed to 1. The clinicals 3rd and 4th year are set up by staff, but you pick where you want to go. Only about 25% of 3rd years can stay in DM for the first 6 months (others have to go to pre-selected hospitals, most of which are in Michigan), but it seems like after this you can pretty much get clincals anywhere you want. Some students loved this because they could travel, others hated it because they wanted the convinence and simplicity of staying in DM. There were lots of students from my hometown and undergrad school at DMU, and they had nothing but positive things to say. DMU has definately become one of my first choice schools after this visit. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 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?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Candlewood Suites

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/04/2005

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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