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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"Why medicine, when did you know you wanted to be a doctor and why osteopathic?" Report Response

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

"Are you concerned about getting back into formal education, like studying, etc.?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about a time you've shown compassion." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"First question, right out of the gate: Why are you applying so late? Maybe not such an "interesting" question as aggravating. I explained that I submitted before every deadline and I didn't feel that I was late." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why osteopathic medicine instead of allopathic? This was difficult because I gave my answer, then the interviewer repeated the question, as if I hadn't answered it." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, other interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are first-rate. While I haven't toured every medical school campus, I dare say DMU's new facilities rival anything else out there. Students, both ambassadors and others just hanging out in commons, seemed happy at the school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Cost and the fact that I was only interviewing for the wait list." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"All day, everyone kept saying how the interview would be very laid-back and low-key. They emphasized how little stress was involved and that admissions committee just wanted to get to know you. Then I got into my interview and they asked some pretty pointed questions. I didn't feel like I needed a blindfold and a cigarette or anything, but don't be lulled into a false sense of security. Interviewers had reviewed my file well and didn't avoid tough questions about my weak areas." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The experience was overall very positive. The day began with a full morning of presentations from admissions staff, which drug on a little bit. They talk about the school, curriculum, etc. A woman spoke about life, housing, entertainment, etc. in Des Moines. A tour of the facilities was given over the noon hour. Lunch was served in the cafe in the main building. A group of 3 OMM fellows talked with us about the school, OMM and did an OMM demonstration. An interview with a professor, a practicing physician and a current student (3 on 1) was held in the afternoon." 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/13/2006

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?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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