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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?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why DO?" Report Response

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

"What do you do for fun?" Report Response

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

"If a classmate could thank you for something, what would it be?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing too out of the ordinary... I suppose ''Tell me about Healthcare in country X'' (a foreign country where I got some clinical exposure) What do you do for fun?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If a classmate could thank you for something (at your graduation, for example), what would it be? Not horrible, I guess. There weren't any ''difficult'' questions." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I looked through the SDN comments, my application, and the schools website. I printed out a bunch of the questions and tried answering them (in my head, at least). The interview was very relaxed and conversational. They definitely read through my file and knew a lot about me. Overall, I think I may have ''overprepared,'' if that can be done. There weren't any ethical questions or any polarizing questions. I think the interviewers just really wanted to get to know me and see if I would fit in the environment. Overall I think I did OK, but I left with some mixed feelings, as I was a little nervous and stuttered a few times." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I loved the fact that the students were so excited about their school. THIS IS KEY! Everyone was very friendly. Since I was in the first group to interview, and didn't get a chance to tour the school with the other interviewees, a student volunteered to show me around. The facilities are BRAND new, and everything looks awesome. I think the academic building was built in 2005, but don't quote me on that. I love the fact that they have such awesome technology, and want to prepare students before they go for clinicals. The simulation lab, where they have a huge mannequin that can respond to drugs, has ''blood,'' etc. was awesome, as was the surgical lab where they teach you how to put on surgical wear and how to do simple procedures before you go out for surgery. They really want their students to be prepared." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"A lot of students are from the midwest, and I don't know that the school is necessarily ''uber-diverse.''" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That about 1/4 to 1/3 of students are married. I think this can add an interesting and friendly dynamic to the class." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, great. We went over basic questions like ''Why DO?'', but it was very conversational." 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?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

DSM

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?

Heartland Inn By the airport

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/19/2007

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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