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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?

2

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)?

"Tell me about yourself, what got you interested in medicine, why medicine, why D.O., why ATSU/KCOM, what specialty are you interested in? " Report Response

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

"What are characteristics of a good physician, tell me your biggest strengths and weaknesses, what would a friend say about you, what do you do to relieve stress?" Report Response

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

"Tell us about your past/current classes, jobs, shadow, and volunteer experience? We talked briefly about the status (negatives and positives) of U.S. healthcare." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Are you interested in coming to ATSU/KCOM even though it is in a different state and are you interested in our rotation locations?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Tell me a time when you conveyed integrity? (Ofcourse, I show integrity in everyday life, but it was hard to come with an exact example and brag about myself.) Tell me a time when you witnessed a difference between D.O. and M.D. while shadowing/volunteering?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school website, personal statement, AACOMAS app., Secondary app., and discussion with peers and physicians." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everything was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or opportunity to interview at a better school. The traditions and D.O. history is great. They seem to be 100% supportive for the success of their students. See “general comments” for more positive statements about the school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing. More schools should strive to be like this one. Everyone complains of the location, but you’re only there for two years and it can allow you to study more. The town and location are not that bad. The tuition cost is expensive, but so is most medical schools and you will have more than enough time and money to pay it back." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing. I was prepared, open, and ready. Everything lived up to what I had heard and expected. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"ATSU/KCOM is the founding D.O. school, is rich in tradition and history, and is very prestigious throughout the country. The interviewers, faculty, staff, students, and student ambassadors (tour guides) were all very friendly, helpful, and propose an atmosphere that is very conducive for learning and excelling in medicine. It is definitely true what you hear from virtually everyone that talks about ATSU/KCOM and says that it is a friendly campus and that the interview is relaxed and laid back. The facility is very nice and provides high technological advances and a brand new building containing a new OMM lab and patient simulators. This is a top-notch program that can provide a high quality education, good faculty to student ratio, and good residency placement. They honestly just want to get to know you and find out if you are right for the program and if you want to join their program. No ethical questions were asked. There was an hour interview with 1 D.O. and a separate hour interview with 1 Ph.D faculty member, followed by a 30 minute interview with an admissions staff member. The rest of the day was a relaxed, helpful information session, tour of the campus, and tour of the anatomy lab. You spend your first 2 years in Kirksville and then you have a choice between many states throughout the U.S. for your 3rd and 4th year rotations. I was accepted to ATSU not long after my interview and will be attending this fall. I was satisfied with the fact that they didn’t make me wait long. They are to the point and know what they want, unlike other schools that I have been waitlisted at in the past. " 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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$201-$300

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 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?

12/03/2007

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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

9 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep up the good work and thank you for being so friendly." Report Response

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