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  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Kansas City
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

""I want you to pick a medical ethical issue, describe both sides of that issue, and come down hard on one side with your personal opinion."" Report Response

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

""Why shouldn't I (asked by a biochemist) use stem cells that are already in storage? It's just a waste to not access those resources."" Report Response

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

"What programs did you apply to? Why do you want to be an osteopathic physician? Why did you apply to osteopathic schools? (They all came at once)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"The question I asked them was the most interesting one: "You changed to this new curriculum called the Genesis curriculum. Does it work well? If I'm going to give you ~$200,000 and four years of my life I want to know that what you have works, and works better than other programs."" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There were no questions that took me by surprise, and the interview felt less like an interrogation and more like talking with my professors or family doctor." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"For this particular interview, I over-prepared. I studied the SDN interview questions for this University and then made sure that I knew the answers to all of the questions that had been asked of previous students. Know your medical politics, especially with regard to healthcare in the US and Canada. Also, I studied my application materials so that I would know what topics they could draw questions from." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"This school prides itself on having very laid-back interviews. The reason they give is that they don't want to create an artificial environment where you feel compelled to perform, since this will not give them an adequate opportunity to observe who you really are. This makes perfect sense to me, and although they can put some pressure on you, it is only to ensure that your personality would be a good fit with the rest of the campus. They tell you that on paper, you already have the qualifications to be accepted, else you wouldn't have received an interview. During the interview, they're just out to discover how you think and what kind of personality/people skills you have. I have heard that the top academic third of med school applicants make the top third worst physicians. If this is true, this school takes measures to combat that statistic by seeking to offer positions to individuals who, having met the minimum academic requirements are then evaluated using criteria that we ourselves employ when seeking for a knowledgeable, compassionate physician: personality, critical thinking and people skills. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The hotel I stayed in. DON'T stay at the Royal Inn, the Admiral Hotel, or any other such nasty place. In fact, don't stay in anything on Independence. Stay with a student if possible, or go to the Holiday Inn Express near the Country Club Plaza. They offer discounts to students staying there for interviews ($40 discount)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How much the interviewers were like my own professors in my undergrad program. I had a great time during my interview! Also, I wish I had known not to stay in the "Royal Hotel." Apparently (I found this out later), the rooms are rented out by the hour (which explains the many, many things I found in the room which should not have been there)!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Many people in the forums complained about the immediate area around the University as being kind of "ghetto." This is true. However, KS is a unique city in that there are very close and distinct neighborhoods. Don't let the your first impressions scare you away because the culture and class change suddenly a couple of blocks away. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?

1 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

The Royal Inn (NEVER GO THERE!!!)

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/24/2008

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?

8 out of 10

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

7 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?

"No suggestions whatsoever. Admissions was very helpful, reassuring and friendly." Report Response

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