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  • Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Glendale
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?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"Tell me about yourself?" Report Response

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

"What did you do for your Eagle scout project?" Report Response

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

"What was your least favorite class? (I added favorite class to the answer, too)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How often do you run? (Hobby on my CV). The rest is a blur...too many interviews at this point...!" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Just about all of the questions that were on SDN, but fortunately I wasn't asked them...! I was ready for the WORST based on SDN feedback, but it seemed fine. SDN question: How would you run a campaign to change healthcare in the US? How would you fund it? " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN fback 1.5 years, CIB profile, followed AZCOM threads, reviewed primary/secondary/CV/wiki of PHX, spent the entire day before the interview checking out the area and driving past the school, found admin door, 5 prior interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Administration seems to really care about its students...especially their board performance, board scores, I heard that ~80-85% take usmle's, facilities are excellent, everyone was very friendly, PHX is excellent!, 150 phoenix rotation slots, 40 OH rotation slots, remainder in Tuscan/(Kingsman?), 3 million ppl in Phoenix (#4-6 in the nation?) but LOW density...you can study without having so many neighbors, AZ is beautiful, on-campus housing (and off-campus _very_ close by) is very nice and very affordable. 10 week quarter system. No courses seem to stagger like DMU block curriculum. They use a diagnostic (shelf) exam before their class takes the comlex - just another chance to make sure that you can pass/do well!, they are managing the 250 class size well - stream of anatomy and OMM." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not systems-based learning, cost is higher than another school that I'm looking at, (I don't care much about it, but cafe doesn't have many choices), I expected that I would see more candidates accepted to other programs during my late February interview, a little nervous about trying to find a residency in the area but the school seems to recognize that and tries to excel in comlex/usmle scores (but I'm just uninformed, so take with a huge grain of salt), Not very many osteo programs in Mtn region so it seems like you'll have to do allo programs?, " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"1) If you rent a car, go with their discount....Enterprise didn't appear to be open so I went with National when I got to the airport. $257 for a 3 day rental of smallest class!! Still worth the cost...best way to get a feel for the area is driving out and checking out the locals. 2) They had more student interaction than other reviewers had said. 2 students gave the tour and a 3rd stopped in during our wait. A 4th sat with us at lunch. Mostly OMSI and 1 OMSII I think. That was better than PCOM, NSUCOM, LECOM-Erie, and LECOM-Brad. Less than DMU." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"0) Semi-open interview. Interviewers seemed to build questions from my CV (I can't confirm PS) 1) Another reviewer said that they didn't have healthy options for lunch...not many pre-lunch, but at lunch they have wraps, salads, and fruit. The other choices for hot food only appeared to be 2 - tacos or enchilladas. 2) I didn't see any kids/families visible at lunch...it was during finals week, but you don't know. I heard that on-campus housing typically gets many families 3) Lots of downtime, but chat it up with others and learn more about the school/students, etc...who cares if you have to wait an hour or two? 4) AZ gets one nasty hot summer (120F x 2 months) but it seems to be comfortable the rest of the time!! =) You definitely have to like the "heat" as they call it....standard interview dress - black/white shirt + colored tie/jacket. Don't try to dress down. Some walking around outside briefly, but comfortable. A/C inside and bus. Shuttle to/from PHX was $24 according to fellow interviewer. Comfort Inn was fine, reasonable pricing. Breakfast starts at 6:30, shuttle leaves at 7:00 for a 7:15 dropoff. They drop you off at the Barrel student center (make a right after security guard, 2nd building on your left). There is a glass door that says "Admissions" in small type. Comfort Inn is ~ 3 miles away...just head down Union Hills Drive and hang a right to go north on 59th (I think?) (the other entrance is closed due to construction for dental and optometry clinic). Make a right off 59th (?) at the large/wide Midwestern University sign...right after their clinic on the right. VERY pretty campus. Emerald green grass and lots of little cactus around....it was surprising that the whole AZ area actually smelled good....that was really weird... " 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?

Airplane

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

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

PHX

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, Union Hills (3.3 miles?)

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/15/2009

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 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?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Great job. Best financial presentation I saw. Include directions to building were admissions is or a" Report Response

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