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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?

1 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 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 us about yourself. Why Osteopathic Medicine? Why DMU? Is this your first interview?" Report Response

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

"How are you going to be able to adjust to Iowa weather since you have lived your whole life in California? How are you going to adjust to going back to school? (I graduated June 08)" Report Response

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

"What do you do to de-stress?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What do you think will be the hardest part about being a physician?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why Osteopathic Medicine? - Only because this was the first question and I was a little frazzled since my interview began 10 min early. I was planning on mentally preparing myself during that time, but I came back from the tour and they were waiting for me. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, DMU website, practicing with my fiancé" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"This school has it together. Excellent curriculum. Their facilities are amazing - esp the trauma man. They are one of the only DO schools that prepare you for surgical rotations. Great gym, intramurals, exercise classes. All of the students seemed happy and were approachable. Lots of emphasis on clinical medicine. Freedom with 4th year rotations. Very family friendly - you can have a plus one pass that allows access to gym and campus facilities for sig. other As for the city of Des Moines, I was very impressed. Seems like a fun bar scene. They have many business opportunities (significant others can get jobs) Lots going on : concerts, casino, farmers market, lots of outdoor sports - when weather permits! " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"weather, so far from home (no direct flights). Limited research experience. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They do provide you with portfolios, so don't bring your own. They have a closet they allow you to use to store all of your stuff during the day. I should have rented a car. I stayed at a hotel near the airport so it was difficult to travel to downtown. I did make it to downtown though and went to the farmers market. I highly suggest exploring downtown if you are not familiar with the area. The Heartland Inn was alright. They provide transportation to the school, free wireless, and discount for interviewees. the facilities aren't that nice and its far from school and downtown (10-15 min driving). But it is $60/night. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"DMU blew me away with their faculty, curriculum, and facilities. Amazing school. This is a leap away from home for me, but I would love to go to this school." 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?

SNA to DSM

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

4 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Heartland Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/02/2009

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?

6 out of 10

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

6 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

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"None. Very friendly and efficient." Report Response

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