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  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Meridian
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

No Response

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 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?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"How do you handle stress?" Report Response

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

"How do you feel about the MCAT?" Report Response

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

"Questions asking for more detail about experiences in my app" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

No Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing really difficult, mostly just asked about experiences in my app they found interesting" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Review my app and school's website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Super nice brand new anatomy lab!! Each student gets to do each dissection. Open access all hours, plus open access to a VR anatomy lab as well. All the staff seemed to really care about the students and really want them to succeed. All the students seemed down to earth. The new dean from Wales is awesome! They seem really receptive to feedback from students and are willing to change things that aren't working. Good location too. If this school had been around longer and had more of a proven track record, it would be higher on my list." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Honestly my main worries just come from it being a new school. No accreditation yet, no track record for board exam performance, no residency match history, not even any clinical rotations yet. They also have a 1st year repeat rate higher than the national average, however I think that stat is slightly skewed just due to on average lower stat students that attend here. Also no federal loan eligibility, which means you have to be able to get private loans which do not qualify for tax credits, and you can't defer any previous undergraduate loans. They said they are optimistically hoping to qualify for federal loans by 2021. There seems to be very minimal research here. I asked a lot of questions about it and got pretty vague answers most the time. They just finished building a research lab that will open this year, so hopefully things might pick up, but I'm not sure how much funding there is. One of my interviewers seemed to be pretty upset that he hadn't been able to continue any of his research yet when I asked him about it, and another interviewer just told me that there are opportunities for research at places outside the school. Most the affiliated sites for clinical rotations seem to be pretty small rural hospitals or clinics. This is fine if you're very interested in rural medicine, but I worry about being able to get broad enough exposure to things to build a solid enough training." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"that there was no federal loan eligibility" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall very low stress interview day. Had a quick talk from the dean, then presentations on curriculum, financial aid, and student affairs, then tour of the new anatomy lab. Then had the interviews, tour of clinical simulations, lunch with the med students, and quick tour of the rest of the building. Had three 30-min interviews, one with the Executive Director for Undergraduate Medical Education (dean's husband), a learning specialist (like a tutor or academic assistance type person), and a physiology prof (other interviewees got med students, MDs, DOs, other staff, and really all kinds of people as interviewers). All of them were very conversational and just seemed like they wanted to get to know me; I really enjoyed speaking with them all, and there was probably 10 min in each where I was the one asking all the questions. Another interviewee who had the same prof as me said he was very standoffish and intense though and asked him questions he thought were difficult, so stay on your toes just in case." 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

< $100

What airport did you use?

Boise

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

Would you recommend the hotel?

No Response

General Info

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

3 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?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I wish I didn't have to give them a deposit to hold my seat by November 15, because I have other interviews scheduled in December and January and would hate to forfeit a seat and then not get another acceptance. Don't know if they can change the date though." Report Response

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