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  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Des Moines
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

1 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

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What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"See above for the unusual question." Report Response

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

"What is, in your mind, the difference between an allopathic and an osteopathic physician?" Report Response

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

"What types of qualities do you see in the doctors you come into contact with in clinical settings that you would like to emulate, and which ones do you hope you never see in yourself? Why?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If a mother brought her obviously malnourished infant into your clinic and told you she only fed her watermelon because that is what her religion required, what would you do?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"There were no difficult questions. The questions are based largely on your file, so they are very personalized. If you know your file and personal statements, and you know the philosophy of osteopathic medicine (it is a VERY pro-OMM school), you will do fine." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I looked on here at questions, reviewed my personal ethics, as I knew there would be an ethical question of some sort, and I researched the school so I would have questions ready." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Students that had nothing to do with the tour or anything came up to us to tell us their interview story or to tell us how great the school is. Everyone is SUPER friendly and they clearly love the school. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I can't think of anything. The older, run-down building is being torn down and a new one built within the year, which will provide a new cafeteria and fitness center (and other things), so I had absolutely no complaints. Great place!!" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I had thoroughly researched the school, so I didn't discover anything new, really. The interview day just clarified some things I had questions about. You will get the most out of the day if you come prepared to ask things. They have the financial aid person, student services person, OMM fellows, a biochem professor, Admssions rep, and of course Dr. Teitelbaum (dean of the college) speak with you, and then there is the tour with the students (and lunch), so there are tons of opportunities to ask questions, and from many different perspectives." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It was just a fabulous day. The city was great, too. The students were what really made it for me, though. They are all friendly, low competitiveness (as in they work together, not against each other), and the professors we met made it clear that they are there to teach first, research after. They are very accessible to students who need their help or just want to chat. (I heard that from students, as well.) The college likes students from everywhere and does not show preference based on location (i.e., residents of Iowa v. other states)." Report Response

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