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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?

4 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"First question - Tell me about your background and how you became to pursue medicine? Why DO versus MD (didn't really grill me on this)? Why DMU?" Report Response

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

"What was the last book you've read? Have you been accepted to any other schools and what would it take for you to choose DMU? How do you feel you will handle having a family and being in medical school? " Report Response

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

"How have you been involved in research, and how has that helped you to pursue your career in medicine? What would you do to overcome failures and setbacks once in medical school? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What was the last book you've read (outside of a class)?? In what area of medicine do you see yourself practicing in five years? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you perceive as being a currnet problem in medicine, or a future problem in medicine, and how do you think you can help to solve it?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Talked with current students, SDN website, DMU website, talked with physicians." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"OMM presentation, friendliness of everyone from admissions staff, to current students, to faculty, 20th largest medical school (of MD and DO) but TA to student ratio is 1:2, high percentage of pass rate on NMLE and class gets to choose board review program (included in tuition)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Tuition cost, new buildings won't be ready for use when I arrive, unknown aspect of clinical rotations (after 2nd year)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't realize that DMU was only a professional school, no undergraduate studies. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Oveall, this is a school I would love to attend. I would highly recommend staying the night before the interview with one of the students (they provide you a list of willing students) - they were very honest about the pros and cons of life and medical school at DMU. Everyone was extremely friendly and genuinely seemed to like it there. There seemed to be more of a team atmosphere than a competetive one. If you aren't used to the overly-friendly environment of midwest towns, you might be a little suprised by this. There isn't much negative to say - seems like a great school. PS- I just found out I got in, and plan to attend (even over the MD school I applied to). " Report Response

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