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  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Downers Grove
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

40 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


What was the style of the interview?


What type of interview was it?

Closed file

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

"Why medicine, why D.O., why CCOM?" Report Response

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

"Describe some stressful situations you have been in and how did you deal with them. What do you think your biggest challenges will be during medical school?" Report Response

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

"What have you learned about people and life in general through your work as a paramedic?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"If you could be any historical figure, who would it be and why?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"An immigrant comes to your practice after hours and you treat him for free. He then repeatedly returns with more and more immigrants who expect free medical treatment. How would you handle this situation?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school website, reread application information" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Facilities are great. Curriculum is very solid and school is very well respected in Chicago area, despite large number of MD schools in close proximity." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Very impersonal staff and interviewers. The student population had the Chicago attitude. I am from Chicago so I suppose I have it too, but I have just been spoiled by the extremely laid back attitude at the other DO schools I visited." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had a better feel for how competitive the school was. Reminded me very much of a traditional MD school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"CCOM is a great school. The chicagoland area has 5 MD schools and this influences the feel and environment of CCOM. I think that CCOM is the most like a traditional MD school of any of the DO schools I have visited. It is competitive and strict with the science disciplines. OMM is certainly included but doesn't appear to be as important to them as I have seen at other DO schools. The school compares well with all of the MD schools in the area and they know it. This is a tough, traditional medical school atmosphere. The interview was very professional; all business and no chit chat. Questions were given in quick succession, they listened to your answer and then went to the next question. There was no casual conversation, as I have had in all my other interviews. This was not necessarily a problem, just different. Overall it was moderately stressful, but certainly manageable." Report Response

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