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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?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 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?

2

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)?

"What did you like/dislike about your undergraduate experience/" Report Response

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

"Tell me what specifically appeals to you about the DO philosophy, and how you were first introduced to it. Make sure to have a good answer for this, b/c it is probably the most important question they ask(in my opinion)." Report Response

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

"What do you do when you are not working/taking classes/" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"So with all your experiences, what is the biggest problem facing healthcare today and how would you solve it?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A child shows up to the ER with no insurance. What would you do? Classical ethical question, which I was prepared for." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up on CCOM via the internet, and prepared a list of typical interview questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"(1) The curriculum, while test heavy(every Monday and Tuesday), really gets you ready for your clinical years. You really learn a lot of anatomy, histology, etc. (2) The clinical opportunities in the city and suburbs of Chicago is really second to none of all the osteopathic schools. Whats more, CCOM DO students are really welcomed by the Chicago community, as evidenced by the fact that many of them place into residencies at places like Loyola, UIC, Rush and the Advocate Health System. (3) Many of the facilities are brand new. (4) There are other health professions schools on campus, such as pharmacy and PA. This gives the school a real campus atmosphere as you see a lot of students out and about." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Downers Grove is not really that close to downtown Chicago, so don't expect to live in the city. If you have never lived in a Chicago burb, be prepared for periods of mind-boggling traffic, although the area around the school is not that bad. Also, tuition is pretty steep, even for an in-state resident." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How well the students place for residency. Also, the fact that the area around campus is not as cheap to live in as I thought it would be(I live in downtown Chicago, and thought the burbs would be cheaper)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"You meet in the morning with about 10 other people, and you are given a quick introduction to the school and then a financial aid presentation. After that, you are divided into two groups. One group interviews first, while the other group goes on a tour. Overall, you are going to have a lot of extra time, so bring a book or take the time to look around the campus/talk with students. After everyone is done interviewing, you will finish the day with lunch with some students. Overall, the day was very stress free and the students seem very happy to be there. I was accepted about three weeks after my interview, and it is my top DO choice!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2003

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