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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?

3 out of 10


How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"Why do you want to be an osteopathic doctor?" Report Response

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

"How do you think you'll be able to balance school and work (I mentioned I intended to work part time during year 1)" Report Response

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

"How do you think you'll cope living in Iowa?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you plan on balancing the kind of practice you'd like to have against the constraints of working in a high-volume clinic?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why should we pick you over other qualified candidates? (yes I know this is a regularly asked question, but I still hate it)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read up on DMU, talked to alumni, drank lots of coffee!!" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How friendly all the students and staff were. Everyone was very open and welcoming." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Iowa!! Despite claims to the contrary, the student body was extremely, uniformly, white-bread Middle America. And Des Moines was the same way too. Not much diversity- in culture, in thoughts, ethnicity, etc." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview was conducted by 2 faculty and 2 students and most of the questions were very specific to my experience. I enjoyed that; I've been to interviews where the interviewer had my file open in front of him and yet knew nothing about me. Didn't enjoy so much the group interview vs one-on-one. Two of the interviewers really went after me while the other 2 were friendly and conversational- felt like "good cop/bad cop". I had been hosted by a first year student, which I think is the BEST way to really learn about a school/town. It gave me the opportunity to ask all the questions you'd never ask the admissions board about themselves. Was very wary about the level of conservatism when I saw their list of student clubs- their Gay/Straight Alliance was defunct from lack of members. ???? Are they trying to tell me that in a student body of 800+ NOONE is queer? " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

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