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  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • East Lansing
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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?

Closed file

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

"Why do you want to be a DO?" Report Response

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

"(Handing me my list of experiences) Pick one experience that exemplifies Leadership, one that exemplifies Teamwork, and one that exemplifies a Volunteer experience and describe..." Report Response

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

"Pick a topic that we can brainstorm, think critically about, and problem solve. (Since I had read a lot on the issue, I felt confident enough to choose spiraling costs in healthcare. Our discussion sparked some of the questions I listed above.) " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you help a patient of yours whose claims have been repeatedly denied by their insurance company? Would you personally try to help that person?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"An 85 year old male has CHF and any attempts to save him will be futile at best. Do you use your resources to try to save him, or are your resources better used on someone younger?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read interview feedback, talked to previous people who had been interviewed, asked my parents and friends to describe my best (and worst) qualities. Read "Critical Condition" a recent book on the problems in our healthcare system. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were super friendly. After a large lecture got out, a ton of students popped their heads in the office where we were sitting to say "hello" and "good luck." The atmosphere at MSU is very chill compared to other schools. The students there also described being taught "how to be compassionate." For instance, on day one, the students last year learned how to give a good handshake. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The school is old. Very old. No medical library! Morning classes as a first year are held in a separate (and fairly far away) building then afternoon classes. Histology is on computers - you never touch a microscope! Almost all first, and most second year classes, are held with the MD students. (That could be good or bad)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"DO students are in school for an entire semester longer than the MD students at MSU. There is virtually no summer break." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was interviewed by an MD, which was a little distressing. I had to watch my wording a bit - For instance, saying you want to look at patients as "more than just signs and symptoms" may be a little insulting to an MD... However, don't be nervous if you are interviewed by an MD. I already was accepted, so I know that an MD's opinion is weighted equally with any DO's opinion. " Report Response

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