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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 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?

Open file

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

"Tell us about yourself and what brings you here today." Report Response

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

"What are you looking for in a school?" Report Response

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

"How did it feel when you got that D in statistics?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is a social issue that concerns you?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None really. Was somewhat surprised to be asked about the single D on my transcript from like 4 years ago. But I was prepared for this possibility and was actually glad they asked since I was able to point out my success in statistics based classes since then." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Gleaned the top 75 questions from SDN feedback and though about answers for each. Reviewed interview thoughts from forum. Perused the DMU website and posts on DMU in pre-osteo forum. Read The DOs by Gevitz. Read Doing Right by Herbert (med ethics). Skimmed some books on primary health care issues (eg. chronic care, current issues in health care delivery)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Friendliness of staff and students. Great experience staying with a current student. Stellar facilities. Great technological support. Entire program seems very responsive to students and their needs. I was pretty much blown away by the experience - it will be hard to beat." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Zilch." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really. While the interview was very casual, I think preparing for a more intense experience allowed me to really own the interview and know what I wanted to bring up. Being yourself and coming across as compassionate is key I think." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I saw first hand why so many students walk away from their DMU experience with such a positive view of the school. The day was very well setup and they really made you feel welcome. For the interview, the first question was "Tell us a bit about yourself and how you come to be in front of us now." Very open-ended and up to you to provide a concise synopsis that sets you apart and that will lead into further discussion. A few questions arose from some of what I mentioned (they like to hear about things that aren't already in your file as well). This gave a very conversational feel to the experience. When there was a lull, one of the interviewers would bring up a question - all of these were ones that have been mentioned in previously posted feedback. It's worth giving some thought to these." Report Response

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