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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

50 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)?

"If we were to leave the room and you could change anything in your file without us knowing, what would you change?" Report Response

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

"What scientific advancement since the beginning of recorded history has had the greatest impact on medicine?" Report Response

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

"Why didn't you apply to (my undergraduate institution's M.D. program) since it's a really good school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I was asked to compare the healthcare systems of Europe and the U.S. in terms of what the U.S. might do to improve the health care crisis (I had studied abroad and apparently the interviewer thought that this gave me the authority to answer such a question)." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See above." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, did a self-reflection/evaluation, jotted down a few notes to organize my thoughts, and relaxed." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Pretty much everything. The new facility is going to be amazing. The professors and staff are really approachable and seem to really want to interact with the students. There seems to be an effort to innovate the curriculum and make the school as user-friendly as possible. The physical diagnosis class during the winter of year 1 is pretty cool too. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I guess the lack of rotations in a centralized area (hard to avoid with a D.O. program)" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Des Moines isn't as rural of a place as one might imagine. It's not a huge city with lots of distractions, but at the same time, there are things to do to get away from the med school frame of mind. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interviewers asked some tough questions, but it was all in a good-natured way. They had a sense of humor about things, which made the atmosphere very natural and comfortable." Report Response

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