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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?

5 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"What are your hobbies?" Report Response

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

"How many times a week do you play the piano?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about why you got this grade... etc. (They really really really knew your file)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"We here at DMU very rarely accept students that have withdrawn from beginning clogging, so why should we accept you? (He was just joking though and we all laughed.)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The people that wrote letters of reccommendation for you said that you were "outstanding and excellent", why do you think they said that?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN interview feedback, asked students that went there, and read the information they gave me, read Gevitz book, but the school really prepares you with its presentations before as well." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Iowa is beautiful and the people there are beyond nice. The malls are gorgeous; the Botanical Gardens are breathtaking; the environment at DMU is student-friendly and the teachers are open; Everyone is happy and willing to help you; There was a student peer program where you can stay with first and second year med students who take you under their wing. They're building a new beautiful building with a huge gym. The housing is affordable. The colors of the school are purple and gold. Their OMT is phenomenal and there are many research opportunities there. After finding out what DO school is all about, I wonder why anyone would ever want to go to MD school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Nothing, except some of the other interviewees in our group were gunners... they looked down at everyone else and even the school, just because they thought they were better (heavens knows why some ugly people have to make themselves even uglier by their personalities). Other than that no, nothing about DMU was bad." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really. Everyone had been so open with me the whole process that I pretty much was spoiled with information." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First, we met at the Academic bldg on the 4th floor at 8am in the admissions office. We were given a packet of information in a plastic/fabric folder then they took our group to a small conference room where they asked everyone about themselves in an informal matter, so everyone could get to know each other. Then they gave a few presentations about the neat things the school has to offer, the financial aid process, about Des Moines in general, and even about the housing. After that they took us to another building to another conference room where we watched a video on the physical diagnosis program and talked to the Dean a bit. After that we went to watch a small OMT demonstration, where you can participate as the patient (if you want to), which was done by three "fellows" students, whom are more than willing to answer any questions you have. Then you go back to see "Harvey" and then get lunch and eat with First year students, whom run the tours. After that we had our interviews, time depended on each one of us and we for the most part had different interviewers. I know that my interviewers only had one other student than me. Everything ends by 4pm." Report Response

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