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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?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 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?


What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Tell us about yourself. By far my favorite way to address it is to have a canned response and then when they look iterested branch off and emphasize one aspect." Report Response

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

"What is it in particular about DO philosophy that fits in with your personality? I told a joke at this point which went over well, then eased into it." Report Response

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

"I noticed that you took a course--Electron Microscopy Techniques--how was that? Actually, an excellent segway into medicine since this is more of an artistic science course, and I was then able to weave in how the practice of medicine is both an art as well as a science. They really liked this...!" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Since you mentioned that you "love life and all it hsa to offer," and that you are an adriot academic, what do you do for fun? My answer involved discussing my love of Oldies music, and I offered to sing...but no takers. Surprising! They also liked it when I mentioned I drive an old Buick...seems to always catch the laughter." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"As you are a very adriot student, how do you think the bridge between academics and osteopathic patient care bridges? Not particularly difficuly, but that was the question." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read through, printed out and made comments on all 119 interview forms, printed out every page of the DMU website and read it until I knew it cold, spoke with current DMUCOM student, read over my AACOMAS and 2-ndary statement, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

", really modern. I was dreading the 'city' location as I am more of a country person, but Des Moines is a pleasent surprise...traffic is not bad, the area is not too crowded, housing is affordable, etc etc etc. Excellent school. ALSO, EVERYONE HERE IS SOOOO NICE IT'S CRAZY!!" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Not a single will be surprised if you have the "corn-fields" conception of Iowa. I am going to miss it when I return to MA tomorrow! Well, the DO students do take preclinical classes with the DPMs...but no biggie." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the heels on loafers you bought for $2 tend to come loose and cause you to fall when walking to the interview room. Oh well, it started the conversation rolling at least. Look into the chronic pain elective...really sounds like an invaluable experience I would be honored to take part in. Also impressed with the surgery course and Harvey/SBLs. Very well done curriculum here at DMUCOM." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Excellent school...nothing like I expected it would be. The day was filled with activities and meetings such as group photo time, meeting with Dr. Mueller (who is hysterical...I love this guy's laugh, and he laughs all the time. Very amusing). Also, the financial aid info was useful...over $50K allowance...whew, that made me sweat. But I really think the school is worth it, I really do. Interview was very low stress, but I heard stories about one group who had a real jerk interviewing them...but there are jerks in every bunch. Such is life. I guarantee you will like the school and be surprised. Oh, and did I mention that EVERYONE HERE IS SO NICE...except that one interviewer...!!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

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How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?


About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?


What airport did you use?


Where did you stay?


How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Renaissance Savery Hotel

Would you recommend the hotel?


General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

7 out of 10

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