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  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Downers Grove
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

30 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?

Closed file

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

"Why DO? Why CCOM?" Report Response

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

"As a PhD student you tend to become a leader of one (yourself); what experiences have you had in leadership roles and what characteristics do you think helped you the most in those roles?" Report Response

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

"How do you relieve stress/What do you do for fun?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me more about how you intend to complete your current degree program before the next med school class starts (I'm currently a PhD student and I'm intending to graduate next summer)." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What do you think will be the future of medicine?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read CCOM's website as well as several other websites on osteopathic medicine, SDN, underwent an informal mock interview." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities are really nice and some are brand new. All of the staff members and students we interacted with were extremely nice, helpful, and seemed genuinely interested in their work. Everyone had a very upbeat attitude and was happy to be there." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There was a lot of downtime during while waiting to be called for your interview or while waiting in between presentations. This might make some people more nervous as they wait to be called. There were usually people stopping by to talk to the group, which helped." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Not too much. I heard from a few other interviewees that traffic and road construction were bad, but no one was late. Also, the tour involves a lot of walking outdoors so you should probably wear comfortable shoes and be dressed appropriately for the weather (I already knew this from reading SDN)." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The entire experience was very laid back. You need to check in by 7:45a and the dean comes in to give a short talk around 8:00a. Interviews go from 8:30a to 11:00a. While the first few applicants are interviewing the rest attend a short financial aid seminar, then while they're interviewing the first few students attend the seminar. At 11:00a they had a wrap-up session and told everyone what was next in the admissions process. That was pretty much the end of the official interviews; the campus tour was more informal. The students giving the tour were very friendly and answered any questions we could come up with. We ended the tour with lunch in the cafeteria (food was so-so) and then we were free to leave." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?


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?

8 out of 10

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

8 out of 10

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