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

How did the interview impress you?


How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 out of 10


How long was the interview?

25 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)?

"Why DO? Why CCOM? You live close to CCOM, have you visited the campus before? Ethical question: If your preceptor during clinical rotations asks you to prescribe medication for a patient, how would you deal with the situation?...What if she insists that you do it, even if you say no?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How'd you set up a particular volunteer experience (from my AACOMAS)? What did you gain from it? Are you able to discern different pitches just by ear (I play acoustic guitar, keyboard)? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"How do you handle stress? How do you relieve stress? Give us an example of a stressful situation." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"none really" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"no difficult questions" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, CCOM website, secondary application, AACOM website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The students were all excited to be there. They all said the curriculum was real tough but they enjoyed studying there. The campus is beautiful (although the bulidings are small)...but very nice landscape. The campus is in a foresty area which is nice..and its really peaceful in campus. The facilities are very new, and only 4-5 people to a cadaver. Great rotations. Library is nice and quiet. The whole day was well organized." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I didnt like the new gym they have built - its kinda small and murky...but its still a gym. There are lots of geese around and they crap everywhere. Classes are from like 8-5 everyday, and exams at 7:30AM twice a not a morning person. The tuition is huuge! 38G for instate, 42 for out-of-state...and the financial aid is bad." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How laid back the interview was going to be!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Have to check in by 7:45AM. I was there by 7:30, and almost everyone in my group were already there when I got there. There were about 11 people in my group. There was a table with water, coffee and nutri-grain bars, and we could help ourselves. At promptly 8AM, we were taken into a library conference room, and an admissions counselor came in and talked about what the day was going to be like - she also walked us thru the sheets of paper given in the folder they provided. The folder contained info about the curriculum, rotation hospitals, matchlists, and the schedule for the day. The group then split into half (they had already determined who was in which group). Then, starting at 8:30AM, one group interviewed and the other group had a financial aid presentation...then the groups switched. I interviewed first, and it was by an MD, PhD and an M3. They were all really nice, and tried to make you comfortable! They joked around and even threw in a few of their stories about their experiences as I gave my responses. However, the girl who interviewed after me was apparantly grilled on ethical questions by the PhD...I was surprised cuz I only got one ethical question from the PhD. After the interview, it was financial aid presentation for was kinda rushed through, and hard to understand the lady who presented. And I wasnt happy with the financial aid available. Then, we were taken on a tour of the campus by medstudents who were really enthusiastic and happy to be attending there. We got to see the cadaver lab, the dorms, the lecture halls (beautiful, btw), and library. Then, we had lunch with medstudents. The cafeteria was good...salad bar, pies, brownies, juices, coffee, hot-chocolate, cappucinos, lasagna, fries, and some meat stuff (im vegetarian). Then, we were free to go." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

9 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?


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

< $100

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?


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

10 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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