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  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Des Moines
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10


How long was the interview?

40 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)?

"Why osteopathic medicine and what are the key differences you see between MD and DO? Why DMU? What are you going to do to adapt to a place like Iowa, coming from Southern California? Why not physical therapy (app experiences are heavy on sports med stuff)?" Report Response

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

"Tell me about your experience at your undergraduate institution. Tell me of an interesting/unique situation you encountered during your shadowing. How do you manage your time and how do you deal with stress? How do you deal with dissapointment? " Report Response

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

"What would your friends and family say are your strengths and weaknesses?Specific questions regarding my application and experiences." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about a physician you admire and why. (going off my answer) How would you design a health care policy/program that would educate the citizens of the U.S. regarding the problems you mentioned?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"That campus is bad *ss. Seriously, those facilities are ridiculous. They really are something to marvel at. The sim lab, the surgery lab, the anatomy No doubt they prepare their students to be excellent physicians. Beyond that, the atmospher was great, the students were awesome, faculty and admissions people were all nice. AND the lunch was very good. Unlike some schools they just give you basically a blank check and you can get whatever you want from teh cafeteria. Basically a dream come true. Other schools give you like half a sandwhich and a bag of chips." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I wish it had been decent weather so I could have walked around outside. Really the only negative and the ONLY reason that would keep me from coming to this school is that its in Iowa. Seriously, pick up DMU and put it in california and I'd sign my soul (maybe). Its gonna be tough gettin over that weather barrier tho. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really, I know the weather can be pretty bad, so i wasnt surprised that it was raining." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I know I said my interview lasted 40 minutes, but I really dont remember. It was all kind of a blur, and I know I was asked a lot of questions, so i guessed 40 min at the least. I really coulndt even remember the questions directly after the interview, luckily they came back to me later in the day. Enjoy the day, its a great campus with great facilities and students. Very laid back, no need to stress! Oh, and seriously, whoever decided to put in "the tunnel" to access campus buildings is a GENIUS. That is such a huge plus, especially for a dude from sunny so cal. The tunnel basically allows you to get to and from any building with out having to go out in the cold/rain." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


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?


What airport did you use?

Des Moines

Where did you stay?

With students at the school

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?

3 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Keep up the positive energy!" Report Response

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