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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?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

9 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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 type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why did you move around so much? I lived in several locations because of work, which forced me to attend a few different schools during post-bacc. Why did you attend so many schools?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"You have a lot of veterinary experience, why did you do so many different volunteer experiences? I considered areas of medicine I was interested in prior to settling on Med School. Vet Med, Research & Teaching were the areas that I had considered prior to committing towards Med School as a program. One of the interviewers said that I seemed interested in Vet Med more b/c of all of my experience, and that I should apply to Vet School. Not sure why he got that impression, considering I had a large amount of physician shadowing and patient care experience at the P.T. clinic I work at. Other question was who is your best friend? and what would she say you need to do?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

"As a future doctor, what are your views of Obama's Health Care Plan? " Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"These were all the questions I was asked during my interview. So I was surprised I wasn't asked similar questions to other applicants, such as Why CCOM? Or anything regarding the D.O. profession? However, I have had significant experience in alternative forms of medicine via my veterinary experiences, shadowing of a D.O., and working in a P.T. clinic." Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"The subsequent question to who is my best friend? What would she say you need to do? I took it as identifying a weakness. I chose my mom as a best friend. I said that I need to stop second guessing things I do. I turned it around by saying that doubting decisions we make as a physician can be beneficial in the clinical setting. It allows you to I.D. alternatives to a clinical problem, and recognize common errors that you make when treating a patient. I had been reading "How Doctors Think" by Dr. Jerome Grooopman. That book sort of put that idea in my head. Recommend reading it, really informative book for both patients and health care professionals." Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my C.V., all secondary applications, used questions from SDN from previous applicants. Just because they say an interview is casual and stress free, doesn't mean that is how it will be. Be mentally prepared for anything in an interview. The cold/unfriendly stress interview is a common tactic, don't mistake it for something else. I have relatives that were on Med School admission committees in the past, and that is exactly what they intend to do!" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Very friendly students and faculty. MSI students stopped in the room we were waiting in through out the day. They are building a new core science building." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"All the MSI students, Dean, and Admissions people prior to the interview had explained how casual and laid back the interview was going to be. However, I felt like I was on defense the whole time. One interviewer seemed a little unfriendly and cold the whole time, which was probably an interview tactic. I wish I had prepared mentally for this type of interview environment because it caught me off gaurd compared to what you heard it was going to be like. It was my first interview, and I was already a bit nervous too, which probably didn't help. Hope this helps anyone else in the future. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"See what I mentioned above. I grew up in the area, so if you have questions about anything in the suburbs, feel free to ask!" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Despite having a negative interview experience, it doesn't change my view of the school. I take this as a learning experience to further prepare for future interviews, and to expect the unexpected. When dealing with stress interviews, always remain calm and collected. That is what they are looking for in their applicants. Wish everyone the best of luck in their application process!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?


How did the tourguide seem?


How do you rank the facilities?

3 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?

10 out of 10

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

8 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

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

8 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Very friendly staff. Also, they were very quick with the application process. I was complete 10/1," Report Response

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