Des Moines University

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Des Moines University / College of Osteopathic Medicine / Office of Admission / 3200 Grand Avenue / Des Moines, IA 50312

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
999
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
DO
Public/Private
Private
Year Founded
1898
US News Rank - Research
Unranked
US News Rank - Primary Care
Unranked
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
City Size
< 1M

Getting In

Median GPA
3.61
Median MCAT
507
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AACOMAS
Letters of Rec Required
MD or DO letter required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$0
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 - '23)

1. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the U.S. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (2000ch)

2. What activities are you currently or planning to pursue leading up to potential matriculation? (500 characters, no spaces included)

Essay Topics ('21-'22)

Note: Questions are contained within the AACOMAS primary application.

1. If you have previously applied to medical school, how has your application improved? (250 characters)

2. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the U.S. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (2000 characters)

3. What activities are you currently or planning to pursue leading up to potential matriculation? (500 characters)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. If you have previously applied to medical school, how has your application improved?

2. How did you first learn about DMU?

3. Do you have any relatives who are Des Moines University alumni?

4. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the U.S. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University?

5. What activities are you currently or planning to pursue leading up to potential matriculation?

6. Do you have interest in pursuing any of the following dual degree programs at DMU?

Essay Topics ('19-'20)

Note: these essay topics are part of the PRIMARY application (AACOMAS) for Des Moines.

1. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the U.S. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (3000 characters)

2. What activities are you currently or planning to pursue leading up to potential matriculation? (500 characters)

Essay Topics ('18-'19)

there are no prompts present for this cycle


Essay Topics ('17-'18)

1. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the US. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (3,000 characters)

2. What activities are you currently or planning to pursue leading up to potential matriculation? (3,000 limit)

3. Do you have research experience? (3,000 limit)

4. Please describe what you feel to be your most defining service experience (including medical or non-medical service, volunteer, military, leadership, etc.). Be sure to describe how this experience impacted you and contributed to the development of your capacity to care for others. (3,000 limit)


Essay Topics ('16-'17)

1. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the US. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (500 word limit)

2. Do you have research experience? If yes, briefly describe the type of research experience and any measurable outcomes (presentations, publications, etc.)

3. Please describe what you feel to be your most defining service experience (including medical or non-medical service, volunteer, military, leadership, etc.). Be sure to describe how this experience impacted you and contributed to the development of your capacity to care for others. (500 word limit)



Essay Topics ('15-'16)

1. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the US. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (500 word limit)

2. Do you have research experience? If yes, briefly describe the type of research experience and any measurable outcomes (presentations, publications, etc.

3. Please describe what you feel to be your most defining service experience (including medical or non-medical service, volunteer, military, leadership, etc.). Be sure to describe how this experience impacted you and contributed to the development of your capacity to care for others. (500 word limit)


Essay Topics ('14-'15)

1. Tell us any additional information. (100 words)

2. Please describe your exposure to osteopathic medicine, including (but not limited to) experiences with physicians in primary care or rural practice within the US. How have these experiences impacted you and your pursuit of osteopathic medical education as it relates to the mission of Des Moines University? (500 word limit)

3. Please describe what you feel to be your most defining service experience (including medical or non-medical service, volunteer, military, leadership, etc.). Be sure to describe how this experience impacted you and contributed to the development of your capacity to care for others. (500 word limit)



Essay Topics ('13-'14)

1. Describe what you feel to be your most defining service experience (including medical or non-medical service, volunteer, military, leadership, etc.). Be sure to include how it impacted you and contributed to the development of your capacity to care for others. (900 words)

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