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Hey all, I originally had an interview at Kansas City in January, but I called admissions today to see if there's an earlier date and eventually signed up for tomorrow. I know KCU has 3 8-minute interviews and a group activity (Please correct me if I'm wrong). Will we be asked ethical questions or things on our app/is it closed file? Is there any last minute advice you guys could give especially since I found out I'm interviewing tomorrow just a few hours ago? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
 

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Hey all, I originally had an interview at Kansas City in January, but I called admissions today to see if there's an earlier date and eventually signed up for tomorrow. I know KCU has 3 8-minute interviews and a group activity (Please correct me if I'm wrong). Will we be asked ethical questions or things on our app/is it closed file? Is there any last minute advice you guys could give especially since I found out I'm interviewing tomorrow just a few hours ago? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Yes, 3 8-minute interviews and a group activity.

Chill and be yourself. We cannot go into specifics because of the NDA. However, go into each interview with an open mind. Obviously, be polite and greet the interviewer. You should know your application for all interviews you receive. Good luck.
 
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Hey all, I originally had an interview at Kansas City in January, but I called admissions today to see if there's an earlier date and eventually signed up for tomorrow. I know KCU has 3 8-minute interviews and a group activity (Please correct me if I'm wrong). Will we be asked ethical questions or things on our app/is it closed file? Is there any last minute advice you guys could give especially since I found out I'm interviewing tomorrow just a few hours ago? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Similar situation to me, I had roughly 36 hours notice before my interview! Yes, 3 8 minute interviews plus a group activity. It's closed file too! Good luck!!!!
 
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Hey all, I originally had an interview at Kansas City in January, but I called admissions today to see if there's an earlier date and eventually signed up for tomorrow. I know KCU has 3 8-minute interviews and a group activity (Please correct me if I'm wrong). Will we be asked ethical questions or things on our app/is it closed file? Is there any last minute advice you guys could give especially since I found out I'm interviewing tomorrow just a few hours ago? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

I think one piece of advice that I could give is to not be so rigid and square. Be professional, but also be yourself. Yes, you'll probably receive some questions you didn't prep an answer for and then revise it 20 times. With that being said, give the answer that you truly believe, not the answer that you think they want to hear. On my first interview I was such a square because I thought that's what I was supposed to do. By my fifth interview I was smiling and laughing with some of the most bland interviewers. Relax. You've likely got the stats, now show then you're a human as well. Good luck!
 

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Does anyone know if all the interview spots are really all filled for the KC location? I got an email November 29th that said all the spots were filled and spots may open up as people withdraw. Don't they interview all the way until March? I'm kind of assuming they must mean that all the interview spots for 2018 are filled but not for January, February and so on of 2019. Does anyone know anymore info on this?
 
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Can any KCU student comment on the school's avg. USMLE scores over the past 2 years? The information is not available on the website. Wasn't sure if the students were told this info.
 
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Can any KCU student comment on the school's avg. USMLE scores over the past 2 years? The information is not available on the website. Wasn't sure if the students were told this info.
It’s been a minute since I interviewed earlier in the cycle, but if I remember correctly they said that the school doesn’t have this information. Unlike COMLEX, DO schools don’t get USMLE pass rates. I could very much be wrong though..

If so, I’m also curious to know what the scores are lol
 

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It’s been a minute since I interviewed earlier in the cycle, but if I remember correctly they said that the school doesn’t have this information. Unlike COMLEX, DO schools don’t get USMLE pass rates. I could very much be wrong though..

If so, I’m also curious to know what the scores are lol
Sometimes the schools will tell the students about their class scores, etc.

Current KCU student here. From what I remember, class of 2019 usmle average was 225. I'm not sure about the most recent class that took it.
Thank you! Huge help. If I can get anyone else to confirm/deny, that would be awesome.
 
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Did they mention how often the committee was going to meet to make decisions?
I didn’t hear that. But on the power point it said 6 weeks to hear back and then said the thing about trying to get it done by winter break
 
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Can any KCU student comment on the school's avg. USMLE scores over the past 2 years? The information is not available on the website. Wasn't sure if the students were told this info.
On my interview day, the students said their average was higher than KU's avg. According reddit, in 2017 KU's was a 226. I would guess it's between 225 and 230. The students did brag about how KU was asking KCU what they were doing to "get such a high step 1".
 
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11/9 interviewee here coming up on the 4 week mark! At least time flies when you’re drowning in finals
No kidding. 10/30 interview and next Tuesday is our 6 week mark. I have a final ON Tuesday and I have no idea how I'll be able to concentrate on my test when I'm not able to check my email.

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Sometimes the schools will tell the students about their class scores, etc.



Thank you! Huge help. If I can get anyone else to confirm/deny, that would be awesome.
This sounds similar to the number I've heard (can't remember exactly right now). I would say it's likely between 225-230, as mentioned above.

An important thing to remember is that this stat is extremely skewed. It's a stat based on the 2019 class, when it wasn't as important for everyone to take the USMLE (because they'll graduate pre-merger). The students who took Step were a self-selecting group, likely in the top 50% of the class. Just something to keep in mind: reading too much into board scores is useless.
 

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This sounds similar to the number I've heard (can't remember exactly right now). I would say it's likely between 225-230, as mentioned above.

An important thing to remember is that this stat is extremely skewed. It's a stat based on the 2019 class, when it wasn't as important for everyone to take the USMLE (because they'll graduate pre-merger). The students who took Step were a self-selecting group, likely in the top 50% of the class. Just something to keep in mind: reading too much into board scores is useless.
Thank you! Appreciate the insight.
 
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Just got an interview invite for the Joplin campus.

I have two questions for yall

1) Should I fly to kansas city and get a car to drive to joplin OR just fly to joplin directly. (flying direct to joplin is about $180 more)

2) How does the school decide which campus you get accepted into? I know they mentioned the location of your interview is not what decides it.
I selected both campuses to get an interview, but I would prefer the KC campus.

Id like more insight into how they decide that.



Also, what types of sites does Joplin have for rotations?
I thought the KC campus match list was pretty impressive.

I just had my interview at DMU and im sure ill like KCU since people seem to say that they are quite similar?
 
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Just got an interview invite for the Joplin campus.

I have two questions for yall

1) Should I fly to kansas city and get a car to drive to joplin OR just fly to joplin directly. (flying direct to joplin is about $180 more)

2) How does the school decide which campus you get accepted into? I know they mentioned the location of your interview is not what decides it.
I selected both campuses to get an interview, but I would prefer the KC campus.

Id like more insight into how they decide that.



Also, what types of sites does Joplin have for rotations?
I thought the KC campus match list was pretty impressive.

I just had my interview at DMU and im sure ill like KCU since people seem to say that they are quite similar?

Honestly it depends on gas costs, and which company of rental cars you use. If you’re in joplin you will need a rental car anyways to get to and from campus, due to lack of public transportation. (Although Uber is a thing in joplin)

2nd. Not entirely sure how they decide which campus you get accepted into, it likely has to do with your application and your openness to working in a rural community, but I am not on the admissions team so I dont know. Joplin currently has Freeman health (Major hospital in the surrounding 4 states area), and soon will have Mercy Hospital as well. Basically any rotation site that KC has is also open to Joplin. (Although there is speculation that they are going to be making KC only sites and Joplin only sites) I wouldn’t worry too much about that as both campuses have teaching hospitals associated with them, and both campuses will give you equal amount of experience to be successful.
 
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Just got an interview invite for the Joplin campus.

I have two questions for yall

1) Should I fly to kansas city and get a car to drive to joplin OR just fly to joplin directly. (flying direct to joplin is about $180 more)

2) How does the school decide which campus you get accepted into? I know they mentioned the location of your interview is not what decides it.
I selected both campuses to get an interview, but I would prefer the KC campus.

Id like more insight into how they decide that.



Also, what types of sites does Joplin have for rotations?
I thought the KC campus match list was pretty impressive.

I just had my interview at DMU and im sure ill like KCU since people seem to say that they are quite similar?
1. I flew into KC and drove to Joplin. Highly recommend it. It was a scenic drive.

2. At my interview they said you get accepted then the dean's meet and decide where to place you.

KCU Joplin has the Freeman hospital right across the street, kind of like how MD schools are set up. Mercy Hospital is also affiliated with the school. Rotations are pretty good imo because you get first dibs and get to stay in one place all 4 years. They're also working on creating residency programs at these hospitals.
 
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This sounds similar to the number I've heard (can't remember exactly right now). I would say it's likely between 225-230, as mentioned above.

An important thing to remember is that this stat is extremely skewed. It's a stat based on the 2019 class, when it wasn't as important for everyone to take the USMLE (because they'll graduate pre-merger). The students who took Step were a self-selecting group, likely in the top 50% of the class. Just something to keep in mind: reading too much into board scores is useless.
Not to undermine you, but I haven't heard anyone citing the merger as MORE of a reason to take USMLE. Everyone I know personally is planning on taking both, but if anything, the merger has given people pause as to whether or not the extra money for USMLE is worth it. I don't see any reason why whatever scores have been reported should be particularly skewed. And either way, our COMLEX scores and pass rates are consistently among the best, which obviously speaks to the performance of the whole class!
 
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Thanks for the timely responses,

just wondering, has anyone gone down to the Ozark National forest? im considering staying around and trying to visit a couple places nearby.
 

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Can any current students speak to the intensity of the curriculum relative to other DO schools? I have heard horror stories about student burnout, mental wellness of students and attrition specifically due to the intensity of the curriculum. Obviously med school is hard, but is KCU really that much worse?
 
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Can any current students speak to the intensity of the curriculum relative to other DO schools? I have heard horror stories about student burnout, mental wellness of students and attrition specifically due to the intensity of the curriculum. Obviously med school is hard, but is KCU really that much worse?
also curious about this.
 
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Does anyone know if they’re gonna group the 10/31 and 11/1 interviewees when they give out decisions next week?
 
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the 10/18 decisions didn't come out until ~5pm est, so there is still hope.
 

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Can any current students speak to the intensity of the curriculum relative to other DO schools? I have heard horror stories about student burnout, mental wellness of students and attrition specifically due to the intensity of the curriculum. Obviously med school is hard, but is KCU really that much worse?
It's hard to compare to other schools...after all, med students only end up attending one. But I will say that the curriculum is very very difficult and emotionally/mentally draining. I'm okay with this because I feel that the rigor is preparing me better for boards. It's definitely something to keep in mind though. I would still make the same decision to come here if I had to.
 

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Can any current students speak to the intensity of the curriculum relative to other DO schools? I have heard horror stories about student burnout, mental wellness of students and attrition specifically due to the intensity of the curriculum. Obviously med school is hard, but is KCU really that much worse?
It's hard to compare to other schools...after all, med students only end up attending one. But I will say that the curriculum is very very difficult and emotionally/mentally draining. I'm okay with this because I feel that the rigor is preparing me better for boards. It's definitely something to keep in mind though. I would still make the same decision to come here if I had to.
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Accepted! KC campus interviewed 10/27 @ Joplin

Edit: sorry I had a brain fart and said 10/24 on my original post. I interviewed 10/27.
 
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