For the amount of money you will pay in tuition, you have to start looking at this like the business decision it is. These are some the questions you should be asking your school: How stable is your faculty? What is the average length of time the average faculty member has taught here? How many full-time clinical staff do you have? What are your clinical facilities like? Please elaborate. (Be very wary if they hand you literature or read literature to you. They should know this off the top of their heads). How much do you pay the hospitals for allowing students to rotate there? (Be wary of secrets). Since you don't have an attached hospital, I'd like to know where my tuition money would during clinical years. How much do you pay preceptors for teaching your students? Again, I'm trying to figure out where my tuition money would go during my clincal years. (Preceptors are free labor-it's considered unethical for preceptors to take money to teach medical students). What is the OMT exposure during clinicals? If it varies from site to site, please elaborate on the different sites. What are students allowed to do on rotations? (All rotations and preceptors are not created equal. Again, the advantage of having an attached teahing hospital). How are didactics structured? Who are some of the speakers that have been at grand rounds at the different sites? How often are grand rounds? (At a typical teaching hospital, this occurs weekly.) What are the strengths of your rotations? What are the weakness of your rotations? How do you respond to students' conerns about their core sites or rotations? What type of board preparation do you offer? What provisions do you have in place for away rotations that are suddenly cancelled? (Again, the advantage of having a teaching hospital-you always have a home base if something like this happens). What type of help does staff offer if someone does not match? Elaborate as much as possible, a hypothetical scenario would be great. Could you provide me with a list of students that would be willing to speak with me about their experiences. I'd like to speak with several people per class, and graduates within the past 3 years. I'd prefer not to speak with any ambassadors, any scholarship recipients, or anyone at the top of the class, but an "average student." (your goal is to seek to most unbiased opinion). Be wary of a school that will not allow time for you to ask them questions. (What are they hiding? Why so controlling? Do you really want to give these people your money for 4 years?) If anyone else has questions that should be asked at every interview, please add them. Do not let these schools delude you into thinking they are doing you a favor. Regardless of how much you want to be a physician, do not settle. They are getting something out of this too. It's time for these DO schools to be held accountable, since the AOA has chosen quanitity over quality. You're investing a lot of time and money in this pursuit-you deserve the best. My advice is to make them earn your business.