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A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
  • Year founded: 2007
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 108
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A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)
Osteopathic Medical School
Mesa
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 4 88 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 4 1 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $54,442
  • Non - Resident Tuition $54,442
  • Application Fee $70
  • AVG MCAT 505
  • AVG GPA 3.5
  • LIZZYM Score 63.0

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions
  • 5850 E. Still Circle
  • Mesa 85206
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The school's unique curriculum and teaching methods emphasize cutting-edge technology and individualized, active, self-directed learning. In addition, students spend three of their four years of training in community health centers located in underserved communities across the country.

Curriculum

ATSU-SOMA has partnerships with the nation's Community Health Centers (CHC), which provide a healthcare safety net for underserved communities. SOMA students will begin their clinical observations in CHCs at the start of their second year instead of waiting until the third year as in traditional models. Parts of the basic sciences will be bundled with clinical sciences and learned together. This practice of learning skills in the same environment in which they will be applied is called contextual learning. This has been shown to be more effective than methods that impose arbitrary educational divisions.

Another unique aspect is the incorporation of the Clinical Presentation Model, which holds that there are approximately 120 different ways that patients present to physicians. Students will learn in-depth responses to these presentations.

Facilities

Students spend their first year on the Mesa, Arizona, Campus learning together in small groups using real-life patient interactions and simulated clinical experiences. Students education in years two through four is based at one of the 11 select community campuses across the country. The second year is spent in small group settings learning additional clinical presentations, observing patient care, and gaining an understanding of the local health system and community health practices. Third- and fourth-year students complete their clinical rotations at Community Health Center campuses and associated hospitals, as well as with healthcare providers and at select healthcare institutions. Osteopathic principles and practices are integrated throughout the curriculum, and the osteopathic manipulative treatment program is designed for primary care applications. This provides distinctive training in the value of healing touch in patient care.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 67
Negatively 10
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
4.32 81

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.52 87

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Shorten the day... there was too much down time and the day dragged on. Longest of all the interviews i've been to by 2+ hours" More from this Member | Report Response

"interview day and social too long" More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was very drawn out. It could have been reduced by at least 90 min." More from this Member | Report Response

"Fantastic overall - organization could have been better but I understand the first weekend of the cycle can be a bit of the guinea-pig run through. I would advise for such short interview time that the interviewers ask at the end "is there anything more you would like to tell us that we didn't talk about?" Also, PLEASE stick to your timeline for notifying applicants! We have deadlines from other schools as well to respond :/" More from this Member | Report Response

"There was a lot of down time for my particular group. Since we weren't a particular chatty bunch - it made it seem pretty long between sessions." More from this Member | Report Response

"The interview day was pretty long." More from this Member | Report Response

"Shorten the interview time? 30min per person x 3, if you schedule badly, you'll do 1.5hour of interv" More from this Member | Report Response

"It seems that admissions staff is usually not available when I call with questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Let applicants know how long the interview day is going to be. Almost an 8 hour day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The admissions personnel were great. All the interviewers were very personable and kind. I really en" More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything is great!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Excellent presentations! No suggestions." More from this Member | Report Response

"None. Everything was great." More from this Member | Report Response

"None." More from this Member | Report Response

"No baked potatoes for lunch. It was not enough food!" More from this Member | Report Response

"I think the school does a fantastic job with everything. Absolutely no improvements!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT" More from this Member | Report Response

"NDA" More from this Member | Report Response

"signed NDA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Signed NDA - mostly what you'd expect" More from this Member | Report Response

"Signed nondisclosure contract." More from this Member | Report Response

"what would your high school friends think of you today" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why physician? Why D.O.? Why this school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your experience at you internship? What did you do and what did you learn?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I rub my finger on the table, how long will my DNA stay there? (experience on my app.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine, what not being a disc jockey. What is one thing I had learned that suprised me about the school" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who you would have dinner with (living or dead) and why" More from this Member | Report Response

"If there was something your application that you could change, what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest regret?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO and not MD?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who is your hero?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why ATSU-SOMA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why D.O. and why ATSU SOMA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if medicine wasn't an option?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a physician? Why D.O.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does your girlfriend think of your decision to apply here?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think should be done about the healthcare crisis?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Explain why re-take MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What community service activities have you done? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why DO? Why SOMA?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine and what interests you about Osteopathic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that drug companies should be prohibited from advertising drugs to consumers? Why or why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Basically all the same questions that the previous posters have posted. They are all standardized." More from this Member | Report Response

"Group Exercise: Solve a problem in healthcare and come up with at least 3 points in your answer. Panal of 3 watched and took notes while we worked. I agree with others that they are more interested in how you interact than what you actually come up with." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who should receive organ donation-convict/single mother?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is compassion learned through experience and is it necessary to be a successful doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO and why A.T. Still in AZ" More from this Member | Report Response

"Group Interview: Identify problem with health care and come up with 3 possible solutions. Here they obviously want to see how you interact in a group" More from this Member | Report Response

"Part 1 - Group Activity Interviewees divided into groups of 4, asked to solve a problem in healthcare, evaluated by adcom on how well you work in a group, don't think they really cared about the solution to the prompt" More from this Member | Report Response

"A man who is a criminal, is on a list for a liver and a mother of three who cannot afford a transplant is not on the list, produce a moral model for transplant lists." More from this Member | Report Response

"3 parts to the interview: 1) They watch you do a group activity 2) Closed file interview with a set standard of 6 question 3) File Review where you can talk about dings in your application" More from this Member | Report Response

"What aspect of DO philosophy is most attractive to you and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"(Group portion, 20 minutes): Come up with a health care issue that you feel needs change, and discuss the three main elements needing improvement." More from this Member | Report Response

"The one about the 9 year old with barely any brain and motor function. Removing th uterus etc... " More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about how you got to this point in your premed career. " More from this Member | Report Response

"GROUP PROJECT(30min): They are just testing to see how well you work with others (whether you contribute, interrupt or exclude people). It helps if you are a nice person on this one ;) BTW, the prompt was related to fixing a problem in health care. Your group has to come up, in a collaborative effort, the solution(s)." More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you come to want to be an osteopathic physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"one 30 minute 1:1 half-opened file interview where they had everything in front of them except my numbers: why do? why soma? how does emotion play into medicine? what is one positive and one negative emotion you felt during a medical experience? do you think there is a future for CHCs? what is something that you find complex? pretend you are an admissions director- now you are looking you at your app- what is one weakness you would want to know more about? what would you do if medicine was not an option?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you caught someone cheating off your exam?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a D.O.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The question about the 9 year old girl." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO? How will you incorporate DO philosophies into your practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DO?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethics Q - about a little girl getting a radical procedure" More from this Member | Report Response

"See the questions listed by other posters. " More from this Member | Report Response

"A parents of a severely brain damaged 9 year old girl want her doctor to perform a hysterectomy and give the child drugs to stunt her growth and keep her weight at around 75 pounds so that they can better care for her. Do you think this is a radical procedure and would you treat the patient in this way?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe name-brand drugs should be advertised?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why SOMA? How will SOMA help you in your career as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"About a growth stunting and reproductive impeding treatment to a 9 year old.... ethical?" More from this Member | Report Response

"do you think compassion can be taught?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there is a difference in D.O. vs. M.D.?" More from this Member | Report Response

"a" More from this Member | Report Response

"transplant question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Liver question." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you incorporate the concept of mind/body/spirit into your practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Liver transplant question" More from this Member | Report Response

"liver transplant " More from this Member | Report Response

"The ethical question." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical liver transplant choice." More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical Question about organ transplant, see above" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give a positive and negative example of universal health care. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Ethical question regarding transplant recipients." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hypothetical liver question" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does treating the mind, body, and spirit mean to you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The liver question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Closed formal: (1)What is lifelong learning to you? (2) Give one pro/con for socialized medicine. (3) Ethics question. (4) What is mind/body/spirit to you, and how would you implement this into your practice. (5) What populations/community do you intend on working with." More from this Member | Report Response

"The ethics liver transplant questions, see above. " More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT" More from this Member | Report Response

"signed NDA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Signed nondisclosure contract." More from this Member | Report Response

"None, they were all pretty standard, open-ended questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you feel that as a pre-medical student you did not need to take anatomy." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were accepted to 12 schools, how would you choose which one to attend?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When all of the excitement of medicine has gone away, what are your core values underneath it all?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have I met Eddie Aikau?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of people irritate you? (work environment and academic environment)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you could handle the rough Arizona winters (I'm from Wisconsin)." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about osteopathy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"personal statement question" More from this Member | Report Response

"In group of 3, identify a problem within our currently health system and ways to solve it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you caught someone cheating during an exam?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about desire to work with underserved patients." More from this Member | Report Response

"If embryonic stem cells were able to cure paralyzed patients, would you administer such treatment to those who ask for it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think that drug companies should be prohibited from advertising drugs to consumers? Why or why not?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Mother/convict question" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is compassion learned and how does it make you a successful doc?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"kidney transplant" More from this Member | Report Response

"what about the osteopathic philosophy attracted you most to DO" More from this Member | Report Response

"Can compassion be taught?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Does a physician need compassion to be successful?" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing its the same questions for everyone" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you keep yourself up-to-date on medical education once you begin practicing? " More from this Member | Report Response

"This one seemed specific to me and was more of a follow-up question than anything else: "It seems to me that you have a lot of interests--what will you do if you are forced to specialize in one area of medicine?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think there is a future for CHCs?" More from this Member | Report Response

"With all the recent talk about health reform, how would you address the debate over providing health care to non American citizens?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is it necessary for a doctor to have compassion in order to be effective?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The question pertaining to the 9 year old girl whose parents hope to stunt her growth via various medical procedures." More from this Member | Report Response

"Can physicians learn compassion?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The pharmaceutical drugs question about whether it is appropriate to advertise on television" More from this Member | Report Response

"The pharmaceutical companies advertise drugs that encourage patients to get the more expensive drug, rather than generic versions of it. Do you think it is Ok for them to market these drugs? " More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were the same preset 5 questions that others have posted. None were difficult." More from this Member | Report Response

"The question about the brain damaged 9 year old girl." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is 9 yr old severly brain damaged girl. Her parents want to stunt her growth and give her a hysterectomy so she can be better cared for. Do you think this is a radical procedure?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Something to do with the advertizing of new medications on television and whether I agreed with their presence or not." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you plan to work with allopathick doctors to serve the underserved?" More from this Member | Report Response

"something about a 9 year old girl who was severely mentally impaired... the parents wanted to care for her at home, but in order to keep her size and weight managable, they had her have a hysterectomy and gave her drugs to stunt her growth.. is this child abuse? should the state get involved?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a hypothetical question which I found out really happened...it went something like this: There is a 9 year old female that is clinically braindead. Her parents want to care for her in their home but they are worried that she will grow too tall and weigh too much so they give her drugs to stunt her growth and the girl has a hysterectomy. Do you consider this to be a radical procedure? Is this considered child abuse? Should the state get involved." More from this Member | Report Response

"aa" More from this Member | Report Response

"How does my view of religion play a role in how I would like to practice medicine" More from this Member | Report Response

"Regarding ethics - would I give a liver transplant to an uninsured mother of three or an insured convicted felon?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions were the standard five, but they did follow up with questions of their own making. I got ''Do you think the prison transplant program a good idea?'' A couple other questions that were extensions of the standard five, as well." More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think physicians should consider a patients ability to pay when treating them?" More from this Member | Report Response

"the ethical transplant question " More from this Member | Report Response

"The most interesting question was about the transplant for either a convict or the single mother." More from this Member | Report Response

"As others have said, the choice between who to do the liver transplant for." More from this Member | Report Response

"It was an ethical question regarding whom I would give a transplanted organ to a felon or a single mother with no insurance." More from this Member | Report Response

"Who would you give a liver to, a mother who can't afford it or a prisoner whom the state will pay for it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What does a mind/body/spirit approach mean to you and how would you implement it in your practice?" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is an ethical question, regarding transplant recipients. They are up-front in telling you that everyone receives the same 5 questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had to choose, would you give a liver to a convicted child murderer (who could afford the operation) or to a mother of three (who could not offord it)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you see a difference between MD's and DO's?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If given a choice between a criminal in prison and a mother of 3 which one would you give a liver to if they were both in dire need?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give positives and negatives of socialized health care." More from this Member | Report Response

"ALL DAY IS GEARED TOWARD ASSESSING YOUR APPROPRIATENES FOR THE PROGRAM" More from this Member | Report Response

"Probably the ethics question that I state for the next question. The other question were pretty standard. Expain a positive and negative aspect of universal healthcare. What kind of practice I would like to have. How I would keep up with current medical knowledge after school. " More from this Member | Report Response

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School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
8.00 1

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 1

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 1

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 1

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"Early clinical experiences, involvement in the community, and a great education rooted in a family and community medicine discipline is stellar. The school also uses the Clinical practice curriculum, which breaks our modules into systems-based courses that present a clinical framework of how patients present to physicians. The basic science disciplines (micro, biochem, phys, path, pharm) are included in each weeks discussions of the clinical presentation, making it relevant and very different than having a different course for each discipline that the learner has to later synthesize and relate to clinical experiences in the third and fourth year. Also, SOMA is the only school I know where 2nd year medical students work one on one with attendings in an outpatient clinic one day a week actually seeing patients, assisting with procedures, and getting an introductory clinical experience BEFORE 3rd year rotations." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Some instructors are still learning how to fit the basic science material into the clinical presentations meaningfully, but the admin is working hard and has been very responsive to feedback. Any concerns I have had have been addressed and fixed." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"You will go to Mesa, AZ for one year, and years 2-4 are spent at one of the 11 community campuses that are each affiliated with a local community health center all over the US. 3rd and 4th year rotations are commonly done in the area of the community campus. It's a wonderful program that I'm very happy with, and I encourage you to take a strong look at it. Also, please note that while the focus is on family medicine and primary care, the school gives you a great primary care foundation for any specialty. Don't think you can't go here if you don't want to do primary care. Many of us don't, but the broad-based education and clinical exposure is awesome." | Report Response

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