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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Year founded: 2005
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 135
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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU)
Osteopathic Medical School
Yakima
  • SDN RANKING 1
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 2 32 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 3 3 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $50,000
  • Non - Resident Tuition $50,000
  • Application Fee $85
  • AVG MCAT 502
  • AVG GPA 3.4
  • LIZZYM Score 60.1

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Admissions Information

  • Enrollment Services
  • Butler-Haney Hall
  • 200 University Parkway
  • Yakima 98901
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences educates and trains health care professionals emphasizing service among rural and medically underserved communities throughout the Northwest. PNWU is dedicated to offering more affordable tuition rates and developing community-based scholarship programs for students. PNWU will utilize rural and small community hospitals for student rotation and residency programs as part of its comprehensive campus-based educational curricula, training students in the very environments in which they will ultimately practice.

Curriculum

PNWU is devoted to training new generations of doctors who will serve the needs of those who live in the non-urban communities and rural areas of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Facilities

Butler-Haney Hall, a state-of-the-art facility estimated to be sixty-thousand (60,000) square feet, on a 42 acre campus and includes appropriate, fully-equipped classrooms, laboratory, research, media, learning resource, and office spaces to accommodate the projected needs of faculty, staff and students. In addition to Butler-Haney Hall, the Cadwell Student Center has been constructed and a new University Conference Center have been completed, additional land parcels have been purchased for future campus growth, and seven additional classes of medical students have started their medical education. In addition to the Yakima campus, 16 core rotation sites in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest in hospitals and clinics have welcomed PNWU-COM students for clinical training rotations in years three and four.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 26
Negatively 2
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.87 31

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.44 32

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Interview is too long!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions office was great and responsive." More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep it up! They were awesome, especially helping me actually get there! My flight from Seattle to Yakima got cancelled and they were so helpful and understanding while I was scrambling to get to Yakima. They also had fresh coffee available as soon as we arrived for the interview because they knew a bunch of us did not get a lot of sleep due to the late arrivals to Yakima on the shuttles." More from this Member | Report Response

"Please don't serve messy food to people in suits. Chili was scary to eat." More from this Member | Report Response

"You seem to be doing well at everything I needed assistance with" More from this Member | Report Response

"Thank you for being so helpful. Lunch was awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Get secondary payment online." More from this Member | Report Response

"Worst of any of my interviews and my only waitlist that did finally turn into an acceptance. The interview process here is really terrible and the interviewers make you feel stupid. Actually wish I had been rejected, but my wife is hell bent on staying on the West coast so PNWU here I come. Oh well... it's only four years." More from this Member | Report Response

"N/A" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell applicants at the start of the day what time we will be interviewing at. My group just sat aro" More from this Member | Report Response

"online applicaiton isn't very user friendly" More from this Member | Report Response

"They don't give any PNWU tchotchkes, not even a folder of info--it's all paperless." More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide financial information, curriculum, and other basic info on interview day." More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions office notified students the following business day of acceptance. That's astounding." More from this Member | Report Response

"Everything went very smoothly and I have no objections to the day's progression of events." More from this Member | Report Response

"No suggestions. I think they are doing a great job" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"AACOMAS academic history" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not a traditional panel interview, instead there were 4 MMI stations. One was about grades/MCAT, one about ECs, an ethical scenario and one about the future of medicine/ideas for healthcare improvement." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Group question about solving rural healthcare." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your thoughts on the on-call times of rural practitioners" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you belong at PNWU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was MMI so one scenario was: You are set up with a doctor on rotations who has a drinking problem, he self prescribes medication, basically his life is falling apart. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your recent MCAT score was lower, did you take a prep course, explain that...." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one challenge that you will have that will prevent you from passing your courses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The standard 20." More from this Member | Report Response

"The questions are all standardized. You can find the questions here on SDN and practice your answers beforehand." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you had the power to change healthcare how would you do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"They asked most of the questions that have been mentioned in the past. There was a short period where they asked questions based upon your answers at the end. During this time I was able to also ask questions of the interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"Standard list of 21 questions as others have described, such as what would you do if your kid hits their hand with a hammer, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

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

"sameas already stated" More from this Member | Report Response

"All the same you've seen posted in other feedbacks. They used a standard form. They will use the same questions all year. They do this to keep a level playing field for all applicants in a cycle. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What will frustrate you most about working as a physician? What are your greatest strengths? What are your greatest weaknesses? What was your introduction to osteopathic medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you fix the US healthcare system?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think could be done to entice primary care physicians to practice rurally and or with underserved populations?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were taking a class and it was not giving you the information that you felt you needed what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Your child is playing with a hammer and hurts themself, what do you do? A 68 year old woman has 6 months to live, how do you tell her this? What are your greatest weaknesses and strengths? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are important characteristics for a doctor to have?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"An ethics question about religious practices not allowing for the treatment needed and how you would handle the situation." More from this Member | Report Response

"The one about the pt. with terminal cancer" More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole process was interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"You have a 5 year old child who is playing with a hammer. She hits her finger and starts to cry. What do you do? (Interesting in the fact that it's the strangest question I've heard)" More from this Member | Report Response

"You're watching your 5 year old daughter play with a hammer and she smashes her hand. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What characteristics make a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you encourage physicians to practice in a rural setting?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your weaknesses?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me how you got here... your story." More from this Member | Report Response

"If your 3 year old child smashed his finger with a hammer while trying to hit a nail what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you do if you don't get into medical school? Why osteopathic medicine? Why should doctors serve in underserved rural areas?" More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 3

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"The professors are (mostly) great and encouraging." | Report Response

"Good class culture" | Report Response

"Small class size" | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"There is a lot of favoritism amongst the administration. There is a married couple that teaches and makes everything way too complicated. The school is VERY money driven despite the claim to be a non-profit." | Report Response

"Administration makes some questionable financial decisions like focusing on adding new programs instead of perfecting the COM." | Report Response

"Cost" | Report Response

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"The school claims to be no mandatory attendance for lectures, but they sneak in quizzes that make up a huge part of your grade." | Report Response

"Only for quizzes and labs" | Report Response

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