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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Pomona
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"Why do you want to be a physician--give us a story of when/how you decided to become a DO?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"Are you satisfied with your low MCAT scores (this caught me off my guard as it was the only question that was asked from my file--before this question was asked, I thought the interview was closed file)?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What have you done outside of school during college (be specfic)?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How do you feel about stem cell research? " Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"When is a fetus considered a human, in your opinion? (I would recommend for anyone who is weak on medically related ethical dilemmas to read a book that would be a good guide--have your own opinions about various issues. All interviewers that morning were asked about stem cell research)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, school's website, and relaxed the night before by wathcing the LA game." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The clinical rotational sites: there are so many and they're dispersed throughout the U.S., including places like Hawaii." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The city of Pomona (drive through it at night and you'll see what I mean); school's exterior is unattractive as well." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I would have known that Pomona is (or at least seems to be) an unsafe city with strange people out at night (no, not vampires). However, the students, faculty members and interviewers were wonderful." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I think I would go to this school if I didn't get into my number one choice. COMP is a great school and one's success is almost guaranteed once you get accepted. The city of Pomona is not nearly as nice as I had hoped it would be. Although, you would only be there your first two years and you'll be studying most of that time anyways. In addition, the students seem very relaxed and friendly. I think I will go if I don't get into my number one choice school. As for the interview, I felt that they wanted to assess two things in particular: (1) whether you have the ability to succeed in medical school, and (2) whether you have the personaity and emotional stability to do well as a physician. I received a low score on my MCAT, but I was willing to explain and argue that I felt my GPA and other factors compensated for the low score. So, be prepared to explain any of your weaknesses and have a tool to support your application despite that weakness. Then you'll be fine." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

05/15/2003

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