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  • Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine Mare Island
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Vallejo
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

1

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

"about being an older student" Report Response

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

"about military experience" Report Response

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

"about travels" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"about my travel experiences" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"respond to an inappropriate AIDS comment by a famous person" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read interview feedback, read the website, talked to other students" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the school looks like it has a great OMM program, a high degree of student satisfaction, and a good overall program. Financial aid presentation was quick" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"3 hours (!) of meetings with the director of admissions and 40 minutes of interview time to share with 3 other students. I wish they would have had less talking about the interview process and more talk about the unique qualities of the school. Besides that mediocre food, ugly campus (they say its getting better, and the inside is quite nice...), and you have to commute to campus." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"They are watching you from the time you get there- when they put you in the room for orientation and give name cards, thats when the interview really begins. The orientation room almost reminded of one of the police type interogation rooms with a see through mirror on one side. I didn't look for cameras though. I wouldn't acted much different though, except maybe stuck my tongue out :)" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First off, the deluxe contenental breakfast at the Best Western was NOT deluxe. They ran out of pastry and the apple was mushy. With cereal and coffee/tea, thats all they had though. Be prepared to supplement your breakfast if you stay there. Overall, I liked the school itself and the bay area. That said I didn't trust the admissions officer. It felt like they were watching us from the time we came to campus. The schedule was very rigid and we had to be rush for time to go to the bathroom (and we were there for four hours!) My wife and another wife there were not treated very well either- they were stuck in a corner and were not allowed to use any of the facilities. Then when they left a Navy security guard wouldn't let them walk around. To make matters worse, the director forgot that they weren't students, although he had been introduced and told like 4 times! They also seemed a bit flippant with the Jewish heritage of the school too, which turned me off too. They weren't derogatory at all, but I guess I expected a bit more "Jewishness" and respect of those traditions. It seems there are only a few vestiges of it left around. OK, bottom line- the school itself seemed ok , but our interview experience was bad. As that reflects on the school though.... " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/31/2003

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