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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?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

4

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)?

"What was your worst subject in school? Why?" Report Response

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

"Explain the comment made in your personal statement that you "are open to alternative medicine."" Report Response

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

"Not my question but someone was asked to explain osteopathic medicine to a third grader." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Compare your experiences working as a medical technologist in a disadvantaged community with working here in the United States. I focused on the fact that despite the limited resources, the work I performed was comparable in quality. In fact, my ability to deal with limited resources and still perform quality work will be extremely beneficial when I become a physician. This is especially true in this day and age where resources are quite limited in the United States." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""In your essay you stated that you liked to do desktop publishing (invitations, posters, etc.). How would you advertise Touro University to the public?" I believe my answer to this question was pretty weak b/c I stated that I would focus on the people and the positive camraderie I observed. Dr. Haight is a great ambassador. Although I did not include this in the interview, I was not impressed by the campus or the facilities, so I felt that I could not focus on that." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, read Gevitz DO book, dinner w/ Touro student and fellow interviewees" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Dr. Haight is the best! His candid comments about the campus and his willingness to answer any and all questions contributed to the great experience. I appreciated the fact that Touro does its best to respect the medical school applicant, unlike other schools that make you feel like beggars in the street asking for handouts. I also like that they provide students the opportunity to do international rotations." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The campus is drab and facilities are limited. No married student housing and no pets on campus. No restaurants or espresso stand." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"The breakfast is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow interviewees! I felt that my group in particular bonded really well and so we were relaxed going into the interview. We were very supportive of each other and I believe this helped all of us feel at ease. There were no convenience stores or restaurants w/in walking distance to the Best Western, so it's pretty difficult for someone w/out a car. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Best interview experience ever! They are very respectful and will not ask embarrassing questions in front of the other interviewees. The students were very happy at the school and future plans of expansion are impressive, but probably would not benefit me as a member of class 2007. I was accepted to this school and would have loved to attend, but b/c of family I chose to attend elsewhere. Decisions are sent out really fast (so the 2K deposit is also due really fast). " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

01/28/2003

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