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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?

5 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"Question about my undergraduate research" Report Response

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

"Explain this sentence in your personal statement" Report Response

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

"Explain the marked improvment in your grades in the last 2 years of your undergraduate education" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing interesting" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Asked to explain a very specific sentence in my personal statement" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, interview feedback, mock interviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Dr. Haight is wonderful, he is very honest and upfront, he made me feel very relaxed and optimistic about the day, before we got to the school. Plus, the anatomy lab is great, the students generally seemed happy, one of my interviewers was very friendly and enthusiastic about the interview." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Jeeze, where to begin. Poor location, unsafe neighborhood, uncomfortable interview, poor rotation sites, no program to assist students preparing for COMLEX step I, interviewer asked me a question in a very condescending manner, 2 WEEKS TO PUT DOWN A $2,000 DEPOSIT! Ridiculous... " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"2 weeks to decide! And why is TUCOM building a branch campus in Las Vegas when their Vallejo campus needs some attention?" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Panel interview was very uncomfortable, it was like we were being lined up for a firing squad..."OK, Dr. X, why don't you take the next shots at interviewees #2 and 3, and I'll take #4". It was just weird, and my interviewers weren't enthusiastic (except one of them). Again, as everyone comments on, the campus is pretty nasty, the military base feel makes it seem like a boarding school. And seriously, the $2,000 deposit in 2 weeks thing just completely disregards the best interests of the student. If TUCOM wanted the welfare of the osteopathic community to be maximized, they would have a later deadline (like December, which all other DO schools do) which enables students to go to their preferred school; when someone attends their preferred school, both the student AND the school are best off. By trying to force students into TUCOM with their high deposit and short time to accept, they are effectively reducing the overall happiness of the DO student community. This is, in my view, a very selfish practice on the part of TUCOM." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/29/2003

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