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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)?

"Can you tell me a bit more about your experience with Osteopathic med." Report Response

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

"How are you going to be able to handle the incredible amount of information in medical school?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What I thought about a headline that was posted on the web that day." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"To explain as a Political Science major why the headline noted above was important." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read up here on SDN and remembered that this was a panel interview, and that their would be other interviewees with me at the same time." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Honestly, only Dr. Haight. He meets you in the morning and accompanies you around the whole day. I appreciated his honesty and intergrity about the admissions process. He really makes you feel welcome. The actual school is a whole other story." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"To begin with, the facilities are horrible. The school is on an old Naval base, and thus many of the facilities cannot be renovated because they are historical landmarks. The area in Vallejo is also a little run down, especially near the island. The library(if you can call it that), is small and has limited resources. I don't mean to sound jaded, but if you are going to be at the school for a few years, facilities are important. Also, the fact that you have to fork over $2000 within two weeks of getting accepted is too much to ask(non-refundable). I got in really early to Touro, and just had to turn them down b/c I needed to know what my other options were before committing to one school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"No real teaching hospital affliation. Distance from San Francisco is greater than I thought. The rundown facilities and the high tuition." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I believe Touro is a good school, but just not a great match for me personally. Dr. Haight is a great guy and really direct with you, which is refreshing. The panel interview is not as bad at it might seem. Just talk ahead of time with your fellow interviewees, and you will be a lot more comfortable with them and not feel the desire to "give a better answer" than them. Just be aware that some of the panelists can be a bit rude. One of our panelists more or less embarrassed another interviewee in my group by talking about some bad grades he had received. I thought it was really rude, especially in front of other applicants. Just remember to stay cool if they put you on the spot like that." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/15/2003

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