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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?

8 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)?

"mostly about the your specific file; some about health insurance/state of health care" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Most of the questions are based on your application. Anything is free game. There were some questions about health insurance and potential solutions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"see above" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"re-read primary and secondary applications, TUCOM website, SDN, reviewed current medical issues and ethical situations" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The anatomy lab was completely odor-free and had windows. That was nice. Also, to me, the campus itself is not as bad as many say it is. It was nice of Dr. Haight to offer to change the day's schedule to accomodate us. The students that we did meet seemed somewhat happy. I liked the program, where the students got matched up with a pregnant woman and followed her throughout her pregnancy. That was pretty cool. Admissions staff were nice." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There were a couple of negatives about the school that I felt were quite prominent. We had barely gotten to speak with students that went to the school. It was quite frightening being that we had to make a make a decision whether to accept/reject an acceptance offer and put down a $2000 deposit within two weeks from the acceptance letter date. It was kind of sketchy when the tour guides merely pointed to the dormitories on the hill and did not show us the actual facilities. We didn't see the student union either. The interviewers were much harder on certain applicants for no reason. Also, since the interviews took place before lunch, you could tell that everyone was pretty hungry and the interviewers kept checking the clock or looking at their watches. I thought that was a somewhat rude. To me, the interview approach was uncomfortable. The structure of the interview undeniably fosters a competitive atmosphere, which is not appealing to me. The library is small and it seems like there is not much studying space available. The gym is just nasty." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"San Francisco is REALLY far from school. It MUST be at least an hour away. Well, maybe 45 minutes. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I had gotten a very negative impression of Touro. Please look at the negative impression question for more info. Although it was not as bad as many people make it out to be (yes, I have heard worse than what I had listed for the negative impression question), I know that I wouldn't be happy there. It may be a good school for some folks, but not me. Maybe Vegas will turn out better for Touro." Report Response

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On what date did the interview take place?

10/15/2003

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