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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?

Neutral

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 was the most interesting question?

"They were all questions about me. Nothing really interesting or challenging, but having 4 people make an evaluation based on each answer added a lot of pressure" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None. They were all questions from my file. Because I have applied to other schools, including MD schools, I was hoping they wouldn't ask which ones. They didn't." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Reread my secondary application material because I read on this sight that they ask specific questions from your file. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"It has been said before, and I need to say it too, Dr. Haight is a jem. The students were incredible who showed us around the campus and even invited us to stay in touch by email. The faculty acted friendly and one walked us back to Admissions. That was a nice thing to do." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"If you attend TUCOM, bring your car. There is virtually no support business on the Island, not even a Starbucks. It is quiet though and only 10 minutes from a ferry that goes into San Francisco. Bring your car." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't even know they were opening a medical school in Las Vegas. Dr. Haight says that means 75 more seats. I'm still confused though as to what that means as far as getting accepted. I don't want to go to Las Vegas, so the option if given to me won't mean much. I loved Mare Island" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First, Dr. Haight (Dean of Admissions) came out to meet us at the Best Western for breakfast, meet and greet. Best Western--nothing to write home about, but what they lacked style was more than made up for in convenience and friendliness of the front desk people and shuttle driver. Dr. Haight said we could talk about anything we wanted to, but most of us wanted to learn more about the opening of the medical school in Las Vegas. Some of us, including me, wanted to know how this might affect our chances of getting into the Mare Island program and why some of us were being given the option to apply to Las Vegas and not others. Dr. Haight assured us that, if we are accepted, steps were being taken to give us the chance to shift our acceptance to Las Vegas. We were shutteled onto the Island. Again, nothing to write home about, but thankfully the environment is quiet and safe. Met with Dr. Haight and others being interviewed who didn't go to the hotel for breafast. He was extremely informative and his candid answers to our questions was refreshing. What everyone says about him is true. I've been on 4 interviews and he is head and shoulders the very best. We then toured the campus. Spartan, but the labs and new classrooms were beautiful, especially the anatomy lab. Then came the interviews. It seemed like they knew more about each of us than I expected. With 4 faculty listening to each of my answers the pressure was more than one-on-one's that I have been used to. After interviews we all ate lunch together and Dr. Haight prepared us for what decisions the Committee could make and how we should respond to each option. All in all, the best interview day I have experienced to date. I think its great that they let Dr. Haight spend all day with us. He was a great comfort. I only hope I interviewed OK and get accepted. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/25/2003

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