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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 is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why Touro?" Report Response

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

"If you could have lunch/meet with any one person - from all time - who would it be? (This, and the question above were the only general questions asked during the interview, all others were specific to the prospective student's file.)" Report Response

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

"Do you interact with patients in your work? Why do you want to switch from research to medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"See below" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"See Question 2" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read my essays, read studendoctor reviews" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Dr. Haight shared some useful information about the admissions process, and his views on the admissions process." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I did not like the group interview format." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"If you have done basic science research at any point, and it is mentioned in your application, you shoud review your work and the outcomes. There are two basic scientists on the panel." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"During the actual interview there were six prospective students (ps), and four interviewers. Each interviewer asked one question of each ps. Which means that each ps only had four real opportunities to speak, and could only speak to address the question. There was not time for dialogue. There was very little interactive conversation. Several times people were cut off by an interviewer mid-sentence. Because each ps was asked only four questions, the pressure is very high to answer each well. One stinky answer and you feel like one fourth of your interview is in the toilet. Also, if you do not know an answer or flub something, it is humiliating because ten people are watching, instead of just one. I think this is why Touro ends up with so many bad interview reviews. I can imagine the reasons for using this format, but if you are accustomed to the one-on-one interview the group format is a shocker. I hope that they realize the limitations of this system and take them in to account when they discuss our files. Before and after the interview we spent a lot of time with Dr. Haight, the dean of admissions, who does not vote on our file. I would have liked more time talking to current students, and the ability to poke areound the campus a little bit." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/22/2004

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