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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?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

3 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?

3

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 Osteopathic Medicine? " Report Response

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

"Do you have any support network in NV? Do you have any reservations moving to NV?" Report Response

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

"You see 2 students cheating on an exam, what would you do?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Do you have any reservation moving to Nevada or Henderson/Las Vegas?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"No questions were difficult! Just know your applications (primary and secondary), your motivations for osteopathic medicine, the differences b/t DO and MD." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read "Osteopathic Medicine: A Reformation in Progress," "Epidemic of Care," Reread my applications and talked to current med students and DO's." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"I was interviewing for the Nevada campus but the Mare Island campus is not as bad people say it is. People make it out to be a hole in the ground, deserted, military base. It's quite nice actually but doesn't compare to some other schools I've been to but it was decent. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Although the MI campus is on an island and it was quite pleasant and quiet, there is no coffee shop or restaurants around. It didn't matter to me since I was applying for TUCOM-Nevada. I wished they would have had a better presentation of the curriculum considering I've been accepted to another school and I wanted to compare them. Anyways, I am impressed with the match list and entrance requirements as well, so TUCOM was always in the running. One point I do have to make is that the Best Western is NOT across the street from the Holiday Inn like the guy from Evans shuttle told me. It was about a 5 minute walk under the overpass. I also did not know that I could have called the van from the Best Western to pick me up at the Holiday Inn. Oh well, I wasn't in the best of moods when I arrived there (delayed flight, late shuttle, didn't eat dinner, etc.). It was late when I arrived." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing new that I didn't already know." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"First off, don't fly ATA...you pay for cheap and you get cheap. My flight was late and they start seating from the back. I was seated in the front and it took a long time for me to board. By the time I got to my seat, there was no place to put my carryon in the overhead bin...the air didn't work and it was MAJOR HOT in the plane. We sat in the heat for so long before we even taxied out of the gate! Read above for the shuttle. I really do suggest staying at the Best Western to meet and get to know the other candidates. Also, MAKE SURE YOU EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST at the hotel before you leave. Don't worry about looking like a pig because you don't get to eat anything until after the interview. You don't want you stomach to growl during the interview! hahaha (has happened to me before, not here though). Dr. Haight meet all of you around 9 AM and you talk for a bit and then are shuttled off to MI campus. More talks ensue, financial aid and someone from the curriculum. Then you get to introduce each other and get a feel for talking in front of other people. Relax and enjoy yourselves! Dr. Haight then tells you the truth about the interviews and give you some clues about how to answer certain questions...No, it's not as in-depth as you think...although, if given a scenario about a patient (ethical or not), it is your responsibility to stabilize and assess the patient first, then deal with the ethics later. HINT HINT :) The panel format was actually FUN and at noon! I was in a group of 4 and there was another group of 3 for a different panel. It's great to hear what other people have to say and you do have a chance to include their answers in yours and elaborate further. Another HINT HINT. So pay attention to what is said. Answer short and sweet but be thorough enough to get your point across. I really did enjoy the panel interview. I wish more schools did this. After the interview, you have lunch and Dr. Haight tells you what to expect...no sugarcoating here. I think he is very passionate about what he does and it shows! He has put alot of effort to select the best candidates and I think they do a good job! I'm really excited for TUCOM-Nevada!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/15/2004

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