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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?

1 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

10 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)?

"There are only three questions and they are all easy and about your file. If you didn't B.S. anything, you should be able to answer them." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing, just know what is in your file and why you want to be a DO" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN and the schools website" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The time that Dr. Haight spent with us" Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The time that Dr. Haight spent with us" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing" Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I know that this website is read by not only students, but by the schools themselves at times. That being said I was overall dissapointed with the interview experience. Please do not stay at the Best Western. There are Motel 6's for about 25$ less in the area. The hotel is not even very close to the school and the continental breakfast is absolutely pathetic. I would have paid maybe 2 bucks to eat that food, which made the effective room rate 63$ as opposed to $65. The staff was nice, and the room was fairly clean (the bathroom had alot of hair in it). The price and the breakfast weren't the only things I didn't like about it. Dr. Haight is a very nice man and I am impressed that he meets with the students. However, not to hurt any feelings, I felt like he was holding our hands all day just trying to make us feel good about ourselves. We met around 8:30 and didn't leave to go to the interview for quite a while. The whole time we really just talked about nothing. I really wished I just slept longer and met everyone at the school. Trust me, you don't learn anything that will help in the interview or to learn about the school. You get to the school and because we were interviewing for LV we didn't go on the campus tour. We just sat in the confernece room for hours talking about ourselves for no reason but to "feel more comfortable". Well, excuse me, but if you need to warm up for an interview, you may have more than just that to worry about. Anyways, we sat around for a long time, just stretching out the time till the interview at 12pm. For about 10 minutes the financial aid guy came in. He really didn't tell us much, and couldn't even give us handouts about anything. One of the other interview I went on was for LECOM. LECOM passed out these huge packets that gave us information about renting in the area, a huge financial aid package with specifics about students budget for their school, a packet on the student organizations on campus with descriptions of them all, a bunch of informational packets on the city itself, and most importantly a packet on the specifics of the cirriculum and an academic calender. I was most impressed with the process at LECOM and my experience at Touro left alot to be desired. Additionally, Dr. Haight gives the impression that he wants to see us through the day to be available to us to answer any and all questions. It is under the guise of being open and available to us. However, it kind of struck me that we didn't have any interactions with other office staff or any students. Almost as though we were being shielded from the poeple that work behind the scenes. Even though it was an interview for LV, there is no denying the fact that by interacting with other students at the Mare Island campus we could have had a feel for how they enjoy the school. At a minimum they could have had a couple students host us for lunch and just talk to us. At LECOM they provided lunch for us in their cafeteria where everyone eats together and one student sat with each table to speak to us and answer questions, it was awesome. If you are still with me thank you and if you don't believe me, I just say to you wait and see. The last thing is that the group interview is incredibly pathetic. I put that the interview was 10 minutes because when the interview is 60 minutes and you have 4 to 6 people with you that means about 10 minutes for you. They do it with the suggestion that it is similar to presenting a patient while you are on rounds. Well, that is a load of baloney. It was incredibly comfortable to be in the group environment and would have felt exponentially more nervous if it was just me with the three interviewers. One thing I can say is that I was very impressed with the inteviewers and their knowledge of my file. So in conclusion, don't stay at the best western and don't be nervous...it is mostly just a waste of time" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

04/15/2004

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