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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 another location

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"Please explain what you meant in your personal statement when you posed the question: "How do we become who we are?"" Report Response

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

"After being out of school so long how will you be able to handle the long hours of studying?" Report Response

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

"How will your research experience with patients with Bipolar Disorder help you with your fellow classmates. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I was asked to elaborate on a question I posed in my personal statement. This revealed to me that the interviewer read my statement thoroughly and he asked several follow up questions after my answer." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"The questions I was asked were not difficult. However other members in the group received difficult questions such as: How does the MCAT reflect one's capacity to be a good doctor; How would you advise Ariel Sharon on acheiving peace in the Middle East (yeah, that one was really tough)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Review SDN (very helpful). Review my personal statements form both primary and secondary applications. Read "The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America" by Norman Gevitz. " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Simply put, Dr. Haight. He spent an our with us at the hotel and about two hours with us in the conference room at the school. This time afforded us the opportunity to get to know each other and ask questions without fear of affecting the outcome of our application. Dr. Haight doesn't vote, so you an ask whatever you want (no matter how dumb or embarassing). You basically get a 3 hour warm-up for your 1 hour interview. I interviewed for the Las Vegas campus so there was no need for a site visit at the Mare Island interview. However, the staff at the Las Vegas campus was great about making time on a weekend to give me a tour of the new campus during my last trip to Las Vegas. The Henderson location is great. Affordable housing, lots to do and great weather. The facility is also brand spankin' new! Stadium seating in the classrooms, brand new anatomy and OMM lab and 10,000 square foot exercise facility. Having come from a major university with a huge campus, I like the idea of everything being inside a single building. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The only negative comment I have is that the interview was held at Mare Island rather than Las Vegas. However I beleive this was due to the fact that the Las Vegas campus wasn't ready. Starting next year I think everything will be done at Las Vegas." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I knew what to expect. Dr. Haight was great about responding to my questions via email. Steven Davis was also great as well. Basically, if you asked your questions you got your answers." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"This interview was boatloads of fun. I know that sounds strange but it really was. The interviewers both had a good sense of humor and the other candidates were eager to share their stories. So it was a very collaborative experience. This interview is not so much about you as it is about how well you play with others. Keep in mind that throughout medical school and beyond you will be faced with group interview and feedback situation (can you say ROUNDS) and the ability to be yourself around others is an important trait to develop. This interview is very low pressure and any anxiety I had going in to the interview quickly disappated after a few hours talking to Dr. Haight and the others in the group. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

06/10/2004

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