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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Pomona
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

30 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

1

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

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

""Tell me about yourself" Make sure to decide ahead of time how you wish to direct the discussion." Report Response

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

""What medical specialty do you see yourself choosing"" Report Response

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

""How did you study for the MCAT?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

""Given that you have had an interest in computers, how do you manage to remain personable at the same time?"" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"see above, it really was not a question I had expected...but it made me stop and think" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I read posts on this site as well as threads in the forum, spoke with students and alumni, read the website and books on med schools and interviewing, and I spent the day before the interview at Western attending class and lab with the OMS1s" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"While the facilities do not look like much from the outside, the interior is very nice. The space is allocated nicely with room to relax and lockers for lab and lecture materials. The lecture halls are nice and give a great view to all students. All the material is accessible before class on the network and lectures are Powerpoint-based with clincal correlations underlying the topic. Contrary to an earlier comment, the internet access is not restricted during lecture. Attendance is very good, at least in the afternoon lecture. The anatomy lab is very nice, perhaps not NYMC or UNECOM, but more than adequate with space and a 1:8 ratio. Students work in teams of 4, trading days, so you aren't dissecting each day. There's a Summer Anatomy course and if you do well, you become an assistant for the MS1 class 1 TA to each two cadavers. Regarding clinical rotations, Arrowhead Regional sounds very nice and seems to provide good rotations. Other sites give good preparation as alumni of the college place well at sites in Southern California. The college definitely made a positive impression." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The weather is one thing that I personally am trying to get away from. I want a cooler atmosphere. Nothing really made me stop and think that the school was anything less than what it appeared. I've heard bad things, but the college seems stable and is expanding in many directions." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Claremont is a confusing area, make sure to have directions and follow them to the letter. Also, if you ask for directions make sure to specify the 10 Fwy or the 210 Fwy. They sound very similar." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"While I unfortunately got lost in Claremont and arrived a little late *gasp*, I think that I did well overall. I interviewed with the Director of Admissions, who was very nice and conversational. She really made me feel comfortable. I heard that it was highly unusual to interview with only one person and let alone the Director. Most candidates were set up with two faculty members. Either way, the interviews were conversational and very laidback. The students that led us on the tour were very helpful and answered any and all questions. In general, the students were happy and upbeat, they went out of their way to greet you and were very pleasant to talk to. It really made the school feel like it welcomed prospective students, a nice feeling." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

09/24/2004

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