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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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)?

"D.O.'s treat the symptoms, and not the patient. What do you think about this?" Report Response

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

"As you mentioned in your personal statement, you instituted lifestyle changes during your development throughout life. How do you propose to assist patients in also accomplishing these goals?" Report Response

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

"See most interesting/difficult questions." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What are the negatives of osteopathy?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"If not humans or animals, what do you propose we use for research experimentation?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read interview feedback, went over my application materials" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The facilities were not that bad, the area is OK, and Dr. Haight was really nice. He's a very genuine person." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Almost everything else. The tour guides were unprepared, didn't know much about their own facilities, we couldn't see half of the things (ie. lecture halls), the students seemed like they were separated into groups (similar to high school days). There's no wireless access on campus, and apparently many professors require the books as assigned reading (ie. they test out them rather than the lecture notes)." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"See the interview experience question." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"My interview was not that great. I answered all of the questions fairly well, except one. I had an answer to one interviewer's question, yet the other interviewer proceeded to ask me another along the same lines of the topic - except he was shoving words in my mouth. I had to correct his misconceptions of what I was saying, and I believe he got offended. Our panel of interviewers were not friendly. One guy constantly kept interrupting interviewees, repeating their question in a rude tone, waving hand signals to tell the student to stop, and others just flat out telling the applicants that they were "wrong." Three of the four interviewers spent much of their time grilling one applicant in particular, one with an economics degree, as to his qualifications and the rigor of his study habits, etc. Again, when the interviewer did not like his answer, he flat out told the applicant "uh uh, no, no, that's not what I was looking for. Let me repeat it again." Imagine this, with an interviewer waving his finger, pointing directly at you. I was so surprised. I was also even more surprised at how horrible all of my other interviewee's answers were. I don't even know how they ended up at the interview. I suppose some people are just not well developed in public relations, or speaking, in general. I will tell you though, some of their answers amazed me - I wanted to laugh so hard, but unfortunately there were too many people around me. One interviewee went even so far as to mock osteopathic medicine by saying it was similar to Eastern herbal medicine, in his attempt to explain why he was interested in the profession. I also did not like one of the interviewer's questions either. If someone has good statistics, you should not ask them why they are applying to osteopathy and not an allopathic institution (as if there was something wrong in having good numbers and being interested in becoming a D.O.). The interview experience was just a disappointment. I truly was amazed by the interviewer's lack of courtesy, and by the interviewee's lack of common sense." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

7 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

< $100

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

There's only one.

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/07/2005

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

6 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

6 out of 10

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