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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?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

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)?

"What do you do for work now? How long have you done it? Do you work there full time? Do you work with DOs? What do you do with pts?" Report Response

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

"The first question they asked when I sat down for the interview: "Why are YOU here?"" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

""Twin babies are born weighing ~6oz. They leave the hospital months later at 5lb. Millions of dollars were spent. How do you feel about that?" I stated I was for giving the babies a chance at life if that's what their parents wanted. Their response,"That money could have been used for vaccinations for thousands of children. Are you still ok with your decision?"" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"A 35yo women in Florida has been in a vegetative state for 15 years without any progress or changes. Her husband says she would not want to live this way, but the pt. has no living will. Husband wants to pull her feeding tube and let her rest in peace. Her parents are Catholic and believe all should be done to sustain their daughter's life. What would you do? I sided with the husband. Their response, "You would be breaking your Hippocratic oath! Are you comfortable with that?" The debate carried on..." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, mock interview, websites, alumni" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Organized clinical rotations at mostly teaching hospitals. Great reputation in this part of the country even though awarness of the DO profession is not strong in CA. Student clubs are very active. Sitting in on 2 classes: The classroom was large with ample room for students. Large viewing screens projected the anatomy lecture I attended. All lectures are posted on line. Students can download notes prior to class or in class using the data ports. Not wireless yet. On campus housing to be ready in a year. Fast public transportation train allows computers great access to the campus." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The interview was not well organized. The people seemed friendly but not very warm or helpful one-on-one. Attitude of one of the interviewers was NOT warm or friendly--good guy/bad guy. No fitness center but public gymns nearby. Location is not ideal for me. No real sense of community. Its a commuter campus that was an old shopping strip--still feels like old abandoned shopping strip. It is adjacent to an active freight train line. Heavy use of security guards roaming the 'mall' made me wonder about incidents although Western claims its safe. If you like studying at home or off campus by yourself this might be a great place for you." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How far the hotel was (Shilo Inn) from the campus. I wanted to walk and check out the campus life, the proximity of it to Pamona, and how well knit the community and school felt. (I did not gather from my short visit that there is a sense of community or strong outreach.) Fellowship opporutnities seem non-existant. And do not expect to see other modalities as electives in thier curriculum--no acupuncture or alt." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I arrived for the interview joining one other friendly individual. We were greeted and sat in front of a video by ourselves. After watching we had to find the admissions staff downstairs to ask what we were going to be doing next. The interview was completed by a clinician and professor. It was short and I did not feel they really wanted to know about me or that they had read my file by the type of questions they asked. Post interview I struggled to find two classes to sit in on. No one to guide me or help me find the bldg. or room. Sudents in the class when asked about their experience did not appear to be dedicated to the DO principles. "If I had gotten into an MD program I would be there." Other responded, "We teach ourselves so much independently. Lecture is not what we expected." The new curriculum is slated to require more independent study for students. Keep that in mind!! Later we meet to discuss the new curriculum yrs 1&2, rotations yrs 3&4, financial aid, student organiziations, and what to expect for post interview notificaiton. Very informative session. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

4 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$301-$400

What airport did you use?

ONT

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

2 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Shilo Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

03/01/2005

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

1 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

2 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

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