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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?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

8 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)?

"Introduce yourself and tell us where you went for undergraduate. When/How did you decide you wanted to practice medicine?" Report Response

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

"In your personal statement, you said you follow the pillars of osteopathy. Tell me how you do this. " Report Response

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

"How do you manage stress? Why would a patient want to come see you? Why TUCOM?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"None" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why would a patient want to come see you? (Honestly, the questions weren't hard for my group)" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN, thought of answers to ethical questions, looked at the website, etc" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The new curriculum allows the students to take advantage of more early clinical experiences. I did not rent a car, so I took the ferry into SF. It was definitely worth the $17 round trip ticket. I was bummed when I found out the tours to Alcatraz were booked until the next day. If you are interested in going to Alcatraz, I think you can purchase tickets online before you visit SF. After the interview, a few of us went to the wine vineyards (in Napa), Benicia (where a lot of students live), and downtown Berkeley before taking a flight out of Oakland. I had so much fun touring the area with the other applicants! I am thrilled that TUCOM attracts such fun and interesting applicants, and would be ecstatic to spend the next few years studying with them. Also, I was surprised that one of the faculty members made a joke about the quality of TUCOM’s website. I was actually really pleased by his comment because it showed me that the faculty truly cares about their reputation and strives for continual improvement. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The student guide explained that most of the buildings were not able to be renovated because of historical significance. The school does not have a real cafeteria, so you have to bring lunch and snacks. The gym was not very impressive. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"nothing really. I wish I captured more pictures of the John Kerry look alike at the airport to show my friends! " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I thought the day was pretty smooth. Dr. Haight’s session on how to interview at TUCOM was extremely helpful (Hi Dr. Haight! Thanks!!). (FYI, you will find out that most of the admissions personnel read this website). I was surprised that one of the faculty members made a joke about the quality of TUCOM’s website. The interview was not stressful for my group, but I know the other group had several ethical/difficult questions (If you were presenting a case to a colleague, where would you go to get more information on the topic? Only acceptable answer was pubmed). Overall, I really liked this style of interviewing because you get to learn more about other applicants. Plus, I was really happy to hear that students know of their application status within two weeks of the interview." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

OAK

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

3 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Quality Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

no

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/11/2005

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

9 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

10 out of 10

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

10 out of 10

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