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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?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 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)?

"How will your past work experiences in dentistry and veterinary medicine contribute to you being a good physician? And, you described (in your personal statement) a situation in which you worked with children who spoke a different language than you and you felt that you were still able to communicate with them by holding their hand and speaking softly; do you believe animals respond to this type of communication as well?" Report Response

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

"You are a physician and you tell your patient that they have a serious illness, such as lupus. They don't know anything about the disease, how will you help them understand their situation? This question does not seem that bad, but this interviewer was not happy with any response I gave and she kept challenging my answers with more questions. This was in the last few minutes of an interview that had gone really well, so I was not sure why she did that." Report Response

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

"In your future as a physician, what healthcare trends do you expect to see? (this was asked by a student interviewer)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"How will your past work experiences in dentistry and veterinary medicine contribute to you being a good physician? And, you described (in your personal statement) a situation in which you worked with children who spoke a different language than you and you felt that you were still able to communicate with them by holding their hand and speaking softly; do you believe animals respond to this type of communication as well?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You are a physician and you tell your patient that they have a serious illness, such as lupus. They don't know anything about the disease, how will you help them understand their situation? This question does not seem that bad, but this interviewer was not happy with any response I gave and kept challenging my answers with more questions. This was in the last few minutes of an interview that had gone really well. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, TUCOM catalog and website, primary and secondary applications, practice interview questions with friends, read Dr. Fulford's "Touch of Life" about being a D.O., interview workshops at my undergraduate campus, had lunch with a current TUCOM student" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"This is old news...but Dr. Haight really is a sincere man who just wants the students to do their best in the interview and he did an amazing job talking with all of us before the interview; he has a great sense of humor and we laughed a lot, so that helped most of us relax. He had us each talk about ourselves with the whole group of 12 students so we could get comfortable with each other since we would have to speak in front of each other during the actual interview (there were 2 groups of 6 people being interviewed that day). This was really helpful; I felt like I knew enough about the other applicants and they knew enough about me that when questions were asked during the interview I was completely comfortable speaking honestly in front of everyone. Also, the anatomy lab is really nice, the odor is tolerable and there's a great view of trees and buildings and some old Navy ships on the water. The lecture halls are nice with comfortable seats. The library was packed with students studying for their block exams this week; there are plenty of chairs and sofas for everyone to find a comfortable spot to study; the library has all of the books that are needed for a great education at TUCOM, and if you need a book that's not there, they will get it for you. All of the staff and students I met were really friendly. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I had a really great time at TUCOM until that one interviewer asked me the question that I already described. I survived. So, really, I do not have any negative thoughts about TUCOM." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"All of my discoveries were positive; great views, golf course, nice labs, great library, comfortable chairs, and the nicest people. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I had a really good experience at TUCOM. I believe I did a lot to prepare for that day, I knew for 9 weeks that I would be going there for an interview, so I did not waste any time getting all of the information I could about the school and faculty. I called ahead and found out the names of my interviewers so I could find out about the work that they do. That way I already had an idea of their backgrounds while I was speaking with them during the interview. I think everyone should try to do that before any interview. The TUCOM website recommends reading the entire catalog that is online if you are invited for an interview; if they recommend it...DO IT! It answers many of the questions that students were asking. Any information you can learn about the school and faculty ahead of time can only help you have a better experience. If, for some reason, I do not get accepted to any schools this year, I will definitely reapply to TUCOM in the future! I met 11 other excellent applicants that day (well, 10, I knew 1 from my undergrad college!). They all have interesting and diverse backgrounds; I hope they are all successful in getting accepted to medical school. " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

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?

Quality Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

11/01/2005

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

10 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?

7 out of 10

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