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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 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?

3

What was the style of the interview?

In a group

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What was the most interesting question?

"Why was I changing careers." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None were difficult." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Printed out everything from the TUCOM website and read it on the plane; read a bunch of TUCOM threads on Studentdoctor." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nice, friendly staff and laid back atmosphere. California's beautiful, even the ramshackle town of Vallejo. The facilities seemed adequate if not state of the art." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The dean of the school along with a lot of the faculty were away at the AOA conference, so in his place the dean of the school of public health spoke to us for 45 minutes and we learned more than most of us wanted to know about the DO/MPH dual degree option. Also, because of the group interview approach, there wasn't much of a chance to converse with the interviewers. I would rather have a more personal and less structured interview. The student tour guide was nice and frank about the school but failed to show us the student housing and cafeteria facilities even though it was on the schedule. Touro is a kosher Jewish campus yet the student seemed to know very little about Judaism, and no one else mentioned it all day, almost as though they were embarrassed about it. The facilities appear to be converted from the old naval facilities and not designed from the ground up as a medical school." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I didn't realize it was a group interview, 5 applicants and 3 interviewers together in a room." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Touro California seems like a nice laid back school with limited opportunities for clinical exposure in the first two years. They are very interested in their students and listen carefully to their feedback. They have begun to incorporate PBL into the curriculum, but just for one course so far. I would expect this school to keep progressing and expanding over time." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 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?

$401-$500

What airport did you use?

SFO

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

8 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Quality Inn Vallejo

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/17/2006

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

6 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?

9 out of 10

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