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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?

Neutral

What was the stress level of the interview?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 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 is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"What is the stupidest thing you have done and what have you learned from that." Report Response

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

"You have visited the campus before tell us about that." Report Response

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

"You live far away, why do you want to come to this area. " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I am not sure if it was an interesting question, but I was asked how as a physician I was going to be able to keep my patients coming back for treatment. I thought this question was weird." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None of the questions were difficult per say, however, the interviews especially one of the PhD interviewers seemed cold and not that interested in what we were telling them. " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, read over my file, read over their website " Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The student that gave us the tour was very encouraging. Dr. Haight is very nice, the dean of the med school was very very nice and informative." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I visited the school last year and nothing much has changed despite all the talk from the faculty that they are working on all sorts of projects with the school. The interviews are open file and we are told in the preinterview that the interviewers have had our files for a week and have been studying them. However, they seemed like they were just glancing at our files during the interview and making up questions. For example, one of the candidates I was interviewing was asked what her parent who was an M.D. thought of him going into D.O. medicine. He politely told the interviewer that his father was dececed and then answered the question. After talking to him after the interview he said he was confused because it was all over his application that his father was dececed. This among other little things makes me think that they were not giving out files as much attention that we are told they are. I also don't feel like the group interview is a very good way to get to know the candidates. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I pritty much knew what to expect going in. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The Quality Inn that they recommend we stay in is not bad. It is really convenient that they offer a ride to the interview. The information we get in the morning about financial aid and the MPH program is good. The interview is not that great of an experience. I say this because the pep talk Dr. Haight gives us before the interview makes you more nervous about the interview in some ways. For example when he tells us don't give yes no answers but don't talk too much, keep eye contact with everyone, they are judging your every move, ect, ect. Also, a group interview does not give you a real chance to talk to the interviewers, I think. It is supposed to give the interviewers a chance to see how you interact in a group but I don't know if putting people under pressure like that really shows how much of an interacter you are. The island and Vallejo are kind of creepy. The school is modern in some ways for sure. Going to school there will be like camping out in some ways I think. Many students that I saw really were enjoying their education there. I am assuming the most appealing thing about the school is the location. You do have to pay a toll every time you go into Vallejo when you cross the main bridge in. It will be a very expensive place to live. If we are given acceptances we have to make a decision about whether we want to attend the school within 2 weeks. All that said I would be exited to get an acceptance there and may very well take it. " 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?

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?

OAK

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

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/30/2006

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

4 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

3 out of 10

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

3 out of 10

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