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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?

9 out of 10

How you think you did?

4 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?

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 was the name of the D.O that wrote your recommendation letter and tell us about her?" Report Response

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

"What is your weakness and how will it affect you in medical school and in residency? How do you relieve stress? What if you have no time to finish your work? (they sort of grilled me when I was answering these questions)" Report Response

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

"You shadowed both a D.O and M.D. What differece did you see? " Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Tell me about the D.O that wrote your letter of recommendation?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"You have shadowed a D.O and an M.D., what did you find was the difference" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read over questions from my school website, looked at the questions on SDN, and read my application" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The anatomy lab was really nice. They were setting up for their anatomy test and it didn't smell that bad. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The campus and Mares Island is not that bad. Its a work in progress. They are trying to revitalize the city because it was formerly a naval base. In a few years it will look nice. Although some people liked the set up of the interview, I was not fond of it. It made me a bit more nervous" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had rented a car, so that I could drive around. There are not that many restaurants near the hotel." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The Shuttle dropped us off at Touro, and the interview started at about 9 AM. Dr Haight, who is truly awesome, told us about the admission process and said we should be proud to have reached this far as we are in the top 10%. Then there was a presentation about their new DO/MPH program. This will be the first year they are offering it and it seems pretty cool. Then Dr Haight prepared us for the interview by having everyone introduce themselves and asking questions along the way. He also gave us feedback on our answers. Some people actually got those questions. Then there was a presentation on financial aide. Following this we got a tour of the facility by a student who was really nice and enthusiastic. Then our interview started at noon (It was a long morning, so have a good breakfast). It is a group interview. There were 5 candidated in my group and three interviewers (usually there are four, one being a student, but they were in the midst of finals). Each interview asked one question. Some of the questions were picked from some part of your application. One interviewer would quote a line from your essay and ask the respective person to comment on it, so know your application. Dr Haight said that they are looking for a beginning, middle, and end. He also said that they know that you are cognitively capable, but want to see that your heart is in medicine. He called it the non-cognivite aspect of your application. He said that they are looking at your interaction in a group. So you should pay attention to what the other canidates are saying and be interested. After the interview we had lunch and Dr. Haight did a wrap up of what happens next. They take two weeks or less to make their decision. If accepted you have two weeks to decide and mail in your deposit." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

7 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?

7 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Quality Inn (at Vallejo)

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/15/2006

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

8 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

7 out of 10

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

7 out of 10

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