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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

How you think you did?

6 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

9 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

35 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)?

"All application specific! Though I will recite questions others were asked (role play), i.e. pretend you are the dean of a school meeting with a student who is being dismissed..." Report Response

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

"Name a book written by a physician." Report Response

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

"Why do you have so few volunteering activities? (again, I think a lot of these seemingly ''skeptical questions'' are just asked to see you REACTION...They're not trying to belittle you, they want a mature, composed response)." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"You made some grandiose statements in your personal statement (then proceeded to quote a line and asked me how I would back it up?)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why did not make any specific mention of osteopathic medicine in your personal statement?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"School's website, SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The anatomy lab is amazing (looks and smells). The students seemed enthusiastic. Most interviewers were down-to-earth and sympathetic toward students (i.e. looking for the good in you) rather than hostile or skeptical. Dr. Haight genuinely cares about enrolling quality students and especially those who have something unique to bring to the school (and he's good at it). The school absolutely has a campus feel to it." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"sincerely nothing." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"PLEASE GUYS, EAT a hearty breakfast in the morning...Because of my suit and the weather conditions, I was unable to grab breakfast on foot...I opted to drink a diet coke for breakfast and regretted it A LOT. My energy was low during the interview and I kept having to run to the restroom.. Lunch is not served until 1 PM." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Excellent. At first I was somewhat concerned about things I had read regarding the surrounding areas (i.e. ''creepy,'' ''abandoned naval base,'' ''warehouse'')...In my humble opinion at least, those comments are grossly exaggerated. Yes, the area immediately surrounding the campus is still being developed...But the campus itself is fine...The surrounding areas and Vallejo are not GHETTO (at least not if you know what a real ghetto looks like)...It is a green, working class, ex-naval families city. The facilities of the school are just fine. The student atmosphere is laid back and welcoming. The Bay Area is gorgeous!" Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

2-3 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$101-$200

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?

12/15/2006

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?

8 out of 10

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

9 out of 10

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