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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?

Negatively

What was the stress level of the interview?

5 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

3 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

60+ minutes

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)?

"How did you pick your undergraduate institution? " Report Response

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

"Why are there so many pre-med students who major in psychology? Why do you think being a psychology major will make you a better doctor?" Report Response

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

"Why osteopathic medicine?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Nothing really interesting." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Why are so many students applying to medical school getting their degree in psychology?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read over my application and secondary, SDN" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The office staff was friendly, and the student tourguide gave honest opinions about the school. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"There was no mention of the curriculum or any information on the 3rd and 4th year rotation sites!! I was totally floored at the complete lack of information about the education that the school is supposed to provide. I also had to listen to an extremely boring, hour-long discussion about the DO/MPH program." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That the school was going to spend most of the day pushing the new DO/MPH program. I felt like I had gone to the wrong room and arrived at an informational meeting about the MPH program. They really seem to want that extra $12,000 in tuition money." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I live near the ports of LA/LB so I wasn't shocked by the appearance of the former naval base. Vallejo is really boring and somewhat sketchy. The group interview wasn't too bad. Just make sure to listen to the other interviewees when they talk. I noticed one of the other guys looking bored and zoning out while another girl was talking - not a good way to make a positive impression. That said, I was totally unimpressed by the school. How can you have an interview process where there is no information given about the curriculum or clerkship sites? Especially at a DO school which normall don't have a feeder school to do rotations at? I tried to press the new dean of the medical school for information about the changes to the curriculum that he mentioned, but he could give me no details. I also asked about how the school prepares you for boards, and they said they have a class that reviews the material presented in the last two years, but it's not a board review per-se. They also only give you 2 weeks on your own to study for boards - not enough time, especially if you want to prepare for the COMLEX and the USMLE. At that point it was obvious that this school just doesn't have it together. I have too many unanswered questions about the quality of the education and access to local rotation sites. If you're really interested in going to Touro-MI, make sure to ask questions about the curriculum, assistance in board preparation and clerkships at the interview! These things will make or break your medical school experience." 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?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

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?

3 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?

01/22/2007

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

3 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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