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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?

4 out of 10

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

5 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)?

"The typical why DO, why med" Report Response

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

"What is one thing you wouldn't want us to know about you (asked to all of us)?" Report Response

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

"All application specific, so know what you wrote and be prepared to defend it. They quoted phrases from my statements that I didn't even know what I had been talking about, they were so short. Be wary though, they split us into two groups, and while my group received very general questions, the other group said they had mainly ethical questions and or drilling types of questions." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would be one thing I wouldn't want them to know about me." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"Nothing really." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Went through SDN, my research,primary and secondary apps, thought of answers for potential typical questions." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The close proximity to San Francisco. The dual degree D.O./MPH program. Electives and opportunities in medical spanish, global health, and global internships." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The complete lack of student interaction... my student tour guide couldn't answer many questions. The lack of discussion on the curriculum and rotations... all conversation was about the new MPH program. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing, I researched the school and SDN, which gives pretty good feedback on what to expect." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I'm very torn about Touro. There are good things about it, yet I left the interview not feeling as if I had learned about much pertaining to the D.O. program - only the MPH program - which I am interested in, but that's not my reason for being there. I really didn't get a feel for what the curriculum set up is like, if they have patient simulation practice in any form, or if they have boards prep programs. The buildings are dated, pictures of the nice building on the website actually belong to the pharm program, because they have private funding... somewhat deceiving. I can deal with dated facilities, but the biggest thing, which has been mentioned before, is that there was no student interaction. My tour guide had chosen Touro because she wanted to stay in the Bay Area, and withdrew all other apps, so she couldn't give me any good reason as to why she chose the school or any answers really. Dr. Haight was whitty and nice, as everyone says. He says he reads these frequently, but I feel as if he's not using the suggestions... I could be much more convinced if I were given the opportunity to see some student interaction. In fact, I had a hard time finding students! Overall though, the day was very laid back, and I had a very welcome feel from the admissions staff and the interviewers, who seemed amazing. Also, though I was very leery of the group format, I actually found it nice, just make sure to be listening to other applicants, and not staring into space. Touro is a good school, they just need to sell it more on interview day and brag about what they do have. " 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?

4-6 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?

7 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?

02/12/2007

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

5 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?

9 out of 10

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