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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

How you think you did?

7 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

6 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)?

"I would list some specifics if they weren't so specific to me. I will say this: if you have holes in your application, or obvious issues with grades or other things, make sure you can articulately and logically address them. Don't hem, haw, and do it on the spot. Honestly assess why they should say yes to you in spite of the flaws and talk about that, or the very good reasons for your digressions." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Just questions specific to my history." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"We were asked a lot of questions aimed at gleaning why we were specifically interested in D.O. rather than M.D. This may have been due to our having capabilities in both camps..." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I didn't. If you live for this, you don't even need to re-read your app, now do you? Just be yourself." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Dr. Haight is a riot, and his experience and honesty make for a great impression. The students are uniformly enthusiastic and straightforward about how changes in the curriculum are shaping the Touro education. It is a small program that seems very open, with plenty of help available and an eye toward the future. Lunch was tasty, too. The weather can't be beat." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"This place is in Vallejo, a city that has great potential but is currently an industrial and socio-economically disadvantaged area. However, if you are in the DO business, you probably want to serve as a primary care physician, anyway, so imagine the opportunities to help in the area. The facilities are a mix. The classrooms are great and high-tech, but the campus IS an old Navy base with lots of history, but a very dilapidated look in an industrial area. Google map it - take a look at the satellite view. It gives a good impression. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really. It's what you would expect. The positive surprise is the effort Touro is putting forth to improve and build the school." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Generally positive, though with obvious aspects reminding me this is a young school making its bones." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

6 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

0-1 hour

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

What airport did you use?

oak

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

05/19/2008

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

6 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?

7 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How eco-friendly are the school's application materials and interview process?

7 out of 10

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