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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?

4 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?

50 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)?

"As a history major, do you see a difference in how you approach history and how you'd approach medicine?" Report Response

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

"Having worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA, what was the biggest healthcare problem you noticed?" Report Response

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

"none. Only asked 2 questions due to the number of applicants in the room (6) and time constraint." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"This was to another applicant: Having lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, what would you have done differently from a medical point of view?" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None - all the questions were very straightforward and oriented towards the applicant's file and experiences." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Read SDN interview feedback; Review my files (this is a must!)" Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The well ventilated anatomy lab; It did not have the strong odor as in other labs i've visited. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The fact that it's on Mare island and the back yard is essentially an abandoned shipyard. The island has no food/groceries/amenities. You would have to drive off the island, which is only about 20 mins but there is no time for that when school starts. Also, the gym is the size of my bedroom with 2 treadmills. literally." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"While it is located in the Bay Area, the Touro campus itself lends very little to a comfortable environment. The school is very big on convincing students to join the dual MD/MPH program (45 mins explanation of the program), yet strangely only spent 15 mins explaining rotations for 3rd and 4th year." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"It's a decent school. Be prepared to answer hypothethical questions and use what you know from your experience to explain scenarios. Be yourself; stay calm; and be positive. That is what they are evaluating you for. As Dr. Haight says: the number game is over. This is where we test your heart and passion." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

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?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Airplane

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

$501+

What airport did you use?

San Francisco Inter.

Where did you stay?

Hotel

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Use Hotwire.com

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

12/07/2009

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?

4 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

5 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

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