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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?

No change

What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10

How you think you did?

3 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 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 was asked about any hobbies or activities that helped me relieve/reduce stress." Report Response

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

"At the time of the interview, I was a few years removed from my undergraduate studies and was asked how I would transition back into studying and handle the medical school curriculum." Report Response

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

"I was asked where I saw myself 10 or 15 years down the road (Specialty, type of practice, family, etc.)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"I was asked how my participation in service activities (Volunteering, EMT, etc.) helped me overcome/improve any weaknesses I had." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"I was asked about being a re-applicant and what I did to improve my application since then. Not necessarily a difficult question, but it may have been a bit uncomfortable to do so in front of other applicants." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I went over the questions found on the SDN Interview Feedback page. I also went over my primary + secondary applications." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The faculty and staff were very welcoming and seem to care about the students. In particular, the Associate Dean did a great job of answering all of our questions and was very open about the mission/direction of the school and the type of student/physician they wanted to train. Current students that we met during the tour were also very friendly and wished us good luck (Not sure if they were medical students or other health professions)." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Since the school is located on a closed Naval base/shipyard, the campus and building aesthetics were not the best. The same can also be said of some parts of Mare Island/Vallejo. The gym and workout facilities were fairly small compared to other schools. The anatomy lab is decent, nothing too fancy. Their simulation center was slated to be ready by early 2018 but forgot to ask about that." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I had known that the interview was going to be a group interview. The interview confirmation that I received only stated that it would be a panel format interview, and it did not mention that there were going to be multiple applicants at once." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Good sense of community and camaraderie among students/faculty. Older/outdated facilities." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

3 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In 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?

$501+

What airport did you use?

Oakland International Airport

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Quality Inn (Vallejo, CA)

Would you recommend the hotel?

Yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/12/2018

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

7 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?

7 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

7 out of 10

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

5 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"There was an issue where I was accidentally told to disregard my initial interview invite. I had to email the admissions office back in order to confirm that the interview invite was indeed for me." Report Response

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