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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Pomona
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

No Response

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

10 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

25 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Explain your research." Report Response

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

"You've applied only to the two DO programs in california. Why? ..and...What will you do *if* you don't get into either school this year? (re-apply!)" Report Response

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

"Have you read Mountains beyond Mountains (by Tracy Kidder)? in regard to my Global Health research and five-months living in Africa. (answer definitely!--this is a seminal non-fiction very inspiring book! and I spoke about it and Tracy Kidder's new book, What Strength Remains)" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Why did I go to prep school for high school? They were very interested in the details of my life and my path. I wasn't expecting it to go back this far, but they were genuinely interested because it is a unique aspect of my life path. Focus on these points in your interview." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"None. This is a low-stress interview where they are just trying to get to know you. Do a lot of self-reflection on your personal journey and prepare to discuss it articulately and passionately with them (and you should be fine!)." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, Med School Interview book/Pfizer med school manual book both very helpful, re-read all of my old work including papers, abstracts, my curriculum vitae, and my applications. Went through a catalog of questions from websites and the books writing out the answers. Attended a practice session at my university and spoke with friends for tips." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"How happy everyone seemed at the school. It's a small campus and they describe themselves as a "family." I felt that to be true from my impressions. The school has very humble origins and I felt that too but in a very positive way." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"This school is located in one of the bad parts of town. The campus is heavily guarded by security officers." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish I knew that medical, dental, and podiatry students all have the same lectures together. I would have made sure to sit in on a class to see what this is about." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Amazing little school! The OMM and anatomy seems very very strong here and the basic sciences are more clinically focused (the research is very weak in comparison to a university). It is a very clinically focused school so if you want to be a clinician this is your place." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Admissions staff

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

10 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?

Automobile

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

$201-$300

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Holiday Inn Express

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/18/2010

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

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

1 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?

9 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?

10 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Very, very friendly and warm. Please don't change!" Report Response

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