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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?

3 out of 10

How you think you did?

8 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

2 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 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)?

"How did you come to choose your (humanities) major, and how did that lead to your post-graduate work?" Report Response

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

"I see you have done a lot of research. What would you say is the difference between your older research and your most recent work?" Report Response

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

"Choose among these 3 questions: 1. What is the most important trait for an osteopathic doctor and why? 2. How will health care reform benefit osteopathic medicine? 3. If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"Pile of cards, face down, each with an emotion written on them (anger, fear, joy, etc.). Interviewees in the group each choose one card and must explain to the interviewers a time in which they felt that emotion." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

""What is the difference between your x experience and your y experience?" This was difficult because the interviewer misinterpreted my previous research experiences to be different from each other when really it was all the same. I had to correct him and say "Actually, all of my work involved bla bla bla, but the real difference was what I learned, etc." It's good to prepare yourself in thinking about the ways in which your experiences were different from each other-- I didn't expect that kind of question." Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN forums, reading school mission statements, reviewing all application materials I sent (AACOMAS, essays), speaking out loud to myself about certain experiences, why I want to be a doctor, etc." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Nice location, sounds like they have a great global health curriculum for DO/MPH students, which is what I'm interested in. Facilities technologically advanced." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Although technologically advanced, minimal amount of facilities. Campus still in development. Ambiguity about clinical rotations and how they are organized." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"That no one else would be wearing tennis shoes for the tour." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I would go here for the location and for the global health program but honestly, it seems like Touro, Mare Island would be a good fit for those who need to stay in the area (one woman in my interview group had a kid and lived nearby, for example) and/or just need the degree. For others who want a challenge and excellent clinical rotations, a lot of guidance and extensive preparation, I think there are better schools." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Enthusiastic

How do you rank the facilities?

5 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

In state

What was your total time spent traveling?

4-6 hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

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

$101-$200

What airport did you use?

No Response

Where did you stay?

Friends or family

How would you rate the hotel?

5 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

No Response

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/04/2010

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

2 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

9 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?

9 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

9 out of 10

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

2 out of 10

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

No Response

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