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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?

8 out of 10

How you think you did?

9 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

4 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)?

"What negative experiences have you had with doctors?" Report Response

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

"Why medicine? What is "holistic"?" Report Response

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

"Please give an example of a time you felt/experienced: patience, fear, happiness, joy, etc." Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"There were many follow up questions regarding your answers. Then Dr. Glover pulled slips of paper out of a hat as questions." Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you comfort or help a patient who is afraid of dying?" Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"Student doc and articulating my goals and plans in the medical field to friends." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"The location really can't be beat! The cost of living on the island is reasonable ($500 split between some people in a big house) and the weather is great! If you are looking for a dual degree, this is a perfect set up to achieve it and not pay more. Also, the curriculum focuses on being a team member with the PAs, PharmDs, MPH students, etc. The school got back to me as promised with the decision, too." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"You have anatomy for 2 full years... and the lab is not as wonderful as everyone says... very primitive. The school closes 3pm Friday until sundown Saturday for Jewish holiday and there is limited/no access to library, labs, etc. All food on campus must be Kosher = expensive! Exposure to clinical opportunites is not overly encouraged in the first 2yrs. There are no cafes, stores, etc on the island - you MUST have a car or take a long ferry ride to downtown. The classes are strictly graded and 88-90% pass rate for boards. The biggest turn-off: NO current students besides our tour guides even said hello, good luck, or ANYTHING! There were students looking super stressed and telling us how hard it is at Touro... ummmm ok..." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"There is much more encorporation of jewish tradition than I expected - prayer box, closed on weekends, kosher food, anatomy lab "soul catching" room. A bit strange but I guess the students get used to it." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The campus is older looking but carries lots of history! The renovations were not explained very much but the grounds are kept very nice. This school would fit students concentrated on work, work, work and that already have friends in the area or are ready to cut themself off from social life for a while. I am not sure about the 3/4th year rotations either." Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Student

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

5 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?

No Response

What airport did you use?

San Franscico - SFO

Where did you stay?

Hotel

How would you rate the hotel?

9 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Courtyard Marriot (a MUST)

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

10/18/2010

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?

10 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

10 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

8 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?

"Please explain more about 3/4 yr rotation options. I understand you are advocating for the MPH dual degree but how does completing that program fit with rotation years? Perhaps display a model or poster of what the school will look like after renovations also. It's hard to envision the finished product with words." Report Response

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