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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Podiatry School
  • Pomona
Individual Feedback 2 26 Responses
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 22
Negatively 2
No change 2

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.92 25

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.46 26

0 = low, 10 = high

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

Response Avg # Responders
8.08 26

0 = low, 10 = high
Questions

How long was the interview?

Response # Responders
5 minutes 0
10 minutes 0
15 minutes 1
20 minutes 7
25 minutes 3
30 minutes 4
35 minutes 2
40 minutes 3
45 minutes 4
50 minutes 0
55 minutes 0
60+ minutes 1

Where did the interview take place?

Response # Responders
At the school 25
At a regional location 0
At another location 0

What was the style of the interview?

Response # Responders
One-on-one 24
In a group 1

What type of interview was it?

Response # Responders
Open file 6
Closed file 19

How many people interviewed you?

Response Average # Responders
1.24 25

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

"What was your experience like working as a CNA? and How did this lead into Podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why did you switch from so and so field to podiatry" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if another classmate broke the honor code?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why podiatry?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could go back in time, how would you better prepare yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Podiatric Medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the a time in which you were stretched thin?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time you had to make a difficult decision." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a time when you missed a deadline." More from this Member | Report Response

"Provide example of a time when you gave constructive criticism." More from this Member | Report Response

"Please give me an example when you had to convince someone of something that they did not believe in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you ever had to make a decision that you know others would not be in favor of?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a time that you have to make a hard decision?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me a time you gave constructive criticism" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to make someone see the way you saw things?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with a difficult person?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me of a time where you had to deal with a difficult person." More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a time you interacted with someone who had different values that you." More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation in which you were able to use persuasion to successfully convince someone to see things your way." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us a time when you had to persuade someone?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"how do you manage stress" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked about extracurricular experiences, describe what you learned/gained" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you tell a patient you had to amputate their foot?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why DPM vs MD/DO ankle specialist?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your favorite extracurricular experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a hard decision you had to make?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your journey to podiatry" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a presentation you gave and how did you feel about it." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a time when you disagreed with someone and how did you resolve that." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of a time when you went above and beyond to help out a fellow classmate." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you had to diffuse a difficult situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you were overwhelmed and what did you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me a time you failed at something" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you attempted something and failed at it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell us a time you had to make a quick decision" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done." More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you deal with a difficult person? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation where it was extremely stressful and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

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

"explain so and so experience in your resume" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if your friend got a copy of an old test?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Not a lot of questions were asked, it was mostly a conversation." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you had to give construction criticism" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time you missed a deadline." More from this Member | Report Response

"More behavioral questions I don't remember." More from this Member | Report Response

"Give an example of a policy that you did not agree with and what did you do about it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me a time when you made a mistake in school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"talk about time you had to make a quick decision" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult person and how did you handle it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What was a time where you didn't agree with a certain protocol or directions and how did you respond?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a situation where you had to deal with a hesitant person?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What would you do if a fellow student had broken a rule (i.e. honor code)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if a patient wanted you to perform a certain procedure that you thought was unnecessary, but the patient insists you to do it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you tell a patient that you need to amputate his foot?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your journey to podiatry: How did you come to be interested in podiatric medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time where you had to diffuse a difficult situation?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one quality that you have that will set you apart from everyone else in the profession?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me about a time when you had to follow a policy that you did not like but you had to follow" More from this Member | Report Response

"None of them were interesting...sorry but I hate these types of questions because all I ended up doing was answering based on experiences that were in my app." More from this Member | Report Response

"All of them were." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were about situations/life experiences (5 total with time left to ask the interviewers questions). The interviewers have never seen your file and knew nothing about you. It was a little strange compared to all the other schools, but very relaxed." More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"What makes you a strong candidate for WesternU?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if your assistant gave your patient a wrong diagnosis and then you told the patient the the right diagnosis and the patient started causing a scene in the office?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What else do you want the admissions committee to know about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything else you want to let us know about yourself that we might not already know?" More from this Member | Report Response

"No difficult questions. They were all behavioral and listed previously on this site. Tell me about a time you failed." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest weakness?" More from this Member | Report Response

"tell me a time when you had to deal with a person with different values. none of the questions were difficult just listing all the 5 questions they asked me" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you made a mistake." More from this Member | Report Response

"none. " More from this Member | Report Response

"none, if you look through the interview feedback here you'll have seen most of the questions they ask." More from this Member | Report Response

"None of them really -if you know to expect these type of questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a time when you had to go beyond the call of duty." More from this Member | Report Response

"All the questions were basic, nothing hard." More from this Member | Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"I reviewed the post's that others had shared on Student Doctor Network" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, the schools website, and mock interviews." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN feedback, review my application" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN and talk to current students" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, school website" More from this Member | Report Response

"Prepared experience stories applicable to various behavioral questions using the STAR format. Reviewed my file/application. Prepared to discuss any aspects that may require further clarification or may be of interest." More from this Member | Report Response

"Had a set of stories that I used as examples and could apply to any question." More from this Member | Report Response

"Minimal preparation. Be yourself. Read over my application in regards to experiences." More from this Member | Report Response

"No preparation" More from this Member | Report Response

"read SDN forum feedback and prepared answers for all qestions." More from this Member | Report Response

"sdn interview feedback" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN Interview feedback site. Look up behavioral based questions. Remember my life." More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN. Know types of behavioral based questions." More from this Member | Report Response

"researched behavioral based questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, School's website" More from this Member | Report Response

"SDN, researching sample behavioral questions and having answers for them." More from this Member | Report Response

"printed personal application researched on school, the curriculum, and about the dean (his work that he did)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Reviewed personal statement, file, etc. " More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Everyone at the school was very nice, and made me feel welcome, and wanted!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Professionalism and honesty of the students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff and students were all very friendly." More from this Member | Report Response

"Dr Harkless' passion for the field and the future of podiatry. New Anatomage 3D interactive anatomy table/system." More from this Member | Report Response

"close-knit faculty and student relationship, technology and new buildings/clinics" More from this Member | Report Response

"school, working with DO school, dorms, students" More from this Member | Report Response

"The dean is amazing and the campus is unique and has awesome student housing that is pet friendly!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Friendliness of professors, admissions, students and fellow interviewees. Prestige of faculty. Dr. Harkless is a very influential individual in the medical world." More from this Member | Report Response

"New Diabetes building" More from this Member | Report Response

"The friendliness of the faculty and students." More from this Member | Report Response

"How prepared all the presentations where and how welcoming all the professors were." More from this Member | Report Response

"Staff involvement with students and everyone's enthusiasm for the growth of the school and the profession. The cirriculum for the first two years is the same as the DO students." More from this Member | Report Response

"school's curriculum and staff" More from this Member | Report Response

"The staff and the Dean are extremely friendly. The curriculum is very much based on problem solving and the hands-on approach." More from this Member | Report Response

"EVERYONE was extremely friendly! People on here say it all the time but they really make it seem as though they want you to attend their school. Very professional atmosphere! Dr. Harkless is awesome!" More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty are A+, much more friendlier than any of the other schools I've been to. They really want you to come here and seem to genuinely care about students. The curriculum looks tough, but that is a good thing. Podiatry is changing and I welt that Western might actually be leading that change." More from this Member | Report Response

"Finally, a school that really GETS IT! Podiatry is changing and some of the schools are still doing what they did 10 years ago." More from this Member | Report Response

"The admin/faculty is an all-star cast of podiatrists and they seem to care a lot about training future podiatrists. The new building is going to be nice, new lecture halls, lab/research space, clinics. The weather was sunny and 85 when I interviewed, just what you'd expect in November." More from this Member | Report Response

"The people. They really made a huge effort to let me know that they really wanted me to come to this school. Meet with the Dean, Dr. Harkless twice during the interview. Amazing guy and has a great thing going at Western. They really get the concept of Vision 2015. It is ingrained in everything they do, from the admissions, to the curriculum. The majority of classes are with DO students. the new building looks like it will be great for the pod students." More from this Member | Report Response

"The faculty and everyone cared a lot. They made sure that I had met everyone before I left the interview. The curriculum is new and has potential. It is based so that students can be comfortable to take the USMILE which was mentioned that they will pay for that exam. The curricum includes an inter-professional study where students are grouped with other health professionals to solve a case study. The campus only has students that want to become some kind of health professional so its a great way to become a professional that appreciates all other health specialties. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Nice campus, new buildings going up, curriculum (all classes with DO students, summers off, not going to waste your time with unneeded extras), early clinics, hospitals that you will be rotating through, Dean and faculty, and they are setting up residency affiliations with hospitals (attempt to ensure all students that graduate a residency program)." More from this Member | Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"I had a very positive experience during my interview and through out the rest of the interview process." More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview felt rushed , not enough deep and broad questions" More from this Member | Report Response

"The campus does not have a gym. But they do pay for LA fitness nearby and you would pay only 7$ a month." More from this Member | Report Response

"Weren't allowed access to the cadaver lab because an exam was being set up. This is unfortunate because one of the tour guides said it was one of the main reasons she chose Western. I feel like they should arrange for interviewees to have access to all facilities or schedule interviews on non-exam days. We also didn't get to go into the main classroom because of an exam. We also weren't allowed into the gait lab room. Lastly, when I asked the interviewer about the school's poor first time board pass rates and 66% graduation rate (34% of students fail out or transfer to other schools) he basically just shrugged it off and said that Western isn't for everyone. He showed no sympathy for those students and didn't express any concern about it on the school's part. I figured he would say something like "yes, we are aware of that problem and are looking into ways to improve those statistics" but all he said was "Western isn't for everyone."" More from this Member | Report Response

"nothing" More from this Member | Report Response

"potentially not having great externship relationship outside of Southern CA" More from this Member | Report Response

"Coursework includes only 1 course of anatomy" More from this Member | Report Response

"Small campus in a relatively impoverished area. Traffic surrounding the school is heavy, particularly in the morning and evenings. Students didn't really know how to describe the grading system, so I didn't receive a straight answer to that question." More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of scholarships" More from this Member | Report Response

"The lack of energy of one of my student tour guides." More from this Member | Report Response

"although the campus is nice, the surrounding area is pretty rough." More from this Member | Report Response

"pomona." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pomona isn't the greatest area, but luckily there are many other cities nearby for living options, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"The school is not located in the best neighborhood." More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing really comes to mind, I was really impressed. Especially in comparison to the other schools I interviewed at." More from this Member | Report Response

"Pomona" More from this Member | Report Response

"Students have class 35-40 hours a week, Pomona isn't the nicest area, the cost of living is high, and the anatomy lab is not moving to the new building (same old lab for incoming students for awhile)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Pomona is a bit sketchy. The buildings are not that impressive from the outside, but are very nice inside." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is only one option for on-campus housing. If moving from a different state where you didn't have a car, you will need a car in California b/c living choices are limited to 15-20 mins away. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Pomona is a dump, but surrounding cities are nice. It is 45 minutes away from Los Angeles. Housing is expensive. (I am from socal so I knew this going in). New buildings are delayed until January. Cadavers are shared with 8 students!!!" More from this Member | Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"I wish someone would have tole me to relax, and not be so stressed out over it. To just be myself and have fun!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing." More from this Member | Report Response

"That the interviewer was gonna work so hard to analyze my answers to his questions and try to make more questions about my specific answers and why I answered the way I did." More from this Member | Report Response

"it is open file interview" More from this Member | Report Response

"How famous the Dean was" More from this Member | Report Response

"How famous the faculty are! After your interview, Google the DPM's you meet. For the interview: The interviewer receives a packet of 6 sheets. The first requires a listing of some general information and a response to the 'Why pod' question. The final five each contain five behavioral questions numbered 1-5. The interviewer selects one at random from each page." More from this Member | Report Response

"The whole interview day was very stress-free." More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a supplemental form to fill out. The questions asked about your research, teaching experience and volunteer work in under served communities." More from this Member | Report Response

"if you look at sdn interview feedback, nothing will surprise you" More from this Member | Report Response

"There is a secondary application they have you do during your ~6 hours there. Not a big deal, though." More from this Member | Report Response

"To not stress because the day is NOT very stressful!" More from this Member | Report Response

"To not listen to all the other schools that bash on Western -just because they are new. Western is challenging the old school mentality of podiatry and might actually become the standard for all other pod schools -who knows?" More from this Member | Report Response

"That I didn't need to waste money interviewing at the sub-par schools. " More from this Member | Report Response

"That they had no Northwest rotations set up. The DO program has a northwest track so I thought that maybe the pod program could easily jump into some of those place for rotations, not the case yet." More from this Member | Report Response

"That I was the only person interviewing on that day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"More time to study for the interview, especially the behavioral based question. " More from this Member | Report Response

What are your general comments?

"I was very well impressed with the interview process, the day was very well organized and I had plenty of time to ask questions and meet faculty and students." More from this Member | Report Response

"I really liked the school. Pomona has a lot of culture and cool shops. The program is getting stronger." More from this Member | Report Response

"It seems like IF you can make it through the curriculum you'll be a great physician, but not necessarily a great podiatrist since the whole premise of the school is equality with MDs and DOs and training as a physician first and podiatrist second. They're definitely paving the way for us all and I'm glad someone's doing it, but at the end of the day they're focusing too much on the future and not enough on the current state of podiatry. It seems like they're training you for the COMLEX or USMLE and not the APMLE, which is probably why their board pass rates are so low." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great interview day. The staff/faculty/students were incredibly helpful and really made me want to go here." More from this Member | Report Response

"overall easy interview. staff and students are super nice" More from this Member | Report Response

"It was a great interview experience. Everyone is tremendously friendly and helpful." More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school on the up and up!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Great school. Dean can talk forever about podiatry and the where the field is going. Will be the Harvard of podiatry one day." More from this Member | Report Response

"great school" More from this Member | Report Response

"This school is well on its way to becoming one of the top pod schools. Their interdisciplinary exposure, new facilities and dedicated staff make Western a refreshing surprise. They train you as a physician first, then expose you to the specialty that is podiatry. SIDE NOTE: Contrary to popular belief about pod schools, WesternU actually has a GYN and PSYCH rotations that mimics an allopathic curriculum." More from this Member | Report Response

"Apparently Western's DO school is ranked #1 in the country. The DPM students are integrated with the DO, so they will also receive a stellar education." More from this Member | Report Response

"Overall it's going to be a great program. If you are from California and want to stay there for residency and to practice (at least So Cal) then GO to Western. They've already set up some great programs at top notch medical facilities. Everywhere is is somewhat of an unknown at the moment and will be until they can provide a list of residencies and directors they have sent students to or have some sort of relationship with." More from this Member | Report Response

"Western was not my #1 choice at all (or #2, #3) before the interview -but that all changed at the end of the day. I was very impressed with the school. They have their s**t together. No worries about the accreditation, they are well on their way and are very on top of it. They are opening Dental and optometry at the same time." More from this Member | Report Response

"ADVICE: Study and Answer a list of behavioral based interview questions. Also be comfortable and confident in answering those questions. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Loved the dean and faculty because they are aware of the residency shortage and actually gave me a decent answer. Talked about the 2015 vision and how their program is geared to train you as a physician first then a podiatrist. Really care about the students and have safety nets to catch troubled students before they are booted from the program." More from this Member | Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Response # Responders
Student 16
Faculty member 0
Admissions staff 7
Other 0

How did the tourguide seem?

Response # Responders
Enthusiastic 19
Neutral 4
Discouraging 0

How do you rank the facilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.88 24

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your in-state status?

Response # Responders
In state 9
Out of state 13

What was your total time spent traveling?

Response # Responders
0-1 hour 4
2-3 hours 5
4-6 hours 7
7+ hours 5

What was your primary mode of travel?

Response # Responders
Airplane 11
Automobile 10
Train or subway 0
Other 0

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

Response # Responders
< $100 8
$101-$200 1
$201-$300 2
$301-$400 4
$401-$500 2
$501+ 3

What airport did you use?

n/a

LAX

Ontario International Airport

Ontario

ONT

Where did you stay?

Response # Responders
At school facility 0
With students at the school 1
Friends or family 2
Hotel 12
Home 5
Other 0

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Comfort Inn

Fairfield by Marriot

Hilton

Marriott

Motel 6

n/a

Ontario Grand Inn & Suites

Quality Inn Ontario

Radisson Ontario Airport. They do not offer a WU discount, but the concierge mentioned that the Holiday Inn in Ontario does.

Ramada

Sheraton

Would you recommend the hotel?

Comfort Inn

Fairfield by Marriot

Hilton

Marriott

Motel 6

n/a

Ontario Grand Inn & Suites

Quality Inn Ontario

Radisson Ontario Airport. They do not offer a WU discount, but the concierge mentioned that the Holiday Inn in Ontario does.

Ramada

Sheraton

General Info

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.88 25

0 = low, 10 = high

What is your ranking of this school's location?

Response Avg # Responders
6.52 25

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
6.76 25

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
8.76 25

0 = low, 10 = high

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

Response Avg # Responders
9.28 25

0 = low, 10 = high

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

Response Avg # Responders
7.22 23

0 = low, 10 = high

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I wish I got to see more of the library." More from this Member | Report Response

"only suggestion is that the tour felt a little rushed. maybe allocate more time for lunch/campus tour. Otherwise it was a great day!" More from this Member | Report Response

"overall good" More from this Member | Report Response

"Very receptive to candidates' concerns, personable, remarkably accommodating. No suggestions." More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions office did a great job!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Continue the great work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Keep up the good work!" More from this Member | Report Response

"Admissions office was friendly and responsive!" More from this Member | Report Response

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