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  • Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine Mare Island
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Vallejo, CA
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?


What was the stress level of the interview?

7 out of 10


How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?


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)?

""You went to the Air Force Academy... Please tell me about that..." "So you are no longer in the military... How do you feel about the current crisis America is involved in?" " Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

""Do you feel that emergency medicine can be practiced wholistically?"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

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

""If you could, what one thing would you change on your application?"" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"In your personal statement, you refer to your desire to practive emergency medicine, as well as the importance of viewing your patients "wholistically." Do you feel it is poosible to practice emergency medicine "wholisitically"?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"How do you feel about the current situation of America? (referring to possibility/probability of war in the near future)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"SDN, dinner with current TUCOM students, dinner with acceptees, dinner with fellow applicants, "Complications" by Atul Gawande, "The D.O.s" by Gevitz, mock interviews, went over primary and secondary over and over...." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Although it has been expressed over and over, you don't understand how helpful Dr. Haight is until you experience it first hand. His candor, comfort, and compassion was unbelievable. He is truthful, but not blunt, reassuring, but will not lead you on. The caliber of the other applicants was amazing. I could not imagine being on the admissions committee and have the responsibility of decide who gets in and who doesnt... The anatomy lab and OMM lab is spacious... Cool electronic paper towel dispensers... Wireless internet in the works... Happy students! " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"Weight room, lack of patient contact in the first two years (will change if i have anything to do with it!) No cafeteria/food service on campus" Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"Nothing really... Touro is my first choice school because I have researched it thoroughly and feel it is a great fit for me..." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"The interview day is fairly long, especially since the very last activity of the day is the interview itself. The day starts (can start) at the Best Western hotel (the recommeded hotel for out-of-towners) at 800AM. From 8-9AM the interviewees assemble for the 9AM greeting from Dr. Haight, during which everyone gets to learn a little about each other. At 9AM Dr. Haight gives a the first of several short talks, where he answers the questions that we all have in our heads, but forget to articulate. The group is then shuttled from the hotel to the school (which is across a short draw brigde and security checkpoint) Once at the school, more little talks are given on financial aid, etc. The little meetings continue until 11AM, at which time a one hour student lead tour of the school is given. After the tour, the interview takes place(12-1pm), then there is a short debriefing/lunch, then you are sent on your way! Pros: Dr. Haight and student that gives tour has no say on admissions, so all questions are game. School admin seems very respeceptive of students desires. Reported that faculty has an outstanding working relationship with students in that "they seem to go out of their way to make sure that thier students succeed." Sweet OMM and anatomy labs... The very best of Nor Cal (SF, Tahoe, Napa, Sacramento Kings) just a short drive away.. Cons: First and second year clinical experience not readily available... No cafertia/food service on campus (yet) Not much going on in Vallejo. Personal Comments: Most everyone that I have talked to that has been through the panel interview (and manyy of the previous feedbacks) have rated the interview with a very low stress level... I have no idea why my interview was very stressful for me.. was it the fact that i was asked a question i didnt ever think i would be asked? was it the fact that Touro is my first choice? whatever the reason, although Dr. haight did everything in his power to relax us interviewees (basically telling us what and what not to say, and how to say or not say it, although we all already knew everything he had to say) I was still very very very stressed out... My biggest piece of advice I have is to really listent to the question that has been asked, and answer the question, short, sweet and to the point... Do what you need to do to let the interviewers know who you are... And ask lots of questions!!!! (to Dr. Haight, your student tour guide, and especially the interview panel!)" Report Response

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