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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?

2 out of 10


How long was the interview?

60+ 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)?

"What prompted you to change careers? Do you really think that a career in medicine will offer a less demaning lifestyle than your previous career in business?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most interesting question?

"Given your marketing background, how would you recommend marketing osteopathic medicine to the public?" Report Response | I was asked this question too

What was the most difficult question?

"How would you handle a moral or ethical situation, especially given our location in the San Franciso Bay area? (this was a very open ended question that I think they wanted me to bite answer was that every patient deserves respect and confidentiality regardless of their life choices)" Report Response | I was asked this question too

How did you prepare for the interview?

"TUCOM website, SDN interview feedback, read a book on osteopathic medicine (The DO's by Norman Gevitz)." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"Dr. Haight, the admissions director. He was very amiable, respectful, and straightforward. Overall, the TUCOM admissions process the most humanized you will find at any school." Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The physical facilities. See my comments for more detail on this. Also, only one person that I spoke with in Vallejo and San Francisco even knew that the school was there. I believe that the school needs to market itself a little better." Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"How large Mare Island was, and how little of it TUCOM currently occupies." Report Response

What are your general comments?

"Overall, I was disappointed with the school, but impressed with the faculty and the admissions office. The students were all very enthusiastic about the school, and more than one of them said that their decision to attend TUCOM was based partially on their experience with Dr. Haight. I concur with this; if I am acceped and decide to attend, it will be in no small part due to the atmosphere that he has created through his efforts. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by the facilities. From my other campus visits, most notably Nova and AZCOM, the school is behind the times technologically. Very small library, no monitors throughout the labs, no ethernet connections in the buildings (wireless or wired), etc. There is a lot of construction going on, and there are plans in motion to open a Law School this August and an undergraduate program in 2004. There is no doubt that in 5-10 years TUCOM will have an amazing campus, but the fact of the matter is that current students are paying for property improvements that they will not benefit from." Report Response

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